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Wailua Wheat - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | 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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3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale, golden color with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates very quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of fruit (I'm assuming passion fruit as it says on the bottle) with a nice wheaty backbone.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Develops a fruity, yeasty flavor towards the back. The passion fruit definitely adds a new level to this beer. Unfortunately, I don't think the rest of the beer is really there to back up the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable wheat beer. The passion fruit definitely makes this a unique beer. It's not world-changing but it's still refreshing and eminently enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:54:01 | More by wahhmaster
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:34:57 | More by dogfishandi
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4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On vacation and can't get Kona beers in Ohio. We always try them when we head south to Florida or N Carolina.

Appearance - Golden amber in color. No suspended yeast as I would have expected for a wheat. Low carbonation, almost no head.

Smell - Sour smell, no noticeable hop aroma, no grain or wheat aroma.

Taste - Wow, now this makes sense. This seems to me to be an excellent example of a Berliner Weiss! Very very sour. The passion fruit is barely noticeable, but off-sets the tartness to some degree. Light crisp and refreshing. A berliner weiss is a bit of an aquired taste, but once you appreciate it, it is really nice.

Mouthfeel - Thin and only lightly fizzy.

Drinkablility - Pretty drinkable. I could knock a few of these out in a row, but the sour style will probably wear on you after two.

I really like this. The gravity of this beer is probably on the low side(maybe 1.036 or so). Interesting beer and of a style that is very hard to find. If you like this, try other Berliner Weiss style beers. Some American micro breweries will have an example as well as Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 14:11:36 | More by GregBlatz
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2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very clear, a sparklingly bright yellow orange hue. Nice head, almost two fingers. Almost no visible carbonation. Very nice looks, like foamy Cristal?

S- Sour adjuncts, lime. No wheat malts, definitely no passion fruit. Disappointing.

T- Interesting, not your average APWA. Starts off with macro adjuncts, moves to bittered fruits finishes slightly bittersweet and on limes. Leaves the absolute slightest hint of more exotic fruits. Not much of a wheat beer, slightly fruity with a adjunct quality I don't understand; I've seen others mention rice, is that it?

M- Light light light body. Could use more activity to make for the lackluster tastes.

D- Eh. Not a great beer, so why would I drink it again?

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:37:25 | More by SamN
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2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a darker yellow with about a finger and a half of white head.

S: Not that much; a bit of citrus sourness, some wheat malts and toasted rice.

T: Wheat malts definitely hit the palate first, followed by a citrus/vinegary sourness, next slight toasted rice, hops, and ending with a passion fruit-like aftertaste.

M: Watery and somewhat under-carbonated.

D: Was definitely expecting more from this brew; I think it would've benefited from a stronger wheat malt taste (instead of sour citrus water) and a stronger passion fruit finish; though I suspect since passion fruit is a very delicate taste, it's hard to get right in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 07:01:22 | More by thekanna
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to pint glass

A - Yellow in colour with a very slight cloudiness. A small amount of white head.

S - Some bitter hops up front with bready malts. No fruit is detectable at all in the nose.

T - Some bitterness from hops up front with passion fruit in the finish. The passion fruit is not overwhelming but it is evident enough to know it is there and to give the beer its distinct flavour. Perfect blend of flavours in this beer.

M - Light body; a lot of carbonation.

D - An excellent and very unique beer. Great for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 23:42:34 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of albern


2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty watery and weak fare with this beer. It has a very odd, almost skunked aroma right out of the bottle, as though something trapped needed to get out. Once it settles, there is an odd passion fruitiness and slightly mildewed aroma eminating. The beer is a slighlty yellowish color with no real head. There is a bit of fizz right out of the pour but that dissipates quickly.

The taste is a combination of the passion fruit or slight raspberry and not very good wheat beer. The beer has that over processed character of a lower quality beer with fruity flavoring added to the finished product. This beer is really uninteresting and disappointing. It's light bodied, and somewhat refreshing, but just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 22:44:37 | More by albern
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2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bold yellow with virtually no head, active carbonation and some floaties on the bottom.

S - Malt and wheat dominate with some hops, but don't pick up any passion fruit or any other tropical fruits.

T - Light wheat taste with a bit of sourness from the passion fruit and a some hops.

M - Very light and watery

D - This is just so so, was expecting more passion fruit or tropical fruit flavors but really it was just a light wheat beer and that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 00:10:52 | More by semibaked
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3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a bit of haze, rocky white head. Good retention, a bit of clumpy lace. Crackery, grainy wheat aroma with some tropical fruitiness, a bit grassy, kind of mild overall. Low bitterness, a bit fruity and crackery. Finished with lingering sweet, tropical fruit. Alright, but nothing really pops in the flavour. On the dry side, light bodied with prickly carbonation, decent texture. Pretty easy drinking, just not much here to make me come back again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 01:19:39 | More by DrJay
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3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that disappears pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, wheat and that hint of passion fruit.

Taste like it smells, though not as much fruit on my palate as I expected. Very refreshing though.

Mouthfeel is OK. Really nice carbonation, but nothing else. Finishes almost too crisp and clean.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:51:03 | More by felipe2toes
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3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with no head. I was expecting the golden brew to be thicker and cloudier since it is a "wheat" beer.

I was left with a lot to be desired. It was watery, again I was thinking something thicker. If it wasn't for the obvious passionfruit taste and smell, the brew would have been unmemorable.

Still though, I imagine it would be great after working on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 22:50:24 | More by IRONRakkasan
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3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 05/05/10
Poured from 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours with about a half an inch almost white head, that fades pretty quickly. There is a minimal amount of lacing when you are drinking this beer. The color is somewhat disappointing, it is only a few shades darker than a standard American Pale Ale. It has a slight hazyness you would expect in a wheat ale.

S - The smell is mainly wheat/malt and passion-fruit. The aroma is very light but is also very sweet. Though that may bother some, I have no problem with a lot of sweetness. And I enjoyed the smell very much.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell. Although not quite as sweet as the smell. Though the sweetness maybe to much for some it was just fine in my opinion. There is little no no bitterness in the beer.

M - Mouthfeel was just average. It had the right amount of carbonation but did not linger in the mouth at all. Which I think would have been nice for a beer of this style to do.

D - Drinkability is where this beer shines. It has no alcohol taste. And is very smooth with the right amount of carbonation so it goes down very easy. The flavor is on the lighter side but that is what I am looking for in a summer beer. I could definitely put many of these beers down on a nice summer day. This beer is shaping up to be one of my more favored summer beer. For the cost and the taste this beer is a great selection.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 04:03:02 | More by Krevee
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3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wailua is a clear, very pale yellow with a thin, rapidly disappearing white foam. It's rather sickly looking for a wheat but this site describes it as a pale wheat ale which might explain the color. Nice passion fruit aroma with a subdued wheat. The passion fruit aroma doesn't stick around for long either. Just like the aroma, the passion fruit hits you up front and tastes great. However, it also retreats quickly and your left with a slightly fruity tasting, subdued wheat and pale malt ale. It is fairly crisp and refreshing but has a bit of a thinner lager feel rather than a robust wheat.

To sum up this beer in one word: Diminished. The head, the aroma, and the passion fruit taste all recede after the initial taste. Certainly an easy drinking summer beer but not enough to keep your attention throughout.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 00:12:49 | More by Bfarr
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I was after something light and drinkable, and after a long winter a wheat beer sounded great, but I didn't want to fall into my old Hefeweizen addiction again right away. I remembered enjoying this last summer on a brew day, so I decided to give it another try.

It's not incredible in appearance, and the thin white head doesn't stick around very long. It has a very pale golden color with just the slightest hint of cloudiness.

I seem to recall it having a stronger nose last time I tried it, but this time around it seems to have faded. There is a hint of wheat malt and a very faint note of passion fruit, but only until you take a sip does the passion fruit actually come alive.

The taste is very light and crisp, with an initial bite of carbonation. The malt is the most present flavor, an apparent mix of wheat and very pale malts, and the passion fruit presents itself very clearly. I feel that the fruit is well balanced in this brew, as far as the brewery's attempt to create a beer with mass appeal is concerned. Personally, had I brewed it, I would have added at least twice as much fruit, but I'm all about fruity wheat beers (although not about adding citrus fruit TO wheat beers -- sacrilege!)

The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. The carbonation is there, but it doesn't stick around long enough to hit the back of your tongue unless you're pounding it. It feels overly light, which is misleading considering it's apparently 5.4 percent ABV.

The drinkability is where this beer really shines. I opened my first one and before I could even get logged in to begin my review it was gone. There is simply no indication that this beer has any alcohol in it at all. I could drink it all day long, but I would probably get bored after a while and switch to something Bavarian.

Overall, I'm fairly impressed with this offering. I haven't tried anything else from Kona, but mostly that is because I'm in Oregon and there are too many local options -- just not as many "light" options here. This is a beer for those west coast folks who want a break from being choked to death with hops and aren't necessarily looking for a huge malty beer or yet another over-yeasted "American Hefeweizen."

I would strongly recommend it to anybody who is just starting out with wheat beers, but hasn't yet developed a palate for the more complex ones.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 04:49:17 | More by Clamwacker
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light bronze color, effervescent and capped off with a rocky white head. Aromas of passion fruit, grapefruit and lemon. Surprisingly tart on the palate, with loads of pineapple. Crisp, carbonated, refreshing and quite a pleasant summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 23:07:46 | More by emmasdad
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2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

There's very little head, which is bizarre given that this is a wheat beer. No lace. Slight haze to the light gold color.

I do not like the smell. It is very sour and there is an element of urine in it. I am repulsed by it. There's also a stale grapefruit smell.

The flavor is far more mild than the negative nose. The predominant taste is a citrus sourness. The swallow has a touch of hop, but it is mostly tart. The aftertaste is short lived. The body is predictable and the carbonation is comfortably on the high side, but it can't save this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:15:12 | More by smcolw
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North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, no head, no lacing. Uh-oh, bad start.

Aroma: Not a lot going on here. Some really subtle fruit.

Taste: I will be honest, I have no clue what a passion fruit is. But if this it, I don't like it. Really subtle like the aroma.

Feel/Drink: Thin, high carbonated. I'm good after one,just no good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 01:58:07 | More by travduke
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased after a long week at work from the local supermarket. Was too lazy to go to my local beer dudes. Perhaps I paid the price by picking up old stock?

Pours a very light golden color with almost no head. No lacing either. Substantial carbonation. Smells almost like a yellow fizzy beer but there's something else there that just barely nudges it out of that category. I couldn't quite figure out what it was.

There is a slight sweetness to the taste, probably due to the passion fruit it is brewed with. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be too much that I can discern going on in the flavor department. It's a wheat ale but there didn't seem to be too much wheat going on. Maybe I'm crazy.

This is a limited release, so I may not get to try it again, but I'm glad I did. Overall I like Kona and the idea of a brew from Hawaii this time of year feels right. This just isn't one of their best, I'm afraid.


Ack! It /is/ brewed in New Hampshire. Now I have nothing against the Granite State, but I definitely feel as though I've been hoodwinked.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:42:07 | More by mstyne


3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass
Listening to:
Jerry Garcia Band : I'll Take a Melody

A= Good look, a golden yellow color, with no head retention or lacing.

S= Typical wheat beer smell, nothing crazy, but not disappointing.

T= Good taste, takes a little searching for the passion fruit, but it is present.

M= short mouthfeel, with a spicy after taste.

D= Very drinkable, goes down easy.

Overall= I found that by the end of the beer that I would really like another. A nice fruity beer, that drinks nicely in the afternoon sun.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 14:08:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden yellow, clear with a one finger white head that has decent retention. A nice ring and cloud floats atop the beer and leaves fine, spotty lacing. Smell starts out horribly. I dunno what is going on here but it smells of a pasture with fresh manure in the air. This dies down a bit but lingers in the background the whole time. It becomes hugely malty/grainy with some citrus fruit and slight manure in the background, strange. The taste, fortunately, does not have the manure notes to it. Basically just a hugely wheaty/malty backbone with some citrus fruit notes in the foreground. No hops really noticeable here at all. The fruit is nice but tastes a bit artificial for some reason. Mouthfeel is light bodied but has nice creaminess. Medium carbonation suits this beer well and there is no alcohol present. Low bitters hit the tongue in the end behind a coat of malt and fruit. Drinkability is good. The beer was cheap and had a decent taste. No real off flavors but an off aroma for sure. The fruits were pretty good but I may not try this one again because of the nose.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 05:58:42 | More by cbutova
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2.03/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

pours a very hazy yellow with a finger of quickly disappering uneven, white head. no lacing.

smells mostly wheaty. but with a sour/tart note. me no likey.

tastes like a wheat beer that has been thrown way off track, most likely from the passion fruit. it has a weird out of place sort of wannabee sour kick at the end. once again, me no likey.

mouthfeel is tart, dry and pucker inducing.

drinkability: dear god no.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 00:00:37 | More by northaustin
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3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this more for my wife to try, as I'm trying to get her into beer. She's from Brazil and loves Passion Fruit so I hope this will tickle her fancy.

A: Pours a very white bubbly lose 1/2 finger head that is pasty white into my new SN 30 anniversary goblet/tulip glass. It is super clear golden yellow almost watery color.

N: Hmm, lots of wheat and pale malts to start. A light citrus and banana aroma, with hits of floral hops and touch of tropical fruit (perhaps passion fruit) with a hint of mustiness. Very light though.

T: Starts with some wheat flavors, pretty light. It adds a slight creamy malt but not very much at all. More pale malts, but still light. A slight toasty flavor. Some fruity and slight English earthy bitter hop presence which is very light. With that is a slight fruitiness, again is hard to really label it as passion fruit, but its a nice touch. The fruit maintains semi light and isn't too heavy. Lots of wheat though.

M: Lighter body but not too bad, lighter carbonation.

F: Lots of lingering wheat and some pale malts. Not much else for flavor in general on the finish. A slight lingering fruity taste, which is more juicy than anything, and hard to pick out any specific fruits. A slight bitter and tangy fruity hop characteristic. A bit watery and not much there on the finish. I would have liked a little more carbonation as well, but it may have lost some in the trip over here. This would be a great hot summer day beverage though, just needs more flavor and more to it.

So far 0/2 on the Kona beers, but I haven't tried their really good ones yet, so lets see how the rest do. Also, my wife does not like it at all. "No sweetness and no passion fruit".

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:32:01 | More by jlindros
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3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, bright yellow with no haziness. big bright white head raises up and dissipates a little quickly, but there is plenty of bubbles streaming to the top.

aroma is first of citrusy hops, then plenty of passion fruit comes through. very tropical and aromatic, but not very beer-y.

taste is definitely of passion fruit. wheat comes through, too, but that is about it. not really much of a hop presence. aftertaste lingers of the tart fruit.

mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied, plenty of carbonation.

drinkability is hampered by the tart fruit that over-powers everything else. Not much else here. Doesn't offend the tastebuds too much if you can deal with tart, tropical fruits, but it doesn't offer much else to keep me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 22:56:52 | More by silentjay
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a white, finger thick head. Clear body with active upward carbonation. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky. Gold in color.
S) Spicy - peppery and slightly salt aroma. The passion fruit adds a pungent and earth sweetness. Wheat is in the mix too.
T) Citrus sweet up front with a lemon-esque bite. A nice wheat and malt sweetness follows up the citrus nip. The finish sort of falls out and leaves subtle sweet grain linger in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Light body. Dry in the finish.
D) A nice pale wheat. I'd definitely have another. The passion fruit adds a nice twist.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 22:01:20 | More by u2carew
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3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium yellow color, small white head with mild carbonation.

The smell is passion fruit (obviously), picking up hints of pineapple, papaya, some white grape, and is mildly floral with some wheat.

Taste is crisp and light with the papaya blending and mixing with the wheat, and delicately hopped to round out the flavor.

Wailua finishes semi-dry, medium-light body, and with a sweet distantly tangy finish. The tangy passion fruit finish lingers for quite awhile on the palette with the tart frutiness. The finish hangs on like mild tropical fruit lifesavers in the mouth. (The only way I can describe it.)

This is something I picked up a single of when beer shopping because I've never had this one before. Kona is known for some good brews and I have to say, on very hot summer day, this beer would really hit the spot. It's very quaffable beer and setting my manhood aside, I would buy this beer for summer parties and my own enjoyment after mowing the grass. Differently unique...but it works.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:38:04 | More by jzeilinger
Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.