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Wailua Wheat - Kona Brewing Co.

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854 Ratings
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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: rowew on 05-01-2007)
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monkeylovebeer

California

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since this was my first trip to Hawaii, I was very keen on trying everything the islands had to offer, and of course, the local brews were near the top of the list. Nothing like sitting on the beach watching the moon rising over the warm ocean with a nice cold craft brew, a ukulele, and thou (well, not thou, but you get my drift).

The first sixer I grabbed was Wailua Wheat, a limited release from Kona Brewing on the big island. We can get Kona's usual offerings pretty easily in Northern California, and I enjoy their Longboard Lager as a go-to session beer. Although I usually don't care for fruit flavors in my beer, Lost Coast's Tangerine Wheat Ale a particular exception, I was intrigued by this wheat ale brewed with passion fruit. I figured, "When in Rome," right?

I was a little disappointed to find that Wailua was a filtered wheat, which for me knocks points right off the top. The beer poured with not much of a head but with a subtle spicy yeast nose. I have to admit that I don't really know what passion fruit actually tastes like, but I didn't detect much flavor beyond a pretty pedestrian filtered wheat.

I have since come across Wailua Wheat on the mainland and found it to be surprisingly sweet. Maybe I found all the passion fruit that wasn't in the beer I had on the island. Strange.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 21:53:56 | More by monkeylovebeer
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I discovered this while on vacation. I am going to try to duplicate it at home, the passion fruit really makes for a tasty beer.

A - good golden color

S - fruity aroma from the fruit

T - initial taste is good, the aftertaste is when the fruitiness comes through

M - nice and smooth feel

O - very drinkable

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