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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Ratings: 555 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of Tpop1005
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought one of these and one of their porter. I hope the porter is better.

It's a pretty yellow with nice little foam. The aroma is faintly correct.

The tate is malty and refreshing. It is missing that little bit of tartness I like in some examples of this style.

I wanted an easy drinking brew and this is that, but I've had better examples of the style.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Prob the best lager I've had this week on the island. Can dated 5/20/16 and drank on the beach 6/24/16. I could down a six pack of these easy while I get in and out of the water and bake in the sun. I don't want to go home.

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Photo of natfiedler
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AaronNQ
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpyle
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color, slightly cloudy (chill haze). Pours a nice tight white head with good retention.

Unpleasant initial aroma - a bit plastic-like, almost medicinal. Guessing not a strong phenolic, but maybe something from the can? Was canned about 3 months before I drank it, so maybe not. Not much malt or hop, but wouldn't expect a big aroma from this beer.

Subtle malt and a hint of a spicy noble hop flavor early, but all very gentle. Very balanced. Slightly earthy hop? flavor in the finish, but overall a pretty clean and super drinkable beer.

Light-medium body and fairly high carbonation. Not a huge fan of the carbonation level, but guessing it is within the style to have a drying element.

Would expect a German lager like this at my local GB, but definitely unexpected in a beer from Maui in a can. Thanks to Rob Jorstad for hooking me up with it.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Icemann383
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Solinsky
4.61/5  rDev +26%
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 DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +13.4%
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 +0.5%
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 81tillinfinity
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldSwampy
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 StanleysCup
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarigney
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ish1
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -9.3%
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 +30.6%
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 +6.6%
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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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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