La Perouse White - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: July2Nov on 03-15-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/14/12.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spices, slight pepper, and really juicy tangerine aromas. Taste is of grain and yeast flavors up front with tangerine notes and the spices on the finish. There is a slight pepper spice on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good witbier with some really nice tangerine aromas and flavors and one of the best beers I have tried from Maui Brewing.

Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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...

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.


Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of canucklehead
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in can format at only the Whole Foods in Maui but I like this much better than the wheat beer in complexity and taste. The whole Wit trip is there including the citrus , the spices and the clean finish. I had on the beach in cans ( I am a glass man ) but the flavours still came through for me for the style. Looks like this was a limited release though and probably only available in Hawaii.

Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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La Perouse White from Maui Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.