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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 1517
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%

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:
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

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2002)
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Photo of Tone


2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, hint of hop, hint of pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Very weak American Pale Lager, but decent American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, adjunct, hint of hop, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, adjunct dominates both aroma and body.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 21:57:41 | More by Tone
Photo of delta490


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- medium gold, clear with a creamy white head that lasted throughout the beer and left lacing. Visible carbonation.
S-Malty. Notes of biscuit and slight hop aroma
T-Nice big malty flavor moderated with a crisp bitter hopiness.
M- nice and full with just a hint of the carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 06:52:13 | More by delta490
Photo of KYGunner


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice Sunset orange coloring with a relatively thick, fleeting head.

The scent is nearly absent but hints of grain and cereal malts are found with difficulty.

The taste is very grainy, almost to a point of having texture. Backing it up is a German cereal malt flavor and some light yeast and hops. Very smooth and it goes down easy.

I would assume this is made to be an island vacation, on the beach, thirst quenching beer. If that's the case than bravo, it has succeeded.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 12:31:58 | More by KYGunner
Photo of MarkQ617


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Above-average lager, very nice for summer. I has this on tap at Battery Park. It has a nice looking golden color, not too weak or lighter yellow like lesser lagers. Mouthfeel is nothing special, but also not overly carbonated. The taste is more hoppy than I've come to expect out of a lot of lagers, but is still refreshing and good for warmer weather. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 18:42:30 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of Brenden


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks typical of a light lager: a yellow-pale gold color with plenty of clarity to it and a small, wispy sort of white head. It does seem to have more substance to it than some lesser examples, as the head, though small, manages some retention and just barely moderate spotty lacing. It manages to clear average, anyway.
It's never easy to judge a beer in a relatively poor style. The problem with this sort of beer is it's one that may draw in a BMC drinker, but one that won't convince him to go any farther. He may trade his Bud in for this beer, but he won't go from this beer to another. Anyway, it's a typical light malts/grains profile but with a slightly sweeter element and some fruits as well, soft and sweet. There are no off-putting sulfuric or cereal notes. Honestly, as an "it is what it is" sort of beer, it's done well. The malts base is pale/grassy, pilsner malts most likely with little of the grassiness one might expect. The flavor offers a little more than the aroma.
The feel is as crisp as one might expect from this type of beer, with a light, refreshing body and texture. It has the cleanness that is vital to a light beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 14:02:39 | More by Brenden
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3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer before and remembered that I liked it. The opportunity popped up today to partake of another one and so I happily did.

As far as its appearance is concerned, it pours out a slightly dark golden color, good head with strong lacing. Its smell was very appealing - I could tell an orange, spice, and even a touch of cinnamon - it was very surprising. Mouthfeel was another area that I enjoyed. The carbonation was not overpowering and it felt crisp with little to no aftertaste. Its taste left a little to be desired. Everything I smelled I just could draw out. It was the normal malty flavors of yoru run-of-the-mill lager.

Overall, though I was disappointed with the taste, the was enough flavor and aroma to make it something you should try again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 22:43:22 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of deebo


3.61/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 00:45:39 | More by deebo
Photo of Ethanol4one

New York

4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy but very well attenuated, relatively light lager. Not much hop flavor there, so after of day of getting pounded by 8 food waves, or your jackass boss, if you're in the mood for something smooth and mellow that you can help you decompress without any dramatic turns, this Longbord could be just the ticket.

It's almost as if they've found a way to make DMS appealing with none of the awful aspects of creamed corn, but retaining some of the notes that make it distinct and oddly appealing, like a very big girl with outrageous curves who wants attention... wait, did I write that, because that was my inside voice. Derps.

For reals, with all due respect for big bottom girls, this beer is a very good, smooth, creamy mouth full of tasty hooch.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 21:24:51 | More by Ethanol4one
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured like a typical lager light yellow and fizzy with a small white head.

The smell is grains and very light hops.

The taste is Very light and grainy with extremely light hops.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall better than most American lager but nothing that great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 23:27:23 | More by Dave1999
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at the Tiki-themed bar at our Waikiki beachside hotel.

This beer appears a very pale golden straw colour, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves a tight spray of lace around the glass as it hastily subsides.

It smells of weak grainy malt, and equally faint earthy grassy hops. The taste is somewhat acrid grainy malt, and earthy, leafy, kind of peppery hops.

The bubbles are a bit peppy, but fall in line quickly enough, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grain performing its simple task to completion.

Straightforward, and goes down, no questions asked. As long as the sun shines, this stuff will reign, benevolently.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 07:39:57 | More by biboergosum
Photo of kylehay2004


3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head, no retention and some lacing on a clear straw colored body. Aroma is mild with mostly grains, corn and malt. Flavor is similar with mostly grain and corn with a honey like malt backbone. Simple overall. High carbonation and light body. Refreshing and drinkable but not very memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 19:42:51 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of StonedTrippin


3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

my first hawaiian beer on BA! pours a watered down yellow straw color with almost no head. my server didnt appear to be a pro, so this may be on her. smells a little fruity, trace amoutns of hops in the aroma, but all up smells like a lager. flavor is that of any standard lager, but this has an island style fruity crispness to it. i can see this being a decent warm weather beer. mouthfeel is alright, brisk and light, could use a bit more co2. too boring to keep me interested, but not a bad brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 16:59:35 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kona Longboard Lager pours a very clear, straw color with plenty of active carbonation bubbles. The head is creamy looking, and has very good retention and lacing.

The aroma has some fruit and pale malts.

For a light or pale lager, longboard isn't bad at all. It tastes like a mix of an American lager and a Belgian Blonde or single. A good bit of generic fruity esters from the yeast come through. The fruit pairs with some pale malt that is lightly sweet, mixing grain and bread flavors.

Light and well-carbonated.

I didn't expect a lot out of this beer, but it wasn't bad at all, at least not for a light lager.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 14:32:59 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of notchucknorris


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and amber in color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Looks pretty decent.

S: Some sweet grain and a bit of bready malts with a hint of floral hops in the background.

T: Sweet honey malt and some graininess right away with a touch of bready malt and some faint grassy hops. Actually not a bad lager.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 02:59:20 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of WoodBrew


3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Longboard Island Lager at the Jacksonville Airport whilst awaiting my flight home. The beer pours a golden clear with decent carbonation the forms a white head....bot however dissapate quickly and there was no lacing. The smell is primarily barley/grain. The taste has a zest of lemon that helps the taste of this beer. The mouthfeel is good, light in body...goood for sessioning and hot climate. Overall it is ok.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 19:27:59 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of TippySelenoid


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a pint glass.

It's darker than I expected. Almost amber in color with a white lace.

It's got a lot of cereal malts in the nose and a bit of hops.

It's got a fairly bright taste with a nice amount of malt. It's almost kind of fruity, it's got a flavor that I can't quite place.

It's light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This was my first Hawaiian beer. Pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 22:16:11 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of LacquerHead


4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in Kauai, Hawaii, September 5, 2011.

It poured a slightly hazy straw color with a bubbly off white head.

It had a typical beer aroma but with a little bit more hops.

The taste was surprisingly good. I was expecting something along the lines of a mass produced swill. However, unlike Bud/Miller, this had flavor! Its light and crisp hop flavor went well with the Kauai weather, which went from hot and sunny to cool rain showers. The hops were very refreshing and were complimented by a toasty malt lager flavor that made its home in the background.

Overall: This isn't going to knock your socks off - it's just an all around good American pale lager. I got no complaints. I would happily purchase this at a store or on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 21:18:30 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of DM1293


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in one big 25 ounce mug.

Normally I review every aspect of a beer, but this one is simple enough to condense into a paragraph.

When I think of a beer, I think of the Budweisers and Coronas and that sort of stuff; the common beers you always see. Imagine if they were better quality. Thats what Island Lager drinks like to me. Its taking every aspect of a typical beer thats drunk in any situation and making it better. Its crisp, smooth, well-rounded. Its an everyman beer and its good at it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 21:52:20 | More by DM1293
Photo of MrMcGibblets


2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clear straw gold, rapidly diminishing fizzy head.
S: some corny sweet graininess.
T: saa, finishes mostly crisp with a barely detectable hop bitterness.
M: light bodied, thin but not as thin as most of the style. Fizzy.
O: better than most apl's, unfortunately served in a large frosty schooner mug.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 23:59:43 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is piss-yellow in color, with tons of carbonation and a thick, frothy, white head. Toasty and cinnamon smells, with bready characteristics. The flavors were muted and watery, with slight toasted oats and cinnamon spicing. The beer has light, lemon zested toasty aftertaste with a semisweet and slightly sour finish. Not ranking high on my list right now...could be worse, but there are much better in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 01:18:52 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of rawfish


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived to the table with only a thin film of bubbles sitting ontop of a straw gold body, clear with some effervescence.

Good malt backbone with the aroma of bread, cereal grains and some dankness perhaps corn husk. Hop profile is grass and a slight citrus zip, a bit more prevalent then expected.

Smooth with a nice bready malt backing with grain husks and corn. Hops are pronounced well, grassy flavor all the way through with hints of pine and herbs. Bitter draw starting from the middle of the drink all the way through the aftertaste, very pleasant.

A bit heavier for the style and lacking carbonation. The drink is still very smooth and refreshment increases with the noticable bitterness. Better when colder.

Being under carbonated is somewhat of a turn off but this lager is one that really cranks up the bitterness of the hops to a point where it impacts how the brew is viewed, not intense hoppiness but noticable and sets it apart from a style in which it is easy to be bland.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 08:55:59 | More by rawfish
Photo of PorterLambic


4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a clear, bright light yellow with a full 1" head, creamy like a wheat. Lacing looks good, too. Retention is just ok, though.
Smell is also wheat-like with noticeable malt presence and a note of citrus to go with the spice and hops. Balance is quite good. I'm impressed so far.
Taste is really nicely balanced with malt, banana, hops and a light pepper note. I am very impressed, this is quite unlike most lagers in that is not just a one note band of hops and more hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly full-bodied for the style with a restrained effervescence. Even a touch of warming late. A very drinkable, enjoyable beer. More like a wheat than a mega lager, I am happy to add this to my short list of lagers I will pay for.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 22:50:23 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5oz pour in a flight at Yard House San Diego.

Simple golden color, not much head. The aroma is fairly bland but fresh.

This lager is very easy to drink. There is a sweetness to the malt which is pleasant. Feels like it would go well with Hawaiian food, with its sweet and sour and fish flavor profiles. Not a bad lager at all and good for hot weather (unlike San Diego when I was there).

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 22:45:06 | More by kenito799
Photo of BrewerB


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Hukilau after getting denied on Primo and Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale. Turns out they had less than half the beers they advertised as being on draught...not a good first impression but on to the beer...

Poured a clear golden color with a very thin head that didn't retain well and quickly dissipated. Grainy nose with a very mild hop presence that is difficult to discern. Taste focuses on maltiness with saltine crackers coming to mind. Touch of spicy hops. Mild bitterness and a crisp, clean dry finish. Medium/medium-light in body, moderate carbonation.

A refreshing pale lager, perfect for a warm sunny day on the Hawaiian shores. Mild flavors won't get in the way of your meals and the drinkability factor leads me to believe I could tackle more than a few without slowing down.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 17:17:46 | More by BrewerB
Photo of ant5431

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this on tap & poured from a bottle enjoyed both!
Pours a nice yellow gold nice white head, with a mild fruity smell (lemon comes to mind). has a nice light mild taste. Very nice lager. Its usually my 1st beer at the bar giving me time to look over the beer menu. Great cookout beer!
* The beer on the east coast is brewed in New Hampshire instead of Hawaii Im not sure how this effects the flavor etc.!

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 21:22:31 | More by ant5431
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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.