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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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77
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2,105 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 303 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2002

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
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Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kona Longboard Lager: I have had a few mix ups lately. At a bar in an airport I ordered a Boulevard Ale, and for sure it was a wheat beer, probably the Leinenkugles they had on tap as well. So I passed on that beer review due to the uncertainty of what I was drinking. Back to the Longboard Lager. In the glass it has a straw yellow color with a faint cloudiness. The head is thin and pure white. Looking at this lager, I was thinking it sure looks like a wheat beer. The aroma added more fuel to that fire, as did the taste. Subtle sweetness and the hint of lemon and fruit that has me thinking it’s a wheat beer. I got the same result from the three remaining bottles I had. So could it be a bottling mistake? I cannot say. But to finish the review of what was in the bottles I sampled, I liked this light sweet beer, but is it a lager? Certainly not like any I have sampled to date.

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a pint glass.

It's darker than I expected. Almost amber in color with a white lace.

It's got a lot of cereal malts in the nose and a bit of hops.

It's got a fairly bright taste with a nice amount of malt. It's almost kind of fruity, it's got a flavor that I can't quite place.

It's light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This was my first Hawaiian beer. Pretty good.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint on 10/29/11

Dated July 07 '11

Faded, watery yellow. Not golden. Yellow. One finger of agitates foam rose with ease and fizzled away likewise. Dainty layer of wispy foam rests on top. No lace.

Pleasant aroma of lemongrass, fresh hay damp prairie grass, mild toasted grains and a dusting of yeast on the peripheries. Faint hints of herbal spiciness as it starts to warm. A crisp, light body finds vigorous carbonation pushing a modest hoppiness to the fore, becoming enveloped in a slew of grass tones and a faint herbal bent. Clean, toasty grains offer an appropriate backdrop. The finish has a bit of a coating feel which I don't care for.

Overall, this one isn't too bad. Easy enough to drink.

Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Thanks for sharing, NoSignsOfPain!

Golden yellow with lots of visible carbonation. A moderately sized white head that disappears quickly and leaves little to no lace down the glass.

Bready aroma with a mild hint of grassy hops. There's nothing at all unpleasant about this, though nothing particularly pleasant either.

Taste is identical to the nose along with a low to medium amount of bitterness for the style. There is a mild grassy hop presence and simple grainy malts.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Slightly above average for the style, but that really isn't saying much.

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem-goblet. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of very slight cream, fair thickness, and really bad retention. Clear yellow in colour.

Sm: Malt and barley, with light stale cream. An aroma of light strength.

T: Very simple barley and malt foundation, with a bit of cream atop. Built simplistically and not particularly well. Somewhat balanced. BLAND and boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour of the body decently.

Dr: Drinkable, decently priced, and average quality.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in Kauai, Hawaii, September 5, 2011.

It poured a slightly hazy straw color with a bubbly off white head.

It had a typical beer aroma but with a little bit more hops.

The taste was surprisingly good. I was expecting something along the lines of a mass produced swill. However, unlike Bud/Miller, this had flavor! Its light and crisp hop flavor went well with the Kauai weather, which went from hot and sunny to cool rain showers. The hops were very refreshing and were complimented by a toasty malt lager flavor that made its home in the background.

Overall: This isn't going to knock your socks off - it's just an all around good American pale lager. I got no complaints. I would happily purchase this at a store or on-tap.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light aroma and color, with a short white head. Not much lacing, but good retention of a thin layer of foam.

The brew is a very slightly hazy straw yellow color, with a smattering of random, slowly rising bubbles.

First sip reveals a decently-hopped lager that is mellowed by cereal grains and biscuit or bread flavors. Well-developed carbonation in the mouth, with a nice rush of foam leaving a bit of peppery acidity mingled with hop bitterness in the finish.

Easy to drink and a good session beer.

Photo of rebel1771
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow in color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Slight aroma crisp clean light malt.

T: Spot on light malt flavor up front fading slightly to a hint of crisp bitterness at the end.

O: Solid lager. This is an decent upgrade from the macro beers out there.

Photo of DM1293
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in one big 25 ounce mug.

Normally I review every aspect of a beer, but this one is simple enough to condense into a paragraph.

When I think of a beer, I think of the Budweisers and Coronas and that sort of stuff; the common beers you always see. Imagine if they were better quality. Thats what Island Lager drinks like to me. Its taking every aspect of a typical beer thats drunk in any situation and making it better. Its crisp, smooth, well-rounded. Its an everyman beer and its good at it.

Photo of Vashtar
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is rich, golden and clear.

It has a pleasant, clean smell. It reminds me of clean porcelain/glass.

This is a drinkable beer with it's own taste. However, the taste isn't very strong.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and jelloish

Overall, I'd buy this beer for a group of friends because it's different enough and drinkable.

Photo of jdanyeur
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be my favorite lager before I was introduced to the microbrew world. it's still a good beer and has a decent malty flavor to it. It's probably one of my favorite session beers I drink.

A - Nice golden pale color, like a lager should. Nice white head.

S - Smells pretty average to me, malty - but nothing stands out.

T - Great malty characteristic you don't find in many lagers. Slight hop flavor

M - Great mouthfeel for a lager. It's a little spritzy but not like Crudweiser or Miller.

Overall it is a good beer on a hot day.

Photo of pezdedorado
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of mummbearsfan
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of vande
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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-

Photo of avaldivia
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.