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Wailua Wheat - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

twelveinches, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

tbizzle0, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

SmokeyJoesCafe, Dec 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

nh2032, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

logicalparadox, Nov 29, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

This review was left over from the Hawaii trip six months ago. Just found the notes on Nov. 28.
A- Gold with a small white head.
S- Must add that I'm not a huge fan of American wheat beers and I don't like passion fruit either. However together in the beer they got it right. It smells very sweet and tropical.
T- Like I said they got it right the mix of the wheat and passion fruit is at a very good level.
M- Feel is very light and refreshing.
O- This beer is great for hot hot Hawaiian and Pennsylvanian day. My wife loved the stuff. I have to go to Maryland to get it.

confer, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of dankster
3.13/5  rDev -6%

From Island hopper varity pack.

Pours clear golden with small head

Smells is very fruit forward with wheat and barley behide it

Taste is pretty good. better than i expected. super clean and easy to down. not as much fruit taste as it smells.

Mouth is thin and bit watered down. not much else to say.

Overall a great summer brew that would be easy to kill a sixer. if you like wheat beers i say give it a shot.

dankster, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Lifes2short, Nov 27, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

Found this in a grocery store while traveling in Tennesee. What a crazy state with their ABV laws. Slim pickings in terms of what you cn find.

A: Pours a nice yellowish color with an orange huh. The head doesn't last very long

S: Nose is wheat with some lemon zest and some sweet bread

T: Taste is quite nice and refreshing. This is one I'd like to have in summer. The sweetness that hits in the finish is definately coming from the passionfruit. Very nice

M: Carbonation doesn't overpower and is easy to drink

O: Not a bad offerig from Maui. Love this brewery.

beerman207, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Burt, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

codynevels, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
2/5  rDev -39.9%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Reviewed from notes.

Served in plastic glasses.

It looked ok I guess. It was a hazy gold with a fair amount of lace.

It's very wheaty smelling with a fair amount of citrus.

This beer is citrusy. It's got a good amount of wheat malts that give it a sweetness.

It was medium to light bodied with decent carbonation.

This beer was ok. It was all you could drink, which was nice. OK for watching hula girls.

TippySelenoid, Nov 06, 2011
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2.35/5  rDev -29.4%

Kona Wailua Wheat: OK. Light golden color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of fruit. This got me suspicious. And the flavor reveals a lot of fruit. Check the bottle, and sure enough, Kona adds passion fruit to their wheat beer. Not a bad combination. But I could not tell if there was a great wheat beer hiding under the passion fruit or not. I am not against adding a spritz of lemon into a wheat beer, but I would rather do that myself and not have the brewer do it for me. So I must qualify my low rating. As far as wheat beers with fruit added go, this Kona offering was pretty good. But compared to wheat beers in general, my preference is no additives, or let me do the adding…..

iSip, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%

Appearance. Pours a clear, golden straw with half a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Toasted wheat with a little passion fruit and papaya.

Taste. Nice lightly toasted grains and tangy, just barely sweet tropical fruits. Very light bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Real easy drinker here. Nothing offensive but maybe more of a fruit beer than a wheat beer.

Rutager, Oct 14, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +15.6%

Cloudy golden, with ample head and no lace.

Nose is unusual and appealing. Grains, wheat, and a hint of fresh fruit, including what seems to be a little citrus.

As for the flavor profile, the passion fruit comes out prominently in the mix, with a tangy character right up front. Wheat is also evident.

Overall, a subtle and tasty brew. Worthy of a try.

secondtooth, Sep 28, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -12.9%

A: Pours a light golden color with a small head that fades quickly with no real lacing.

S: mild grain aroma with light citrus and bit of sweetness.

T: Mild fruity flavor, bit of fresh grain and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, fairly smooth a bit too sweet and seems to linger.

O: Not a real fan of wheat beers and the passion fruit doesn't win me over.

soju6, Sep 22, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

A: Dull, pale yellow. No haziness. Weak head.

S: Grainy with a light whiff of banana. Slightly fruity but it's hard to make out what kind of fruit it is, just a vague Froot Loops aroma.

T: Nobody seems to appreciate this beer, but I think it has a really good flavor. If you're gonna make a fruit flavored wheat ale that's on the lighter side, passion fruit seems to be a good way to go, but this is the only beer I know of that uses it. Underlying the passion fruit is a serviceable wheat base. Light banana is still there from the smell. A corn-like sweetness lingers on the palate. There's also a little alcohol bite at times.

M: Not stellar compared to other wheat beers, even pale wheats, but has some substance while still being highly drinkable.

Refreshing and very flavorful. Great example of an easy drinking fruit flavored beer.

BeefyMee, Sep 05, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

A – Low white head settles fast with little lace. Thin, light honey color.

S – Light guava; sweet and lightly tart. Soft wheat and agave.

T – Fairly straight forward. Nice bready malt. Mango-like sweetness and a lime-like acidity.

M – Light/medium body. Smooth, but at the cost of carbonation.

O – Not a bad summer brew.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.