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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 375
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 27.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 08-02-2010

18 IBU
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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 375
Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is way more than I expected. It's citrusy yet floral like a perfume. I get big notes of corriander, jasmine, and other flowers along with the pineapple citrus smells. Very interesting aromas.

T: The taste is much like the aroma. I detect jasmine, corriander, pineapple, and sweet bready malts. I was a bit overwhelmed at first but as I drank it I could pick out the flavors and enjoy each for what they bring to the final product.

M: The feel is a strong medium body with almost the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is not a typical wheat beer and it's definitely something I wouldn't grab on a normal basis however it's a very nice change of pace. The flavors and aromas are big and bold although I prefer Lil Sumpin Sumpin over this in the style.

I plan to enjoy the rest of the sixer by the pool during a 4th of July party and can't think of much else that would suffice.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly dark golden with a HUGE chunky head taht dissipates rather quickly but leaves residual. Slightly murky. Decent amount of carbs rising.

Aroma is sweet, musty and lightly spiced.

Taste has pineapple coming throught loud and clear. Wheat, yeast and light hops make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing. Crisp.

Overall, very drinkable. Interesting. Due to ABV and refreshing taste you can definitely have a few of these.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark straw color with a foamy white (tanish) head.

S: Wheat and pineapple in the nose, a touch of grass.

T: Nice wheat backbone with very satisfying and complimentary pineapple overtones. Not a ton of complexity with the fruit, but still pretty good.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A very good fruity wheat ale. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Not as much haze as expected, but there is a little. The color is bright yellow and bubbles are popping so quickly from the head that it sounds like I just poured a can of soda over ice. The head lasts for 30 seconds and was about a good half-inch thick at its height. Underneath it, little tiny bubbles dart to the surface, keeping a lively look to the beer even after the head fades.

SMELL: Wow. As soon as I start pouring this beer I can smell the pineapple. Upon closer inspection, there is also a nice, light, bready note and then more pineapple.

TASTE: Mana Wheat tastes pretty much exactly like it smells. Pineapple is, by far, the dominant flavor, but a healthy portion of bready tastes mellow it out. The finish sharpens up quite a bit and leaves a slightly sugary taste on the palate. Very juicy.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is very strong, which I like a lot. It adds to the already refreshing nature of this beer. The body is on the lighter side, but not watered down. That said, this is a little too ‘gulpable’ if that can be a word.

OVERALL: This is a really approachable craft beer. I can’t imagine even the staunchest of anti-beer people out there saying no to this one. I really enjoy this beer in the warmer months, especially when out camping or on the river.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours cloudy golden with a medium white head, it dissipates quite quickly. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Bubblegum, lots of Pineapple, Wheat and a little banana.

T - Sweet Pineapple, with some Banana, Clove, Wheat with a slightly fruity and bitter hoppy finish

M - Medium carbonation and quite full bodied, finishes medium sweet.

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Photo of SamN
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a thickly hazed golden color liquid. Some mildly white head. Seems cloudier and thicker-looking than most wheats. Not a great look. Smell is heavy on sweet citrus pineapple, one dimensional and almost no wheat malt to be found. Overpowered by the strength of the pineapple juice. Taste, too, is overwhelmed by the initial burst of pineapple juice. Almost all other wheat beer traits are lost underneath the overwhelming citusy, punch-like taste. If they were trying to make a sweet beer, it's not sweet enough. If they were trying to make a balanced wheat beer, it's too sweet. This beer just can't find it's center. Finishes with a mildly cloying sweet but watery finish. A little dry on the palette. Other than that, all I can taste is pineapple juice. No soft wheat malt, not hops whatsoever, which might have complimented the citrus nature of this beer well. Mouthfeel is fairly well bodied and structured.

Overall, this beer needs to be taken back to the drawing board. A good idea that just doesn't pan out.

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Photo of mwa423
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like shaken up soda, lots of white head that quickly dies down to nothing at all (no lacing, etc.)

S - Light and wheaty with a slight citrus from the pineapple juice. Very light smell but about average for style.

T - The pineapple juice fills the mouth first and then the wheatyness fills out the body. There is a slight bitterness at the end but this is an excellent example of the style with an interesting pineapple twist.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin and light but not watery (an improvement over most of this style). Very drinkable beer that I could easily see a sixer being killed by accident just going one after the other.

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Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours light orange and super cloudy with a finger of white bubbly head and threatening to add even more to the point that I have to sip down the foam before it overflows.

S- Smells intense- lots of spicy grain- wheat, rhy, some deep citrus flavor. Also some tea flavors coming out. A really great spicy aroma.

T- THe spice still comes out in the taste- lots of husky flavors. Interesting. Some tropical fruits of hops- pineapple and unripe mango.

M- Just as I would expect. Not too syrupy or carbonated- just right.

O- A complex beer for a wheat and not sweet at all. Really delish and nice.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 10th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Clouded golden orange, half finger cloud white head and no lacing

S - Pineapple, orange, sweet wheat and very yeasty. Maybe some rice? Not very complex in the smell. Smells awesome, though

T - Pineapple, orange, banana. Lots of wheat and yeast. Again, not a lot of complexity, but taste great

M - Light, carbonated and very acidic. Taste doesn't linger to long

D - This drinks as well as any wheat beer or light beer

Final thought - For $11.99 this is not worth a six. If you can find this in a single can, give it a try

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass. from notes

A - Pours a nice yellow-orange with fluffy, bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation

S - Citric aromas (pineapple, banana, oranges). Some bready yeast

T - Very strong pineapple juice. Oranges, lemons, grass. The yeast provides a bready/doughy flavour to it that doesn't mesh well with the strong citric presence.

M - Effervescent, light

O - This would be an okay beer for sitting poolside but it just wasn't really my thing. I'd like it better if the pineapple was integrated a bit better and not just taste like a can of juice was poured in. Not too bad, not too great; average.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A:: Golden (like pineapple juice) and cloudy with a towering white head.

S: Medicinal, almost metal, wheat, pineapple.

T: Wheat, barley, some sweet pineapple, bitterness.

M: Creamy

O: Refreshing, creamy, with a hint of sweetness, an enjoyable beer for hot weather.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mana Whaet pours a hazy lucent gold tinged peach color with a big foamy head that falls quickly leaving just a little oily lacing.

The light aroma has a nice wheat malt scent with a pineapple-banana-citrus background.

The flavor has a nice swetish banana-pineapple taste backed by a a nicely bitter clean wheat malt background. Somewhat spicey-peppery as well with little in the way of a hop profile which is appropriate. Finish is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is light without being watery, overall smooth but with just a little roughness from carbonation.

Light, refreshing and easy drinking. No overwheliming flavors. A nice wheat ale from the isles. I wish I were there drinking this!

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color.
Smell is of pineapples and wheat. Very interesting. I expect this beer to be sweet when tasting.
Taste is actually only a little sweet, but I can tell the sweetness comes from the fruits. A good wheat flavor up front but really followed by that pineapple quite strongly.

Great beer!

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Photo of TenHornsProud
2.32/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice hazy orange with a big, light white head.

Smells of astringent hops, slight metallic smell (from the water profile), a little bit of fruit comes to in at the end.

Tastes slightly sweet with some subtle fruit flavor. Not a lot going on in the taste. In fact, it's a bit boozy up front, which given the alcohol is odd.

The mouthfeel is OK. It is watery, which could make for a good summer beer had the flavor had more going on.

Hmmm, there just isn't much going on in this beer, and the up-front smell and flavor is not pleasant.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unreadable freshness date. Poured into balloon glass.

Mana Wheat pours a bright yellow gold body that is hazy, yet clear enough to show off big, fat bubbles of carbonation. The white head starts off rocky and about a finger and a half thick. It dissipates to nothing more than a streaky lacing on top. Isn't wheat supposed to help sustain head? Maybe the addition of acidic pineapple juice reduces any positive effects of wheat malt?

The aroma is fairly decent if you go into it without expecting pineapple aromas. It has a pronounced husky wheat aroma, that is balanced by a light presence of European hops and is colored up front by a light sweet fruitiness. It's the pineapple for sure, but it is non-distinct.

Mana Wheat does a good job of steering clear from creating a sweet fruit wheat beer. Light acidity follows a crisp, biting first sip. Flavor of pineapple is definitely there, more so on the exhale/retronasal part. The finish is quite clean, leaving only gentle notes of fresh pineapple juice.

The palate adjusts to the acidity fairly quickly. This isn't close to lambic territory, just quite the opposite from sweet Fruit Wheat Beer. Robust carbonation, sharp, and a medium body. Finishes crisp and light, creating a refreshing beer.

As it warms up, the pineapple flavor and the aroma open up more and more. Great beer that incorporates some local fruit, doesn't mask the original style, creates something different and good! I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes fruit beers that are not TOO sweet!

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Photo of warmstorage
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like Maui's other offerings quite a bit, but this one is a little weird.

12 ounce can, apparently dated 9/10/10, was $2 at Liquor Collection, Honolulu (was part of a $7.99 mixed 4 pack of Maui cans: one each of IPA, Coconut Porter, Bikini Blonde lager, and this heat.) Sidenote: the overengineered plastic four pack and six packs carriers that Maui uses are a little, well, overengineered and resource intensive.

I like craft beer in cans; Maui seems to consistently spurt up when I open them, even cold, not shaken, etc. This is true for all four of the styles I've bought in the last couple days.

Appearance: deep opaque hazy orange, appears thick/viscous. Doesn't retain hardly any of the off-white head. Pretty, but I wish it retained a little head.

Smell: Distinct phenolic, hints of lactic. A little fruit, but only when I look for it. No noticeable hopiness. The slightly sour/lactic predominates. Weird: is this beer supposed to smell like this?

Taste: Once again, the sour/lactic notes predominate. Slightly astringent, quite acidic. Only find hints of the pineapple juice when I look for it. I LOVE sour beers, love lacto, love brett, but I'm confused: is this beer really supposed to be like this, or did I get an unintentionally soured batch? I'm going to try this on draft at Ryan's later, and see if I get the same sour notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, slightly viscous. Fine, but not really right for style.

Drinkability: Like I said, i love sour beers, so I find it highly drinkable, and will drink more on this trip. Others tastes will likely vary on this question, if their examples are as sour as mine.

Overall, just a weird beer. I'll try it again on draft and see if I feel the same way.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a cloudy gold with slight hints of orange and a big head that sticks to the rim of the glass.
S: While this is a pineapple beer, you definitely get hints of pear and and apple as well as a nice pineapple with no sweetness but does enhance the wheat.
T: This beer has a very bready flavor too it and only sports some slight sour pineapple flavor at the end. It is really more of a subtle finish that dries out the flavor of the wheat malt.
M/O: The beer has a nice carbonation and is very refreshing. Not too strong but very balanced considering that some of these beers with fruit can overdo it.

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Photo of Hunter
1.68/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

So happy to see this brewery's offerings on the mainland after discovering them a couple summers ago while on vacation in Maui. I had their lager and coconut porter while I was there and I loved them.

This one? Not so much. Beer pours a cloudy copper color, thin head that dissipates quickly. Notes of pineapple, wheat, malt on the nose. Some unpleasant muskiness, too. Taste is rather flat and uninspiring. Honestly, it reminded me on some of my earliest efforts at homebrewing, using homebrew kits instead of fresh ingredients.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, some brackish aftertaste. Won't be back to this one.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium golden beer with an exploding creamy head. A hazey glow appears middle of the glass. The head shrinks to about a 1/2 inch.
Smell - Big time pineapple and general sweetness.
Taste - Refreshing pineapple flavors burst at the beginning flowed by an assortive but by no means over barring hop presnse that leads to a clean yet fruity finish led by hints of banana notes. There is a slight stale, fermented fruit taste present.
Mouthfeel - Feels like juice when you're drinking it. I wish the carbonation stayed with the beer longer. Could use more bite but would make a great summer time pool beer.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a weizen glass. Canned 6/29/11 I guess that's why it's only 6.99/6pack, ha.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golen orange. Huge three finger white pillowy head rises above the edge of my glass. Retention never seems to die out and plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of co2 bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Aroma: Wheat and a big blast of pineapple, Slightly metallic. Kinda smells like a wine cooler.

Taste: Bready wheat dances with nice pineapple fruitiness. Pineapple! It's actually quite good. It walks a little on the sweet side but it's not overpowering. It's also not something I'm going to drink a ton of. I like that it has some full flavors, Even some banana and bubblegum. Makes me think of a hefe with pineapple added.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Would be drinkable any time of year but I suppose best suited for summer. Carbonation is a low and smooth. Finishes dry.

A lot of wheats can be boring, this one offers a unique flavor and wasn't bad at all considering how old it is.

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Photo of Xul
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with some orange highlights, capped by two fingers of white head. Retention can't even really be called poor, as the head almost immediately dissipates and doesn't even leave any lacing in its wake.

S: Wheat up front with bananas and strong cloves, along with some light pineapple sweetness. There's also a light smokey note swirling around that is a bit of a distraction.

T: The taste mostly follows the nose, but thankfully doesn't include the odd smokey character. Wheat base with bananas and a better defined, slightly juicier pineapple character. Cloves are dialed way back. The pineapple character could be a bit stronger, it's there but rather muted.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels too heavy for the style.

D: Certainly not difficult to drink, but the smoke on the nose is a negative, and it's not really good enough to want more than one.

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Photo of aval89
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange, leaning towards a light, bright amber color.. fluffy 2 finger head.. settles quickly..

s: yeast esters upfront..banana & clove.. slight graininess.. pineapple is slightly present..

t: again the yeast characters are upfront..fruity esters with a slight phenolic taste on tongue.. then you get the bit of banana & clove.. finish is slightly dry with a lingering clove bitterness.. pineapple isnt as present as i thought.. its there alright, just somewhat subtle.. tasty nonetheless.

mf: light-medium bodied with spot on carbonation..

o: a decent brew, especially for summer.. went down too easy!

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Photo of geryeb624
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thanks a ton Kala!

A- Cloudy golden color with 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head. Not great retention but very nice lacing.

S- Interesting. Not picking up the typical banana and clove, though fruit and spice are there. Yeasty and fruity, the pineapple does make an appearance, as does something I think is cinnamon-like. Almost reminds me of a pumpkin ale in a weird way.

T- Crisp and fruity, but again no banana and clove here, which is a plus for me. Very light tasting, with some juicy fruitiness from the pineapple and crispness from the wheat. Strange medicinal taste comes through also though, though this goes away and I believe comes from the spicy yeast, which comes through after a few sips.

M/D- Nice creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Goes down very easy and is quite refreshing.

Very nice wheat ale with some interesting flavors. Nice fruitiness, but the medicinal flavor is a bit off-putting at first. Once it dies down a bit, this is good stuff. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white soapy head atop a golden body. Decent head, though not very thick and doesn’t enlarge much as I agitate.

Aromas of oranges, mild honeybread, and tinges of wheat. I would think the wheat would be fairly prevalent. A pleasant bouquet regardless of the lack of strong wheat aroma. Oh and I may be one of the few that DIDN’T smell pineapple or pineapple juice in the nose. Perhaps if I would have read the label I may have convinced myself of the existence of pineapple smell. Hmmmm…

Similar to the aromas, flavors of orange and honey, with the wheat much more prevalent and including some tasty banana as well. The finish exhibits a little pilsner malt that unfortunately does not enhance the flavor profile.

Light mouthfeel, with a generally dry finish.

Overall, a drinkable wheat beer that has a couple flaws, case in point: a seeming lack of integration between the flavors, and an awkward finish. Imagine drinking a sweet, tasty wheat beer that finishes like a Pilsner Urquell. Some people may like that; I don’t. However, it’s decent enough to warrant another try, if not at least to appreciate what the brewery is trying to do here, namely, produce a tropically exotic pale wheat ale.

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Photo of Kshock
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden color with a little white lacing and almost no head retention.

S- sweet malts, pineapple, yeast, basically no hop aromoa...shocker ;)

T -sweet, dry, fruity/pineapple. the pineapple blends nicely with the fruity esters given from the yeast. Sweet malts underline the entire beer giving it a solid sweetness that isnt overbarring.

M- nice and light on the palate. nothing crazy here, decent carb, minor residual sugars, nice clean finish.

Great beer for a hot summer day out on the BBQ

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Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.