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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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Kona Brewing's Wailua is a light, sweet tasting beverage. It's description makes a first time taster long for Hawaiian relaxation in a secluded part of an island with good friends. Instead, its overall experience is too much like a domestic that can be found in millions of bars in our 50 states. Would I grab it off the shelf before an InBev or MillerCoors product - possibly - but not for $1 to $2/beer more than the others.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a head that fizzles out as soon as it hits the glass. This is one of those beers that looks the same leaving the body as it does going in. Not even a halo of carbonation or a trace of lacing.

S - Smells of corn malts, lemongrass, and some light tropical fruit esters. The adjunct aromas dominate, which is certainly a disappointment. On the bright side, the fruits do not smell very artificial I would expect in a beer "brewed with passion fruit" to be.

T - A drastic improvement over the aroma. Starts with a lemon burst followed by a bite of grassy hops. The passion fruit comes in on the back end, but does not linger.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice tingly carbonation. Perfectly refreshing as the style should be.

O - Recently, I have been trying to escape from my "highly rated beers only" tendency. I try to grab some cheap and interesting singles that I wouldn't normally buy. This one falls into that category. I was unimpressed by the look or aroma, but the taste is pretty good. Kona does a good job here of giving it a touch of fruit flavor without making it cloyingly sweet or artificial. I could definitely enjoy a few of these on a hot day. If you are looking for a light, refreshing, beach beer with good flavor then consider trying this one.

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A: This beer pours a light, golden straw color. Has a weak 1 inch head that dissipates quickly, leaving some soapy lacing.

S: Strong passion fruit aroma, something like a kiwi and strawberry. This is followed by a wet wheat and adjunct malts.

T: Strong strawberry/ Kiwi, sweet flavor up front. Slight barley malts and adjunct style rice flavor in the back that follows with a dry, bread finish.

M: Fresh, clean, and spunky flavor with slight carbonation. Something of an acquired taste.

O: Never had a beer like this before. Has a lot of tropical fruits and a hint of wheat, malt and barley. A unique mesh between an adjunct lager and a tropical Saison. Something good to try once, but I dont think I would seek this out!

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Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 1,001 ratings.
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