Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,292
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 50
Gots: 452 | 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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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 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 oberon
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local Italian eatery last night and honestly was pleasently surprised.Came in a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with some chill haze from the glass,a thinner but well retained head atop.Not much in the nose,a little sweetness and grain but really not much goin on.Was taken back a little by the herbal hop smack I got on the palate....really.Herbal with a firm toasty base that did fade after a few drinks but still the hop flavors were a pleasent surprise.Drinkable and firm in the mouth,a nice lager beer with food.

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a light, orangish-yellow in color with a really good head that showed retention, which is rare in an American Lager.

Smell – The big grain base here is easy on the nose. It has a very pleasant bouquet and is balanced with some light hopping.

Taste – This is not a bad lager. It’s much better than the standard macro-swill. The grain is unapologetically bold with just a small bitter hop compliment. Just as Zorro said in his review three days ago, it starts off with the big lagerish grain, brings up the bitter hop flavors, then closes with a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and smooth in between the cheeks as all good lagers should be.

Drinkability – If you want a lager, why would you drink some macro-swill if you could have this?

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Hawaiian climate. Bring on the lagers!

Pale in color, glowing yellow and crystal clear, which is similar to the sub-style. Wild flowers, Asian pear and a bit of doughy biscuit in the nose. Big on smoothness, creamy as well, which was an unexpected but welcome surprise. What a lovely body on this lager. Biscuity, grassy maltiness is long and drawn out. Bitterness dials in with a spicy and dried herb flavor. Very balanced, from hops to sweetness to toasted grain. Clean palate with only a hint of sulfur. Biscuity flavors from the grain become dominant in the end for the most part. Big dry finale of clean grain.

Very impressive, a bigger body than we expected, but that's not a bad thing as it stays very drinkable bottle to bottle. Just more proof that brewing lagers is worth the effort.

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

Nothing spectacular about this beer, yet nothing incredibly annoying either. Poured a bright yellow with a small, frothy white head. Smell was of grass, slight tropical fruit and malt. Flavor was very clean, slightly earthy and malty but not much complexity. Mouthfeel was refreshing and average for the style. Nothing spectacular here but a solid Lager nonetheless.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a very clear golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Good active carbonation. Aromas start with toasty grains alongside some grassy, herbal hops with a hint of pepper as well. Fairly mellow and nice overall.

First sip brings a light toasted grain malt upfront that's followed by a mellow herbal, grassy hop flavor. A bit of a peppery spiciness that's followed by a light bitterness on the way down. A crisp, clean easy drinking lager that goes down easy and is a well crafted brew.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with sturdy carbonation as it goes down. An easy drinking lager that I can see being refreshing on a very hot day out by the beach. Although it's not something I'd personally grab regularly...it's still a tasty all malt lager that goes down easy and is plenty drinkable.

Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a packaged on date on the neck.

Appearance: Pale yellowish gold holding a good clarity with a wicked frothy head on top.

Smell: Basic clean maltiness … clean.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smooth with a semi-crispness in a medium body. Clean pale malty flavors throughout, not too sweet. A good kick of spicy bitterness to help balance. Finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability & Notes: An all around easy drinking lager, this is a real American Lager in my book. Light yet still very flavorful, an all purpose beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, medium carbonation, clear, light gold in color

Smell: toasted malt and grass--not overly strong

Taste: toasted malt, grass, and some light sweet citrus fruit--perhaps pineapple

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet, smooth

Drinkability: I like the subtle fruit tones to this and I might have this again on a hot day. Nothing I would rush to get, but it is better than most in its style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the corn and wheat. Not very appetizing. The flavor is wheat and corn with some grassy and earthy hop notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Kona makes some good beers, but this is not one of them.

Photo of mattster
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Pilsner glass.

Pours a 1" head, dies down to .25" of foam with lots of bubbles. Color is mostly clear/slightly hazy light yellow brew with some bubbles floating to the top.

Smell is of light hops and malts with faint herbaceous notes. Taste isn't bad, but it is not great either. It taste mostly like malt/adjuncts - just a straight beer flavor without bitterness or bad aftertaste. Nothing major - nothing worth writing home about, but still a decent brew.

Photo of SDbeerguy
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a SD Padres 40th anny. pint glass (I saw a previous poster rep the Mets glass, so I may do the same, haha)

I've always loved this beer from the first time I had it. I don't know what it is. I think it's what a premium American lager should taste like. Figures we have to go all the way to Hawai'i to find it. Figures. Very smooth and very drinkable. Not too pissy like a generic American lager (i.e. Coors light) but not too overwhelming either. I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. My rating may seem average but the taste and drinkability are the only categories really above average because let's face it, that's what we're looking for anyway right?

Enjoy a Kona Longboard!

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was picked up fairly quickly, and this is from memory, so I apologize.

A: This beer was poured into a pint glass, and was a nice golden color.

S: The beer that I got was slightly "skunked", however still smelled of hops and grain.

T: The grain continues in this beverage from the smell to the taste, and slightly finishes a bit bitter.

M: Fairly full bodied.

D: I'd rate this higher if it was more readily avaliable back where I'm from.

Best of luck in your endeavours. Cheers.

Photo of bsp77
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Bright yellow with nice sized stark white head and some lacing.

Smell: Muted grainy malts and a touch of hops.

Taste: Very light malt taste, fairly grainy, with a light spicy counterbalance at the end.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Not a lot going on here, but very smooth and easy to drink. Very nice on a warm day.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a nonic glass bottled on Mar.19 08 on bottle. Got this beer from my friends Pam and Brian who brought it back on a recent trip to Hawaii to get hitched. Brian must have like this beer since it was a sixer when he bought it and all i got was 2 beers out of it. The beer was a deep golden color with and 1" creamy bone white head that dissapates on the quick side to a thin creamy coating,not much carbination visiable.
Sweet candied malt aromas,lighty toasty with some berry-like fruityness. Clean with no hop notes to speak of.
Light malty flavors with some slight cloying,a good bit of fruityness,berry-like with some English character.Good,clean taste,refreshing,finishes with a dry grassy,astrigent feel.
Light to medium bodied,an easy drinking beer with enough taste to keep me interested on a nice summer day.

Photo of deebo
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've enjoyed this beer while spending time in Hawaii. Coming back to review this brew. On tap at the crows nest in Santa Cruz. Served in a pint glass without head this pale yellow beer is clear and pretty bland looking. Aromas are clean pils malt with the slightest hint of spicy hops. More flavor than u would expect as this beer is heavier on the hops than your standard lager. Otherwise clean and crisp with just a hint of a bitter lingering finish. Easy to drink with a little character. A solid brew meant for sunshine. Easilly light struck be careful to keep in the shade.

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 Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm committing a cardinal BA sin and reviewing this from memory. I drank it in Hawaii and didn't feel like taking my eyes off of the scenery and swarm of international tourists surrounding me to jot notes on a bev nap.

However of all the Hawaiian beer of which I partook, I think this was the best. Lagers often get bashed on this site, but a good one can be as pleasurable as any quality beer can be. The Longboard was one of the best lagers I've had in a long time: Crisp, well-balanced, with a perfect spike of hops.

It one considers it to be a tropical island session beer, it's nearly perfect. Aloha.

Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing, NoSignsOfPain!

Golden yellow with lots of visible carbonation. A moderately sized white head that disappears quickly and leaves little to no lace down the glass.

Bready aroma with a mild hint of grassy hops. There's nothing at all unpleasant about this, though nothing particularly pleasant either.

Taste is identical to the nose along with a low to medium amount of bitterness for the style. There is a mild grassy hop presence and simple grainy malts.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Slightly above average for the style, but that really isn't saying much.

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label bottling date of Nov 13, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellowish golden orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A grainy, biscuity, Pilsner like aroma. Sweet pale malts with hints of wheat grains, biscuit, yeast, and straw. Some hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. Light presence of spicy earthy hops lingering around. Fairly grassy. A very malt and grain driven smell that is solid.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a grainy malt driven taste with nice notes of biscuit. Sweet pale malts upfront with notes of biscuit, wheat, yeast, cereal grains, and a little straw. Nice undertones of citrus orange and lemon. Subtle presence of earthy hops that are fairly spicy and grassy. Light taste, but a solid lager taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a nice little bite.

Overall: A pretty nice take on the lighter lager style. Nice taste of biscuit and light citrus.

Photo of Thrasher
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold with a high, persistent head, lots of lace. Aroma of cooked corn and lightly fragrant hops. The flavor itself is very similar to any number of cheap adjunct lagers. The absence of all metallic flavors and a light gummy hop quality are the only evidence that this was craft-brewed (by Widmer, I believe). It's a standard lager, subpar for Oregon (it's worse than Henry's), and not worth the craft beer price (over a buck a bottle at the supermarket). The sticking points for me are a raw corn-husk grainy quality that is not at all integrated into the beer, and a too-long aftertaste that resembles slightly spoiled vegetables. The flavor profile is dominated by a repellent brackish quality. The mouthfeel is okay, but not soft enough to resemble a really good lager. I will not buy this again. There are plenty of cheap lagers that aren't any worse than this, and are much more affordable. I suspect this beer might be less offensive if you drink it out of the bottle.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, average head, no lace. Aroma was a little sweet, without being corn sweet.

Taste, light, tiny bit of enjoyable sweetness. Biscuity. Hoppier than most lagers, thats for sure. An easy drinker, but not necessarily worth $8+ a 6 pack given that there isn't a whole lot going on, you're prolly paying a little bit of that just for transportation. Buy some of their porter instead.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this stuff since the summer of 2002, I probably first saw this and Fire Rock Pale Ale at the Yardhouse in Costa Mesa. At the time it was independently owned and operated in Hawaii on Oahu in Konatown. They've since teamed up with the Craft Brew Alliance, circa 2010 It's either brewed in Oregon, Washington at one of Widmer Bros locales or in New Hampshire at Redhook's facility. With that deal they also gained access to AB's distribution network so fast forward 12 years, I can now buy a beer I drank in SoCal in Steubenville, Ohio.

Pale fizzy yellow really easy to see throough, nice pocket of bright white head leaves minimal speckled lacing behind. Aromatics biscuit malt, this is as helles as it gets...what would you want on the beach in Hawaii? Probably something this thirst quenching, light herbal hops are there but this is a great all malt light lager. There's pleasant hint of pear, with the biscuit malts and a touch of powdered yeast notes.

Flavor smooth drinking beer, great biscuit malts, hints of citrus maybe lime and grassy hops just barely kiss you with a breath of bitterness...I like it. Nothing off putting, clean well brewed drinking lager, I want some of this when it gets hotter this summer. Enough herbal/grassy hops to balance out the biscuit/pale malt sweetness, this well crafted clean not off flavors.

Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation, not overdone not residual sweetness crisp clean finish...very easy to consume and refreshing.

Overall, the type of summer beer that we all need in our beer diet no matter how much we all like extreme barrel aged imperial stouts...I'll always have a place in my heart for something this light easy going and flavorful.

Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Samuel Adams lager glass.

Pours a pale, hazy yellow color that is not particularly attractive, nor is the faint fruity aroma. The modestly pleasant taste [3.25] is then better than expected. Light body with a semi-dry finish. A bit sweeter and fruitier, mainly citrus, than usual for style. That is OK, but too much corn in this.

Photo of OStrungT
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a straw yelloy. the thin white head fades very quickly, leaving no laces.

This beer has a malty aroma. Sort of boring. It smells kind of grainy. It has a slight hop aroma also, but mostly, this beers aroma is lacking.

This beer tastes slightly better than your typical American Macro Lager. It has a very slight hop flavor. It is mildly sweet. Not too much flavor, but not overly bad.

This beer is carbonated well. It is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is not aggressive. I doubt I will buy it again. There are just too many good beers around that are better.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.