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Hinano - Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-25-2002)
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.38/5  rDev +22%

Purchased from BevMo in Pacific Heights on a whim, never having had a Tahitian beer before. I don't have high hopes, but it's one to chalk up to experience.

Pours a very pale light golden colour, with a very fine, but rather thin head of white, that just forms a sherbet-like collar around the edge of the glass. No lacing, and a very thin body. Looks decent enough for what it is.

Grainy and slightly herbal nose, rather like a Euro green bottle lager; generally generic, but with a touch of vegetative crispness to give it a lift. Pretty average in the large scheme of things, but not too bad stylistically.

Taste is light, but mild, with a pleasant light grain sweetness on the back, that gives it a mealy, cereal finish. Light crisp entry almost fortells a harsh metallic or chemical bitterness on the back, but it doesn't arrive, meaning the beer stays smooth and drinkable throughout. Very refreshing and very soft.

Not nearly as bad as it might have been. It's a pretty clean, crisp and smooth, easy-drinking lager, with a lot more character than many in the genre. No, it's not going to knock your socks off, but it's a decently made pale lager that would make a good complement to a pacific island sunset.

05-10-2011 00:57:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
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aquazr1

California

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

05-13-2014 01:56:34 | More by aquazr1
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mattster

Texas

1.43/5  rDev -48.4%

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.

01-04-2008 09:49:24 | More by mattster
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -27.8%

11-16-2011 02:48:22 | More by bpfrush
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Keegan

Germany

4/5  rDev +44.4%

01-05-2013 05:03:31 | More by Keegan
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

09-12-2007 17:25:54 | More by ByTor2112
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Beer21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

04-04-2013 01:38:52 | More by Beer21
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

05-15-2012 07:53:53 | More by biboergosum
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

04-17-2012 00:55:40 | More by tjsdomer2
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ElGordo

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

05-31-2007 05:38:57 | More by ElGordo
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

05-16-2013 21:01:39 | More by Ciocanelu
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.13/5  rDev -23.1%

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".

01-19-2013 04:07:08 | More by Fatehunter
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HalfFull

California

3.08/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

02-12-2009 05:37:47 | More by HalfFull
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GRG1313

California

3.35/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

11-22-2009 19:10:47 | More by GRG1313
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

02-06-2010 13:56:08 | More by tone77
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Louski

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

01-07-2013 04:35:00 | More by Louski
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Padron4KM

Arizona

1.68/5  rDev -39.4%

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

04-13-2007 04:27:45 | More by Padron4KM
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

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.

01-22-2008 18:54:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.23/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

04-25-2010 17:13:28 | More by BoitSansSoif
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theopholis

California

2.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

03-30-2007 22:20:16 | More by theopholis
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jaydoc

Kansas

2/5  rDev -27.8%

10-31-2013 03:37:27 | More by jaydoc
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scottoale

California

2.42/5  rDev -12.6%

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?

05-05-2006 10:40:58 | More by scottoale
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Gusler

Arizona

2.9/5  rDev +4.7%

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

10-19-2007 20:18:46 | More by Gusler
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.38/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

06-06-2012 22:04:57 | More by BlackHaddock
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mstrocko

New York

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

06-25-2014 00:36:11 | More by mstrocko
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Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.