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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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Photo of avaldivia
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium brown color. Virtually no head or lacing, but is what I've come to expect from this style.

S: Very sweet aroma. Wheat is strong. No hop profile that I can detect.

T: The passion fruit is prominent. The wheat is towards the end. I did not have high hope for the flavor, but I really like it.

M: Very light and crisp. Good carbonation.

O: I am not typically a fan of Wheat ales, but this was delicious. I bought a single, but I am going to go back and get a 6 pack.

avaldivia, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev +15%

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light wheat colour with a little fizzy head that fades to leave minimal haloing.

S - Nice wheat ale aromas with some light fruit (citrus and passion) shining through.

T - Similar to the nose. Good strong wheat flavors as well as other grains and fruit (citrus, passion fruit) flavors. The fruit is fleeting though.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel. Decent carbonation but slightly thin on the end.

O - Overall, really liked this pale wheat. If I want a fruitier pale wheat, I would definately reach for one of these.

rudzud, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.13/5  rDev -6%

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.

LXIXME, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of DrinkThemAll
2.53/5  rDev -24%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass...

A-Pours a very faint pale straw yellow color with a white fingers worth of head that dissipates right away to just a ring...

S-Very light and sweet aroma like peaches and sweet fruits, very light malts and some corn...

T-very fruity and sweet up front like peaches or passion fruit and very malty with a corn like finish, very light and smooth. also refreshing...

M-Very light body, medium carbonation very juicy slightly creamy with a corn malt finish...best part here...

O-Decent brew i guess, nothing special by any means...taste like a fruity BMC brew but slightly better...would drink again for its price i would say...

DrinkThemAll, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of hoppyweasel311
1.65/5  rDev -50.5%

I guess I just don't like passion fruit... the beer smelled pretty good... but once i took a sip of it I was turned off by the overpowering flavor. It was really a one note beer... just that nasty bitter passion fruit flavor... will never drink this again.

hoppyweasel311, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head. Tropical fruit aromas akin to Juicy Fruit gum.

Light bodied with a smooth and glassy mouthfeel. Opens with a startling snap of passion fruit flavor with subtle suggestions of mango. A coarse hint of wheat emerges followed by sour waves of citrus. Moderately sweet with no appreciable bitterness. A touch of herbal mint surfaces. Dry finish with a scratch of tannins.

Crisp and refreshing, but the addition of passion fruit isn't really my cup of American Pale Wheat Ale. Would likely pair well with grilled fare. Aloha!

CaptainIPA, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Kiwano
3/5  rDev -9.9%

A - light straw yellow

S - very fruity

T - very light with bright sweet fruit - berry or guava-like though the bottle says it has passionfruit

M - very thin - a nice refreshing carbonation at first but thins out and gets almost watery toward the end

O or D -- The fruit does get a bit overbearing after awhile but is light and refreshing before it does, the fruit could be a bit more subtle

Kiwano, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A – Pours out a fairly clear golden color with one finger of white head that leaves in a hurry.

S – Wheat of course and a fair amount of passion fruit in the nose. Pleasant smell if not ordinary. Little spice to it.

T - I like passion fruit and you can taste it here but its almost odd. Not bad but not a clean fruit taste. There is a spiciness to it that seems to overtake the fruit. Wheat is there of course. Grainy taste as well.

M – Crisp, light bodied, decent carbonation.

O – Decent enough beer but could use a little cleaning up to shine. Certainly could be my taste but the spiciness in the brew overtakes a nice passion fruit flavor. All told though this is a nice beer for a hot beach day. You can have a few.

GallowsThief, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.23/5  rDev -3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a golden yellow with a very little bone white head. Poor retention and no discernible lacing. The aroma is faint. Cereal-like graininess, damp wheat, and passion fruit (as advertised.) The guava, papaya, and apricot come through a little more on the palate, lending a nice amount of juicy sweetness to balance out the dryness from the grains. Light body with medium to high carbonation and a pretty smooth gulper on a hot day.

Overall, this is a warm weather beer that goes down super easy. Not a ton of aroma, but a decent amount of flavor to make it a little more palatable.

ColForbinBC, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of eigervue
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.

eigervue, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw color with a little bit of haze. Head is a very thin layer of white foam. Not particularly exciting, but fair for the style.

Smell: refreshing, fruity tropical aroma. While it may not appeal to everyone, I like this aroma quite a lot. Indeed, this beer might be better classified as a fruit beer than as a pale wheat.

Taste: starts off with a basic wheaty flavor and then the fruit builds on the palate, finishing off with a fresh and refreshing touch. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with moderately low carbonation. It works, but it's not particularly inspiring.

Overall: despite its faults, I like the uniqueness of Wailua Wheat. It has always been among my favorite summertime beers.

flagmantho, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -9.9%

From notes. Had it presumably fresh in Hawaii.

Clear light golden in color, medium to small sized off white head, no significant lacing.
Wheat is noticeable on the aroma, with some citric notes, but not a lot else.
Thin but refreshing, it shows wheat, and a mild fruitiness on the palate. Nice, refreshing, but nothing here to distinguish it from other similar wheat beers.

brdc, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%

A - Clear straw, stark white head, leaves fast to ring. Not much lace.

S - Straw, light barn, little twang and some malt.

T - Light wheat flavor, some malt in there, light bitter.

M - Good carb, balance, etc, just a really averagely light beer.

D - On the plus, easy session!!

srandycarter, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

In truly Hawaiian fashion, Wailua Wheat doesn't sport a head but rather a lei of little bubbles (that, unfortunately, fails to decorate the glass). Its body is pale and light gold in colour, with a complexion that not only looks faded but is also quite clouded, probably a result of the passionfruit juice that's added. Still, it looks like a good hot weather beer.

Mookalakaheeki. Come on, you wanna lei me. Pass the poi, Mahalo. Boom chichi boom. The passionfruit in this bouquet is lively and conjures plenty of ocean-side visions, including white sandy beaches and tiki torches (or maybe that's just the marketing). Either way, this smells like something I want on-hand when it comes to warm weather and a dry palate.

Indeed, I can't think of many other occasions I'd crave this light-bodied, minimally flavoured beer that is so reliant on its fruit flavour, although today isn't exactly hot and, sure enough, I'm enjoying it just fine. The passionfruit flavour is beyond pleasant and not overly sweet either. It makes up for a maltiness that is only menially bready and quite thin.

I can understand why some drinkers might find this offering tiresome. It is surely predictable and, although it has the unique feature of passionfruit juice, still fairly pedestrian. But I can't find anything not to like about it. This was well worth the price I paid and is not anything I'd turn down if offered again. Not all beers have to be world-beaters to be worth drinking.

If I owned a brewery in Hawaii I'd brew a beer exactly like this too. It's everything you'd crave in a hot climate quencher: light-body, refreshing flavour and easy drinkability. While I'm sure this would be a dream on the island, it's still a mighty fine enjoyable ale even without the leis, luaus and suckling pig. It's kind of like a vacation in a bottle. I found it that way anyhow.

biegaman, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of codfeast
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%

bottle to pint.

A: a clear pale yellow, no head.

S: almost no smell at all, hints of wheat, and passion fruit.

T: not a whole lot there either, a bit of wheat, grain, then the passion fruit finish.

M: Light, with a strange semi-sweet passion fruit finish that lingers and lingers.

O: Not very good. Still finished it however. Like their pale and porter, and the lager is serviceable, but will never drink this again(unless I have no other choice).

codfeast, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of fsvan
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

Bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle 6/16/11. A bottled on date. What a strange concept?

A- Pale yellow. Minimal head.

S- An interesting fruity smell from the passion fruit. If I didn't know what went into it, I'm not sure that I could have put my finger on it.

T- Flavorful for an APWA. The passion fruit, again, comes to the forefront with the wheat coming through in the background.

M- Light and easy drinking, as expected.

O- I really like this for the style. Many APWAs are lacking in flavor, and this isn't. Granted, that is due seemingly solely to the addition of the passion fruit, but it does add a nice different dimension. This isn't the worlds best wheat ale, but is it pretty tasty and easy drinking. Nice for a summer outing.

fsvan, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%

A light crisp, fruit flavored beer that is great for the summer. The flavor is unique in that it is passion fruit, unlike the more typical citrus or berry flavored beers. Combine that with the fact that it is a wheat beer and it has some good body to despite being fruity. Delicious and satisfying.

Ahoyhoyindeed, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

MrVonzipper, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of corby112
1.78/5  rDev -46.5%

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow with a half finger white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice, floral hops, bread and citrus fruit. Hints of pine, pepper and coriander along with hints of lemon and orange peel. I'm not very familiar with passion fruit but there is a somewhat prominent citrus character. All of these characteristics are kind of bland however and the nose isn't too interesting.

Medium bodied with a balanced of earthy hops, zesty spice, bready yeast and sweet citrus. The hop presence adds a slight dryness and earthy character. This is followed by a strong spice presence that overpowers the other notes. The bready yeast adds to the palate but the spice and passion fruit add an odd, unpleasant metallic flavor that lingers after the finish.

corby112, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: sweet, wheat, malts, fruit

taste: sweet, wheat, fruit,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body

overall: very lackluster. was hoping for alot more flavor from the fruit it was near nonexistent.


THECPJ, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a hazy apple-juice-golden yellow color with a fizzy-looking yet persistent off-white head. The use of passion fruit is obvious in the aroma, although there is also a not entirely pleasant dull mossyness and a bit of a metallic character present. The flavor is a light, earthy combination of wheat and yeast, and the tropical fruitiness from the aroma is more muted, being replaced by more of a lemony citrus character. The texture is light without being thin, but the fine, prickly carbonation gets in the way of the light, subtle flavors. Overall, this beer is light and a bit fruity, and although the use of passion fruit is a bit of a novelty, it is otherwise fine and drinkable albeit uneven.

devilben02, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of KajII
2.33/5  rDev -30%

[Best served in a Weizen or Flute glass]

Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a small white fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was super light of grain malts, a light moldy yeast with just a hint of citrus and passion fruit. It tasted light and sweet with a mild wheat note in the beginning and finished about the same with a mild taste of passion fruit at the end. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with an extremely soft carbonation. Overall almost like drinking flavored bottled water. Good thing it’s a Limited Release.

KajII, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of LBrito
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color, but has very little head that disappears quickly. Perhaps I poured it improperly...

Smell: Pretty subtle smell, mostly pale wheat with a very light citrus tone lingering.

Taste: The taste is initially underwhelming... its got a crapton of carbonation that feels like you're drinking a extra dry champagne. However, when "sipped" it lends to a superbly crafted blend of passion fruit and apricot that lingers a bit on the tongue before giving way to a bit of alcohol and ends with a very dry feel.

Mouthfeel: is mostly dry, thin, bubbly.

Overall: a well crafted beer that lends itself to under-appreciation due to the carbonation levels. If one does not take the time to really slowly sip the flavors, its easy to miss how greatly crafted they are and mistake this with a bottle of Perrier.

LBrito, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.23/5  rDev -3%

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a pale gold color with a shit-ton of carbonation. It has a good, dense, foamy white head. The beer smells like fruit cake, with sugary and cinnamon highlights. Flavors are apricot and peach sweet, with a slight nutmeg and cinnamon spicing. Bready aftertaste, with a sweet and cloying finish.

GarthDanielson, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%

This may be more aptly classified as a fruit beer, rather than its current designation of APWA.

A - Golden, brassy and radiant, it is capped with next to no head or lace. Only the richness of hue puts it above average.

S - The nose is mostly pale grain with some floral hoppiness and a polite dosage of passion fruit. The exotic fruit is aromatically subtle, and suggests nearly as much peach and apricot as passion fruit.

T - The taste is not so restrained with the passion fruit flavor; it is, in fact, fully loaded with it. Joining that flavor, in an island fruit melange, we have apricot, guava, canteloupe and papaya notes. Pale wheat and grain is there too, and perhaps some vaguely floral hop; however, these elements are merely the platform for the fruit.

M - Lighter-bodied and refreshing.

O - I am a huge fan of this; I got it just for the tick, but am really taken aback by how well it is composed.

ktrillionaire, Jun 16, 2011
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