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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
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1,908 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 39
Gots: 185 | 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 PriorateOden
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.

PriorateOden, May 29, 2009
Photo of Psilo707
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.

Psilo707, May 22, 2009
Photo of deanhead
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.

deanhead, May 21, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
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.

Onenote81, May 20, 2009
Photo of BDTyre
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.

BDTyre, May 17, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
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.

HalfFull, May 12, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
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

czfreeman, May 11, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours a pale-golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Looks normal for the style it conveys.

Aroma is sweet, light and full of grainy malt. Seems to be the norm for a lager.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a very light hop bitterness to it. Not as grainy as the nose thinks. Subtle. Inoffensive.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt and hops. Not bad. Goes down well.

Not a bad example of the style. Drinkable and all. Give it a shot if you like lagers.

Brad007, May 10, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Golden yellow body under a 1-finger white head that retains pretty well and recedes to leave decent lace, especially up top.

S: Not a big nose at all. What's there is some cereal grains and some grassy hops, with a hint of spiciness. Noble hops, I'm guessing.

T: Follows the nose, more or less: cereal grains, some fruity esters and a slightly dry, grassy bitterness. Sweet fruitiness lingers too much, however.

M: Light-bodied, good carbonation levels.

D: Pretty good. I prefer a beer of this style to be a tad bit drier and not so sweet on the aftertaste, but it wasn't offensive. Ice cold on a summer day, it would be a decent option.

Kendo, May 05, 2009
Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt

T - Just like it smells sweet grainy malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Your typical pale lager nothing really stands out with it making it hard for me to want another one a decent lawnmower beer though

armock, May 04, 2009
Photo of bonkers
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

I had this at a BBQ, poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer pours a very pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The aroma is slightly sweet, but barely detectable. The flavor is sweet with a mild bitterness. The flavor profile does not have a lot of depth. The brew is light bodied, has adequete carbonation and is very quaffable. This brew is great for hot summer days and easy drinking, just do not look for any big flavors.

bonkers, May 03, 2009
Photo of lonestar1836
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%

A: pours a slightly cloudy yellow with very small white head that diminishes very quickly

S: malty sweat with fruity aromas

T: malty sweetness with fruity flavors and just a hint of hoppiness

M: a little watery with plenty of carbonation

D: pretty good i'd like to see what it tastes like on the beach in hawaii though

lonestar1836, May 01, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow with a white head that thinned to a light ring.

S - European/grassy hop aroma.

T - grassy hops kept in check with malty flavor.

F - light bodied with mild carbonation.

D - it goes down easy enough but it's nothing special.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of Sweet Malts, a hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of nice toasted malts and a hint of hops at the end of it. Not much else, but a nice lager taste.
M: Very crisp, light, refreshing, perfectly carbonated.
D: Very drinkable beer. I liked this one a lot, this is going to be a favorite of mine this summer for sure.

erosier, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Served on-tap at Hot Tomato's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a very clear, golden straw yellow color with a very thin head of fizzy foam which left almost no lacing and retained pretty poorly.

S: Smell is a bit sweet and nutty. Floral with a hint of bitterness and macadamia nut.

T: Taste is a sweet bouquet of floral fruits and mild hop bitterness. A bit of pineapple and pear come through in the flavor, as does a good deal of cooked corn and other fizzy, pale malt flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a little sticky and bitter. Fairly clean tasting overall.

D: Not the best tasting brew in the world, and probably not the best on tap here tonight, either. But, for the sake of trying something new, it's not all that bad. Sessionable ABV and a good lager to peg for a super hot day on the Big Island.

Not too often that I see or hear of brews coming out of Hawaii, so there was a little posterity behind getting this one. It's a fairly average lager made a bit more interesting by the sweet and floral fruity all malt profile. Worth a try, but likely wouldn't buy again.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%

Found this for the first time at the local this week, thought I'd give it a try. It came in a mixed 6 pack with 3 different brews.

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates to a cap. Smells of grain and sweet fruits like green apples with a hint of skunk. Taste is sweet and grainy with a hint of hops in the finish. Moderate carbonation, medium body, sticky/watery mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but nothing remarkable either. I could see downing a few of these on a warm day, would be very sessionable.

johnnnniee, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears slightly hazy, golden amber with lite carbonation and a fizzy soda pop like head that dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves no lacing and the carbonation dies down quickly after pouring, definite lacking appearance. Smells of sweet fruity grape, pair, and apple aromas, a little dry and champagne like. There's some nice malt aromas as well as some corn husk & grain like aromas. Hints of citrusy, OJ like aromas too.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of strong malts up front, lite grains and corn husk like flavors quickly follow. Some lite citrus, grape flavors, and finishes with a lite roasty, toasty hop bitterness, it even lingers a tad. Nicely balanced and a little dry as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and even a little creamy! Has a lite-medium body, very desirable.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Lots of malty, grainy, corn husk like flavors overall, but nicely balanced with lite citrus flavors and a nice toasty hop bitterness on the finish. What I didn't like is that the appearance was lacking, shortly after I poured it, it just kinda looked like it's just been sitting there. So I think I might have gotten an old one, Id say if it's old Id give it a B-, and if not, C+ range. Ill be sure to try again and update if there is a difference, but for now it's fairly decent.

PintOHops, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of gobias
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

I had not seen this beer in my area so I made sure to grab a six pack of it when I did.

I liked the way it poured and the way it smelled. It had a pleasant taste, not weak and not over-powering.

Overall, while it was nothing tremendous, I liked this beer and if I am in the mood for a lager I would look for this one again.

gobias, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

This brew was contract brewed by the Portsmouth Brewing co. in Portsmouth NH.

Pale indeed! it's a light shade of gold, a few slow moving bubbles create a thin white head with it's scattered-fizzy foam and it's gone pretty fast.

The aroma is of wet grains, cream of corn, maple-sugar coated wheat, mildly fruity with light, tropical fruits, veggie-garden green hop, white rice and a slightly buttery yeastie effect.

The flavor is a clean and crisp feeling herbal-wheatieness with white rice, dried corn, peppery yeast,and dried grains. The snappy feel continues with a slightly smooth finish. simple, effective lager taste. Not huge complexity here, but it's very easy to drink.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of FSUBrad
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%

My 2nd Kona Beer and they continue to impress.

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Golden and Clear. Pours a small head that dissipates shortly. Good Lacing.

S: Very Clean malty Smell

T: Smooth start with maltiness and a crisp spicy bite.

M: Medium Body. Smooth drinking.

D: Good Drinkability. The Spicy bite at the end may keep some away but I like it.

Overall the Longboard Lager was a great drink. Will continue to taste Kona Beers as long as I can find them in my area.

FSUBrad, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%

Had this on tap at a local Italian eatery last night and honestly was pleasently surprised.Came in a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with some chill haze from the glass,a thinner but well retained head atop.Not much in the nose,a little sweetness and grain but really not much goin on.Was taken back a little by the herbal hop smack I got on the palate....really.Herbal with a firm toasty base that did fade after a few drinks but still the hop flavors were a pleasent surprise.Drinkable and firm in the mouth,a nice lager beer with food.

oberon, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.55/5  rDev +35%

12oz bottle from the local Hannaford. Pours a light straw yellow crystal clear body with a short lived half inch of off-white head. Smells somewhat bready and biscuity. Tastes sweet with some bready elements as well as an unexpected citric hoppiness supporting. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinker, even for the style. I'd definitely get this one again, either to have with macro-drinking friends or on a hot summer day. Good stuff.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from bottle into pint glass with brewed date of 1/6/2009.

A: Standard lager coloring, thin head, not much lacing, and high level of carbonation. Solid.

S: Clean lager tones but not much overwhelming the nose. Again solid.

T & M: I've come to realize in my beer journey that for the most part lagers are pretty comparable. The Longboard Lager is a slight step above in my opinion. Very nice malty quality up front with a clean finish with a nice touch of bitterness as well. I do pick up some slight lemon tones as well.

D: Very drinkable, this might be my new go-to lager. I'll be trying other brews from Kona soon.

elniko, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

On-tap 4/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity up front with flavors of citrus and spices. The malt character is very thin and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer to drink for a while but there are several others that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from the tap in a plastic cup.

The color was a golden color with a slight foamy white head which did not last too long. Not much lacing.

The smell was some citrus hop flavor, also has a nice spicy flavoring.

The taste was slightly hoppy, with some citrus flavors, lemon and orange. Some grassy feel to this beer as well.

Easy drinking, a good beer to have on a hot day.

I had this beer while on vacation in Florida. It was a perfect beer for a wram climate and Io was really glad that this was a available in the end.

Duhast500, Apr 06, 2009
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.