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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,764
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 33
Gots: 121 | 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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Photo of TexIndy


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice label with bottled on date of 11/02/09 on the front. It was a clear pale yellow color. Multiple carb streams. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipated into a collar with some thin foam coverage. Quick sliding non sticky lace.

The aroma was malty and bready with some floral hops. Pretty much standard pale lager. Clean but not a real sniffer. The taste was also really good for the style but the style just doesn't offer lots of flavor. Malty up-front with some spicy hops at the end. Goes down smooth and would be great on a hot Texas summer day. Also might be a good BMC to micro conversion beer for your friends. One of the better tasting pale lagers out there. Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation. Malty aftertaste - not bad.

Overall, a good pale lager that would be a good session beer if just wanted to drink something lighter with some flavor. Good for sharing with non-craft friends at a cookout or party. Recommend. Rotation - available here in TX. Probably good for a 6 pack or two a year in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 03:11:52 | More by TexIndy
Photo of bsp77


3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Bright yellow with nice sized stark white head and some lacing.

Smell: Muted grainy malts and a touch of hops.

Taste: Very light malt taste, fairly grainy, with a light spicy counterbalance at the end.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Not a lot going on here, but very smooth and easy to drink. Very nice on a warm day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 16:49:49 | More by bsp77
Photo of kflorence


3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale, straw yellow color with a small amount of foamy head that dissipates and leaves a little bit of lacing around the glass. So far it looks very typical.

S: Smells kind of tart; hops and grains (wheat?) mostly, with some alcohol and astringent lemon in there.

T: A typical American lager... grains, hops, yeast, some cereal like flavors in there. Nothing special, but nothing off-putting either.

M: While it is typically watery, this beer does have some body to it, which makes it slightly above average in the mouthfeel category. The carbonation is also nicely balanced, I didn't find it to be overly carbonated like many other lagers.

D: Probably the category that this beer excels... very drinkable, but what lagers aren't? I don't think I'd look to buy this one again, but it wasn't bad either. Definitely nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 02:48:52 | More by kflorence
Photo of berkey


3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed pint glass.

A somewhat rough pour helps create a solid white head of fairly large bubbles. Body is a slightly hazy straw color.

Light and clean herbal and grassy hop aroma followed by an interesting but somewhat flimsy malt profile that falls somewhere between bready and crackery.

Flavor follows for the most part but with hops just a little less defined. On first sip I couldn't shake the thought of those little slices of bread one might spread something on to make an appetizer but as I drink on I'm picking back up on the hops along with an additional subtle fruitiness.

Light and clean on the feel, drinkable as an American Pale Lager should be. Nothing bad about this beer, certainly wouldn't turn one down, but I don't see myself seeking this out again. This style as a whole is a little odd to me, much better than an adjunct lager but short of a good Pilsener. Nine times out of ten I'll go Pils before turning to a beer like this but it's still a fine example of what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 05:24:41 | More by berkey
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an uninspiring, pale yellow lager with a slight, off-white creamy head that quickly dissipates. My pilsner glass adds significantly to the appearance of this offering.

The aroma is that of grassy straw. It is clean, with a hint of pine and very mild. While pleasant, the aroma is lacking both complexity and sophisticated simplicity.

The flavor is crisp and clean, surprisingly strong and well balanced with brief notes of sweetness on one side and dry on the other. Some caramel and tobacco enter in a long, subtle finish.

The palate perceives a medium-bodied beer, again, dry and clean comes to mind. Moderate carbonation adds to a soft texture.

This is an easily consumable beer and well worth the experience. Longboard could easily fit into any summer experience. It is probably best without food.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 21:17:45 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of NicholasCasber


3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was picked up fairly quickly, and this is from memory, so I apologize.

A: This beer was poured into a pint glass, and was a nice golden color.

S: The beer that I got was slightly "skunked", however still smelled of hops and grain.

T: The grain continues in this beverage from the smell to the taste, and slightly finishes a bit bitter.

M: Fairly full bodied.

D: I'd rate this higher if it was more readily avaliable back where I'm from.

Best of luck in your endeavours. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 07:18:05 | More by NicholasCasber
Photo of SDbeerguy


4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a SD Padres 40th anny. pint glass (I saw a previous poster rep the Mets glass, so I may do the same, haha)

I've always loved this beer from the first time I had it. I don't know what it is. I think it's what a premium American lager should taste like. Figures we have to go all the way to Hawai'i to find it. Figures. Very smooth and very drinkable. Not too pissy like a generic American lager (i.e. Coors light) but not too overwhelming either. I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. My rating may seem average but the taste and drinkability are the only categories really above average because let's face it, that's what we're looking for anyway right?

Enjoy a Kona Longboard!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 08:07:34 | More by SDbeerguy
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass by the restaurant. The color was a little green but otherwise golden. The head was thin with a little retention and a little lacing. The smell is simple; just a little hoppiness and a good amount of malt and the taste is equally simple. Its smooth, light in body and fairly easy to drink making it a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 05:46:13 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of srandycarter


3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light gold small white head, sudsy lace.

S - Very light malty aroma, not much else going on there.

T - Pretty good malt flavor, almost a little spicy at the finish.

M - Light body, nothing too complicated.

D - Light, easy going lager. Nice session as it is pretty easy to drink, albeit possibly boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 17:46:56 | More by srandycarter
Photo of sulldaddy


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

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle opens with a fizz and cloud of CO2 , pours bright goldenrod with bleached white head giving minimal foam and fading to nothing very quickly. Small streams of bubble rise to the surface throughout the sampling.
Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of light fruit, maybe white grape, a hint of general candy sweetness mixes in with no real hop presence to note.
First sip reveals an average body with fine and spacious carbonation. Only slightly tingly on the palate. Flavor is sweet malt a little candy sugar flavor and some grain. Again not really any hop notes to speak of in the flavor.
The beer is very easy to drink and goes down quite effortlessly. Well made example of the style I think, not complex but not quite boring either. May get a little sweet after a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:50:32 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Blitzstyle


3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a little plastic cup out of a beer reps van. Very golden in color reminds me of a pils. 1 finger of head hardly any retintion.

Smells of a traditional lager, some what grainy and a bit of hops.

A little bit better than your average lager. Lightly toasted malts and a small bit of hops. really clean finish.

Good mouth feel taste doesn't linger too long and it goes down easy. Very good gateway beer pretty thin and light bodied. Wouldn't seek this beer out but a few steps above most american lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 23:57:56 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of slk22


2.42/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with high carbonation observable, yet no head formation. Aroma is mild with notes of crystal malt and a bit of bread. Reminds me of natural light. Flavor is light as well with rice and corn detectable not unlike Budweiser. There is also a sourness that lingers into the finish along with a bit of a metallic taste. Body is medium and smooth, the most likable aspect of this beer to me. Overall, this is an easy beer to drink, maybe refreshing after mowing the lawn, but not very enticing.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 18:37:32 | More by slk22
Photo of flagmantho


3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very pale yellow with two fingers of quickly-dissipating head. Par for the course for this style.

Smell: mostly grain but also a little soapiness. Having had one out of the bottle as well, I don't think this last factor is due to a poorly-rinsed glass; that said, the aroma isn't off-putting, just a little out of place.

Taste: grain. The flavor is a little astringent and there are hints of citrus; hops are not prominent but what there are seem earthy. Not bad, but not blowing me away either. Still better than most macros.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an appropriate level of carbonation; there is a creaminess and a presence to it. I think the texture is my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability: this beer does not blow me away. There are pale lagers out there I'd much prefer to drink in session.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:45:55 | More by flagmantho
Photo of FreshmanPour77


3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11-15-09
Cold, bottle to a glass

A - Pale cloudy yellow, decent carbonation, no real head retention, would make you think that the brew was flat but it wasn't

S - Pretty sweet smell, pick up citrus notes

T - Light bodied, very smooth, sweet tasting malt, fair amount of hops but not too much, no real bite at the end

M/D - Pretty drinkable lager, very smooth no real hop or malt bite, my third beer from Kona. Good brew to be had. Not sure I would seek it out but if I were on the islands I would indulge in the local brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 19:05:04 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of generalnotsew


3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like any standard lager. Fizzy and yellow. Pretty weak head gone in a flash lacing doesn't really stick.

S: Pretty much like any American Adjunct except a strange sweetness to it.

T: Half American Lager and half totally different. That hint of sweetness lives in the taste as well as some fruity notes. Much better than your standard lager.

M: Actually a little sticky and not nearly as thin as most American Adjuncts. Also nicely carbonated. Not overdone like most.

D: I could see myself throwing back a few of these on hot summer days. Makes a decent session beer.

Overall it is a good effort from Kona. It would make a great stepping stone from the standard BMC fare.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 02:47:38 | More by generalnotsew
Photo of capra12

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/6/09 solo.

Appearance: yellow and with 1/2 finger head served out of a hefewizen glass.

Smell: classic lager light grainy.

Taste: opens with light grains with an almost lychee hint in the finish.

Mouth feel: light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: for a lager I would have it again to support the kona brewing company but I seek more character in my brews. I would recommend this as an alternative to drinking BMC.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-07-2009 04:59:30 | More by capra12
Photo of alleykatking


2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very weak looking pale yellow which turns even more lighter shade of yellow when held up to the light. Little 1/2 finger bone white head that leaves no lacing at all and looks more like a BMC product more than anything.

S- Light grassy hops with a earthy tone to it. Some light sweet malts. Also a light lemon citrus tone to this. This smells more like a pilsner than a pale lager.

T- Big sweetness to this. This might be a little past its prime but I get more malty tastes than the grassy hops I smelled in the nose. Kind of a grainy taste to this. I'm sure this is past it's prime for sure. Way different beer in the taste than in the smell. Cruel joke actually.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is lacking I think for the stlye. Sickly sweet malts are left on the tongue which makes the beer that much more unpleasant. Malty aftertaste. Would have knocked it up a point if the carbonation was more "alive".

D- This is a poor example of a Pale Lager. Granted I think I had a old bottle so I will re-review when I get my hands on another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 05:10:41 | More by alleykatking
Photo of naterock


4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours grainy, slightly cloudy yellow into a pint glass. Some head but leaves quickly. Typical for a lager but this one is strange.

Smells citrusy and grainy with a hint of hops in the background and a lemony/orange nose. suprising since it was way past its best buy date

Taste is really suprisingly citrusy and crisp. I was expecting a skunky corn bomb but damn this one is a step above the norm.

Mouth is light and crisp, easily drinkable on a hot day. I wouldn't think twice about draining a sixer in no time. Good and a total suprise considering its age.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 22:50:32 | More by naterock
Photo of SpecialK088


3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A-Well I can't say much for the look of this one, light yellow and zero head on it once you pour looks like apple juice to be honest

S-Kind of suprised here alot of lemon zest with some grassy hops, very grassy overall. some sweet vine fruit notes can be pulled out from it as well.

T-Again pleasntly suprised by this very light and crisp and all the very very distinguishable. Hops come out well but dont overbear the very delacate flavor. Sweetness comes out very little in the finish which is nice and extremly clean.

M-Pretty thin and light bodied but goes well with what I would picture to be a nice summer day by the pool or lake. carbonation is perfect for what they were going for.

D-Drinks like water but not at all in a bad way very easy to drink and perfect for hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 22:40:54 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of jhoban19


3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local restaurant in Honolulu and again the swim-up bar in the resort in Maui during my honeymoon.

A: pale straw color, very light, with tiny bubbles and a foamy white head. head retention and lacing is minimal.

S: yeasty, bread-like, clean lager aroma. some floral and citrus scents make themselves known in a subtle manner.

T: crisp tasting with pleasant biscuit flavors that really pop. a bit of spicy hops/citrus round out the taste.

M: light, crisp, smooth, and clean. and oh yeah, refreshing. the flavors really linger in a positive way throughout the entire glass and beyond.

D: a refreshing and flavorful brew for those hot days in the islands. first thought upon finishing a glass is how long will it take the bartender to pour another.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 00:44:13 | More by jhoban19
Photo of scruffwhor


3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pilsner and cream soda yellow. Very quick head and modest bubbling. The aroma is clean malts and grassy hops. Maybe just the faintest hint of pine cones. The taste is straight forward with dry pilsner malts, lightly toasted malt sweetness. Crisp and cleaning hops with a splash of astringency. Crisp and clean palate. The overall tone of this beer is simplicity. malty and enough hops to balance and sharpen the palate. No frills or bs. Just easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:24:52 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of crossovert


3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Really needed something refreshing tonight and saw this. Hopefully it is somewhat good.

Pours with a bright 3 finger white head, and a light pale yellow. Good for the style.

Semll is grainy, with some kisses of hops. Typical astingency of an American light lager.

Taste is very malty and bready, with some metallic character, surprisingly heavier than expected but it is pretty light bodied despite that. Hops are there, they are very medicinal and earthy with a tiny pinch of pine.

It just wasn't refreshing enough to be something worth purchasing perhaps it is the sweetness or not enough carbonation. The hops are tasty but they cold be stronger and have this more pilsener-like.

Overall is is better than a lot of American light lagers, but like most it "pales" in comparison to its European brethren.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:17:18 | More by crossovert
Photo of tempest


3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle from the Party Source in Syracuse, NY. The grumpy man there said the Kona beers just came in from New Hampshire. A quick check of the bottle confirms the beer was brewed in Portsmouth, NH.

The beer appears clear gold with a short white head that leaves no lacing. There's a little DMS in the aroma, but the flavor is very clean with just a very light caramel note over toasted bread. I'm sure this would be a fine beer on the beach, otherwise it's still a nice step up from your average cheap, macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:13:35 | More by tempest
Photo of Spineypanda


3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although there is a lot of talk about how average the beer is, it truly is one my favorite lagers.

The appearance is light golden and somewhat cloudy, and the smell is a bit empty, but the flavor has just what I would want after a long day.

Even though I am a heavy beer lover and definitely enjoy my over-hopped brews, this lager stands out to me because it is so easy to drink, and is not your basic macro brew. The taste is smooth and the finish is a little sweet, just what I would desire when sitting after a long day of work.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 04:00:46 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of vicg12

New York

4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost exactly like Shock Top, it is a little better though.

Appearance - Goldenish and cloudy some what, inviting with a low carbonation.

Smell - citrus and malty

Taste - again citrus and easyly tell it's a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - on the light side, not watery with no shortage of flavor.

Drinkability - high drinkability, very good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 17:42:49 | More by vicg12
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,764 ratings.