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Mana Wheat | Maui Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
mauibrewingco.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
18 IBU

Added by indiapaleale on 08-02-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
423
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
26.7%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
57
For Trade:
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 423
Photo of basaywhat
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours clear light orange with a medium beige head, moderate retention. Aromas of biscuit, pineapple, caramel, with some grass and floral notes. Light body, velvety, moderate carbonation. Medium sweet, a hint of tartness with just enough of a slight bitter finish.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet candied pineapple and some soapy malts.

The flavor is wheaty cracker malt with some sweet pineapple and a little peppery grassiness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, ok fruity wheat.

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Photo of Spike
2.51/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: On draught into a tall glass. Clear gold with high carbonation but minimal head.

S: Not much going on. Some spicy notes but difficult to pin down. Nothing unpleasant. Did not get the pineapple other reviews refer to. Maybe the draught version loses this aspect.

T: Cardamom and lemon. Gentle spice. Hops and malt pretty much missing.

F: Thin body with high carbonation. Sharp finish.

O: Not offended by this beer but nothing about it stands out either. Another underwhelming American Wheat. Maybe it's a style I'll never get the hang of?

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprised that the reviews for this are so lukewarm; this is almost like a beer lover's radler--going for a pineapple juice/hefe combo rather than a lager/lemonade. Nice citrusy, slight clove, big pineapple. Quite nice, and quite refreshing.

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Photo of cbutova
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Can pours into a tulip with a very slightly hazy pale golden body. A head rises quickly to about two fingers high with good retention and a thick creamy consistency. A mix of spots and sheets of lace in moderate amounts.

S- Pineapple juice by far the dominant force in the aroma with hints of pale fruits, bread and a touch of cracked grain beyond that. Mostly just that pineapple juice though.

T- Pineapple flavor runs the show but it feels rather authentic and fresh. It reminds me of candy but a really good candy without much sweetness and a burst of tropical pineapple flavor. Slight raw wheat, bread and hints of pale malts support the fruit.

MF- Light end body but the wheat adds a touch of silkiness and slight frothy texture. Carbonation is at a moderate level.

Captures a fresh pineapple flavor without making the common mistake of piling on any added sweetness or creating a beer that is more like soda. Drinks easy as the fresh pineapple taste carries the experience. Perhaps a bit one note but nothing off about it.

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Photo of Carlson8tor
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very clear light straw color
Aroma: pineapple with citrus notes
Flavor: pineapple over takes malt but has a good caramel backing. Light bodied.
Overall: Haven't had anything like it! Very good! Would buy and drink again.

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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly better than the reviews. I'm enjoying this and I Dont particularly like fruit beers or Fruit-Wheat.

Appearance: Pours a hazed honey color with a small head for wheat beer; leaves ample lacing.

Smell: Wheat bread toast with pineapple marmalade

Taste: Toasted wheat bread with a jammy pineapple spread; not as sweet or tropical as I feared. I like it more as it goes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with mid carbonation.

Excellent. (Hate to ship x ocean tho)

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Photo of Suds
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I had this in Hawaii, while on a family vacation. From a twelve ounce can, this is a hazy yellow beer...the aroma is a mix of pineapple and wheat twang. I couldn't get into this beer...the fruit is a little overwhelming and jumbled. Tropical, for sure, but not right In the beer. Strange, distracting, and worth avoiding.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack $7.99 at Foodland
Golden color
Smell of pineapple
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Taste of pineapple come through without being overpowering
Overall a great refreshing beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours half a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is pineapple and lemon. Nice.
The taste is mildly sweet, the pineapple plays nicely. Refreshing.
The texture is crisp.
It's enjoyable.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a big wheat guy, but I was in Hawaii and this was an excellent beer for the setting. Nice tropical flavors and very refreshing. Definitely worth having again, but only in the right setting.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear hotel half pint glass
From: Lawson Station Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii
Price: $2.09
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 20, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 29, 2015

Poured a golden, clear color with two fingers of fizzy, white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled pineapple, green apple, light cinnamon, caramel, honey and tropical hops. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted pineapple juice, cinnamon, green apple, tropical rind, faint floral and Citra zest. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Tropical finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a surprisingly decent beer. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.64 | 82 | B

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey. How's it going?

Pours the color of an American Lager with blonde/golden shades. It sits about 60% transparent. The head is nice though, with tons of lace and a 4 finger height.

Aroma of pineapples, pineapple juice, slight malt behind that. Delectable aroma.

The pineapple seems to clash more than compliment the wheat; regardless it's a welcome addition to an otherwise bland style. Out front is a wheaty, bread crust-like character; followed with mild hop, pineapple fruitiness and slight citrus pith.

The feel has a mild creaminess, with a medium feel and mild carbonation. End is semi-dry.

Overall a fair wheat ale, but nothing too spectacular. Dare I say boring, but it's beyond the norm so that's not quite fair to say. Glad I didn't buy a sixer, but glad I bought just this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this should have much better ratings than it does. maybe freshness coming over from hawaii has been an issue for folks, but this is a great beer, nothing really like it out there at all, a hefty white wheat base and a bunch of fresh pineapple. sexy drinkable hazy beer with a very authentic fresh pineapple aroma and flavor to it. i really dig it. looks like a hefeweizen in the glass, very cloudy with less than an inch of white head, a little darker than a lot of pale wheat beers, but still in that yellow to goldenrod family of shades. smells sweet, pineapple for sure, and fresh, no weird oxidation or anything else that might have thrown others off in the past. it tastes pretty much just like it smells, but i get a bit more of the pineapple, which is awesome. probably the best use if pineapple in a beer i have ever known, including some much more limited and expensive beers... bright and sunny, this literally takes me to maui. juicy and the good kind of sweet, authentic as they get, with even a little acidity on the back end where hops come in a little too. overall majorly smooth and drinkable and uniquely flavored. i love it.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Where IS my ukelele? I would feel a bit more comfortable playing a stringed instrument with one of these in my hand. It is a wheat ale, and it is a solid wheat ale - make no mistake! I had to search hard for the promised pineapple, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of this beer. If you want an thirst quenching but substantial beer to enjoy in Hawaii, give this a try!

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Photo of FLima
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thick thin head with medium retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of pineapple, bread and some unexpected funky sourness.
Flavor with notes of pineapple juice, white bread, mild ginger, some pine and citrusy and tangy hops. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly acid.
Refreshing American Wheat with pineapple in the center fold. Assertive not complex. The challenge here was to make the pineapple feels fresh, which is hard to achieve with regular juice. I think they did the best they could, some oxidation is felt.
What would happen if they mix this with their coconut porter, would a piñacolada being born?

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an unhazy golden yellow with very little head. The nose is a tad yeasty, I would like more, with some faint pineapple in the background. The flavor is thin. Mostly pineapple. The mouthfeel is too thin as well.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Not as much haze as expected, but there is a little. The color is bright yellow and bubbles are popping so quickly from the head that it sounds like I just poured a can of soda over ice. The head lasts for 30 seconds and was about a good half-inch thick at its height. Underneath it, little tiny bubbles dart to the surface, keeping a lively look to the beer even after the head fades.

SMELL: Wow. As soon as I start pouring this beer I can smell the pineapple. Upon closer inspection, there is also a nice, light, bready note and then more pineapple.

TASTE: Mana Wheat tastes pretty much exactly like it smells. Pineapple is, by far, the dominant flavor, but a healthy portion of bready tastes mellow it out. The finish sharpens up quite a bit and leaves a slightly sugary taste on the palate. Very juicy.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is very strong, which I like a lot. It adds to the already refreshing nature of this beer. The body is on the lighter side, but not watered down. That said, this is a little too ‘gulpable’ if that can be a word.

OVERALL: This is a really approachable craft beer. I can’t imagine even the staunchest of anti-beer people out there saying no to this one. I really enjoy this beer in the warmer months, especially when out camping or on the river.

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Photo of Beejay
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pineapple juice yellow, and incredibly hazy. Very little white head on top.

S: Light bread aromas, and the smell of canned pineapple.

T: Pineapple up front, with light bread following, and a tangy finish that ends watery.

M: Light in body, with high carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: I like the pineapple, but the rest of the beer falls a little flat for me. I can see tipping back a few of these during a summer BBQ, but it is still a little light on the flavor factor.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Unique. Rich smoky unripe pineapple with a touch of sour (yet subtle and well-integrated), a dry wheat spice (with the barest echo of cinnamon), lemony candy-like nose, fairly thick body for the style. Semi-dry finish. Fizzy. Pineapple is subtle and the wheat flavor comes through. Pleasantly tangy and refreshing. Slightly grainy. Hints of popcorn, chewed gum, and grass. Less juicy than expected.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Clean, with a body similar to a hefe. Tastes are dominantly wheat with pineapple juice. Wish I would have picked up a full pack of this. An interesting take on this style and one that makes me more curious about this brewery.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours cloudy golden with a medium white head, it dissipates quite quickly. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Bubblegum, lots of Pineapple, Wheat and a little banana.

T - Sweet Pineapple, with some Banana, Clove, Wheat with a slightly fruity and bitter hoppy finish

M - Medium carbonation and quite full bodied, finishes medium sweet.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden colour with nice frothy head that sinks slowly. White thick curtain of lace. Mild haze. Looks like a decent wheat.

Smells fruity. Distinct pineapple note with a slight glacé edge. Touch of cinnamon-laced pastry and strudel on the malt, very mild sweet spice. Bit desserty and could use more edge. Pleasant, though.

Taste is a bit tart and noticeably oxidised. Some caramel malt notes but quickly turns damp, raisiny but gets some lightness from pineapple late-mid. Finishes short but some nice light spice notes on the back. Would be interesting as a hefe with stronger wheat notes. Feel the pineapple dominates esp round the mid and some more yeasty spice or fruit esters might provide some interesting contrast.

A little thin, bit of pleasant tingly carbonation midway. Feels fine.

Some more beery edge underlying could really make this pop. Pleasant summery Mauiesque drop, but feel it could really be an intriguing beer if consumed fresh, as it's well crafted.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy pale yellow in color. Forms a fluffy white head. Decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit funky...like fermented pineapple juice. Not necessarily bad, just, well...fermented pineapple juice.

T: Taste starts off with a slightly tart sweetness. Wheat. and pineapple. A slight earthy quality on the back end.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Slight acidic tartness, presumably from the pineapple juice. Low bitterness.

O: A refreshing summer beer. Nothing too serious - a fun beer. I like the pineapple here.

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Photo of richj1970
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can.

A: Straw yellow with smallish one finger white head. A bit of sticky lacing.

S: Lemon, pineapple, baked bread, pale malts. Maybe a bit of banana.

T: Biscuits mixed with subtle citrus flavors. Pineapple, banana. Some sweet malts.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Easy drinking beer. Nice for a hot day in the sure.

O: I am normally not a big fan of wheat beers but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I think the hint of pineapple makes the difference.

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Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
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