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

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

Appearance - Pours a bright, crystal clear yellow with a white finger width head, poor retention, and a resulting lace that's spotty.

Smell - Bright aromas, tropical fruit, peach and passion fruit, with an underlying wheat tone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Very light passion fruit flavor, with a bit of wheat underneath. A touch of citrus on the back end. Simple. Underwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Almost watery light, with very little carbonation.

Overall - Not impressed at all. There are several dozen other summer releases that blow this away.

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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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Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,022 ratings
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