Bikini Blonde Lager | Maui Brewing Co.

Bikini Blonde LagerBikini Blonde Lager
561 Ratings
Bikini Blonde LagerBikini Blonde Lager

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
18 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2008

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of DUG2487
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of waiting4lunch
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of pwoody11
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Mixerbarman
4.78/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavidS333
4.78/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was checking out beer singles at my local beer store per se, when I came across this gem. The rating of the beer per se according to the metrics used at the store was quite high, so I picked one up.

I'm not really a lager connoisseur but this looked like a tasty beer. The froth is quite light, the body is smoothe and flows well. The taste is great. It starts off refreshing, and in the middle to end has some sort of honey/floral esque sweetness, that really jives with the overall texture of the body of the beer, and makes for a great I would say, more than regular, drinking beer per se, due to its subtly sweet taste and pleasant body.

The color is a nice golden yellowish, its smell is sort of rich and has perhaps hints of caramel, or molasses, or something, but its quite nice and suggestive of the sweetness that underlies the taste. It's also sort of surprising given the color of the beer, in a way, for I would just on a quick guess, guess that it belonged to a slightly thicker, or darker beer.

Altogether a great beer/lager. Happy I picked one up, and this would seem like a great boat ride, or fishing trip accompaniment, overall a very tasty, refreshing beer.

On a side note this might be good for baseball games etc. too. For the sort of sweet mellowness and poignantly smoothe body of the beer might make it a sort of nice companion for a longer sort of relaxing experience like a baseball game.

 1,428 characters

Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.64/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden orange. Nice creamy head. Some good lacing. Slight unfiltered look.

Smell: Sweet vanilla notes. Creamy lager smell. A good caramel touch on the nose. The hops are light and develop a light potpurri aroma. The smell reminds me of an english lager or even a boddingtons. Hints of tropical fruit. Pineapple and pear.

Taste: Wow! It starts with a caramel maltiness and then then settles in the back with a dash of powerful fruity hops. They linger with a fresh bitterness. This stuff is full bodied and balanced. The hops are sticky with slight pale notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and not watery. The hops stick to the side of my mouth. This is a treat.

Drinkability: Yes! I love this beer and will be being more. Perfect for a summer day or winter night.

 781 characters

Photo of Solinsky
4.61/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted as though it was stored in wooden barrels that has a distinctive finish of wood which is pleasant one of the best attempts by an American Brewer to replicate a German Hellas beer

 185 characters

Photo of dfillius
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a tall water glass
A: Moderate pour yields 4 fingers of white head with great retention from just a half can! Had to pour it in stages :-( Light straw yellow with the tiniest bit of haze. Can says "Live beer", could explain the haze. Minus points for haze and too much head.
S: Spicy hops and bready aroma. No off smells or metallic canny smell. Clean, sweet, almost caramelly, like kettle corn.
T: Bready with a good hop balance. Not hoppy but well balanced.
M: Perfect carbonation after it all made it into the glass. I love the lack of metallic taste. Full bodied, but so light and nice. A bit of lagery bad breath aftertaste.
D: Session beer all the way. Bring on a few more.

 690 characters

Photo of jerbax101
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on a sunset dinner cruise in Maui. There was nothing liking sipping on this smooth tasting blonde while watching a beautiful hawaii sunset. It's not as bitter as other blondes I've had. Color was light for a blonde and very clear. I really enjoyed it.

 267 characters

Photo of Jonsco67
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERnBUD
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Buttstallion
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of dimitrius
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Great looking beer. Not overly impressive, but very pretty. Truly a blonde bombshell, and much better looking than macro lagers; deeper color, richer light reflection... really nice.

S - Smells great. Bready malts, lightly nutty, just enough hoppiness to be balanced. i wish it was a little stronger.

T - Bready malts up front, nutiness in the middle (tastes a lot like young coconut milk, oddly enough) and a very faint hoppy finish. Subdued, but pleasant.

M - Not too light, nice carbonation.

D - Why a five? Because i could literally drink this for 24 hours straight.

 578 characters

Photo of natasharai
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with some fizzy foamy white head that dissipated quickly leaving some lacing at the top of the glass. The beer is light golden yellow and very clear.

Smell: Fresh grass/hay, sweet floral honey, and two row malt.

Taste: Sweet tangy malt, fruity honey, citrus hop, more tangy malt, ends with a watermelon/fresh cut grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: light body, nice hop tingle, good carbonation, leaves mouth very refreshed.

Overall: Very easy to drink. Deliciously refreshing, would be such a treat on a hot day. Many flavors while

 548 characters

Photo of mwitikana
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of pastradul
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was feeling a bit wild and wondered into the land 'o' lagers last night.

Poured from can into Maui Brewing shaker pint.

Look: bright golden yellow with loose white head.

aroma: sweet malt and butter (also heard this described as biscuit)

taste: wow, really suprised at how much i like this beer! Lots of sweet malt up front. I want to say there is a bit a peach sweetness that I am getting. Followed by a strong buttery flavor. Finishes crisp and clean.

mouthfeel: very smooth, light body with medium-high carb.

This is going to be a staple in my fridge from now on.

Also I had a second can poured into a devul tulip to see the difference... the nose was much more pronounced and the biscuit flavor was heightened a great deal.

 734 characters

Photo of 1759Girl
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer:This review may or may not be slanted... in Maui Brewing Company's favor... I reviewed this while sitting in the sunshine on beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai, which had me in happy-beach-mode.

Appearance:Light blonde, not much head, quite lively.
Smell:like most lagers, though sweeter smelling, but perhaps it is the sea air.
Taste:Crisp start,malty middle, sweet finish. True to helles style, and much more flavorful than I expected. Soft lingering taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Drinkability: One of my favorite lagers. I'm not much of a lager-lover, but I enjoy them on beach days. This was refreshing and not too bitter. Excellent find, Couz! Ono!

 668 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pop the tab on a can, pouring a brew of dirty, wet straw. It holds a modest head of one finger tall white foam, and appears to be highly carbonated. The nose is wonderfully fresh of German grain, clean wheat, rye, powdered barley, and white rice. The hops to meet are grassy, with other balancing notes of dandelion, white sugar, honey over soggy cereal, heavy creamer, and baker’s yeast. The taste, too, is wonderfully fresh and malty, but keeps it light on the toes. The flavors are sweet, of biscuity pales, German Weiss, honey, lactic milkiness, flaked barley, soft grassy hops, sugary apple juice, and generous lager yeastiness. The body is light to medium, but crisp, creamy, and frothy, leaving the mouth happy, warmed, and satiated. Drinkability is wonderful.

Overall, this is a sleeper of a beer. We were a little blown away here. This is an amazing rendition of a not oft-made style from a smaller American brewery, and they nail it both stylistically and artistically. We didn’t really write a long review, but that should speak to its well-crafted simplicity and elegance. The aroma and flavor, both, showcase raw, flakey barley like none other, at least as far as freshness goes. We have a bunch of other “world class” beers lined up in the fridge, but I might honestly give one of them up if I could sip on this the rest of this summer’s night and enjoy the breeze and the hockey game.

 1,413 characters

Photo of Nixon
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been of drinking age long enough to experience first hand when people back east would pay a lot of money to get their hands on a 6-pack of Coors. And I remember when cans changed to stubby bottles and when stubby bottles changed to long necks. And when everything was a lager that tasted just like all the other ones even though people would swear by one brand or another.

And I remember moving to Seattle in 1989 and seeing 23 beer taps at a bar for the first time. And now we have all kinds of strengths and flavors available. We've come a long way.

So now I see this new beer from Hawaii. In a can. A can colored Coors yellow. And it's a lager. Oh emm gee we've come full circle!

And it's great! Good thick foam on top. Just hazy enough to tell you that the good stuff hasn't been filtered out. Just the right amount of hops to balance the also-just-right maltiness.

I think that this beer is probably pretty close to what lagers were a hundred-some-odd years ago when they were brewed in a kettle rather than a silo.. Back before chemists and precision machinery took the creation of beer from an art to a science.

Now that we seem to be kinda max'd out with the appearance of things like chili wheat raspberry imperial stouts, it's just been a matter of time until we get back to where we started. So here we are. And this time around it tastes the way it is supposed to.

Maui Brewing has done a great job on this beer. It's a beer definitely worth checking out.

 1,478 characters

Photo of joshm22
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect session beer any time of year. It smooth with just a punch of flavor to keep things interesting.

104 characters

Photo of Floydster
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce can that was also part of its own six pack purchased from Beverages and More for about ten dollars, reviewed from notes taken a few days ago, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color, huge 1 3/4 inch white foamy head, did not last long though, not much retention or lacing
S-Spices, hoppiness, bready malt aromas, yeast, a bit of skunkiness, and a hint of lemon
T-This stuff is so smooth, almost has a hefeweizen flavor but more grassy than wheat dominant if that makes sense, nice toasted bread taste, hints of citrus in the aftertaste once it warms, great balance and flavorful
M-Crisp, quenching, and a bit chewy mouthfeel, thin to medium body, tons of carbonation, not watered down though
D-Could drink this all day long, one of the best session beers out there, ABV is super low and you can tell, so smooth, great on a hot Hawaiian day while I was there too

Blondes or these types of lagers are not my favorite beers by any means but this was really good, further proves that Maui's lineup of three is pretty much unparalleled on the islands, drank a lot of this stuff the past week and could still drink more, recommended

 1,144 characters

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during the Superbowl - 02/01/09.

Poured from a can into a pint glass for tasting. Read/heard good things about Maui brewing. And I know they took home load of awards from the WBC in '06, so...I purchased a sixer this morning (and a four-pack of the Coconut Porter).

A: Slight gold, unfiltered color. White-to-beige head. Good lacing.

S: Grassy, citrus wonderfulness. Love the unfiltered grain smell.

T: Sweet bread hops. Citrus notes. Very lovely. My new "beach" beer. (Unrelated - the cans help the "beach-ability").

M: Very nice. Like a true unfiltered, it rolls gingerly around the palate.

D: All day long (or at least, until the end of the Superbowl - ;-).

Thanks Maui. My first taste of your offerings was worth it.

 735 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 561 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.