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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,851 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 36
Gots: 160 | 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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sirdrinkwell

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%

appearance: wheaty haze yellow, light and bubbly, with fair head that quickly fades leaving virtually nothing in the way of lacing

smell: admittedly, i'm just getting over a cold and my olfactory may not be up to the task...but, this doesn't smell like much at all. a look at my other reviews will reveal that i'm more into big beer brews which generally carry much more distinct and pronounced aromas, but in any case this lager does offer some faint malt and the most minimal of fruit scents.

taste: light, crisp, and refreshing. not alot of complexity but i don't really think anybody is looking to get blown away by a lager.

mouthfeel: crisp and somewhat dry, but thoroughly refreshing.

drinkability: well suited for south florida summer afternoons, where consistently sultry outdoor temps require a refreshment with equal and opposite energy to renew the palate. translation: a fair lawnmower beer.

08-01-2009 02:46:12 | More by sirdrinkwell
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%

Bottled 5/19/09.

Pours into a pint glass with a pale yellow color, slightly hazy, with a thin layer of white head that wanes quickly.

Aroma is mild, slightly sweet and fruity.

Flavor is similar with very mild sweetness and just barely enough hops to balance it out. It doesn't stand out in any particular category except blandness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and medium carbonation.

Overall, just a step above the masses.

07-16-2009 04:10:25 | More by GilGarp
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Epicedion

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +27%

A: Looks like a beer.

S: Smells like a beer.

T: Tastes like a damn good lager beer.

M: Carbonated, medium body. Feels like a beer.

D: I've had two already and I don't think I'd mind drinking these all night.

This beer doesn't have any negatives as far as I can tell. I'm not saying it's the best thing you've ever tasted, but it may very well be one of the best lagers you'll ever drink.

07-12-2009 05:12:31 | More by Epicedion
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kellywilson50

Costa Rica

2.63/5  rDev -22%

Beer pours nicely but the head quickly disappears with minimal lacing on the glass. Light golden color with medium carbonation and a faint, non impressive nose. The taste has hints of citrus finishing with slight hoppy flavors. Overall this is not a super impressive beer but if you're sitting on the beach in Hawaii with this beer in hand I don't think you'd be disappointed.

07-11-2009 05:36:56 | More by kellywilson50
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -20.5%

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear, very pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Musty hoppy nose. Flavor is hay, honey and hints of hops. Good lawn mower beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Bottled Apr 29, 09.

07-07-2009 22:22:06 | More by jdhilt
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Wegbier

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%

It would sure be nice to try this out on the beach, but hey it is 88F here.

this is a sad honey pale straw color with a receding to low head, like a wave that was going to be a good one but just gets you laughed at for trying to enjoy.

low smell of very light floral citrus hops.

thin to medium but with hop bite and a nice bitter finish.

for sure a nice one to take out to the beach when you want to be classy.

07-07-2009 21:44:30 | More by Wegbier
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

I like this better than boston lager actually

appearance: golden amber lager like. nice and bubbly

smell: nice hops kick

taste: clear refresher and easy to drink with a good balance of hops. like hoppy lagers

mouthfeel: thin and heavy carbonated

drinkability: A great choice with limited selection. great summer session option.

07-06-2009 15:15:07 | More by CampusCrew
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

A) Pours with a wispy foamy, big bubble head, then settles quickly. Thin lacing. Active carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Some wheat notes. Very light citrus. Dry malt aroma.
T) Dry, crisp malty notes. Subtle nutty notes. Somewhat earthy.
M) Crisp. Refreshing. Light bodied.
D) Very delicious. Definitely have another one.

07-06-2009 14:58:40 | More by u2carew
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DT7

Washington

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%

A-Pours golden yellow like most lagers, A white head that goes away after a few minutes. Not a whole lot of lacing, it's pretty much looks like any kind of commercial lager

S-Get a lot of hops, a little hint of citrus also

T-You can really taste the hops and it has a good bite not overly powerful or bitter. It does have a little bitter after taste though

M-Crisp and clean,a little bit of carbonation

D-Very drinkable for a lager I can kind of compare it to a Heiniken or a better quality commercial lager

The truth is that i'm not a huge lager fan, but this one is quite nice. I could probably drink 4 or 5 before getting bored

07-04-2009 07:31:46 | More by DT7
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%

My 2nd Kona brew... I liked the Pipeline Porter ok so I picked up a single to give this a go..

Pours an as expected clear golden color with ample carbonation...

Aromas of hops with a slight malty chaser... A little hoppier than I was expecting..

Pretty decent stuff here....nice balance of sweet maltiness and quick hop bite.. Hey, this is a pretty good little lager here...

Very drinkable and sessionable lager... I could drink these easily while grilling...

07-01-2009 17:31:35 | More by Tilley4
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours golden with a pretty decent white head, but it was gone pretty quick.

Light malt grassy nose to it. No particularly strong.

Fairly crisp and medium maltiness. Some bready and raw grain sweetness in here, but that disappears to a weak slightly bitter finish. There's a tart twangy as well, but you have to hunt for it. Overall, fairly clean and easily refreshing for a hot weather drink.

Decent carbonation and not thin or watery as I expected.

Overall, it went down pretty well. Only had one (a gift), and wish I had a 6 for the weekend. Not over-the-top great, but a decent fairly drinkable surprise. Worth a try if you can find it.

07-01-2009 13:43:31 | More by OtherShoe2
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jeffjeff1

California

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

This was a pretty good beer. I enjoy it and it is a good summer beer.

Appearance- gold color, transparent

Smell- grassy hops

Taste- bready grains

Mouthfeel- light body

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, enjoy it a lot, have had it a bit in the past

06-30-2009 20:43:00 | More by jeffjeff1
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Osiris9588

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

I'm committing a cardinal BA sin and reviewing this from memory. I drank it in Hawaii and didn't feel like taking my eyes off of the scenery and swarm of international tourists surrounding me to jot notes on a bev nap.

However of all the Hawaiian beer of which I partook, I think this was the best. Lagers often get bashed on this site, but a good one can be as pleasurable as any quality beer can be. The Longboard was one of the best lagers I've had in a long time: Crisp, well-balanced, with a perfect spike of hops.

It one considers it to be a tropical island session beer, it's nearly perfect. Aloha.

06-28-2009 23:42:37 | More by Osiris9588
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

A: a lifeless snap as I cracked it open. The body is somewhat hazy and colored lemon yellow. I thought I poured a hefe for a moment. Nothing formed on top and just a bleach-white fizzy ring with a few shiny bubbles exists

S: noble hops that reek of grassy floral notes. I also gather tinge of untoasted grains. Nothing much else...

T: the flavors match the nose and most prominent is the malted barley, cereal grains, unroasted type of flavors. I detect a hint of sugary lemon enveloping every sip I take, more or less just sugary. Best of all, shortly after the swallow, a tickling of leafy hop bitterness arises

M: mild body and somewhat refreshing. Nothing watery exists and the feels good down the hatch. Aftertaste is a bit bland with half the beer yet to go

D: mildly exciting beer. Worth a try and full of summery dimensions. A pretty straightforward lager and notch above some others of its kind

06-21-2009 18:25:08 | More by Magpie14
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washburnkid

New York

2.95/5  rDev -12.5%

Translucent light golden colors. A cooked corn but clean malt aroma. Tastes bring out some light grassy hops, and the mouthfeel is watery. There aren't too many residuals here, either. This and many other pale lagers would be a good beer to introduce to folks just entering the craft scene from BMC.

06-19-2009 04:20:28 | More by washburnkid
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MLasoski

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%

This company has restored my faith in lagers.

Presented: In a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: This lager has a clear, golden, and carbonated body. It lacks a significant head as it tapers off within minutes.

S: Comparable to Yuengling, it smells of mild hops. Nothing really stands out.

T: When I went to taste it, I told myself this will probably be another typical lager. I was wrong. I can't really put my finger on it, but it almost tastes sweeter than other lagers I've had.

M: Crisp in the beginning and in the end. Leaves a pilsener aftertaste.

D: I picture myself drinking this, instead of a Corona, on the beach. It works. It's definitely light enough to enjoy more than one per sitting. I'm glad I bought it.

06-18-2009 00:29:13 | More by MLasoski
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%

Purchased at Price Chopper in Latham, NY while on the road for my cousin's wedding. Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Two fingers of snow white foam tops this pale gold lager, it's crystal clear and gleaming in the light. Trails of lace slowly creep down the inside of the glass.

Smell- What a difference between an all-malt lager and adjunct lager nose... the real ingredients are so honest and welcome after sampling so many of the latter in recent weeks.

There's a lemony, bready character that goes on and on, opening up even more as the beer sits. The hops and malts are big and expressive, almost a cross between an American and German take on the style. Again I'll emphasize the clean rawness of the ingredients.

Taste- Comparing the taste of this beer to a full flavored, really fresh Helles lager wouldn't be too far off the mark. The tongue is enveloped with bready grains and citrusy hops, finishing dry with a mild bitterness balanced perfectly with clean malts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Silky, soft, and seafoamy... the texture in the mouth is liquid perfection, beginning very smooth and quickly gaining subtle carbonation that just hangs right in there for the duration. A wonderfully simple, yet complex beer that needs to become available in North Jersey soon.

06-15-2009 02:43:22 | More by yelterdow
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alfistheman

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%

A - light gold thin color, thick fluffy soap bubble like head, surprising the thin appearance on the beer
S - Grains and dry alcohol, but good like white wine
T - Crisp and smooth, a little sweet with hops building slowly on the pal with each sip. Just wish there was more flavor all together
M - Well carbonted and done right, tickling the mouth in a joyful way
D - Easy to toss back a sixer of these, taste is a bit thin after a few though

05-30-2009 16:34:07 | More by alfistheman
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PriorateOden

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%

This beer is so very basic. Anyone could enjoy this. If Adolph Coors moved to Hawaii and made a good, plain, decent, inoffensive beer... this could be it.

Delisch? Nope. Outstanding? Nope. Worth more than $7.00 per six pack? Not again. But it ain't bad and i didn't dislike any of it.

05-29-2009 18:45:40 | More by PriorateOden
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Psilo707

California

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

Very light, bubbly beer with a decently bright yellow hue. Lacing and head is minimal when coming from a bottle. Smell is very sweet and gives the scent of lemon-lime.

The citrus appeal doesn't disappear during the tasting process. A very stinging and hoppy feeling occurs upon first taste, followed by a very malty after-taste.

The mouthfeel is somewhat solid - not creamy at all - but the taste lends to a satisfied feeling in the mouth. Drinkability is very high due to the light texture and satisfying taste.

Overall, it was a bit better than I expected and I would recommend this lager to most buyers.

05-22-2009 04:03:09 | More by Psilo707
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deanhead

Vermont

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

Straw colored with chill haze. White wispy head, that clears up to a lace.

Aroma is lemon, grass, and mostly grainy.

Crisp and Zesty, this lemony, citrusy beer is very refreshing. It is a decent example of a lager.

Light bodied, crisp an dry.

Mostly drinkable beer. This beer is contract brewed in Portsmouth, NH. Kudos to Kona for reducing their carbon footprint and bringing this beer to New England.

05-21-2009 01:58:36 | More by deanhead
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%

Bottle poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a clear straw yellow with no head at all. No lacing either. Smells grassy with smacks of sour lemon in there as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Flavor is of lemon bread mixed in with the grassy character. Slight hop presence as it finishes just hintingly bitter. This is a very refreshing beer. When I'm in the mood for a good clean lager, I'll reach for this again. Recommend.

05-20-2009 13:54:36 | More by Onenote81
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +27.6%

A nice crisp lager that is very enjoyable on a nice warm day like today.

Golden appearance with tiny little bubbles interspersed. Nice white head.

Malt smell with a good hop character, but a little too reminscent of some macro lagers (though less one-dimensional).

Good, crips lager flavour. Nice bready malts and a decent amoutn of hops to keep it interesting. The adjunct/macro smell is not nearly as noticeable in the flavour. Slightly bitter after taste.

Carbonation is spot on and this is a great thirst quencher on a nice day.

05-17-2009 22:31:23 | More by BDTyre
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, this beer pours a bright golden with a bit of haze and sports a soapy half inch of head. Offers fair retention and some bits of lacing.

Nose is rather thin with some light malts and a touch of lemony hops muddled in with lager yeast.

Some sweet and slightly viscous lemon/orange up front with more neutral malts and some spice on the finish. Sweet and bready on the close. Good carbonation matches the body and yields a smooth feel and an easy drink. Drink is a bit limited however by the lack of defining characteristics of this beer, might get a little boring after a while.

05-12-2009 00:12:45 | More by HalfFull
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czfreeman

California

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours out several shades lighter than I expected, very light-pale malt. A rather nice fluffy head leaves lightly delicate lacing.
Smell is nicer than anticipated. light, grassy, somewhat sweet maltiness, a light touch of hoppiness, slight suggestion of citrus.
Flavor is a light suprise again. Malty upfront, floral herbal grassy notes, a light bitterness on the finish.
This is a great session brew and would pair nicely with a simply dressed field green salad on the pation, or hot dogs at the ballgame. I will be buying this again as the weather warms

05-11-2009 19:47:07 | More by czfreeman
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.