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Beer – #526 – Hinano – Ambrée

Exotic Beer, Exotic Music, Exotic Numbers and Exotic Parties.

But there is more!

I had to look Tahiti up on a map!

This is a 330ml bottle of beer, 5.5% ABV, 1.43 standard drink units, and 150 calories a serve.

The labelling is great and is very attractive.

Brewed by La Brasserie de Tahiti (Heineken)  This is in the style that is Amber Lager/Vienna and they are in the well exotic and wistful sounding Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. Right,  “Amber Beer” covers a lot of things. This is a lager style, and is malted up. We agree on Vienna style. 

Hinano Ambrée is not only made from unroasted malt, which is used in all beers, but also from slow-roasted malt, giving the beer its unique character.

It's sunny what could go wrong

It’s sunny what could go wrong

But there is more! The aromatic hop used strengthens the intense flavor of Hinano Ambrée.

In the Hinano range, Hinano Ambrée is a unique amber ale combining quality, crispness and innovation. Thanks to its specific manufacturing process, Hinano Ambrée offers a refined and full-bodied taste as well as a color made of shades of yellow and red ochre.

The use of aromatic hops strengthens the complex flavor of Hinano Ambrée.

So there you go, it’s all on in the pacific. Whats the worst that could happen. Vienna Lager though, that’s very specific.

That is a familiar dark malt aroma on opening.

That really does look blindingly good, dark chestnut brown, decent head, a 10 for appearance!

Hinano AmbréeAroma is fairly malty, it’s quite nice, has a sort of pepper thing going on, might catch you out.

Well that unfolds pretty quickly doesn’t it.

This is a tad sweeter than it needs to be, really. I like a sweet beer and that this just has a bit too much candy in it.

I enjoyed it for what it was, got distracted finished it and therefore have to conclude that it was easy drinking beer, ideal for a holiday destination, but not really ablate stand up against a Vienna Lager from perhaps Europe or Vienna.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It’s not bad, you need to drink this as the beer it is, without distractions as although it’s not brilliant it’s not really that bad.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Clearly yes I drank that in quick time.
  2. Would I have another? I would love another, your beach umbrella or mine.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Sunny afternoons with a cheeky cocktail this would be welcome, come on over.

And I was listening to an LP from 1979, “Elvis Costello” and his “Armed Forces”  Lp of which there are many great tracks (and a few shockers). Of Course “Olivers Army

I was dancing in the garden, I was sent back inside to dance in the comfort of the lounge.


Your typical macrobrewed Dark Lager, often rendered dark with either brewer’s caramel or black patent malt, but each brewery will have a different approach. Aside from caramelly notes, these beers will not typically resemble other dark lager styles so much as they do the lighter styles, due to low amounts of hops, malt and body. Vienna as a beer style was theorized by Michael Jackson, but his oft-cited example was Negra Modelo, which is a macro dark lager like all the others. Some beers have taken on the idea of a Vienna lager as a distinct style, loosely based on the 1840 Anton Dreher beer, and these can be expected to be all-malt, with a fuller body and more character than the average macro dark


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