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Wailua Wheat - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: rowew on 05-01-2007

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
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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy gold color with an orange tint. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Wheat malt, pear and citrus; maybe a little passion fruit thrown in.

T: Bready wheat malt with tropical fruits. A light sweetness lingers a bit through a dry, crisp finish.

M: Medium to light body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and clean, not as fizzy as some wheats - but I liked it.

D: Very easy drinking and very flavorful without being too filling. Clearly a solid sessionable wheat.

Photo of Psilo707
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this beer is crazy! Never had anything like it.

Looks golden with a slight tint of almost a green aura when poured into a mug; medium head and spotty but sufficient lacing. Very light bubbles rising to the top internally.

The aroma is immediately noticed, and a candy-colored swirl of vibrant fruits enters the senses and consumes the nose. Not too strong, but definitely very present.

The taste of this beer immediately spreads all over once sipped. A mix of citrusy passionfruit, guava, and even some remnants of papaya are noticed. The extremely unique mixture of flavors sits on the tongue for a long time before diminishing. After my first sip, I instantly knew I REALLY liked this beer. It's like nothing I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is slightly lower than the other aspects, as I find the taste of the beer is more quality when in a constant flow rather than sitting around idly. Drinkability is medium-to-high and clearing a 6'er of these would be easy, and fun as well.

Overall this is one of the most unique beers I've ever had, at least in the semi-fruity category, and I would love to drink some of these while sitting on the beach in Hawaii.

Photo of DannyS
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 20 oz. glass mug.

A - Hazy golden orange with a thin, fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice collar of foam with loose lacing.

S - Sour, slightly candied. Prickly pear and musty aromas mix with the passion fruit.

T - Wheaty with a tropical fruit twang. Ever so slightly sweet with a slight farmhouse funk on the finish, which is otherwise clean.

M - The carbonation is modest but very prickly, and the body is decent.

D - Very easy drinking. Definitely good for sessioning with it's light but flavorful hit and modest ABV

overall - A nice, summery beer. Put up some fake palm trees and tropical flowers, and kick back with this little bit of Hawaii in a bottle.

Photo of iceball585
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light yellow color, clear, one finger thick white head that faded quickly, decent amount of bubbles rising

S- Citrus, pale malts, wheat, candy sugar, fruity, slight metallic smell

T- Passion fruit, grains, wheat, sweet, syrupy, light malts, hint of hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, slight oily finish

D-Worth trying

The passion fruit gives it a very interesting and distinct flavor. Not an instant classic in my eyes but I still support beers that are very original.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle in Atlanta in April, and after 1 month in the refrigerator I'm drinking it on my deck on a beautiful sunny day. The beer is murky-hazy yellow with a thick white foam. The smell is sickly fruity, I guess passion fruit from the label description. The taste is likewise sweet and kind of tropical, also malty and easy-drinking spicy wheat notes. Overall OK but not a beer I want more than one of.

Photo of nsw
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having visited the brewery on the Big Island a few times over the years, I try to send a few bucks Kona Brewing's way every time they serve up something new. Not generally a fan of the fruity beers, once summer rolls around a sixer of Pyramid Apricot and a sixer of random (like this one) find their way into the cart. Another reviewer talked about beers that suit the atmosphere, and this is one of those hot summer days over the grill, time to cool off with something you can guzzle beers.

S - I was surprised by how forward the passionfruit is. It's not as apparent in the taste, however.

T - After some initial fruit, mostly on the citrusy side, the wheat/malt take over. Another reviewer felt that as this beer warms up and opens up, its appeal diminishes -- I agree.

D - This is a novelty beer that suits a particular atmosphere -- definitely not one to throw into the regular rotation.

Photo of necoadam
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear light orange/gold color with a light head.

Smell was all fruit upfront with an ever so slight malt backbone. Some whiff of wheat can be detected in the background as well.

Fruit upfront hits the palate with sweet grain and malts mushing together as well. After awhile though it tends to get a little bit sweet towards the end. That was little bit of a setback for me.

Mouthfeel was light with a very small feeling that it ended watery. Carbonation was the lighter side, but seemed to be good.

Not bad, but not the best pale wheat ales out there. Once you've had Gumballhead though, you're pretty much spoiled.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown long-neck bottle with colorful label stating "Limited Release." This deceived me, as I soon found out it was only a Seasonal - not a Limited (there is a big difference.) On the label, a girl is bathing in a waterfall. She seems to tease me with her back turned, reminding me that I am not bathing in a waterfall in Hawaii like her. This is not a good start to a beer...
Bottled On Date: 03.04.09

Poured smooth and thin for a very clear, golden-yellow body with faint orange hues; strangely clear for a wheat ale. A very thin white head dissipates before I can finish the pour and leaves minimal-to-no lace.

Wow. Surprisingly pungent (though I shouldn't be surprised by how much the label talks it up) of tropical fruit. Plenty of pineapple, pomegranate, apple, passion fruit, and citrus. A cereal/biscuity malt underlines the fruit and is followed by a faint skunk nose, reminiscent of a European lager. Faint yeasty esters comes through to the nose as well.

Unfortunately, weaker than in the aroma. Soft notes of pineapple and passion fruit tickles the front of the tongue and is followed by a grainy/husky wheat towards the back. The hops deliver citrus oils for a long bitter finish but are (again) paired with the fruity esters in the aftertaste. This brew has a slick/oily mouthfeel and a very thin body. Very minimal carbonation provides compensation for such a lackluster in the mouth.

For a wheat ale, this is a bit too much like a lager, both is body, mouthfeel, and flavor (especially that overwhelming grain). The passion fruit, promised in the label, needs to be stronger in the mouth to match the nose.

However, this would be a great pre/post dinner drink or something to sip while cooling off after a hot summer day.
It would probably be best paired with glazed ham, Hawaiian kabobs, fruit, or anything served at your summer office luau.


Photo of rhinos00
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A- Pours a hazy, straw yellow. Minimal head on an aggressive pour. Reduced to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Passionate fruit dominates this one. Not much else to this except a slight aroma of wheat. If I wasn't such a sucker for passion fruit this would have gotten a worse rating.

T- Much like the aroma. Overly simple and pretty bland. Sort of like a one trick pony. Passion fruit upfront quickly fades to a bland taste consisting of minimal malts and a bit of wheat.

M- Light bodied, almost too thin. I was glad that this one wasn't overcarbonated.

D- Given that this was almost like drinking passion fruit flavored water, it went down pretty easily.

Overall, not my cup of tea. Definitely will not be drinking this one again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/22/09 at Triple P Sports Bar in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is full of wheat and lemon up front. There's a decent hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice refreshing beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle that was designed in such a way, it makes me want to go back to the islands.

The pour left a nice one finger head and some lace on the top, but little on the sides of the glass.

The beer looked nice with plenty of carbonation bubbling to the surface and a solid straw color.

The passion fruit that they advertise hits the nose with a strong lemony smell, and slightly grassy.

The beer had a good citrus taste, that I could not determine between orange and lemon. As long as the beer was cold, this was a good taste, but as it warmed up, it became a little bit off.

The beer is light on not too complex. I would rate the drinkability as the strongest part of this beer. It is a good session beer in a place like Texas where it is hot.

Photo of williamherbert
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow like a traffic light. Half-finger of creamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Pretty good.

Aroma is a dry wheaty base. Follow-up of some berry-ish fruit. Mild but nice enough.

The taste is some nice sour fruit on the front. Sweet berry on the back end. The sourness makes the sweetness bearable. Has some characteristics (heavy berry) of a malternative, but the sourness and bready base save it.

The feel is milky and fizzy. Really dry on the back end. Nice substance. A refreshing wheat beer, better for it to be drunk than for it to be analyzed.

Photo of GRG1313
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generally not one of my favorite producers, couldn't pass up the "limited release" and "brewed with Passion Fruit" on the label.

Dark gold clear color with a nice white head. Nose is the winner on this one. Smells like Passion Fruit shampoo! Very pleasant and elegant.

Mouth feel is thin, as are the flavors and finish. A bit like "strong water" this one. Not bad; just not good. Perhaps a pleasant summer beer when you want something more than water to quench your thirst. Pretty weak and thin all around.

Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with bottled on dating on the lower front label. Pours washed out hazy light golden amber, loose short lived near white head, that leaves just a smidge of spotty lace. Sweet super charged fruity nose leads to an equally fruity summer brew. Notes of sweet tropical fruit, with a mild mouth coating element of moderatly drying hops. Bring on summer, head for the tropics and enjoy a few bottles of this fruity warm weather brew

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden into a pint glass. Thin white head doesn't linger at all, leaving only a light ring around the glass.

Smells like a lager in a sense, and with a bit of wheat on the nose, though the guava/passion fruit is a bit too overpowering, reminding me of a can of P.O.G. Fruit flavors dominate the taste as well, cloaking any other flavors and finishing with tingly citrus followed by an abrupt dryness.

Once accustomed to the fruitiness the beer drinks quite easily and would likely not offend a 3 year old, thinking it's her Juicy. And the Passion Fruit seems a better match than the imitation orange flavor of Blue Moon for example. Still, an odd beer, and given the lackluster appearance and smell this would be quite refreshing directly from the bottle in the Hawaiian sunshine.

Bottled Feb. 26, 2009.

Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems normal for the style.

Aroma is full of wheat that has a bit of fruit in the nose. It's kind of light though and barely noticeable.

Taste is light and full of wheat and a citrus-like fruit as well in the middle. Again, it's quite faint. Wheat and clove dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat and fruit flavoring. About average here.

Eh, it's not bad. Not impressive though. Do check it out though. You might like it for what it is.

Photo of pd360
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking for a fresh refreshing warm weather beer and decided to gamble on this one. But, alas, it just doesn't do it for me. The passionfruit is just too strong, noticeable as soon as you pop the cap. Pours a light golden color with a trace of head. Taste is a bit icky sweet, the passionfruit just powers through. If the fruit had been more subtle I think I would have really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Offa
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is actually better than I'd expected, but it doesn't do a lot for me and is quite simple.

Gold and bubbly, it has a thin, bubbly white head soon vanishing to thin wisps and leaving no lace.

The aroma is passionfruit or guava juice and nothing else, but slightly odd smelling.

The taste is fresh passionfruit and 7-up with basic grain (like a basic pale lager) coming on in the finish. It is lightly sweet but generally rather dry. It is not too dry, though, and the passionfruit flavour (also reminiscent of guava juice) tastes fresh, clean, and pleasant and does not come acorss as cloying or artificial or chemically. It lacks complexity and degrades a bit over time, but only slight and overall it's decent and rather refreshing, and pleasant. It also is a bit different from other beers.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy, bright orange-yellow with some visible carbonation. The head is moderately large, slightly off-white, and frothy. Retention is average with some spotty lacing.

S: Some wheaty graininess up front. Wow, quite a dash of bright tropical passionfruit. Slightly yeasty and lemony as well.

T: Somewhat wheatier than the nose would suggest, apparently at the expense of the fruitiness. Still a solid dose of passionfruit and lemon juice. Yeasty and somewhat cracker-like.

M: Standard medium-light mouthfeel. Fairly creamy with some lightish carbonation.

D: Refreshing, with a decent flavor. Complexity is lacking, but this is a nice try-it-out kind of beer. The passion fruit comes across as genuine and is a unique addition to a beer.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear straw yellow with a slight haze to it. Very little head.

S- A very fruity grainy smell comes though. The smell of pineapple kinda.

T- This has a strange taste. I know passion fruit is used and you kinda get a slight bit of that, but it seems as though this beer would be best drank on a super hot day.

M- Feels like beer, slightly thin.

D- Very easy to drink, but like I said above would be best on a hot hot day.

Photo of HatTrick
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden / honey color with lots of little bubbles and an almost no-existent head. Really rather pretty. The aroma is a bit fruity, smells like mangos or papaya; the exotic tropical fruits. I could hang with perfume that scent. Doesn't taste near as fruity as it smells - the after taste is a little like watered down fruit juice. Doesn't really taste a lot like beer - more like juice and ginger ale. Not too bad for a hot day, around the bbq, and hanging with friends shooting the breeze.

Photo of Boto
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a crystal clear orange tinged golden color. There was a small white head on it that left a little lacing. The aroma is a bit fruity, but not overly so. I believe it to be mangoes. The taste is good, if unexciting. There is a milder wheat body with a bit of the mango flavor. Like the aroma, it is not overdone. A very clean and refreshing beer. Very good on a hot day.

Photo of Yekaterina
4.54/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden with a thin white head. Not much in the way of retention, but a decent laceing. Aroma is of sweet fruit. Nice but a bit weak.Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is of tropical fruit and candy. Refreshing. This is a great Summer beer!

Photo of SFLpunk
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quick notes from a tasting:

Pours a clear, pale yellow straw with no head. Nose is slightly tropical and with whispers of wheat poking through but not in an overpowering way. Palate is clean and smooth, light-bodied, and almost crisp. The flavor of the passion fruit is subtle and welcomed. A little citrus note too.

Not a very complex beer by any means, but a really refreshing flavored wheat beer. Will do really well in the warmer months and would not mind having a couple on a really hot day.

Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.