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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
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2,227 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 46
Gots: 399 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2002

Longboard Island Lager is a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.

18 IBU
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Ratings: 2,227 | Reviews: 628
Photo of Sweet_Hammy
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Decent. Easy. Definable papaya as one other reviewer pointed out. Just enough bright hop flavor to keep.it clean. Had on tap at Old Chi. After being over hop blasted too many times I am searching for balance. This beer is nicely balanced but leaves emptiness on the initial taste. Finishes well though.

Photo of ARoman
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is bread dough with a light, grassy spice, and a touch of honey late. The beer pours a clear straw pale with a foamy white head that only has a light retention, but moderate lace. The taste is a medium sweet and light bitter. The beer is smooth and oily with a light fuzz and light body. The flavors on the palate are honey and corn with a slick finish of honey and a mild, grassy spice that leaves a bready aftertaste.

Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Given its name, you'd expect Longboard Island Lager to be topped with surf-worthy white froth and leave waves of lacing. But it's not and it doesn't. Instead the surface is still and calm as a koy pond. This beer is, however, appropriately clear and sunny for something made on Hawaii's Big Island.

The aroma has a lightness on par with its complexion. But that's not to say there's no flavour. Lagers like this can be a fantastic representation for beer's most important ingredient: malt. Indeed, this one has a graininess reminiscent of the feed room in a stable. It's a bouquet that emphasizes the fresh and grassy side of the cereal grain with hops providing a faint floral note too.

The palate, on the other hand, is much more 'malty' than 'grainy'. It tastes definitively like something from the bakery not the farm; these biscuity, bready, even doughy flavours and their inherent gentle sweetness would be most at home in a confection or cake or cereal protein bar.

Despite the fine offering of flavour, this isn't the kind of beer to slowly savour - light-bodied and easy to drink, it puts up no fight going down (and doesn't take much time to do so). The contents of the glass disappear quickly as each sip almost leaves you more thirsty for the next.

Longboard Island Lager is exactly the kind of flagship beer you'd understandably expect from a Hawaiian brewery. It's an offering that doesn't demand much attention and is probably best enjoyed in hot, sunny settings. It isn't quite on par with top German Helles but is worlds above any American macro.

Photo of Categart
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and refreshing! Great summer beer!

Photo of loubar
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours a clear pale golden yellow with a thin white head of foam that leaves no trace. Nose of yeast and mild malt. Taste of biscuit and malt up front with some grassiness and a faint a floral tone. Little bitterness. Light in body, crisp on the tongue, with a watery finish. Beers like this don’t get much respect, but this is a good example of a solid, warm weather pale lager, light, refreshing and subtle.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a generous head that laces. Light yellow gold color. Aroma is typical pale lager with light biscuity malts and spicy/grassy hops, yet the nose has a slightly sour twang to it that reminds me of some wheat beers. Flavor is clean, dry and crisp with grainy malts and a nice balance from the hops. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit rough but not terrible. A decently good lager. I prefer Kona's ales.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not bad for a pale light lager. Clean and could go well with island cuisine as it has a bit of an edge and more flavor than a regular light lager. Interesting brew from a brewery than makes solid, clean beers.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold pour with white foam. Baked bread nose. Floral and slightly sweet. Lite mouthfeel. Ok lager.

Photo of AuntBea
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing beer but, has a little edge to it.

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't normally reach for a lager, but I really like this one.

Photo of aussiebeer
1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

MIght have to taste this again, going off a 1/2 star rating on Untappd back in 2013, my tastes have changed.... I'll give it another go

Photo of Hopmaniaman
4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic lager. I love it

Photo of panoocha
4.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light taste and light in color. Refreshing.

Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A bright golden yellow, extremely clear. No head. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising through the beer. I love the yellow color, because it really does make the beer look like an exotic "island" lager.

Smell - 3.5/5
Smells like a lager. I have a hard time smelling anythine other than the lager smell (but that's the case with most lagers I try...so maybe it's just my unrefined nose, rather than the beer.) The smell does seem to have a hint of fruitiness to it, almost tropical fruitiness.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet malts, some fruitiness, some "lager taste". I like this lager a lot, because I can really taste the malts. The lager aspect is still very present, but there is a great balance between malts and "lager taste". The beer is quite sweet, with perhaps hints of honey.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, quite crisp, a good amount of carbonation. Smooth, and perhaps a bit syrupy (but only slightly).

Overall - 4/5
This was actually a great lager. One of the best I remember having.

Photo of Ernie_B
4.11/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My go to beer. I always eat this at Islands. This is a refreshing beer at its finest. One of the best lagers available. Crisp, tasteful, and it will make you happy.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A pale golden body with some slowly rising bubbles. A white head recedes to a wispy film. Light lacing.

Aroma: A malty aroma laced with a faint lemongrass hop presence.

Taste: A little sweet maltiness up front with a grassy, hoppy finish. Simple and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light and crisp.

Overall: A very tasty beer, not very complex, but balanced. Refreshing.

Photo of AirynCalle
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Could drink a whole bottle.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Easy drinking, cold and refreshing lager after a long day on the beach.

Photo of bwood06
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Very clear golden in color. Moderate to high carbonation is easy to see. Very thin white head. 3.75/5

S - White bread and some corn. Grassy hops. 3.5/5

T - Dominated by a corniness and grassy hops. Some yeasty white bread is also prevalent. Creamed corn is the major note that I am getting here. 3.25/5

M - Very creamy but also light at the same time. Medium bodied which throws me a bit for such a light beer. 3.5/5

O - This is a beer that I could easily drink on a warm day and enjoy. Creaminess reminds me more of a Cream Ale (like Spotted Cow) than an Island Lager. 3.25/5

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

On tap and poured into a shaker pint. Clear yellow in color with no head thanks to the pour. Aroma is light malt, biscuit, grassy and floral hops. Taste is bread, grass, and grain. Medium body, thin texture, moderate to high carbonation, dry bitter finish.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

it looks : A soft pour yields a stark white, fluffy head. It is 2 fingers in height and leaves wisps behind. The body is heavily carbonated, leaving bubbles along the sides of the glass, ascending up like champagne. It is pale straw blonde in color.

It smells : heavy malted corn scent, not far from Corona's smell although much sweeter and not as odious. This makes up most of the profile. Behind that, a slight banana peel note, faint fruity hop.

It tastes : Crisp, clean, mild malt flavor - made up of barley and corn. A slight slap of hop comes in but is flooded by more corn malts.

Mouthfeel : very clean all the way through , very crisp, with a sharp finish. Heavily carbonated.

Overall : This was an impressive lager. I'd have it again.

Photo of vinicole
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and refreshing - nothing more.

Photo of Skywalker0g
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer and has that aloha taste with it :)

Photo of gopens44
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes, this isn't altogether too bad for what it is. Little biscuity but otherwise very easy drinking.

Photo of Lukasbane
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Imagine if any of the generic/popular watery beers had more flavor and smoothness, you get Longboard. Not bad if you're just looking for something light.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.