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Hinano | Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,377
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
187
pDev:
21.91%
 
 
Wants:
5
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19
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 93
Reviews by Garrett092112:
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2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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Photo of Mark
3.46/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Once upon a time I thought this beer was beer heaven. Of course there was very little better beer even being made at the time. I also was indulging on the beautiful island of Bora Bora, what the hell wouldn't taste great! Sometimes this beer is available in my area and I pick some up for nostaligic feelings. A typical light lager that can be refreshing on a hot day. Pure white head and lacing was nice, smooth and there are some hops in there.One improvement in the last few years is that this beer now comes in brown rather than green bottles. I thought XlPerro's review was a bit harsh but then this beer is the key to so many great memories.

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Photo of beerguy101
1/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale yellow color. Large fizzy head. Aroma is fizzy yellow beer, corn and medicinal. First off I think Hinano is Tahitian for Budweiser. It's a typical fizzy yellow lager. Kind of harsh. So, I added a beer from Tahiti to my list. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is harsh. Aftertaste is bitter. Bad stuff. Avoid if possible.

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Photo of Sigmund
2.48/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml can, bought in France. Pale golden colour, decent head. Weak aroma, some faint fruity and flowery notes. Fairly clean and "neutral" pale lager flavour, which means that there is not much taste, but not too many offensive off-flavours either. Some bitterness in the finish, becomes metallic in the aftertaste. This is swill for the South Pacific heat, not something for beer lovers to search out, unless you want another country in your ratings list.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light golden yellow with average foam and very little lace. The smell was pleasant but nothing outstanding. The taste had a sort of spicy tangy flavor that had a mild bitterness in the finish. Not what I would buy again, but worth drinking if I were in Tahiti. BUT since it French, not thanks, for now!

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.06/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours translucent gold with generous white head that retains well. Nose has a slight Saaz like hop character and/or skunkiness. Faint lemon citrus. Palate is mild with gentle malt & hops, balanced quite well, but very light overall.

Superior to the vast majority of U.S. adjunct lagers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.62/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 50cl brown glass bottle with a large white, blue and red oval label. Listed as a Product of France [French Polynesia] and brewed by Brasserie de Tahiti. States that this has been “Brewed since 1955 according to the traditional process of master brewers”; indeed there is a small separate neck sticker which has the words ‘Anniversaire 50 Anniversary’. Best before 14.02.06.

Appearance: Pale yellow with some gold urine traits. Large expansive white head settles down to a ½” covering. Lots of lacing.

Nose: Musty odors, sweet malts.

Taste: Almost Tasteless, basically. Light feel throughout, a delicate hint of light beer start to finish…..this is the usual fizzy yellow stuff that does not upset anyone.

Mouthfeel: Low feel, carbonation helps to lend some feel and remind you that you have something in your mouth – just.

Drinkability: On a hot day in Long Beach, and my first brew of the day, straight from the fridge it was very easy to accommodate the first few mouthfuls. Afterwards, though, it soon becomes boring and I was soon back in my beer fridge for the next brew before I even finished this one!!

Overall: One of those “Beers of the World” that I so often pick up for a laugh. Well when I realized it was French I guess the laugh was on me, so I didn’t laugh much at this one…..but I got what I expected.

The Good News is that this is from Tahiti and doesn’t look too bad in the Glass.
The Bad News……everything else about it.

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Photo of Gusler
2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer after its release from the 50cl bottle is a very pale yellow with a smallish creamy white head that measures about three quarters of an inch, as it fades quickly, the lacing is thin and patchy. Nose is the archetypal sweet malt; light and pleasant, start is sweet, thin malt presence with the top cadaverous. Finish has a mild acidity, the hops barely there, a bit watery with the aftertaste dry. The beer is what I would expect from this part of the world, just don’t see myself drinking an Russian Imperial Stout while laying on the beautiful sandy beach watching the sun slowly sink over the horizon, in my younger days, I would have added a few Tahitian beauties. lol

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Photo of BeerBuilder
2.81/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear, straw color with a white head and good lacing. The aroma has a bit of hops, but the majority is a grainy smell. The flavor is a bit grainy, a bit sweet, with a light hop flavor. It is light bodied, refreshing, and easy drinking; that is really all there is to this offering. Got this one from STUBOB's sis, who brought it back from Tahiti.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.8/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sure that the ambience of the Island of Bora Bora had a lot to do with just how good this beer is. But that said. This lager is very much like a pilsner with a moderate hop flavor. It pours very golden and very clear. The head is white and bubbly and short lived. The nose is average with some malt. The taste was a dry malt with just a hint hops. This beer was extremely refreshing after along hard day of snorkeling in the reefs that surround Bora Bora. I drank an awful lot of this beer while we were there on our honeymoon and it was the perfect beer for that environment. I sure wish I could get it here. If there is anything I can recommend is trying this beer, on beech in Bora Bora watching the sunset. This is part of a whole experience and not just a beer.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why, but I really dig this beer. I figured I would try it, while I was visiting Oakland back in September, and to my surprise it was very drinkable. It's not like it's a very complex beer by any means, but I feel that it is well balanced in it's own right, thus making it an easy beer to down. Along with the nice balance of malts and hops, it has a light smokey finish to it, which caps it off nicely. I wish there was someway of getting it down here in SC though. Otherwise, I'll have to get it when I visit Cali once a year.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.17/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 9 fl. oz (50 cl) brown bottle, noting it was brewed in Tahiti, but a product of France(?) Dated 07 09 05, assumed best by.
Aroma: Bready yeast, almost Grolsch like with almost a biscuit malt smell.
Appearance: Very clear pale yellow, white head was short lived and left minor lace in its wake.
Flavor: Fairly clean taste, much like an adjunct lager. Mild metallic finish with a slight touch of lemon.
Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, lighter body, clean finish.
Overall Impression: A standard macro lager, clean, refreshing, unremarkable.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heading south again tonight, from NZ to Tahiti. I've been told it's a generic island lager, and I figured it might be just the order on the first 90 degree day of the year.
Pours a pale straw color with the slightest hint of a white fizzy head. Not much in the way of aroma - a bit of cheap malt, that's about it. Palate is nondescript - light malt, a little chalkiness, and, as others have remarked, a light chemical taste on the finish. Body is light and a little foamy. Not an experience I wish to repeat.

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Photo of Boto
2.13/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

50cl can: I saw this in a food store in France and decided why not? This one pours a fairly golden yellow, and it is crystal clear. It had a frothy white head that drops away rather quickly. Fizziness continues in the glass. Slightly sweet aroma, with notes of corn and grassiness. The taste is incredibly bland: where did it go? I get actually a slight tartness, followed by a slight dryness in the aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel. Not offensive, but no real reason to buy it, unless you want to add another country to your ratings list.

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Photo of jcalabre
1.61/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

OK, it's from Tahiti, that's all that's unique about it. Maybe it's a notch above Buttwiper, at best. If your passion is to try beers from all over the world, this one will allow you to check Tahiti off your list. Otherwise, save your money and buy a decent beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light blonde color lager with a pure white foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet malt is mostly bland. Taste is also dominated by some semi-sweet notes of malt with little else if maybe some traces of oxidation. Definitely not the worst pale lager I had but not the most interesting either.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.71/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle best before Sept 07.

Pale yelllow with a fluffy white head. No lacing.

Aroma is grainy with a touch of skunk.

Flavor is grainy, metalic, with a little lemon.
Dry grainy finish.

This is the best beer in Tahiti? I am never going there. If I do I'll make sure to bring my own

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.16/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color. It is topped by an initially three-finger thick, frothy, pale off white colored head that actually leaves some lacing patterns on the side of my glass. The aroma is sweet and mild; a touch of herbal hops, hints of lemon grass, and a grassy grain-like character. There is certainly nothing wrong with the aroma, not what I look for in a beer, but certainly not noticeable flaws so far.

Served quite cold, this beer at first seems to leave no sensory notes as it crosses my palate. Definitely has a light grain malt sweetness, but it actually has quite a bite to it as well. The combination of carbonation and hop bitterness give this beer a, relatively, sharp biting character that starts out at its most intense as soon as the beer hits the mouth, but then mellows through to a lingering finish of light bitterness. A kiss of lightly herbal hop notes and a grassy grain note add a touch to the flavors found in this beer. This beer is far from bad, but certainly does not have that intensity of flavor I look for in a beer. It is actually quite easily quaffable, and I could see it hitting the spot on a really hot day. Not bad, I was expecting far worse but this beer is nice an clean.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of tjd25
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft creamy head on a very pale golden color body that's quite active. The smell is grainy and fresh with some citrus; some caramelized plum pie aspects appear later on. Nothing very exciting in the taste, some fruity notes, some grain, and a round and alost hidden hoppiness in the back of the palate. The mouthfeeel is quite good for a pale lager, thicker than expected, creamy and round. A decent lager.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.16/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my recent trip to Maui (where beer selection wreaks!) in a 16oz bottle with a woman on the label with the words "Tahiti Hinano"

Poured this into a pint glass and the color was expectingly clear with a fluffy head that lasted the entire glass. There was carbonation bubbles running rampant from the bottom of my glass. The taste, smell, and mouthfeel is typical of a warm weather lager. Obviuosly anyone who has tasted this before knows it is not a knock-out punch, but it is one of those beers just need to be consumed on the beach.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lightly flecked, pale haystack yellow with a caulk white head that occupies the upper half of the glass after a less than vigorous pour. The cap actually looks pretty good. Why is it that nearly every little known beer from every corner of the world has a better looking lid than the offerings from BMC? An acceptable amount of lace finds its way to the glass.

The nose fits the style to a 'T'. Positives are that it smells like fresh grain and lightly musky hops (an absence of nastiness is a positive too, I suppose). Negatives are that it isn't very aromatic and... that it isn't very interesting. It's hard to make an AML interesting, I know.

Hinano certainly is bold on the palate. In fact, it has a bit of a malt liquor swagger about it with much less alcohol. Maybe not 'much less' since alcohol is easily identified as a member of the flavor profile; unusual in a beer of this style. Anyone expecting a beer that is as gentle and as lovely as the Tahitian girl on the label will be mightily disappointed.

I'm doing okay so far--about halfway through the bottle--but the harshness is beginning to wear on me. I'm all for boldness of flavor, but this one is a bit too raw, especially considering the absence of truly good flavors to chew on. Bitter outduels sweet with sharply grassy noble hops bathed in ethanol as the dominant contributor.

The body is firmly medium for the style and doesn't dissipate in the least on the finish. I have no quarrel with the amount of carbonation in particular, nor with the mouthfeel in general. A little softer would be better, since the flavor gives no quarter in that regard.

Hinano is a different sort of beer. It's an amped up version of the usual AML/EPL dreck that impresses with its aggressive, at least at first. However, if I want to imagine myself in a hammock on a South Seas beach with a lovely native girl, I'd like to imagine myself drinking something a little more approachable.

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Photo of Zorro
2.37/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smell is sweet with some malt and grain and some herbal hop scent.

Taste is sweet and metallic with a fairly strong bitterness level. Very bitter for the style. Think bitter Budweiser and you have the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is not so great. It beats a corona but I would pick something else instead. Most annoying thing about this is that strong metallic flavor. Not really pleasant.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour resulted in a two finger JackTheRipper-like head. Color was a lemon yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the distinctive honey-lager sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a hay/silo sweetness. Finish had a grainy sweetness coupled with a slight sulfur after taste. Lager! Simply put.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from BevMo in Pacific Heights on a whim, never having had a Tahitian beer before. I don't have high hopes, but it's one to chalk up to experience.

Pours a very pale light golden colour, with a very fine, but rather thin head of white, that just forms a sherbet-like collar around the edge of the glass. No lacing, and a very thin body. Looks decent enough for what it is.

Grainy and slightly herbal nose, rather like a Euro green bottle lager; generally generic, but with a touch of vegetative crispness to give it a lift. Pretty average in the large scheme of things, but not too bad stylistically.

Taste is light, but mild, with a pleasant light grain sweetness on the back, that gives it a mealy, cereal finish. Light crisp entry almost fortells a harsh metallic or chemical bitterness on the back, but it doesn't arrive, meaning the beer stays smooth and drinkable throughout. Very refreshing and very soft.

Not nearly as bad as it might have been. It's a pretty clean, crisp and smooth, easy-drinking lager, with a lot more character than many in the genre. No, it's not going to knock your socks off, but it's a decently made pale lager that would make a good complement to a pacific island sunset.

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Photo of Hunter
2.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Lovely golden color, undercut by the weak head of large fizzy bubbles that vanishes almost instantly.

Smell: Corn adjunct smell is there, but subtler than most in this style. Notes of fresh hay. Slightly medicinal.

Taste: Flat, uncharacteristic, and bland. No zing. The aftertaste is slightly disagreeable, like wet burlap.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bracing, although somehow that aftertaste clings to the walls of the mouth.

Drinkability: Hold your nose until the 2nd or 3rd, and then you'll be fine. But that's not really the point, is it?

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Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
Beer rating: 2.83 out of 5 with 187 ratings