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Hinano - Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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BA SCORE
66
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Tahiti S.A. visit their website
French Polynesia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-25-2002

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 81
Reviews by ctdfalconer:
Photo of ctdfalconer
2.61/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Why does this happen so often? People go off to distant lands, get hot and sweaty, drink the local suds, are thrilled with the magical refreshment qualities of the exotic elixir, then make noise about importing it to bestow its blessing on all those ignorant domestic drinkers. The sad thing is, the pale imitation Pilsner that is brewed across the globe is rarely interesting enough to justify the expense of exportation. Don't get me wrong, I have had some interesting tropical lager, and I was glad to get it, but I firmly believe that the Tahitian beer is best enjoyed in Tahiti mostly because it means you're in Tahiti. Another sad thing is that consumers see the exotic labels in the store and go all dreamy-eyed with notions of drinking in the flavors of the islands when what they are getting is not much different (but much more expensive) from the 18-pack of Bud four steps to the left.

This beer is thin and watery and fizzy and crisply dry going down. Just the thing if you're hot and sweaty, luckily I was. I noticed an odd chemicaly aspect to the finish that put me off. Otherwise, it's cold and wet and malt-flavored. Drinkable, yes. Unremarkable, yes again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mattster
1.43/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 12oz bottle marked best before 08/13/08 into a Nonic Glass.

Formed a nice 2" head at first that died down to lacing on sides of glass and atop the beer. Color is very light yellow and very clear.

Smell is of malts and corn, not unlike a BMC brew. Taste follows smell. Very week on palate - almost watery. Aftertaste is not pleasant and i only drink more to temporarily kill aftertaste.

I've heard a lot about this brew, now I am questioning the people who recommended it. I'm cutting out the middle man on this one and gonna pour rest out.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was brought DIRECT from Tahiti to me by my friend Jeff-Thanks!
Aroma-smells like a lager, crisp nose with some hops there.
Appearance-Light yellow color with a nice white head.
Tastes like a macro lager. Very light body, a froth sweetens it up a little. Finishes clean. Nothing fancy but very refreshing and probably goes down nicely while sitting on a nice deserted beach in Bora-Bora! Cheers.

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle, my first Tahitian beer, an appropriate enough find in a Hawaiian grocery store, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, lustrous bone-white head, which leaves some decently appropriate atoll profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy malt, somewhat adjunct-ridden, with a rice and corn sweetness, a slight phenolic fruitiness, and some wisps of skunky, weedy hops. The taste is more grainy rice and corn mash, some plastic metallic unpleasantness somewhere there in the middle, amidst a further vegetal skunkiness.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body a medium-light weight, and fairly clammy, which somehow morphs into that certain kind of smoothness. It finishes honed down just to the grainy, plastic, and cooked veggie elements. Hey, wait, what?

Another brick in the wall that is the ongoing proliferation of the plain-ass (I mean that literally) lager to every last corner of the world. Not worthy beyond anything more than a ticking footnote, and cool-ish bottle souvenir.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fairly sudsy, and good foam on the top. Goes flat fairly quickly as I recall.

Smell: This is pretty skunk. A decent straw malt and lemon hop mixture though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is pretty bitter. I just think it went bad. Not sure that Tahitian beer is a best-seller, even at a Manhttan Beach fish taco joint. Stale straw malt with slight crispness of seltzer.

Overall Drinkability: Not too disappointing, since I wasn't expecting a great beer. Still, I wish it were a bit more refreshing.

Photo of ElGordo
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heading south again tonight, from NZ to Tahiti. I've been told it's a generic island lager, and I figured it might be just the order on the first 90 degree day of the year.
Pours a pale straw color with the slightest hint of a white fizzy head. Not much in the way of aroma - a bit of cheap malt, that's about it. Palate is nondescript - light malt, a little chalkiness, and, as others have remarked, a light chemical taste on the finish. Body is light and a little foamy. Not an experience I wish to repeat.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.21/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A finger and half of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is grain, mostly rice.
The taste has mild bitterness and moderate sweetness. One then the other on the profile.
The texture is a little sticky with moderate carbonation and light body.
The sweetness was a bit much and with the sticky texture makes this a "no-go".

Photo of HalfFull
3.09/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into a pint glass. When did we start on centiliters by the way? What happened to 500 ml or just .5 liters? Pours a medium straw in color with a frothy white head. Retention was about 50 milliseconds, one per centiliter.

Smell is of grains. Not all corn, surely some rice and malts in there. Regardless, the nose is typical of American Macros. Just when I was going to comment about how Tahitians can make American beer, I realize it is a moot point indeed. The nose does offer a bit of Euro. noble hops when stirred up a bit, lending some credence to my argument, briefly.

Tastes slightly sweet and grainy, rather bland and simple. Pretty average. Feel and drink follow suit. The beer does stand up to a bit of warming as the body is richer than many American Macros. An interesting cross between a Euro Pale and an American Macro. Sailing to the South Pacific in 3 years, better bring some rum and a few Arrogant Bastards.

Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright clear dark yellow/light amber with a big thick white head.

Pleasant nose of lavendar perfume and green bananas with underlying white bread yeast; light nose but most pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light/medium with just a hint of creaminess and body.

Flavors are simple and a bit one dimensional-nice, clean and pleasant yeast with a nice light/medium yeast finish.

Pleasant with some light flavors and character for a simple brew.

Photo of tone77
3.24/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, again malts and somewhat sweet, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of Padron4KM
1.71/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle best before Sept 07.

Pale yelllow with a fluffy white head. No lacing.

Aroma is grainy with a touch of skunk.

Flavor is grainy, metalic, with a little lemon.
Dry grainy finish.

This is the best beer in Tahiti? I am never going there. If I do I'll make sure to bring my own

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light blonde color lager with a pure white foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet malt is mostly bland. Taste is also dominated by some semi-sweet notes of malt with little else if maybe some traces of oxidation. Definitely not the worst pale lager I had but not the most interesting either.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

50 cL blue can...purchased at Monoprix in France. Can is in French and what must be some sort of Tahitian dialect...Ma'a pia Hinano iti e! Best by 3/3/11

A-Light yellow straw, 1-finger white head, avg retention, bits of tracing, fizz visible throughout.

S-Slightly sweet light malts, bits of bitter noble hops (vegetal, faint skunky sulfur--the good kind, and faint herb).

T-M-Light malt notes. I can't pick up any off-notes or cheap adjuncts. Finish is pleasant w/ the hops doing a nice job paving the way to a dry aftertaste that is good. On the fizzy side, which amps up an otherwise extremely light-bodied brew. Balance tips toward the hops. Clean finish.

D-This is a good beer compared to its peers. It's a little too light-bodied for me. I think the well water I grew up on had more, but i suppose if I was drinking in the hot sun I wouldn't want anything heavier.

Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Very clear, pale straw yellow. HUGE white head that slowly settles down to a ½” cap. Some lacing. The color and clarity looks a lot like a watered down apple juice. One of the clearest beers I've ever seen. Looks just about right for a macro American lager.

Aroma- Smells exactly like a macro American lager to. Mostly sour mash with some musty hops, and just a touch of malt sweetness.

Taste- Not as refreshing as most American macro-lagers, but not half bad Some corny sysrup sweetenss up front with a pronounced hop bite (for this style) in the middle. The hops linger into the back of the aft-taste. Not particularly good tasting, but there aren't any off-tastes and nothing particurly objectionable.

Mouthfeel- Heavier body than most American macro-lagers (not that is saying much.). Carbonation doesn't really kick in until right when you are swallowing it.

Drinkability- Not as good as I've made it sound so far. Most American lagers should either be very refreshing, or very quaffible. This, while not being wretched, is neither.

Photo of scottoale
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stubby style 50cl. brown bottle with fancy 50th anniversary neck label and a Best before: 21.09.06. This stuff pours almost clear, super light, yellow-gold with an inch of white bubbly head. A bit of lace initially. Head dies quickly, mild carbonation.

Smell is sweet, light malt with a hint of lemon. Has a bit of a piss smell to it as well.

Tastes of sweet light malt that fades to a mild hop (almost) bitter finish. The flavor is ok, just a bit on the bland side. Alcohol is not even noticed, is there any?

Mild fizz to the mouthfeel, super light body...beer flavored drinking water?

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

pale yellow, decent lace considering the color

smells like a nice pilsner, earthy scent present

tastes ok actually not bad but not great

a bit too watery but other than that mouthful isnt terrible.

may try this another day, definitely over the tsingtao next to it.

Photo of Gusler
2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer after its release from the 50cl bottle is a very pale yellow with a smallish creamy white head that measures about three quarters of an inch, as it fades quickly, the lacing is thin and patchy. Nose is the archetypal sweet malt; light and pleasant, start is sweet, thin malt presence with the top cadaverous. Finish has a mild acidity, the hops barely there, a bit watery with the aftertaste dry. The beer is what I would expect from this part of the world, just don’t see myself drinking an Russian Imperial Stout while laying on the beautiful sandy beach watching the sun slowly sink over the horizon, in my younger days, I would have added a few Tahitian beauties. lol

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.43/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl Can poured into a Coors 'Banquet' vase on 6th June 2012: this beer was brought to me by my parents from a World Cruise.

Looks like your typical lager/pilsner: light golden body which is clear, clean and bright. The huge white head I poured soon fell away which is also very typical of this type of beer.

Regular 'no smell', gets my score of 3 as usual.

The taste is thin and of weak semi-sweet molasses with a tinny, metallic finish which spoiled the whole thing to be honest.

Might work if I was on the beach in Tahiti: but a damp, cold evening in the UK doesn't suit this beer one iota.

Photo of dstc
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with big white head that falls at a moderate speed leaving little lacing behind.

Smells clean, faint malts. Nothing different, basic macro lager aroma.

Light taste and very clean. Quite nice actually.

Thin and well carbonated in the mouth.

I can drink this, nice and clean, crisp and refreshing.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.8/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sure that the ambience of the Island of Bora Bora had a lot to do with just how good this beer is. But that said. This lager is very much like a pilsner with a moderate hop flavor. It pours very golden and very clear. The head is white and bubbly and short lived. The nose is average with some malt. The taste was a dry malt with just a hint hops. This beer was extremely refreshing after along hard day of snorkeling in the reefs that surround Bora Bora. I drank an awful lot of this beer while we were there on our honeymoon and it was the perfect beer for that environment. I sure wish I could get it here. If there is anything I can recommend is trying this beer, on beech in Bora Bora watching the sunset. This is part of a whole experience and not just a beer.

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best before date of 2/18/2015. 330ml bottle.

A: Pours a clear light straw/pale yellow with 1-finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and splotches of lace.

N: Yeasty, bready, slight lemon citrus, grainy/corn, grassy, faintly herbal esters.

T: Yeasty with a crisp citrus lemon along with a trace of metallic aftertaste.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Clean and light, yeasty grainy finish.

O: Can imagine tropical beaches surrounded by a lagoon with swaying palm trees.

Photo of Eggolas
3.51/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While I like to drink beer by itself, more important to me is how it pairs with a particular meal.

I had this beer for the first time a a week ago in Hawaii. It is not a beer to drink without the company of food. I began drinking it by itself while waiting for dinner at Kimos in Lahaina and was somewhat disappointed. But then came the meal and like a wine that completely changes with food, this beer did as well.

The beer paired quite well with both Opakapaka and Onaga (both served with stir fry vegetables and a rice pilaf), the pink and red snapper fish on two different occasions. The first was at Kimo's in Lahaina (pink snapper) and the second at Mama's Fish House (red snapper) on the Hana Highway.

The taste was clean and not overpowering, which would have ruined the delicate flavor of the snapper. It was not overly carbonated either, which was appreciated when paired with the fish.

Appearance was a nice golden color with a very clean look.

All in all, this appears to be a nice beer to complement a meal where you want the entree to be the main event but have the beer enhance the overall experience. It won't stand up to an afternoon alone.

Photo of jcalabre
1.61/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

OK, it's from Tahiti, that's all that's unique about it. Maybe it's a notch above Buttwiper, at best. If your passion is to try beers from all over the world, this one will allow you to check Tahiti off your list. Otherwise, save your money and buy a decent beer.

Photo of Zorro
2.37/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smell is sweet with some malt and grain and some herbal hop scent.

Taste is sweet and metallic with a fairly strong bitterness level. Very bitter for the style. Think bitter Budweiser and you have the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is not so great. It beats a corona but I would pick something else instead. Most annoying thing about this is that strong metallic flavor. Not really pleasant.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 11.04.09 (I assume that that is international dating).

Pours very transparent/light straw yellow with a slight golden tint. A white head thins to a wisp with minimal retention and minimal lacing.

The smell is thin - a touch of lime and "Euro-skunk", some grain sweetness.

The taste is of sweet grain with some tonic/seltzer. Minimal non-descript hop touch gives some balance, though it remains sweet. Bland, but inoffensive.

The feel is pretty crisp, with a short-lived sweet touch. Bland.

Not undrinkable, I would put this as a mediocre - hot day, mediocre for style, inoffensive, leaning a bit sweet drink. Bland but inoffensive.

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Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.