Lilikoi Kepolo - Avery Brewing Company

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89
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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emmasdad on 10-24-2010

Belgian Wit brewed with Passion Fruit
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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 26
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours extremely hazy dark yellow with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of sweet tropical fruit (passionfruit I assume) with some wheaty malts.

The flavor is sweet and tart tropical fruits with some wheat malts and a little Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, tastes like a mild wit with lots of tropical fruit juice. I like it.

Photo of mschantz
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright yet opaque golden in color with just a wisp of foam. Can't say that I know what passion fruit smells like but this beer brings tropical fruit such as Guava and mango to mind. Sweet fruit is balanced with just a bit of sourness. Creamy mouthfeel with a clean finish. Highly drinkable.

Photo of Kimchi270
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty!
Passionfruit lime nose with a wonderful crisp

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not what I expected. Poured on draft so I wonder if its the right beer - BA says this is a wit. The beer I enjoyed seemed like a nice hoppy IPA, great aroma and taste. Would happily drink again.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up an unmarked 12oz can from an undisclosed source for no cost - thank you! Poured into a standard shaker glass.

Appearance is an extremely unfiltered golden hue, frothy white head, decent retention, no lacing. Aroma has tons of tropical fruit up front, especially pineapple and lime, light spice aroma. Flavor follows aroma, and man does the copious amounts of wheat work well with all the esters from the yeast and addition of fruit - the tartness keeps all those flavors in check - great balance. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with good effervescence, creamy body with a crisp finish.

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
All head say at the edge of the glass in my pour, but it was a nice thin foamy white line. Very light lacing. The beer itself is cloudy yellow, marred a bit by a slight infusion of orange color, perhaps. Nose is powerfully fruity, tart - if you aren't as confudent in your experience with passionfruit (as I am not), it is on the tart side and could be sour apple, kiwi, some jolly rancher watermelon. It's actually unique, but that's the best I can come up with.

Taste is quite similar, but the carbonation adds a somewhat flat Sprite-like overall impression. Passionfruit flavor is a little more obvious in taste. The wit side of the beer is a bit lost in its fruity nature.

An interesting fruit beer. I think it could grow on me. It has some aspects of a sour, definitely those if a fruit beer, and in the end, I think I can get some hints of clove. Definitely not for all.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz. draft at GBD (Golden Brown Delicious), unknown brewing/bottling date, drank over 30-60 minutes out of a tulip glass

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, moderate carbonation for style

S: 9/12 - moderate passionfruit and wheat aroma hits immediately; milder coriander, lemon peel and seeds of paradise; a touch of alcohol in the nose

T: 18/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a slight bitterness that opens the taste buds and gives way to huge passionfruit flavors; there is a moderate wheat malt character that develops over time and mild alcohol notes; finishes dry and inviting of sip after sip

M: 4/5 - light bodied with high drinkability; moderate-to-high carbonation

O: 9/10 - excellent Belgian wit base with a moderate passionfruit nose and enormous passionfruit flavor; very high drinkability to boot and could really crush this if it was more readily available; I'll go out on a limb and call this my favorite Belgian wit - highly recommended if you can find it

TOTAL - 43/50

Photo of cyrushomi
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much for the very fruity or tart beers but found this to be balanced and really refreshing. Would enjoy one, maybe two on a hot summer day. Had a grapefruit flavor without being too bitter. Surprised to find I enjoyed this. Thanks to the great bartenders at Brick Store in Decatur for recommending.

Photo of spoony
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a shaker style glass at the brewery.

A-My pour arrived with less than a finger of white head. Lacing was very sporadic and mostly gone by the time beer was half-finished. The beer was very cloudy and light in color with yellowish, orangish hues.

S-Juicy aromas with tropical fruits like passion fruit (to be expected, I guess), pineapple, and sweet orange. The spice profile takes a back seat to the fruit here, but I still sniff some coriander and clove. The lightly tart notes from the juice also cut down a bit on the banana yeast aroma, but you can certainly tell this is wit with the aromas of wheat in here.

T-The taste is similar-heavy on the tropical fruit juice with enough juice and wheat acidity to taste lightly tart. The wit aspects are again mostly background fill, but there is some coriander, clove, banana, and wet wheat going on. Very refreshing.

M-The body is pretty light, even for the style, with an easy drinking carbonation.

O-This is an enjoyable summer beer. It is very refreshing and the tropical juicy flavors pair well with the wit flavors. I would take this all day over something like a shandy, but I'm not sure if I would drink this regularly instead of a plain old wit.

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/30/13 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC at their Avery event. PRetty expensive for an 8 oz glass.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of passion fruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts, spice, pineapples, juice, and light floral and citrus notes. Awesome nose; the passion fruit comes through huge and give it a great tropical fruity nose. Love it.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, wheat, grains, tropical fruits, passion fruit, spice, yeast, and citrus. Nice taste for sure, but not as sweet as the nose and less tropical fruits, and passion fruit, in general compared to the nose. Good but a step down.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Perhaps a touch too carbonated but otherwise really good and easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, and it is definitely a beer you could have more than one glass of. Easy to drink and light with a great tropical fruity nose. Worth checking out and would love to have again, especially if you like witbiers.

Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a stem-tulip at the Verdugo Bar in Silverlake, Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes taken during Verdugo's anniversary event. Due to the nature of the event (standing room only with few surfaces), I wasn't able to review as in-depth as I'd like. Expectations were high given the brewery and description.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Soft complexion. Fluffy and luscious. Head retention is great - about 6-7 minutes. Smooth texture. Great lacing and "legs" as the head recedes.

Body colour is a cloudy murky yellow. Poor vibrance; it's dull - kind of disheartening for a witbier. Nontransparent. Low translucence. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Passionfruit, mango, tropical fruit notes abound. Clean malts, wheat, clean barley. Floral and fruity hops. Lightly grassy. Pineapple. Crisp and refreshing as hell. I love the interplay between hops and fruit. A delightful aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character is detectable. No clove. No alcohol.

T: Passionfruit is obscenely evocative here. Body is comprised largely of clean wheat and barley. Spritzy and refreshing. The floral and fruity hop notes complement the tropical fruit quite brilliantly. Really well balanced. Good complexity for the style; it's a unique approach to a witbier. Well put together. The fruit is a highlight for me personally; masterfully executed. Really a tasty beer with superb depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Excellent execution, with good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile very well. Quite well done.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. I could happily down this all night, by the growler even. An excellent and unique witbier form Avery. I'd definitely get this again and would recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV very well. Really good stuff. Try it if you see it.

B+

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Verdugo's 6th Anniversary event.

A: Pours a bright hay yellow with a 1/2" white head which leaves clumpy lace.

N: Intense juicy passionfruit dominates.

T: Passionfruit essence with some grainy wheat and faint tart balanced by sweet.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Fruity finish.

O: Close your eyes and pretend you are in Hawaii. Nice summer beer.

Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Lilikoi Kepolo and as a Belgian wit infused with a buttload of passion fruit at the Avery tap room.

Cloudy gold, one finger of white fluff.

Passion fruit, pineapple, fruity wheat, hint of white cracker.

Interesting tartness. Big lactic bite, crisp finish. Passion fruit, wheat, lemon peel, coriander. Touch of pineapple and banana.

Soft medium body, moderate prickly carbonation, fair amount of fizz. Snappy.

A nice surprise, the tart character makes this beer. One of the better ones tried at the taproom.

Photo of denver10
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a sandy yellow and white crossbreed, with a nice thick frothy white head and fantastic lacing. Aroma offers some nice passion fruit and slight tartness. Flavor is similar with a great passion fruit presence and some nice moderate tartness. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, Avery with a winner on this one. Loved it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Avery. Pours a slightly-hazed yellow-straw color. Light passion fruit. Quite fruity. Subtle, but absolutely there. Delicious. Super drinkable; had to get a second glass of this one.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avery Tap Takeover at The Common Table.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is extremely fruity. I get a lot of passion fruit and other tropical fruit notes, as well as some wheat. The flavor is more of the same. The passion fruit, orange and pineapple and mango notes are really fresh tasting. I also get some biscuit and wheat notes, as well as a little bit of white pepper and a light amount of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great fruit beer that went very well with brunch.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

called lilikoi kepolo at the tap room, pours very pale yellow color, cloudy but very thin, with a modest white head. the nose is real tart from the passionfruits, which give it a pulpy sweettart vibe. malts are light wheat, and the yeast is fruity too. similar to the white rascal i think. flavor is heavy on the passionfruit, which is more tart than sweet. passionfruits are awesome, and this beer highlights them very well. its more than an accent though, as the fruit is the dominant flavor. feel is good, light and bubbly like champaigne, with a pretty dry finish. this is infinitely sessionable as the wheat malt keeps the sugar content in check, and the refreshment factor is high here. a nice tap room exclusive.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange juice color with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, grain, passion fruit, tropical fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same and very juice-like with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Spider889
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on 9/24/11.

A - Very cloudy straw yellow with a fizzy white head. Leaves nice droopy lace.

S - Sweet with a strong citric acid aroma. Fresh pineapple and orange juice definitely make this a tropical kinda beer.

T - The passion fruit used in the brewing of this beer is really strong in the flavor - I dig it.

M - Crisp and clean.

O - This was a refreshing farewell to summer. Impressive.

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

This beer was listed as "Lilikoi Kepolo," but it seems to be the exact same thing as "Lilikoi Mahu" from what I can tell. The info listed stated that this is White Rascal with passionfruit additionally used in the brewing process.

Served in a 10oz. goblet, a cloudy, opaque, banana-yellow color with a small cap of compact white head that retained well and left a bit of lacing. Aroma is pleasantly passionfruit-dominant, with lesser notes of grassy hops and citrus. Taste-wise, again the passionfruit is heavy and dominant, and extremely good actually. Once the fruit mellows out a bit, lesser notes of pale wheaty malts, citrus zest and hints of yeasty funk. Light-medium body, pleasantly drinkable. I'd almost say this is a chick drink, and it's almost like a mixer. But it's still beer-y enough to the point where it can be enjoyed by anyone.

Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a hazy bright golden yellow color. There is a finger of white head on top. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. The nose has a big bunch of passion fruit. There are some other citrus notes and a bit of spiciness. The taste follows the nose pretty well. There is a whole lot of passion fruit. There is some earthiness and a bit of coriander and clove. There is some lemon flavor as well. The finish leaves some lingering passion fruit and spice. Also, there is some wheat flavor present. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of spice as well. This has pretty good drinkability. It is pretty light o the palate, and it goes down smooth. Overall, I thought it was a really interesting beer. I have never had one like it. It is pretty heavy on the passion fruit, but I don't really think it was too much. I think I would like to see this experimented on in more beers. Anyways, I recommend giving this a shot if you come across it. It's worth trying, if not just for the interest factor.

Photo of Tschnab
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at blind tiger

A- this thing looks like orange juice it is so cloudy orange. You can't see through it at all. Small white head with modest lace.

S- very tropical, tons of passion fruit, pineapple, mango, papaya. A little bit of sour tartness.

T- tropical fruit dominates, but the tartness helps to balance the beer. Dry earthy spice. Prickly carbonation.

O- Shockingly good version of a wit-esque fruit beer. I recommend you get this if you run into it. Tropical flavors lend themselves very well to this beer.

Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Avery Tap Room. Served in a nonic. Lilikoi has a cloudy golden hue and a small bone head that sticks fairly well, while leaving bits of lace.

Passion fruit, passion fruit and more passion fruit. I had this with a friend and we both felt the passion fruit was over the top. The beer's intense fruitiness creates a fruit spritzer effect. Behind all the fruit is a bit of dry wheat and a hint of spicy bitterness, but they're fairly well hidden overall. The beer's light body has tingling carbonation.

I'm sorry, but this one really didn't work for me. The heavy handed use of passion fruit was too much for my tastes.

Photo of claytong
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - straw yellow with a good white head. quite hazy.

smell - passion fruits and pepper

taste - pineapple, grass, green pepper, and refreshingness

mouthfeel - lovely, good carbonation, light body and highly drinkable.

this would be a great summertime beer. i would happily have this in gobs at my house come june

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the tasting room.

Pours a very cloudy and completely opaque pale golden yellow color with hints of golden straw when held to a light.  Looks like a Berlinerweisse with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into lasting ring.  Chunks of lacing left behind.  

Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with a bunch of citrus fruit, bready yeast and banana notes.  Peppery with lemon zest and coriander/clove as well as a ton of citrus.  Lots of lemon peel and the passion fruit really stands out.  

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a decent amount of dry spice up front that lingers over the bready yeast, banana and promient citrus into a slight dry finish.  Lots of bready yeast and banana complimenting the strong lemon and passion fruit.  This balances the spicy dryness resulting in a complex and very refreshing quaffable beer.

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Lilikoi Kepolo from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.