junon (408) - 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 (5789) - .....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 (266) - 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 (1227) - 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 (8030) - 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 (5013) - 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.
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours golden with hardly any head or lace. Nose is pale malts. Flavor is the same with a not so pleasant finsih. I could chug this (which I did) but I can’t see drinking this regularly or ever ordering it on tap.
Lothore (542) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Clear golden color with minimal carbonation bubbles visible. Nice frothy head for an all-malt lager.
S- Some hints of sweet malts but very faint nose.
T- Crisp and malty with hints of metallic flavor which quickly subside.
M- fairly thin and very carbonated.
D- This would be a great alternative to a macro on a warm summer day. Very refreshing.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sampled. Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma of pale malts and grassy hops. the flavor is slightly sweet upfront, bread, and finishes lightly bitter. Thin bodied, ok for a premium lager.