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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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2.1/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Wow. What a series of ups and downs this one is. Pours a nice-looking hazy peach color with a thin white head. Good appearance - it looks refreshing. The aroma alarmingly switches back and forth from tropical/ citrus fruit to public urinal. The flavor does the same. One second it's fruity and tropical - the next moment it's repulsive. The mouth feel is light and crisp and somewhere in the finish is beer flavor. Passion fruit is perhaps not a great partner with this wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 04:04:48 | More by dedrinker
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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new offereing from Marrikka's. The wheat beer appearance was evident from the murky yellow hue and froathy head formation, retention. Aromas however, were very earthy and reminded me of dishwater. There were a lot of muddled fruits, sweet malts, and bready wheat character. Peppery and spicy throughout. Flavors fare much better. The pommegranite flavor comes through nicely above the malts, esters, and phenolics; but below the timid hops. Textures are creamy for an American wheat, but thin considerably in the end for the fruits to shine and make the beer easy to drink. Finishes with part esters and pommegranites. Pretty decent beer after you get past the nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 00:04:28 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (from a sixer)

A- Cloudy light gold color. Some head, not much, and definitely no lacing.

S- Smell was really tart and sweet, tropical fruits abound in the nose.

T- Wow! Surprisingly tasty and refreshing. Nice tart/sour flavors from the sweet passionfruit combined with other tropical fruits. Nice wheat presence as well adding to a nice well-rounded beer.

M- Light yet appropriate.

D- Great summer beer. Nothing that will wow you over, but damn this stuff was very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:39:07 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a packaged date of 04/23/08 into a tankard glass. The color is a pale golden that is topped by a two finger white head. There is some pretty good lacing left on the glass. The aroma is hard to pin down, but, smells mostly grassy with some butter notes. The taste is lemony citrus and pretty decent. Mouthfeel is light bodied and tangy with a good amount of carbonation. This is a refreshing brew and is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 00:50:20 | More by abcsofbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. Color was a hazy light-gold. Nose had a slightly tart, slightly citrusy scent. The label revealed that it was a wheat ale with passion fruit. How interesting! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a riot of flavors on the tongue. It was like taking the whole roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers, jamming them into my mouth, then taking a swig of wheat beer. It was on the finish that the passion fruit flavor really stood out, lingering well after the swallow. This was a nice summery beer without the usual fruits and their esters being involved.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 15:33:49 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
"Limited Release Wheat Ale Brewed With Passion Fruit" on the front logo sticker depicting a waterfall...
Nice appearance - pours a clean, clear, lucid, golden, straw-colored hue with a gigantic foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Earthy, tart aroma replete with wheat, spices, and lemons...
Tart, refreshing flavor bursting with a classic Pale Wheat Ale essence, slight spices, lemons, fruits, pears, apples, green grapes on the tongue...
Definitely a classic example of the genre... Very crisp, clean, refreshing...
Loose mouthfeel along with a great level of easy drinkability...
This one went down clean and smooth...
Good Summer-time brew for sure...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 01:38:39 | More by dsa7783
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2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden body with a small, light, white head that vanishes quickly, leaving behind no lacing.

Smells strongly of fruit with some wheat. A little off-putting.

The taste is actually a lot better than I expected after the smell. A pretty good blend of wheat and fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is a little too dry for a wheat.

Drinkability is OK, not something I want a ton of.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 19:34:48 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey-yellow with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is strong and wheaty with a decided citrus component - but some of this may have come from the orange slice served with it. Flavor is wheaty and well-rounded with a citrus overtone. Lively, refreshing, smooth, an excellent summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 01:44:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - A tad darker than straw yellow with a cloudy appearance. Head was very disappointing but around a half an inch that faded fast. Decent outside lace ring.

S - Malts and dried passion fruit. The one that jumps out at me is papaya. A bit of raisin smell as well. I guess as a conglomeration of all the fruits in there. The smell hints of a sweetness in the taste.

T - This is not bad with a musty, dried fruit backbone. Malts are detectable as well. The taste finishes bitter and is not similar to the smell. I usually don't like the American wheat style but this isn't horrible. Good attempt. As the beer gets warmer the acidities from the fruits really become apparent. This ruins the beer and makes it hard to drink. Like a warm grapefruit juice.

M - Kind of heavy. I guess the syrup from all the fruits are coming through in the feel. Although it is a tad heavy it finishes crisp.

D - This is a decent summer ale. I am still in the search for a good representation of an American Wheat. This is not bad. I don't think I would go out of my way to find this.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 20:17:44 | More by osi
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow body with a very thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Well, you got your passion fruit, but that's about it.

Taste: Light wheat malt and sweetness, then it's pretty much all passion fruit that's only interrupted by a faint, floral hop character and bitterness. Maybe one has to be throwing it back in Hawaii to truly enjoy this one.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't know about the rest of you, but I could most definitely use a heft to the underlying wheat beer. As it stands, it's a bit one-dimensional and one-bottle-that's-it-al.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:35:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazed yellow with a decent white head. Average retention and lace.

Aroma is mild wheat and light citrus with tropical fruit and light minerality.

Flavor similar; starts with crisp wheat, mildy tart. Finishes with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Can't pick out the passion fruit.

Body is nice and wheaty, crisp and effervescent. Creamy mouthfeel and good drinkability on a 98 degree Charlotte afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 21:33:25 | More by AlexJ
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3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra from Coreyrhoads. Thanks!! poured into a sam perfect pint. Pours a pale yellow with a wispy white head. Decent and strong aroma of flowers and fruit. Must be the Passion Fruit! Taste is a bit odd. Mildly sharp bite off the bat of fruits and medicine. Does not really have muuch smoothness to it. Crisp, dryer mouthfel than most wheat beers. Glad to have tried this once, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 14:39:09 | More by DrDogbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in Tahoe and brought some home. Pale cloudy gold color with ample white head.

Smells wheaty and grassy, like a normal wheat beer, except for the super-sweet passion-fruit smell.

Tastes like a good normal wheat beer, just for a split second, followed by strong passion-fruit taste. It tastes good if you know what you are in for.

Medium body with crispness from the carbonation, but it finishes with a syrupy texture from the fruit.

A unique idea that is well executed. I'd recommend it if you like freuit beer and tropical fruit in general, but definitely not if you don't. A great refresher on a hot day.

Tasted on 4/20/08 and revisited on 5/20/08.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 04:22:20 | More by tmitch75
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3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a very white head.

It has a light aroma of tropical fruit that could be off-putting if you didn't know what to expect.

The taste is light, with wheat malt flavors mixing with the slightest notes of fruit, which is probably a good thing. You've got to be careful with fruit flavors in beer. Too much and it's awful. Kona has taken a light touch. I wish there were more malt flavor to this beer, though.

The body is also light and crisp.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed with this beer after trying some others from Kona. Their lager and pale ale are quite good. This is a decent hot-weather beer, but it's nothing special, sadly.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 05:16:38 | More by Shaw
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3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far I have been fairly impressed with Kona Brewing Company. I finally got to try this one. Served it chilled in a pilsner glass. Poured a partly cloudy yellow orange with a smallish head with decent retention. Smell was fruity, the passion fruit dominated giving a pleasant sense of sitting on an island in tropical hawaii left to the imagination. The taste was a good forward tropical fruit that wasn't overly sweet but when that was gone there seemed to be nothing else behind it, especially not of a typical wheat ale. So I agree with the past reviews of it being one dimensional but if you enjoy basically a good passion fruit juice then I recommend this beer for any summer luau.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 20:44:34 | More by Portertime
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3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy translucent yellow, with a thin white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Strong whiff of passionfruit juice and citrus.

T: Passionfruit dominates the flavour, light wheat malt and acidity. Very tasty, but 1-dimensional.

M: Fairly full-bodied for a wheat beer, crisp, refreshing.

D: One of the better fruit wheat beers that I have had, another good one from Kona, though the sweetness can make it tough to drink at times.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 02:23:30 | More by Halcyondays
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North Carolina

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

I was pleasantly surprise by this one, the passionfruit gives it an extra dimension to what already is a decent wheat summertime beer. The body is light and cloudy without too much carbonation and a touch of thin lace. The nose is kind of boring and a little sour.

The taste certainly isn't breaking new ground but it is legitimately quenching and refreshing on a hot day. Some bready, biscuit-like tones also mesh well with a thicker than expected mouthfeel. In most beers with fruit added, the fruit is too sweet and cloying but here that's not the case. Decent stuff, particularly in summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 23:11:34 | More by daliandragon
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3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, states packaged on March 26, 2008.

Appearance: bright clear deep straw yellow, minimal head is bright white, leaves zero lacing.

Aroma: Grainy, slightly sweet, somewhat lager-like. A very slight hint of fruit at the end.

Taste: Distinctly sweet and tropical fruit, tangy and tropical. Interesting, and lives up the description of passion fruit.

Mouth: Thin, very slightly slick.

Overall: Drinkable, something I could slug down half a dozen of, but nothing I'd be inclined to pay for.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 04:33:11 | More by warmstorage
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3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light straw yellow color with an average size white head. The retention is next to nothing and the carbonation is high as they is a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top all the way down to the last drop.

S: Very tropical. Nice wheaty aromas with hints of lemon zest and a blast of passion fruit.

T: Low on taste high on passion. The wheat really does not come thru. It's a rather light sort of watery brew that is somewhat save by the nice flavor of passion fruit.

M: Light in body and very bubbly.

D: So So.

Overall: Living in Florida I love good wheat beers on hot summer days. When I saw this one hit the shelves I was a bit excited. I have been to Kona brewing and enjoyed several of their offerings while on vacation. I think they had good intentions with this beer, but they fell a bit short. They need to kick it up a bit. They need a stronger more flavorful wheat based beer. If they had that with the addition of passion fruit they would have a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 19:47:12 | More by tpd975
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3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow.

Must be passionfruit that I'm smelling. Kind of nice, but muted.

The passionfruit gives this an interesting taste, but it's kind of one dimensional. Easy-drinking, but nothing I'm really excited about. My girlfriend liked it more, and described it as "a chick beer", which I suppose is apt.

Mouthfeel average.

Overall, quenches the thirst but not super special. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 23:28:28 | More by Strix
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3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

So I had to mow my friends lawn, the grass being about 1.5 ft tall. Even though the moving started at 8am, it was already 75 degrees quickly working it's way up into the 90's.

I'm done, still with grass on my legs terribly in need of some liquid refreshment. Hmmm...stuck the hand into the beer fridge, grabbed a porter...no. Grabbed a wee heavy....no. Grabbed a Wailua wheat, ding ding ding...it's hot, I'm sweaty and the beer is cold and golden.

Pours a golden with a weak head, Smells a lot like a white sangria I had once, fruity, citrus and a bit tart.

Tastes, pretty good, not great, but not bad. It hit the spot for chilling me down a bit. Easily sliding down my throat and leaves a sweet aftertaste. Interesting beer, it's worth a try for the fruity alone.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 20:10:53 | More by Dubbercody
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3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small head that sticks around for half of the glass. Clear and yellow color.

Smell is of wheat and lemony grass with some passion fruit. It is incredibly enticing.

Taste is of some lemon and lime twang with a nice wheaty flavor. The citrusy flavor and the passion fruit combines with the wheat to provide a very light and flavorful beer that is perfect for the spring and summer times.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light and provides for a nicely refreshing beer.

This ber is light and flavorful. It is a great beer for the summer time. I recommend it highly.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 00:24:31 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle smell is a sweet blend of flowery hops and maracuyá. Pours to a pale yellow classic lager-like color. Head is minimal and quickly disapates. Taste is a great combo of sweet maracuyá and bitter hops, balancing each other quite nicely. Maracuyá which is usually kind of acidic by itself is a good fit for a more bitter hops and a good beer balance. This is a very original & unique flavor. Delicious from first sip to last.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 00:06:02 | More by mooseisloose
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First-ever Hawaii beer for me, making its greeting with a bottlecap whose underside reads "Kiha - Burp". This is good stuff to know--certainly more original than a simple "Aloha".

Nothing offensive nor interesting to note about the appearance. Small head, slightly hazed yellow/gold color, no lace.

Aroma is unusual...the passion fruit this is brewed with must be what's giving off the somewhat odd sweet smell. It's also a bit grassy and reminds me of steamed greens. Definitely a tropical slant to the aroma...not sure I love it, but it's unique.

In the flavor the passion fruit again does its thing. As I'm not overly familiar with that fruit, I can only describe it as a mixture of peach and mango, in terms of what it does for the beer. Succulent, sweet, slighty syrupy, and having the light spiciness of a mango. Hops are light and crisp, but present enough to be appreciated, while the malt is mellow, bready and laid-back, acting merely as a base for the tropical citrus flavor that's clearly the focus of this beer. Sweet, salty, lightly sour, citrus-spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriately juicy and slick, bordering on creamy, with ample zing to the carbonation. Seems just right for this beer's relatively peculiar approach.

Easily worth a try, and very easy to enjoy. Although a beer like this would seem highly drinkable, I'm not sure I'd want more than one per sitting. Unless you're a fruit-beer fanatic, the flavor tends to seem like a novelty by the time you finish. A tasty, refreshing novelty, no doubt, but it didn't leave me wanting another or anticipating my next meeting with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 19:32:27 | More by Metalmonk
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1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My girlfriend bought a 6 Pack of this a week or so ago and has been telling me that she really likes it. Poured into a pint glass.

Half inch off white head. Medium to Heavy carbonation. Brightly colored yellow. Lacing is very minimal.

Aroma is more of a juice than a beer with strong fruity tones of passion fruit. Slight wheat aroma.

Taste's like it smells; passion fruit. This is a bit overpowering; not well balanced. The wheat flavor comes later. Not bitter at all.

Medium body, smooth, medium carbonation.

I could not drink many of these as they are very sweet.

I'll leave this one for my girlfriend who enjoys this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:18:51 | More by ibbjamin
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