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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,065
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 45
Gots: 258 | 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 BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a clear body and a sticky white head.

Clean lager aroma with a hint of flowers and pale grains.

Basic lager flavors of grains with few hints of hops. Full body, lots of carbonation flavor. Slightly floral.

Boring, but what did you expect?

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is piss-yellow in color, with tons of carbonation and a thick, frothy, white head. Toasty and cinnamon smells, with bready characteristics. The flavors were muted and watery, with slight toasted oats and cinnamon spicing. The beer has light, lemon zested toasty aftertaste with a semisweet and slightly sour finish. Not ranking high on my list right now...could be worse, but there are much better in this style.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Longboard island lager

A very light pale gold color with a thin yellow pallor, open any mainstream lager, and well, there you go.

S almost nothing a slight lemon and a hint of bread, water is the overriding note.

T the taste is very fleeting and imparts a light honey and apple character. overall it is water and thin croissant notes. I would make up something flambuoyant or clever but there simply is nothing here but a mild initial taste with a crisp finish. It’s like biting into a malty piece of celery.

M there is almost nothing to comment on, it is exceptionally thin with no coating. The bubbles cascade the limited flavors up and about but, like most Drama club kids, it just doesn’t bring a lot to the table.

D this is great for manual labor or pushing nerds into trashcans. I can see its refreshing character as having some utility, but the fact is that there are more delicious ways to attain refreshment. Witnessing a high school sophmore deliver a book report on Island of the Blue Dolphins is refreshing, but hardly rewarding. Such is the case with this beer.

Narrative: Tatum’s parents got divorced at age 8, they said it wasn’t his fault. He never got those Streetsharks action figures that he always wanted, he knew it wasn’t his fault. He got placed as a second string nose guard when he was a Senior on the football team, he convinced himself it wasn’t his fault. Somehow, this lackluster individual carried on day by day. He worked diligently at Blockbuster Video, until Netflix arrived and, that really wasn’t his fault either. Ultimately, Ohio’s economy had too many Tatum’s, too many Skylers, too many Aidens, Braydens, Jaydens, Haydens, Maydens, Raidens; but I digress. His strength was his utter lack of individuality. These days, when you get your auto insurance claim handled just appropriately enough, that was the sweet work of Tatum. Update: his job will soon be outsourced.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had the pleasure of drinking Kona beers at the brewery on the island of Hawai'i (the Big Island) and I'm glad they ship outside of the state. It took awhile for their beers to get to Texas. Since it's the summer my buddy bought a six pack so we'd have some nice refreshing beer.

The pale lager pours a clear golden-yellow color and forms a very bubbly and quickly dissipating off-white head.

It smells pretty grainy/cerealy with hops adding herbal notes and some zesty lemon in there too.

The lager pale malts are pretty prevelant making it taste grainy. Hops add some spiciness at the end and keeps the beer just a bit bitter throughout tasting. As is expected, it's very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, and with a dry finish.

Not a great beer but definitely a worthy alternative to your adjunct lagers, though the price will be a bit high since it's from Hawai'i.

Photo of Schwarzwald
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice lager. I did not pour so I really cannot comment or judge the look and head. Overall a very hoppy nice lager with notes of citrus and popcorn. Easy drinker with a very easy going ABV. I like this line of beer,... Kona.... they produce some very complex flavors and taste for a fairly mainstream beer company. Enjoyed with some boating food and it was great! Enjoy!

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance-Looks like a fizzy yellow beer. Positive note the head is nice, off white 2 fingers with some nice tight bubbles

Smell-Wheat and Grain. Not skunky which is good.

Taste-Extrememly Bland. Some wheat, but thats about all i get. Still no skunkiness, so thats a plus.

Mouthfeel-Nice body and carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall-What I expected from this beer. It's clean and slightly refreshing which is good, but brings nothing else to the table.

Photo of gatorguy
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fine pale lager and summer time offering from Kona. Pours a light yellow color with a fair sized white head. Smell is bready with hints of citrus. Taste follows with smell, malty, bready, with a hint of citrus and a clean finish. This is an easy drinker, especially on a hot day. I enjoyed this lager, definitely a nice option and it's clear to see why it's Kona's mainstay.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - light, crystal clear yellow with a white head.

S - mild wheat smell.

T - Wheat and barley.

D - Smooth and mild.

O - Yep, it is a lager. I can't complain about this one, but I can't rave about it either.

Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived to the table with only a thin film of bubbles sitting ontop of a straw gold body, clear with some effervescence.

Good malt backbone with the aroma of bread, cereal grains and some dankness perhaps corn husk. Hop profile is grass and a slight citrus zip, a bit more prevalent then expected.

Smooth with a nice bready malt backing with grain husks and corn. Hops are pronounced well, grassy flavor all the way through with hints of pine and herbs. Bitter draw starting from the middle of the drink all the way through the aftertaste, very pleasant.

A bit heavier for the style and lacking carbonation. The drink is still very smooth and refreshment increases with the noticable bitterness. Better when colder.

Being under carbonated is somewhat of a turn off but this lager is one that really cranks up the bitterness of the hops to a point where it impacts how the brew is viewed, not intense hoppiness but noticable and sets it apart from a style in which it is easy to be bland.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.08/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ah, my last beer on this US trip. Not a particularly auspicious ending, methinks, but hopefully the awesome brews I have in my luggage to carry back to Australia will make up for it.

Pours a very clear and very light golden colour, with an initially frothy head of marshmallow white. Lacing is large, but sticky and chaotic. Carbonation forms in oddly huge bubbles. Looks decent enough.

Nose is light and crisp, with a slight cornmeal character that drags it into the territory of bad generic US macro lagers. Slightly too sweet for the style, and something about it really puts me off.

Taste is similar. Light and crisp, ostensibly, but with a mealy sweet corn character that slithers in under all the crispness to lend an unpleasant resonance. Feel is slightly too flat and too thin—indeed, the carbonation is surprisingly absent from a beer of the genre.

Very bland, with characters that may well enough be deemed offensive. A rather poor effort from this brewery, and not genuinely any better than similar offerings from BMC. If I'm ever in Hawaii looking for craft brew, I'll stick to Maui.

Photo of PorterLambic
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a clear, bright light yellow with a full 1" head, creamy like a wheat. Lacing looks good, too. Retention is just ok, though.
Smell is also wheat-like with noticeable malt presence and a note of citrus to go with the spice and hops. Balance is quite good. I'm impressed so far.
Taste is really nicely balanced with malt, banana, hops and a light pepper note. I am very impressed, this is quite unlike most lagers in that is not just a one note band of hops and more hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly full-bodied for the style with a restrained effervescence. Even a touch of warming late. A very drinkable, enjoyable beer. More like a wheat than a mega lager, I am happy to add this to my short list of lagers I will pay for.

Photo of fsimcox
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, transparent straw yellow. White fluffy head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops, malt, and bread. Some faint hints of grass.

Tastes of malt and bread, a hint of sweetness in the finish. No hops, and a hint of bread and grass in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking lager. Good on a hot day.

Photo of SamN
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Into a tumbler.

Pours a mild golden lemon color. Thin head, not much to it. Leaves some spotty lacing in it's quick departure. Mediocre looks, decent hazy color. Smell is very faint, some mild tropical fruits like pineapple and grainy malt smells too. Taste is prickly, overly eager bitterness. Nice taste of juicy fruits in there, but it doesn't last too long. Finish is sort of bitter and bland. As for the feel, I don't like it. Too prickly and over carbonated and thin and it's just all wrong.

Nothing really special about it, highlight was it's faint tropical fruit notes. Other than that, pass.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kona Longboard Lager

Pours a clear yellow, good sized foam. Aroma is lagery, alittle sweet grain. Taste is well rounded, crisp body and some bready malt sweetness and a slight citrus character. Quenching, rediculously easy to drink. Everything you would expect from an island lager.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear as day, a golden straw color with white head.

S: Grain. Thats about it. Grain. Typical lager scent.

T: Tastes of grain, again, thats about it.

M: Good mouthfeel, its crisp, refreshing, light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D: Very high, this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of kenito799
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5oz pour in a flight at Yard House San Diego.

Simple golden color, not much head. The aroma is fairly bland but fresh.

This lager is very easy to drink. There is a sweetness to the malt which is pleasant. Feels like it would go well with Hawaiian food, with its sweet and sour and fish flavor profiles. Not a bad lager at all and good for hot weather (unlike San Diego when I was there).

Photo of BrewerB
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Hukilau after getting denied on Primo and Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale. Turns out they had less than half the beers they advertised as being on draught...not a good first impression but on to the beer...

Poured a clear golden color with a very thin head that didn't retain well and quickly dissipated. Grainy nose with a very mild hop presence that is difficult to discern. Taste focuses on maltiness with saltine crackers coming to mind. Touch of spicy hops. Mild bitterness and a crisp, clean dry finish. Medium/medium-light in body, moderate carbonation.

A refreshing pale lager, perfect for a warm sunny day on the Hawaiian shores. Mild flavors won't get in the way of your meals and the drinkability factor leads me to believe I could tackle more than a few without slowing down.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light golden color filtered with minimal to no head.
S: light lemon citrus, lager yeast, and biscuit.
T: citrus orange in the front, light hoppiness touching the back but a distinct lager aftertaste that is a bit more dank than I'd like.
M/D: light bodied, crisp, not too smooth but not harsh either. Good drinkability if it wasn't for the weird aftertaste.

Photo of aaron12
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not much head on this guy. it smells nice, bready with some light floral notes, almost smells kolsch-like. smooth malts, hops come in the finish with a crisp end, but over all this seems thick for a lager. easy drinking and tasty, but over all not blown away with this one.

Photo of ant5431
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this on tap & poured from a bottle enjoyed both!
Pours a nice yellow gold nice white head, with a mild fruity smell (lemon comes to mind). has a nice light mild taste. Very nice lager. Its usually my 1st beer at the bar giving me time to look over the beer menu. Great cookout beer!
* The beer on the east coast is brewed in New Hampshire instead of Hawaii Im not sure how this effects the flavor etc.!

Photo of chiccabeer
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap. There is not much head, but for a light ale it does not need it. There is a nice yellow clear look to it. It taste sweet with flavors of oranges, apricots, and light amount of hops. This is a great summer ale with a lot of flavor. This beer would be great to drink on the beach. Cheers

Photo of cocogan
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visual: Golden, bright with white head.

Smell: Slight grain and lemon

Taste: Toasted malt, grain, alcohol ester, and lemons.

Mouth: light

Drunkability: Not a bad brew, but also not super tasty. a refreshing summer drink. Could tear through some on a hot day.

Photo of Shrews629
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Somewhat hazy yellow, pineapple juice color. A bright white head that was small and didn't have much retention or leave much lacing.

Smell - A fresh smelling aroma of some grain and wheat. It smelled a bit citrusy, like lemon. Some spices floating around in there. Some medium ranges of malt. The breadiness and wheat comes through more as it warms.

Taste - The flavor provided more of the wheat beer characteristics. The spices and the lemony citrus. The wheat is prevelant, but the grassy/grain flavors are a little more laid back. Some pepper comes through. Mild to low amounts of bittereness. The malt helps to keep it proportioned.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing and thirst quenching. Smooth and slightly watery. A little taste is left on the palate and on into the finish.

Drinkability - This brew definitely could be enjoyed while basking in the sun. Very easy to drink. A person could definitely pound a few of these with ease. Nothing fancy however. Rather straight forward.

Photo of smibroncos
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of slyke
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 2,065 ratings.