Bikini Blonde Lager | Maui Brewing Co.

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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:
174
Ratings:
523
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
21.1%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
93
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 523
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 tigg924
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting and clean helles lager. Taste is of grass, honey, and slight tropical fruit which differentiates itself from others in the style. Not bad, but one that I will likely not pick up again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 xnicknj
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

100TH REVIEW!

12 oz can poured into pilsner glass. thanks for mrmiles for this during the nice cans II BIF

Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow with a decent head which slowly fades, leaving a nice film on top while drinking. Barely any lacing.

Toasted grain, lemon grass, banana, and clove in the nose.

A bit of fruit sweetness moving into some crispy grains and light malt. Some lemony zest and soft bready flavors mix in along with some banana flavor. Finishes clear and dry with a touch of mild bitterness.

Lighter body, very carbonated, some lingering dryness. Pretty smooth drinking, and definitely not bad beer overall. This would be pretty nice as an afternoon session beer during warmer months.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -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 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 scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into SA Perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep golden color with yellow highlights beneath a thick bright white head that faded into a fuzzy white film. Soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Scents of creamy oats and roasted grains with mild spicy herbal hops.
T: Follows the nose. Earthy, spicy, hops, and bready yeast stand out. Bready overall. The finish is full of cereal grains and a light sweetness. There’s a hint of honey in the aftertaste.
M: Extremely creamy and soft mouthfeel, very fluffy and velvet carbonation, full mouthfeel.
O: Solid, clean, and bready. Very fluffy and soft mouthfeel. Goes down easy and smooth.

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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 illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Apparently, this beer is "what the sailors really come to shore for," but the Maui folks could just be referring to the hot blonde luau lady on the label. We remain unsure. Still, we dig the pro-canning information they provide.

A very pale, chill-hazed, blonde beer that's laced with a thin, creamy white head--haze clears up once the beer has warmed up a bit. Fresh malty nose. Incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate, with a well-round mouthfeel. Beneath the über-creaminess is a moderately sweet malt base with a faint hint of banana. Slight cereal graininess. A mild flash of hop bitterness attempts to pull through with some herbal notes, but its efforts are thwarted by the malt profile, especially as the beer warms. Sweet and bready in the finish.

One could easily confuse this as a Blonde Ale, rather than a Helles. Sweetness is a bit high (though not cloying), hops are not overly defined, and that expected German lager crispness and clean finish is missing. That said, it's an interesting, very drinkable brew nonetheless.

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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 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 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 arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 can sampler in early June from Foodland in Kauai for $10.99.

Beer poured a straw yellow with a nice foamy white head. Nose was not much, hints of German hops in the background. Taste started with a mellow malted barley. The ending was quite a nice surprise, a blast of spicy German hops. Mouthfeel was light, no redeeming smoothness to be found. Overall drinkability was pretty good, it was refreshing, a great beer to have at the beach!

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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 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 Deuane
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to davide169 for hooking me up with a can of this straight from the islands!

A-Hazy light golden straw yellow with a medium white fluffy head that reduce to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-A bit of lemon, bready malt and some light spice.

T-Lemon citrus bite along with a mildly sweet malt, A bit of grassy hops and some spice.

M-VERY light, as in too light. Very crisp, like cold spring water. Although this is supposed to be a light brew it is beyond light and enters the realm of watery.

S-Certainly drinkable and refreshing beer, but too light. It goes down easy, has some flavour and certainly refreshing, but give me a sign that this isnt water (or a BMC light product.)

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Photo of srandycarter
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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 ehammond1
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden with a moderately sized off-white head. Leaves dots of lace down the glass. Appropriate.

Toasted, biscuit, sweet malt, some grass, and mild citrus combine for a pleasant, though unexciting, aroma.

The flavor falls short of the aroma, with the usual bready malt and slight sweetness and grass combining, though unfortunately, there's a very off butter like taste, especially as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Good enough at cold temperatures, but this fails considerably more upon warming. I don't need to revisit this one.

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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 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 hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer, awesome color and decent head. There is just the right amount of balance between the bitter and sweet that this beer works. The sweetness seems to be like high fructose corn syrup, maybe I am wrong. It has decent carbonation and drinks well. Got a touch ore than I expected in this one !!@

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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 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 GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Bernie and Linda for bringing this back from Hawaii!

A: Slightly hazy light straw color. A vigorous pour yields a small white head that recedes quickly and leaves virtually no lace. Very still. Only just a couple of lazy streams of bubbles climbing the sides of the glass.

S: Restrained citrus smelling hops and toasted malt mingle with an excellent, mildly tart, sour graininess. As it comes up to temp the hops take on a decidedly grassy aroma.

T: As noted above citrusy/grassy hops and toasted malt dominate the flavor. Very nice interplay between the citrus hops and toasted malt in the finish.

M: Creamy and dry/bitter but without a hint of lager "brightness". Feels much bigger than the abv would suggest.

D: This is an excellent lager. Satisfying and tasty and actually quite interesting to the palate. I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

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3.65 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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