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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5/5  rDev +49.7%

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Straw yellow in color, light internal carbonation, pours almost no head, hazy throughout

S: Very strange nose, most likely from the passion fruit, floral, herbal, and citrus elements, moderately fragrant

T: Much like the nose, quite unique, tropical fruits and citrus dominate the flavor with wheat-like characteristics definitely present, flavorful, but not the most desirable taste

M: Smooth and refreshing, not surprising given its style, mild fruity aftertaste, not drying or overpowering on the palate

O: An interesting beer for what it is, but bit of a strange nose and taste, still worth a try, though

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hit this on draft at KBC at the Honolulu Airport. Pourd a nice straw gold wheat with a decent 2 finger off white head. Decent spotting and lacing. Smell is a bit on the pineapple side, a bit too much. Similar to the Maui wheat beer, but more pineapple. Taste follows that pineapple character and it's a bit distracting from the wheat style. Would almost consider this a pineapple bomb! Too sweet and fruit forward. A good amount of carbonation, but has that juice feel and a bit acidic. Overall- A bit on the gimmick side of things. Feel they tried too hard for the Hawaii pineapple thing and made a fruit beer and not a wheat. Not going to run out and get another-

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 993 ratings.
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