1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,961 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,961
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 43
Gots: 215 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Longboard Island Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,961 | Reviews: 583 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -11%

StoicBeast, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of TouchOfEvil
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TouchOfEvil, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - The beer pours a clear light yellow/gold color with a nice 1 1/2 finger head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Not much aroma. Slight crisp malt character.

T/M - The beer is a nice clean beer with a smooth light malt character with mild bitterness to balance the beer. Medium to Medium/Light bodied with good carbonation and finishes a tad dry.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, I liked this beer. I prefer the Pal Ale to the Pale Lager but this is a great any time beer. I'd recommend it. I wish I could enjoy it fresh at the brewery ;)

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 21:58:08

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -11%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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 edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +18.7%

edwardkersh, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of kepp
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kepp, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Jinxxor
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Jinxxor, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev -11%

NHSTEVE, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

TrojanWheels, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3/5  rDev -11%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of sh00ky
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

sh00ky, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -11%

AWS2111, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Rlombardi75, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of bens0n
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear straw yellow with a miniscule amount of foamy white head, leaves almost no lacing at all.

This beer smells like corn and grain, no hops, no malts, just corny and grainy.

Flavor wise its alot more of the same, its really watery and has a pretty gnarly aftertaste.

Its got way more carbonation than it needs and is just mediocre alltogether.

bens0n, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of JJ1985
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

JJ1985, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

animal69, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

allstar255, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of stuckintraffic2
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

stuckintraffic2, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kona Longboard Island Lager

Appearance: straw clear, large head, and a little lacing.

Smell: honey sweetness and grainy hops.

Taste: biscuity malts, grain, and faint honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a decent lager and can be easily drank in large quantities. The flavor body is not rich and seems to dissipate quickly.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

notchucknorris, Jan 08, 2012
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,961 ratings.