Hinano - Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
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3.38/5 rDev +22%
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.
08-04-2011 14:25:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Lightly flecked, pale haystack yellow with a caulk white head that occupies the upper half of the glass after a less than vigorous pour. The cap actually looks pretty good. Why is it that nearly every little known beer from every corner of the world has a better looking lid than the offerings from BMC? An acceptable amount of lace finds its way to the glass.
The nose fits the style to a 'T'. Positives are that it smells like fresh grain and lightly musky hops (an absence of nastiness is a positive too, I suppose). Negatives are that it isn't very aromatic and... that it isn't very interesting. It's hard to make an AML interesting, I know.
Hinano certainly is bold on the palate. In fact, it has a bit of a malt liquor swagger about it with much less alcohol. Maybe not 'much less' since alcohol is easily identified as a member of the flavor profile; unusual in a beer of this style. Anyone expecting a beer that is as gentle and as lovely as the Tahitian girl on the label will be mightily disappointed.
I'm doing okay so far--about halfway through the bottle--but the harshness is beginning to wear on me. I'm all for boldness of flavor, but this one is a bit too raw, especially considering the absence of truly good flavors to chew on. Bitter outduels sweet with sharply grassy noble hops bathed in ethanol as the dominant contributor.
The body is firmly medium for the style and doesn't dissipate in the least on the finish. I have no quarrel with the amount of carbonation in particular, nor with the mouthfeel in general. A little softer would be better, since the flavor gives no quarter in that regard.
Hinano is a different sort of beer. It's an amped up version of the usual AML/EPL dreck that impresses with its aggressive, at least at first. However, if I want to imagine myself in a hammock on a South Seas beach with a lovely native girl, I'd like to imagine myself drinking something a little more approachable.
08-04-2006 12:44:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
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
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
3/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
01-07-2009 04:45:47 | More by jwc215
3.18/5 rDev +14.8%
Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color. It is topped by an initially three-finger thick, frothy, pale off white colored head that actually leaves some lacing patterns on the side of my glass. The aroma is sweet and mild; a touch of herbal hops, hints of lemon grass, and a grassy grain-like character. There is certainly nothing wrong with the aroma, not what I look for in a beer, but certainly not noticeable flaws so far.
Served quite cold, this beer at first seems to leave no sensory notes as it crosses my palate. Definitely has a light grain malt sweetness, but it actually has quite a bite to it as well. The combination of carbonation and hop bitterness give this beer a, relatively, sharp biting character that starts out at its most intense as soon as the beer hits the mouth, but then mellows through to a lingering finish of light bitterness. A kiss of lightly herbal hop notes and a grassy grain note add a touch to the flavors found in this beer. This beer is far from bad, but certainly does not have that intensity of flavor I look for in a beer. It is actually quite easily quaffable, and I could see it hitting the spot on a really hot day. Not bad, I was expecting far worse but this beer is nice an clean.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
11-02-2006 01:45:02 | More by Gueuzedude
3.25/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
02-15-2008 07:23:49 | More by Halcyondays
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
3.63/5 rDev +31%
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
12-16-2004 23:40:25 | More by GClarkage
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
3/5 rDev +8.3%
An aggressive pour resulted in a two finger JackTheRipper-like head. Color was a lemon yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the distinctive honey-lager sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a hay/silo sweetness. Finish had a grainy sweetness coupled with a slight sulfur after taste. Lager! Simply put.
12-24-2009 15:04:52 | More by woodychandler
2.33/5 rDev -15.9%
The beer pours a pale yellow with a huge foamy white head that takes a little while to dissipate. Looks like a macro lager- just a little better than many American ones.
The smell is not bad- average for the style perhaps, fairly fresh, and definitely with some hops on the nose- somewhat like a soft pilsner.
I've tasted worse- some real (but small) hop presence helps fight the adjunct sweetness, but doesn't fully succeed. If I was in the South Pacific on a beach, I'd drink this. Otherwise, don't bother.
Mouthfeel is not real clean- a little sticky, a little slick and grainy.
Okay drinkability- the sweetness kind of kills it for me. Still a little more bearable than many american macros for me. Nothing to write home about or go out of your way to find.
08-07-2006 07:42:41 | More by Georgiabeer
2.33/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
08-07-2005 20:36:50 | More by Zorro
2.55/5 rDev -7.9%
The Golden Invitational resumes tonight with the South Pacific's offering: Hinano. Brewed in Tahiti (part of French Polynesia), it's imported by a group whose address is just a few miles from where I live! I thought that note was pretty cool. But anyway, this is the third of four competitors in this Invitational, and hopes to overtake Golden Pheasant for the leading score. On to the beer:
Pours a clear golden pale color into a pilsner glass. Lots of live carbonation in the body, and despite the fizziness, the head retention isn't half bad. A little skunk rises from the beer, but it's mostly adjuncty. The flavor is decent; grainy/cereal like, blended with a subtle corn sweetness. Hop bitterness is citrus-like, and kicks in at the end of each sip, balancing out the sweetness. Feels a bit overcarbonated, however it's a fair drinker.
Bière de Luxe? Don't think so. The brew isn't all that bad, but don't be fooled by that tag or the exotic notion of it being brewed in Tahiti.
Hinano fails to deliver a great brew to overtake the lead. The Golden Invitation concludes with Central America's offering, coming up next...
04-16-2007 04:29:46 | More by DoubleJ
2.9/5 rDev +4.7%
Hinano - 5.99 a sixpack cans
Pours a pale, pale yellow. Small fizzy head. Tastes like your typical macro lager, corn, grains, moderate bitterness and cooked veggie taste. Finishes somewhat clean. Light bodied. Decent lawnmower/warm weather beer. Still, rather aveerage.
04-25-2011 05:53:23 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
2.1/5 rDev -24.2%
Shared by GT2. Thanks man.
The beer is golden hued and transparent with a white head. The aroma brings macro lager scents, grain. Flavor follows the nose. Light lager and bland. Tastes like a BMC beer for the masses. No thank you.
On a side note, I sure would like to visit Tahiti. I'd even drink this beer if I happened to find myself catching some rays on a Tahitian beach.
01-08-2013 03:40:26 | More by Huhzubendah
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 dont 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
Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.