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Hinano - Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 24.55%
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 tbeck


2.55/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a pale straw yellow that is clear. Develops a thin white head that dissipates into a decent collar and some laciness. Not much aroma, some barley and a little skunky. Taste is skunky and metallic. Some cereal grains and has a little more sweetness to it than other american lagers (i.e. Coor's Light). Light and crisp on the tongue. Not much body and thin texture. I enjoyed this beer while I was in Tahiti sitting a beach on a hot day. Not a bad beer for refreshment but not one recommended for a session beer.

12-28-2008 23:28:44 | More by tbeck
Photo of changeup45


2.45/5  rDev -11.6%

Golden color with moderate head and some pretty good lacing on the glass. It is kind of ho hum. Smooth and pretty refreshing with some malts and a corn flavor mixed in. Ever so slight presence of a skunk taste but it wasn't too skunky. This was the 58th anniversary Hinaro Tahiti lager I sampled and I have no idea what the anniversary was for. 9 bucks for a six pack in Maui.

08-24-2008 20:22:03 | More by changeup45
Photo of RodBurg


3.1/5  rDev +11.9%

Sampled this Polynesian lager on the plane while flying to Tahiti. Poured a nice pale gold with a white head that left a little lacing.

Initial smells were that of sweet malty grains and grass. A little hops in the background.

Dry malt palate goes well with the light to medium body and heavy carbonation. Reminded me a lot of PBR.

All in all, not bad. Wouldn't buy it here but it was a nice to have while wandering around the beaches of Moorea.

08-22-2008 17:46:42 | More by RodBurg
Photo of stephens101


3.33/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

08-07-2008 23:39:51 | More by stephens101
Photo of dstc


3.68/5  rDev +32.9%

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.

06-19-2008 18:58:14 | More by dstc
Photo of thierrynantes


2.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Beer can (50cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : light golden color with a white foam head.
Smell : Nose is light malt and little hoped.
Taste and mouthfeel : Palate is mostly sweet malt.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style American Pale lager brewered in Tahiti

03-17-2008 22:00:28 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of Halcyondays


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
Photo of Mryup


3.2/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

01-27-2008 06:51:02 | More by Mryup
Photo of 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
Photo of mattster


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
Photo of Hunter


1.98/5  rDev -28.5%

Appearance: Lovely golden color, undercut by the weak head of large fizzy bubbles that vanishes almost instantly.

Smell: Corn adjunct smell is there, but subtler than most in this style. Notes of fresh hay. Slightly medicinal.

Taste: Flat, uncharacteristic, and bland. No zing. The aftertaste is slightly disagreeable, like wet burlap.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bracing, although somehow that aftertaste clings to the walls of the mouth.

Drinkability: Hold your nose until the 2nd or 3rd, and then you'll be fine. But that's not really the point, is it?

10-26-2007 21:44:41 | More by Hunter
Photo of Gusler


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
Photo of 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
Photo of stephendr


2.53/5  rDev -8.7%

16.9 oz. bottle- color of bright yellow , with a frothy white head - nose is grassy , maltly , some detergent , oats , slight sweetness , and mild hops – taste of grass , soapy , mild hops , and slightly acidic - body is light , with some acidity , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of white semi sweet wine , mild hops and grasses

08-14-2007 22:58:33 | More by stephendr
Photo of ElGordo


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
Photo of ctdfalconer


2.6/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

05-05-2007 00:59:31 | More by ctdfalconer
Photo of DoubleJ


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
Photo of Padron4KM


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
Photo of theopholis


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
Photo of ghostwalker


3.28/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

01-15-2007 05:02:58 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of goschool


2.55/5  rDev -7.9%

This has one a terrific label. I can picture myself (a version of myself that likes macro lagers and can surf a lot better) hanging out on a deserted beach with a cute Islander, who I had met in town the night before, swigging a cold bottle after catching some waves.

Appearance: The pour is light gold with a foamy white head that fades, leaving a thin layer and a bit of lacing.

Smell: The nose has grains and grassy hops, but not much of either.

Taste: The taste has what's in the aroma and it's also pretty light. As the beer warms up, some ratio of hops and carbonation give the beer a bit of a bite at the finish. It's a strangely aggressive, but it makes an ordinary flavor profile more interesting.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied, but heavier for the style, with the bite at the finish.

Drinkability: Try to stay lost in the fantasy and drink the beer cold. It's certainly not worth the price.

01-10-2007 08:46:00 | More by goschool
Photo of Gueuzedude


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
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +22%

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.

10-24-2006 03:20:03 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Boto


2.13/5  rDev -23.1%

50cl can: I saw this in a food store in France and decided why not? This one pours a fairly golden yellow, and it is crystal clear. It had a frothy white head that drops away rather quickly. Fizziness continues in the glass. Slightly sweet aroma, with notes of corn and grassiness. The taste is incredibly bland: where did it go? I get actually a slight tartness, followed by a slight dryness in the aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel. Not offensive, but no real reason to buy it, unless you want to add another country to your ratings list.

09-23-2006 19:48:38 | More by Boto
Photo of Georgiabeer


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
Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.