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Longboard Island Lager | Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 08-07-2002

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.99 Longs Drugs
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light refreshing taste, slightly sweet from malts
Overall a good beer to drink on hot days, but nothing really stands out. Closer to a macro brew taste than a craft beer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In appearance it’s indistinguishable from the Big Wave or Wailua Wheat. There isn’t much of a smell, maybe faint citrus, but that’s about it. The flavor is faintly citrusy, light to medium malt body, not much hops, and a very crisp finish. The aftertaste is almost akin to a pilsener. This is a nice easy beer to drink, very sessionable, but not a whole lot of complexity in stark contrast to the Fire Rock Pale Ale.

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Photo of FBarber
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp golden hue with a pillowy white head.

Smell has typical APL aromas with bread, malts, slight sweetness to the aroma with a hint of subtle hops.

Taste was straightforward with some bready malts, dough, slight sweetness, mild subtle floral hops notes also peak through. Its simple straightforward and actually pretty tasty.

Feel is light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice APL. It tastes good, even if you somehow let it warm up. Not bad, not bad at all!

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Photo of Sinizar
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drink it with a lime! I drank this beer for a while and kept it stocked in my cooler along with Spotted Cow. One day I asked my wife to pick up some limes for me and when she got home she brought me a Longboard with a lime in it. I wanted the lime for my Gin and Tonic but wow did this improve the beer! Several friends have now tried it and they said it has replaced their Corona and Lime beer they would drink now and then.

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Photo of AllisonH
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

First off, let me say that I am an ale-drinking woman, first and foremost, so my opinion here is that of a lager novice.

Look: Pale amber, one finger of quickly-fading foam. Carbonation bubbles persist for several minutes after pouring.

Smell: Sweet malty odor covered in yeasty estery overtones. Certainly nothing outstanding about the nose here.

Taste: Very light in the mouth, most of the flavors come through in the aftertaste, echoing the light esters from the smell.

Feel: Quite carbonated. Instantly foams on the tongue and remains frothy in mouth. Aftertaste is dry but not overpoweringly so, crisp finish.

Overall: It's a lager. It's a pretty run-of-the-mill lager, quite drinkable and incredibly refreshing, but nothing extraordinarily notable. Certainly a beer to consider keeping nearby on a sunny day, but don't expect a terribly memorable experience.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored. Minimal white head. Not much lacing.
Lemon grass and even citrusy on the nose.
Taste is lemony/ bready and even the sweetness of honey
Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation.
A clean crisp tasting lager, perfect for the summer.

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Photo of AraBama
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Slight cloudy straw color lacks smell altogether. About a finger of foam that disappears faster than my brother when the check arrives.Not a bad tasting beer just can't find anything that stands out. Smooth feel with a little carbonation.

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Photo of FlashFan207
4.88/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On my last trip to Hawaii I discovered Kona Longboard and absolutely fell in love with it! I cannot find it here in Canada, but I signed up an account on Beer Advocate just so that I could find a beer similar to it. It tastes great and is the perfect accompaniment for a sunny day. Hoping to find something I love as much back home.

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Photo of BRZLNR
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint glass. Soft and clean lager smell. Bold yelowish lager color. Foam sits fast a couple of seconds after it is poured. It is certainly an unique lager. Light but has a nice and consistent body. Certainly tastes and feels a step above from your conventional lager beer. The label indicates a good scenario for this beer, which would be after a nice longboarding session at the beach!

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Only started seeing these recently and picked one up at one of my local stores.

Looks light a typical lager, light in yellowish color. Not much of a foam head when poured.

Some malt smell, minor hop smell.

Moderate hop taste with a light feel of a lager style beer, thin in the body with a light carbonation.

Overall probably one of the better "Island Lagers" I've had which hasn't been much. Would be really good cold on a hot summer day.

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Photo of stcules
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clean golden blond. Quite fizzy. Evanescent foam.
Low tone nose. Some hint of malt, some hint of hop.
Nothing to remember in the taste, too. Not too interesting.
Relatively dry, some hop in the back.
Quite useless.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on draft in a pilsner glass

clear, golden yellow in color, white foamy head. aroma is a bit of grain. mild. clean flavor, but not exciting. thin bodied as expected.

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Photo of DWeavie
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Its a good beer. I wouldn't buy it on a regular basis but for special occasion, sure. I don't think $3 bucks +tax (Long Beach, CA. prices) is worth it.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drinkable, wouldn't get again though. just not a good flavor to me. JUst seem like a cheap lager beer, maybe it was setting on shelve to long. kinda water also

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hearty yellow beer, 1/2" white head. Aroma was lager sweet and not much else.

Taste was just like a BMC lager with a bit more sweet edge and all/more barley used. Small hop bite to it, doesn't come off bitter because of that minor sweet stuff. Smooth easy drinker right here.

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Photo of Squire123
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surfs up, Dude.

Light color, light hops and malt, clean, crisp, refreshing, all the descriptive words for a nondescript beer. Ok, even good to some, certainly unremarkable.

Serve it at your next Luau.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of foamy and soapy white head.

Smell is of slightly sweet barley and fresh white bread.

The taste is a straight up punch of nice malts clean water and a small pop of hops.

The mouth feel is on the light side with a slightly wet finish.

For anyone tired of all of the additives in their beers this one is a real great buy. Nothing really jumping out and biting you in the butt. No great complex flavor profiles to pick through either. Just a clean and refreshing beer that is a very satisfying lager.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden pour with quickly faded white foam. Aroma is somewhat dank and musty with some sweet breadyness barely detectable. Flavor is much better with notes of honey and biscuit balanced by a grassy hop presence. Finishes fairly clean. This is drinkable.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.89/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

L - Pours a clear, straw yellow. Pinky finger of foam that disappears in seconds.

S - Sweet, grassy, not much in the fragrance department.

T - Very balanced. Malty biscuit, honey, citrus, with a domestic hoppy bite at the end, but the honey lingers throughout.

M - Crisp, light, refreshing, gulpable.

O - Run-of-the-mill lager that would be good on a hot day. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy a 6-pack.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger of white head that reduces down to a thin cap. Smell is of grass, grains, and a bit skunk. Easily quaffable and low bodied - crisp on the palate. Grains, yeast, grass, corn, bread dough. Overall - meh at best and not good enough to come back to it.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.57/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled and purchased from Marks and Spencer food hall
Pours golden body with at first big frothy white head that you just can't keep there
Not a big aroma some copper coins and wheat like most 'premium' none craft lagers
Slight citrus lemon flavour and I do mean slight with some corn syrup
Not bad mf and carbonation
This is standard stuff and wouldn't convince a none lager drinker

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Photo of dacrza1
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: February 18, 2016... GLASSWARE: 22oz pilsner... OCCASION: Two observations in one night--score one for me... APPEARANCE: a clear, lightly sallow/gold body that has rinser written all over it... the D.O.A. off-white straggling head concurs...small sea foam bubbles around the ring, while some effervescence is noticeable... AROMA: fragrant bubblegum and phenol make for an intriguing start; not much else arrives, save for some grass, burnt toast, pepper and saltiness... PALATE: this review gets swifter as the gist is delivered... a thin, oily rush coats the throat and leaves a beefy end... the aftertaste is resilient and slightly reminiscent of medicine in its warmth...easy drinking at heart, as it is no doubt intended to be... TASTE: as the nose suggested, a grassy, light, bubbly, slightly bitter lager that is above the average macro profile...some lemon hints also make this redeeming... OVERALL: it is a safe bet that if a beer has a surfboard on its label, the challenge is more in the surf board than in the beer...this is a fine beer to seek out if slightly more flavor is desired than the usual clear light... with subtleties, a bit more textured than expected too--might be (an adjusted for style) second place in the variety pack Dave graciously brought over...

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant hay color, not too pale.

Standard faint malt smell.

Taste is typical of lagers, but particularly balanced, with little of the domestic sting and all the mellow malt+alcohol bite associated with its kind.

Mouth is nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either.

A strong example of lager. Refreshing. Didn't taste like domestic urine. Not flashy, but about as full-bodied as a non-Vienna lager can be. Sampled in winter at a celebrated local pizza joint (Hideaway in Oklahoma City). Will definitely revisit in the summer.

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

Enjoyed from the tall can via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!

This pale lager pours a pale golden with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet bread, moderately strong grains, and floral honey. Flavors follow the nose with breaded malts mixed with a touch of honey and a light herbal crisp hop note on the rear with a touch of acidity. Good mouth feel, crisp and medium high carbonation with a clean finish. Easy drinking, refreshing, and all around a great session brew.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Thin bubbly head, about what I expect from a lager. Golden color and not quite clear but doesn't look thick whatsoever.

S: Crisp smelling lager. Not much else to say besides that. Malty, but not excessively so.

T: Nothing really special about the taste. Maybe I'm being harsh on lagers, but it doesn't break away from the crowd for me. The front is very malty, but it kinda falls flat on your tongue after just a second. Definitely a beer to gulp down on a hot day.

F: I don't feel like this thin feeling it has. Reminds me too much of the way PBR feels in my mouth. Light carbonation and a sticky feeling toward the back of the mouth.

O: Not my cup of tea honestly. Its a middle of the pack lager that seems its strongest on the first malt-laden sip, but disappoints a bit after that.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
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