Maui Brewing Kihei Kölsch

Reviewed by on July 16, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Maui Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Kihei, HI, US

  • Rated On: July 16, 2015

  • Best Before: canned April 30, 2015

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Maui Brewing’s offerings are very popular with residents and visitors to the islands alike, and what could be more summery than a Kölsch made there?  The label sports a very German-seeming colour scheme – a obvious ode to the style’s origins, and explains the name of this brew – Kihei is the location of their new production brewing operation, opened last year.

This 12oz can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and yet fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sparse splattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, ethereal white biscuit notes, a twinge of acerbic citrus, suggestions of earthy yeast, and a mild earthy, leafy, and grassy hoppiness. The taste is grainy, lightly crackery pale malt, a further biscuity breadiness, apple and generic citrus fruit, a gentle hard water flintiness, and more peppy leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The carbonation is fairly supportive and a tad tingly in its work-a-day frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, a small sassy hoppiness butting its way in. It finishes trending rather dry, the graininess of the malt and zippy hops predominating.

An easy to drink, and mostly engaging version of the style, nothing complicated here, folks. Other than where this one originates, of course, but hey, for we in western North America, Hawaii is just about as far away as Köln is itself.

Brady White



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