Bikini Blonde Lager | Maui Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold.
Smell is a faint sweet malt. A little bit of grain.
Taste comes across slightly sweet and malty. Slight lemon/citrus.
Very refreshing.

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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 jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into pilsner glass

yellow golden in color, foamy white head. mild grain aroma, some earthy mild hops. very mild flavored in the taste, and the body is thin. easy to drink.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color a pretty straightforward yellow with a gold tinge. Head white or perhaps white with a slight yellow cast. Firm small bubbles, but not too durable. Nose malty, nothing surprising. A brief hint of skunk that passed. Taste, big malty flavors dominate with a little hoppiness on the backside. Grows and fades nicely, decent balance. Creamy mouthfeel with a clean aftertaste. Enough body and flavor to rise above many lesser lagers but still nothing highly out of the ordinary.

Can poured into glass "CANNED ON MAUI 122915" stamped on can bottom.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can in Hawaii, this is a hazy gold brew with a minimalistic head. The aroma is classic lager....malty, DMS, and a bit of flowery hops. The taste is clean, with light malt and a fresh hop flavor. Medium-light in body and drinkable. Excellent for a sunny day.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I actually like this style among the blonder lagers and particularly when compared to the Pils. (Malt prominence usually wins in my book.)
Unfortunately, I think Bikini Blonde is below average for its style.
It looks and smells OK. But after taste, it slips. This beer is way too carbonated on the tongue and it should try to be refreshing in a different way.
As the beer warms in the sun, the malt stands out more and the carbonation recedes... but still undistinguished as first impressions count.

This beer is on the "1001" list, but it really should not be. In an effort to have a brewery from every state, Maui Brewing has two beers on the list and Coconut Porter arguably is the better of the two.

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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 Troy-Hawaii
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 6 pack from Foodland $7.99
Clear golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Smooth, slightly sweet malt taste
Overall a refreshing beer that's not overly strong in taste so that you feel like you can drink a lot of it. Great for when you want to drink in quantity and want some taste.

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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 1ale_man
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Spiegelau tulip
Cloudy gold color
Smells of corn and husk. Reminds me of my granddads corn crib where the dried field corn was stored.
Tastes like it smells. Plenty of corn as in fresh corn bread and somee yeast.
Feels great on the tounge. Carbonated just right.
I will buy this again. Similar to a macro to me, but better. I liked this beer, but I like the lighter side of beer.
This beer was canned 7-2015. It may be even better if it was fresher. Still loved it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light gold and clear. Not much of a head and what's there dies quickly to no bubbles (and therefore no lace).

Sweetly malty. No notable hop to the nose.

The hop is present in the taste, but it is background music to the rich, sweet malt flavor. Short but chewy aftertaste. It has elements of a macro in terms of the taste (a bit grainy), but otherwise the body (full) and the taste pulls this off.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear hotel snifter glass
From: Lawson Station Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii
Price: $2.09
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 19, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 14, 2015

Poured a golden, yellow, clear color with three fingers of grayish fizzy head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled sourdough bread, honey, corn, buttery malts and sour cheese. (Smell - 2.50)

Taste followed the nose, so still not good. Got sourdough bread, honey, corn, hay, cereal, doughy notes and cheese. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, buttery finish. (Feel - 2.75)

I did not like this beer and I’m glad I only got one instead of a 6-pack. (Overall - 2.75)

2.85 | 67 | C

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a giant fluffy head of 3 fingers, and stays for a long while. The body is honey-blonde colored and near 90% opaque.

Aroma of malts and cereal, light juice/sweetener.

Flavor has a lot of roasted grain going on, and it's done right. A slight fruity character (pineapple? mango?) compliments the grains, and it ends on a pleasurable yeasty note. Bread dough as well, mixed with a touch of pine from hops.

Light bodied at the front, with a succinct carbonation, tapering off to a light feel with hints of dryness. (Munich lagers don't have much of a feel to speak of anyways, so this is within spec)

Overall, Bikini Blonde is nothing to write home about but in the style it's better than most. I'd have it again if I were in the area. Recommended.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Good Spirits Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£2.80):
Very light & enjoyable, coming through fresh & well-balanced with a clean & crisp feel. It went down easy with good carbonation & nice grassy hops & a floral taste with some lemon, biscuit & pale malts that worked very well together & made the beer.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another "when in Hawaii" selection. Overall, I think this is the best beach beer I that Maui brews. It is golden coloured, with a nice malt backbone and subdued hoppiness. Somehow, I think that if Rice Krispies was a beer, it would be Bikini Blonde.

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Photo of safaricook
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not crystal clear straw colored, white head
Bready, German hop aroma
good Helles body balanced by spicy hop bitterness, crisp
well integrated CO2, nice refreshing
Could be a Helles straight out of Bavaria and a well done as well

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a hazy gold/straw colour, capped by a couple fingers of rocky, uneven foam that recedes to a few rings and some solid lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is grassy, malty. Hay. Slightly vegetal, slightly buttery (though not in a bad, diacetyl way). Faint hop bittering, but lots of biscuit, a bit of cracker. Taste follows through on those impressions: soft, super creamy, biscuit and light cracker with just a touch of balancing hop bitterness. Good body, moderate carbonation.

Quite refreshing, quite drinkable, quite nice--not up there with genuine, German versions of the style (it's lacking the clean crispness, and could use a bit more hop presence), but a nice, relaxing, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Quick review. Nice bready malt gives this helles a bit more oomph than what I'd call typical for the style. It's an easy, un-bitter sipper - more than adequate for Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing summer beer. Drinking it at Fat Daddy's Smokehouse on Maui. Good beer in this setting. Not enough of a standout to seek it out, but it's OK when the taplist is a little shy.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually faded away, leaving only a webbing of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cracker malts are present in the nose along with notes of fruits—white grapes seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of cracker malts along with some notes of bready malts and hints of grapes. Faint amounts of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aromas and flavors of grapes make this seem more like a kolsch compared to a helles lager, but in any event it is a nice and easy to drink American representation of a German beer.

Serving type: can

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Photo of tigg924
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting and clean helles lager. Taste is of grass, honey, and slight tropical fruit which differentiates itself from others in the style. Not bad, but one that I will likely not pick up again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer, awesome color and decent head. There is just the right amount of balance between the bitter and sweet that this beer works. The sweetness seems to be like high fructose corn syrup, maybe I am wrong. It has decent carbonation and drinks well. Got a touch ore than I expected in this one !!@

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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 CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 ml can poured into a flute. This one is a nice golden yellow with a rich creamy white head that retains its form well. Aroma of hay/grass, dry cracker-like malts, and maybe just hints of orchard fruit and green peppercorns. Taste reveals why this won a World Beer Cup award in 2006. At once bready but not particularly sweet, assertive noble hops, and again just hints of citrus and stone fruit, this is a solid Helles lager. Features a very soft but flavorsome cereal malt character and hoppier than usual for the style. Moderate body with some dextrins apparent, vaguely chalky, and just the right level of carbonation, on the far side of moderate. Finishes dry and grassy with a little white pepper and grape. Nil huskiness or other off-flavors. I regret that I have only one can in my possession.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bikini Blonde Lager
12 oz. can
Served in an 8 oz hotel glass

I picked up a 6 pack of this beer on Monday (03/17/14) after a late morning stop at the State of Hawaii, Department of Health office. I was anticipating a return to Waikiki Beach and was in search of a local 6 pack to clandestinely drink on the beach. I decided to get a 6 pack of Bikini Blonde Lager cans...

Pours a straw yellow with mini bubbles that race to the top of the glass. A circular bleach white head forms on top.

Aroma is very clean with whiffs of freshly cut grass and herbs.

The first sip is super crisp, clean and drinkable. I am immediately interested in the carbonation level that feels greater than normal. Flavors of toasted malt (think cereal) and a light fruit twang that is reminiscent of pear or a freshly cut Granny Smith apple slice. There is a mini hop snap on the finish that brings everything together.

A nicely crafted beer, true to the style with an above average drinkability level. A beer that truly 'hit the spot'.

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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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