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Liliko'i Kepolo | Avery Brewing Company

166 Reviews
Liliko'i KepoloLiliko'i Kepolo

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Wit brewed with Passion Fruit

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a bright yellow color with little to no head. the beer leaves an excellent lacing in glass. you can smell the tart and sour tropical fruit from the time you open the can. tastes awesome, has just the right amount of tartness without being overpowering. a very drinkable beer that is highly underrated. a world class brew in my book.

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Photo of Moose90
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap @ Avery

A — Pours a cloudy and hazy orangey hue into the glass. There is a light white head that forms and settles into a thin layer on-top of the beer, leaving behind some consistent enough lacing.

S — Smell is bright, fruity, estery, and lightly sweet. Big loads of passionfruit and a light melon component.

T — Taste is like the nose, but it brings a little bit of a sour pineapple note with it as well, lightly tart on the finish, overall is focused on passionfruit sweetness, the base Witbier is somewhat covered up.

M — Light-Medium bodied, lightly puckering and a semi-long finish.

O — Good overall, just not quite what I expected, a little bit heavy handed on the fruit components.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A touch of haze on the golden brew and plenty of white foam in the tall goblet. Pleasantly sudsy on the tongue. Fragrant with the exact Hawaiian aroma you get from picking those yellow passion fruits.

Quite fruity and on the sharp side. Somehow there is a metallic taste, and I think of pencil shavings. The passion fruit might be better served without the Witbier adjuncts. The acidic notes and the carbonation give this a refreshing quality. I am impressed with Avery for pulling this off.

I"m not sure how you would rate this in the Witbier category, since it could be any kind of light lager or ale with all that fruit flavor. Whatever it is, quite a massively fruity and tangy brew that is quite drinkable. I wonder if someone has done a Lambic or some other yeasty Belgian style with this particular fruit? Just a little more funk would make this amazing. From the 12 oz can.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of tart passionfruit. prange, wheat tang, coriander. Bright aroma.

The taste is of tart passionfruit, orange peel, sheat tang, some sweetness. Tart, spicy (coriander), fruity finish.

Smooth, zesty, refreshing feel.

Tart passionfruit really stands out without overpowering a well-made witbier. A unique, very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like it says on the can - tropical and tart - plus a bit sweet. Pale, hazy yellow color with light aroma is faint but like flavor lots of tropical fruits, tart (but not salty) followed by sweet finish and a little more body (light to medium) than you'd expect.

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Photo of Irbycp
2.11/5  rDev -48%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It tasted like pineapple juice mixed with bud light. Based on the ratings below I bought a 4-pack and absolutely hated the first sip. I poured it out as it reminded me of the awful taste of a gose sour.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Avery Brewing Co. "Liliko'i Kepolo"
12 oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

Liliko'i Kepolo means passion fruit devil, but I'm in passion fruit heaven! Or perhaps it really is a devil, because I'm going to be yearning for more of it really soon and I've only got the one can in front of me.

You'd think that combining passionfruit with a witbier would be easy, but I have a feeling that getting the balance just right might have been a little tougher.

It's bright and fruity in the aroma with just a hint of background yeast and spice. It can't be described as anything other than passion fruit... citrusy, tropical, slightly tart... a little like kiwi and pineapple mixed.

The flavor follows, and there's a little bit of malt upfront but that's soon pushed aside by its gentle tartness. Apart from the wheat malt, the passionfruit, and the very minor coriander and orange peel, there's just a slight edge of earthy/leafiness - yet it remains quite compelling! There's very little bitterness, perhaps 12 IBUs, yet it finishes dry, lightly tart, and fruity.

In the mouth it's light bodied and moderately effervescent (perhaps too much carbonation would give the impression that it's more acidic than it is).

Ultimately bright, invigorating, and refreshing, I can't think of a better beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the absolute perfect summer beer.

The appearance is inviting with a hazy, unfiltered orange golden color with a creamy white head.

The aroma is insane. Tropical fruits galore. Passion fruit, juicy fruit gum, orange, mango, strawberry, kiwi, peach, bubblegum, banana.

Taste mirrors the nose with a slight wheat beer yeasty character and more passionfruit.

This is like putting a tropical fruit drink you get on the beach in a can. It's one of my favorite beers of 2015 and it's refreshing as hell. Buy a case.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very juicy and fairly sweet aroma with a big scent of citrus fruits along with some spice. Huge upfront scent of passion fruit along with other tropical hints of mango, pineapple, orange, lemon, grapefruit, peach, and grapes. Belgian yeast with some hints of pepper. Malt hints of wheat, cracker, grains. A very good fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and sweet taste with notes of citrus fruit and Belgian style spice. Big juicy tropical fruit taste with notes of passion fruit, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, grapes, and peach. Belgian yeast with some notes of white pepper and slight funk. Malt notes of cracker, wheat, and grains. A really good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Nicely crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good twist on a Witbier. The added tropical fruit goes great with the wheat.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Rust and yellow mustard mixed together. White head, decent retention with light horizontal streaks of lacing.

Aroma: Very subtle yeast gets crushed by sweet passion fruit, mango, and pineapple. Subtle tartness as well.

Taste: Sweet malts and sweet tropical fruit like passion fruit and pineapple, leading to a slightly tart finish with white pepper spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body.

Overall: Simply delicious and easy to drink, great in warm weather I would guess (as I drink this in late November).

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Photo of Tele
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can
Consumed: 11.19.15

A: 4.25 Pours a hazy, orange-gold with a large, fluffy, off-white head.

S: 4.5 Big passionfruit hits you right up front. That first moment made this beer really special. The tropical aroma fades rather quickly, giving way to the spice and esters of the base beer. Lemon, orange, and wheat also show up and it’s all very well integrated.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, pretty strong passionfruit at first that also fades pretty fast. Fortunately, the wit base beer is really strong and works well with the tropical and citrus flavors. Grass and herb develop on the finish before getting a final hit of passionfruit. Good balance overall; not too sweet and only a little tart.

M: 4.5 Really nice, refreshing body with good carbonation.

O: 4.25 I very much enjoyed this beer. Nicely balanced with a strong (but not overpowering) passionfruit flavor. I’d like to drink this all summer long.

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Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very pale yellow and extremely hazy, too hazy to see through. It develops a fluffy white head that's bubbly and soapy, sitting and resting at about half a finger and dropping moderate lacing around as it falls down the glass.
This one has the light, dusty earth, the very gentle spicing, and the yeast nature that I expect while adding both sweetness and sourness with a bright, very easy sort of acidity underneath. On first sip, it tastes a lot like pineapple up front, then some more distinctively tropical stonefruit notes work their way through. It never loses the sourness, sweetness, or spicing, while it balances together very well and nothing overpowers anything else. Hops are very light, at a great level for a witbier, and show just a bit of grassiness.
The body is appropriately light with a fuzzy but consistent carbonation that a lively flow. It maintains the body without fizzing out or flattening, running semi-dry into the finish.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at the Avery brewing facility in Boulder. The smell and taste combination with the wonderful fruit made this as unique as it was good. Not overbearing fruit, however. This would be an amazing summer beer! He use of the Belgian yeast was also great.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy super bright gold with a touch of orange. Looks like a more yellow orange juice. Head is big and bright white, but quickly disipates. Smell is passion fruit with a hint of pineapple and some bready belgian yeast. Taste is exactly the same, very juicy. Feel is light, super crisp and crushable. Overall by far my favorite witbier and I just wish I had found this over the summer. Would be right up there with Westbrook Gose for go to beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a stem glass.

Hazy yellow gold with loads of crisp visible carbonation a finger of fluffy white head.
Smells of passion fruit juice, wheat, lemon, pretzel dough, coriander, grass, and white pepper.
The taste starts off with a huge blast of sweet passion fruit juice. Tangy notes of oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple take over the middle. A pillow of light white dough and crackers to hold it up. Finishes tart with lemon, more passion fruit, and wheat. The aftertaste, especially in belches, tastes like estery banana and clove.
Awesome mouthfeel on this one, too. Medium-light, but insanely juicy and creamy. Drinkability is extreme. I can't hardly even set the glass down.

This is far and away the best wheat beer I've had so far. The passion fruit taste is authentic and refreshing, and the juiciness and fruitiness is fantastic as well. Buy this!!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This pours a hazy, cloudy, and vibrant orange color, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like passionfruit, with tart wheat, grapefruit, and pineapple. Just smells like an absolutely fruity juice bomb.

This is definitely one of the best witbiers I've ever had. It's got a killer passionfruit character to it, mostly sweet, but just a tiny bit tart, with some bready sweetness, grapefruit, and a crisp finishing bite that's very typical of a good witbier, for me.

This is light bodied, with a juicy as hell mouthfeel, and a crisp level of carbonation.

A really nicely well done beer, in a style that hasn't wowed me lately.

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Photo of Beeramemnon
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy but vibrant appearance. Hard pour down the center of the glass (as 90% of beers should be poured!) produced a 2"head.

Aroma jumps out and fills the vicinity. Reminds me of the cans or cups of mixed fruit cocktails when I was a kid that had peaches, pineapple, grapes, and those abnormally red cherries.

I don't know what passion fruit tastes like, but taste is similar to aroma with pineapple standing out the most followed by peach. Very intense. Traditional wit character is almost undetectable, and I couldn't care less. Mellow fruit at first that takes on an acidic and salty tang as it goes down.

Mouthfeel is perfect for what this is.

I'd swear this was a properly carbonated 50/50 mix of beer and fruit juice, and I'm not complaining. And maybe it is, because the only thing I don't like about it is the $11.49 / 4-pack price.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: hazy golden-orange.
smell: as advertised, tart and tropical. Pineapple and passionfruit.
taste: also as advertise. tart and tropical plus refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the traditional Belgian farmhouse style has always assumed the lactic tang from wheat and the grain's tag-along microflora, a citrusy character is expected with a lemony and apple like tang. But Avery brewers are turning this notion on heads by shifting the balance from citrus to tropical fruit.

Liliko'i Kepolo pours with a heavy cloud that's wrapped around golden-orange aesthetics; seemingly of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice by the mere pour. Tantalizing juicy aromatics whet the whistle with bright pineapple, coconut and passionfruit and with the sweetness of angel food cake to pull the fruit together.

As the middle palate becomes awash with all things pineapple upside-down cake, its sweetness slowly fades, replaced with the tangy bitterness of grapefruit peel and tropical fruit juices and rinds. Exotic in taste, if it were not for the lemony bitterness that closes the session, a sense of suntan lotion is all but assumed.

Medium-light in body, the beer's natural acidic tendencies both balance the fruit and softly lingering malt and while breaking up the beer's wheaten body for a drinkable and dissected refreshment in finish. Lingering tropical and citrus is accompanied by a return of soft and cakey wheat with a bright afterglow.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured into stem glassware. Cloudy, straw colored with a one finger head that very slowly recedes leaving an inch of lacing. Nice aroma of spices, citrus, and candied tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose. Traditional witbier base of orange, coriander, and pepper with a refreshing, slightly sweet touch of passion fruit to provide a twist on a wit. Smooth finish all the way through the drink. Medium body and medium carbonation with no aftertastes.
Really good twist that didn't take away from the style. Still very quaffable and crisp. The sweetness wasn't overwhelming and done by someone who really knows what they are doing. I really like wits, and this really hits the spot.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the cloudy yellow color of this beer. It featured a small layer of head that lasted throughout the beer. The smell was passion fruit and pineapple. The taste had some belgian spice, but was heavy passion fruit and citrus. Yummy. Feel was good, a but puckery sour in the back of the throat at times.

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Photo of oskinker
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely LOVE this beer. One of my summer go-to's, so crisp and refreshing. Tons of passionfruit on the nose and it explodes with passionfruit, citrus, some spiciness and zest with just enough tartness to balance it all out. It's so insanely crushable, easily my favorite witbier and I'm super bummed its not a year round offering

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really successful, soft-touch deployment of passionfruit to impart this wit with a fresh, punchy, hop-grassy tropical buoyancy. Beautiful, bright nose, bright; dry, sparkling flaxen color; extremely smooth, pleasant, light mouthfeel. Just a clean, lean yet well-structured and sophisticated, super refreshing, tiki-tilting wheat offering—and a pretty perfect hangover beer to boot.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much my all time favorite Witbier. It smells amazing, passion fruit to the max. The taste totally backs it up. So balanced. A little tart, some dryness to balance out the sweetness. My only complaint is the cost and the availability. If they can figure out a way to do this year round or at least half the year and package it in 6 pack form for $11.99 (4 pack is steep at that price for a 5.2% beer...) I would drink this all summer long and make it a staple.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Think I've found my new favorite witbier. Killer nose of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, funk, wheat and citrus. Tons of passion fruit, spice, tartness, zestiness, hints of sea salt and orange peel on the taste. Insanely crushable. The picture perfect summer beer. I'll be drinking this again no doubt about it.

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Liliko'i Kepolo from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.
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