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 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 Bfarr
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. My can indicates 5.1% ABV rather than the 4.5% listed above.

Appearance: light golden straw hue with a touch of haze and a thin layer of white foam. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.

Smell: light, somewhat grainy malt aroma with just a touch of noble hops. Decent and appropriate for the style, but nothing special.

Taste: flavor to match the aroma, mostly, with some deeper biscuity flavors and a light but rounding bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very big carbonation. The creaminess here is excellent, especially for the style! Wow, I must say I was not expecting this. Kudos!

Overall: this beer's refreshing qualities and bodacious mouthfeel make me enjoy it beyond its flavor and aroma qualities. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few cans of this on the beach.

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

Nice light golden color comes through right away. Really tight head of white that sits on top for what seems like forever but then suddenly dropped off leaving it all bare.

Nice touches of light bready malts, caramel, light grasses and a well rounded and nicely done hop profile. Warming brings out cereal grains, touches of light grass and a well carbonated and easily maintained profile. Extremely session able with an amazingly crisp and clean flavor, I had no issues at all with putting this one down.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw color with a light head. Head has decent retention, does not leave very much lacing.

Has a nice sweet yeasty and bready smell with a light crisp taste that is full of taste, even for this ale drinker. Nice carbonation and overall taste.

Seriously an enjoyable beer.

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

Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. can, showing a hazed golden with a rather resilient cap of white foam. Decent retention and lace follow. Decent pour though a bit hazy.

Touch of spice on the aroma along with a firm pale bready character and a lemony sweetness. Touch of pleasant yeast character.

Taste is full with a bit of sweet lemon bread followed by a mild bitterness. Feel is moderate to full, never getting too slippery or watery and maintaining a nice spice character as it warms. Balanced by a spot on level of carbonation and with a return of a rich lemon texture on the finish.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not 100% sure that this is in the right place as this is the "brewpub" version where I must have the non-brewpub version. There were much less reviews on the latter, so I will contribute to the bigger performer of the offerings since 62 of 67 are for canned versions. Let's review this puppy:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a 1/4" creamy white head on top. The head was quite active, but faded back into the beer in about 45 seconds to end up as a small ring at the edge of the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass at all, and after a short while the beer looks quite lifeless in the glass.

Aroma: Initially the beer was a bit yeasty with some bread dough coming out along with some bready malts and a mild, but noticeable hop profile. After the head falls the beer isn't as yeasty, and the hops are coming out quite a bit more as it warms up a bit. There is also some light toasty sweetness coming out as the beer sits further. There is a corny note getting more pronounced as the beer warms that is starting to get a little vegetal as the beer approaches warm.

Taste: The flavor is a bit light bodied with light carbonation so overall it comes across as bit watery feeling; however, there is quite a bit of flavor left on the palate when this beer gets through to let you know that it is a beer and not some fizzy adjunct driven brew. As the beer warms up some, the corny notes that I mentioned in the aroma are coming out in the flavor as well, and the flavor is also starting to get a vegetal edge to it. There are some toasty malty notes left on the palate when the beer gets through that are somewhat reminiscent of a Munich Helles, so it isn't way off the mark or anything.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Unfortunately it is hard to make a beer this light that won't show something a little weird as it warms up. This one seems to be getting vegetal as it warms up, though I don't think that it was actual corn used. I don't regret getting a 6-pack of this stuff as I will surely drink it. I am not sure when I will be buying another one...but I would certainly consider bringing some to the beach sometime if Southern Star's Bombshell Blonde isn't available where I am.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Clean golden color. Clear and bright. Huge billowing frothy head. Dies down to a chunky layer of foam on top.

Smells of doughy rustic bread, and a clean lager yeast fruitiness. Hop character is mild.

Dough, bread, and a fruity yeasty flavor. A light spicy hop bite on the end.

Clean and dry. Light bodied, carbonation is spot on.

A really clean and refreshing lager. Great for a hot summer day like today.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a canned on date of 030311, good on MBC for dating their cans. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a light tan froth.

Nose is nutty and biscuity and has some yeast esters poking out. I originally thought I misread the label and thought for sure this must be a blonde ale. It smells tasty, just not really like a Helles. Where is the graininess? Grassy hops?

This one does indeed fall somewhere in the netherealm of a lager and an ale. Too sweet to be a refreshing lager with a distinctive bready, nutty yeast presence. And yet it tastes a bit too 'clean' and has a lighter body than most ales. It is a pretty unique beverage and does have some good flavors, but I think 1 six-pack purchase will be enough to satisfy my curiosity.

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

Drank this brew while in Oahu. Pours nice thick white head, dark straw color, short lacing.

Smell is very refreshing. Sweet malts, wheat, clean earthy smell with a hint of citrus.

Taste is just a refreshing as the smell. Very clean, well balanced and a little sweet on the back end.

Mouth feel is good. Goes down easy, very drinkable.

Overall a great beer. It may taste even better because I drank this while staying in paradise. Recomended!

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Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice fluffy white inch and a half high head over a slightly hazy straw gold body. Fades rather quickly and leaves some delicate spots of lacing on the glass.

Really nice and malty, bready malts with notes of honey and almonds. Hops are light but slightly herbal with fresh grass and hay. There is a slight fruity note in the back ground from the yeast, perhaps pear.

Hmm the first taste is of alcohol that's a bit off, settles nicely into a rich malt character, cereal grains and toasted bread play a rather heavy hand. Hop character is very subdued, earthy and herbal, flashes citrus but over all very light. Finishes drying w/o much crispness.

Creamy mouthfeel, not very crisp especially when warm. A little heavy body for a lager and maybe under carbonated, still well within the range of being good but not great.

Decent representation of a helles but I would like it to have been more crisp and light. Flavor is well integrated and the alcohol in the beginning of the flavor goes away with some warming. Decent lager but who's gonna be critical on the beach in Hawaii.

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Photo of tone77
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, sweet, some grains. Taste is very good, malts, biscuty, some sweetness, extremely refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with white head.

Not a lot of aromatics but some tinges of malt.

Tastes like a blond ale, a bit sweet, with a pale malt taste and some subtle yeast contributions.

Nice level of carbonation. This is an easy beer to drink with enough going on to make it worth a try. It's just a bit too sweet in the finish to make it utterly sessionable. Still, great drinker for the warmer weather.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - light golden straw colored with an inch of stark white fluffiness cropping the top. Its a nice sight to behold when you're thirsty.

Aroma - some citrus (lemon and bitter orange) combined with fresh grass and hay. Some sweet malt aromas as well. Not a lot going on in the nose but that is to be expected from the style.

Taste - sweet and slightly lemony as it hits the palate. The sweetness in the finish is sort of surprising as many lagers have a sort of mineral-esque dry finish. This is much smoother and sweeter and I really am enjoying that aspect of this beer, it sort of sets it apart from other similar beers that I've had. Extremely easy to drink and I can imagine that a cold pint of this on a hot day would be just what the doctor ordered.

Overall - pretty solid light bodied lager from the folks at Maui. It delivers what it says its going to and that is something smooth and refreshing. I really enjoy the finish of this beer, it is much more appealing to me than many other lagers.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd probably go for their IPA or their CoCoNut Porter over this one if faced with choosing from their three canned option. That being said, this is a pretty refreshing and light beer that would be great when mowing the lawn.

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