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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Reviews: 378 | Ratings: 982
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.05/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from bottle into lager glass, served at 46 degrees.

Palest yellow beer I ever saw, no head. Aroma was alcohol and skunky. Taste was alcohol and bitter, face puckering. Extremely thin and watery. No drinkability. Even if I don't like a beer I can usually finish it, not this one.

Overall one of the five worst beers I've ever had. It's a limited release so hopefully it was just a bad batch or lack of practice. Definitely NOT recommended!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
1.55/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a small, fizzy, off-white head.

S: Honestly, smell like vomit. Maybe some passion fruit and maybe some wheat, but it's bad and smell liked some puked up a beer.

T: Taste follows the smell. Watered down wheaty flavor with a sour passion fruit hint. There's a funky aspect to it that's just gross.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, watery texture.

O: Bought a six pack of this and between 3 people, we hated it. Ended up pouring the whole 6-pack down the drain. Not drinkable in the least bit and wouldn't drink it if it was free.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
1.75/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I guess I just don't like passion fruit... the beer smelled pretty good... but once i took a sip of it I was turned off by the overpowering flavor. It was really a one note beer... just that nasty bitter passion fruit flavor... will never drink this again.

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Photo of corby112
1.8/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow with a half finger white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice, floral hops, bread and citrus fruit. Hints of pine, pepper and coriander along with hints of lemon and orange peel. I'm not very familiar with passion fruit but there is a somewhat prominent citrus character. All of these characteristics are kind of bland however and the nose isn't too interesting.

Medium bodied with a balanced of earthy hops, zesty spice, bready yeast and sweet citrus. The hop presence adds a slight dryness and earthy character. This is followed by a strong spice presence that overpowers the other notes. The bready yeast adds to the palate but the spice and passion fruit add an odd, unpleasant metallic flavor that lingers after the finish.

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Photo of ibbjamin
1.86/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My girlfriend bought a 6 Pack of this a week or so ago and has been telling me that she really likes it. Poured into a pint glass.

Half inch off white head. Medium to Heavy carbonation. Brightly colored yellow. Lacing is very minimal.

Aroma is more of a juice than a beer with strong fruity tones of passion fruit. Slight wheat aroma.

Taste's like it smells; passion fruit. This is a bit overpowering; not well balanced. The wheat flavor comes later. Not bitter at all.

Medium body, smooth, medium carbonation.

I could not drink many of these as they are very sweet.

I'll leave this one for my girlfriend who enjoys this beer.

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Photo of popery
1.94/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There was no need to add passion fruit to beer. I just can't see a compelling reason that would warrant bottling and multi-state distribution. That said, the beer grew on me a bit and has a nice look. The nose is slightly stale wheat, pale malt and passion fruit. The taste is similar. The pale malt gets entirely drowned out by sweet passion fruit. It tastes more like passion fruit syrup. I'm not commenting on the actual brewing ingredients, just the flavor. The wheat is too mild and lacks the spice of truly good wheat beers. I'm not a big fan of Kona. Sometimes, they tread a fine line between gimmicky and experimental, and this beer ends up gimmicky, in my opinion. The whole thing is just so sweet that I can feel my teeth getting sore. In my humble opinion, you need some subtlety and complexity to pull off a fruit-blended beer successfully. This beer has neither.

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Photo of Philousa
1.96/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours super clear and pale. Like a Bud Light. Not much head, seems very flat by appearance. Light and fruity aroma. Peaches, apparently passion fruit, and flowery scents. Juicy. Don't really get much malt, but it's light and barely there. I do sense some wheat when it warms a little. Nectary flavor starts things out. Flavor is light and stays that way throughout. Hardly any bitterness, but it does mellow out at the end a bit. Dry finish, thin feel.

This is very one note. Light and fruity with some wheat malt to bring it some body is how I would describe this.There really isn't much else.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.01/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bombee into standard pint, served cold.

A: super pale straw colored and very clear looks almost Kölsch-like. No head retention, pretty pathetic for any beer especially a wheat. No cap or ring, looks refreshing but kinda weak.

S: smells like wheat beer but also has that offputting AAL smell, like a bottle of Bud. Getting a bit of fruit, couldn't say if it was passionfruit or not though. No hops.

T: wheat beer for sure but with all sorts of weird about it. I can pick out a little fruit but it is faint. An unappealing aftertaste like a domestic macro. All the flavors are light, this beer is almost watery tasting.

M: super light and despite having the watery feel of a crummy AAL it is super gritty and not smooth at all. Leave the mouth dry and is only a little refreshing. If I wanted a watery session brew I would get a Full Sail Session Lager.

O: very unimpressive. Super light and all that but has nothing really going for it other than what little wheat flavor it has.

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Photo of northaustin
2.05/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

pours a very hazy yellow with a finger of quickly disappering uneven, white head. no lacing.

smells mostly wheaty. but with a sour/tart note. me no likey.

tastes like a wheat beer that has been thrown way off track, most likely from the passion fruit. it has a weird out of place sort of wannabee sour kick at the end. once again, me no likey.

mouthfeel is tart, dry and pucker inducing.

drinkability: dear god no.

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Photo of OldeGolde
2.07/5  rDev -38%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another one that I could not get into at all. I was like "hey, hints of passion fruit, cool"... Poured this pup and it looked like some yellow water. Didn't even glitter or foam interestingly. The smell was super weak and the taste even more so. Far too watery of a beer. You can tell there's some kind of 'exotic fruitiness' going on but then you feel like you're sipping straight soda water. I was annoyed that I'd have to sit there and finish this one before I could get another. Let's say that the idea they put forward here was intriguing, but then they dropped the ball.

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Photo of julian
2.07/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: pours a clear pale golden color with a decent white head that quickly runs away to hide. lacing is minimal.

S: Hrm, not so sure about this one. The smell is not very pleasant. First thing that comes to mind is a pile of wet clothes...that were urinated on. It's got a somewhat fruity, but mostly musty urine soaked fabric smell.

T: Taste seems to follow suit from the aroma. It's tastes really funky at first, with I guess a sweetness from the passion fruit, but the flavor from the fruit is just not working here.

M: Average, it's still beer.

D: Very sub par taste. Would definitely not drink again. Glad I picked up a single instead of the 6-pack.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.1/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Wow. What a series of ups and downs this one is. Pours a nice-looking hazy peach color with a thin white head. Good appearance - it looks refreshing. The aroma alarmingly switches back and forth from tropical/ citrus fruit to public urinal. The flavor does the same. One second it's fruity and tropical - the next moment it's repulsive. The mouth feel is light and crisp and somewhere in the finish is beer flavor. Passion fruit is perhaps not a great partner with this wheat beer.

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Photo of AMoceri7
2.1/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lets be honest. This beer takes me back to the day of being a child in the grocery store with my mother. You are strolling around and tend to get lost here or there. Among one of those instances you stumble across a new toy. It has all the advertising appealing to the eye. You then run to your worried mother with the magical toy and say "mom, you have to get this for me, it says this...". She looks you in the eye and says, "thats not worth my money". But she gets it anyway, in some hope, it fills all the expectations and then some. This beer is exactly that.

Its perfect for those sunny summer days, where youve just got done mowing the lawn and havent showered in weeks. You know, stinky sweaty armpit. It does a great job of replicating that summer day. If passion fruit wheat beer taste like this then clearly I am not a fan of passion fruit in beer.

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Photo of JBogan
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright gold with a one finger head which disappears immediately and leaves very little lacing.

Smells quite weak. A hint of cracker, and ever the slightest bit of the passion fruit.

Taste was also rather nondescript. Some breadiness, a bit of malt, and again a very slight presence of passion fruit. Not offputting, but not very pleasing either.

Mouthfeel was thin and slippery. Some carbonation to liven things up, but overall it's not a beer which makes my mouth or tastebuds happy.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. Small white head makes a brief appearance then is gone completely, not even a faint island or ring behind. Not surprisingly there is no lace left behind. I can see all the way to the bottom of the full glass. Some bubbles from nucleation sites on the bottom.
Smell is a faint whiff of malt and supposedly passionfruit but it is so indeterminate that I have only their word to prove it. Weak is generous terminology.
Taste is at least present. Malt, passionfruit (a favorite in our house), some hops and a slight spice note are much more along the lines of what I expected. Balance is pretty good. Some warming oddly after a few swallows.
Medium-bodied with a light, sharp effervescence up front. Drying with a clean finish. Not a lot to recommend this brew to anyone I'm afraid. Too bad, as their Pipeline Porter is very good and the Longboard is one of few lagers I can drink anytime.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.29/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-off white head, clear-yellow body

S-very strong passion fruit smell, juicy

t-very, very sugary, slight passion fruit, very little beer flavor


D-Probably should be a fruit beer. You just don't get a sense that you are drinking beer. Very fizzy, and more like a wine cooler than a beer.

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Photo of smcolw
2.29/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

There's very little head, which is bizarre given that this is a wheat beer. No lace. Slight haze to the light gold color.

I do not like the smell. It is very sour and there is an element of urine in it. I am repulsed by it. There's also a stale grapefruit smell.

The flavor is far more mild than the negative nose. The predominant taste is a citrus sourness. The swallow has a touch of hop, but it is mostly tart. The aftertaste is short lived. The body is predictable and the carbonation is comfortably on the high side, but it can't save this beer.

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Photo of ELN
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

got this sixer at WalMart in Vancouver, WA for $6.99.

serving type: bottle
appearance: drinkin' from the bottle.
smell: citrus, hops
taste: real, real light ale. it the label didn't say it i would guess differently. label also says "passion fruit" so i'll go with that. ;)
mouthfeel: light
overall: i had this in back of the freezer for a long time so it's ice cold. i don't really care for this beer much. it doesn't have any taste really. i imagine you could get wasted off this pretty quick. if i was in hawaii i could definitely picture drinking a sixer of this on a nice beach with nice weather. :D

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Photo of KajII
2.32/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Weizen or Flute glass]

Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a small white fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was super light of grain malts, a light moldy yeast with just a hint of citrus and passion fruit. It tasted light and sweet with a mild wheat note in the beginning and finished about the same with a mild taste of passion fruit at the end. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with an extremely soft carbonation. Overall almost like drinking flavored bottled water. Good thing it’s a Limited Release.

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Photo of dahlen22
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why do I always do it? Why do I continue to try to explore 6 pack choices peppered up with enticing labels?

Appearance: Golden yellow, bubbly and a small head.

Aroma: Tropical fruits.

Taste: Eh. It starts off like it has some potential, and then in a flash comes in the really poor tasting passion fruit/pinapple taste that is more bitter than sweet, but just not working. It finishes with a bit of pepper/lemon zing.

Overall: Say aloha to this beer and move on. Cheers!

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Photo of iSip
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kona Wailua Wheat: OK. Light golden color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of fruit. This got me suspicious. And the flavor reveals a lot of fruit. Check the bottle, and sure enough, Kona adds passion fruit to their wheat beer. Not a bad combination. But I could not tell if there was a great wheat beer hiding under the passion fruit or not. I am not against adding a spritz of lemon into a wheat beer, but I would rather do that myself and not have the brewer do it for me. So I must qualify my low rating. As far as wheat beers with fruit added go, this Kona offering was pretty good. But compared to wheat beers in general, my preference is no additives, or let me do the adding…..

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Photo of SamN
2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very clear, a sparklingly bright yellow orange hue. Nice head, almost two fingers. Almost no visible carbonation. Very nice looks, like foamy Cristal?

S- Sour adjuncts, lime. No wheat malts, definitely no passion fruit. Disappointing.

T- Interesting, not your average APWA. Starts off with macro adjuncts, moves to bittered fruits finishes slightly bittersweet and on limes. Leaves the absolute slightest hint of more exotic fruits. Not much of a wheat beer, slightly fruity with a adjunct quality I don't understand; I've seen others mention rice, is that it?

M- Light light light body. Could use more activity to make for the lackluster tastes.

D- Eh. Not a great beer, so why would I drink it again?

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Photo of MikeBrandman
2.41/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. Bottled on date of April 21. This beer looks good. Nice straw yellow body, loads of visible carbonation, and absolutely transparent body. One finger of head that dies down into a thin ring really quickly.

S - Very dishsoapy smell. Very off putting. Wouldn't have guessed beer just from the smell.

T - Ugh. Good idea, but terrible execution. It feels like they tried to choose between something hoppy and something sweet and then ended up going right down the middle. Feels like my tastebuds are being torn. The sweetness is a bit overwhelming. A bit cloying. Really, this beer should probably best be left on the shelf.

MF - Very watery. Carbonation adds a nice zest to it.

D - Very bad. Taste is too cloying.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottled on 5/21/09 consumed on: 5/29/09.

A clear gold color, efficiant and fine white head with slow bubbles.

Have you ever stepped into a Woman's salon where older ladies go to get "perms"??? Well, if you ever have i'm sure you will never forget the horrible, chemical smell of that stuff. This beer smells just like that! God, it's gross. bitter fruits and herbs besdies that.

A thin wheat flavored malt along with tart and sour fruits, i guess that's the Passion fruit added. nothing goes wrong with the flavor but it's not exactly complex or interesting. This would not be too bad on a hot summer day. The feel is thin, but a bit flat later on.

This is not a beer geek lunch and the aroma is horrible, other than that....well...

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Photo of sliverX
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured a light golden amber thin white head that faded just to a ring, clear doesn't look anything like a wheat... if you didn't know better you could easily mistake this for a macro lager
smell is very heavy but not over powering passion fruit with a hint of macro like "beer"
taste is very interesting, again very heavy on the passion fruit but the macro thing creeps in stealing away much of what this could be I know not to expect "hefe" characteristics but just think this would be much nice if it didnt just taste like fruit cocktail dumped in a Labatt
mouthfeel nice light bodied highly carbonated leaves the mouth watering
drinkability its not bad just nothing special
overview - well kind of wish this had just been a single not a six pack purchased just not liking this all that much- I'll try another at some point to make sure its not a bad bottle

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