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Wailua Wheat - Kona Brewing Co.

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842 Ratings

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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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Photo of Gueuzedude


3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun1009 Bottle Date; Sampled August 2009
A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a full gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tropical fruit as I am pouring this, but smells of tart wheat and light lemon notes when I go in for a more directed inspection of the nose. The SSXDFA fruit somehow seems to accentuate a grassy, freshly thrushed grain aromatic here, but also has a certain musky fruitiness that lightly scents the finish of the nose.

A nice prickly carbonation is coupled with a light, but fullish body. The beer starts out dry as it hits the tongue but picks up a grain sweetness through to the finish. Lightly tart tasting with an accenting carbonic bite, the beer has a fairly muted fruitiness though. There is perhaps a touch of non-descript fruitiness in the finish, but there is also a certain peppery, sort of vegetal (reminds me of a green chile actually) note in the finish that is a bit more noticeable. The light grainy wheat character is the most distinct thing about the flavor, but this is certainly a light refreshing brew overall.

Not bad, but the fruit character is awefully subtle. This I suppose is not necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly doesn't help this beer to stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 03:37:37 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of aggiearcher13


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a bar in Port Aransas, TX.

Very light, highly carbonated beer without much head. Smell is very fruity, not much else to it really, a slight wheat aroma. Taste is very light, mostly the passion fruit, which is a very pleasing flavor but I found that it wore on me after a little while, so that dings it on drinkability. Overall, nothing to write home about. Not a bad beer for enjoying on a warm tropical day when you want to get away from the usual suspects.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2009 20:40:51 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of Westsidebuddha


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Vinatero Wine Shop in Whittier, Calif.

Poured a light golden color with a very slight head and lots of bubbles. Smell very light and fruity. Light taste with a passion fruit back end. A light mouthfeel with a slight wheat flavor. Drinkability is very good in that you can drink more than one beer in a sitting. A beer to have on a summer day/night.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 07:48:33 | More by Westsidebuddha
Photo of bradybeer


4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper with quickly disappearing white head. Brewed with passion fruit which comes through in the aroma, which is somewhat tart, and with some hop aroma slipping through. Taste reflects the passion fruit, which is tart and is a nice balance to the malt sweetness. No hops that I can notice-probably can't punch through the fruit. Carbonation is medium which leads to a light mouthfeel. Drinkability is good-especially if one is sipping this a the brewpub on their patio.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 18:33:29 | More by bradybeer
Photo of asegal


4.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 22:58:58 | More by asegal
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A new beer being offered at my local beer store. Apparently the name of this beer translates into "2 freshwater rivers which mingle together" in Hawaaian... interesting to say the least. Pretty good beer though. Has a nice fruity aroma to it and has a nice body for a pale wheat ale. Brewed with passion fruit, which I've never tasted before but you can definitely taste some good, subtle fruit flavor in the beer (which I'm guessing is what passion fruit tastes like). Nice and drinkable with a clean finish. Nothing extreme here, just a solid summer seasonal that tries to be different by using a different fruit flavor and it does what it intended to do.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 22:56:16 | More by oriolesfan4
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pale and wheat malt scent with just a hint of passion fruit. The taste is average. It has a very dry wheat malt flavor with a sour/spoiled passion fruit taste. It's crisp on the taste buds, but it's also quite watery and weak. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with prickly carbonation. This isn't a terrible beer, but there are so many other options out there. I'd rather have a Michelob wheat beer over this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 20:58:48 | More by WesWes
Photo of BostonBrewins


2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a white head which quickly dissipates.

S - Passion fruit smells are slightly muted.

T - The acidicness is a little overwhelming. It tastes a little like a grape fruit flavored beer.

M - Light to medium bodied and highly carbonized. The carbonation coupled with the acidity provides some real kick, but not something I am craving in the summer.

D - Interesting in concept, but it falters in execution.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 17:59:20 | More by BostonBrewins
Photo of jneiswender


2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

A-off white head, clear-yellow body

S-very strong passion fruit smell, juicy

t-very, very sugary, slight passion fruit, very little beer flavor


D-Probably should be a fruit beer. You just don't get a sense that you are drinking beer. Very fizzy, and more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:40:10 | More by jneiswender
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured a light golden amber thin white head that faded just to a ring, clear doesn't look anything like a wheat... if you didn't know better you could easily mistake this for a macro lager
smell is very heavy but not over powering passion fruit with a hint of macro like "beer"
taste is very interesting, again very heavy on the passion fruit but the macro thing creeps in stealing away much of what this could be I know not to expect "hefe" characteristics but just think this would be much nice if it didnt just taste like fruit cocktail dumped in a Labatt
mouthfeel nice light bodied highly carbonated leaves the mouth watering
drinkability its not bad just nothing special
overview - well kind of wish this had just been a single not a six pack purchased just not liking this all that much- I'll try another at some point to make sure its not a bad bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:39:55 | More by sliverX
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3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear with a rapidly dissipating head, light golden color and filtered.

S: Not very aromatic, slight tinge of fruitiness. Weakly reminds me of grapefruit.

T: Sharp and dry, almost like a white wine except hops bitterness mingles at the middle with a very clean finish. Can't really taste much hops or malt, but passionfruit is evident.

M: Very light body, smooth on the palate without leaving much of that hop resin feeling.

D: Could probably down quite a few of these. Not my favorite, but wheat beer that'll definitely keep me cool in the summer.

Served in a 16 oz, slightly chilled glass

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:03:40 | More by zplug123
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Served in tulip glass from a brown bottle with BOTTLED ON date of 05-28-09. Probably should be categorized as vegetable/fruit beer since it is brewed with passion fruit?

A: Cloudy pale straw color. Slight white head with minimal lacing.

S: Fruity citrus, floral and malt scents. Slight hops.

T&M: Very flavorful. Balanced. Medium bodied. Fruity taste obviously from the passion fruit.

Not bad. I'm not a wheat fan, but this is decent. Someone compared it to Magic Hat(#9 I am assuming) I agree, but this is slightly better since I'm not a fan of apricots(#9), but can tollerate passion fruit. I would drink this beer again

side notes- reviewed from notes from tasting

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:40:32 | More by cdizinno
Photo of Elimination


3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden yellow, very little head. smells more like a lager, but with a little tropical fruit. taste like an average hef, with fruit. good drinkability as a daily brew, but nothing to go crazy about. Have gone through a few 6 packs now so i guess that shows its pretty decent. Wouldnt mind if it stuck around as a permanent in the kona line.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:37:04 | More by Elimination
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3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a light golden yellow in the glass, quite clear while the whitish one finger head dissipates almost immediatley leaving oily curtains curtains that immediately slide back down the side of the glass.

Smell is crisp and citrusy with a grassy note, on the mild side.

Taste is also crisp, mildy fruity (the passion fruit perhaps?) and a bit citrusy with a mild bitterness on the back of the palate. Think of a very light bodied pale ale made with wheat (hmm, imagine that!)

Body is light, nicely carbonated and just a tad oily. Crisp seems to apply here too.

Quite drinkable, especially in hot weather. Probably not going to be a staple for me (their Fire Rock Pale Ale fills that bill fo rme) but a nice change and comparable to other Summer style American Wheat Ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:25:53 | More by BlackBearForge
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New Hampshire

2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a stamped label marked DG17 I think. It was a bit muddled. Sampled on Aug. 2, 2009. The slogan under the bottle cap read AKAMAI - Clever. A hazy-orange pour little to no head anmd no lacing to speak of. The aoma was of overripe tropical fruit and bland hops. Medium mouthfeel. The taste was kind of malty and sour and rather unimpressive. It could have been a bad batch but basically this beer did nothing for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 21:12:27 | More by puboflyons
Photo of vegantreats


3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light color, poured with average head for a beer of this type.
Mixed fruit nose with some sweetness, very slight caramel like hit to the nose after a deep inhalation.
Smooth tasting, well balanced light hint of fruit finish.
This is a very nice summertime beer, very refreshing. Most fruity beers are interesting half way through, then the fact that too much fruitiness is present ruins the second half of the beer, yet, this beer has a nice hint of fruitiness without being overpowering. If you're looking to refresh after you walk in the door, or just finished moving the lawn this is a solid beer to have.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 05:20:21 | More by vegantreats
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my travels out west this summer. I've never had a beer from Hawaii and this looked pretty interesting when I saw it on the store shelf. This wasn't the best beer I've had but it hit the spot when the weather finally got warm out!

Nice hue to it - golden, crisp, and a bit of head and lacing to go along with those as well. This had a very light taste to it, with the malty notes dominating over any hops. The passion fruit can be felt here, along with some plum/pomegranate to boot. This is pretty easygoing but it's by no means light, which is what separates this from a macro or a low-calorie beer. The few times I had this after a ball game, it filled me up, which was suprisingly good!

The 5.40% ABV couldn't really be felt here as this seemed much less than that when I was drinking this. A relatively full beer with a fruit presence isn't something that I have every day, but the underlying makes it work. A good choice for a nice summer day and a change from the norm.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 18:13:06 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend got me a six pack of this for my birthday, my beer budget has been eliminated since getting laid off so any beer helps.

Pours a clear straw yellow color, hardly any head and no lacing at all, quite average looking.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a tinge of fruitiness, nothing overwhelming, I thought the passion fruit would have had a larger presence or have a more bready aroma.

Taste is light and crisp, the carbonation dances off the tongue, a mix of sweet malt and light citrus, still only has a tinge of fruit in the aftertaste.

Kinda reminds me of #9 by Magic Hat, if you liked that then you'd probably dig this as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 02:01:38 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of JBogan


2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright gold with a one finger head which disappears immediately and leaves very little lacing.

Smells quite weak. A hint of cracker, and ever the slightest bit of the passion fruit.

Taste was also rather nondescript. Some breadiness, a bit of malt, and again a very slight presence of passion fruit. Not offputting, but not very pleasing either.

Mouthfeel was thin and slippery. Some carbonation to liven things up, but overall it's not a beer which makes my mouth or tastebuds happy.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 19:07:24 | More by JBogan
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3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Dan for trading me this bottle in exchange for a Pipeline Porter. I probably never would have tried this otherwise since I'd have to get a whole six pack.

I poured the beer cold, at 40 degrees into a standard size Firestone Walker tumbler. Poured it quite fast without tilting the glass and still ended up with only a little less than one finger widths of head. The color of the beer is a very pale gold, almost yellow. Bright white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin little ring that laces a tad, but doesn't stick around. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom suggest this beer will be prickly like a lager. Has a sort of chill haze to it but isn't cloudy at all, which was a bit unexpected.

Smells like straw, white bread, freshly cut grass, and I can pick out a bit of passionfruit, kind of smells like guava, but not as much as I'd like. Also a slight citrusy smell, mostly lemon.

If I try to let the beer rest on the front of my tongue, I can pick out the passionfruit, otherwise I have trouble. The lemony/grassy quality of the hops tends to take over rather quick, with a slight bready/grainy backbone. A little hard to access the flavors due to the carbonation, which is overly prickly and comes off a lot more like a lager or a pils. Definitely has the refreshing feel going on, but I want to access the flavor better. If you swish away the carbonation you tend to get a little more passionfruit, especially as it warms a bit.

Pretty drinkable, and would be a nice refreshing beer on a hot day spent outside. If it were smoother and cloudier, I think it could be a lot more drinkable. About what I thought it would be, but I wish it was smoother, also I don't really get much malty wheat flavor at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 06:06:57 | More by Bubba83
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New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Almost clear, pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Passion fruit nose. Flavor is dominated by the passion fruit, any hops are hidden. Another good lawn mower beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Bottled Apr 12, 09.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 22:23:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of philbe311


3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One fingers worth of fizzy white head... Head quickly fades and leaves a modest lacing sitting a top... Loads of fast apced carbonation throughout... Light pale yellow color...

S - Loads of tropical fruit... Cracker... Pale malts...

T - Pale malt and wheat upfront... Loads of passion fruit... Hint of lime... A tad bit of a muted tart finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Slight carbonation... A bit tart... Smooth, refreshing, and crisp all the way around...

D - Slightly quirky but still oddly refreshing... An interesting take on the style, but I'm not sure I would revisit...

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 01:52:24 | More by philbe311
Photo of strengthdoc


2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just recently got this in New England since Redhook started brewing it. The aroma is very fruity almost like fruit punch. The beer is very pale golden in color. The mouthfeel is light and watery. The taste is very light and fruity which I guess is the passion fruit, but it taste mildly citrus and is consistent to the end. The finish is light and watery.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 02:11:10 | More by strengthdoc
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3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Cambridge House Brewpub in Torrington, Conn.

A: Poured a hazy, golden straw color with a huge fizzy head of ivory foam.

S: Smells slightly sweet, floral and grainy with a bit of toasted biscuit in the background.

T: Taste is sweet and dry at first, with a floral, fruity grain flavor, and then in comes the passion fruit. Like a tropical juice drink, this brew takes a dose of that and throws it right in the mix of the palate. Not bad, but I wasn't expecting that much fruit essence.

M: Mouthfeel is light medium bodied and slightly chewy, but mostly clean and smooth.

D: If not for the fruity floral essence of this wheat, it'd be a decent summer relief brew. That passion fruit island flavor would get to me after more than one, though. Ladies, have at it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 21:17:32 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of CampusCrew


3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I judge wheat beers a little differently than most BAs because I dont care for them because they are too plain, so the extra slight fruit aspect of this beer was really pleasant for me.

appearance: not that cloudy for a wheat beer, golden plae color

smell: fruity cereal aroma

taste: A very light wheat beer with a hint of fruit flavor

mouthfeel: thin for wheat

drinkability: drinks easy and I could have multis on a hot day. I would probably get sick of the sweetness though. Not bad

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 14:40:55 | More by CampusCrew
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