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Lemongrass Luau | Kona Brewing Co.

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Lemongrass LuauLemongrass Luau

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Lovely85 on 11-05-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 111
Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -1.7%
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 +14.9%
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 +7.8%
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 -0.6%
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 +15.2%
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 -36.2%
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 -4.3%
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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Photo of Guden
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Strange and malty with light hints of ginger. Searching for lemongrass, maybe grasping at a tiny bit? Far from the best lemongrass beer, more of a subtle ginger wheat.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

A moderate pour produces a half inch white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a ring around the edges with islands of lace in the center. The beer is an extra pale golden with light carbonation.

Definite notes of lemon and ginger in both the aroma and overall flavor. Light floral hop notes serve to accentuate the light citrus aroma-flavors. Cracker-like malt flavors provide the base. Very light bodied with a seltzer-like feel on the tongue. A touch of light citrus lingers into the finish, which is fairly dry.

If you want an adult version of a ginger ale shandy, this would be it. A more subtle presentation of light fruity flavors than a shandy, it would provide a nice alternative to the latter on a sultry day or as a lunch beer. Earlier, I was imbibing some rather rich flip drinks, so this light brew is a welcome change-up. Near excellent and quite unique.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing and their 808 series beer the Lemongrass Luau - I like it. It wasn't overly impressive out of the bottle (gosh, lately none of the beers I've been trying wow me out of the bottle). Anyway, it has a weak head and no lacing, but it was still halfway decent. Feel-wise I liked the crisp and full flavor rolling around the tongue. The smell was there with the lemongrass, but ginger - which is a powerful scent - I didn't really detect. The taste of the beer was good though, very refreshing - sessionable if you're inclined to this sort of beer. A very nice job by Kona.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some hints of ginger, not much else. Taste is mild, ginger, some lemon, not bad but nothing special. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden with a thick head of white bubbles. Lovely tree-line lace.

Aroma is ginger with some citrus underneath. Very pleasant and refreshing, really.

Taste is quite unusual and unique, with the ginger being up front and foremost, but with a well-integrated touch of the lemongrass and citrus. I enjoyed this one as a tasty take on ginger beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of lemongrass, ginger, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an herbed / spice beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of lemongrass, ginger, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of earthy malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend. Nothing unique, but a refreshing brew.

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Lemongrass Luau from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.
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