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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16oz pint in Kailua-Kona, in a pub in front of the harbour, at sunset. Yeah, it's gonna be a good night.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of weakly puffy and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of semi-sweet cereal grain, saltine crackers, a wee bit of dried citrus rind, white pepper, and soft grassy, floral hops. The taste is more breakfast vittles graininess, some dry biscuit character, the whole a bit less sweet now, with some muddled citrus and drupe fruitiness, and the attendant, and agreeably bitter, earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are decently average in their trilling frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, and tacitly smooth, with a hint of airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, and nice and biscuity, with the peppy noble hops still running in a pleasurable tandem.

A more or less perfect start to an evening of relaxing on a patio overlooking the ocean - a light, refreshing, full-flavoured German-style lager - Munich brewing goodness in the Hawaiian Islands, nice. The only drawback? No label to admire, but I have that more than covered (heh) in a few other ways right now.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of bready malt, with some grass, grapes and yeast thrown in. A fairly complex aroma, definitely more so than I was expecting. The flavor is fairly straightforward, with a lot of bread and biscuit malt as well as some very light spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to pilsner glass.

A - The beer pours a pale hazy straw blonde color with a small 1/2 finger bubbly white head. Some retention and lacing.

S - Malt forward on the nose. Slight yeast character but aroma is fairly clean and crisp.

T/M - The beer starts and finishes very smooth and slightly creamy, which is nice. The malt found on the nose provides a medium sweetness upon which the mild bitterness and slight fruity banana and apple flavors build. A mild biscuity flavor through the middle and end. The beer finishes smooth and creamy with a linger bread malt sweetness.

O - Pretty easy to put a few of these back. A little malty and lacks the crispness I'd expect but the smooth creaminess was nice.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold. Head is bright white and leaves some spotty hints of lacing on the top of the beer. Carbonation is lively and effervescent.

Smell: Straw, grass, and granny smith apples. Bright and lemony. Hints of wheat and other fruit, but I can't get over the apple. Pale malts and the faintest dusting of citrus. Mildly floral.

Taste: Wheat tang and crisp apple flesh. Grassy and pale malts in abundance. Fruity and floral. Lots of almost earthy biscuity maltiness going on. A touch of citrus rind on the back. Straw and grass.

Mouthfeel: Bright, crisp, and a big carbonation. Light body. Finishes very clean.

Overall: Easy drinking and enough flavor to be interesting. Not outstanding, but manages to never fall flat on its face. Carbonation is its downfall in the end.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 02/05/11 notes. My dad brought me back a can from Hawaii. 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Some light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity malts, grains, and some wheat. Not bad at all, but pretty bland in the nose.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, fruity malts, citrus, grains, wheat, and bready malts. Much fruitier and nicer than the nose, a step up for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch too carbonated, and crisp.

o - Overall a decent beer. Easy to drink and light and crisp, with some nice fruit in the taste. Not as good as their CoCoNut Porter but worth checking out once.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/26/11.

5.1% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grains and some fruity aromas. Taste is of sweet malt/grains, light fruits, and slight citrus zest. There is a sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good and easy drinking lager but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Hawaii. So: long distance for distribution, balanced by environmentally-friendly recyclable packaging? I’m not sure the balance is worth it in this case

This looks like a yellow fizzy beer. Very foamy. Low, barely detectable aroma and not a whole lot of flavor either. There is a honey-sweet taste to it, and a sweet finish, but not a whole lot else going on here. Wasn’t horrible but not terribly exciting. I certainly don’t picture myself sitting on a warm, sunny beach and wanting to drink one of these.

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

Canned 07JUL11
Can indicates 5.1% ABV

A: golden raisins with near excellent clarity under a solid sheet of white foam trailed with fleeting sheets of lace.
S: Sweet grain, corn, some mineral tones. Decent and faint.
T: Nice sweet flavor is simple and soft with near floral qualities. Perfect for hot weather or as a quick session beer.
M: A bit heavy for the style with lower carb creating a velveteen experience. Empty finish. I like this aspect fairly well.
O: Good tasting beer. Although not a standout, definitely worth a try, and likely something I would drink over and over in a bar.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance – Mostly clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains, lemons, and a nice amount of noble hops. There is also a touch of corn and the beer finishes with a lemony/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – An enjoyable and refreshing beer. It had a nice amount of noble hops and reminded me a but of the sunshine pils by Troegs. I could see myself drinking a few of these on a beach in Hawaii.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is yellow and hazy. It's got a creamy head that is stark white.

It's smell is malty, a bit sweet, not too hoppy.

This beer is crisp with some nice hop notes and some sweet malts to make it very drinkable.

This beer is creamy, rather full bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good beer. I enjoyed many of these on my vacation and it became my go to beer in the hot Hawaiian weather.

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Photo of sliverX
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice clear gold,rocky white head that hing around after it faded down decent lacing.
Smell is clean with just a touch of malt, its a lager that with a bit of hops would be standard
Taste is sweet a bit honey like, a bit of toasted bread. Dominated by honey sweetness
Mouthfeel is light crisp nice carbonation bright lager
Overall this would be an awesome everyday beach drinker, flavourful but not over powering would be awesome with a touch of hoppyness.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a convenient (and well-priced) sampler 6-pack (CANS!) at the amazing Pono Market in Kapa'a, Kauai. These made my nights in Kauai even better!

Cloudy gold with decent carbonation. Fine white bubbles, but no detectable lace on my wine chalice (it's all I could find in our cottage).

Nose is crisp and malty, with a light hops followthrough/finish.

This was a brisk and flavorful lager -- definitely preferred to the mainstream stuff. Solid.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a little lace.

S - Aroma is quite mild with a mix of some light grains and some faint noble hops. There is also just a bit of biscuit and yeast.

T - Starts off with some light grains and a bit more noble hops than the nose let on. Through the middle, the bready yeast and the sweet biscuit flavors come through. The finish is a mix of noble hop, grain, and biscuit that lingers for a bit.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slick with a crisp and very refreshing feeling.

D - Super drinkable. Very smooth and refreshing without sacrificing on the flavor and the body. Really nice grain-hop mix with just enough sweetness.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass, no freshness date, my can also states 5.1%abv instead of 4.5.

This pours a clear light yellow / straw color with a decent white head. The smell has some noble hops, some bready malts, and a little citrus. Feel is light and crisp. The taste is pretty light also, there are the german hops, some bready flavors and a little earthiness. Not bad.

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

A: Bright yellow gold color with a decent lace of white head that sticks to the glass.
S: Very strong bread nose to it. The beer also has some hints of an earthy hay aroma and some slight citrus.
T: The beer has a very light bready wheat malt flavor and some good sour flavor as well as some earthy oatey flavor.
M/O: Very crisp and carbonated. Great bright beer that goes perfect in the hot weather.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. This happens to be my go to beer if I'm not feeling like trying something new.

The pour reveals a nice, clear blonde, and somewhat aromatic beverage, resulting in a moderate head. A somewhat fruity, malty aroma is present, and follows through to the taste. Very refreshing, very drinkable. Nice and crisp, not overly carbonated. Bananas are a flavor that I get a lot out of this beer.

It can be a little bit more than a regular six pack of your generic beers, but definitely worth it. I have yet to meet someone who didn't appreciate me bringing this to their get together.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color with a small white head and no lace. Prickly carbonation races to the top.

S- Bready malts and hops, germany pilsner like aroma, honey.

T- hits the nose on the head. It has a nice bitter and lasting effect going down, but it is rounded out by citrusy, honey sweetness.

O- This is an incredibly refreshing beer, one of my favorite pool-side beers. Definition of the session beer

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Photo of Cavery
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can shared with SundaySour, figured we'd give this Maui Brew a whirl.

Canned 6/21/11, poured into a pint glass.

A: Light yellow with some give towards pale oranges. Light soap sud head of about 1 1/2 fingers that did left as fast as it arrived. White bubbles give it a classic American session brew look. Modest but apparent ring of foam hugs the glass wall. Doesn't stand out, but it's inoffensive. Small streams of bubbles in a clear body.

S: Wheat and peanut oils mix for a slightly crispy peanut punch. Lightly salted peanuts mixed with lightly buttered popcorns. The wheat sweetness does its best to escape the snack food notes, but it really runs through a spectrum to do so: corn nuts, raw corn tortillas, and light grease make this an oily nose. Surprisingly potent.

T: Light dustings of salt on a mix of nuts. Almonds, cashews, and peanuts complete a salt-friendly nuttiness. Some crispy wheat breakfast sweetness that suggests breakfast toasts and whip butter spreads. I really like the brief appearance of plantains, wish there was more of that. The volume seems turned down a little bit from the nose, but this is a welcome mellowness. Some unexpected dried apricot fruitiness. White corn in the middle-end, before the flavor drops off a cliff. Mild sensations of hop bitterness in the later flavors.

M: Oily and lightly coating, but not overwhelmingly thick. This is much more of a pleasant glaze than a syrupy nightmare. A slippery coco-butter like feeling in the mouth makes the brew just slip too easily down the throat. Really easy to drink, and a solid medium-full body to boot. A complimentary sizzle on first contact.

O: Really quite decent, but the corn and oil flavors make for a bit of a taxing beverage. It drinks very easy, but the flavor makes me feel like I'm drinking a bag of corn nuts. Some people might really like this, but as a person that likes to have food with beer, I feel like this tastes more of fatty salty fried snacks than I'd like. However, there were some things that made this really pretty good. In the middle-flavors I had visits from plantains and dried apricots. I thought that was a really compelling mix, but it was too short lived. I want to up the fruity characters of this beer, and cut down on the salty nuttiness. There's something worth cultivating in here, but for right now it's just pretty okay.

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Photo of confer
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Its called a helles but the color is a much darker gold than a typical helles.
S- Light and citrus tasting more orange than lemon.
T- The flavor is also very light and refreshing. No hop flavor at all, just a bit lemony.
M- A bit thicker than expected not much carbonation.
D-A very good beer but not your usual helles. As are many of the beers that are bottled or canned down there it is a great warm weather beer.

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Photo of Briken
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Golden blond foamy white head with decent retention and no lacing. Sweet citrus aroma. Bold but smooth wheat with earthy hops balancing things out. Clean, sweet finish. Fairly crisp but rather heavy bodied.

Easy drinking with a bold flavor but it’s a very filling beer that I really couldn’t finish many of. Very heavy for a lager.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a clear golden yellow color with lots of carb streams. It had a 2 finger head that settled into a small foam cap. Good sheeting that slides back into the glass with a little sticking.

The aroma was a bit subdued. Biscuity malt with light lemony and floral hops. Not much to sniff. The taste however was really good. Starts out with the biscuity malt and then the lemony hops kick in for a good flavor kick. Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a nice aftertaste.

Overall, a really good beer that surprised me. Goes down nice and smooth on this hot Texas summer day. Need to get some of this for my friends who I'm getting to explore more beers. Avail in TX for a couple months now. Rotation - I can see getting a six pack of this every so often and would like to try on-tap [O;Y]

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Photo of atigerlife
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a 1 finger fluffy white head. Decent amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma is floral, light hops and a little grainy.

Taste has some hops, light malts, floral. Somewhat weak in this area.

Mouthfeel is light and cleansing.

Overall, it is very drinkable. Very good beach beer.

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