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La Perouse White - Maui Brewing Co.

La Perouse WhiteLa Perouse White

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very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: July2Nov on 03-15-2012)
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Photo of ccrida


3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draughrt at the brewpub, La Perouse is very murky, dull gold with a small white collar leaving the slightest lace.

Smell is grainy, almost wort like, and corriander.

Taste is big on the citrus spices, a little sharpness. Some yeasty flavors, light sweetnees.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a touch of fullness aligns with the appearence, but generally rather light.

Drinkability is fine, too spicy, could use less spice and a little more time in the brite tank.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 23:34:09 | More by ccrida
Photo of July2Nov


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Humpy's in Kona for the Maui mini-tap takeover on 03/09/12.

Appearance: Hazy orange/gold in color with a two finger of white head that simmers down to a frothy lacing within a minute.

Smell: Chalky & Belgian in nature with a good amount of citrus fruit (ie. oranges) rising up. Good amount of wheat breaks through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mild with a good amount of "tang" from the acid of the fruit, that is layered over the wheat & pilsner malts. Not overtly sweet, until near the cusp toward the end. The Belgian yeast flavor comes out a little bit with an earthy, farmhouse type of feel. Slight bit of warming up in the latter stages of this wonderful and easy-going brew.

Overall: I've had this both on tap and in can form and I almost prefer the canned product more, or maybe it's that I was able to devote more time to the package product, but this is a great beer and one that is perfect for breakfast/brunch pairing. Another exceptional offering from the Maui Brewing Co. that should be on everyone's radar. Solid!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 17:42:03 | More by July2Nov
Photo of blackie


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

single from some Whole Foods

a: served in a wit glass, a hazy golden white in color with a frothy layer of head that shows average retention

s: the nose spreads fresh mandarin orange - floral citrus - and well applied coriander spice across a simply structured wheat base, nice bready yeast aroma, subtle grassy hops

m: carbonated to around a moderate level, lighter in body with some weight to it

t: carrying forward with the aromatic set, the palate features a thoughtful combination of coriander with fruity mandarin orange on a slightly sweet wheat malt base, bready yeast, hops contribute little flavor, and add a subtle bittering to the finish

o: the restraint in dosing the spice is appreciated, and the fresh mandarin orange adds a little something extra, solid base beer with good yeast character, solid all around

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 20:05:08 | More by blackie
Photo of harrymel


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned March 2012

hazed grain color with a almost solid sheet of bone whites. Smells like wit, coriander and a hint of clove with some underlying grain and corn. Taste is clean white with some coriander and some clay and a hint of hay; simple, but clean. Medium bodied with hi carb and a dry finish. Okay wit, would advise wit fans to give a try.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 06:28:59 | More by harrymel
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Globe Glass

A. Pours 2 finger light head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

S. Yeast, spice, lemon, has a bit of sourness. Interesting smelling wit. Has a pretty refeshing smell to it.

T. Interesting. Nice fruity citrusy flavor with some corriander going on in the background. Pretty yummy and refreshing. Get a little bit of clove as it warms. Nice mix of spice and fruit.

M. Medium bodied. Mediuam carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Would like to have access to cans of this year round. Excellent summer beer. Overall I would say this is a pretty neat take on a wit beer. Has a bit more tropical fruit flavor injected into the traditional spices of a wit.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 00:19:03 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of womencantsail


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a cloudy pale yellow color with a fluffy white head. The nose is sort of bland. A light cracker malt aroma, some hints of spice, a little straw, and maybe some yeast. As it warms, some orange does come out. The flavor is a bit more robust, but it sort of tastes like Malibu rum. Very fruity, almost artificially so. Coconut, oranges, and a hint of vanilla. Light coriander flavor, and very little malt character. Very strange...

Serving type: can

08-07-2012 05:17:30 | More by womencantsail
Photo of nimrod979


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into standard pint glass. Canned: 03/28/12. Really wantedto try this as I am a fan of Maui.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a thin one finger white head that fades quickly to a small ring and no lacing.

Aroma: Orange zest, pineapple, lots of coriander spice and wheat.
Smells like the beach.

Taste: Orange citrusy zest up front along with some wheaty Belgian yeast. Before a boatload of coriander and spice takes control and holds throughout the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied. It's a little heavier than expecting but I'm not complaining. Moderate carbonation. Spicey finish. My only complaint is the coriander is a little overpowering. However, it's a pretty solid drinkable wit. Good for summer.

Serving type: can

08-04-2012 20:10:58 | More by nimrod979
Photo of tone77


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you goes out to the creator of the can quest, woodychandler, for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with spice and citrus. Taste is subtle spice and orange, some wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall goes great in this extreme heat.

Serving type: can

07-17-2012 22:19:37 | More by tone77
Photo of beertunes


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured the expected cloudy whitish color that typifies the style. The beer had about 1/4 inch of white head that had OK retention and very light lacing.

The aroma and flavors were both the expected wheat, yeast and spice that makes Wits one of my summer favorites. The coriander was present without being overpowering, as it sometimes can be, and the orange was very subdued as well.

The body was very crisp and clean, with a dry wheaty finish. Drinkability was, as I find most of the style to be, very good indeed. Overall, a solid, enjoyable example of the style. Not in the elite level of Wits, but a good choice for the river, beach, cookout or just plain drinkin'. Worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: can

07-15-2012 20:30:35 | More by beertunes
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice, light golden color with a thick finger of pillowy white foam, bubbles with some good head retention

S: The fruitiness and wheat are a bit muted with some Belgian yeast and light pepper hanging in their.

T: A nice, immediate and refreshing beer with light wheat, some pepperness, hay, citrus and a light dash of passion fruits

M: Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing

O: Nice and drinkable witbier. No major flaws or complaints

Serving type: can

07-15-2012 16:37:52 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a tulip

A: Pours a very hazy light golden color with two fingers of thick white head.

S: Lots of wheat, coriander, and lemon zest.

T: Similar to smell, but a bit cleaner than aroma. Wheat up front with clean lemon zest and quite a bit of peppery spice. Very clean and refreshing.

M: Very light with good carbonation.

O: This is a very refreshing beer. Quite dry with a great lemon zest and pepper spice taste. The beer was gone before I knew it. I'm a big fan.

Serving type: can

07-12-2012 03:02:54 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of woodychandler


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), courtesy of Max's on Broadway in Baltimore. Many thanks, guys!

From the CAN: "Limited Release"; "Certified Made on Maui"; "Belgian Inspired Ale Brewed With Coriander and Mandarin Oranges"; "The surf sanctuary of La Perouse Bay inspired this delicious award-winning Witbier. What started as a humble homebrew has evolved into a fan favorite. After one sip you'll have a blue crush for another chance to suck 'em up ... especially after a long session at Da Bay! Cheers, [undersigned] Kim Lutz, Lead Brewer"; " "La Perouse White is a fresh, handcrafted Belgian inspired Witbier brewed with wheat and European Pilsner malts, spiced with coriander and fresh local Mandarin oranges."; "Maui's Truly Local Beer!"

The Crack & Glug was flawless, thanks to my having (slightly) agitated the CAN just beforehand. I had just over a finger of rocky, off-white head that burbled and popped as I watched, quickly receding to nothingness. The beer itself was a very cloudy orangish-yellow like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was MUCH sweeter than the earlier Blanche de Bruxelles with the Mandarin oranges really making their presence known. The coriander was also quite evident on the nose and the yeast seemed to be taking a back seat in this case. Mouthfeel was soft and creamy with a light citrusy spiciness on the tongue, kind of like eating a sorbet. Style freaks would probably dun it, but I don't have those kinds of hang-ups. Finish was semi-sweet, definitely refreshing and while it may not necessarily be my bag, I still enjoyed it and could see myself drinking more while at the beach.

Serving type: can

06-23-2012 22:53:35 | More by woodychandler
Photo of kojevergas


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz aluminum can (with a strangely cool top - the grip is excellent!) served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. 5.2% Canned 03/28/2012. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. I like the style.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige head without much cream, pretty thin, and of average retention. Colour is a cloudy murky dull yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale hops, clean full barley, light lemon hints, a bit of yeast, and clean malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Somewhat inviting, but fairly generic for the style.

T: Clean barley and malts form the simple but effective full-bodied foundation. Fresh lemon peel rounds out the profile and comes off as surprisingly clean and enjoyable. I quite like it, in spite of its simplicity. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Nicely balanced and built, though there's no real complexity and very little subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. The thickness is apt, though it's overcarbonated but not to the point of inhibiting sharpness.

Dr: A nice little witbier. Quite drinkable. I'd definitely try this on draught. A good offering from Maui, and one I'd like to see brewed on a continuous basis.


Serving type: can

06-16-2012 04:38:18 | More by kojevergas
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat with some lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, and other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet wheat with some lemon zest, coriander, and a bit of Belgian yeast. Through the middle, some more yeast character comes through with a bit more spice and pepper. The finish is a mix of wheat and other grains with some lemon zest, and some Belgian yeast.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance, but a bit empty and a bit thin bodied. Good yeast character though.

Serving type: can

06-14-2012 04:15:44 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can opened on 5.31.12.

A - Pours a cloudy light yellow with a fizzy white head.

S - Belgian spice, oranges. Not a ton going on here.

T - Subtle spice and some mandarian oranges.

D - Good carboantion with a light body.

O - Light body and subtle spices and oranges.

Serving type: can

06-04-2012 04:08:17 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of JayQue


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good one!!! Poured into a La Choffe flute. Hazy straw gold color, delicate bubbly white head with average retention and some spotty lacing....looks like a witbier!!

Smells good....citrus (orange and lemon zest), coriander and yeast.

Tastes good too. A solid witbier. Enough wheat bitterness and yeast to balance out the citrus. So many American hefes and witbiers are all lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Good combination of wheat and citrus keep this true to style.

Overall a good summer drink.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 17:57:22 | More by JayQue
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/29/12
*From notes

A: It looks like an unfiltered lemon soda. Extremely cloudy. A big pour yields a meager and loose one finger white head that fades quickly. No lacing and the smallest of small collars.

S: Off-dry juicy orange, plenty of wheat and some really intriguing honeydew melon.

T: The wheat shows itself right off the bat, yet it's not overwhelmingly clovey or chock full o' banana. Instead, I get a mellow, fruit forward beer. Hints of dried vanilla bean, tangello, citric acid and tropical fruit. No hops, just a chilled out and really delicious summer seasonal. The depth of flavor is spectacular.

M: It coats the mouth, yet it's bubbly and light enough to crush. The weight is just right - not too light, not too heavy.

O: A killer Wit, one of the best I've encountered. This screams summer, and there aren't many beers I'd rather have in a cold can on a hot day then this. Maui is really on a roll, and I sincerely hope this is a sign of even more positive things to come. An easy recommendation. A standout in a muddled field.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 19:03:43 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, the last souvenir from a fortnight spent in Waikiki and Kona a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a cloudy, hazy, pale straw hue, with two fingers of very fizzy, poppy white head, which settles quite quickly, leaving some low-ebbing lace around the glass.

It smells like fermenting orange juice - active yeast, sweet orange juice and conversely bitter orange peel, earthy, savoury coriander, and a bit of musty, gamey hops. The taste is a fair bit more centered, with the wheat grain poking its head in, the orange citrus showing more balance, even gaining a certain creamy character, the coriander still providing a sturdy herbal tone, and the yeast trailing off, but nevertheless leaving its mark.

The carbonation is almost altogether sedate, the body an even-handed medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with a drying fruity kick, some lingering spice helping keep the overall sweetness intact.

Like a witbier that had its two main talking points amped, oiled, and buffed up - the citrus and coriander really run the show here, with minor credits due the acquiescent grain and sassy yeast. Not my favorite, but drinkable enough.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 03:36:25 | More by biboergosum
Photo of smakawhat


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Hoegarden witbier glass.

A fluffy and suds head, bright white, kind of pock marked a bit settles slowly on to a cloudy slightly gray and brown yellow body. Somewhat glowing with some good fast rising carbonation in places.

Nose is a very noticeable fresh orange, juicy, not much of a wheat backbone or sweetness coming off this, some faint dry spice. Quite nice.

Feel on this is kind of wet, but the finish is superb with a mild gaseous quality. Palate in the middle has some light malt wheat sense, but the finish brings some spiced and dry orange texture. Spiced clove seems to come out in the aftertaste and mixes nicely with the orange, it's almost kind of hot and peppery.

Overall this is a pleasant witbier, but I don't find myself really excited about it. It would make a good solid summer refresher easily.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 22:55:11 | More by smakawhat
Photo of grittybrews


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant but hazy sunshine yellow with a finger of bright white head. Mild aroma of lemon with a touch of clove.

Highish carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Lemon up front followed by wheat, a touch of clove, and some very nice orange peel character on the finish.

Balanced, dry, and refreshing. The mandarin orange was really well integrated.

Serving type: can

04-29-2012 04:34:05 | More by grittybrews
Photo of flagmantho


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: silvery-golden hue with a big haze and nice effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of pillowy white foam and has decent retention. Good.

Smell: quite a big amount of maltiness in the aroma, which is atypical for the style but works here. There's a refreshing wheat character and a light fruitiness as well. I like it.

Taste: refreshing wheatiness comes right to the forefront. There's not as much coriander-type fruitiness here as in the aroma, but it is pretty good anyway.

Mouthfeel: medium body but an unbelievable creaminess. Just huge and wonderful -- love it.

Overall: a very good witbier, I would gladly have this again and again. My only suggestion would be a little more coriander.

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 15:05:20 | More by flagmantho
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours an opaque light gold color with a decent sized cap of white head. Retention is average and not a whole lot of lacing.

Nose shows the traditional sweet-ish coriander along with a unique zesty orange peel and peppery cloves from the yeast.

Taste has a nice balance of sweet and spice. The orange peel seems to be the most forward, but there is plenty of yeast and coriander to go around as well. The body is medium and displays a fair amount of creaminess that seems to make a good wit great. This one is really good, probably in my top 10 wits but I dont really like the $10+ price tag for a six-pack. If this was more in the 7-9 dollar range, Id buy more without hesitation.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 18:52:32 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Mora2000


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is mainly made up of wheat with a little bit of coriander thrown in. The flavor is a little different, with the addition of some orange peel and herb notes. The wheat is still very strong in the flavor, with some subtle coriander notes thrown in as well. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 02:32:14 | More by Mora2000
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy golden straw with a fine two finger white head and lacing. Looks like a classic witbier. Aroma of wheat, orange and lemon with a hint of spice. Taste is very nice, wheat, yeast, orange and coriander. Ends a bit abruptly but cleanly with a slight hop and spice flavor. Light bodied but nice mouth feel from carbonation. Very refreshing and true to style. Very nice witbier.

Serving type: can

04-14-2012 04:10:11 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of ilpazzo


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Witbier style is what originally got me interested in craft beer, and while not my "go-to" style any more, I certainly enjoy a good one from time to time. I had been hearing about this one for a while, and finally found some six packs in San Diego.
Poured from a can into a tulip snifter.

A= Pours a hazy golden-hay color. About a half inch to an inch of a white head forms, and slowly decreases to just a halo.

S= Amazing nose on this one, can't stop smelling it. Very clean and crisp. You definitely get the mandarin orange, but it's not overwhelming. Coriander, and hints of clove seem to be the most dominant. I personally get hints tropical/passion fruits as well, especially once the beer warms a bit, and you give it a nice swirl.

T= Clove and Coriander again are prominent. Mandarin gives way to balance it out, some sweet hay/grassy flavor comes through as well. I get a hint of banana on the aftertaste as the beer warms.

M= Pleasant. About what I expect from this style. Given the refreshing flavor, I wouldn't mind a little bit more of carbonation.

O= A really, really good Witbier. Given the accolades this brew has been receiving and the brewery responsible, I had high expectations and was not disappointed. Next to Coconut Porter, probably my 2nd favorite brew from Maui Brewing. Certainly would not mind this moving from a seasonal beer, into their general rotation. I'll have to stock up on this one before it's gone.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 21:49:33 | More by ilpazzo
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La Perouse White from Maui Brewing Co.
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