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Hinano - Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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66
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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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-25-2002)
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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of mwa423
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent, fairly standard pale lager, typically bland but with nothing wrong and a little more hoppy and bitter than most similar lagers.

Gold, slightly on the paler sie (slightly more pale than Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve), it has a big white head, slightly airy, steadily shrinking to a thin, wispy top and leaving a weak hint of lace.

The aroma is good, basic lager - grain, grass, hints of herbs and bread, a nice full-bodied larger aroma with hints, at first, even of a real helles. However, it soon degrades slightly to a more basic, standard, though still good, basic lager character.

The taste is lighter and less interesting, but fine - a good, basic pale lager. It is light grain, grass, hints of minty herbs and lemon rind, although only the grain, grass, and hint of lemon rind last all the way through. It is slightly oily - slick but still rather thin and light. It has light sweetness just dominated by light bitterness tasting faintly of grass and lemon rind, that just takes over at the finish and lingers. It has no complexity and the flavours and character are simple and light, but good and the slightly lemon-rind bitterness that just dominates the drink puts it a notch above most similar lagers.

Photo of tpd975
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jdubfl for the pour.

A: Pours a pale piss yellow hue with a fluffy foamy head. No real retention or lace.

S: Simple adjunct lager aromas. Lots of corn with subtle citrus. A touch of fresh bread.

T: Better than many macros but not one you will hunt down. Sweet corn and pale malt. A touch of floral and citrus hops.

M: Thin, fizzy, macro esque.

D: Tahiti is one top of my list for places to visit. I am not a fan of the beer, but when I find myself there I will consume mass amounts. Until then... This small sample will do!

Photo of Eggolas
3.53/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours translucent gold with generous white head that retains well. Nose has a slight Saaz like hop character and/or skunkiness. Faint lemon citrus. Palate is mild with gentle malt & hops, balanced quite well, but very light overall.

Superior to the vast majority of U.S. adjunct lagers.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of tbeck
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of changeup45
2.45/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RodBurg
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of stephens101
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of dstc
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Mryup
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of mattster
1.43/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of Hunter
1.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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?

Photo of Gusler
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of ByTor2112
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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