Wailua Wheat - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 24
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 05-01-2007

Swimming in a fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall is what we all imagine we would find in paradise. On Maui, follow the old Hana Highway and you will find such a place – Wailua Falls. This plunging cascade of clear water is the inspiration for our Limited Release Wailua Wheat Ale. This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrus flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch. Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.

15 IBU
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Reviews by dahlen22:
Photo of dahlen22
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why do I always do it? Why do I continue to try to explore 6 pack choices peppered up with enticing labels?

Appearance: Golden yellow, bubbly and a small head.

Aroma: Tropical fruits.

Taste: Eh. It starts off like it has some potential, and then in a flash comes in the really poor tasting passion fruit/pinapple taste that is more bitter than sweet, but just not working. It finishes with a bit of pepper/lemon zing.

Overall: Say aloha to this beer and move on. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Me and my wife shared a few bottles of this last night and I gotta tell ya I was pleasantly suprised.Poured a hazed kinda peachy color with a tight but thinner white head atop,toasted wheat malt mainly in the nose,the passion fruit is faint but noticeable.Flavors are a mix of toasted wheat malt and passion fruit,the passion fruit shines through more on the palate making for a refreshinging brew.Its not complex but as refreshing as all get out,in the summer here in NC I would have no problem drinkin this.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Wailua is a community on the east side of Kauai at Nounou Mountain (aka the "Sleeping Giant"). This offering is labeled as a "wheat ale brewed with passion fruit."

Obviously filtered, it pours a clear and bright golden color with a thin pure-white head. Light tropical fruit aroma, fresh wheat and powdery malts in the nose. Light on the palate, creamy and coarse with a wheat edge, followed by soft tropical passion fruit flavor. Recalls the juice in a fruit cup as it warms. Faint citrus snap and crispness. Moderate sweetness; low hopping. A slight herbal note and a touch of mint in the background. Dry, husky tannins. Gritty finish.

Interesting choice of fruit, though we wish it finished a bit cleaner. Fairly pedestrian, but that's probably the point. Kona's website suggests pairing this beer with lighter fare: grilled fish and shrimp, roasted chicken, salads and Asian foods. They even suggest vanilla ice cream. Hmm ... pairing this beer sounds more fun than drinking it on its own!

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up in St. Louis. Pours into my glass a light slightly hazed yellow. A small crystalline white head forms but fades into nothing just as quickly. Aromas begin with light wheat grain that is lightly toasted. A quite mellow passion fruit aroma lurks in the background that I wish was more prominent. A touch spicy as well.

First sip brings a pale grain malt with a touch of wheat creaminess. It goes down with a hint of spice and mellow passion fruit flavor. A touch of bitterness on the way down. I really wish the passion fruit was more evident and the base beer amped up a bit. This just doesn't do it for me at all.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a steady flow of bubbles. Goes down easy enough and I could easily drink a few. The only problem is that this brew simply bores me nearly to tears. Another run of the mill pale wheat brew. I was interested when I saw passion fruit, but the flavor just isn't there and isn't enough to make me want to come back. Can't say I would recommend this one, it's not worth the time.

Photo of generallee
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz, long neck bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a "bottled on date" of 060409 notched into the label.

Appearance: The body has good clarity and a nice golden color. It builds up a tall white head full of big loosely packed bubbles that quickly fade out. This only makes for a very little spotty lacing.

Smell: The aroma is pleasant and has a little bit of sweet fruity mango and papaya like notes with a light grainy base.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is very close to what you would expect from its aroma. It is sweet overall and has a pleasant hint of tropical fruitiness. The finish is sweet as well and there is no balance from hops. It's not overly sweet in my opinion but there is very little hop flavor at all.

Notes: My overall feeling is that it is easy to drink, somewhat interesting and would have to say that I like this beer. I think this would be a great beer for non-beer drinkers or just people who don't like bitter beers.

Photo of merlin48
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer of this at a local grocery, hoping for a decent fruity wheat summer quencher. It pours a mostly clear, chill hazed golden yellow body with an average white head that quickly falls away. Minor patchy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma has some hints of passion fruit, perhaps, but mostly a vague bready fruitiness and a pale wheat malt twang.

Body is light medium with a sparkly carbonation.

Taste has a pale wheat twang that I don't care for. Slightly bready but the carbonation helps drinkability. No tropical fruitiness in the taste, just a hint of vague fruitiness.

Not horrid, but I would pick up a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat before I try this one again.

Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with bottled on dating on the lower front label. Pours washed out hazy light golden amber, loose short lived near white head, that leaves just a smidge of spotty lace. Sweet super charged fruity nose leads to an equally fruity summer brew. Notes of sweet tropical fruit, with a mild mouth coating element of moderatly drying hops. Bring on summer, head for the tropics and enjoy a few bottles of this fruity warm weather brew

Photo of tigg924
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: bright yellow in color, small head, clear, small carbonation

Smell: wheat, passion fruit, and florals..almost too sweet a smell

Taste: wheat honey, sweet fruit, and flowers. The taste is not as sweet as the smell.

Mouthfeel: smooth, semi-sweet, low carbonation, light body

Drinkability: I am glad I got this and am equally glad I got just one. It was like drinking a tropical flower garden. The fruit does not mix as well with the light beer. The taste is a bit too sweet and there is no need to rush and get a second one.

Photo of LukeH
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light golden color. One finger of head. No lacing

S: Tropical fruit mainly, a small amount of banana and wheat.

T: The first taste is malt, wheat, followed by the taste of fruit and a small amount of sweetness, finishing with some faint hops. Alcohol is well masked

M: An appropriate amount of carbonation for the style. Medium-light body.

Overall: As far as "fruit" beers go, this one gets it about right. The fruit is present, but without tasting like a "flavored malt beverage"; it mainly adds some depth to the taste of a pale wheat beer. A good summer brew.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from my brother-in-law in San Deigo on a recent visit.12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap bottled on 6/15/07and served into a wheat glass.

Clear with a slight haze a golden straw color with barely a 1'' white head that dissapated quickly leaving a couple of short lace strips.
Active looking throughout lots of tiny bubbles tight knitted string together racing to the surface.

Doughy aromas with lots of fruit very tropical-like,passion fruit? not sure what it smells like,aroma reminsent of apricot/mango/melon. No traditional wheat aromas present.

Very fruity taste,not overpowering,lots of tang,fruit tastes tropical punch like,but not on the syrupy side,like a lot of fruit beers. Finishes crisp with a citrus twang and a bit of an astrigent note.

Light bodied,refreshing,goes down easily,a good refreshing summer beer. Not offensive like a lot of flavored beers.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on a recent return trip to Kauai...Poured a light amber color. As mentioned before, two-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was mostly passion-fruit. The taste was more of the same. There was not much of the "wheat ale" in the flavor (which I have to admit, I am not much of an American wheat fan). The mouthfeel was average, not too long lasting, but where this beer was above average was the drinkability. On our trip, we did daily hikes of several miles, and when stopping for lunch, this beer really hit the spot in 85 degree, full sun days. To me, the mild passion-fruit taste was something that was refreshing after a hot day in the sun. More enjoyable than I anticipated.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a hefe style glass. bottled on 3-31-2010.

pours kind of a hazy pale straw yellow color, a little bit of sediment. kind of a small white one finger of head that faded quickly. left some patchy foam that stuck around. not a whole lot of lace.

has a strange kind of fruity tart like aroma, very hard to describe. i guess its kind of like a yeasty kind of passion fruit aroma. resembles some apricot beers ive had.

very interesting taste, not what you would expect from a pale wheat. this has a big strange sort of tart fruitiness. slight grainy taste towards the finish, leaves a slightly bitter and tart fruit taste in the mouth. a little dry in the finish.

light body, average amount of carb. leaves a slight sour tart feel in your mouth, even a touch sugary.

drinks pretty well, definatly quenchs the thirst on the hot summer days. the flavor gets a little old after awhile, but i had no problem drinking 5 of these on a saturday night. however, there are much better flavored wheat beers out there. different, thats for sure, but prolly not worth buying again. worth the try though. good price as well.

Photo of MattyG85
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellowish orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity and fairly tart wheat driven aroma with good hints of citrus fruit. Wheat upfront with hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Solid hints of tropical fruit including hints of the passion fruit along with pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, and kiwi. Also some floral hints. Smells crisp and very wheat and citrus forward. Pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a wheat and tropical fruit driven taste with citrus esters. Crisp wheat upfront with tasting notes of biscuit, grains, crackers, and yeast. Juicy and tart tropical citrus fruits including notes of passion fruit, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and kiwi. Light floral hop taste as well. Taste is moderately sweet and fairly tart. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent summer wheat ale. Nice tropical fruit esters. Not much to it other than the wheat and fruit, but it tastes good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised. Not a big fan of their other beers (save the porter, which is their best). This one offered your usual wheat fare, but with whatever (passion) fruit they brewed it with, gave it a little more levity, which strangely, was nice. Proper subtle amount of hopping. Doesn't seem like a wheat you'd want to put any additional fruit into.

Poured out looking like a wheat beer, a little cloudy, a little haze, small 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma was wheat and tropical fruit, seems apropos. Taste delivered both as well.

A great hot weather beer for around the pool.

Photo of LXIXME
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty big white head on this lightly hazy pale golden colored beer.

Aroma is strong lemon with some light orange coming through with maybe some grain/wheat trying to be noticed.

Still a strong lemony taste but the wheat and or maybe other grains do make there presence know while drinking this beer.

A light bodied beer with a slightly dry aftertaste makes this beer very easy drinking but doesn't leave any remarkable impressions.

Photo of willPS21
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would give this a B/B+. It is certainly preferrable over Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. For truly fruity wheat beers I think it is the most enjoyable with that amount of fruitiness. The smell is fruity. It is probably better to drink cold from a bottle so the fruit stays "down". The top of the beer has a bit too hot (intense) of a fruityness. After that it mellows out nicely and is pretty drinkable. I had it on tap and it was much better as the fruit aromas had dissipated a bit. In the bottle, it's nice after a heavier stronger beer and kind of realigns the palate and refreshes. I had it after the Gubna. Anyhow, tap is certainly preferred, but it is of mention that one girl in our party preferred it over her newfound favorite, Sol, and probably one of the best lagers available, Blue Point Toasted, and anything else she tried which was technically a better beer. She said the sweetness was just right. Ironically she doesn't like fruity ice cream or fruit smoothies and likes blended ice coffee drinks and dark (very dark) gelato/ice cream, but prefers this beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never had Passion Fruit so don't know what to look for in here.

Pours a very pale golden yellow with a half finger of white that melts rather quickly.

Aroma has a lot of wheat graininess to it as well as some peppery smells and tropical fruit.

Taste is very grainy with a very drying finish. Lots of wheat...some white pepper and again a hint of fruit that almost has a honey-lemon character to it.

Nice mouthfeel...aftertaste is again, dry and husky (as in grainy). Refreshing summer ale and different, but a good example of an American Pale wheat.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint on the first (brief) rainy evening on Waikiki Beach.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golde apricot colour, witb a thin cap of wispy white head, which leaves

It smells of decent citrus, reserved wheat grain, subtle yeast, and a strange meatiness. The taste is more neutered citrus fruitiness, sturdy wheat, and spicy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are kind of cutting, and they keep it up for a bit too long, the body a medium-light weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes fairly dry, the citrus and wheat both trending in that direction.

A decent wheat ale, citrusy, and not overly sweet, just tart enough to keep my attention for a few, to be sure.

Photo of zplug123
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear with a rapidly dissipating head, light golden color and filtered.

S: Not very aromatic, slight tinge of fruitiness. Weakly reminds me of grapefruit.

T: Sharp and dry, almost like a white wine except hops bitterness mingles at the middle with a very clean finish. Can't really taste much hops or malt, but passionfruit is evident.

M: Very light body, smooth on the palate without leaving much of that hop resin feeling.

D: Could probably down quite a few of these. Not my favorite, but wheat beer that'll definitely keep me cool in the summer.

Served in a 16 oz, slightly chilled glass

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The reason I tried this beer for the first time was because the other day I was working in a hot attic sweating my ass off for hours and I needed I light refreshing beer. This was exactly what I needed although to give a more fair rating, I'm reviewing it a few days later.

Pours a translucent bright gold color with a nice solid 1 finger frothy white head. No lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Sweet/sour passion fruit immediately on the nose. Maybe a little plum as well. As you continue to drink the beer down, the beer very much smells like a gewürztraminer wine.

Sweet and slightly sour flavor up front coming from the passion fruit. Straw and wheat on the back end. Very pleasant fruity and wheaty aftertaste.

Very light and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall it's a great beer fro the mood. Perfect for a hot sweaty summer day. Good balance and a sourness that can draw towards the current sour trend. I recommend this beer for the right time previously noted.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottled on 5/21/09 consumed on: 5/29/09.

A clear gold color, efficiant and fine white head with slow bubbles.

Have you ever stepped into a Woman's salon where older ladies go to get "perms"??? Well, if you ever have i'm sure you will never forget the horrible, chemical smell of that stuff. This beer smells just like that! God, it's gross. bitter fruits and herbs besdies that.

A thin wheat flavored malt along with tart and sour fruits, i guess that's the Passion fruit added. nothing goes wrong with the flavor but it's not exactly complex or interesting. This would not be too bad on a hot summer day. The feel is thin, but a bit flat later on.

This is not a beer geek lunch and the aroma is horrible, other than that....well...

Photo of BennyL1
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 8/17/10

A - The brew pours a light golden color with a bit of cloudiness. Very small head even with a fairly aggressive pour that goes away as quickly as it come. Almost no lacing along the glass.

S - Wheat and slight passion fruit are the most noticeable aromas. A bit of hop smell in there as well.

T - I was definitely expecting more of a fruity flavor. Passion fruit was rather subdued with the wheat standing out the most. Not to much going on here. It tastes good, just nothing exceptional.

M - Light body with a medium to high amount of carbonation.

D - Considering it is on the lighter side you could put back a few of these pretty easy.

I picked this out on a limb and was satisfied. Probably won't be picking this out again but it was a nice change of pace.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a bright, crystal clear yellow with a white finger width head, poor retention, and a resulting lace that's spotty.

Smell - Bright aromas, tropical fruit, peach and passion fruit, with an underlying wheat tone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Very light passion fruit flavor, with a bit of wheat underneath. A touch of citrus on the back end. Simple. Underwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Almost watery light, with very little carbonation.

Overall - Not impressed at all. There are several dozen other summer releases that blow this away.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First-ever Hawaii beer for me, making its greeting with a bottlecap whose underside reads "Kiha - Burp". This is good stuff to know--certainly more original than a simple "Aloha".

Nothing offensive nor interesting to note about the appearance. Small head, slightly hazed yellow/gold color, no lace.

Aroma is unusual...the passion fruit this is brewed with must be what's giving off the somewhat odd sweet smell. It's also a bit grassy and reminds me of steamed greens. Definitely a tropical slant to the aroma...not sure I love it, but it's unique.

In the flavor the passion fruit again does its thing. As I'm not overly familiar with that fruit, I can only describe it as a mixture of peach and mango, in terms of what it does for the beer. Succulent, sweet, slighty syrupy, and having the light spiciness of a mango. Hops are light and crisp, but present enough to be appreciated, while the malt is mellow, bready and laid-back, acting merely as a base for the tropical citrus flavor that's clearly the focus of this beer. Sweet, salty, lightly sour, citrus-spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriately juicy and slick, bordering on creamy, with ample zing to the carbonation. Seems just right for this beer's relatively peculiar approach.

Easily worth a try, and very easy to enjoy. Although a beer like this would seem highly drinkable, I'm not sure I'd want more than one per sitting. Unless you're a fruit-beer fanatic, the flavor tends to seem like a novelty by the time you finish. A tasty, refreshing novelty, no doubt, but it didn't leave me wanting another or anticipating my next meeting with it.

Photo of TownDunkel
4.21/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this one and it reminded me of the Coconut Porter from another Hawaiian brewry.

Appearance - A very beautiful yellow and gold lines with and excessively awesome amount of carbonation bubbles that come from the bottom

Smell - Passion fruit along with some other light fruits, though I wish it was a bit more scenty.

Taste - Delicious stone wheat with a nice after thought of fruity goodness. I really like the mix of golden wheat with a light tropical fruit flavor

Mouthfeel - great amount of carbonation to match the flavor and keep a little bitterness that reminds you that it is still a beer

Overall - Now this is a great wheat beer / lambric substitute for the usual.

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