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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:
#43,013
Reviews:
386
Ratings:
1,019
pDev:
17.01%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
112
Trade:
1
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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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Antg8989
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's ok. One is enough though.

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Photo of sanitarium16
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bear1964
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HawkGX
4.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a seasonal beer for me. If it's blazingly hot outside, this lighter tasting wheat goes done really nicely.

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3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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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3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Honolulu airport. Golden / bronze body, mostly clear, with a small ringlet of head. Aromas of sweet malt. Thin body with a hint of pineapple-like sweetness. Needs more body and carbonation. Meh.

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3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | 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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3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Kona Brewing - maybe not the best but certainly not the worst...

Pretty much across the board this wheat beer was, for the most part, decent enough. I wanted to really like this, I like passion fruit, but there wasn't enough of it to go around either in the smell or taste. Though not overly impressed, I will keep an eye out for future Konas. You never know when you might come across something truly special, regardless of the brewer...

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

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.76/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Somewhat hazy pale yellow body with a white head that at times looks creamy but is interrupted by fizzy blotches. The nose is sharp, reminding me of cheap adjuncts like corn, or pilsner malt at best. There is some passionfruit detected, but it seems tangy and only accentuates the unpleasant malty notes. The taste is worse; instead of reminding me of cheap beer, this tastes like it, too, with the passionfruit component only watering it down, if that's possible. The body is alright. It's light, kinda fizzy, and slightly sticky.
I don't expect great beer when it has fruit added, but at least something fun-ish. Even so, this was a letdown. There was no wheat that I could find, only adjunct malts, and the passionfruit threw gas on the fire by highlighting this and yet at the same time taking flavor away from the whole. Still, it wasn't bad enough to deter me from trying other fruit-added brews, from Kona or others.

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3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma on this beer is a bit disappointing - it says it's brewed with tropical fruit and passion fruit but I am not getting any fruity notes, just some sweet malts. The taste is also underwhelming - not much to write home about. This tastes more like a fruit beer, not a wheat. I really wanted to like this one since I have much respect for Kona Brewing (I toured the brewery in 2016 and had some amazing samples from their tap room.) It is a clean tasting smooth summery brew so if you lower your expectations this one ain't bad.

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3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,019 ratings
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