lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear standard yellow with a nice thick finger of whitish head with some cracked glass lacing. Sweet and grassy nose, some honey and fruitiness. Solid maltiness, with a touch of grain husks, full bodied sweetness, and a herbal grassy hop finish. The first time I had this my parents picked it out knowing I like good beer and I was a bit worried, but it is a damn good lager.
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, #459. Clear yellow pour with a small head. Interesting earthy flavor, but the aroma is of cheap lager and a bit of hop. Crisp finish. Decent for a lighter lager.
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Also very popular on the big island. Basic everyday lager, smooth flavor. Great for a nice relaxing day on the beach. Some nice hop aspects.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a decent bubbly white head. Fruity hops and caramel in the nose. Flavor starts hoppy and sweet malts take over. More of a full mouthfeel than I was expecting. Finish is mostly sweet with only a slight bitterness.
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not very exciting, but itís decent for the style. Golden-yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aroma of sweet malt and grains. Flavor is the same, with an ever-so-slight floral hop presence. Mouthfeel is light, but befitting of the style.
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. [Enjoyed on the beach of Miami with the good company of hopscotch and wife] Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Pale yellow color. Mild flower and nice dry hoppy feel over the palate. Light caramel and mild toasted malt as well. Light bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Light bitter and sweet flavor. Light dry and bitter finish. Ok Lager in the hot sun.
nuplastikk (5796) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Very hazy, clearly unfiltered orange tan color. Hmm...certainly not good, certainly not bad...sub-par offering from Kona. Im assuming this is the flagship beer and that the relatively high rating is due to touristic exuberance, or international exotica fanfare. Sessionable, but this could pass for BMC pseudo-micro anyday. Some light lemony flavor and a fluffy malty mouthfeel, thanks to the lack of filtration. Tolerable session beer, nothing to seek out.
Eierkopf (1) - , California, USA - JAN 25, 2009 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
itís ok, Not bitter and light colored. Had no flavor really. Tasted like something thin. Some carbonation.
Alphadelic (2171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale golden with a healthy white head. Lightly hopped with pale malts and cereal. A little stale but what youíd expect from a good lager.
Sweet and easy malts on the tongue, slips on down with cereal tastiness like tat of cheerios. Well judged carbonation, a little thin but that keeps it refreshing.
Very easy and drinkable. Sweet and refreshing, a handy lager to have around in the island heat.
Ubermunch (32) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured well, but smelled a bit funky. Taste is good and unexpectedly full. Bit of a corny/malty aftertaste that while not unpleasant... isnít exactly completely pleasing. Compares well to other beers in this category, but is not necessarily a big standout. Might buy it again if the price is right.
One quick note... Donít miss out on the inside of the caps, each of which teach you a word in Hawaiian. Just 1200 more Kona Longboards and I think Iíll be able to order a beer in a Kona bar and compliment the bartender in the native language.