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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2008

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Photo of snaotheus
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
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 +14.5%
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 woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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 +11.5%
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 +12.3%
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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Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good lager but not great.

Pale gold, it has a huge white head slowly, but steadily, shrinking to a thin, foamy top. It leaves a little decent lace.

The aroma is grass, hay, fruit, sweet rolls, and pear. It's pretty good, a nice, full take on a basic lager but not really like a true helles.

The taste is a lot of grain, a little slightly raisiny alcohol, grass, hay, pear, apple peel. It has some slight, faintly off-tasting, husk and vegetal flavours that become noticeable after the first couple sips and which detract slightly, but they are very light. It has a long grain aftertaste and is full-bodied. Its taste is a bit unusual but otherwise it's a good, full-bodied lager more reminiscent of American style lagers than true German Helles lagers.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow with very little foam and no lace. The smell of mild hops and barley filled the nose with a fresh aroma. The taste was also of hops and barley. Nice balance of ingriedents with just a little sweet bitterness. Nice for summer quincher or just sitting around chewing the fat!

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Photo of Murchmac
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wish this had the old flip tab style, that'd be pretty cool.

Pours a big golden head like the cloud you see John Connor looking at in those ads for Terminator: Salvation. Pale Gold with lots of little bubbles.

Not much of a smell until you swish it around. Then you get sweet grains, yeasty bready, floral, pretty complex. Like Christian Bale's character in American Psycho, not skinny like the machinist.

Great sweet taste. Has a very nice sweet and suprising malt character with some hops and earthiness to it. Not icky lager taste, unlike Reign of Fire or the New World 2. Electric Bugaloo.

Just a really good sweet session beer that wont yell at you and call you hurtful names like "Prick" and ask you to leave the set.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Written 09-07-2008. Moved to this location once it was realized that this review was posted under the brewpub's version of Bikini Blonde Lager.

Appearance: Clear (almost neon) yellow with initial 1.5 finger head. Reminds me of Hoegaarden. Head is white and fluffy with decent retention. Carbonation is clearly visible

Smell: A little grainy and a little corny. We've now decided to review this next to Miller Lite. Miller Lite doesn't have much of a smell. Back to Bikini Bllonde: fellow wiseman says it smells like Eggo waffles straight outta the toaster... kind of.

Taste: Sweet, lightly-toasted malts. Kinda grainy with a touch of honey. Miller Lite tastes cornier with a bit more of a bitter aftertaste. Winner: Bikini Blonde.

Mouthfeel: Light body and smooth. Fairly high carbonation makes me mouth tingle. Doesn't sting or burn. Not much aftertaste either. Miller Lite... ok I'll stop.

Drinkability: Easy to drink for sure. Not a challenge in the least bit, but good for a hot day. Better than Miller Lite :)

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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 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 canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well , the cheescake can does not bode well for what is inside but surprise Maui brewing put some effort into this light beach beer. The beer is cloudy (like an unfiltered Lager from germany). The nose is nice and hoopy and the taste is pretty full bodied. The more I drunk this the more I appreciated the craft put into making a decent all malt lager with some character.

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Photo of BigBry
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike and Brandee for bringing a mixed 6 pack, and for sharing.
Beer pours bright, shimmery yellow, with an inch of frothy head. Foam quickly fades leaving little or no lace. Light smell of citrus and light malt, also thought we picked up some honey-like sweetness. The flavor is lightand flowery, with sweet malt, and a clean, dry finish. Enough hops to keep balanced, but not bitter. No aftertaste. Easy to drink, and best served cold. - and I get to keep the can.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very opaque vibrant yellow. pure white head on top, with a nice strong holding characteristic to it. good lacing.

S: nice sharp corn malt aromas, nice earthy aromas.

T: a lot of flavor for a helles lager, big earthy notes from the hops, with a solid corn malt backbone. slightly sweet, but a nice overall flavor.

M: very clean and crisp, as with the style. good carbonation level, slightly higher than most within the style. medium to light bodied.

D: very drinkable, light and refreshing. solid helles.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light golden color lager with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of pure malt with some traces of dry German hops. Taste is also well balance between some lightly sweet malt with a somewhat dry finish with noticeable crisp hops. Well done for the style.

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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 Mistofminn
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can is courtesy of my parents, who brought it back from their 25th wedding anniversary vacation in Hawaii. It's been sitting in my fridge for a couple months (honestly I forgot about it) so I suppose its high time to give it a try!

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color with a ton of pure, clean white head. Head sticks around for while, but eventually shrinks to a ball that sits in the middle of the glass. Great lacing (wasn't expecting that). Aroma is floral and citrusy, with biscuity tones also present. Taste is floral hops and sweet maltiness. Finishes slightly bitter. Light to medium in body with a crisp and creamy feel. Very drinkable, I wish I had more than one to be honest! Hawaii....check!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is fairly nondescript, just some wheat malt. Flavor of sweet wheat malt, slight bitter hops in the finish. Fairly carbonated with a spritzy mouthfeel. Not bad really. Simple and easy to drink.
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

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Photo of Kadonny
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tasting glass. The can made it back via airmail from Hawaii from a friend. Tasted in a small tastting glass.

A: A light gold color with a white off white small head.

S: Grainy, bready malts with some grassy citrus hops.

T: Nothing huge here. Grainy bready malt with some sweetness coupled with a light hoppsy grassy lemony hops flavor. Malt sweetness overcomes the hops on the finish. As I said, nothing extreme here.

M: A bit thin on the mouthfeel, no alcohol flavors.

D: Medium. You can drink this for sure, but it lacks depth or complexity.

Overall a decent brew from Hawaii, and you really can't ask for any more. Thankful I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween '08 BIF.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a massive head of poofy brite-white head. This eventually shrinks down and retains as a big ole' creamy dollop of foam that sits smack dab in the middle of the glass, leaving huge swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is very floral and citric with some sturdy smelling bready sweetness underneath.

The taste is a light feeling blend of floral hops, prominent lemon citrus, and toasted malt sweetness. Finishes with notes of lingering bread and light bitterness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a softer carbonation and creamy feel that gets a little more crisp towards the end of the swallow.

Decent stuff here, that while not possessing the most in-your-face flavor profile that I've had, was still quite refreshing and quaffable. I'd definitely go to this for some thirst quenching relief.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can, listed as 4.5%,

A: Pours a pale yellow, a little hazy, nice head and lacing.

S: Really not much at all, light malt and honey.

T: Malt is lightly bready with some sourdough and honey. Hops are earthy and give some soil notes which is a turnoff.

M: Nice mouthfeel, not watery, but light and easily drinkable.

D: A fair beer from Maui, not as good as the major German producers, I thought it was too hoppy for the style.

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Photo of kasper
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw-colored, semi-translucent pour. Billowing frothy off-white head leaves bubbly lacing on decent; overall good head retention tho.

S: Wheat, spicy notes -- cloves, bit of ginger -- bit of lemon

T: Bananas, yeast, lemon, spicy near the end.

M: Has the body of a wheat beer; fairly light but coating. Maltier than I was expecting. Noticeable carbonation.

D: This is an OK beer. It could be a sessional beer. It's certainly good for a lager.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a wonderful light yellow in color with a good, white, foaming head.

Smell - This is pure grain at its finest. There's a very light sweetness to the nose but it's not sugary, it's more like the light sweet smell of boiled corn. There's literally no hop aroma here so the terrific grain smell comes on strongly.

Taste - There's more sweetness at the taste but it's certainly not overpowering. The flavor is predominantly the fine malted barley and again absent any real hops.

Mouthfeel - For a low ABV lager this is not as light in the body as you would think. I wouldn't say it's medium-bodied but it is pretty big given the style. The malts are incredibly smooth.

Drinkability - This is THE beer you want to drink first after a long day's work. It is thirst quenching and flavorful yet light enough in alcohol that you can down a can or two without feeling tipsy. As far as American-made session lagers go this is on the top of my list.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bleached blonde with a handful of tiny bubbles and no visible yeast. The pour resulted in three fingers of oyster shell hued foam that looks pretty damn good. An extensive array of sea foam lace is easy on the eyes as well. The blonde on the can looks great, as does the blonde in the glass.

The aroma gets points for both style adherence and enjoyability. Untoasted pale malt is accented by a sunny lemon citrusiness and an herbal-spicy German hoppiness that adds depth and complexity where it was least expected. Could this beer taste as good as it smells?

Not quite, but pretty close. Bikini Blonde Lager is a surprisingly good version of a style that often struggles to impress. It maintains the necessary lightness and the low ABV, while not skimping on flavor. Even though that flavor is holding up very well as the mercury rises, drink it on the cold side for maximum refreshment and enjoyment.

This is how American pale lagers would taste in a perfect world. The light sweetness of the biscuity malt is perfectly offset by lemongrassy hop flavor and modest bitterness. Even more hops would have earned this beauty the title of Miss Munich Helles. Miss Congeniality, however, is a lock.

The mouthfeel is fine, it just doesn't blow me away. It's probably closer to medium than light and is at least slightly creamy. As an added bonus, the restrained carbonation encourages rapid consumption while still rewarding the slow sipper.

Maui Brewing has another winner with Bikini Blonde Lager. I'd take her (and five of her friends) to the beach any day of the week. If you're looking for wonderful balance and drinkability in a canned beer, look no further. Aloha.

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