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Hinano - Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
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 2neardead
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
1.65/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a pale golden colour, clear with generous fluffy head, nice sinkage. Lace is decent. Looks lagery, but the head is really lovely.

Smells bitter. Kind of English hop notes, with an earthy, grassy character but also an unappetising adjunct note on the back - corn and rice with a slight honey note resulting. Pretty meh.

Taste is actually quite unpleasant. Sweet sticky honey note with white bread dough, corn and then a resinous and metallic bitterness that is unclean and just emphasises the cloying sweetness rather than cutting through it. VERY meh.

Mouthfeel is alright, not too sticky but it's still pretty flat and listless.

Yeah, an attempt at a bland lager that I wouldn't like anyway, and yet the flavour also manages to be distasteful. Pretty insulting brew.

Photo of biboergosum
2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
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
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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 flexabull
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cheapest beer I could find in beautiful, but pricy French Polynesia.

Pours a clear yellow color with an almost non existent head.

Aromas are faint, tonic water, and very slightly vegetal.  

Taste is very simple.  Clean, not nearly as much adjunct flavor as I expected. Watery, with faint corn sweetness, lightly creamy, with a crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, pretty good body, and smooth carbonation.

Overall?  Ehhhh... Only in Tahiti, but it serves it's purpose as at least being refreshing and drinkable.  These go down like water in the hot sun.

Photo of themillieblog
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of drpimento
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Having a cold can of this from my mini-bar in my room at Manava Resort in Papeete, Tahiti. Poured with a foaming agent type, white head that soon settled down to a scummy layer and a little lace. Color is a clear, light yellow with loads of large and small bubble trails. Aroma is grain, a little skunk/hop, beer. Flavor is grain bitter sweet with plenty of carbonic tang. Body is there but with carbonic high points clashing with sweetness and the beer. Finish is like flavor and somehow seems to even have a misplaced alcohol warmth.

Photo of CummingsK21
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of tbeq00
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Chrisdslap
5/5  rDev +80.5%

Photo of SargeC
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of mdbailey00
4/5  rDev +44.4%

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of whatthehull
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tasted April 30th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip

A - clear golden, no head and no lacing

S - weed, cane sugar, slight hops, heavy earthy malt and a bit of yeast

T - sweet, malty, some hops, definite yeast, weed and a bit oaked

M - light, fluffy, low acid and short finish

D - very nice, like most lagers, but very sweet and resiny

Final thought - eh, unimpressive

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of irishevans
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

to be fair I feel i must point out that I'm doing this right after having conducted a small gravitational experiment involving a small hole in the bottom of a liquid filled sobe bottle and it's affects on air-flow.

A- After an aggressive pour I managed to get a brief two finger head that initially dissolved into a half finger, sud white. very light straw lighter than champagne. tons of carbonation bubbles too.

N- lots of grain/ maybe rice. reminds me of a barn, not exactly, but that's the image that came to mind when I smelled it. nothing else other than grain and maybe corn coming through.

T- It's one of the most bland beers I've ever had. this beer is ALL mouth-feel. the only flavor I detect is wheat/ straw. other than that it's all texture. better that if it were totally offensive, but still.

M- relatively creamy for it's style but still nice and carbony crisp. rather dry finish.

D- goes down easy, but even when looking to bro, or in the case of where I'm stuck, Brah beer it's nice to be able to taste SOMETHING. this is for beer pong and nothing else.

Photo of Norfawkers
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Overall, not too impressive, but it does have ample head. Slightly cloudy, light yellow.

Smell: Heineken.

Taste: Heineken! Slightly malty, yeasty. Nothing too impressive.

Mouthfeel: Light with a lingering malt finish.

Drinkability: It's definitely a drink enmasse beer. No flavors here to savor, but could work for swilling or very spicy foods.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
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 malmquna
2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Straight yellow in color, thin lace of a head that immediately foams but disappears quickly. Smells almost tropical, estery with banana and coconut. Ironic.

Nearly nothing in the flavor immediately, then some sweet and sour character, then hop bitterness at the end. There's not a lot to comment on, other than this is very light-bodied. Only the lingering bitterness stands out.

This could be quite refreshing, and the hop bitterness at the end does lend some flavor. That is to say, the best thing about having one of these at the beach would be the beach.

Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.