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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3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review was left over from the Hawaii trip six months ago. Just found the notes on Nov. 28.
A- Gold with a small white head.
S- Must add that I'm not a huge fan of American wheat beers and I don't like passion fruit either. However together in the beer they got it right. It smells very sweet and tropical.
T- Like I said they got it right the mix of the wheat and passion fruit is at a very good level.
M- Feel is very light and refreshing.
O- This beer is great for hot hot Hawaiian and Pennsylvanian day. My wife loved the stuff. I have to go to Maryland to get it.

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Photo of dankster
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From Island hopper varity pack.

Pours clear golden with small head

Smells is very fruit forward with wheat and barley behide it

Taste is pretty good. better than i expected. super clean and easy to down. not as much fruit taste as it smells.

Mouth is thin and bit watered down. not much else to say.

Overall a great summer brew that would be easy to kill a sixer. if you like wheat beers i say give it a shot.

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3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in a grocery store while traveling in Tennesee. What a crazy state with their ABV laws. Slim pickings in terms of what you cn find.

A: Pours a nice yellowish color with an orange huh. The head doesn't last very long

S: Nose is wheat with some lemon zest and some sweet bread

T: Taste is quite nice and refreshing. This is one I'd like to have in summer. The sweetness that hits in the finish is definately coming from the passionfruit. Very nice

M: Carbonation doesn't overpower and is easy to drink

O: Not a bad offerig from Maui. Love this brewery.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Served in plastic glasses.

It looked ok I guess. It was a hazy gold with a fair amount of lace.

It's very wheaty smelling with a fair amount of citrus.

This beer is citrusy. It's got a good amount of wheat malts that give it a sweetness.

It was medium to light bodied with decent carbonation.

This beer was ok. It was all you could drink, which was nice. OK for watching hula girls.

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2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kona Wailua Wheat: OK. Light golden color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of fruit. This got me suspicious. And the flavor reveals a lot of fruit. Check the bottle, and sure enough, Kona adds passion fruit to their wheat beer. Not a bad combination. But I could not tell if there was a great wheat beer hiding under the passion fruit or not. I am not against adding a spritz of lemon into a wheat beer, but I would rather do that myself and not have the brewer do it for me. So I must qualify my low rating. As far as wheat beers with fruit added go, this Kona offering was pretty good. But compared to wheat beers in general, my preference is no additives, or let me do the adding…..

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3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, golden straw with half a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Toasted wheat with a little passion fruit and papaya.

Taste. Nice lightly toasted grains and tangy, just barely sweet tropical fruits. Very light bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Real easy drinker here. Nothing offensive but maybe more of a fruit beer than a wheat beer.

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3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, with ample head and no lace.

Nose is unusual and appealing. Grains, wheat, and a hint of fresh fruit, including what seems to be a little citrus.

As for the flavor profile, the passion fruit comes out prominently in the mix, with a tangy character right up front. Wheat is also evident.

Overall, a subtle and tasty brew. Worthy of a try.

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