Wailua Wheat | Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,700
Reviews:
392
Ratings:
1,043
pDev:
16.72%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
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26
Gots:
127
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3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jimmyy
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D1noB
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy fruit front with a grainy follow-thru. Short and to the point.

Taste rating in words: it's a drag boat race. Water flys and the finish is quick.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Date code stamped on label is 'AUG1717'.
Very clear, deep gold colored body. Minimal head upon pouring disappears, with rising bubble fed thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma is sweeter fruit and slightly spicy wheat.
Taste is fruity sweet but cardboard flat at the same time. Some reminders of spicy wheat in the background.
Thin to medium mouth feel, decent carbonation.
Aroma and taste sensory characteristics are quite thin and without high notes. Could be a poundable summer refresher, but the flat sweetness may get to be too much after a couple of beers worth.

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Photo of mchegash
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: a nice golden orange with a thin layer of white head
S: subdued fruit aromas with some pilsener-esque hop aroma as well
T: some juicy fruit flavors with the same pilsener-esque hops flavors.
F: Medium-light body, crisp, with a great carbonation feel.
O: this beer was sub-par, but not "bad"

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3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SB2017
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh. This six pack was on sale for 4.99, which is the only reason I don't regret the purchase. It's far too fruity, and something about the smell of passionfruit has an unpleasant pissy smell when combined with beer. I'd pass on this one.

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3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: effervescent brilliant gold under a 1/2" off-white cap with fair to poor retention

S: aromas are wheat and passion fruit slightly tarnished by a hint of oxidation

T: Passion fruit leads the flavors followed by traces of wet cardboard and wheat

F: a crisp drink with a medium light body and medium high carbonation

O: a drinkable, refreshing beer with a pleasant level of passion fruit well balanced by a bitter hop accent

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3.25/5  rDev -3%
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was glad to find this at a japanese liquor store because I like what Kona brews and it wasn't available in Europe so far...
To make things even better, this Wailua Wheat is a wheat ale brewed with passion fruit and thanks to their recipe and brewing technique it doesn't resemble a wheat beer at all! By saying this I must include that I'm not really a fan of wheat beers or anything that has an intense taste of yeast... but this one is different. It tastes like an ale, the fruitiness makes it taste a bit hoppier than it really might be and somewhere, way behind it all you are reminded that it is supposed to be a wheat infusion overall. But this is just perfect as it is.
I loved this beer for its fruitiness, zestiness and for NOT being your typical wheat beer. Would choose it again instead of a weizen or a wit.

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3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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3/5  rDev -10.4%
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,043 ratings