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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 44
Gots: 240 | 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 pezdedorado
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Citrusy hop character on the front. Rough yeasty bite on the back. Clean taste, but not a refreshing lager. Body maybe a little over-done because the hops weren't the problem. The Big Wave Golden Ale was more satisfying for me. Kona is your best bet on the islands, but skip this selection.

pezdedorado, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 of this today which was bottled on Aug 8. Poured a transparent pale yellow with .5" of froath that sticks around with small patches of lace after some agitation.

Smells very clean with slight notes of grain and grass.

Tastes follows suit with notes of bread and grain, light herbs and a little bite of hops to even things out.

Mouthfeel is pretty good and refreshing. A very nice light-bodied lager.

Overall it is an enjoyable beer but not one I would seek out again unless it's really fresh. $7.99 is a decent price and their bottled on date is clearly printed at the bottom of the lable which is always appreciated.

guitarsnbeer, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a shaker pint glass. Clear gold with a small white head and just spotty lacings. Smell like grain. Tastes like sweet malts with a slight bitterness to follow. The more I tasted this beer the more plisner like it became. Suspect some Euro hops. Checked the website and it lists Mt. Hood, Hallertau, and Czech Saaz hops. Nice mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Excellent hot weather beer.

Spikester, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, cloudy yellow, with rich ample white foam. Modest, but attractive lacing.

Nose is yeasty, bready. Not bad at all.

Taste is fairly typical lager, though substantially more flavorful than most. Again, as with the aroma, I get yeast and crusty bread. Malty but not too simple or flat. This one proved crisp and refreshing, and among the better lagers I've had lately.

secondtooth, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, light golden-straw with a thin white head.

Smell. Lightly toasted light grains and a little spicy hops. Not alot here, but what there is isn't bad.

Taste. Light toasty malts, slightly sweet with a decent bite from enough spicy hops to make this interesting. Finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with above-medium carbonation.

Overall. Would be a nice beer for a hot day ...I'm thinking out on a golf course. Easy drinking and tastes great.

Rutager, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Daniel who brought this back for me from Hawaii. Shared w/ octopus87 enjoyed from a mug chilled.

The color is straw golden with gentle chill haze and slightly thin white cap with small bead that dissipates rapidly. The smell is very bready and mildly toasted with light sweet yeast scent. The feel is good, nice body with mild tang of yeast and moderate carbonation with subtle spice and refreshing semi-dry finish.

This tastes as you would expect an American Lager would with some light malt flavor and very mild bitterness but it is refreshing flavor-wise and has a subtle fruit tinge in the yeast which gives a slight tangy residual flavor with an almost spicy effect from the expressive carbonation. This is a good example and it goes down easy with more flavor than most I would drink this again if given the opportunity.

Slatetank, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of JohnFatAss
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Longboard has a nice bright golden yellow color.
Your typical American lager appearance.

It has almost no smell, I pick up a little something, but it is so faint, hard to pinpoint what it is.

It has a clean, crisp taste. It has a malty flavor with a mild but spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is watery and the carbonation tingles the tounge.

This is one refreshing and easy drinking beer. Perfect for hot weather and summer parties.

A good beer over all, but not good enough to make it stand out over other pale lagers.

JohnFatAss, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of mummbearsfan
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying a beer from Hawaii and I was quite pleased with this brew.

I found the aroma to be quite malty almost like those Hawaiian Rolls you get in the store. Once tasting this beer I found it to be both smooth and florally from the hops used.

Overall, I found this brew to be quite smooth and would recommend this to anyone and especially keep this one for those hot summer days or warm climates.

mummbearsfan, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Pale, light grade honey. Super low retention and lace on a white head.

S – Not much there. Light breadyness. Semi-salty note.

T – Light. Soft malt with a nice acidity and a touch of salt up front. The middle and finish drop off with a lingering mineralness.

M – Light body. Relatively smooth.

O – Straight forward and fairly mellow.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of vande
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a strong yellow pour with a thin, quickly disappearing lace... smells of straw and malt, touch sweet? a nice clean, crisp lager...a definite surprise, as I was not expecting it... nothing crazy in the mouth, but I could see how this would be a good BBQ or tailgatin' kinda beer.. Its easy drinking, doesn't necessarily kill your palate yet you can put down a few if you'd like. Normally, I'm not big on Lagers, but this one I could see trying again-

vande, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: clear golden color. No head or retention.

S: Pale malts. A tiny bit of a floral hops character. Corn and cereal.

T: Corn, cereal, pale malts. A nice grassy note.

M: Light bodied. Good good carbonation.

O: Meh. Typical pale lager. Nothing special but totally drinkable. Have no problem pounding a few.

avaldivia, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of MaxBrewell
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Bright yellow with extremely thin head that disappeared almost instantly.

S - Slightly grassy with a hint of hops.

T - Also, grassy and some biscuit malt.

M - A little thin, but nicely carbonated.

D - This is a very drinkable beer, however not impressive by any means. I would drink another, but will probably not seek this one out in the futre. Aloha!

MaxBrewell, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Dmann
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing spectacular about this beer, yet nothing incredibly annoying either. Poured a bright yellow with a small, frothy white head. Smell was of grass, slight tropical fruit and malt. Flavor was very clean, slightly earthy and malty but not much complexity. Mouthfeel was refreshing and average for the style. Nothing spectacular here but a solid Lager nonetheless.

Dmann, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle into a pint glass.

Kona Longboard Lager is amd golden yo, actually it's pretty bright sunshine yellow, resembling urine. No head or even a cap, pretty dead looking.

Smell is really hard to come by. Warming brings forth pale malt with some caramel, baked bread and corn. Taste is pretty pale malty with some lemon and grass. Not really alot going on except the lemon comes as a surprise.

Feel is light bodied with very light carb going on. Not bitter. Kinda like lightly carbed water with lemon and malt. Not something I would go for again.

BARFLYB, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a straw yellow with a decent amount of white, fizzy head.

S: Smells of soft malts and some grains, a tad bit bitter from some hops, maybe even a touch of spicy cumin.

T/M: Has a medium amount of carbonation with lingering caramel maltiness and a bitterness in the finish.

It's overall crisp and clean with just a bit of corn adjunct, very average like most lagers. Time to move on to some real beers.


TheBeerAlmanac, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of somewhat off-white foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - lightly hoppy smelling, somewhat spicy smelling too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - not as hoppy tasting. An odd tang to it, not sweet...maybe a little musky. A little bit of a warming affect in the feel. The texture itself is more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad tasting beer, but not very memorable either.

Nerudamann, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kona Longboard Island Lager has a medium, white head and a slightly hazy pale straw appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is almost nil, but once the head fades away, one picks up a wonderful bready malt. Taste is a combination of sweet, bready malts, lemon zest, and a nice hop back taste. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and carbonation prickly. Kona Longboard Island Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, I really enjoyed this sample.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with a bit of cloudiness and a minimal head. The last two not very characteristic of a lager.
S- All malt no hop in the smell.
T- Nothing great but not bad. Not much flavor here.
MO- If the purpose of this beer was to be a refreshing thirst quencher for tropical climates, well then it is a success.

confer, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend brought this one to me, I know it's available on the mainland but I haven't seen it locally.

It's a clear golden color with a small white head. Nothing special at all here.

There is a faint earthy malt aroma but it's hard to pick up. There's really nothing special here either.

More of the same on the flavor. It's a little grassy with a slight malt flavor but weak overall and unimpressive.

I've gotta say this one is very disappointing. Just "not impressed" all around.

theboozecruise, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pale yellow and some lace and head that dissipates to a thin film.

S- grainy and lightly hoppy, some biscuity notes.

T- just like the smell.

O- There is something to be said for a refreshing and crisp lager during summer, but still Longboard has a tough time separating itself from the sea of average pale lagers.

Tschnab, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clear straw gold, rapidly diminishing fizzy head.
S: some corny sweet graininess.
T: saa, finishes mostly crisp with a barely detectable hop bitterness.
M: light bodied, thin but not as thin as most of the style. Fizzy.
O: better than most apl's, unfortunately served in a large frosty schooner mug.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Presumably fresh in Hawaii.
Poured into a pint glass, it shows a relatively clear, yellow color with medium sized whitish head, minimal retention or lacing.
Aroma shows some minimal fruitiness, grains, not a lot else.
Light to medium on the palate (for the style), flavors are muted as well, with some grains, faint hoppiness.
Just Ok.

brdc, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up down at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge recently. I had one of Kona's beers when I was out in California a few summers ago and think it's great that they have their products available in this neck of the woods now. I didn't expect much from this beer since it was a Pale Lager and they tend to be light but this was a good interpretation of the style and suitable for this time of the year!

This had a typical pour to this, with a clear, golden hue and moderately fluffy head that faded into nothing. The lacing was nowhere to be seen and the smell was relatively mellow to boot. The taste was malty, as was expected, with a taste and mouthfeel like potato chips. Nice and crisp, with grain and biscuit to give some extra body to the bite. The carbonation was present, but not strong, and the aftertaste had just a bit of starch in it.

Session beers that are light in hue don't get more full than this. The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer and the alcohol couldn't be tasted or detected. Even though the aroma wasn't there for this beer, everything else was up to snuff. Those looking for a clearer and more filling alternative to the Summer beers that are on the shelf now will be pleasantly surprised by this offering from Kona.

JerzDevl2000, Aug 03, 2011
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 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
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.