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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3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Very clear, pale yellow body with a finger-thick white head. Dissipates to nearly no lacing.

Smell: Grass. Slightest bit of fruitiness including a little bit of passion fruit. Very little amounts of citrusy hops.

Taste: A little lemony. It tastes bready. A slight bitter finish. The passion fruit is only slightly recognizable.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and a lot of carbonation. A little refreshing. Lawn-mower beer.

Overall: Decent beer. Not that much flavor, but refreshing nonetheless. A little watered down for my taste.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wheat ale brewed with passion fruit.

A: Bright corn-golden rod with a crisp clarity and a fine light misty rise of effervesce. Dull ivory colored head is sponge cake in texture, thin and quick to dissipate leaving no window dressing.

S: The aroma of passion fruit is clearly evident. Sweet guava juice, and some pineapple-orange scents come compliments as well.

T: The flavor is passion fruit, again very distinct, with pineapple-orange support. Crisp flavor, very clean, sweet tropical juice like flavor. Fruity with a light tart finish and a clean American yeast.

M: light with a soft effervesce and laid back attitude. Lacks the snap and crispness of higher carbonation expected per style.

O: Overall drinks more like a Hawaiian tropical fruit drink rather a beer, much less a wheat. Alcohol is non-evident. Refreshing on a hot Hawaiian day im betting, very easy drinking, enough so for the female non-beer drinkers to indulge in. Listed as an American pale wheat, but is more suited as a fruit/herb beer if you expect a wheat beer by style. Light and refreshing for the beach setting, fruity, and one that is a nice break from beer to keep things light with a soft beach breeze. Not a bad flavor if you like passion fruit, but not really close to a wheat beer if being picky and rating by style. Still worth a sip in the right setting. sure as hell beats the hell out of a corona on the beach.

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3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this from the Dole Plantation on the north shore of Oahu.

A- pours pretty clear with just a bit of sediment floating around. Foamy and fizzy white head that dissapears to next to nothing after about a minute. Color is similar to apples juice.

S- sweet grains, grass, tropical fruit, slight bready wheat, earthy.

T- Passionfruit, a bit of citrus with a wheat backbone. The wheat lingers on the palate, a bit too much IMO. Finishes a bit try with o notes of hops.

M- Good balance of carbonation, very drinkable for a Spring seasonal. Light on the palate, but not watery.

Overall, this is a refreshing brew that I think would pair well with seafood or just to have on the beach on a hot day. Nothing really stands out, but it's still pretty good.

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2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pale straw color with very little white head

Smell - ginger, orange, citrus, mango

Taste - wheat, mango, citrus, orange rind

Mouthfeel - ample carbonation, bitter upfront& in the finish, not a well balanced beer at all

Overall - so many other good wheat beers out there, I cannot recommend this, matter of fact I found this beer to be undrinkable. Glad i didnt pay for this. Avoid

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

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/13/11

Dated July 21, 2011 (this edition of "whoops" dedicated to Jeff)

Clear, golden yellow color - moderate light depth. One thumb cap of white foam is fizzy and doesn't more than a thin layer. Lace is very sparse.

The passion fruit addition jumps right out at the nose - dank, tart and ripe. Over time it is joined by toasted wheat and yeast. Suggestions of grass and hay. While it smells pretty good, the flavor of this beer is pretty disappointing. The fruit is very much subdued and watery. There is a prominent, generic grassiness throughout; wheat and grains are at a minimum. Tastes very artificial and musty. Light body; very thin with an annoying coating feel which pairs with a hollow dirtiness. Carbonation is pretty much average.

I'm not enjoying this one at all. The aroma lifted my spirits but I think I was just psyching out myself since passion fruit would make for a killer hop aroma. Oh well...

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3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of Kona's flagship lager, so I was excited to see this limited release. This was a great deal from a wholesaler at less than two clams a bottle.

A-not too much of a head but very carbonated. Looks like a sparkling ale but a bit more on the orange side of gold. its just a bit cloudy

S-the many fruity aromas of passion fruit, orange, pineapple and a bit of a Brut champagne odor.

T-whoa, this does have ome passion fruit notes, but they feel forced and then just like that they are gone. bitterness throughout gets in the way of any other flavors.

M-the carbonation also gets in the way of flavor, otherwise not so great. the more of this i drink the more the passion fruit just kind of lurks in the background. its just seems to get was away with all the carbonation. Fizz fizz fizz...

O-this one may have to be filed under acquired tastes. It might be a better warm weather beer than a choice for mid-december. i would try again, but maybe on draft to get a truer taste.

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Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 994 ratings.
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