Big Wave Golden Ale
Kona Brewing Co.

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #391
Ranked #46,009
3.58 | pDev: 14.25%
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
Notes: Big Wave is light golden ale with a subtle fruitiness and delicate hop aroma. A smooth, easy drinking refreshing ale. The lightly roasted honey malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and also gives a slight sweetness that is balanced out by our special blend of hops.

20 IBU
Reviews: 441 | Ratings: 2,307 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, this beer is what beer is about. It’s sessionable, it has malt, it has hop characteristics, it finishes smooth. The popular macrobrews are essentially water and corn syrup now, this is what your baseline light beer should be. It’s sweet, hoppy, not bitter, made for relaxation. Cheers!

Aug 20, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 355ml bottle actually should have bought the whole 6 pack it's a good light bodied beer with a hoppy aroma and taste .
product of the USA.
imported by the craft brand company Toronto Ontario Canada.
it said in my bottle
easy drinking beer and enjoyable.
definitely would buy again .

Aug 14, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 5/18/21, so 2 1/2 months old.

Looks very good in the glass. Bright pale golden yellow body with good carbonation. Bright white head persists in good form throughout leaving rings of lacing.

Very faint fruit aroma.

On tasting, clean, smooth, easy drinking beer. No aftertaste. A little sweet.

Mouth between thin and medium, finish a featherlight hop note, and a touch watery.

Overall, good clean tasting uncomplicated beer on a hot July evening

Aug 01, 2021
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this,Trailside restaurant, 7/25/21, West Newton. Bright apricot and honey on the nose. The flavor is a beautiful apricot, honey and light coconut. Not being used to a golden ale, this is amazing; a very smooth and easy drinking beer. Surprised by the low ratings on this one....

Jul 25, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a super short lived white head which dissipates to lacing with some islands on the top. Mild aroma of malt and hops and the taste is equally bland. One and done on this one.

Jul 24, 2021
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Ggallin from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine golden ale with a lil sum sum on the tropical tip in there. Low abv so could certainly serve a purpose and from hawaii, cant go less then 4 here. Aloha!(ps never been).

Jul 23, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head that remains for a while. Very crisp with light body. Low bitterness. Agree with another review, this is for after mowing or to have with a meal. Quite refreshing but simple flavors on the sweet side.

Jul 19, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light Golden color.
Body is about medium with the carbonation being about the same.
Aroma is malt,bread,grain, cereal, with perhaps a little honey.
Taste didn't stray too far from the aroma.
Perhaps not world class but a solid beer for post lawn mowing or went went with food.

Jul 12, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light yellow gold body with a frothy white head that has moderately high retention, peaking at a rocky finger-and-a-half for a few moments and settling to a mid-sized cap which holds for several minutes and leaves behind patches of slick lacing as it lowers to a thin cap

aroma is dry malt, light'n'bright fruit, and a bit of spicy hop; the aroma is very muted and faint though

taste follows the nose. it's lightly and honeyed sweet and malty with faint hop backer that comes across peppery.

mouthfeel is light bodied and high carbonation, running smooth (if not a little watery) and finishing crisp with a dry finish

a fairly basic but well executed blonde ale that is an easy choice for a session'r

Jul 10, 2021
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BroBobby70 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24 oz can into pint glass
App. 1 1/2 finger head, which slowly reduced. Dark yellow color
Smell: Strong malt/ bread aroma
Taste: Malt comes through, a little fruity. Pleasant aftertaste
Feel: Light carbonation tingles
Overall: A good beer with spicy food or just for sippin'

Jun 27, 2021
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Gmann from New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a pillowy white head that slowly settles.

The aroma is lightly fruity with a touch of grain and sulfur. Perhaps a slight nutty note.

The taste is of that slight nutty note along with some grain husk. Light general fruitiness.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Slightly sweet on the palate. Drinks very easy with no aftertaste in the finish. Slightly astringent in the finish.

Easy drinking beach brew. Not much flavor but no off flavors. Very drinkable.

Jun 19, 2021
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold-light amber, quite clear; glossy off-white head. Cracker malt, lighter honey biscuit. Layered with pink lemonade, melon, kiwi fruit. Very effervescent with super soft carb, light body. It's actually a bit watery, but I was expecting an easy drinker.

Jun 13, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

Clear gold with plenty of visual carbonation and one half inch of white foam leaving a bit of lacing. Nose is weak and consists of a small amount of spicy hop aroma. Taste is spicy rye-like hops and cracker malt, flavor and bitterness are restrained. Light-medium, frothy body with a slightly crisp finish. Session-able and easy to drink but somewhat bland.

Jun 07, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this at The Dish Dash restaurant in San Jose California.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow with a rocky foamy head that dropped quickly.
Smells lightly bready, fruity, Sweet.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall light, might be good with Mexican food but I probably won't order again.

Jun 03, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Are there any good brews from the warmer climes? Out of a twelve ounce can into a clear pint glass came a liquid that is sort of gold, in what little color there is. This is very transparent, without much head, although it appears well carbonated. The smell is more of malt and yeast than hops. The taste is mildly malty and slightly hoppy on a very thin body. This may be refreshing when very thirsty, but it's really not worth trying.

Apr 30, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a six-pack from a Sunoco for $7.99. Poured into a red Solo cup.

L - Pours a light gold with a very thin pale goldenrod head.
S - Wet straw. Grapefruit peel. Biscuit. Slight bitter smell.
T - Dirty pennies, potato bread, and a faint floral backing. Rather sweet. Canned pineapple aftertaste.
F - Medium carbonation. Refreshing, and surprisingly light-bodied.
O - After drinking this with a friend of mine, I've never wanted to go to the beach more. On its own, I'd say it's pretty average, but this beer would likely change based on the atmosphere it's served in. Sounds stupid probably, but if you drink it, you'll get it. Refreshing for sure, and I'd imagine it'd pair well with fish tacos. Will purchase again.

Apr 05, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 19DEC20 (4 months ago) poured into a bow tie glass at fridge temp 4.4% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is faint with a hint of sweet pineapple. The taste is semisweet, light caramel, more pineapple with additional tropical fruit in the background. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good for style. Not really my thing with the fruitiness and there is a hint of unpleasant aftertaste, as if the fermentation was rushed.

Mar 27, 2021
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bret27 from California

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I’m not going to roast this beer.
Here is the style category per ba:

“One of the most approachable styles, a golden or Blonde Ale is an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it is an American classic known for its simplicity. Sometimes referred to as “Golden Ale.”
19.2 oz can 3 months ago. Refrigerated.

Mar 25, 2021
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staubot from Canada (MB)

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poor head and brings this down for look. Smells sweet but taste is weak and watery. Surprised this has as good an average rating as it does. Would be the top of the weak, light beer category for me. Hawaiian Coors.

Mar 13, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a golden color with a small head and decent lacing. On the nose it smells bready and floral. There is a cornmuffin note, but without the corn. Maybe a hint of diactyl, but its not bad. On the palate, it is full bodied slight sweet beard flavor. The butteriness is there, but it works well with the bready flavor. The hops are floral and slightly bitter. the floral nature is green, like a flower bud. The mouthfeel isn't spectacular. the beer is there and foamy. the body isn't great.
Overall, it is a moreish beer you just that feels like taking a big bite out of a hunk of bread.

Feb 28, 2021
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beerbeerbeerbeerbeerbe from Tennessee

3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

wow this is cool one. taste like what i think hawii taste like in the summer with pineapple and hula girls..haha.. good times bring back memories. hope i can drink one in hawaii some day when i get my next stimulus(finger crossed )!!

Feb 13, 2021
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: bubbly head nice clear gold color tiny bit of lacing small cap not a lot of carbonation
S: toasty bread with a small scent of apricot or toasted pine
T: not a lot of flavor very small amount of cracker taste with a low grade bitterness that fades away
F: medium to heavy body low carbonation leaves mouth dry and sticky
O: mediocre ale a little lower than average

Dec 19, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid blonde ale, had on tap; pours a chill-hazed but otherwise crystal clear yellow with a wispy white head that doesn’t lace at all; crisp sweet malt profile is slightly toasted and leads to impressions of honey-drizzle biscuit, impressions of vanilla...subtle fruitiness, minimal bitterness, this thing is all crisp malt and delicate sweetness. Clean finish in a fairly creamy body, especially at 4.5%. Nothing wrong here.

Sep 24, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good looking brew on the pour....clear golden hue with frothy head and some nice lace....not much of an aroma, but taste is malty, crisp and refreshing.

Sep 07, 2020
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rchen42 from Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I react pretty badly to alcohol, but this is one of the best tasting beers I've had. It's more compatible with my body than other beers and it's one of the first beers that I've actually enjoyed. I'm hoping to try more from this brewing company soon!

Aug 19, 2020
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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