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Leapbeer Reviews #301-303 A Brief Taste of Polynesian Beer

Earlier this year my supervisor, Martin, took his family to Maui for a trip. My first reaction when hearing he was going there was ‘Please bring back beer’, and bring back beer he did. He picked me up a bomber of the Kona Longwood Lager, a Hinano Lager from Tahiti and some of the CoCoNut Porter by Maui Brewing Company.

The Hawaiian Haul, Thank You Martin

The Hawaiian Haul, Thank You Martin

The first beer I sampled from these three is the Longboard Lager. Kona Brewing Company is located on west side (also known as the dry side) of the Big Island of Hawaii, in Kailua-Kona. This beer has been featured in the current iteration of Hawaii 5-0 on more than once, undoubtably as part of the mandatory ‘local content’ for the show. Not that I want to get into the great details about this brewery or its history, but I plain and simple just don’t know it. What I can say is the Big Island is full of wonderful surprises, and this brewery is one of them.

Brewed in Paradise

How about the beer? That I do know. I had a few different Kona beers on my last trip to Hawaii (3+ yrs ago), and I remember them all fondly. Longboard Lager isn’t any drastic step outside of normal Lager territory. It is a very light golden lager that smells a bit bready and yeasty. A decent sized head that dissipates, made of tight bubbles. It proves to be a nice easy drinking beer. While it doesn’t break the mold of lager beers, it is a solid offering. One cool note about these beers is inside the cap includes a Polynesian word and the english translation. This bottle included ‘Malama’ meaning to care, but one of the other caps I’ve seen is ‘Manu’ meaning shark.

Leapbeer #301 is Longboard Lager by Kona Brewing Company

Kona Brewing Company's Longboard Lager

Kona Brewing Company’s Longboard Lager

Brewery: Kona Brewing Company from Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
Size/ABV: 650ml Bomber/4.6%
Purchased @: Gift from a Martin

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Leapbeer Reviews – The First Lager-off

Today is the first real day of summer weather we’ve had here (Written on July 4th), so I thought it’d be a great day to break out a couple of lager beers from the leapbeer fridge. Bear in mind these arent really the craft beers that has been so much my focus as of late. I didn’t include a craft lager as it would likely skew the results.

The Rules of my [Beer]-offs are going to be very simple. I’m going to break them down by Appearance, Smell, Taste and Overall Impression and edge a winner in all catagories. After that the winner will be declared.

Our combatants for this 1st ever Leapbeer Lager-Off are Red Stripe Lager from Jamaica and Steinlager Classic from New Zealand.


Both are quite pale gold, the red stripe is a slight shade darker. Both are well carbonated and have fluffy white head on top. The Red Stripe came in a old school stubby bottle where the Steinlager came in a 750ml bottle. A Stubby will always hold a place in my memory as a piece of canadiana. I believe there’s even pictures of stubbies in the old family photo album.

Edge: Red Stripe – This was a close race for me. Even though the Red Stripe is ever so slightly darker, I can’t make the decision based on the colour of the poured beer. I am going to give Red Stripe the edge on the packaging.


Red Stripe: The scent in this beer is fairly light. It smells yeasty and lager-ish.  The way you’d expect a beer to smell, Beer-like.
Steinlager Classic: Smells of a euro hops strain, almost canaboid in nature (strange I was expecting that in the Jamaican beer). The kind of smell you would expect from a Holsten or a Grolsch.

Edge: Steinlager Classic – I like hoppy beers, and this beer certainly brings you the hops on the nose.


Red Stripe: Nice malty body, with a mild bitter note at the end of tasting. Quite carbonated. Refreshing for a hot day.
Steinlager Classic: Considerably more bitter than the Red Stripe. It is very full of flavour. It has been a long time since I’d had one of these. It’s good, for a fairly mass produced product.

Edge: Red Stripe – It is a hot day and I’m really wanting something to quaff to cool me down. The Steinlager, while good, does not have the same quaffability.

Overall Impressions

Red Stripe: This is my definition of a summer beer. I could easily destroy these in quick succession without blinking. I find them esthetically pleasing because of the stubby bottles, and the beer inside isn’t disgusting. There’s very little defining character to the beer, but when you’ve been working outside on a hot day you just want to cool down.

Steinlager Classic: This beer is very well hopped. I wish I knew the strain of hops that they use in this beer, but I don’t yet. Beyond that hop note it falls a bit flat though.

Decision: Red Stripe – It comes across as the clear winner in this 1st ever lager off. I realize that these beers aren’t craft, but they were both gifts from Leapbeer readers. Because of that I knew I’d have to take them on at some point, and this seemed like a great way to do that. My wife preferred the Red Stripe as well. One other interesting fact about the Red Stripe that I learned while doing the research on these beers is that they are brewed under license by Moosehead Brewery.

Our Winner

Leapbeer #188 is Red Stripe from Jamaica

Our loser, Steinlager Classic will be listed as Leapbeer #189. It still got consumed though, because it isn’t all bad. It just lost the decision to the Red Stripe. I wanted to say thank you to both Frank and Keegan for donating these beers to the leapbeer cause. They were thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks for Reading.

Leapbeer Reviews #52 & #53 Longboat Chocolate Porter & Phoenix Gold by Phillips Brewery

So I got a showcase pack of Phillips the other day as I hoped to to round out some more of the phillips beer catalogue. I picked one up with the Longboat Chocolate Porter as the bonus beer. To be honest, I think the fact that the box now has a window to reveal the bonus beer is a bit of a bummer. I liked the surprise of it.

But back to the beer.

I started with the Longboat Chocolate Porter. This is a delicious beer. Its got a hint of chocolate in the taste, but it is a milder porter that is a delight to drink.

#52 is Longboat Chocolate Porter

Then I moved on to the Phoenix Gold

This golden lager is refreshing and crisp, but it has a bit of a bite to it. It has the taste of light malted hops in the front, but a crisp finish in the rear. It pours to a near clear golden colour.

#53 is Phoenix Gold

As a bonus I’m going to also single out the Blue Buck. This was my long standing favorite from Phillips. It is a really tasty amber beer. My first taste of this was on tap at the Coachman. I believe this to be a great way to be introduced to beers like this. Its tasty and refreshing, it goes down super smooth.

#6 is Blue Buck

I’m not going to re review the slipstream, as I already singled that one out earlier.

All in all this iteration of the Showcase pack is a great introduction to Phillips beers. They are the milder of their brews in my experience, but don’t confuse mildness with weakness. They are all tasty beverages in their own right. Big thank you to Phillips for all your hard work.

Til I leap again.

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