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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,831 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,831
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 36
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.08/5  rDev -38.3%

Ah, my last beer on this US trip. Not a particularly auspicious ending, methinks, but hopefully the awesome brews I have in my luggage to carry back to Australia will make up for it.

Pours a very clear and very light golden colour, with an initially frothy head of marshmallow white. Lacing is large, but sticky and chaotic. Carbonation forms in oddly huge bubbles. Looks decent enough.

Nose is light and crisp, with a slight cornmeal character that drags it into the territory of bad generic US macro lagers. Slightly too sweet for the style, and something about it really puts me off.

Taste is similar. Light and crisp, ostensibly, but with a mealy sweet corn character that slithers in under all the crispness to lend an unpleasant resonance. Feel is slightly too flat and too thin—indeed, the carbonation is surprisingly absent from a beer of the genre.

Very bland, with characters that may well enough be deemed offensive. A rather poor effort from this brewery, and not genuinely any better than similar offerings from BMC. If I'm ever in Hawaii looking for craft brew, I'll stick to Maui.

05-12-2011 05:57:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
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PorterLambic

Florida

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

05-11-2011 22:50:23 | More by PorterLambic
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fsimcox

California

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a clear, transparent straw yellow. White fluffy head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops, malt, and bread. Some faint hints of grass.

Tastes of malt and bread, a hint of sweetness in the finish. No hops, and a hint of bread and grass in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking lager. Good on a hot day.

04-23-2011 22:55:17 | More by fsimcox
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SamN

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -19.9%

Into a tumbler.

Pours a mild golden lemon color. Thin head, not much to it. Leaves some spotty lacing in it's quick departure. Mediocre looks, decent hazy color. Smell is very faint, some mild tropical fruits like pineapple and grainy malt smells too. Taste is prickly, overly eager bitterness. Nice taste of juicy fruits in there, but it doesn't last too long. Finish is sort of bitter and bland. As for the feel, I don't like it. Too prickly and over carbonated and thin and it's just all wrong.

Nothing really special about it, highlight was it's faint tropical fruit notes. Other than that, pass.

04-22-2011 04:17:31 | More by SamN
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

Kona Longboard Lager

Pours a clear yellow, good sized foam. Aroma is lagery, alittle sweet grain. Taste is well rounded, crisp body and some bready malt sweetness and a slight citrus character. Quenching, rediculously easy to drink. Everything you would expect from an island lager.

04-20-2011 03:34:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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tlazaroff

Virginia

2.28/5  rDev -32.3%

A: Pours clear as day, a golden straw color with white head.

S: Grain. Thats about it. Grain. Typical lager scent.

T: Tastes of grain, again, thats about it.

M: Good mouthfeel, its crisp, refreshing, light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D: Very high, this is a very drinkable beer.

04-18-2011 00:48:11 | More by tlazaroff
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kenito799

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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).

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

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

04-08-2011 17:17:46 | More by BrewerB
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -5%

A: light golden color filtered with minimal to no head.
S: light lemon citrus, lager yeast, and biscuit.
T: citrus orange in the front, light hoppiness touching the back but a distinct lager aftertaste that is a bit more dank than I'd like.
M/D: light bodied, crisp, not too smooth but not harsh either. Good drinkability if it wasn't for the weird aftertaste.

03-26-2011 02:27:26 | More by Kemmerlin
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aaron12

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%

not much head on this guy. it smells nice, bready with some light floral notes, almost smells kolsch-like. smooth malts, hops come in the finish with a crisp end, but over all this seems thick for a lager. easy drinking and tasty, but over all not blown away with this one.

03-24-2011 02:17:10 | More by aaron12
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ant5431

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%

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.!

03-23-2011 21:22:31 | More by ant5431
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chiccabeer

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%

Had this beer on tap. There is not much head, but for a light ale it does not need it. There is a nice yellow clear look to it. It taste sweet with flavors of oranges, apricots, and light amount of hops. This is a great summer ale with a lot of flavor. This beer would be great to drink on the beach. Cheers

03-23-2011 20:17:16 | More by chiccabeer
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cocogan

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%

Visual: Golden, bright with white head.

Smell: Slight grain and lemon

Taste: Toasted malt, grain, alcohol ester, and lemons.

Mouth: light

Drunkability: Not a bad brew, but also not super tasty. a refreshing summer drink. Could tear through some on a hot day.

03-21-2011 00:30:10 | More by cocogan
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Shrews629

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -8%

Appearance - Somewhat hazy yellow, pineapple juice color. A bright white head that was small and didn't have much retention or leave much lacing.

Smell - A fresh smelling aroma of some grain and wheat. It smelled a bit citrusy, like lemon. Some spices floating around in there. Some medium ranges of malt. The breadiness and wheat comes through more as it warms.

Taste - The flavor provided more of the wheat beer characteristics. The spices and the lemony citrus. The wheat is prevelant, but the grassy/grain flavors are a little more laid back. Some pepper comes through. Mild to low amounts of bittereness. The malt helps to keep it proportioned.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing and thirst quenching. Smooth and slightly watery. A little taste is left on the palate and on into the finish.

Drinkability - This brew definitely could be enjoyed while basking in the sun. Very easy to drink. A person could definitely pound a few of these with ease. Nothing fancy however. Rather straight forward.

03-18-2011 16:56:45 | More by Shrews629
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smibroncos

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%

A. Poured a light clear straw with a short white fizzy dininishing head not much lacing on the glass.

S. Hops slightly malty, grass.

T. Starts slightly sweel and malty finishes clean and fresh. Slight hop flavor towards the finnish.

M. Medium bodied fizzy carbonation. Short duration.

D. Despite being modest in all the above catagories this brew is a great session beer. I could keep a twelve in my fridge and it wouldn't last the night.

02-27-2011 19:48:34 | More by smibroncos
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slyke

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

Longboard Lager pours pale straw yellow with a half inch of white head that falls to a thin cap after a few minutes.

The smell is a bit grassy with a touch of citrus.

The taste is fairly neutral with a hint of grass/grain and a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel light to medium bodied with nice tinge of hops at the finish.

Drinkability is good. Well suited to the climate in which it was created. This review was from a bottle, but fresh from the tap on a warm day in their Kona Pub it is hard to top.

02-15-2011 23:42:10 | More by slyke
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Bottled a few months ago. Should still be good.

A: Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a thin head and minimal lacing.

S: Fruity with some hints of sweetness.

T/M: Crisp, smooth and a little creamy. Well balanced and well bodied. Much taste in this beer. Grassy and sweet with bitterness from the spicy hops. Grains leave the mouth a little dry.

D: Nice lager from a brewery I never heard of. I'll need to try some of their other brews. A for this lager it's a good one for the hotter months.

Cheers!!

02-14-2011 05:26:37 | More by mnrider
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a clear straw color with a fizzy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of pale malt with some muted hops.

Tastes of pale malt upfront with some light hops on the end. Malts have a grainy, slight sweetness with some fruits. Hops have some grassy notes to add to the mix. There is a very slight sweetness, but hops do not give any bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

02-12-2011 02:08:14 | More by ocelot2500
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow gold, with a touch of cloudiness. Even with an aggressive pour, I was unable to get any sort of head to form. Aroma: Sweet summer corn, dry malts, and a little bit of bitter hop. Taste: Honey sweetness, light, dry buscuity malt, bitter, metallic hops, with a fruity, light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, crisp.

02-07-2011 21:29:02 | More by CuriousMonk
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Rick187

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

12oz bottle into a berkshire brewing company pint glass

Golden, transparent with a very small head, no lacing

Smell is very light, malt, citrus and maybe straw.

Malt, wheat, and citrus, not exactly mind blowing.

Light with good carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, but nothing that is going to blow you away.

01-29-2011 23:50:15 | More by Rick187
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djbreezy

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%

appearance - straw yellow, highly transparent, fair head and sticky lacing

smell - some grass, some citrus, fairly faint

taste - a bit wheaty, a bit grassy, pretty subdued but good enough for a pale lager

mouthfeel - well carbonated, light bodied

drinkability - not full on flavor but really a decent session beer, low enough alcohol to keep you going if you aren't bother by the taste

01-27-2011 05:31:06 | More by djbreezy
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

3.2/5  rDev -5%

Pours crystal clear with little head at all into my pint glass. Lacing is sporadic, but there.

Little bit of malty sweetness on the nose, but that's about it.

Sweet malts on the palate. Pretty decent for an americal lager. Some slight hop bitterness at the very end, or maybe im still tasting the spicey mexican food I had an hour ago. Light in taste never the less.

Crisp yet reasonable mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation. Carbonation can really make or break a beer. I like this one.

It's drinkable. Unfortunately, this is what American lagers have become. Truthfully it's not terrible.

01-23-2011 02:44:31 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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salvo

Indiana

1.8/5  rDev -46.6%

Pours almost clear with soda-like carbonation. Fizzy, light. More towards a mass produced adjunct than the promised handcrafted beer. Says on the label brewed in New Hampshire by Kona Brewery NH rather than HI. Three sips; drain pour. Life if too short to choke this down.

01-16-2011 02:56:52 | More by salvo
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%

#45. Longboard Island Lager. Not nearly as good as the Pale Ale by Kona but still has a good taste.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 1.5 finger depth fizzy head. Retention is not very good, and dies down to a very low thin coating within a few minutes. Lacing is not sticky and doesn't hang around. The color is a pale straw yellow with tiny flaky bits floating about the inside, suggesting some fruity matter was left in this clearly unfiltered beer. Carbonation is medium and active. Pretty interesting, but head was dull and the appearance is not that impressive. 2

(Smell) Pale malts mostly. Some faint grainy grassy smells and a touch of light citrus and perhaps some light honey. Not much else here beyond the light aroma. Not that exciting, just a decent smell. 2.5

(Taste) A good combination of grains and some fruity tones. I get some grapefruit, pineapple and possibly some citrus peel zest. Taste is very light and easy to drink. Not hugely exciting but an enjoyable drink. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite crisp from some levels of carbonation and the finish has a slight floral bitter edge tied with some fruity notes. Light bodied, borderline thin. Ends quite dry with some grainy texture and a biscuity floral taste that drags on for some while after finishing. Average mouthfeel. 3

(Drinkability) Light and and enjoyable taste, but not much to distance it from macro brew beers. Therefore, pretty high drinkability because it is light bodied without being difficult to drink on any level. Flavor is probably too dull for some but spot on for those who enjoy a light beer. 3.5

Verdict: A decent but not too exciting lager from Kona. Doesn't near the quality of the Pale Ale I had a short week or so ago, but has some interesting qualities, like flakes in the brew. Appearance is off, flavors are pretty average and drinkability is decent, but this is probably a beer that I will be torn on returning to in the future. It doesn't quite work for me. C (2.95)

01-07-2011 20:13:20 | More by Jadjunk
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

Pretty straight up average.

A- clear gold with white foamy head that fades fast but leaves descent lace.

S- biscuits, faint earthy, floral notes, hint of citrus, grasses

T- Follows the nose. Mostly biscuit with hints of floral, grasses, earthy nots and faint hint of tropical fruit

M- Thin, crisp, refreshing

D- Very easy to drink. Good one for a hot day.

01-07-2011 19:17:59 | More by JayS2629
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,831 ratings.