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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,916
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 40
Gots: 189 | 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:
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Foamy rings occur on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains and biscuit-like malt. Taste is of sweet grain, biscuit, and slight grassy flavors. Very slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager that is neither that good or that bad.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of schmoopsbeer. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pours a bright yellow color. Weirdly bright. Good white head with a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a light amount of grain and some very faint hops. The flavor has mild grain and doesn't have much bready malt, as I've come to expect. It's more the body of a pilsner without the hops. Light body and good carbonation. Pretty good, though nothing too special.

Thorpe429, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -11%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It is clear pale yellow in color and has a thin head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grassy, earthy hops in the nose.
T: There's a good balance between the initial flavor of malts and the hop flavors in the finish. As the beer warmed up, the overall taste became a little sweet.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and both smooth and crisp. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste to make me want to try this again.

metter98, May 08, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a very modest head that quickly fades without leaving any lace

Smell: Bready, with a distinct Euro-lager grassy hop character

Taste: Bready up front, with a surprising burst of grassy and spicy hop flavors arriving at mid-palate; after the swallow, some of the sweeter malt flavors arrive to balance out the profile; plenty of grainy lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Just not a style I care much for at all, though this beer brings some flavor, that is for sure

brentk56, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy lemon yellow-influenced amber with a bleached bone white head that appears to have some substance to it. The cap is reasonably persistant, but leaves only small scraps of lace behind when it eventually deflates. The nose is just okay. I can appreciate soft, muted noble hops with a faint note of untoasted grain.

The flavor is more bold and spicy than anticipated. This ain't no weak-kneed, sissy-boy all-malt lager. Still though, my enthusiasm is limited. There's a decent amount of ingredients, both in terms of malt and hops, which is the biggest selling point as far as I'm concerned. The beer starts out sweet, eventually morphing into gently bitter on the finish. Medium body for the style with no hint of wateriness. It doesn't 'hang 10' or even 'hang 5', but it does manage to 'hang 3'.

Long Board Lager is mildly interesting beer. It deserves points for boldness even if the flavor isn't fantastically impressive. Ke aloha no me ka mahalo kaua.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I contemplated my order upon another bartender's recommendaiton, I thought, "What do Hawaiians really know about beer?" Apparently a little bit. This beer proved quite nice. Though typical in a base pale malt beer, the coler is an improved strong straw with fair head retention and carbonation. Aromas are a nice blend of malt and fruit. Modestly sweet with pilsner grains, an exotic fruit flavor made things interesting (mangos, pineapples, appricots, and kiwi). All the while, retaining a firm creaminess and consistency. The beer fared well even down to my last sip.

BEERchitect, Jul 09, 2006
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3/5  rDev -11%

Texasfan549, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up with the rest of the now available lineup the other week and grabbed this one last night as the second one I was going to try. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass and served right out of the fridge.

Appearance - Poured a very carbonated and crystal clear hay colored yellow. A nice three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top, settled quickly and only left behind minimal lace.

Smell - The aroma was very light. Some grains in there, wheat and a touch off bready malts. Some biscuit like aroma as it began to warm up some.

Taste - There was much more of the same in the flavor. Not a bad macro, but the style leaves little room for complexity. Nice grain profile with a touch of wheat. Some nice earthy malt flavors, a touch of light bittering hops towards the finish, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel - A decent feel on this one, as the body was very light and the carbonation profile was well established.

Drinkability - This was one that was very easy to throw down. In fact it went do so quickly I had to go get another to finish dinner, which does not usually happen. So needless to say it's a drinker.

Overall not bad, I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I have to admit this was much better then most. It at least had a slight variation and some flavor to it. An easy choice for a party or beach day. I don't know if I would purchase again, but if I saw it around I would have no issue in having one.

mikesgroove, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

kjkinsey, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

kylehay2004, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.39 12 oz. single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Packaged on July 3rd, 2008.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of light pale malts, an incredibly light touch of caramel, and distinctive spicy hops. Oh, and a tiny hint of dinner rolls.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a light, brief sweetness and hint of washed out caramel. Faintest hint of wheat chaff. Spicy, Saaz hops with a light, cleansing bitterness. Finishes quite crisp with a flutter of both carbonation of spicy hop character. Bits of dough in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent. I will say it certainly displays more malt and hop character than your basic macro lager.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very pale looking yellow color. It has a white fizzy head on top. The a very minimal lacing and moderate retention. The smell of the beer is grainy with a very subtle hop aroma. The taste is light, grainy, malty, slightly spicy. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, decent carbonation, a little watery though. Overall this beer is very drinkable, it's lighter than most lagers. It's not bad.

Knapp85, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

oberon, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a white, one-finger head. Highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and pineapple.

T - It tasted quite sweet. It was malty and had a hint of pineapple. Some floral notes, as well.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was a descent beer. My first offering from Kona or Hawaii.

zeff80, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

biboergosum, May 10, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slightly hazy golden body is capped by a bright-white head of creamy foam that holds OK before dropping to a decent collar and whispy surface covering. The nose expresses a dry, grainy malt with some mild earthy and leafy hop notes. The body is firmly medium with a fine carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is surprisingly rich for the style, and loaded with dextrinous maltiness. Some spicy, grassy, and floral hop flavor comes into play and gives it a bit of a honeysuckle flavor when wrapped in its lightly sweet malt; and there's a solid bitterness (@24 BU's) to balance it and lead to a dry and spicy finish! Definitely more than I expected... a true "hand-crafted" brew! It's light enough to enjoy as a "lawnmower beer", but with enough character to make you think "I'll have another"!

NeroFiddled, Jan 26, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SocalKicks, May 12, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.38/5  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.

Jason, Jul 29, 2004
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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,916 ratings.