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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Ratings: 1,061 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours weirdly clear, yellow sunny color with a small white head that goes away quickly. smells tart and sweet, crisp and clean. hoppy maybe on the back end. flavor is a stiff hit of passion fruit right up front. really neat. fresh, actual passion fruit, its very tropical. a mild hopping but less than the nose indicated. great clean finish. doesnt taste much like a wheat beer though, and no yeast to speak of flavor wise. feel is good, crisp and brightly carbonated, light light body, this is a slammer beer in the summer, majorly easy drinking. overall i like this one a lot, maybe not as much as the koko brown, but its a unique beer just right for summer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: thin head on a hazy pale golden body.

S: very fruity, definitly getting the passion fruit. some wheat, little else.

T: definitly getting the passion fruit but its much more sour than sweet. the wheat makes a musty and dull base. the fruit gets sweeter as you drink it.

M: light body and high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: its different. the base beer is weak. The fruitiness is ok at times but changes too much and becomes more sour than tart.

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale watery orange soda color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a filmy residue. Very little lacing on this beer.

S - Typical wheat beer smell, overripe passion fruit, and flowers.

T - Fruity passion start, malty in the middle, with the typical wheat beer taste taking over for the finish.

M - Good carbonation. Very crisp and clean.

D - Pretty good beer that would be refreshing on a hot summer day after sweating outdoors doing some sort of yard/house work.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generally not one of my favorite producers, couldn't pass up the "limited release" and "brewed with Passion Fruit" on the label.

Dark gold clear color with a nice white head. Nose is the winner on this one. Smells like Passion Fruit shampoo! Very pleasant and elegant.

Mouth feel is thin, as are the flavors and finish. A bit like "strong water" this one. Not bad; just not good. Perhaps a pleasant summer beer when you want something more than water to quench your thirst. Pretty weak and thin all around.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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

A 16oz Yankee pint on our first (briefly) rainy evening on Waikiki Beach - and nope, the Tiki torches didn't go out!

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden apricot colour, with a thin cap of wispy white head, which leaves a bit of loosely striated lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of decent citrus bitters, reserved wheat grain, subtle yeast, and a strange, understated meatiness. The taste is more neutered citrus fruitiness, sturdy wheat and pale malt graininess, and tame earthy, spicy, and leafy hops.

The bubbles are kind of cutting, and they keep at it for a bit too long, the body a weak middleweight, and yet mostly smooth. It finishes fairly dry, the citrus and wheat both trending in that direction.

Overall, a decent wheat ale, citrusy, and not overly sweet, and just tart enough to keep my attention for a few, to be sure.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A new beer being offered at my local beer store. Apparently the name of this beer translates into "2 freshwater rivers which mingle together" in Hawaaian... interesting to say the least. Pretty good beer though. Has a nice fruity aroma to it and has a nice body for a pale wheat ale. Brewed with passion fruit, which I've never tasted before but you can definitely taste some good, subtle fruit flavor in the beer (which I'm guessing is what passion fruit tastes like). Nice and drinkable with a clean finish. Nothing extreme here, just a solid summer seasonal that tries to be different by using a different fruit flavor and it does what it intended to do.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/16/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, passion fruit, melon, berry, pineapple, pear, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, tropical fruit, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, passion fruit, melon, berry, pineapple, pear, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light floral bitterness and slight tart/tangy wheat on the finish; lingering notes of lemon, passion fruit, melon, berry, pineapple, pear, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, tropical fruit, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a nice fruited pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, tropical fruit, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful, well balanced, and not watery feeling for the ABV. A pleasant and nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney scotch ale glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard pressure cap as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of some cream, average thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear pale copper gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Passion fruit, cream, clean malts, and wheat. An average strength aroma.

T: Passion fruit up front with inconsistent wheat throughout. A bit bubble gummy and artificial to its detriment. Clean malts lend it some body, but not enough. Simple, bland and boring for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lively and enjoyable. Good thickness and carbonation.

Dr: A nicely drinkable little wheat beer. I'd have it on-draught and it's a good session beer, from it's far from impressive - especially coming from Kona. Likable and well priced, but boring.

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Rereviewed on June 9th, 2013. Acquired as a 6 pack from my local Vons. Bottled May 2nd, 2013. 5.4% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with green label and pry-off cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass. Reviewed live. Served cold. Side-poured.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head. Nice cream. Decent thickness. Good retention. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Generally appealing for the style.

Sm: Tropical fruit, passion fruit, pale malts, wheat, clean barley. Lychee. A nicely sweet aroma of mild strength and above average appeal. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Crisp, clean, and lightly fruity with some accompanying sweetness. Smooth and wet. Nice thickness. Overcarbonated. Pale malts. Wheat. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Pleasant and approachable. Mild floral hops. Nicely balanced, if a bit simple. Not at all subtle.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I'll enjoy killing the sixer. It's not perfect, but it's good value. I'd probably get it on-draught. Pretty respectable work from Kona.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new offereing from Marrikka's. The wheat beer appearance was evident from the murky yellow hue and froathy head formation, retention. Aromas however, were very earthy and reminded me of dishwater. There were a lot of muddled fruits, sweet malts, and bready wheat character. Peppery and spicy throughout. Flavors fare much better. The pommegranite flavor comes through nicely above the malts, esters, and phenolics; but below the timid hops. Textures are creamy for an American wheat, but thin considerably in the end for the fruits to shine and make the beer easy to drink. Finishes with part esters and pommegranites. Pretty decent beer after you get past the nose.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a white, one-finger head. There was no lace.

S - You can really smell the passion fruit. There is a subtle aroma a wheat underneath the fruity smells.

T - It tasted very sweet. Mostly the passion fruit flavor with a little wheat.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - It was good, but it seems like it belongs in the Fruit/Vegetable class of beers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with what appears to be a very modest head for a wheat beer; hints of lace, but not what I would have expected from the style

Smell: Wheat cracker with a distinct passion fruit tone but there is a hint of acetone (nail polish remover) in there; not much, but just enough to throw it off a bit

Taste: After a second or two, the wheat cracker flavor is joined by a pronounced tropical fruit character from the passion fruit; after the swallow, the fruit lingers, but in a very feminine way; the beer will clearly have appeal but is designed more for the fruit beer crowd than the geeks

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Boy is this easy to quaff and would be great on a hot summer day in tropical paradise

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a medium size poured a white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light wheat malt with some light fruity notes. Taste is a mix between some light wheat malt with some light passion fruity notes. Body is light with average carbonation. Pretty bland offering with limited fruity notes.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty big white head on this lightly hazy pale golden colored beer.

Aroma is strong lemon with some light orange coming through with maybe some grain/wheat trying to be noticed.

Still a strong lemony taste but the wheat and or maybe other grains do make there presence know while drinking this beer.

A light bodied beer with a slightly dry aftertaste makes this beer very easy drinking but doesn't leave any remarkable impressions.

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

Photo of vfgccp
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Low white head settles fast with little lace. Thin, light honey color.

S – Light guava; sweet and lightly tart. Soft wheat and agave.

T – Fairly straight forward. Nice bready malt. Mango-like sweetness and a lime-like acidity.

M – Light/medium body. Smooth, but at the cost of carbonation.

O – Not a bad summer brew.

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