Wailua Wheat | Kona Brewing Co.

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Wailua WheatWailua Wheat

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Swimming in a fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall is what we all imagine we would find in paradise. On Maui, follow the old Hana Highway and you will find such a place – Wailua Falls. This plunging cascade of clear water is the inspiration for our Limited Release Wailua Wheat Ale. This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrus flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch. Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.

15 IBU

Added by rowew on 05-01-2007

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Photo of MinerBob
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It pours a hazy golden color with little to no head. Has a good beer smell and taste with hints of citrus and a little hop. Good carbonation with an easy swallow. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color. Smells of overripe tropical fruits on the nose. Taste sweet. Overipe mango and a bit of citrus. Description says the beer is bright but I found the fruityness to be dull and muttled. Medium body. It was okay

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The pour doesn't necessarily make you think this has a substantial wheat quotient, but it truly is there, despite the lack of 'haze' in this one. There's haze, but its minimal, have you thinking they only used 5% wheat or something, replete with 1/2" white head. Aroma actually yielded some mild hop notes and barely any wheat.

Taste though had a mild tropical Hawaiian feel to it. Light bodied, easy drinking beer with no flaws. Hot weather is suited for this one, smooth not bitter.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This ale is a nice, clear, dark golden color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is unmistakably of passion fruit and wheat. The taste is fairly intensely of passion fruit with a slight malty flavor. The finish is crisp, but not very dry. I think passion fruit is a good idea for a light beer like this, but I think it is slightly overdone. I prefer a little more subtlety in my fruit beers. That being said, it is not as overwhelming as some that I have tried and it is actually kind of pleasant on a hot day. The beer underlying it seems decent if pedestrian.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. LIght fruity wheat malt aroma. Hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Just like the nose, light fruity wheat malt flavor with an odd subtle bitterness in the finish. Light body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Suds
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow with a thin head. The aroma is yeasty with fruit. Bread and malt are present in the aroma. Balanced and medium in body. The beer is not nearly as enjoyable as the others from this brewery.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought 6 pack from Don Quiojte $7.77
Clear golden color
High carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Subtle fruit taste
A refreshing beer to drink, but it has too light of a taste. I'll drink it if given to me, but I won't buy it.

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Photo of Bro_Guy
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing by looks and smell from the first pour. Cloudy with some residue, this lilikoi infused wheat is average at best. Leaves a note of citrus and yeast undertones, but doesn't distract from overall taste.

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Photo of Lathrash
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Not half bad but nothing amazing. It gets better halfway into it. It has a nice hint of passion fruit in the aftertaste. It's a good beer to enjoy on the beach on a hot day. Enjoyed it overlooking the ocean while on our honeymoon, so that might make it better than expected.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the perfect "floating" beer for when you just need something easy to drink and refreshing while floating in your pool in the hot California summer. The passion fruit flavors aren't cloying.

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Photo of Skipster
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I discovered this while on vacation. I am going to try to duplicate it at home, the passion fruit really makes for a tasty beer.

A - good golden color

S - fruity aroma from the fruit

T - initial taste is good, the aftertaste is when the fruitiness comes through

M - nice and smooth feel

O - very drinkable

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy medium golden, with a modest off-white head, merely a scattering of foam on the surface, and thin, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Lightly toasted, fresh wheat bread slathered with tropical fruit jam.

Taste: Opens with prominent tropical fruit, as the taste progresses, the sturdy wheat malt backbone is prominent. Later in the taste, grassy hops dominate. Finishes with a lingering, slightly earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An intriguing departure from a classic style.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a white head.

S: Orange, citrus peel, pine, passionfruit and papaya in the nose.

T: Taste is similar with orange peel, fresh orange, wheat, passionfruit and papaya. Tropical fruit is not as present as I'd like.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat smooth.

O: As I mentioned, I'd rather there was more tropical fruit flavor, but I'm glad it's there. Recommended, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RingoBro
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12 oz beer from bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

"Wailua is Hawaiian for two fresh water streams mingling. This was just the inspiration we needed for our Aloha Series Wailua Ale brewed with tropical passion fruit. A refreshing, citrusy, sun-colored ale with the cool taste of Hawaii."

A - Light and golden. Small head that leaves a nice lace around the top

S - Fruity aroma. Can smell the wheat/passion fruit.

T - Sweet, wheat flavor with a fruity kick.

M - Nice body with a little tart aftertaste

O - Good, but not great. It came in a mix pack and I actually liked every beer in the mix pack. If you have a chance, pick one up. I wouldn't buy this beer specifically again, but I would definitely buy the mix pack again!

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw in color, quickly dissapating head that left a soapy thin ring around the glass. Lightly floral in the nose, delicate fruit and grain scents. Flavor itself is very delicate and mild, almost light lager in mouthfeel with how thin it is. Floral and almost lightly purfumey flavors, watered down fruit punch at the end with a high carbonic bite. Hides its 5.4% ABV very well as it tastes like a light beer, in nose, flavor and mouthfeel. Unexpected bonus for light beer drinkers, but a disappointment for someone who was looking for more.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This brew, poured into a goblet, pours a clear golden color with a thin head which dissipates quickly but a small bit of the head sits on the top of the brew until the end. Very little lacing.

The smell is light and fruity, wheat and sweet malts. Maybe a bit of an orange smell

The taste is fruity and sweet. High carbonation and very little peppery hop bitterness on the back end. Maybe a little bubble gum taste; nothing really stands out.

The mouthfeel is clean and smooth, tangy due to the carbonation.

Overall this is an okay beer. It would be good on a hot summer day. I would not look to this as an example of a wheat beer; there are so many better wheat beers out there. It tastes and smells more like a plain American adjunct lager.

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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and an earthiness. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a plant/earthiness. Overall, good appearance and feel, with a decent body and blend.

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Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent trail and a wispy persistent lace.

S: Wheaty fruity aroma.

T: Sweet wheat flavor with a mild fruity backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so-so brew for me – nothing I would grab again.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like that it is different. I can taste the passion fruit (or some sort of fruit) and rather enjoy it. It is refreshing and I could see myself drinking a few of these throughout an afternoon if it was being served.

With all that being said, I am not sure that I would be excited to order it if it was on-tap at a restaurant or bar. I would, however, tell a friend it is a decent and refreshing beer. Nothing too harsh or bitter about it.

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Photo of Phelps
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pineapple-gold made cloudy with unfiltered wheat. A thin sheet of soft white fluff fizzles away in just a few seconds.

Light, soft, fruity, tropical nose. Passion fruit, pineapple, papaya. A soft floral hop hit. Tangy, a bit of wheat.

Passion fruit, pineapple, a touch of vanilla. Like a passion fruit creamsicle -- vanilla arrives at the swallow and plays off the passion fruit. The fruit is very, very subtle. Fruity, smooth wheat is more readily noticeable. Crisp, dry finish. Touch of floral hops, maybe orange blossom.

Light body, high pinching carbonation. Sharp, prickles the tongue painfully. But there's not a ton of effervescence. Subtle lingering bitterness. Crystal-clear, whistle-clean finish.

As American pale wheats go, it's okay -- just lacking in character. Dry, refreshing. A little more fruit would be appreciated. Yeast contributes little. A good introductory wheat beer, but nothing a beer geek would get excited about.

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Photo of beepill
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not going to waste my time with a long review. Poured from a bottle from a 6-pack, into a tulip glass. I had higher expectations for this beer. It poured a nice golden yellow with a decent head that held for a few minutes. It had faint smells of passion fruit and citrus, so I was really excited. It tasted like someone squirted an unripe passion fruit into a can of PBR. Such a let down. The passion fruit taste faded quickly. Very carbonated, so it probably masked some unappealing tastes, even when it warmed up in the glass. I would not buy again, and luckily my wife has some coworkers over that will probably finish off the rest of my 6-pack.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle split into tulips -

A: Clearly filtered straw/gold with a touch of chill haze and a wispy white head with no lace.

S: Crisp bready notes with hints of fruit and wheat, malt sweetness, touch of mint?

T: Fruitiness interwoven throughout malty, wheaty bread. Sweeter edge, crisp bodied but the flavors finish with an odd fruit note.

MF: Crisp and light bodied with ample carbonation.

O: Pretty plain Jane brew...thought this was a lager as I sipped. Drinkable but unremarkable.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow with ok carbonation. Thin ring of lacing.

Smell: Passion fruit and mango.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hint of fresh passion fruit. Fairly bitter for a wheat. Mouthfeel is definitely thin and almost has the consistency of juice with a resiny feel.

Overall Drinkability: I actually kind of liked this. Very summer beer. Definitely competes with a Leinie shandy.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw yellow pours a good head with decent lacing.

Smell: Wheat and tropical fruits.

Taste: Wheat and passion fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, slightly sweet but bitter aftertaste.

The verdict: Different. The passion fruit gives it a tropical sweetness I'm not used to in a beer. My tongue isn't quite sure what to think of it yet. Good balance, the fruit isn't overpowering at all. There is plenty of malt flavor and hop bitterness to remind you that you're still drinking a beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Vons in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.79 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: June 15, 2013
Consumed: June 15, 2013
Misc.: Born on date of April 25, 2013

Poured a pale clear color with about one finger of offwhite head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal-to-no lacing on the sides. Poor retention on the way down.

Smelled pilsner or maybe lager notes from the beginning. Got skunky malts, honey, caramel, grass, bread, cereal, lemon and honey. Also a little bit of a fruity whiff.

Tasted tropical notes first. Got mango, melon and a bunch of other tropical stuff that I couldn’t out my finger on. Reminded me slightly of the old Tropical Fruit Bubble Gum. Also got honey, lemon grass, bread and cereal.

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt watery finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

The taste was the best part of this beer, but overall it was closer to average. I won’t try it again after this variety pack.

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