Hinano | Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
French Polynesia

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 188
Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw filtered with little carbonation, and 5 fingers of off white head, with great lacing.

Corn, corn syrup, malts, hay and straw.

The taste follows the nose. A decent bitterness on the finish.

Medium body, with little carbonation.

Got at BevMo, drinking in Redding, Sept 12th, 2018.

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Photo of TrojanRB
2.97/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright clear gold with very little head that quickly settles.

Smells of grain, corn. Taste is very similar.

On the dry size, highly carbonated. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

Overall I’d consider this a very neutral beer....it’s not offensive, but there’s also not much to love about it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this beer at the Beer Hunter in La Quinta, CA. It poured a clear golden with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had touches of grain. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its an easy drinking sessionable beach/lawn mower beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle at Umeda Sky Building, Osaka, Japan (¥500):
Quite an enjoyable beer that was basic but surprisingly fresh & drinkable, going down easily with little sign of any skunk or off-flavours. There was some subtle sweetness from the corn & touches of biscuit malt worked well with the usual grassy hops & hay flavours. It's enjoyable for what it was & is definitely one of the better mass-market pale lagers out there, I'm glad I stumbled across this one.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

IMHO, to rate a AAL to style, you have to embrace the grainy qualities. This one pours a deep straw with a soda pop head that dissipates without lace. Nose is very grainy, with a touch of corn and honey. Taste is light and crisp without and skunkiness. Taste is grainy as well, with a very light malt sweetness and a little hay and citrus. Overall, nothing special, but not a bad AAL if you want a lawnmower beer on a hot day.

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Photo of monkist
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer again after about two years and had to readjust my ratings accordingly. The first time I was taken aback by the dry bitterness of the beer but now the second time around it wasn’t really present. As it warmed or after multiple sips you could feel it a bit - guess the beer is trying to be a German Lager - but apart from that, nothing was unpleasant. It’s a nice lager especially for hot summer days.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle dated best before 5/7/17. Clear golden color with a finger of white head. Smells of malt and grain. Light feel. Taste has grainy sweetness, lemon, and a slightly bitter finish. Compared to other AALs, this is not bad. Compared to beers in general, it rates a "meh".

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.59/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For the style it looks about right. It is pale yellow and fizzy with a white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is decent for an AAL with grain, grass and a bit of citrus tartness. The taste is sweet, grassy and it is surprisingly bitter at the end. Pretty decent for the style.

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Photo of msromberg
2.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From a can. Very light yellow color with a tall, light white head. Refreshing, slightly creamy flavor. Enjoyable if at hand, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.79/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

from bottle, served in a tall pilsner glass

crystal clear, light golden in color, bone-white head. grainy corn aroma. sweeter light malt flavor that isn't real great. thin fizzy body.

had the chance to try while in Hawaii, but once is enough

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Photo of Taybeh
2.45/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From a single plucked off a grocery shelf while in Hawaii, into a willi becher...pours a slightly hazy dull pale gold with 3 finger pale white head. Nose is pils malt that is a little off and some faint grassy/cardboard that has been dipped in a watered down pool of tropical fruit juice...pineapple? When it hits the tongue, things go from unexciting to problematic. There is a bready base...the lemony hops make no sense to me, though there is quite a bit of bitterness at the end...there is a tinny medicinal edge that is a little unpleasant. For a second I thought it might be something interesting/surprising, like cloves, for example, but...probably not, and regardless, it isn't integrated well at all. What I thought might be pineapple on the nose is more like lemon on the tongue, and it doesn't really fit very well.! Mouthful is pretty watery and not too crisp.

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Photo of stevoj
1.39/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle share courtesy of Eric, another country to tick off my list. Typical of the tropical lagers, smells and tastes like wet paper, pale, pale yellow body, airiest of heads. Kind of somewhere between blah and blech.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Set and setting for a brew like this... I've had it in the states and always curse the glass... but on the right beach with the right sunset and the right lady.

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Photo of sderenne
2.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would never drink this beer at home. That said I have enjoyed many Hinano in French Polynesia. This beer is pretty good in the right setting. https://goo.gl/photos/JvdbpSSpum1ht4Nn8

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Photo of LADaveBN
2.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

About on par with other equatorial lagers I've tried. There's a subtle floral note that's interesting. The locale where consumed makes all the difference. Much more enjoyable drinking this while gazing upon the teal lagoon of Bora Bora.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

pale yellow, decent lace considering the color

smells like a nice pilsner, earthy scent present

tastes ok actually not bad but not great

a bit too watery but other than that mouthful isnt terrible.

may try this another day, definitely over the tsingtao next to it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best before date of 2/18/2015. 330ml bottle.

A: Pours a clear light straw/pale yellow with 1-finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and splotches of lace.

N: Yeasty, bready, slight lemon citrus, grainy/corn, grassy, faintly herbal esters.

T: Yeasty with a crisp citrus lemon along with a trace of metallic aftertaste.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Clean and light, yeasty grainy finish.

O: Can imagine tropical beaches surrounded by a lagoon with swaying palm trees.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.27/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a typical clear, golden color and a small and quickly disappearing head.
Aroma is a pleasant, clean hops.
The taste is surprisingly bitter, but sadly it comes with that unpleasant metallic feel in the aftertaste.
Drinkable and all, but sadly the aftertaste spoils the entire picture.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.84/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear golden with lots of medium to large bubbles. The tall white head is kind of thick and compact, dissipates slowly into rich lacings.

S: Some mild corn and bready malt, very sweet. Bitter hops and citric notes in the back.

T: Bitter hops, better than many Adjuncts lagers. Mostly malt, but corn as well. Sweet and citric.

M: Aftertaste is very long and bitter. Body is medium to full for this style while the carbonation is strong but un-aggresive.

O: Well-crafted (?) Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A finger and half of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is grain, mostly rice.
The taste has mild bitterness and moderate sweetness. One then the other on the profile.
The texture is a little sticky with moderate carbonation and light body.
The sweetness was a bit much and with the sticky texture makes this a "no-go".

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.12/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared by GT2. Thanks man.

The beer is golden hued and transparent with a white head. The aroma brings macro lager scents, grain. Flavor follows the nose. Light lager and bland. Tastes like a BMC beer for the masses. No thank you.

On a side note, I sure would like to visit Tahiti. I'd even drink this beer if I happened to find myself catching some rays on a Tahitian beach.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An ordinary and plain beer in every way, shape and form. Pours the atypical yellow lager color, has the most average aroma, taste and look. Slight smell, tart taste, and has the appearance of any other lager. Not bad, but not good. If you like bland beers, this is the perfect beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.43/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl Can poured into a Coors 'Banquet' vase on 6th June 2012: this beer was brought to me by my parents from a World Cruise.

Looks like your typical lager/pilsner: light golden body which is clear, clean and bright. The huge white head I poured soon fell away which is also very typical of this type of beer.

Regular 'no smell', gets my score of 3 as usual.

The taste is thin and of weak semi-sweet molasses with a tinny, metallic finish which spoiled the whole thing to be honest.

Might work if I was on the beach in Tahiti: but a damp, cold evening in the UK doesn't suit this beer one iota.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.69/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a pale golden colour, clear with generous fluffy head, nice sinkage. Lace is decent. Looks lagery, but the head is really lovely.

Smells bitter. Kind of English hop notes, with an earthy, grassy character but also an unappetising adjunct note on the back - corn and rice with a slight honey note resulting. Pretty meh.

Taste is actually quite unpleasant. Sweet sticky honey note with white bread dough, corn and then a resinous and metallic bitterness that is unclean and just emphasises the cloying sweetness rather than cutting through it. VERY meh.

Mouthfeel is alright, not too sticky but it's still pretty flat and listless.

Yeah, an attempt at a bland lager that I wouldn't like anyway, and yet the flavour also manages to be distasteful. Pretty insulting brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle, my first Tahitian beer, an appropriate enough find in a Hawaiian grocery store, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy and lustrous bone-white head, which leaves some decently appropriate coral atoll profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy malt - somewhat adjunct-ridden with a rice and corn sweetness - a slight phenolic fruitiness, and some wisps of skunky, weedy hops. The taste is more grainy rice and corn mash, some plastic metallic unpleasantness somewhere there in the middle, amidst a further vegetal skunkiness.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly clammy, which somehow morphs into that certain kind of hard to pin down smoothness. It finishes tied just to the grainy, plastic, and cooked veggie elements. Hey, wait, what?

Another brick in the wall that is the ongoing proliferation of the plain-ass (I mean that literally) American adjunct lager to every last corner of the damned world. Not worthy at all, beyond anything more than a ticking footnote, and cool-ish bottle souvenir, I suppose.

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