Sigmund (5557) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
500 ml can, bought in France. Pale golden colour, decent head. Weak aroma, some faint fruity and flowery notes. Fairly clean and "neutral" pale lager flavour, which means that there is not much taste, but not too many offensive off-flavours either. Some bitterness in the finish, becomes metallic in the aftertaste. This is swill for the South Pacific heat, not something for beer lovers to search out, unless you want another country in your ratings list.
gunnfryd (11913) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2006
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Canned. Golden colour with white head. aroma is weak. This beer is there not much to say about.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(330 ml bottle: $1.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Best before 15-Jul-06. This apparently has become one of the latest "cult" beers in Southern California as it’s selling extremely well. Bright, pale yellow in color rather than straw or pale golden, with perfect clarity. The bubbly, white head settles to what absolutely looks like backwashed spit sitting atop the beer -- totally disgusting looking. I don’t remember ever saying this before today, but when the head fully dissipates, it’s actually a good thing in this case. Very light, minimally sweet grain is masked by mild grassiness and bitterness, presumably from hops, so there’s some respectable flavor and balance with this beer. No sign of cardboard, another positive aspect. Pretty sad that the absence of awful flavors is getting solid praise from me, but such is the way it is when you’re drinking a bunch of nasty swill in succession and then finally stumble upon a pale lager that isn’t totally nasty swill. The grainy, grassy nose is only mildly aromatic. Light bodied but not watery, crisp and clean, nicely carbonated. I wouldn’t buy this beer again, but I can at least respect that it’s not swill.
yngwie (14764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Pale golden with a small, white head. Aroma is malt and hops with some alcohol notes. Lightly sweet and bitter flavor. Medium body and a light bitter finish with some metallic notes. (060210)
Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hinano is evocative of that infatuation that Bligh’s crew fell under in that sensuous island. It is crisp, refreshing, though without body...a hint of citrus and very slight undertone of hops. It is not fizzy and weak tasting for the tropics by any means. To compare it with European or American brews is unfair. It speaks of the tradition of the place. Why drink anything else when in Tahiti Nui? Was that Hinano John Wayne was drinking in "Donovans Reef"?
Dawnshighway71 (3) - USA - FEB 1, 2006 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
To put it bluntly, this beer is essentially piss-water. I discovered it while sailing in French Polynesia. The brand dominated all the islands in French Polynesia. The funny part was the people were proud of this and acted like it was a great beer. They don’t experience much foreign beer since everything has to be imported and and the heinekin is skunky from the sun and heat by the time it arrives in Polynesia. Pretty bad stuff. Nice logo though.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer has a light, crisp flavor that is slightly grainy. Nothing special by any means.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad at all for a weak pale lager. Nice pour, pale gold with a frothy white head. The aroma is both bready and grassy with a slight herbal hop bitterness. The hops disappear from the taste, leaving you with a somewhat thin, sweet malt flavor. Didn’t catch any corn here as others have. Hops return in a softly bitter finish.
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ElGaucho (2280) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
8 1/2 years after I was in Bora Bora for my honeymoon, I finally get my hands on a bottle of Hinano, the beer I drank almost exclusively for a week while vacationing at the Club Med. Brings back great memories, and it truly does taste the same, which is a tribute to the brewery’s quality control. Lime, citrus aroma. Crystal clear body. Huge, white head. Perfect visible carbonation. This is a sweeter pale lager; not very carbonated on the tongue. Smoothy and easy drinking. There are a lot worse pale lagers being brewed on tropical islands than this.
joergen (22451) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear yellow coloured with a white head.
Aroma of malts, corn and alcohol.
Flavour of malts and corn with notes of hops and alcohol.