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Wailua Wheat - Kona Brewing Co.

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869 Ratings
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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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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whispernmyghost

Texas

5/5  rDev +50.2%

02-29-2012 21:57:51 | More by whispernmyghost
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jonathaniler

Florida

5/5  rDev +50.2%

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Idaho

5/5  rDev +50.2%

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California

5/5  rDev +50.2%

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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +50.2%

06-11-2013 02:39:35 | More by KC9LDB
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SohoSD

California

5/5  rDev +50.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

04-12-2012 17:52:10 | More by anrbot
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asegal

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

My first review, and keying it on my Blackberry... So bear with me.

Was a bit reluctant to buy Wailua, because fruity beer is not my thing.
But Kona has impressed me in the past, so gave it a try.

Served cold (about 45F) found it quite refreshing.

Drank from the bottle, so can't fairly judge appearance.

Smell is inviting, with a bit of hops and a distinct tropical fruitiness.

Mouthfeel was pleasant... Crisp and light with a comfortable prickle of carbonation
No puckering, and it goes down VERY easily, especially on a hot day.

Taste was surprising. It"s a good wheat beer, but there is no mistaking the passionfruit. The flavors work very well together.
It's not sweet... That is why I liked it. They've managed to carry the fruit flavor without a sugary or syrupy taste. I've never before experienced a fruity beer like this.

Short; it would be very easy to drink too much of this. Will definitely buy more!

08-09-2009 22:58:58 | More by asegal
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Gregg_Kawakami

Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

07-27-2013 07:54:39 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
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KaTerp


4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

06-25-2012 19:13:26 | More by KaTerp
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eigervue

California

4.7/5  rDev +41.1%

A side note about this, and all of Kona's beers. Kona brewing only makes kegs at their brewery in Hawaii for local consumption. The only place to get the beer actually from their brewery is on tap in Hawaii. They contract out with Widmer Brothers for all their bottled beer and kegs on the West coast and redhook on the east coast. So yes, if you drink this beer in a bottle in Hawaii it came from Widmer and rode a boat to get there, and if you drink it in a keg in the states it isnt from hawaii. That said the recipe is the same and they visit a few times to check on the process but some of the ingredient sources are different. Source: the tour at the brewery in Kona.

On to the Review
Appearance: Has the color of a pilsner, a golden straw, pours a very light head that dissipates into a faint ring.
Smell: The nose is dominated by the sweet and floral passion fruit with some hints of wheat.
Taste: Crisp with citrus and other tropical fruits fading into a little bit of wheat than a floral finish.
Mouthfeel: Exactly what I'm looking for in a summer beer, its light crisp smooth and refreshing, almost has the feel of white wine/champagne. The kind of beer I could sit on the beach and drink all day.

Overall: This is a great Hawaiian beer, it s welcoming, easy to drink tropical refreshing and complementing the island climate and cuisine. I do think I might like this beer more if it were unfiltered however. I have had this beer in the bottle since I came back and still enjoyed it although I found the taste and nose were much weaker and would lower them a point each if I was grading the bottle. Its still a good beer for a hot day and I'll take it any day over a corona at the beach but it lacks the character to where I'd pair it with food. Maybe things just taste better in Hawaii but drinking this at their brewery is one of my all time favorites

Serving: On tap @ the brewery on the big island.

08-06-2011 00:10:48 | More by eigervue
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erosier

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +37.5%

L: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a tall and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, hints of citrus and another sweet fruit that I can't put my nose on.
T: Tastes of a really light toasted malt base followed by a nice citrus/passion fruit flavor and a light hint of hops at the end of the taste. Passion fruit was the flavor I couldn't identify before. But I couldn't identify it until after I read the bottle, then it all clicked haha.
M: Very light, biscuity, fruity, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I loved it, especially on a hot spring day sitting in the sun. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a sessional summer beer.

04-26-2009 14:23:51 | More by erosier
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Yekaterina

New York

4.55/5  rDev +36.6%

What can I say. This beer was unique and exciting and those are qualities I look for in a beer.
Both my boyfriend I weren't quite sure what to make of it at first, but after the first couple of sips of it's sweet seductive magick we were under it's spell.
I (we) only rated this a 3.5 for appearance, we both poured our beers into frosted glass and his had a head on it whereas mine did not. His glass was narrower than mine so I attribute it to that. Both bottles tasted the same. I look forward to having it on tap (if any of the bars or distributors local to me get it that way.)
I'm going to help myself to another...

04-30-2009 01:13:42 | More by Yekaterina
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NOLTERN

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

11-19-2013 21:33:29 | More by NOLTERN
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. Color was a hazy light-gold. Nose had a slightly tart, slightly citrusy scent. The label revealed that it was a wheat ale with passion fruit. How interesting! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a riot of flavors on the tongue. It was like taking the whole roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers, jamming them into my mouth, then taking a swig of wheat beer. It was on the finish that the passion fruit flavor really stood out, lingering well after the swallow. This was a nice summery beer without the usual fruits and their esters being involved.

06-30-2008 15:33:49 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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Oklahoma

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schoolboy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

I only picked up one bottle of these when I went shopping this morning. since I was on foot in the Waikiki area I couldn't carry much, and I found some other beers too. This is unfortunate, because I wish I had more of these.

This is exactly what a specialty beer is supposed to be. Something unique and tasty. The aroma is authentic passion fruit with that wheat beer smell. It's pretty and light in the glass (unfortunately, I still don't have decent glass to drink out of).

The taste is smooth and relatively simple. Clean. Creamy, like all the Kona beers seem to be. It's a perfect addition to an afternoon in Hawaii.

03-27-2009 22:59:58 | More by schoolboy
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