La Perouse White | Maui Brewing Co.

very good
44 Reviews

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian inspired ale brewed with coriander and local citrus.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is wheat, spices and a hint of popcorn. The flavor is wheat, coriander/spices, citrus, slight fruit and a mix of tart an smooth/bready in the finish.

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Photo of Todd
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, Citrusy, Nutty, Yeasty

Cloudy, pale straw in color with a gorgeous creamy foam head and clingy lace. Cracked wheat and subtle coriander define the aroma. Super creamy, lush, and crisp on the palate. Bright citrus notes with an underlying orangey juiciness kick things off. Sweet and floral with a dry, crackery malt flavor. Peppery notes emerge along with a slight suggestion of curry and nutty flavor from the coriander. A doughy finish from the yeast. With its high drinkability, La Perouse White is a most impressive Witbier.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #116 (September 2016).

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Photo of Spike
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can.

Hazy, pale, yellow/orange with very little head.

Smells of banana and lemon.

Taste is lemon, yeast, wheat, cardamom and coriander. Light and floral.

Thin, slightly watery mouthfeel. Would have benefited from richer carbonation to give it a lift. That said, the finish leaves a pleasant, spicey tingle.

Great beer for the beach. Easy drinking, doesn't bloat. Light and sharp. More refreshing than an island lager or an American wheat.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First of all, was surprised to find a Hawaiian beer at my local grocer. In the cooler too! A very pleasant surprise to say the least. Full of flavor and complexity, it makes for a very fine summer beverage. A hearty thumbs up!

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Photo of aoampm
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent beer. Very fruity, light mouthfeel, not very carbonated, a hint of hops, but mostly picking up fruit and breaded malt with a hint of spice at the end. Not a style I drink very often and probably won't buy this one too often.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 6-pack from Foodland $8.88
Hazy golden color
Medium carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Light fruity flavor, slightly sweet
Overall a refreshing beer on a hot day that makes you want to keep drinking it. I would buy again.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

single from some Whole Foods

a: served in a wit glass, a hazy golden white in color with a frothy layer of head that shows average retention

s: the nose spreads fresh mandarin orange - floral citrus - and well applied coriander spice across a simply structured wheat base, nice bready yeast aroma, subtle grassy hops

m: carbonated to around a moderate level, lighter in body with some weight to it

t: carrying forward with the aromatic set, the palate features a thoughtful combination of coriander with fruity mandarin orange on a slightly sweet wheat malt base, bready yeast, hops contribute little flavor, and add a subtle bittering to the finish

o: the restraint in dosing the spice is appreciated, and the fresh mandarin orange adds a little something extra, solid base beer with good yeast character, solid all around

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Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draughrt at the brewpub, La Perouse is very murky, dull gold with a small white collar leaving the slightest lace.

Smell is grainy, almost wort like, and corriander.

Taste is big on the citrus spices, a little sharpness. Some yeasty flavors, light sweetnees.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a touch of fullness aligns with the appearence, but generally rather light.

Drinkability is fine, too spicy, could use less spice and a little more time in the brite tank.

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Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned March 2012

hazed grain color with a almost solid sheet of bone whites. Smells like wit, coriander and a hint of clove with some underlying grain and corn. Taste is clean white with some coriander and some clay and a hint of hay; simple, but clean. Medium bodied with hi carb and a dry finish. Okay wit, would advise wit fans to give a try.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Globe Glass

A. Pours 2 finger light head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

S. Yeast, spice, lemon, has a bit of sourness. Interesting smelling wit. Has a pretty refeshing smell to it.

T. Interesting. Nice fruity citrusy flavor with some corriander going on in the background. Pretty yummy and refreshing. Get a little bit of clove as it warms. Nice mix of spice and fruit.

M. Medium bodied. Mediuam carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Would like to have access to cans of this year round. Excellent summer beer. Overall I would say this is a pretty neat take on a wit beer. Has a bit more tropical fruit flavor injected into the traditional spices of a wit.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy pale yellow with thin bubbly head. Nose is good, light peppery, decent yeast tones, and strong lemon behind. Taste isn't quite as bright, the lemon is more subtle but lingers throughout. The yeast is more present and a zesty pepper note. Body is a bit oily and full, carbonation is extremely high and the finish is rather dry.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy golden straw with a fine two finger white head and lacing. Looks like a classic witbier. Aroma of wheat, orange and lemon with a hint of spice. Taste is very nice, wheat, yeast, orange and coriander. Ends a bit abruptly but cleanly with a slight hop and spice flavor. Light bodied but nice mouth feel from carbonation. Very refreshing and true to style. Very nice witbier.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a yellowish orange color witha nice white cap, bubbles and light lacing sticks around

S: Belgian yeast provides a light, very light pepper, some banana and orchard style lighter fruits

T: Upfront you get some fruits; light orange zest with a minimal tropical notes and pears, a touch of apple with a light pepperness but very light pepperness. This beer has a nice wheat and light fruit base which is tasty and refreshing

M: Light bodied, yeasty and some citrus and wheat hang onto the palate

O: Not to shabby, refrshing and hits the spot when its hot.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed gold, with 1-2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This maintains a thin layer of fizzy froth, which skims the surface and leaves back some sudsy patches of lacing. The aroma is airy feeling in the nose with spices, underlying lemon notes, wheat, and some softer fruit flavors. This has a nice flavorful evenness to it in the nose.

The taste is nice and quenching feeling up front, with notes of lemon and a light rind-like bitterness. Soft fruit and fresh grains work their way in off the sides, while a flush of zesty spices linger into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little lighter, with some prickliness on the tongue that spreads out across the back into a creamy and easy feel.

This was a nice take on an American Witbier with a pleasant amount of flavor coming from that fruit character. The easy drinking body on this was only the icing on the cake. I was really surprised by this one. Good job Maui!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a cloudy pale yellow color with a fluffy white head. The nose is sort of bland. A light cracker malt aroma, some hints of spice, a little straw, and maybe some yeast. As it warms, some orange does come out. The flavor is a bit more robust, but it sort of tastes like Malibu rum. Very fruity, almost artificially so. Coconut, oranges, and a hint of vanilla. Light coriander flavor, and very little malt character. Very strange...

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Photo of nimrod979
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into standard pint glass. Canned: 03/28/12. Really wantedto try this as I am a fan of Maui.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a thin one finger white head that fades quickly to a small ring and no lacing.

Aroma: Orange zest, pineapple, lots of coriander spice and wheat.
Smells like the beach.

Taste: Orange citrusy zest up front along with some wheaty Belgian yeast. Before a boatload of coriander and spice takes control and holds throughout the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied. It's a little heavier than expecting but I'm not complaining. Moderate carbonation. Spicey finish. My only complaint is the coriander is a little overpowering. However, it's a pretty solid drinkable wit. Good for summer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 3/28/12
Stone pint

A: Pours a extremely cloudy orangey yellow color. There is carbonation but it doesn't produce any head retention. Or lacing for that matter.

S: Coriander, clove, orange peel, Belgian yeast...the mark of a wit beer. Smells light and airy.

T: It's pretty light and refreshing. On the tip of the tongue you get that coriander spice note. Typical to the style. In the middle of the mouth, that Belgian yeast flavor comes up. Also, it's met by the sweetness from the orange fruit. Mandarin oranges have that notable sweetness.

M: Light bodied. Some prickly carbonation.

O: B-

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Photo of mfavoino
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw color with white head and light lacing.

Smell: Lemon and fresh grain aromas are most prominent. Nice and refreshing.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with a refreshing lemon flavor on the front end. A bit of spice reminds me that it is a wit, especially after the lemon flavor subsided.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Just a tad too much carbonation for me.

Overall: Nice witbier that keeps it simple. Lawnmowing beer for sure.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you goes out to the creator of the can quest, woodychandler, for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with spice and citrus. Taste is subtle spice and orange, some wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall goes great in this extreme heat.

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured the expected cloudy whitish color that typifies the style. The beer had about 1/4 inch of white head that had OK retention and very light lacing.

The aroma and flavors were both the expected wheat, yeast and spice that makes Wits one of my summer favorites. The coriander was present without being overpowering, as it sometimes can be, and the orange was very subdued as well.

The body was very crisp and clean, with a dry wheaty finish. Drinkability was, as I find most of the style to be, very good indeed. Overall, a solid, enjoyable example of the style. Not in the elite level of Wits, but a good choice for the river, beach, cookout or just plain drinkin'. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a tulip

A: Pours a very hazy light golden color with two fingers of thick white head.

S: Lots of wheat, coriander, and lemon zest.

T: Similar to smell, but a bit cleaner than aroma. Wheat up front with clean lemon zest and quite a bit of peppery spice. Very clean and refreshing.

M: Very light with good carbonation.

O: This is a very refreshing beer. Quite dry with a great lemon zest and pepper spice taste. The beer was gone before I knew it. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), courtesy of Max's on Broadway in Baltimore. Many thanks, guys!

From the CAN: "Limited Release"; "Certified Made on Maui"; "Belgian Inspired Ale Brewed With Coriander and Mandarin Oranges"; "The surf sanctuary of La Perouse Bay inspired this delicious award-winning Witbier. What started as a humble homebrew has evolved into a fan favorite. After one sip you'll have a blue crush for another chance to suck 'em up ... especially after a long session at Da Bay! Cheers, [undersigned] Kim Lutz, Lead Brewer"; " "La Perouse White is a fresh, handcrafted Belgian inspired Witbier brewed with wheat and European Pilsner malts, spiced with coriander and fresh local Mandarin oranges."; "Maui's Truly Local Beer!"

The Crack & Glug was flawless, thanks to my having (slightly) agitated the CAN just beforehand. I had just over a finger of rocky, off-white head that burbled and popped as I watched, quickly receding to nothingness. The beer itself was a very cloudy orangish-yellow like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was MUCH sweeter than the earlier Blanche de Bruxelles with the Mandarin oranges really making their presence known. The coriander was also quite evident on the nose and the yeast seemed to be taking a back seat in this case. Mouthfeel was soft and creamy with a light citrusy spiciness on the tongue, kind of like eating a sorbet. Style freaks would probably dun it, but I don't have those kinds of hang-ups. Finish was semi-sweet, definitely refreshing and while it may not necessarily be my bag, I still enjoyed it and could see myself drinking more while at the beach.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy opaque orange-brown with a thin white head. Need to pour about 7/8ths then swirl the can to get the particulates out. Darker than most Whites, looks like a Hefeweizen. There is a pretty fade from more brown to more yellow bottom to top. Aroma is unsweetened orange/pineapple, coriander, and wheat. Taste follows aroma - something like pineapple juice over Wheaties. Nice blend of the fruit, wheat, and spice. The finish is pretty flat. Needs some sweetness or more carbonation.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz aluminum can (with a strangely cool top - the grip is excellent!) served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. 5.2% Canned 03/28/2012. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. I like the style.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige head without much cream, pretty thin, and of average retention. Colour is a cloudy murky dull yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale hops, clean full barley, light lemon hints, a bit of yeast, and clean malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Somewhat inviting, but fairly generic for the style.

T: Clean barley and malts form the simple but effective full-bodied foundation. Fresh lemon peel rounds out the profile and comes off as surprisingly clean and enjoyable. I quite like it, in spite of its simplicity. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Nicely balanced and built, though there's no real complexity and very little subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. The thickness is apt, though it's overcarbonated but not to the point of inhibiting sharpness.

Dr: A nice little witbier. Quite drinkable. I'd definitely try this on draught. A good offering from Maui, and one I'd like to see brewed on a continuous basis.


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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat with some lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, and other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet wheat with some lemon zest, coriander, and a bit of Belgian yeast. Through the middle, some more yeast character comes through with a bit more spice and pepper. The finish is a mix of wheat and other grains with some lemon zest, and some Belgian yeast.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance, but a bit empty and a bit thin bodied. Good yeast character though.

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La Perouse White from Maui Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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