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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3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

This is a bright golden straw colored brew that briefly has a finger thick head which quickly fades into a single thin clump.

Smells of passion fruit, maybe peaches and wheat.

Tastes of wheat, mild malt and light fruit; passion fruit, a mild citrus zip, faint herbal hops.

Light and crisp. Refreshing.

I wish this brew had more flavor going on. Everything is there, but it is seriously muted. Drinkable enough - got it in a mixed case. Ok for an I just cut the grass type of brew, but that is not going to get me to go looking for this one again.

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1.96/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours super clear and pale. Like a Bud Light. Not much head, seems very flat by appearance. Light and fruity aroma. Peaches, apparently passion fruit, and flowery scents. Juicy. Don't really get much malt, but it's light and barely there. I do sense some wheat when it warms a little. Nectary flavor starts things out. Flavor is light and stays that way throughout. Hardly any bitterness, but it does mellow out at the end a bit. Dry finish, thin feel.

This is very one note. Light and fruity with some wheat malt to bring it some body is how I would describe this.There really isn't much else.

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

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a pale straw with a half finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Wheat, hint of passionfruit, orange, lemon.

Taste- Pretty much the same as the smell. The finish is bready wheat. Passionfruit is light and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- A crisp and refreshing wheat ale by Kona Brewing. I would have liked more passionfruit and body to the brew. Otherwise, a refreshing brew to have on Waikiki Beach.

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3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Gold in color. Very fizzy with no head retention. Rarely a bubble rises from the surface. 2.0

Lightly tart passion fruit aroma that is both delicate and lingering. Light wheaty presence on the back deck. 4.0

Watery flavors of weak wheat malts and a light and refreshing passion fruit essence. Very faint kiss of citrus hops with some simple finishing bitterness. 3.0

Thinner than medium body with a fizzy soda pop feel. Flavors evaporate on the palate. 2.0

Love the fruit flavor, hate the attenuation. Just average. 3.0

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Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 1,000 ratings.
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