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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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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 526
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a canned-on date of June 2012. Picked up some time back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the side as a helles lager brewed with German hops and barley. Unfiltered. What the sailors really come to shore for...

Poured into a straight pint glass. A hazy golden hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of light, grainy malt with notes of flowery noble hops, grass/hay and earthy yeast. Nicely rounded.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of grain, noble hops, grass/hay, faint spiciness, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a crisp yet restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the style. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast and grassy hops.

A solid lager with a satisfying aroma and flavour. The noble hops are understated but come across well, while the yeast adds depth. Not sure what the Germans would think, but never mind. Well crafted and very drinkable; I'd be happy to have a few of these on the beach. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear hotel snifter glass
From: Lawson Station Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii
Price: $2.09
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 19, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 14, 2015

Poured a golden, yellow, clear color with three fingers of grayish fizzy head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled sourdough bread, honey, corn, buttery malts and sour cheese. (Smell - 2.50)

Taste followed the nose, so still not good. Got sourdough bread, honey, corn, hay, cereal, doughy notes and cheese. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, buttery finish. (Feel - 2.75)

I did not like this beer and I’m glad I only got one instead of a 6-pack. (Overall - 2.75)

2.85 | 67 | C

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Photo of Floydster
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce can that was also part of its own six pack purchased from Beverages and More for about ten dollars, reviewed from notes taken a few days ago, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color, huge 1 3/4 inch white foamy head, did not last long though, not much retention or lacing
S-Spices, hoppiness, bready malt aromas, yeast, a bit of skunkiness, and a hint of lemon
T-This stuff is so smooth, almost has a hefeweizen flavor but more grassy than wheat dominant if that makes sense, nice toasted bread taste, hints of citrus in the aftertaste once it warms, great balance and flavorful
M-Crisp, quenching, and a bit chewy mouthfeel, thin to medium body, tons of carbonation, not watered down though
D-Could drink this all day long, one of the best session beers out there, ABV is super low and you can tell, so smooth, great on a hot Hawaiian day while I was there too

Blondes or these types of lagers are not my favorite beers by any means but this was really good, further proves that Maui's lineup of three is pretty much unparalleled on the islands, drank a lot of this stuff the past week and could still drink more, recommended

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Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this one as an extra via MaxStout. This is my first Maui product.

A: Very clear straw yellow color with a HUGE foamy head. Despite the big head, the carbonation level in the beer itself is very low.

S: Pleasant citrusy, nutty scent. Pineapple maybe?

T: The lack of carbonation hits hard. Definitely not a bitter beer in the least bit and the citrus is much more pronounced in the taste - not a grapefruit citrus, but more like orange. The aftertaste is awesome - it doesn't have that medicinal quality that I often find in this style.

M: Very light and smooth. After weeks of drinking and reviewing beers on the heavy side, this is a great change of pace.

D: An almost perfect session brew. A craft beer lovers "lawnmower" beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold with a thin white head.

Bready malty aromas with sweet kettle corn.

Taste is corn, grass, sweet honey, bread, and white grape.

Tingly feel.

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Photo of ckollias
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a small snifter glass.

A: Pours a straw golden hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a partial wispy lace with no trail.

S: Grassy and slightly hoppy aroma.

T: Slightly sweet flavor with light hoppy middle and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent munich helles lager. Went down easy and was refreshing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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 Overlord
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

POurs gold, small white foamy head. Surprisingly strong aroma, with some citrus, earthy hops, and a definite ... "presence." The taste is, again, zesty with citrus, crisp, clean, and there's some malt. A nice dry finish. Decent mouthfeel.

Surprisingly pleasant.

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Photo of safaricook
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not crystal clear straw colored, white head
Bready, German hop aroma
good Helles body balanced by spicy hop bitterness, crisp
well integrated CO2, nice refreshing
Could be a Helles straight out of Bavaria and a well done as well

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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 flyingpig
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Good Spirits Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£2.80):
Very light & enjoyable, coming through fresh & well-balanced with a clean & crisp feel. It went down easy with good carbonation & nice grassy hops & a floral taste with some lemon, biscuit & pale malts that worked very well together & made the beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scottfrie for tossing in this extra can in our recent trade. Thanks, Scott!

Can poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light pale gold with some cloudiness present. A thick 2-finger head rests atop; great retention, leaves some nice sticky lace. The nose yields notes of grass, strong lemon, and floral tones.

The mouth is highly carbonated. Lots of bubbles rising quickly throughout this beer. It's not wearing on the palate, but it is spritzy. Strong flavors of lemon, lime, and a bit of a chemical astringency that I can't place. Faint hops noted. Bitterness is low. This is extremely easy to consume. It was gone before I knew it. Great refreshing beer for the warm months, the beach, or the backyard.

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Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into clear plastic glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with sustained white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Apple, pear, grass and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet apple, quite grassy, with a peppery finish, but the sweetness remains.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice Helles Lager overall, but I prefer my German lagers a little more dry.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. can into my Smuttynose shaker glass, the pour produces a hazy light yellow color with a frothy white foam that measures about two fingers deep. Smells of bready grains and citrusy hops. The hops really come through in the taste, producing flavors of lemon peel and bitter orange. A nicely hopped lager. The aftertaste reminded me of lemon cleaner. Medium in both body and carbonation. If this was more accessible, I'd reach for this on a regular basis.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium blonde/light amber. Sigh head hat dissipates, some light residual lacing. Light malt in the nose, as well as grain, breadiness, and some light hoppy notes. Nice light malt flavor, nothing sour or corny, Nice clean malty and light malty finish. Perfect summer beer, Easy drinking, goes with any food. If you are looking for complexity, malt or hop distinctions -- give me a break. This is summer beach beer, and not anything else. Fill the cooler with this stuff, have some friends over, and relax.

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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 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 TheBrewo
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pop the tab on a can, pouring a brew of dirty, wet straw. It holds a modest head of one finger tall white foam, and appears to be highly carbonated. The nose is wonderfully fresh of German grain, clean wheat, rye, powdered barley, and white rice. The hops to meet are grassy, with other balancing notes of dandelion, white sugar, honey over soggy cereal, heavy creamer, and baker’s yeast. The taste, too, is wonderfully fresh and malty, but keeps it light on the toes. The flavors are sweet, of biscuity pales, German Weiss, honey, lactic milkiness, flaked barley, soft grassy hops, sugary apple juice, and generous lager yeastiness. The body is light to medium, but crisp, creamy, and frothy, leaving the mouth happy, warmed, and satiated. Drinkability is wonderful.

Overall, this is a sleeper of a beer. We were a little blown away here. This is an amazing rendition of a not oft-made style from a smaller American brewery, and they nail it both stylistically and artistically. We didn’t really write a long review, but that should speak to its well-crafted simplicity and elegance. The aroma and flavor, both, showcase raw, flakey barley like none other, at least as far as freshness goes. We have a bunch of other “world class” beers lined up in the fridge, but I might honestly give one of them up if I could sip on this the rest of this summer’s night and enjoy the breeze and the hockey game.

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Photo of JDV
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Hopdog for the can!
Pours cloudy yellow and opaque with a huge lasting head. Smell is yeasty, light malt, and lemon. Taste is smooth and creamy despite the appearance of high carbonation, almost wheaty with a hint of lemon. Musty, yet clean. Interesting and definitely different than the average pale lager.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz, 9/7/11 (almost a year old)
Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Pours a crystal clear BMC yellow color. Still good carbonation. Finger of fluffy white head. Lacing is there.

S: Obviously the age might have knocked this down a bit. The hops have really died out. Getting lots of bready malt character.

T: Tip of the tongue, maybe a touch of hop bite still. It's very faint. Then its all bready and biscuity malt flavor. It's kind of blah at this point. Finish is clean and crisp and flat.

M: Light bodied. Bland and flat.

O: C+

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Photo of mentor
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger frothy light clingy head over a cloudy pineapple yellow liquid. Smells musky noble hops over clean pils malt.

Tastes light malt sweet with lemony zing. Some musky hops, like tettnanger. Wet finish with some carbonation acrid placing a sour counterpoint. Nice hop flavor with a honey-like hallertauer. Clean of esters and no oxidation. Touch of papery. Light body and strong carbonation. Nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a giant fluffy head of 3 fingers, and stays for a long while. The body is honey-blonde colored and near 90% opaque.

Aroma of malts and cereal, light juice/sweetener.

Flavor has a lot of roasted grain going on, and it's done right. A slight fruity character (pineapple? mango?) compliments the grains, and it ends on a pleasurable yeasty note. Bread dough as well, mixed with a touch of pine from hops.

Light bodied at the front, with a succinct carbonation, tapering off to a light feel with hints of dryness. (Munich lagers don't have much of a feel to speak of anyways, so this is within spec)

Overall, Bikini Blonde is nothing to write home about but in the style it's better than most. I'd have it again if I were in the area. Recommended.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 526 ratings.
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