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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 1503
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 Cyberkedi


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

Had this out of a keg at the Mensa AG in Denver, Colorado. It comes out a nice dark amber with a fairly substantial head, better than most lagers. Aroma is nice and malty with a touch of hops. Flavor is strong and malty, and has a substantial hop component - there is just a whisper of evergreen. Mouthfeel is lively, zingy and sassy, making it a delight to drink.

Serving type: cask

07-04-2008 02:13:52 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of WVbeergeek


4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 22:13:43 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and softly golden with a flourish of bubbles and a fat white head that falls to a thin layer on top. Nose has the scent of light grain and some cut grass. Hints of flaky biscuit in the nose and a subtle noble hop presence. Taste is surprisingly smooth. It's creamy and just rolls over the palate seemingly forever and without end. A touch of herbal and hop bitterness takes this one to the finish almost dry. The biscuit is doughy and the grains start to stand out on the palate toward the end. The carbonation is ample but it does not disturb the creamy smoothness of this beer. Overall I would call it earthy and a good and tasty lager. Mild overall and with a just enough hops to keep it interesting. My only criticism is that it's a bit too soft for a lager. The doughy quality starts as smoothness but then drinks a bit heavier towards the end of the glass. It had some kind of sweetness like almonds in the very last moments after it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 20:35:03 | More by utopiajane
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy light yellow with a very thin white head.

Smell: It smells like a typical lager. Hint of hops and malt.

Taste: Taste like a light lager that it is. Slight hops, maybe some fruit, floral, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and very light. Easily drinkable, which is good to have in a lager.

Overall: A good lager, light, smooth, nice taste. Could easily be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:36:11 | More by bgillespie
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 1/9/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - gold, little carbonation; head, retention and lacing are weak.
Smell - orange peel and lemon zest.
Taste - follows the nose with the orange and lemon. Fairly refreshing.
Feel - too light, standard, ordinary.
Overall - I'm sure many light beer fans enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:52:11 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Cozuma


3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint

A: light golden hazy color with minimal head appears kinda oily on the surface.

S: Kinda a standard beer smell, malty, smells good to me.

T: Light malt with minimal bittering from hops finishes clean with a mild lemony kind of citrus flavor.

M: Fairly thin and gassy easy to drink though.

O: Decent sessionable beer, could drink this while soaking under the sun on the beach, I wish you weren't so far away Kaua'i! I'd recommend drinking on a hot summer day pretty refreshing brew. If you're looking for complex this isn't the beer, if you're lookin for a good beer to drink while hanging out by the pool or on the beach I'd recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 10:53:11 | More by Cozuma
Photo of superspak


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/4/2013. Pours slightly hazy very pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, bready grain, light honey, floral, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, bready grain, light honey, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light grainy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, bready grain, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a good pale lager. Good balance and solid robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:35:53 | More by superspak
Photo of samtrillo


2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I know lagers get a bad rap on this site and...welll... it's for good reason. I mean they just aren't as tasty and sophisticated as a stout or IPA or barrel aged what have you.

Kona makes a good effort here. It's tastier than the recent Miller High Life and Genuine Draft that I've had, but that's not saying much. It's price point is not expensive but more so than other lagers out there so I can't recommend it too much. However, if you are into American Lagers, try this one! It's a decently interesting offering.

Start of with Czech Pilsners and work your way through brown ales then golden Belgiums then IPAs if you think lagers are your thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 07:30:54 | More by samtrillo
Photo of archyquaffer


4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their unique stubby 12 ouncer into an oversized pilsener glass. A moderate pour brought about a frothy one inch, snow white head that dissipated quickly but hung in there for the whole bout. The beer is a pale straw color with about average carbonation and just a wee bit of haze.

There is a total absence of any corn or metal aroma-flavors. The malt flavor is delicate and somewhat sweet allowing a kiss of floral hops to shine through in both the nose and palate. The sweetness is reminiscent of very light clover honey, with even a tad of strawberry (especially in the aftertaste). Creamy and smooth mouth feel with some light lingering bitterness to finish off the swallow.

This is a truly outstanding lager beer which I will definitely keep in mind- especially on those special occasions after the warm months come. I bought this as part of a variety 12 pack for about 14 dollars at Three Bears Alaska (cheap!).

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:00:51 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Fatehunter


3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear golden colored body. The aroma is dry grain, a little grass and slight metallic taste. The taste is mildly bitter and grain dryness. The texture is crisp and fairly smooth with moderate carbonation. A fine drink for a typical lighter lager style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:10:58 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of TTAmod


3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a 11/4/13 brew date poured into nonic.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy medium-hued gold color. Head starts off billowy and white, but fades pretty quickly to islands of head. There are a few bubbles streaming to the surface. Not as clean as I'd like in a pale lager.

S: Smells nice. Grass. Lager yeast. Slight fruity esters. There's also a bit of a hearty grain presence.

T: Taste is slightly underwhelming. This is supposedly an all malt lager, and that actually shines through a bit in the taste. It's slightly sweet, grassy, and crisp. Shades of fruit (pear?) are present underneath. Not bitter at all. Finishes crisp and grassy.

M: Bit thicker body than your typical pale lager. Very smooth, though, and really easy drinking. Properly carbonated.

O: This is a pretty good lager. It's easy-drinking and fairly flavorful for what it is. I wouldn't call Kona a "craft" brewery anymore, but this is a good step up for people drinking typical BMC stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 05:10:33 | More by TTAmod
Photo of smakawhat


3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a rocks glass.

A hazy dull but bright lemon body with a simple white collar. Not much staying power when poured it seems either.

Interesting nose, some faint citrus notes and sweet malts. Hints I want to say just a hair of adjunct corn sweetness but not certain, but a noticeable sweet backbone.

Palate is crisp, kind of mellow with malts kind of subdued. There's a slight ferrous and tin like quality to this also which is off putting a bit.

Overall this is not really doing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 07:07:32 | More by smakawhat
Photo of bondjedi


3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle into a goblet. Poured with very little foam. Color a solid but uninteresting straw yellow. Not much lacing. Went down okay, very little personality, very little to remember her by. I would note that there may have been something henky with the refrigerator - by the time I was in the middle of the glass, it had reached room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 17:02:18 | More by bondjedi
Photo of BVukelich


2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass. Straw color, barely any head, not much aroma. Taste is pretty average for a lager. Mouthfeel was decent. Bought this as part of their variety 12-pack. I'd drink it again if someone offered but I won't go out of my way to make this my go-to lager. It's Fall as of this review, maybe I would be more into it if it was July and 90 degrees.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:31:25 | More by BVukelich
Photo of a0lbudman


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-clear gold color with a small white head that faded fast
S-spicy with a balance of hops and malt
T-slight hops taste with a grapefruit aftertaste
M-Light body and medium carbonation
O-I can see myself drinking this on an island somewhere. It was smooth and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 21:35:36 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear honey yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white foamy head that diminished in under 30 seconds, down to a wispy film with a small collar and poor lacing.

The aroma was of light grain malts, grassy hops and a light earthy yeast with a mild fruity ester, a light citrus presence (lemon) and a slight hint of an adjunct (corn I believe).

The taste was reminiscent of the aroma with a decent maltiness and a light fruity sweetness from the start, progressing slightly with a lightly bitter adjunct taste towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow, with a lightly bitter Lager taste fading quickly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery yet mildly dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was like drinking any typical American lager. It most definitely was nothing special, but was still drinkable never the less...


Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 16:21:52 | More by KajII
Photo of Archimetez


2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear, minimal head , almost yellow versus a typical gold color, I know that sounds like the same thing, but the color caught my attention.

S: Clean lager

T: mild malt, border tasteless, nothing unique

M: very clean, very crisp

O: would be a nice warm weather beach beer, but beyond that it's a typical lager without much making it unique

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:55:12 | More by Archimetez
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with nearly indecipherable date of August 13, 2013 printed on the label. My first beer from Kona Brewing Co., and also my first beer from Hawaii! Expectations are about average based on this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours your typical light lager gold colored body with excellent clarity. About one finger's worth of "ecru" foam appears and then disappears. No lacing. About average for the style.

S - Smell is of corn, grains, dust, and a sweet pilsner malt smell. On point for the style, I'd say, without any pervasive spice to throw it off.

T - Crisp carbonation, grainy corn, light citric lemon bite, sweet sugary malt profile. I definitely wouldn't mind drinking this on a desert island, that's for sure.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, and light bodied. Clean smooth grainy finish.

Overall, this was about what I expected (and hoped) it would be. A light, sessionable, flavorful lager beer with a practical easy drinking 4.60% abv. A good first beer for me from Kona Brewing, and I look forward to trying the others.

Kona Brewing Longboard Island Lager ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:03:02 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium golden color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades almost immediately leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a caramely sweet nature mixed with some bready and grainy smells. Along with these smells there are some light aromas of yeast as well as some grassy smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and sweet caramel taste. These create a base for the brew lasting throughout the flavor. As the flavors move from the initial taste, the beer sweetens as some sweeter corn flavors come to the tongue. Along with the sweet corn, so too comes some light hop tastes of a more herbal nature, leaving a sweet but still somewhat crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. The higher carbonation is very nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew making it easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall – Nothing too exceptional here. It is easy to drink, but overall a run of the mill lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:49:09 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a quickly dissapating head that left no lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose was classic American adjuncts with a twist; corn and rice aromas with an earthy, minerally odor. Taste was more of a European that American lager taste; the clean dry bitterness of a Stella, mixed with an earthy, tea-like astringency that left a puckering sensation on my mouth. Somewhat unpleasant. Medium thin mouthfeel with a high carbonation level. A unique and interesting lager due to the earthiness in the flavor profile, but the mouth drying astringency is a major flaw that keeps me from reaching for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 19:12:54 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of joshstillskates


3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This lager is very smooth. It can satisfy veteran beer enthusiasts as well as the relative newbie. For me, this is a very practical drinker. This beer won't knock your socks off, but will hopefully keep your shirt on. It has low ABV with a solid taste. Despite other great beers, I can enjoy not getting hammered by high ABVs. All in all, this brew delivers.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:51:11 | More by joshstillskates
Photo of Cylinsier


3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon gold, mild haze, with a sugar white head that retains as a bit of a film.

Smells of grassy malts, sweet lemon, a hint of coriander, and some mild dry hop.

Flavor is of mild dry barley malts, a bit papery, with a whisper of a citrus and the slightest hint of mild hop.

Light body with light tingles of carbonation.

A fairly average lager, quenches the thirst, probably pairs well with food, but nothing special. Smells really good but the taste is a little boring. For what it is, it's not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:00:56 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like an American lager. Nothing new here. It's a tad darker golden than say a Bud or Miller. No real head ever formed.

S- Bready with a slight hop spice. There is a wheat type smell in the grain. Not musty like a macro lager. No adjunct veggie or corny scent, which is a good thing. That's because this is not an adjunct lager! Very nice for a lager!

T- Slight hop spice mixed with a wheat type grain. Defiently bready. I detect a slight toasted flavor from the malt. Finish is slightly bitter. Dries fairly quickly. Very clean tasting beer overall.

M- I'd say the body is between light and medium, closer to light. Carbonation is very high with this beer. Very crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is just a tad to harsh, but doesn't detract from the beer.

*This beer picks up where Budweiser and Miller High Life/Coors left off. It let's you know that American lagers can actually have taste and character, but still be something that a macro beer drinker might appreciate. This a truly great lager!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:44:02 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of microbrewlover


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear golden color with a light head which dissipates quickly. Some light lacing stays on the glass until the end. Good carbonation.

The smell is sweet malts, funky yeast, lemongrass floral and peppery hops.

The taste follows the nose, lemongrass, yeast, some mixed fruit, sweet malts, some bready malts and some peppery hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is clean, the brew goes down smoothly with a slightly tangy bite which stays on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a clean lager, fresh tasting lager. This would be a nice "sessionable" brew especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:25:49 | More by microbrewlover
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
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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.