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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,977
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 41
Gots: 219 | 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 TheQuietMan22
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow. One finger of white head developed and dissipated to leave a ring around the edge.

Smell: Faint floral malts with a crisp dash of lemon citrus. It doesn't have that cheap, adjunct smell, which is a big plus.

Taste: Much like the smell, though still faint. Floral/barnyard malts, a slight nip of hops, and lemon citrus.

Drinkability: Although not complex, it's very crisp and refreshing. Truly a good brew to have after riding the waves.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, medium carbonation, clear, light gold in color

Smell: toasted malt and grass--not overly strong

Taste: toasted malt, grass, and some light sweet citrus fruit--perhaps pineapple

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet, smooth

Drinkability: I like the subtle fruit tones to this and I might have this again on a hot day. Nothing I would rush to get, but it is better than most in its style.

tigg924, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of champ103
2.17/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a transparent yellow color. A minimal and bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: The aroma is off corn and mineral water. Grainy malt and caramel lingers.
T: Corn, mineral, grain. Nothing lingers. The flavor vanishes before you even know it.
M/D: Light, watery, thin. High carbonation. Not the worst thing to drink.

Maybe one step above macro swill. Though a very small step. I will avoid this from now on.

champ103, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from tasting notes, purchased at the Target in Orlando, FL.

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a bit of white foam. Modest lacing observed. Smell is light sweet malt with citrus notes. Very minimal.

Taste is clean and crisp, with a nice lemony follow through. Very enjoyable and refreshing.

Not complex, but not hard to put down a bunch of these either.

KTCamm, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours out a light straw. Minimal head with a tiny bit of lacing that disappears as you drink.

Smell: Very light. Hard to distinguish.

Taste: Pretty nice. Not very complicated but smooth and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Carbonation isn't overwhelming and it goes down very nice.

Drinkability: I could easily grab a sixer of this on a warm day and enjoy myself. Not an overwhelming beer and it beats get Bud, Coors and any of that other crap out of the water buy a long shot for a warm weather beer.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally had this on tap and it seem about the same as from the bottle - good, solid, but nothing particularly great for the style.

Gold, it has a thin head soon thinning to a ring ands some wisps, leaving no real lace.

Aroma is grain, grass, apple - pleasant and somewhat firm but very simple.

Taste is grain, apple, wet grass, with a long cracker/cereal aftertaste. It has faint bitterness and sweetness. The feel is a bit heavy and full for the style, but uninteresting. It doesn't have enough interest or character to warrant the full, heavy feel for me.

Offa, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an exceptional lager on draft. Malty enough and interesting enough to have significant character but light and easy-drinking enough to have a plastic cup full on the beach.

Good amber color, a little more amber than pale, good carbonation, great flavor and good mouthfeel and drinkability.

I'll get this again on a hot day, but probably not with dinner.

david18, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An average pour unleashes a cyclone of swirling carbonation, but produces no head, just a three tiered lacing with a full veil in the center of glass surrounding by a sparceness with only random bubbles followed by a full ring of bubble around the edge of the glass... The color is pale lemony yellowish with an ever so slight haze...

S - While American Pale Lagers are supposed to be brewed with out adjuncts (and I don't question that this offering is), but the smell of corn and cereal remains... It's topped off with an ever so faint whiff of lemon... Overall rather subdued, yet clean...

T - The taste is almost identical to the nose though the perceived presence of adjuncts is less noticeable but still present... Also present are touches of wheat and bready malts with the aforementioned lemon...

M - Light to medium bodied... Loaded with prickly carbonation... Clean... Crisp... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - Simple... A slight step up from most BMC offerings... I would turn my nose at up if offered again in the future, but I dread the scenario where this would be my first choice...

philbe311, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of IceTrey9785
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack for $7.99 at the local grocery store -- figured I'd give it a try...

A: I poured the lager into a nice sized pint glass, and I was impressed with the head retention, the great lacing, and the overall color of the lager. At first glance I almost thought it was a hefe...nice pale bronze color.

S: Caramelized malt, a bit yeasty, but very pure and clean. This is definitely a malt lovers lager. You can easily discern that there are no fillers. There is also a bit of citrus that emerges as the beer warms -- let's face it, this isn't a Miller Lite....

T&M: I believe the first thing I noticed about this beer was the creaminess of the lager. It really is mouth-watering and mouth-filling. Other macro-lagers, and even some micro-lagers almost drink like water. This is rich, fat, and robust for the style. The malt definitely shows itself, but there is a hint of hop spice on the finish that balances the sweet. Very well done.

Overall, this is a great beer. I dare anyone to find another lager of this style that is as pure and yet, on so many levels, so rich. If I were more of a lager drinker, this would be a must have in my fridge at all times. Being the first Kona Island product I have tried, I look forward to sampling more of their lineup. Excellent brew!

IceTrey9785, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of mullenite
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glassware - Shaker Pint

Appearance - Golden/orange in color with a two-finger white head that is kind of soapy looking. Decent lacing on the glass. It is somewhat hazy for a lager. Not completely hazed but not noticeable.

Nose - Lots of burnt biscuit in the nose as well as some grain. Not really too complex on that front. There's no hop aromas, no real sweetness (aside from the little bit added by the grain.) Just burnt biscuit.

Taste - Sweet grainy taste with a nice toasted biscuit flavor that hangs out in the background for the most part but appears more obviously in the finish. There is also a honey-like sweetness in the taste.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, but not too bad. There is a lot of carbonation but the beer retains it's long sweet finish, which is a good thing.

Overall - A good beer, probably a better beer for a hot summer day or to bring to the beach but really it is a nice, high quality, lager.

mullenite, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very slightly hazy straw color, with a lot of carbonation, two fingers of white head, and decent lacing. The smell was subtle grassy and hay bitterness; not much else to speak of. The taste confirmed this, with a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat overly carbonated; almost like this brewery's answer to a Bud Light. However, if I was stuck at a party with light brews, I most certainly would session this over any mainstream commercial offering.

donniecuffs, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, on a recent trip to Hawaii a buddy brought some island brews for me. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Not much to the aroma, it smells like grain and some lemon and grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the flavors are stronger than the aroma would lead you to believe. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has good carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. For the style, it's not a bad brew. It would definitely be good on a hot day.

bluejacket74, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no packaged on date neck.

Appearance: Palestraw yellow holding a good clarity with a opulent frothy head on top that has good retention.

Smell: Basic clean maltiness with some grainyiness

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smooth with a semi-crispness in a medium body. Malty flavors throughout, not too sweet. Some noticeable spicy bitterness to help balance. Just a hint of lemon citrus. Finishes on the dry side.

Drinkability etc..An all around easy drinking lager, this is a real American Lager. Light yet still very flavorful, a very decent beer.

jadpsu, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice label with bottled on date of 11/02/09 on the front. It was a clear pale yellow color. Multiple carb streams. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipated into a collar with some thin foam coverage. Quick sliding non sticky lace.

The aroma was malty and bready with some floral hops. Pretty much standard pale lager. Clean but not a real sniffer. The taste was also really good for the style but the style just doesn't offer lots of flavor. Malty up-front with some spicy hops at the end. Goes down smooth and would be great on a hot Texas summer day. Also might be a good BMC to micro conversion beer for your friends. One of the better tasting pale lagers out there. Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation. Malty aftertaste - not bad.

Overall, a good pale lager that would be a good session beer if just wanted to drink something lighter with some flavor. Good for sharing with non-craft friends at a cookout or party. Recommend. Rotation - available here in TX. Probably good for a 6 pack or two a year in the summer.

TexIndy, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Bright yellow with nice sized stark white head and some lacing.

Smell: Muted grainy malts and a touch of hops.

Taste: Very light malt taste, fairly grainy, with a light spicy counterbalance at the end.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Not a lot going on here, but very smooth and easy to drink. Very nice on a warm day.

bsp77, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of kflorence
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale, straw yellow color with a small amount of foamy head that dissipates and leaves a little bit of lacing around the glass. So far it looks very typical.

S: Smells kind of tart; hops and grains (wheat?) mostly, with some alcohol and astringent lemon in there.

T: A typical American lager... grains, hops, yeast, some cereal like flavors in there. Nothing special, but nothing off-putting either.

M: While it is typically watery, this beer does have some body to it, which makes it slightly above average in the mouthfeel category. The carbonation is also nicely balanced, I didn't find it to be overly carbonated like many other lagers.

D: Probably the category that this beer excels... very drinkable, but what lagers aren't? I don't think I'd look to buy this one again, but it wasn't bad either. Definitely nothing to write home about.

kflorence, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of berkey
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed pint glass.

A somewhat rough pour helps create a solid white head of fairly large bubbles. Body is a slightly hazy straw color.

Light and clean herbal and grassy hop aroma followed by an interesting but somewhat flimsy malt profile that falls somewhere between bready and crackery.

Flavor follows for the most part but with hops just a little less defined. On first sip I couldn't shake the thought of those little slices of bread one might spread something on to make an appetizer but as I drink on I'm picking back up on the hops along with an additional subtle fruitiness.

Light and clean on the feel, drinkable as an American Pale Lager should be. Nothing bad about this beer, certainly wouldn't turn one down, but I don't see myself seeking this out again. This style as a whole is a little odd to me, much better than an adjunct lager but short of a good Pilsener. Nine times out of ten I'll go Pils before turning to a beer like this but it's still a fine example of what it is.

berkey, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an uninspiring, pale yellow lager with a slight, off-white creamy head that quickly dissipates. My pilsner glass adds significantly to the appearance of this offering.

The aroma is that of grassy straw. It is clean, with a hint of pine and very mild. While pleasant, the aroma is lacking both complexity and sophisticated simplicity.

The flavor is crisp and clean, surprisingly strong and well balanced with brief notes of sweetness on one side and dry on the other. Some caramel and tobacco enter in a long, subtle finish.

The palate perceives a medium-bodied beer, again, dry and clean comes to mind. Moderate carbonation adds to a soft texture.

This is an easily consumable beer and well worth the experience. Longboard could easily fit into any summer experience. It is probably best without food.

SLeffler27, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was picked up fairly quickly, and this is from memory, so I apologize.

A: This beer was poured into a pint glass, and was a nice golden color.

S: The beer that I got was slightly "skunked", however still smelled of hops and grain.

T: The grain continues in this beverage from the smell to the taste, and slightly finishes a bit bitter.

M: Fairly full bodied.

D: I'd rate this higher if it was more readily avaliable back where I'm from.

Best of luck in your endeavours. Cheers.

NicholasCasber, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of SDbeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a SD Padres 40th anny. pint glass (I saw a previous poster rep the Mets glass, so I may do the same, haha)

I've always loved this beer from the first time I had it. I don't know what it is. I think it's what a premium American lager should taste like. Figures we have to go all the way to Hawai'i to find it. Figures. Very smooth and very drinkable. Not too pissy like a generic American lager (i.e. Coors light) but not too overwhelming either. I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. My rating may seem average but the taste and drinkability are the only categories really above average because let's face it, that's what we're looking for anyway right?

Enjoy a Kona Longboard!

SDbeerguy, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass by the restaurant. The color was a little green but otherwise golden. The head was thin with a little retention and a little lacing. The smell is simple; just a little hoppiness and a good amount of malt and the taste is equally simple. Its smooth, light in body and fairly easy to drink making it a good session beer.

SkunkWorks, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light gold small white head, sudsy lace.

S - Very light malty aroma, not much else going on there.

T - Pretty good malt flavor, almost a little spicy at the finish.

M - Light body, nothing too complicated.

D - Light, easy going lager. Nice session as it is pretty easy to drink, albeit possibly boring.

srandycarter, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of sulldaddy
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle opens with a fizz and cloud of CO2 , pours bright goldenrod with bleached white head giving minimal foam and fading to nothing very quickly. Small streams of bubble rise to the surface throughout the sampling.
Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of light fruit, maybe white grape, a hint of general candy sweetness mixes in with no real hop presence to note.
First sip reveals an average body with fine and spacious carbonation. Only slightly tingly on the palate. Flavor is sweet malt a little candy sugar flavor and some grain. Again not really any hop notes to speak of in the flavor.
The beer is very easy to drink and goes down quite effortlessly. Well made example of the style I think, not complex but not quite boring either. May get a little sweet after a few bottles.

sulldaddy, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a little plastic cup out of a beer reps van. Very golden in color reminds me of a pils. 1 finger of head hardly any retintion.

Smells of a traditional lager, some what grainy and a bit of hops.

A little bit better than your average lager. Lightly toasted malts and a small bit of hops. really clean finish.

Good mouth feel taste doesn't linger too long and it goes down easy. Very good gateway beer pretty thin and light bodied. Wouldn't seek this beer out but a few steps above most american lagers.

Blitzstyle, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of slk22
2.42/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with high carbonation observable, yet no head formation. Aroma is mild with notes of crystal malt and a bit of bread. Reminds me of natural light. Flavor is light as well with rice and corn detectable not unlike Budweiser. There is also a sourness that lingers into the finish along with a bit of a metallic taste. Body is medium and smooth, the most likable aspect of this beer to me. Overall, this is an easy beer to drink, maybe refreshing after mowing the lawn, but not very enticing.

slk22, Nov 26, 2009
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,977 ratings.