kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Source: Brewfest, Classic City
Appearance: clear yellow, frothy white head,
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma with floral hops,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of cereal character, light floral bitterness, lasting bitter finish,
Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 6/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pale yellow color with a white head. Aroma is pilsner malts and some peppery hops. Flavor pilsner malts, grainy, and a peppery hop finish.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Dark golden in color with caramel overtones running through the nose along with a touch of chocolate and citric honey. The palate is more of the same and while the midpalate is semi-sweet the finish is quite dry and abrupt. Eh.
junon (427) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 Not bad. Not too much on the nose though. Taste is well its a lager. No problem drinking it if offered and may even choose it over other more well known names if at a pub.
Re-rating this. Palates improved. This is nutty! Buttery. Much more creamy than I remember. However the nose is reminiscent of detergent. I will have to compare this to Maui’s Bikini Blonde Lager, my favorite lager, and surprisingly I have to say I prefer this Kona. The colour is superior, the taste is comparable, and however the alc% is higher. This actually looks like its trying to be something more than a lager, say an IPA, however not quite. The taste a bit bolder but still smooth and lite. As far as lager goes maybe not the better lager but arguably the better beer. Very interesting. Bumping up the flavor to 7 from 5 and the overall to 14 from 12.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sadly, I wasn’t impressed with this brew. Your typical lager, it pours dark, but clear amber colour with a small white head. Carries a soft somewhat fruity character, which for a little while transports you somewhere tropical (if you close your eyes and imagine). Carmel, plum and toffee in the flavor.
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at local drunk bar -all stars- ... Looks like a regular ole Lager ... smell seems quite average to, but better than any BMC ... Is enjoyable! ... quite full for a widely available lager ...
"not quite ants at a picnic"
dlihcsnatas (426) - Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much aroma to it but it does have a nice taste. While typical of most lagers this one is a bit better than most. It has a nice balance to it that gives a malty flavor at first sip but then the hops began to show themselves giving it a bitter finish. The Hawaiian words with translations under the cap are cool too. Wonder how many a person would have to drink to learn to speak Hawaiian.
jjuf1853 (1262) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a clear pale yellow with a small foamy white head. Aroma of sweet malts mostly. Flavor begins fairly sweet, some grassy, earthy notes, mild hops, and finishes with a slight bitterness. Quite smooth and refreshing.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a peachy straw yellow with a small head. Very bitter aroma with a honey background. Honey sweetness in the taste also with a nice fruitiness. Some bitterness. Highly drinkable.
Suttree (5420) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gold yellow, virtually no head. White bread, malty aroma, flavor is pretty much the same. Mostly inoffensive. Sampled at the Raleigh WBF.