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Hinano - Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 143
Avg: 2.76
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.84/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear golden with lots of medium to large bubbles. The tall white head is kind of thick and compact, dissipates slowly into rich lacings.

S: Some mild corn and bready malt, very sweet. Bitter hops and citric notes in the back.

T: Bitter hops, better than many Adjuncts lagers. Mostly malt, but corn as well. Sweet and citric.

M: Aftertaste is very long and bitter. Body is medium to full for this style while the carbonation is strong but un-aggresive.

O: Well-crafted (?) Adjunct Lager.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/16/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a light straw colored yellow with a medium large bubbled head and next to no lacing.

Smell- Heavy on the malt. Maybe a bit of sweetness hovering around.

Taste- Some sweetness backed up by a bunch of malt. Still pretty clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel- A tad bit overcarbonated. A heavier feeling beer. Kinda like a macro, but still went down well.

Drinkability- Not bad. I would rahter drink these all day than Corona's. More flavor at least. Drinkable

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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.

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Photo of Mark
3.46/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Once upon a time I thought this beer was beer heaven. Of course there was very little better beer even being made at the time. I also was indulging on the beautiful island of Bora Bora, what the hell wouldn't taste great! Sometimes this beer is available in my area and I pick some up for nostaligic feelings. A typical light lager that can be refreshing on a hot day. Pure white head and lacing was nice, smooth and there are some hops in there.One improvement in the last few years is that this beer now comes in brown rather than green bottles. I thought XlPerro's review was a bit harsh but then this beer is the key to so many great memories.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - Pale straw color, a little murky, with about 2 fingers of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - strong hop aroma..maybe a cereal grain too and a little bit of lime.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Again, strong hop flavor, but with a "filling" of something of maybe light cereal grains. Also as with the smell..a splash of something citrusy like lime. Texture is pretty well-balanced for an adjunct lager.

Drinkability - Not a great taste nor complex, but also not bad considering the style.

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Photo of mwa423
3.39/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another CAN from Woodychandler. Can't say I have ever had a beer from Tahiti before, but there's always a first time.

A - I know it isn't St. Patrick's day...but this beer is green. It looks closer to lemonade with head then beer. Speaking of head, boy is there a lot of it. 3 fingers of head which quickly dies to nothing leaving nothing behind.

S - Adjunct-rific. About what I expect from the style, maybe a hint of hops, hard to tell.

T - I was really expecting a big taste letdown, but instead had a pleasant surprise. The taste is actually rather pleasant. Malty with hints of adjunct and hops. If this was what Bud Light tasted like, you might see me drinking it more often.

M/D - The mouthfeel was above average, you knew you had beer in your mouth, and it left some aftertaste. As for drinkability, this is certainly an easy drinker that I would enjoy more often if it was available locally and priced as I expect an Adjunct Lager should.

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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.

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Photo of tjd25
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft creamy head on a very pale golden color body that's quite active. The smell is grainy and fresh with some citrus; some caramelized plum pie aspects appear later on. Nothing very exciting in the taste, some fruity notes, some grain, and a round and alost hidden hoppiness in the back of the palate. The mouthfeeel is quite good for a pale lager, thicker than expected, creamy and round. A decent lager.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why, but I really dig this beer. I figured I would try it, while I was visiting Oakland back in September, and to my surprise it was very drinkable. It's not like it's a very complex beer by any means, but I feel that it is well balanced in it's own right, thus making it an easy beer to down. Along with the nice balance of malts and hops, it has a light smokey finish to it, which caps it off nicely. I wish there was someway of getting it down here in SC though. Otherwise, I'll have to get it when I visit Cali once a year.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted grains, honey, and very slight skunk. Taste is of toasted grains, grass/hay, and some honey flavors. There is also a light grape flavor I am getting. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a bubbly and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Tahiti but not something I would get too often.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can thanks to JISurfer.

Pours a pale golden color with a fizzy white head that settles into a small creamy layer.

Scent of corn, earthy grain, and some grass. Considering the style, the scent is above average compared to most others I've had.

Taste of corn syrup, bread, and a very faint hoppiness. A pretty average Lager, but I do have to say that it is pretty inoffensive.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a bite of carbonation.

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

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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright straw yellow color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with fair retention. Decanted lightly. Very little lacing.

S: Light, sweet malt. Hay and grass.

T: Light, sweet malt. Finishes in an even hop bitter for good balance. A little dry.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. A little dry and coating.

D: Easy to drink. Adjunct not as pronounced as expected. Has some malt and hop character.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from one of the Sacramento BevMo! stores. Pours a clear yellow brown with a short white head that looks clingy and thin. Laces sparingly. Odor is vague, but with clean malt and a ghost of spicy hops. Flavor isn't bad...clean and fairly fresh tasting, which is a good thing for a beer from so far away. Clean malt, hints of green apple and pear, touch of hop bitterness. Thin bodied. Easy drinking and just enough flavor to keep me interested.

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Photo of stephens101
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale yellow with little to no head. Smelled of corn and grain. Tasted crisp and malty, with a hint of sweetness and bitterness thrown in. Fairly well carbonated and goes down clean. The lady on the label looks pretty and I would share a few of these with her and then take her for a midnight skinny dip on a Tahitian beach.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bought at Seagate Liquors in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a typical lager yellow, with a small, fizzy white head, which has surprsingly good retention.

S: Nice full malty smell, very bready.

T: Bready malt, not unlike a Spaten lager in taste, but much lighter, nice grassy hop note in the end.

M: Light and crisp, good full carbonation that is not overbearing.

D: A nice servicable lager beer, wouldn't mind picking up a sixer of this in the summer, it is quite inexpensive for an imported premium lager type beer product.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thin, straw-yellow body with a nicely frothy white head.

Nose is sour malt, nothing special.

Flavor is typical macro lager. There's a slight skunk on the finish, reminiscent of Heineken. It's no Masala Mama IPA, but not bad tasting after a day on the beach.

Mouthfeel is thin, typical for the style.

Drinkability is good. After a hot day on Hanuama Bay, it goes down well. I only bought one to review, but a sixer would top off this day well.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An ordinary and plain beer in every way, shape and form. Pours the atypical yellow lager color, has the most average aroma, taste and look. Slight smell, tart taste, and has the appearance of any other lager. Not bad, but not good. If you like bland beers, this is the perfect beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I looked forward to this, but what I found was a timid, inoffensive lager. Typical golden lager with a fluffy white head and a sweet, creamy adjunct scent. Mild, inoffensive taste. Lacks the skunkiness of some lagers, but really not anything exciting here.

The best part of this beer is to drink it ice cold in the tropics. Or even at home on a hot summer day. Other than that, there's no compelling reason to buy this.

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Photo of Mryup
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A very nice pale clear yellow with plenty of course, white head. Retention is average.

S: Smells simple, clean, BALANCED and boring. But heh, sometimes I don't want adventure.

T: This beer is misunderstood. Its beauty is in the simplicity. It has wonderful malt/hop balance. My mind said "THIS IS BEER". Nothing more, nothing less. I don't know why they had to go to Tahiti to make it but thats ok with me. There also seems to be hints of quality pleading out to me trying to make their presence known. Its there. What's this? Lacing? Quality indeed. Like Bud but better. Slightly watery.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with high CO2 that gives it some desperately needed adventure. If feels like they have added rice to the equation giving it some snap.

D: Like drinking water baby!

I have always wondered why Bud doesn't come out with a higher quality version of their beer without all of the preservatives and crap. Budweiser Premium. Thats what this beer remind me of.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 9 fl. oz (50 cl) brown bottle, noting it was brewed in Tahiti, but a product of France(?) Dated 07 09 05, assumed best by.
Aroma: Bready yeast, almost Grolsch like with almost a biscuit malt smell.
Appearance: Very clear pale yellow, white head was short lived and left minor lace in its wake.
Flavor: Fairly clean taste, much like an adjunct lager. Mild metallic finish with a slight touch of lemon.
Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, lighter body, clean finish.
Overall Impression: A standard macro lager, clean, refreshing, unremarkable.

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Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.