Lemongrass Luau | Kona Brewing Co.

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Lemongrass LuauLemongrass Luau

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.34/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Actually had this in the can. Its on my bottom shelf in terms of canned goodness. This was not good.

Pours a cloudy yellow, plenty of haze, 1" full of white head. Looks just fine. Aroma was ginger, lemon, not really beer smells up in here.

Taste, ugh, this was not drinkable for me. So much lemon and ginger. Some wheat behind that. Nothing like beer, and I like some fruity or weird beer styles. Lots of carbonation and nothing in terms of feel for malt, yeast or hops.

The rare beer I couldn't even come close to finishing.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow pour, nose is ginger and wet grass. Taste is overpowering ginger, light lemon and grasses. Light mouth feel. A refreshing beach beer not much more.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of 24JUN16 into standard pint glass.

L: Straw yellow with white finger width head. Recedes into thin layer. Spotted lacing.

S: Ginger, Lemon no strong hops or malts.

T: Lemon off the line first, followed y the ginger and some grassy flavors.

F: Crisp and refreshing, light body. Easy on the palate, high drinkability.

O: Meh, not my style of beer but worth a try. Well made.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am finding all sorts of bottles as I winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody!

From the bottle: "808 Series"; "Liquid Aloha"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha."

I Pop!ped the cap & went with a gentle pour due to some visible floaties in the punt of the bottle. An in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention, leaving behind sticky lacing as it fell. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, inspiring The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon and Midas to come in from the living room, where they were watching football on teevee. Nose was stunning with the ginger! They did not need to put anything on the label & I could have identified it. Wow. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, on the big side on the tongue without achieving creaminess. The taste was definitely spicy with ginger, but it was not as intense as it had seemed on the nose. Finish was dry and spicy, but one was enough. This would probably be better on a hot, humid Summer day or as an accompaniment to Asian cuisine.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, dated "June2416".

Medium pale yellow with a fizzy head that quickly fades to a few small transient bubbles.

Crisp, pale malt with herbal, grassy hops. Smells a bit like ginger beer.

Lemon-lime, earthy greens, ginger root, and a medium honey sweetness.

Medium bodied with punchy carbonation. It's like an earthy, organic lemon-lime soda.

It isn't my cup of tea. It would definitely be too sweet without the high level of carbonation and that would make it less refreshing, which I think was the goal.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pale yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is grass with some spices. The taste is slight citrus and grass. A nice beer.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The lemongrass flavor is VERY prominent. It almost has a weed like flavor to it, which some may or may not like. I gradually warmed up to this beer but don't think it's something I'd drink again.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/11/2016. Poured into pint glass. It pours a hazy golden color with virtually no head or lacing. It doesn't have much of a smell, just a little grass and lemon peel. The first thing I taste is the ginger which gives it a unique flavor, along with lemon and what I can only describe as grass. It also has a slight bitterness at the finish. It's light, crisp, and easy to drink with an ABV of 5%. Overall, it strikes me as a novelty beer. The ginI'd like to try this one on draught. I'm glad I tried it but won't seek it out again.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice summery beer for my bar. You can smell the lemon and ginger. These types of beers are easy drinking and seem to sell well for me. I have to be in the mood for a beer that has this taste, as it can be sometimes overwhelming in flavor. I would carry this again next year.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bruce K. for the gift. 12oz bottle poured into shaker pint glass. Poured a clear light gold color, with about 1/2 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left no trace.

The aroma had a faint grain scent, and very light spices. Pretty similar on the tongue, basically a mildly spiced light lager. The body was light and crisp, with a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was OK, but one was enough for me. Overall, pretty much what I expected, which wasn't much. If it hadn't been a gift, I likely wouldn't have tried it. If you skip it, you won't miss much.

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Photo of BCad
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Straw/gold yellow, very bubbly and champagne-like. Minimal lacing and a small white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Ginger majority up front with a hint of sweet caramel malt.

T: Ginger deffinitely shine through initially with a gentle bitterness on the back end.

F: Smooth a bubbly, deffinitely an easy drinking beer. Has a good amount of body and does not feel like water in your mouth like some blondes do.

O: Very good beer, particularly if you enjoy ginger. Bubbly with plenty of body, nothing offensive about the taste. This is a fantastic summer session drinker. Get some of these, especially if you are up in north-eastern USA; they brew out of RedHook in NH so Kona is very affordable up this way. I took home a sixer for $8.99 at a local convenient store and I will be back for more!

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad... reminds me of a shandy, but with a bit more beer flavor and slightly less sweet. The lemongrass is readily apparent, but the ginger is more mild and just adds a bit of a spiciness. Not the most exciting beer, but it's about what I had expected. Serviceable.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/12/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head wit hgood retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings dow nthe glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, ginger, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spices, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, ginger, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and ginger spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, gimger, wheat, cracker, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, spices, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitter/spice balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spice as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly crisp/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%; with some light ginger heat creeping in near the end of the glass. Overall this is a good spiced blonde ale. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, spices, and light yeast ester flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Lemongrass Luau"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "10:16 3 APR 27 16" and sampled on AUG 03 16
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Lemongrass Luau pours a slightly hazy golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam. It initially leaves some limited broken rings and craggy spots and splashes of lace behind, but the head dissipates quickly and not much is left beyond that point.

Ginger and an herbal character are found in the nose over a basic, golden maltiness.

The lemongrass and ginger are clear in the flavor over a sweetish malt base. Initially sweet, the ginger soon catches up and balances it quite nicely. Not much bitterness is needed, and it finishes spicy with ginger as the malt erodes.

It's medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation that's probably kept that way so as not to emphasize the spiciness of the ginger, and it works (although personally I'd like a little more bite!).

Not a bad spring or summer beer, I could also see drinking this in the dead of winter as the sun sets over snow covered trees - but of course that's not a problem in Hawaii! Refreshing and interesting, and nicely balanced. Well done.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing this beer is pretty straightforward. If you like ginger and lemongrass (and I do which is why I ordered it at a restaurant) then this is a beer worth giving a try. It gives off a feint scent of, well, ginger and lemongrass.The color is more yellow than golden topped off with a thin head. Nice finish with little bitter after taste. All in all a good summer beer.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Longs Drugs $7.99 6-pack
Clear golden color
Smell of ginger very distinctive
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Lemongrass and ginger taste are prominent.
Overall this is a very refreshing beer. This would make a good palette cleanser for whatever kind of food you're eating.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Artwork: Typical Kona-style artwork depicting three dancing ladies in front of a Hawaiian sunset.
Appearance: Clear yellow with a thin head that disappears quickly (and completely) leaving no lacing behind.
Smell: It smells like someone who had recently drank a ginger ale just burped in your face, which is to say not bad.
Taste: Ginger and a hint of lemongrass followed by some barely noticeable maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery.
Overall: It's an OK beer to drink (preferably super chilled) on a hot day.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is exceptional with a golden pour. Jovial bubbles very pale very clear. head lasted very well for the style. nose is cracker and spice. Lemongrass and ginger. Ginger is earthy. Light breath from hops cools the background. taste is ginger. Lots of it. Ginger bread, ginger cookie, and lemon. malt has texture and grace. Good crisp mouthfeel. Finishes not quite dry.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Lemongrass, citrus, and ginger on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and crisp. Finishes with more lemongrass and ginger lingers. Crisp and light for summer.

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Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden yellow with a small white head. Aromas and flavors of ginger root and lemongrass are present with a slight white bread/crackery sweetness to balance. The spicy ginger dries the palate and paired quite nicely with a sandwich featuring sprouts, stone ground mustard, and sliced red onion. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of mkjonese
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Sunshine yellow in color, with lots of bubbles. This is one you can listen to once you've poured it. The minimal head dissipates quickly, but leaves a ring.

Aroma: Ginger ale soda, a little malt. Doesn't have a huge aroma, really have to stick your nose into the glass (at least while cold).

Taste: Sweet ginger is the biggest flavor, but it's not overwhelming. Behind that, lemon, breadiness and a citrus pithiness that creates a clean finish without being too bitter. I was worried that this would be too sweet and heavy like a lot of beers that utilize ginger, but they managed to balance the flavors really well and keep it crisp.

Mouthfeel: It's quite effervescent, which is great for a summer beer. Medium-light-bodied, clings a little to the inside of your mouth, but doesn't coat it.

Overall: I think it would be a nice beer to share with a friend on a warm evening, or a good addition to any summer mix-n-match six pack. Definitely refreshing, as advertised. Kona's got a good lineup and this is a solid addition to it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Lemongrass Luau from Kona is good....perfect summer beer. The beer poured a straw yellow with white head that is not leaving a lace. The scent is lemon and ginger. The taste follows suite and is evenly balanced. The mouhtfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a winner and worth a try.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.22/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass.

Look: Hazy straw yellow body with a fizzy white head that recedes to absolutely nothing. No lacing.

Aroma: Heavy on lemongrass and ginger, it smells a lot like hot herbal tea. No other noticeable beer ingredients.

Taste: Light and watery notes of lemongrass, lemon drop candy, spicy ginger. Somewhat medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely the worst part of this beer. Watery and carbonated like seltzer water.

Overall: Not my thing. Market this as a radler at the very least, but don't pass it off as "Ale brewed with ginger and lemongrass added." I feel like I'm drinking lemon flavored Alka Seltzer.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is ginger and lemons/citrus. The flavor is ginger, spices/lemongrass, malts, citrus and a mix of slight heat and slight sourness in the finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 4/12/16. 5% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied ginger, ginger juice, lemongrass, and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with lemongrass, ginger, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the lemongrass and ginger qualities get more subdued as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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