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Bikini Blonde Lager | Maui Brewing Co.

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83
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171 Reviews
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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
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
510
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
21.04%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 510
Photo of geryeb624
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my DFH Signature Glass. Can marked 061510, so I'm assuming a June canning. Another extra from Kala1073, thanks a to buddy!

A- Pours a very nice golden with a ton of fluffy white head. At least two and a half fingers worth. Also leaves some nice lacing.

S- Malty, lager aroma with a little hint of spicy yeast and citrusy hops. A nice, well-balanced nose.

T- Sweet and malty, a straight-forward lager taste with a lingering sweetness. Not much spice or hop bitterness present in the nose, but a refreshing, crisp taste.

M/D- A nice, smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Could put away a sixer of this no problem, great session brew.

Overall, a nice, straight-forward lager from the islands. Nothing earth-shattering, but very good for what it is: a refeshingly simple beer perfect for relaxing with.

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Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can!
A) pours with a thin and wispy head. Settles quickly. Lacing in nearly nonexistent. Clear body. Gold in color. Subtle upward carbonation.
S) the aroma is light - grassy, apple.
T) walnut. Pleasant malt sweetness - hints of berries. Light grain. Just a touch of hops in the finish.
M) light fizz. Light body. Dry in the finish.
D) a delicious lager. I'd drink another for sure.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass straight from the aluminum.

appearance - yellow, foamy head, some retention

smell - malt, honey, sweet

taste - balanced malt, slightly bitter finish

mouthfeel - well carbonated, light, smooth, crisp

drinkability - a nice lager overall, well crafted

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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 capra12
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo served out of a shipyard pint glass.
Special thanx to the gf for bringing this back from Hawaii part of the major 6pack.

Appearance: light yellow and wheat in color. Slightly cloudy in color with a 1 1/2 finger of head.

Smell: light grains with a subtle light malt profile.

Taste: opens with light malts and a clean wheat profile. This leaves a light malty grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation and light bodied. Rather crisp with a hint of malt on the back end of the palette.

Drinkability: I would have this again if this was regularly available. I recommend this to those seeking a solid lager with a pleasant malt profile.

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= Pours a golden orange with a pure white head, which subsided rather quickly.

S= No big nose here. Subtle spice and a touch of citrus.

T= Some bitter orange. A touch of sweet malts fade quickly. The slightest hint of white pepper in the finish.

M= This is somewhat light bodied, as expected. The carbonation is short but sharp and crisp. Overall, a smooth, refreshing beer.

D= Easy drinking brew, perfect for a hot day at the beach or an all day BBQ.

I tried this with some stinky French cheeses, Morbier and Pont L'Eveque, and it was a terrific pairing. The carbonation cut through the richness of the cheeses, while the quick hit of malt and orange added just enough fruit to tame the pungent, slightly bitter cheeses.

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Photo of chumba526
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a clear yellow color with a large white head that disappears quickly.

Smells slightly of honey and hops that smell like tropical fruit: mostly pineapple but a little mango smell is there as well.

Taste is dominated by a light herbal, fruity, non-bitter hop presence. A little sweetness from the malts is noticeable as well.

The carbonation is moderately high.

This is a very light beer and it doesn't have that grainy aftertaste I don't like in light lagers so I find the drinkability of this to be fairly high. Overall a nice but not astounding lager.

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Photo of mwa423
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light gold with a finger of head that quickly disappeared to a small ring.

S - Light maltiness and light refereshing hoppiness comes through. There are some hints of pineapple in it that come through to round out an interesting aroma.

T - An interesting take on a Helles Lager with a light smooth maltiness, a slight frutiness that really comes out at the end of the beer (I swear I taste pineapple) and noble hops on the end.

M/D - Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Very enjoyable and refreshing. This is a dangerously drinkable beer that I'm not sure I could stop picking up in a social setting.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy, but fairly clear, bright yellow with just over an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, but still had a nice balance of grain and hops. The flavors were a bit more bold, the grain is far more pronounced and the hops are nicely crisp.

The body is crisp and clean. Drinkability is very good, having a few of these would be easy and fun. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of pastradul
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into a glass. The beer pours an amply-carbonated clear blonde, topped by two fingers of dense, rocky head.

Clean honey-like aroma. Light malty sweetness with faint herbal hops, a touch of chalk when it's cold that subsides at warmer temperatures, cereal, banana - pretty enjoyable and clean.

It's grainy, semi-sweet, clean and crisp on the palate. Honey flavors emerge again along with subtle fruitiness (banana and stonefruit). Aside from a hint of buttery slickness in the finish, the mouthfeel is clean and crisp and the body light. It's a touch sweeter than I generally like my lagers to be, but it's a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - light yellow, very clear, effervescent, fluffy white head, persists, lots of sticky lace

S - fresh hay, crisp, spicy hop fades quickly, clean

T - sweeter up front than I was expecting, but still nice and grainy which carries into the finish where lots of dry bready notes take over from the sweetness, low hopped, but I pick up some faint spicy hop flavour

M - med light body, med carbonation, slight creaminess, makes for very easy drinking

D - simple, thirst quenching, yet full of great flavour and satisfying

You won't confuse this for a traditional german helles, but I don't think that is what they were going for. Yes, the flavours are rather "pedestrian," but so what? It tastes great.

This probably wouldn't be my first choice at the bar, yet I could see myself happily drinking this all night long. Love the grainy character.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Clear yellow body, three finger head, very creamy, hangs for duration of beer, leaves good lacing.

S: Crisp floral hops, faint fruits...apples, pears, lemon.

T: Very grassy, faint crisp green apple, yeast profile comes through big almost a little unbalanced.

M: Crisp carbonation, very active mouthfeel, bubbles are pretty fine. Finishes dry.

D: Very drinkable, smooth, crisp and dry. Perfect for summertime!

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Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into clear plastic glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with sustained white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Apple, pear, grass and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet apple, quite grassy, with a peppery finish, but the sweetness remains.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice Helles Lager overall, but I prefer my German lagers a little more dry.

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Photo of bret27
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

can to glass...

App: nice white foamy head w/decent retention. Mostly clear, but some weird little chunkies floating around at the bottom

Smell: Clean, lagery/pilsenery, honey, a little aroma herbal hop.

Taste: sweet, honey, crsip, clean, refreshing

Mouthfeel: thin to average. Little oiley/syrupy

Drink: Pretty good, considering a clean lager.

Overall: Decent helles lager. I haven't had all that many, but it seems pretty good for german lager styles in general.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very light and clear, not much head disappears fast some sudsy lace left behind.

S - Nice malt profile, pretty simple and straight forward.

T - Flavor is similar to a macro lager, but better. Deeper malt and nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body with a good balance.

D - Definitely a good session beer.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Poured from can into pint glass.

As for the appearance, its very light and almost looks like a macro lager. Heavy carbonation, light thin head with no retention and no lacing. For the smell, there's not much there. Again, smells like a macro. For the taste, its very similar to a BMC beer but with a little extra spiciness at the finish. It's also a little sweeter. The mouthfeel is very thin with pretty much no bitterness. Drinkability is high as this is a very easy drinking beer and thus a good session brewski.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a tinge of goldenrod. Nice lasting white head is the only thing differentiating this from a macro lager so far. Aroma is wet grains and a vague perfumey floral hop character. Flavor is cereal grains, a touch of citrus, and a light grassy finish with a modest bitterness that barely tickles the tongue. Mouthfeel is standard, drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of jhoban19
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in the Maui Brewing Co tasting room in Lahaina.

A: pale, golden in color. a decent head with a fair amount of bubbles and good lacing.

S: I pick up mostly banana bread and grapefruit, with a bit of hop aroma.

T: malty, with some of the citrus noted in the aroma. pretty much what I was expecting given the style, though not overly exciting.

M: refreshing and smooth with good carbonation.

D: a refreshing brew for a hot day on Maui. it wouldn't be my first choice, but a satisfying beer under the right circumstances.

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Photo of constahoogan
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Maize transparent yellow with a fat 2.5 finger head
S - Very very slight hint of noble hops nothing really impressive at all
T - Sweet pale malts without any hint of bittering hops at all
M - very smooth up front, but more carbonated in the middle with a slight milky feel at the back
D - Very Drinkable. I could picture this beer being the gateway for those who are used to BMC pale lagers.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a little hotel glass

Pours bright yellow with a little beige head. Smells a little of straw and a little of lemon.

Taste is pretty boring, watery, slightly sour, more of the lemon than the straw.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Drinkable, but not exciting.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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 woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was feeling CANtankerous during my visit to San Diego, so I spent some time (and money) seeking out CANs. I know that my reviews of Maui beers are in last year's notebooks, but they are being transcribed and this was the here and now.

A finger's worth of rocky, bone-whiote head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pretty light and generic, more akin to a lot of the substandard CANned beers thst I have been drinking lately. Mouthfeel was light-to-medium, not unheard of, but not terribly compelling, either. The taste was very light and ephemeral. The same way with the finish. In a blind taste test with any corporate made Light (Lite) beer, I might be hard-pressed to tell the difference. My apologies, but when I can get so many really well-made lagers in PA, I find it difficult to pay for a so-so one from our 50th state and at the price that it takes to have it brought to the mainland. Mahalo all the same.

Beach: Sure, as long as I am vacationing in Hawaii. Don't pay premium prices to haul it to a mainland beach. My .02

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, more from Maui Brewing Co.

Poured from a can into a Maui Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Pours out a pale golden straw color with vigorous bubbling action that works to form a bubbly, slightly artificial looking head, but fights valiantly against such a comparison by sticking around for a long time after the initial pour.

S: Sweet, clean and with a slight noble hop fruitiness, underscored by a light lemon and grass like character.

T/MF: Malt takes hold here and blends together quite nicely with the light and fruity hoppiness. Mouthfeel is consistent with style and remains crisp and bubbly without appearing watered down or thin. I wouldn't call this a bready flavor, grassy yes, slightly lemony, yes, slight herbal spiciness, yes. Easy to break down but not one dimensional this beer has a lot to offer.

D: In Maui, on the beach or in the pool after a long day of hiking, a tall glass of this beer really really does the trick. It's a very nice change of pace from the fruity colored booze conveyance devices that are so ubiquitous here.

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Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really light gold color, a little haze, and a nice big white head on top. Looks good.

Aromas are of light breads, dough. spices, dust, and a general floral quality.

Clean tasting beer. A little sweet with biscuit and dough like flavors. Beer then settles into some mineral water like crispness, and a nice sharp zest of citrus on the finish. Flavorful, but not overly so or heavy.

Mouthfeel is nice, good crispness and carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This is a nice tasty lager that is very easy to drink. Would be a great go to beer on a warm summer day. Well done Maui Brewing, all three beers I have tried from your brewery have been quite good. And canned to boot!

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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.
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