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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 43
Gots: 218 | 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 smibroncos
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

smibroncos, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of slyke
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

slyke, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


mnrider, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

ocelot2500, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Rick187
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rick187, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of djbreezy
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

djbreezy, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of salvo
1.8/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

salvo, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#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)

Jadjunk, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

JayS2629, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Fatheranderson
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Would it be strange to say that this tastes like I imagine a Hawaiian Island would taste if it was able to be bottled? Yeah it'd be strange to say that. But there ya go, that was the first thought that popped into my head when I tasted it.

Appearance: golden yellow, somewhat cloudy

Smell: Mild, hint of citrus? Nothing really sticks out in the smell department, which can be either good or bad depending on how you look at it.

Taste: Actually it tastes like macadamia nuts strangely enough. The hops, if there are any, don't really come through at all, which is somewhat disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, average consistency. Doesn't really wow me, but doesn't disappoint either.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, if you'll permit me a colloquialism.

Overall: A solid lager, just doesn't wow me in any way, nor does it disappoint me.

Fatheranderson, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of dbraz45
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really solid offering from Kona. This a flavorful and tasty lager. It pours a light gold color with moderate carbonation. No adjuncts here and it shows. The flavor is full and somewhat complex. It is light bodied and has medium carbonation. Kona certainly does the lager style justice here, and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

dbraz45, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of SassyBootblack
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a thin white head, lively dancing bubbles.

Smell: Like... beer.

Taste: Clean, but not much beyond that. No sense of malt or hopiness, but no off flavors, either.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied.

Drinkability: Not too exciting, but therefore can have mass appeal.

No real flaws with this beer, but at the same time it's not very exciting.

SassyBootblack, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Somewhat cloudy yellow with a solid white head that disappates quickly.
S- Crackery, with some soft earthy and floral aromas.
T- Rather sweet, with cracker and bread flavors to it. Light spicy character to it.
M- Medium body for style, above average amounts of carbonation.
D- Better than your average American Pale Lager. I actually rather enjoyed it and could see it as a very approachable and sessionable beer.

jsprain1, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my SA perfect pint glass. Very light in color, golden yellow with about two fingers of foamy head, slight lacing throught. Aromas were of malt, some floral notes

Sweet earthy taste with a light mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, very crisp.

A very nice drinkable lager for when doing yardwork...

InspectorBob, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-gold with a good amount of white head. predictable for this type.

S-very fruity with a good smell of barley...actually very satisfying. the fruits smell tropical

T-there are tropical fruits and even a bit of hops there. its fruity and amazingly tasty for a lager. a very small tanginess to the end but overall this is a wonderful lager. i recommend this to absolutely anyone!

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a creamy finish. quite impressive for this style.

D-mmm this is an enjoyable beer! i could have lots of this! the taste stays through out the experience.

AdamBear, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of thatguy3579
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, pale straw in color, lots of visible carbonation

S: Grassy, with honey and some skunk.

T: Light lemon bite, a little skunk, some biscuit. All around not that great.

M: Thin and bubbly - like a macro lager.

D: An uninteresting and overpriced brew.

thatguy3579, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent gold color with a one finger white head that leaves some traces on the glass after it dissipates. Smells of grain, sort of a pilsner smell. Taste is pretty easy going but enjoyable, certainly more flavor than most lagers and good flavor at that, but it doesn't knock your socks off. This would be a great beer to slowly ease a friend into craft beer. Taste is crisp with a emphasis on some hops. Body is light and carbonation is medium/high. Overall this is a decent beer, there is nothing offensive about it, but unlike BMC headliners it has a definite and strong flavor. The good flavor and low ABV make this very sessionable.

gkunkle, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one this past weekend when out in downtown Boston. I thought it was funny to see this craft offering among the BMC and local handles.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow. Not a lot of head on this from the bartender's pour. It has a healthy level of carbonation activity dancing in the glass.

Aroma: Biscuits and spices. Kind of grassy as well. For a session lager, the nose on this is somewhat robust.

Taste: This one grew on me and definitely took a few drinks to get into. At first, it was almost to a BMC level of loose sweetness. However, I began to get the more balanced sense in this one. Yes, the biscuity malt does come out right away, but the grassy and spicy hops begin to anchor it down well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Highly drinkable. I myself had three during this session. The mouthfeel is light, yet not without some richness. Either due to carbonation or deceptive malt substantialness, this one was a mouthful. Finishes nice a crisp, especially for starting off so sweet.

Overall: A good option when faced with few alternatives. I had this at a place where my only other options were BMC, Sam Adams, or Harpoon IPA. I'll gladly take this one over those options, especially out for a night on the town. However, I'm not to sure this is going to be one I pick up a sixer off at the store, but that is more due to my style preferences than the quality of this brew.

soze47, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of whisperjet
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Pours a hazy straw color with a lot of visible carbonation. 1 finger of quickly dissolving bone white head that leaves light, thin lace on the glass.

s: Grassy and earthy with malty tones. Evened out with the hops and a bit of citrus like lemongrass. Can smell subtle alcohol.

t: Pretty empty tasting to be honest. Very light and smooth but a highly subdued flavor. Grassy taste on the back end.

m: Thin bodied to go with the high carbonation. Smooth and crisp

d: This beer reminds me of a better tasting Landshark Lager. A good summer beer that's easy to drink but nothing really special or unique about it

whisperjet, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, average head, no lace. Aroma was a little sweet, without being corn sweet.

Taste, light, tiny bit of enjoyable sweetness. Biscuity. Hoppier than most lagers, thats for sure. An easy drinker, but not necessarily worth $8+ a 6 pack given that there isn't a whole lot going on, you're prolly paying a little bit of that just for transportation. Buy some of their porter instead.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw color but with a decent head that settled on the beer and didn't fade away. Hazy from the cold, which I didn't much like. Cleared up when warmer but this is not a beer that you'll be drinking at 50 degrees.

Not much to the smell. Not a bad thing, smells like beer and not bad beer.

Taste is pretty good. A lot like a pilsner to me, with a little sweetness up front balanced by some subtle hops on the finish.

Light body, good mouthfeel and carbonation, very refreshing. Excellent island beer.

Chizoad, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours golden and very translucent with a little less than 2 fingers head. The head has great retention. Looks very refreshing.

Smell: There's not really too much to the smell here. Grains with just a hint of fruit.

Taste: Much better than expected given the non-existant smell. First thing is though - this is light. Just a step up in flavor from a BMC light beer. The difference is that the flavor present in here is way better. Instead of corn, there's mild malts and hops, with just a hint of fruit. A great "step up" beer, and probably one that I'll be serving to guests in the future. That is, if I don't drink them all first!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and carbonated. Goes down very easy and feels very good.

Drinkability: Good god this is way too drinkable. Super refreshing and with a very mild aftertaste that just begs for you to continue drinking.

This is a great beer if you're looking for something for refreshment. Probably one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

shand, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale color with many carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. Has a thin, fizzy head which dissipates quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Smell: Grainy and toasty with hints of fruitiness as well.

Taste: Very mild bitterness up front with hints of fruit. Steps up the bitterness towards the finish and complements it with a sweet, toasty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Has a bit more of a body than I expected from a lager but is still crisp and a little dry.

Drinkability: An extremely drinkable lager and one that stands out from most of the other lagers I've tried. I certainly wouldn't mind having this one again sometime.

wahhmaster, Sep 11, 2010
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,967 ratings.