Troegs Sunshine Pilsner & Kona Wailua

This past weekend was fun-filled. On Friday night we drove up to the North Shore for dinner with my wife’s sister, her husband, and our nephew. On Saturday we went to a Pet Expo in Southern, NH. On Sunday we went to ANOTHER pet expo (sorry, no pix from the second one). Brady had an awesome time sniffing dozens of butts. He’s pretty much done nothing but sleep since we got home Sunday afternoon.

Let’s do a recap…

Friday night dinner was at Tavern in the Square restaurant / bar. Salem, MA.

My brother-in-law Dave and I downed some Troeg’s Sunshine Pilsner. Mini-review:
* Clear & golden in color.
* Almost buttery flavor. Floral hops flavors. Finished fairly bitter. Dave thought he could mistake it for an IPA, but I didn’t find it quite that bitter.
* In conclusion, we both liked it, but declined a second one as the first was already going to our heads (drinking on an empty stomach).

While waiting for food, Melissa tries to eat a coaster. Our nephew must have known she was hungry, as he fed it to her.

No formal review of the restaurant, but in general I’d say the food and service was good. Beer selection wasn’t bad. We’d probably go again.

On to Saturday….

The Pet Expo in NH. We got there right as they opened, so we probably missed the big rush. Nonetheless, lots of cool dogs trotting around. I snapped some shots when I got the chance to.

This old girl just chilled in her bed.

Gigundo Mastiff

Love the lady & her dog wearing matching clothes!

Looks fast!

The picture doesn’t do justice to how giant and fluffy this dog was.

Brady’s tongue was getting longer and longer. He was spent!

As I mentioned, I wasn’t able to get pictures of the event on Sunday. I was too busy holding onto Brady’s leash. The Sunday event was HUGE…hundreds of dogs. Next year I’ll get pictures!

And that brings us to Monday night. Over the weekend I bought a six-pack of Kona Wailua. This is a wheat ale brewed with passion fruit.

Here’s the run-down:

Color: Light golden, translucent.
Smells: Lightly fruity, wheaty.
Tastes: Citrusy. Passion fruit flavor is faint, which is good because it can be overwhelming I find.
Feel: Stingy carbonation

As it warms: less stingy, more smooth & honey-like in flavor.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this beer. Again, passion fruit can be a seriously overpowering flavor. Kona did a good job of infusing the beer with the flavor without assulting your tastebuds with it. I blasted through the six pack in 3 days!

The Wailua is a limited release, so get it while you can.

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

4 thoughts on “Troegs Sunshine Pilsner & Kona Wailua”

  1. I've had the Wailua but not the Sunshine Pilsner. It thought the Wailua was much better in aroma then taste. It smelled fantastic but then there just wasn't much there in flavor. It was just a bit empty IMO. Still a pretty good beer though and you're right, you can cruise through these.

    BTW that mastiff looks scary as hell. Wasn't he in The Sandlot?

  2. I just had the Wailua Wheat also. I thought it was interesting, but probably wouldn't get it again. I was surprised how muted the flavor was on the initial attack, followed by a hollow mid-palate. Only towards the end of the finish does any passion fruit appear, and even that is more of an aftertaste than anything.

    There's nothing offensive about it, it was just meh. I was underwhelmed.

    I was surprised that my girlfriend, who tends towards light, fruity beers, also found this beer unappealing. Missed opportunity – especially considering this is from the maker of the Pipeline Porter, one of my favorite beers.

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