Bikini Blonde Lager | Maui Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
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174
Ratings:
523
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
21.1%
 
 
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Photo of DavidS333
4.78/5  rDev +31%
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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Photo of Solinsky
4.61/5  rDev +26.3%
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

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Photo of dfillius
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of jerbax101
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of dimitrius
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of natasharai
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
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

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Photo of pastradul
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of Nixon
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass, the beer has a vibrant straw-gold coloring, with crystal clarity and a decent amount of steady carbonation showing in the glass. The head starts out fluffy and thick, but over a minute or two recedes to a thing film of bubbles. Smells burst out of the can during the pour, heavy in oat and slight toasted characters. The beer has a very slick mouthfeel, and the flavors slide through quickly. There are notes of sweet toffee and fruity flavors, as well as the cereal/grain flavors. Very smooth and light in mouth, and unbelievably easy to drink. It's starting to get warm where I am, and this is the perfect beer for a day out in the sun. Fantastic summer picnic or BBQ brew.

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Photo of Idoitforthetaste
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudy dark yellow color is not the most attractive part of this beer and neither is the wimpy smell. But the taste brings this beer up a whole class level in my book. Its easy drinkability with is a sweetish crisp start and and slightly fruity citrus finish make this for the best light beer for any occasion. Its light strength is compensated for with its rewarding and delicious taste. When it comes to blondes, I've got this sweeties number down.

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Photo of sloejams
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So happy the Maui Brewing Co's cans have made it to California. This past weekend a friend picked up some of all 3 available here for the Coachella weekend. I was very fond of all 3, but with the 100+ degree temperatures, this was the refreshing choice I kept returning for.

It's an straw color - looks very similar to an unfiltered style wheat beer like a hefe of a wit. The taste is very refeshing - some lemon with a nice lingery malt. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while on vacation in Kihei, HI...also of note, I enjoyed this both in the can and on tap and my notes were very similar so I'm only doing this review once!

A- Pours a mainly clear, with just a touch of chill haze, golden color. There isn't really any great head to speak of, as it starts off as a thin white film, and quickly settles into a thin ring around my glass. Carbonation looks to be fairly lazy looking, as the columns lumber up towards the top of the liquid. The lacing is equally below average, with thin clumps of foam sinking quickly back into the beer....a very average looking beer.

S- This brew smells of all malt, plain and simple....sweet goodness. There are touches of fresh honey, grain and as far as the finish goes, there really isn't any bitterness that I can detect so I'm not sure what others are smelling.

T- This is simply an amazingly flavored beer in this style! The malt profile is among the best anyone will come across, and this really does have notes of honey and strong barley malt for sweetness. This is balanced by mild notes of flower petal and a slight citrus flavor to help with the tartness. The finish I have to say does contain some hop bitterness but I find this with more fruity freshness than anything.

M- This is definitely leaning towards medium bodied and is quite smooth on the palate. The carbonation is very refined and helps to make this beer very creamy. The malt sweetness really shines through! With that said, the finish is crisp, but does leave behind some sticky, syrup like flavors on the palate after, but I find it quite pleasant myself.

O- I've tried several different beers made on these Isles, and so far, this is my favorite beer for everyday drinking! It works very well on the beach, or at the table with family while playing games! It has a richness about it that I never really experienced with anything else local that I tried in a lager, but I realize that this style is supposed to be more fulfilling and it delivers!! Great job Maui Brewing!

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Photo of bboven
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light blonde, crystal clear body with a thin but lasting head and lots of lacing. This is one to take a picture of.

Aroma is all malt (meaning no filler) a hint of non-descript fruitiness from the yeast, and just a touch of diacytal. Noble hops are well balanced with the malt.

Hops leap to the front with the grain still lingering in the nose. Just as bitter as it should be for the style.

Remarkale. Crisp, slightly heavier than expected, lets you know that this is a lager that was crafted, not assembly-lined.

All in all a fantastic lager that I'd buy all summer if I could get it in NC.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Fairly clean, with a touch of grain and a slight lemony and floral aspect

Taste: Opens biscuity, with a surprisingly sweet fruit character (lemon banana) that appears at mid-palate with a touch of grassy hops as well; the finish is bready and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I didn't expect to like this as much as I did; while it is not to style, perhaps this opens a new category of Hawaiian lagers that adds a sweet and floral touch rather than a crisp and twangy flavor

Thanks, atigerlife, for the opportunity

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Photo of tone77
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, sweet, some grains. Taste is very good, malts, biscuty, some sweetness, extremely refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My buddy brought back a variety sixer from his vaca with the woman in Maui. Thanks Scotty!!!

Into a pint glass, in poured a highly-carbonated translucent gold, with one finger of white, decent retention, and average lacing. Smelled of apple, pear, and herbal noble hops. The taste confirmed the aroma, with a nicely blended fruit/malt backing, and finishing on a modest herbal note. Light-bodied, and smoother than expected with not as much carbonation as the appearance would suggest. An excellent session Helles.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Bernie and Linda for bringing this back from Hawaii!

A: Slightly hazy light straw color. A vigorous pour yields a small white head that recedes quickly and leaves virtually no lace. Very still. Only just a couple of lazy streams of bubbles climbing the sides of the glass.

S: Restrained citrus smelling hops and toasted malt mingle with an excellent, mildly tart, sour graininess. As it comes up to temp the hops take on a decidedly grassy aroma.

T: As noted above citrusy/grassy hops and toasted malt dominate the flavor. Very nice interplay between the citrus hops and toasted malt in the finish.

M: Creamy and dry/bitter but without a hint of lager "brightness". Feels much bigger than the abv would suggest.

D: This is an excellent lager. Satisfying and tasty and actually quite interesting to the palate. I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at City Tap House University City.

L - bright golden yellow color semi clear haze going on. Very little foam, thin ring around the glass. Loose lacing around the glass.

S - lemon zest, light toasted grain/barley, lemon juicy hop, I want to say breadfruit as well. Not too aromatic

T - Lager maltiness, well-rounded malt taste. Very subtle hop character. Lemon-citrus malty all-around taste. More white bread than toast.

F - Watery body with a slight leathery feeling afterttaste that lingers on the mouth. Very little carbonation feel. Really clean, crisp and pure.

O - This is my first authentic Hawaiian beer. Kona has nothing on this. The water is so pure and clean that it is really the best part of the beer. Compliment that with the maltiness of a German lager and you have a fantastic lager. Will not be having this for a very long time, lucky to have a glass. Cheer!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can purchased at Total Wine in Tustin, on to the beer:

Very foamy on the pour, it's pale golden straw in color with a big soapy head on top. Great lacing on the glass. Fresh floral hops in the aroma, somewhat grape-like. Tropical too...pinneapple comes to mind. How odd considering the origin of this beer? Big hop presence in the taste as well, it leans towards tropical fruit. Mild cracker malt, and subtle biscuit notes. Pine in the background. Light in the mouth, and goes down very easy.

Here's a lager I can enjoy on the beach, but at a high price (about $10 a 4-pack here in SoCal). That's just for starters; being so light, I might need two 4-packs for a day at the beach.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Clean golden color. Clear and bright. Huge billowing frothy head. Dies down to a chunky layer of foam on top.

Smells of doughy rustic bread, and a clean lager yeast fruitiness. Hop character is mild.

Dough, bread, and a fruity yeasty flavor. A light spicy hop bite on the end.

Clean and dry. Light bodied, carbonation is spot on.

A really clean and refreshing lager. Great for a hot summer day like today.

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