Bikini Blonde Lager
Maui Brewing Co.

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German Helles
Ranked #201
Ranked #42,295
3.62 | pDev: 12.43%
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
Notes: A clean, crisp & refreshing Helles, perfect any time.

18 IBU
Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 624 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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defunksta from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a medium golden color with an orange hue. It is pale from a lot of sediment in the glass. Looks unfiltered. A mild to medium, crispy white head.
Aroma: Aromas of light lemon citrus, and some floral notes. A little honey.
Flavor: Initially grassy hop flavors that are wiped away by sweet lemon citrus. More hop flavor than I expected. A wheat and yeasty malt backbone. Finishes mildly sweet. A little black tea flavor.
Feel: Body is medium. Lots of yeast and sediment. Not too heavy though. Crisp and not oily.

Overall: I wouldn't peg this as a German Helles as it claims to be. Much more an American wheat or a possibly a Kellerbier. Its definitely unfiltered and yeasty. Has more American citrus than German hops. It drinks like an American Wheat with some German hops added. A+ for flavor, but I don't think it quite nails the helles style. It's more American, less sweet, and much more yeasty sediment than I would expect. For a wheat beer this is actually really, good. Tough to call it only a lager.

Jun 27, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 041719. Pilsner glass.

A: pours an ever so slightly hazed straw gold with two and s half fingers of bright, foamy, white head that lasts and lasts. Streaming rows of carbonation. Decent rings of lacing.

S: quite a mild aroma. The straw color has me thinking of straw or hay on the nose. Light sour lager yeast note with a touch of crisp grain and perhaps faint noble hops.

T: that light, crisp, lager yeast taste arrives first. Dry, crackery malt middle, crisp. This is far less sweet than other helles style lagers I’ve had, less sweet than many Bohemian Pilsners, even. Not much in the way of hops, perhaps a little at the end and lingering on the finish. None, or very little, of the sulfury note I really enjoy in German examples of the style.

M: lightweight, crisp, clean.

O: a very light helles in every respect. Neutral, restrained lager flavor. Honestly, quite boring. I can think of AAL’s I’d drink before this. No flaws, for sure, and well-executed; just lacking in character.

Jun 15, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bikini Blonde pours a yellowish color, with a small, long lasting head. Sweet aroma, hints of farm grains. Flavor is sweet, very sweet, grainy. A bit fizzy. Overall, not bad, on the sweeter side, but full bodied.

May 23, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Reviewed at part of BJCP training. 18A blond ale, canned 10/11/18

Pours a nice foamy fizzy head that fades semi slowly, good retention, clear medium golden blond color

Nose sweet blond malts, little toasty, hint of floral hops, hint of toasted corn

Taste more soft sweet malts, toasted grainy and a little bready, fair sweetness, hops kick in with mild grassy floral hops and light bitterness, bitterness feels like it gets a idle crisper in the finish with help from some minerals, also helping the finish dry off

Mouth is medium to lighter bod, nice medium carb

Overall pretty nice for American blond, very light easy drinking but nice malt profile and little crisp hop bitterness

Feb 10, 2019
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Old Lahaina Luau. Clear golden yellow body, one finger white head, good cereal aromas, light mineral, clean and crisp mouthfeel with a lighter body, cereal and bread, light earth and floral on the finish. A very solid lager for the island- just be sure you are drinking the island brewed stuff while on the island!

Jan 28, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant and clear light golden body topped with a thick, creamy, and sticky head. Big cracker scent on the nose; some grass-like notes and hard-to-define esters. Mild flavor with a decent hop bitterness being the most prominent quality. Medium-light body; crisp and fairly dry.

A fine looking beer but not much distinctive flavor besides the bitterness.

Jan 13, 2019
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MKV from Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, moderate and choppy head. Smell unremarkable. Clean, smooth, and malty through the body. Decent amount of hops but nothing too overwhelming. Pleasant to drink, though not outstanding.

Dec 30, 2018
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sjrider from California

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sammy's in the Kahului airport. Pours a clear fizzy yellow into a big glass. Smells and tastes like lager. Fairly clean and crisp if not a bit weak. Decent for the style.

Sep 02, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark, clear yellow like a urine sample. Very thin white head.

Smell: Light bready malt. A bit of spicy citrus zest.

Taste: Mild bready malt, with a fresh finish. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, highly carbonated.

Overall: Very refreshing while still tasting nice.

Aug 31, 2018
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badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another Great Beer! Had it in can and on tap! Crisp, clean, light blonde tastes. Not a heavy blonde like many others. Just a great beer to drink on porch, fishing or if lucky, on beaches of Maui where it tastes the best!

Jul 20, 2018
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice mustard yellow color with a bubbly .5”head
Smell is that of a typical lager.
Taste is smooth with a typical lager finish.
Feel is a bit acidic and watered down.
Overall it’s just ok, probably better on draft then in a can.

Apr 09, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from BevMo Santa Rosa. Bright golden, clear, small, tight head. Light grainy aroma, bread, crackers. Taste is more of the solid grain base, lemon zest, hoppy tang at the finish. Light and flavorful.

Jan 13, 2018
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drgonzo767 from Indiana

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My lady brought me a can all the way from Honolulu. She's awesome.

A: Golden, Little head. Little carbonation. Light lace.

S: Biscuit and cracker, pepper, light fruit and grass.

T: Sweet malts and fruit, cracker, honey, pepper, good bit of apricot in there.

F: It is a refreshing beer, Crisp. Just enough sweet and apricot to be so refreshing on the pallet and body, I can see this as a good summer beer, no warming alcohol.

O: I am not familiar enough with this style to really be judge, but it is so far greater than our crap adjunct lagers. This would be a great beer to swill around the grill. The taste profile screams late spring to me, but it is from Hawaii so I guess any day can be late spring. This is a good beer.

Jan 07, 2018
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mjurney from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw-gold color, slight haze. Medium carbonation. Small, bright white head.

Sweet grass, grainy, some biscuit, spicy noble hops, clean, crisp.

Rich, grassy, grainy, bready, biscuity. Clean lager yeast. Hop bitterness is low, mostly spicy noble hops. Finish is crisp and clean, just a slight dryness. Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, nice carbonation bite, super drinkable.

It's an outstanding American made Helles!!

Dec 15, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep straw with an average head. The aroma features bold biscuit malts, with strong black pepper and gardenia, as well as a hint of some pie crust and baking spice. The flavor is dominated by the sweeter malts, with butter biscuit, pie crust, and bran muffin notes, and a hint of dried apricot. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with abundant foamy carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Overall this is a decent malt driven lager, but maybe a touch flabby, a bit over filling for a beer that should be refreshing.

Nov 04, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau Lager glass. Canned on July 19th 2017.

L: Clear pale yellow, two finger fluffy off-white head has pretty good retention and nice stick to the glass.

S: Smells of spicy hops, and fresh malts.

T: Sweet malts, fruity, some slight hop bitterness. Easy to drink for sure.

F: Light, crisp, semi-dry.

O: Super quaffable, decently tasty, nothing crazy.

Sep 12, 2017
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jkrich from Florida

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: bright and clear, golden hue with a nice, sustained foamy head.

Very minimal aroma - some spicy, European hops, perhaps.

This is an interesting interpretation of the German helles lager style. Its soft and well-rounded mouthfeel makes me believe I might be drinking an ale, while there is just enough crispness and cracker like flavors to remind me of a helles or perhaps a Czech style pilsner. No matter how you label it, this beer is refreshing enough for a very hot and humid Florida evening. This lager was canned two months ago so it may not be as fresh it should to showcase all of its flavors. There are faint hints of lemon and vanilla that I often find in the helles style, but there is also a extraneous bitterness that detracts from the drinking experience.

Overall, this was enjoyable. It is a shame that the label on the can no longer has the cute blonde bikini girl.

Jul 16, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow. Thick, tall, foamy white head that lasts a while with moderate lacing.

Smells bready malt, grain and light floral.

Tastes bready malt, touch of citrus and grass. Fading to a light sweet grain and touch floral. Finish is semi dry with grain linger. Medium light body and creamy medium carbonation.

Jul 04, 2017
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knowledge from New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a tasty brew, clean, crisp, hoppy but very little to no bitterness - basically a good offering from the people at Maui Brewing. It is their flagship beer I suppose. Golden hue with an attractive taste. Canned on 2/28/2017, preserved the freshness of their beer in their special aluminum cans made in Hawaii. Not much froth but the effervescence is nice. You can definitely session this one. If you find it, buy and enjoy.

Jul 02, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 5/5/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a delicious Helles. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the ABV. Nice clean pils malt showcase, with just enough earthy hops to balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Jul 01, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice white head and excellent carbonation. Nose is of crackers and hard boiled eggs. Taste of crackers, pale malts, light grass and a bit of sulfer on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Crisp malt finish. It's a decent beer for the style, one to sip on the beach.

Jun 25, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this is my first offering from Maui, I think I'll be looking for more...

Pours a slightly, oh so slightly, hazy orange color brew with a nice white head at first that dissipates very quickly - no lacing to mention. The smell is mostly wheaty, but there are some hints of passion fruit? or is it a simply citrus tang - I'm not entirely sure. The feel is mostly carbonated at first, but it does throttle back as it warms and it's mostly a crisp and tangy feel and light bodied. I like this lager, it's unassuming, it's got a decent taste, and it does the job on a hot day. Overall, I've rated it very good and will keep an eye out for more moving forward.

Jun 16, 2017
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Try-em-all from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

THis is a good one, a yellow gold color with a head about a half inch off the gold. Oddly enough, I sensed a sweet corn aroma with some malt. Tastes involve sweetness, probably honey, grape, corn and grass. A great feeling going down, a real winner.

Mar 01, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw appearance with lighter white head and definitely carbonated. Pleasant aroma slightly fruity. Taste is very mild and smooth with a slight fruity accent.

Jan 09, 2017
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Wontonst from California

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful thick head with fast rising bubbles. Gorgeous. Tons of grains. Not much complexity. Crisp and clean. Awesome pairing for a niceness day on Hawaii.

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