Hinano | Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-25-2002

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Photo of msromberg
2.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -10.9%
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 -49.5%
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 0%
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 +8.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -13.1%
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 +0.7%
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 -17.5%
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 +39.6%
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 -19.6%
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 -22.9%
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 +16.4%
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 -11.6%
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 -38.5%
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 -12.4%
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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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fairly sudsy, and good foam on the top. Goes flat fairly quickly as I recall.

Smell: This is pretty skunk. A decent straw malt and lemon hop mixture though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is pretty bitter. I just think it went bad. Not sure that Tahitian beer is a best-seller, even at a Manhttan Beach fish taco joint. Stale straw malt with slight crispness of seltzer.

Overall Drinkability: Not too disappointing, since I wasn't expecting a great beer. Still, I wish it were a bit more refreshing.

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Photo of flexabull
2.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cheapest beer I could find in beautiful, but pricy French Polynesia.

Pours a clear yellow color with an almost non existent head.

Aromas are faint, tonic water, and very slightly vegetal.  

Taste is very simple.  Clean, not nearly as much adjunct flavor as I expected. Watery, with faint corn sweetness, lightly creamy, with a crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, pretty good body, and smooth carbonation.

Overall?  Ehhhh... Only in Tahiti, but it serves it's purpose as at least being refreshing and drinkable.  These go down like water in the hot sun.

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Photo of drpimento
2.27/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Having a cold can of this from my mini-bar in my room at Manava Resort in Papeete, Tahiti. Poured with a foaming agent type, white head that soon settled down to a scummy layer and a little lace. Color is a clear, light yellow with loads of large and small bubble trails. Aroma is grain, a little skunk/hop, beer. Flavor is grain bitter sweet with plenty of carbonic tang. Body is there but with carbonic high points clashing with sweetness and the beer. Finish is like flavor and somehow seems to even have a misplaced alcohol warmth.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted grains, honey, and very slight skunk. Taste is of toasted grains, grass/hay, and some honey flavors. There is also a light grape flavor I am getting. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a bubbly and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Tahiti but not something I would get too often.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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 whatthehull
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tasted April 30th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip

A - clear golden, no head and no lacing

S - weed, cane sugar, slight hops, heavy earthy malt and a bit of yeast

T - sweet, malty, some hops, definite yeast, weed and a bit oaked

M - light, fluffy, low acid and short finish

D - very nice, like most lagers, but very sweet and resiny

Final thought - eh, unimpressive

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hinano - 5.99 a sixpack cans

Pours a pale, pale yellow. Small fizzy head. Tastes like your typical macro lager, corn, grains, moderate bitterness and cooked veggie taste. Finishes somewhat clean. Light bodied. Decent lawnmower/warm weather beer. Still, rather aveerage.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - Pale straw color, a little murky, with about 2 fingers of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - strong hop aroma..maybe a cereal grain too and a little bit of lime.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Again, strong hop flavor, but with a "filling" of something of maybe light cereal grains. Also as with the smell..a splash of something citrusy like lime. Texture is pretty well-balanced for an adjunct lager.

Drinkability - Not a great taste nor complex, but also not bad considering the style.

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Hinano from Brasserie de Tahiti S.A.
2.75 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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