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Bikini Blonde Lager (318 of 1001)

Rating: 3.8

This one will be my fifth beer from the Hawaiian based Maui brewery with all four of their previous offerings being the only beers from the state that I’ve managed to try previously. This particular offering is one that features on the 1001 beers list and is a helles lager that I’ve been on the look out for since I first tried a can of CoCoNut Porter from the brewery in early 2012. Since then I’ve tried their Big Swell IPA, Mana Wheat and Lemongrass Saison offerings but when I spotted this in a local beer shop recently it was the first time I’d seen it so knew I’d need to grab a can. The beer is one of Maui’s flagship offerings, having been first brewed way back in 2006, a year after they opened their first brewpub. The beer is modestly hopped at 18 IBU’s and is a well-regarded one having won a silver medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup in the Cellar or Unfiltered category.

Bikini Blonde Lager

Appearance (4/5): A light amber colour with a pretty clear body and a thin, half-centimetre head that’s white and foamy looking. It’s a slightly thinner head around the middle and the beer has a few bubbles rising to the surface, there’s some touches of lace on the sides of the glass too with retention not too bad either.
Aroma (7/10): This one is quite a well-balanced beer on the nose with some bread malts and biscuit coming through early on alongside some nice German and Czech hops. There was a small amount of bitterness coming through alongside some light grassy notes and the fairly typical hay notes but the beer was definitely a clean one on the nose with a few floral notes to see things out.
Taste (7/10): This one follows on well from the nose with it coming through with a very clean and crisp taste that was kicked off by some grassy hops, light biscuit malts and fresh but subdued German style hops that had an earthy flavour. There was some light sweetness coming through with further earthy flavours, a bit of lemon and some light malts that came through with a moderate bitterness towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Quite a smooth and incredibly crisp beer that came through very clean and slightly dry with a moderate bitterness and fine carbonation. The beer was definitely an easy one to drink with a fresh feel and a very good balance.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very enjoyable lager that came through quite light, fresh and well-balanced with a clean and crisp feel that helped it down easy. It was well carbonated and the flavours were relatively light with a basic grassy hops and floral taste that had some lemon, biscuit and pale malts that worked very well together and made the beer what it was. A great take on the helles style of lager and a beer that I wouldn’t mind picking up again at some point.

Brewed In: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
Brewery: Maui Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2006
Type: Helles Lager
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Wine & Beer
Price: £2.80

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