Mana Wheat | Maui Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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:
137
Ratings:
419
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
26.63%
 
 
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9
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56
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Photo of headlessparrot
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Bfarr
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with a big foamy white head. Wheat aroma and a bit of citrus. Wheat, clove and a bit of banana with light citrus sweetness. Flavor drops out near the finish, taken over by a blandness to a clean finish. Sharp but full bodied chewy feel.

For an ale brewed with pineapple juice it’s not overly sweet or too much pineapple flavor. It’s very subtle if noticeable at all. It’s a bit too thick to be refreshing and the wheat eventually envelops the taste completely.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear yellow color with a thin wispy head that leaves little lace. I'm surprised that this isn't a little more hazy considering it is a wheat beer...

S- Faint grain with some banana and pineapple scents. A little musty.

T- Sweet citrus fruit flavors with a hint of spice. The wheat flavors are faint but noticeable and the pineapple comes through in the finish.

M- Crisp and clean with a sharp bright finish.

D- Overall this is a decent wheat beer but not quite as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a tall pilsner glass. Looks like it was canned on 01/07/12. Thanks to wmcconvi for the extra!

A - Opaque dark yellow body. Large fluffy whit head. Actually looks like a glass of pulpy pineapple juice.

S - Wheat and a hint of Belgian yeast and spice. Really sweet pineapple aroma.

T - Wheat and subdued pineapple. A bit of biscuity malt and yeast makes this taste like a pineapple upside down cake. I could use a bit more pineapple though. Clean finish. Damn this is tasty stuff. Mouth feel comes off a bit syrupy with high carbonation.

O - This beer is awesome! The pineapple really works well with the wheat ale. Simple concept executed very well.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange-gold color with a one and a half inch of frothy head that subsides to a half inch later on.

Smell: Has a funky wet wheat scent with a sweet grain smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Just as the scent indicated...getting a "funky" wheat flavor. Lighter in body with a dry, almost menthol aftertaste. Sweet pineapple flavor comes in during the halfway mark and expands toward the end, with a spike. The pineapple flavor melds well with the wheat, but there is something just a bit off putting with the flavor. Carbonation is medium to high for this beer.

Overall: Had a few of these on a hot BBQ day and I remember liking it much better than when I sat down for this after dinner beer review. I like the unusual take on this Wheat ale and will drink this again, but not as great as I once thought it was. Might have overrated it while I was in the moment.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Generally golden, shifting between pineapple-gold and tangerine depending on the light. Neither satisfyingly cloudy nor crisply clear. Muddled rather than muddied.

S - You can definitely catch wafts of pineapple here. Being kind, the wheat notes are subtle; being unkind they are tame.

T - Disappointingly, I couldn't really taste the pineapple at all. Most of the wheat beer I've had has been German and while it may be unfair to hold american wheat ales against this yard-stick, this beer REALLY doesn't measure up. Little to no yeast, no citrus, tastes more like a lager than a wheat beer. For me this beer can't make up its mind as to whether it's a lager or a wheat beer. This does not produce some sort of groundbreaking fusion style; it creates identity confusion.

M - Timid, thin and fizzy.

O - Had quite high hopes for this beer which partly explains my slightly scathing review. The lack of pineapple on the palate was a missed opportunity and overall this beer did very little for me. I think the explanation for this lies in my expectation of a beer which would have fruity and wheaty characteristics. If you go into it expecting a slightly wheaty lager with pineapple in the nose you might not be as disappointed. Forgettable yet drinkable.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a nonic.

Cloudy golden color with about two finger of wheat head. Great retention and lacing. Looks pretty exceptional.

Smells of some hearty wheat , some bready yeast, but these scents are overshadowed by the aroma of pineapple juice.

Just straight up pineapple juice followed by some hearty wheat and bready yeast.

On the sweet side, but other than that pretty typical of the style. Nicely carbonated, smooth and creamy.

Who put pineapple in my hefe??? Ok, so I clearly knew there was gonna be pineapple in this, and that's why I wanted to try it. The pineapple, however, completely overshadows everything else in this beer. Couldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to a NBB globe. No date on the can.

A - The beer pours an amber brown color with a nice 2 finger white/tan head with good retention and nice lacing.

S - An interesting aroma of the hefeweizen yeast along with a fruity pineapple, banana, citrus character. Not what I'd expect from a hefeweizen but that's ok.

T - The beer starts with a light crisp wheat malt flavor. The yeast comes into play and provides the hefeweizen flavors with a stronger banana than found in the nose, a bit of clove. The fruit really comes through with pineapple, banana, apple tones. A mild bitterness throughout. Finishes crisp.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. A little dry.

O - An interesting take on the style. I remember when we were in Maui last year my wife picked up a sixer of this and she really enjoyed it. I found myself enjoying this time around, too. Certainly a beer we'd buy again.

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

A-It looks like a hefe. Nice pale gold and hazy. Lots of lacing.
S- This has the hefe banana mixed a with a pineapple smell. Very tropical.
T- The banana starts the taste with the pineapple following. The pineapples starts out good but leaves a funky aftertaste.
MO- I know this is considered an American wheat ale and as a hefe lover I consider them when tasting the American versions as well. Saying that this one is just average. I do appreciate the use of the local fruits.

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Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is way more than I expected. It's citrusy yet floral like a perfume. I get big notes of corriander, jasmine, and other flowers along with the pineapple citrus smells. Very interesting aromas.

T: The taste is much like the aroma. I detect jasmine, corriander, pineapple, and sweet bready malts. I was a bit overwhelmed at first but as I drank it I could pick out the flavors and enjoy each for what they bring to the final product.

M: The feel is a strong medium body with almost the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is not a typical wheat beer and it's definitely something I wouldn't grab on a normal basis however it's a very nice change of pace. The flavors and aromas are big and bold although I prefer Lil Sumpin Sumpin over this in the style.

I plan to enjoy the rest of the sixer by the pool during a 4th of July party and can't think of much else that would suffice.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly dark golden with a HUGE chunky head taht dissipates rather quickly but leaves residual. Slightly murky. Decent amount of carbs rising.

Aroma is sweet, musty and lightly spiced.

Taste has pineapple coming throught loud and clear. Wheat, yeast and light hops make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing. Crisp.

Overall, very drinkable. Interesting. Due to ABV and refreshing taste you can definitely have a few of these.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark straw color with a foamy white (tanish) head.

S: Wheat and pineapple in the nose, a touch of grass.

T: Nice wheat backbone with very satisfying and complimentary pineapple overtones. Not a ton of complexity with the fruit, but still pretty good.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A very good fruity wheat ale. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
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 StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Sam-VW
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
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 SamN
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a thickly hazed golden color liquid. Some mildly white head. Seems cloudier and thicker-looking than most wheats. Not a great look. Smell is heavy on sweet citrus pineapple, one dimensional and almost no wheat malt to be found. Overpowered by the strength of the pineapple juice. Taste, too, is overwhelmed by the initial burst of pineapple juice. Almost all other wheat beer traits are lost underneath the overwhelming citusy, punch-like taste. If they were trying to make a sweet beer, it's not sweet enough. If they were trying to make a balanced wheat beer, it's too sweet. This beer just can't find it's center. Finishes with a mildly cloying sweet but watery finish. A little dry on the palette. Other than that, all I can taste is pineapple juice. No soft wheat malt, not hops whatsoever, which might have complimented the citrus nature of this beer well. Mouthfeel is fairly well bodied and structured.

Overall, this beer needs to be taken back to the drawing board. A good idea that just doesn't pan out.

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Photo of mwa423
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like shaken up soda, lots of white head that quickly dies down to nothing at all (no lacing, etc.)

S - Light and wheaty with a slight citrus from the pineapple juice. Very light smell but about average for style.

T - The pineapple juice fills the mouth first and then the wheatyness fills out the body. There is a slight bitterness at the end but this is an excellent example of the style with an interesting pineapple twist.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin and light but not watery (an improvement over most of this style). Very drinkable beer that I could easily see a sixer being killed by accident just going one after the other.

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Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours light orange and super cloudy with a finger of white bubbly head and threatening to add even more to the point that I have to sip down the foam before it overflows.

S- Smells intense- lots of spicy grain- wheat, rhy, some deep citrus flavor. Also some tea flavors coming out. A really great spicy aroma.

T- THe spice still comes out in the taste- lots of husky flavors. Interesting. Some tropical fruits of hops- pineapple and unripe mango.

M- Just as I would expect. Not too syrupy or carbonated- just right.

O- A complex beer for a wheat and not sweet at all. Really delish and nice.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 10th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Clouded golden orange, half finger cloud white head and no lacing

S - Pineapple, orange, sweet wheat and very yeasty. Maybe some rice? Not very complex in the smell. Smells awesome, though

T - Pineapple, orange, banana. Lots of wheat and yeast. Again, not a lot of complexity, but taste great

M - Light, carbonated and very acidic. Taste doesn't linger to long

D - This drinks as well as any wheat beer or light beer

Final thought - For $11.99 this is not worth a six. If you can find this in a single can, give it a try

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass. from notes

A - Pours a nice yellow-orange with fluffy, bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation

S - Citric aromas (pineapple, banana, oranges). Some bready yeast

T - Very strong pineapple juice. Oranges, lemons, grass. The yeast provides a bready/doughy flavour to it that doesn't mesh well with the strong citric presence.

M - Effervescent, light

O - This would be an okay beer for sitting poolside but it just wasn't really my thing. I'd like it better if the pineapple was integrated a bit better and not just taste like a can of juice was poured in. Not too bad, not too great; average.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A:: Golden (like pineapple juice) and cloudy with a towering white head.

S: Medicinal, almost metal, wheat, pineapple.

T: Wheat, barley, some sweet pineapple, bitterness.

M: Creamy

O: Refreshing, creamy, with a hint of sweetness, an enjoyable beer for hot weather.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unreadable freshness date. Poured into balloon glass.

Mana Wheat pours a bright yellow gold body that is hazy, yet clear enough to show off big, fat bubbles of carbonation. The white head starts off rocky and about a finger and a half thick. It dissipates to nothing more than a streaky lacing on top. Isn't wheat supposed to help sustain head? Maybe the addition of acidic pineapple juice reduces any positive effects of wheat malt?

The aroma is fairly decent if you go into it without expecting pineapple aromas. It has a pronounced husky wheat aroma, that is balanced by a light presence of European hops and is colored up front by a light sweet fruitiness. It's the pineapple for sure, but it is non-distinct.

Mana Wheat does a good job of steering clear from creating a sweet fruit wheat beer. Light acidity follows a crisp, biting first sip. Flavor of pineapple is definitely there, more so on the exhale/retronasal part. The finish is quite clean, leaving only gentle notes of fresh pineapple juice.

The palate adjusts to the acidity fairly quickly. This isn't close to lambic territory, just quite the opposite from sweet Fruit Wheat Beer. Robust carbonation, sharp, and a medium body. Finishes crisp and light, creating a refreshing beer.

As it warms up, the pineapple flavor and the aroma open up more and more. Great beer that incorporates some local fruit, doesn't mask the original style, creates something different and good! I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes fruit beers that are not TOO sweet!

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mana Whaet pours a hazy lucent gold tinged peach color with a big foamy head that falls quickly leaving just a little oily lacing.

The light aroma has a nice wheat malt scent with a pineapple-banana-citrus background.

The flavor has a nice swetish banana-pineapple taste backed by a a nicely bitter clean wheat malt background. Somewhat spicey-peppery as well with little in the way of a hop profile which is appropriate. Finish is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is light without being watery, overall smooth but with just a little roughness from carbonation.

Light, refreshing and easy drinking. No overwheliming flavors. A nice wheat ale from the isles. I wish I were there drinking this!

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Photo of Spike
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
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 TenHornsProud
2.32/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice hazy orange with a big, light white head.

Smells of astringent hops, slight metallic smell (from the water profile), a little bit of fruit comes to in at the end.

Tastes slightly sweet with some subtle fruit flavor. Not a lot going on in the taste. In fact, it's a bit boozy up front, which given the alcohol is odd.

The mouthfeel is OK. It is watery, which could make for a good summer beer had the flavor had more going on.

Hmmm, there just isn't much going on in this beer, and the up-front smell and flavor is not pleasant.

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Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 419 ratings.
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