Kona Lemongrass Luau

I had this beer at my local bar while having a weekend lunch with Val. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Lemongrass Luau is a blonde ale brewed with wheat malt, ginger, and lemongrass. The earthiness of the hops complements the spicy flavor and aroma of the ginger and lemongrass, and what’s left is a crisp summer beer that makes you want to lie in a hammock and never leave. As the sun sets over the mighty Pacific Ocean, a beautiful Hawaiian luau celebration begins. In view of the bright blue waters of Kailua Bay, just steps from our Kona Brewery, tiki torches are lit and the mouthwatering scent of kalua pork rises from the imu pit oven as the ti leaves are removed. The swaying motion of hula dancers falls in perfect rhythm with the music, telling tales of the ancient gods. This is how Hawaiians celebrate life’s joyous events—a big beachside feast shared with friends and family, our ‘ohana.’ Even if you’re not at the beach, gather your ohana around a great meal, share this Kona brew, and have a luau of your own.”

Random: Some of the best meals I had as a child were in Hawaii.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It went away quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with wheat and lemongrass. After a few sniffs, I also picked up some ginger as well. The taste was very similar to the nose. It had a lot of grain and wheat and quickly transitioned into lemongrass with a touch of lemon. White tea and ginger came through next, but the overwhelming flavor was the lemongrass. The body was on the light side with high carbonation. The finish was quick with lemongrass. Conceptually, this beer had a lot of promise, it just needed the flavors in better balance.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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