Review: Mana Wheat, Maui Brewing Co.


Mana Wheat
Maui Brewing Co. — Lahaina, HI

Stats:
  • Style:  Wheat
  • Bitterness:  18 IBU
  • ABV: 5.5% ABV
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Hersbrucker
  • Sampled: 12 oz. can

Description:  "An unfiltered, freshly handcrafted American-style wheat ale infused with Maui Gold Pineapple. Our crisp and refreshing wheat ale is lightly hopped to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine. The yeast stays in suspension making the ale traditionally cloudy.”  — Maui Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   This is the first beer I've profiled from Maui Brewing.  Maui is the only Hawaiian brewery that brews and packages their beer in Hawaii. Everything is shipped to the continental U.S.  This is part of my series on beers with fruit.

The tasting:  Gold in color, very hazy, with a white head that dissipated fairly slowly. Aroma of pineapple, wheat, yeast, and lots of spice. Due to the spices, I would have thought it was a Witbier if I was tasting it blind. Flavor of tangy wheat, pineapple, and clove. There's a mild sweetness from the pineapple and the presence of hops is minimal in aroma and flavor.  Mana Wheat is light bodied, softly carbonated, and has a crisp mouth feel. It finishes dry with flavors of pineapple and clove.  

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  The pineapple flavor was noticeable. I think Maui could have gone overboard and made it too sweet.  I'm glad they didn't.  The pineapple flavor, however, was not clean and seemed to be a bit muddled amongst the spices. The fact that it reminded me of a Wit was not a turnoff, but was certainly expected. In the end, this beer was more of a novelty to me than one I would go back to regularly.

Have you tried Mana Wheat other beers from Maui Brewing?


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1 comments:

Big AL said...

I would suggest you try the coconut porter - it's delicious.

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