nuplastikk (4938) - 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
it’s ok, Not bitter and light colored. Had no flavor really. Tasted like something thin. Some carbonation.
Alphadelic (1880) - 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 you’d 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... isn’t 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... Don’t 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 I’ll be able to order a beer in a Kona bar and compliment the bartender in the native language.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
10/22/08 From the bottle. Aroma is medium pils corny with a moderate pils background. Appearance is clear straw yellow with a well maintained white head. Flavor is sour, but not strong, pils malt forward; sweetness comes with time, fairly complex, with a quite floral noble finish. Mouthfeel is low bodied with a light slickness (diacetyl?) and high carb texture. Overall, easy drinking and more to it than example from macro brews.
PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Beachside in Encinitas. Poured clear golden color with medium head and light carbonation. Sightly sweet with light hops. Smooth and easy to drink. Could use more carbonation. Not bad, but forgettable.
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Woodstock’s, Santa Barbara. Nice lager, complimented with some excellent pizza. Malty lager with sweet and spicy flavors.
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>courtesy of MadDan</i> - slightly hazy golden colour with a poor head retention; nose of corn, aromatic hoppiness and fresh lemon; subtle carbonation and medium-bodied, fresh and dynamic, lively palate; decently bitter with a long finish of herbs and yellow fruits - very drinkable
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden color with a thick head. First glass I tried, the beer came off tasting skunky to me - not sure if it was me or the beer. So, I dumped and tried another one the next day. This time I got an aroma of spice, hops, and malt. Taste was better the second time around with a slight pine, hop and floral taste. I prefer their pale ale offering but this wasn’t bad.
popephred (263) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pour produced a clear, wheat colored body, topped by a small head of white foam, which diminished quickly. Aroma is a fair balance of hops and malt. Medium bodied, with a malty sweetness. Palate isn’t eclectic, and shouldn’t be. This is a smooth drinking beer with a bit of a hops afterbite at the end to give it a little character. Not memorable, but not bad...