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Liliko'i Kepolo - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 717
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 23.4%
Wants: 33
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely hazy yellow in color, so hazy that you cannot see thorough it when it is held up to a light. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of passion fruit are present in the nose along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of passion fruit and less in the way of the spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, but has so much fruit in it that it has a little more semblance to a shandy than a witbier.

Serving type: can

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the traditional Belgian farmhouse style has always assumed the lactic tang from wheat and the grain's tag-along microflora, a citrusy character is expected with a lemony and apple like tang. But Avery brewers are turning this notion on heads by shifting the balance from citrus to tropical fruit.

Liliko'i Kepolo pours with a heavy cloud that's wrapped around golden-orange aesthetics; seemingly of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice by the mere pour. Tantalizing juicy aromatics whet the whistle with bright pineapple, coconut and passionfruit and with the sweetness of angel food cake to pull the fruit together.

As the middle palate becomes awash with all things pineapple upside-down cake, its sweetness slowly fades, replaced with the tangy bitterness of grapefruit peel and tropical fruit juices and rinds. Exotic in taste, if it were not for the lemony bitterness that closes the session, a sense of suntan lotion is all but assumed.

Medium-light in body, the beer's natural acidic tendencies both balance the fruit and softly lingering malt and while breaking up the beer's wheaten body for a drinkable and dissected refreshment in finish. Lingering tropical and citrus is accompanied by a return of soft and cakey wheat with a bright afterglow.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pineapple juice color with a modest head that descends to a film; an occasional strand of lacing is left behind

Smell: Passion fruit, pineapple with undertones of banana and coriander

Taste: Tart passion fruit flavors present themselves immediately, with the pineapple building sweetness; in the middle, the undertones of banana and coriander add another dimension though the tartness from the passion fruit is dominant from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy and juicy-like

Overall: A truly creative beer that is the perfect accompaniment to a summer day; almost like a Radler in its character than a flavored witbier

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Destroyed a couple 4 packs recently, winding down with the last can for a review.
Pours a hazy pale gold, nearly opaque, with a frothy head and spotty lacing around the edges.
Aromas of coriander, citrus zest, and a funky tropical note of guava.

Taste is nicely tart with a perfect amount of passionfruit, giving off a fruity tropical vibe, surfing on a smooth wheaty wave underneath. Body is light and crisp, easy drinking and refreshing. A great rendition of a witbier with a tropical twist. Really enjoyed this beer.

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for the tip on this one!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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+

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Avery Brewing Co. "Liliko'i Kepolo"
12 oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

Liliko'i Kepolo means passion fruit devil, but I'm in passion fruit heaven! Or perhaps it really is a devil, because I'm going to be yearning for more of it really soon and I've only got the one can in front of me.

You'd think that combining passionfruit with a witbier would be easy, but I have a feeling that getting the balance just right might have been a little tougher.

It's bright and fruity in the aroma with just a hint of background yeast and spice. It can't be described as anything other than passion fruit... citrusy, tropical, slightly tart... a little like kiwi and pineapple mixed.

The flavor follows, and there's a little bit of malt upfront but that's soon pushed aside by its gentle tartness. Apart from the wheat malt, the passionfruit, and the very minor coriander and orange peel, there's just a slight edge of earthy/leafiness - yet it remains quite compelling! There's very little bitterness, perhaps 12 IBUs, yet it finishes dry, lightly tart, and fruity.

In the mouth it's light bodied and moderately effervescent (perhaps too much carbonation would give the impression that it's more acidic than it is).

Ultimately bright, invigorating, and refreshing, I can't think of a better beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A touch of haze on the golden brew and plenty of white foam in the tall goblet. Pleasantly sudsy on the tongue. Fragrant with the exact Hawaiian aroma you get from picking those yellow passion fruits.

Quite fruity and on the sharp side. Somehow there is a metallic taste, and I think of pencil shavings. The passion fruit might be better served without the Witbier adjuncts. The acidic notes and the carbonation give this a refreshing quality. I am impressed with Avery for pulling this off.

I"m not sure how you would rate this in the Witbier category, since it could be any kind of light lager or ale with all that fruit flavor. Whatever it is, quite a massively fruity and tangy brew that is quite drinkable. I wonder if someone has done a Lambic or some other yeasty Belgian style with this particular fruit? Just a little more funk would make this amazing. From the 12 oz can.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to my brother Tim for sharing this with me pre-FNM show, enjoyed chilled from the can in a goblet.

The color is golden with light hazed thick white head with very fine bead. The smell has lots of tropical presence -Pure Passionfruit with strong fruit in the nose and mild wheat accent with subtle sweet aroma. The feel is great with tons of fruity texture with a mild tropical taste with juicy and semi-tangy sweet fruity textures with semi-dry finish with moderate carbonation.

The taste has great passionfruit flavor -like you just cut one open and dropped it into the beer with slight tangy juicy tropical quality that is sweet yet the malt flavor of wheat adds depth with a light malt backing to soften the acidity of the fruit slightly with a semi-dry lightly sour finish of yeast. Overall I loved how the fruit dominates this a great tropical wheat -the wit yeast is a perfect fit for the passionfruit, one of the best fruited wheat beers with a ton of passionfruit in the flavor, not just aroma. This is almost Hawaiian-punch like, it is so tangy and juicy you want more after it is gone.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date on can: 15168

Pours an effervescent & hazed gold with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Stays cloudy, good head retention & average lacing

S: Passion fruit, pears, & little wet grain

T: Some tartness, passion fruit & coriander up front. Passion fruit, dryness, a little bitterness from the orange peel once warm. Finishes a little tart, with passion fruit sweetness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Drinks too easy, would buy this again

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 11/16/2015. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, pear, apple, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, pear, apple, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, pear, apple, coriander, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice witbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium yellow in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of passionfruit with light aromas of Belgian yeast spiciness. Light notes of wheat aromas as well.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of wheat which is quickly overtaken by moderate to slightly stronger flavors of passionfruit (which has a hint of tartness/sourness to it) with a light to moderate amount of fruit sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of Belgian yeast and spices (coriander). Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades away quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but it does not seem like a Witbier - maybe a hybrid Witbeir/Fruit beer or almost like a radler/shandy. I enjoyed it and it was nice on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of tart passionfruit. prange, wheat tang, coriander. Bright aroma.

The taste is of tart passionfruit, orange peel, sheat tang, some sweetness. Tart, spicy (coriander), fruity finish.

Smooth, zesty, refreshing feel.

Tart passionfruit really stands out without overpowering a well-made witbier. A unique, very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of ShanePB
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw yellow colored body. Aromas of yeast, passion fruit and wheat. Plenty of typical Witbier flavors up front; yeast/wheat followed by a blast of passion fruit. Very refreshing. Good crisp and clean body. This goes down incredibly easy on a hot day.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a sudsy white head. Aroma of wheat malt, spice and just a hint of dms evident via eggy sulfur.

The taste is rather tart with a hint of fruit. Nice wit bordering on Berliner in tartness. Dry wheat, black pepper and a hint of alcohol. Passion fruit I imagine is adding to the tartness and slight veggie thing going on. It's just a small note but I would imagine this is best ultra fresh or cellared for quite a while,it's in between phases right now I'd guess. Coriander and tartness make for a good taste.

A rather full bodied brew for style with ample carbonation. Overall this was an interesting beer and I was glad to try it. Not something to go out of the way to obtain but a nice beer with a few flaws. Cool to see it in a can.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 2 Dec 15

Pours a pretty nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice quick/fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, citrusy, slightly spicy. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with a very nice touch of lemon/grapefruit, slightly spicy. Medium body. Overall, a different take on the style, but nicely done.

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, passion fruit. Taste is lemons, tart, wheat, passion fruit, juicy. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, other than missing some of the spices I usually associate with this style, is a refreshing and tasty beer worth trying.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on August 25, 2015. Look is cloudy gold, thin head that dissipates quickly and light but lingering lacing. Smell is passion fruit, citrus and hints of sweet malt. Taste is sweet fruit and tart bitter citrus notes. Feel is light, a bit flat but very refreshing.

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Liliko'i Kepolo from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.