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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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2,255 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,255
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 49
Gots: 418 | 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: 2,255 | Reviews: 634
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant straw to gold under a 1” sudsy white foam cap.
S: Spicy hops, light grain with faint apple.
T: Drinks very crisp and clean with a firm malt backbone with just a hint of caramel and a moderately bitter hop accent.
F: Medium light body and medium to medium high carbonation.
O: Very smooth, refreshing easy to drink lager.

Photo of MrDell
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was feeling a little fuzzy when I had this as I had over-indulged with a load of Belgian trappist beers the night before I trying this! I found it very refreshing though, as a lager should be. Nothing really stands out in this one taste wise but I enjoyed drinking it with a pizza. I could session this on a hot day with a barbeque for example.

Photo of NonSnob_BeerSnob
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's a beer. Nothing about this really stands out to me. It's not bad, but nothing I'd track down again.

Photo of vikinggary28
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks amber colour with thin white head. Definite smell, very hoppy, grainy for a lager. Mild smooth flavour that carries the hops over from the aroma. Very clean taste. Taste more like a basic pale ale than a lager. Great summer beer. I'm not a big lager fan, (o.k. oktoberfest and bock excluded) but this one is very enjoyable. Prost!

Photo of Pantalones
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Second bottle from the Kona variety pack I picked up not long ago. Bottling date is February 17th, 2015.

Appearance is pretty much what you'd expect of a pale lager -- pours very pale yellow, slightly darker once it's all in the glass, very clear. Lots of bubbles rising up through the beer, and a fluffy white head of foam on top which is pretty big upon first pouring but rapidly shrinks to a coating on top over the next couple minutes -- but unlike some of the other pale lagers I've had, the foam doesn't ever disappear completely, at least not in the time you'd take to drink a standard pint glass's worth of this. Bonus points for great bottle design, both the label and bottle itself.

Smell isn't especially strong, but what's there isn't bad. A bit of a grain/bready sort of thing and a bit of that grassy pale-lager-hops smell (especially noticeable when first opening the bottle, but present afterward too) which I didn't notice when I had my first bottle of this last night, and a bit of an almost corn-on-the-cob type sweetness.

Taste has the features present in the smell -- grain, a sweet/starchy thing that's reminding me of corn even though I'm guessing no actual corn is present in the beer (as it's not classified as an adjunct lager), and again just a bit of hoppy grassiness which I for some reason wasn't picking up in the bottle I had last night. The flavors are on the milder side, but what's there is pretty nice, definitely nothing that seems "off" at all. Plays nice with food, too -- the later half of this glass is accompanying some mac & cheese with tomatoes and green chiles, and neither the food or the beer seem to be impacting each other's flavors in a bad way at all.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, too. Light but not quite watery, and very, very drinkable. This is definitely a beer you can easily have two or three of with a meal (or without a meal, even.) I'd probably do just that if not for the fact that I've got to go to work at 4:00 and I don't want to be drinking multiple beers before I drive!

Overall -- this is actually a really nice little lager, and works really well for cooling off after a long summer day or having a beer (or a few) with a meal. I think I underrated this one a bit yesterday when I had my first one -- comparing to Nooner (as I had one bottle of each yesterday) the first thing that stood out is how mild it is, but comparing to others in the overall "pale lager" category (American pale lager/European pale lager/adjunct lager) that I've had, this is actually really good, easily the best of its category that I've had!
To summarize: basically an upgraded version of the Red Stripe, Tecate, etc. type of lighter island/tropical pale lagers -- all of the positive features of those beers, but with none of the negatives and a bit more flavor. If you're looking for something that's lighter without being "lite," I'd say this would be a great choice.

Photo of mkh012
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very well-rounded beer. If you're looking for complexity, this beer probably isn't for you, but as far as a daily drinker goes, I'm a huge fan of this beer. It has just the right amount of hoppiness to distinguish it from your average lager. Slight hints of citrus and floral hoppiness but an extremely smooth finish. A great beer to have 5 or 6 of in a night but not as boring as macro lagers. Well-rounded is really the best way to describe it.

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

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,255 ratings.