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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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2,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 44
Gots: 240 | 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 shand
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours golden and very translucent with a little less than 2 fingers head. The head has great retention. Looks very refreshing.

Smell: There's not really too much to the smell here. Grains with just a hint of fruit.

Taste: Much better than expected given the non-existant smell. First thing is though - this is light. Just a step up in flavor from a BMC light beer. The difference is that the flavor present in here is way better. Instead of corn, there's mild malts and hops, with just a hint of fruit. A great "step up" beer, and probably one that I'll be serving to guests in the future. That is, if I don't drink them all first!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and carbonated. Goes down very easy and feels very good.

Drinkability: Good god this is way too drinkable. Super refreshing and with a very mild aftertaste that just begs for you to continue drinking.

This is a great beer if you're looking for something for refreshment. Probably one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

shand, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale color with many carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. Has a thin, fizzy head which dissipates quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Smell: Grainy and toasty with hints of fruitiness as well.

Taste: Very mild bitterness up front with hints of fruit. Steps up the bitterness towards the finish and complements it with a sweet, toasty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Has a bit more of a body than I expected from a lager but is still crisp and a little dry.

Drinkability: An extremely drinkable lager and one that stands out from most of the other lagers I've tried. I certainly wouldn't mind having this one again sometime.

wahhmaster, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Hawaiian climate. Bring on the lagers!

Pale in color, glowing yellow and crystal clear, which is similar to the sub-style. Wild flowers, Asian pear and a bit of doughy biscuit in the nose. Big on smoothness, creamy as well, which was an unexpected but welcome surprise. What a lovely body on this lager. Biscuity, grassy maltiness is long and drawn out. Bitterness dials in with a spicy and dried herb flavor. Very balanced, from hops to sweetness to toasted grain. Clean palate with only a hint of sulfur. Biscuity flavors from the grain become dominant in the end for the most part. Big dry finale of clean grain.

Very impressive, a bigger body than we expected, but that's not a bad thing as it stays very drinkable bottle to bottle. Just more proof that brewing lagers is worth the effort.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Joe's Fish Co. in Wildwood...
Appears a transparent pale gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades. Chunky streams if carbonation slowly rise to the top of the glass. Spotty streaks of clingy lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of pale and pils malt with doughy notes and a grassy hop aroma.
Taste is of the aromas...very mild and a bit refreshing. Dunno though. This seems a bit run of the mill compared to say, Victory Prima Pils which is two taps down.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, seemingly fit for warm weather but ultimately unexciting to me.

weeare138, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of grannun
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hula Grill in Lahaina, HI

Light in color, very similar to their Duke's Blonde Ale. This beer actually has a significant amount of flavor for an American lager. Nice malt flavor with a slightly wheaty aftertaste, very pleasant actually. Aroma is also light, but pleasant. Overall, a nice beer, nothing awesome, but I would probably drink it again.

grannun, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of MrSkyGuy
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife grabbed this one from the local Fresh & Easy knowing that I'm always looking to try something different.. but she doesn't have a clue about beer.

I poured this beer in to a frozen clear glass pint mug, and noted a soapy paper-white head. Color is akin to a standard American lager.. pale yellow, nothing to write home about.

Initial taste is a bit hoppier than expected with a reasonably crisp finish. Thankfully it's not overly-carbonated and carries a pleasant aroma.. even when the empty bottle is dry and room temp (that's where most cheap beers begin to smell like bile, in my opinion).

Overall, it's actually a pretty good lager for the price ($6.50 6-pack brown glass longneck). I will enjoy putting these down, especially over the other crummy beers that Fresh & Easy has been hawking these days.

MrSkyGuy, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So as I was checking out at the register with this beer at Whole Foods, the girl working the register says, "oh I love this!" when she sees my beer. And proceeds to tell me "I don't really like beer, but I really liked this." A red flag went off in my head. This wasn't going to be good. And wouldn't you know...

Appearance is a very pale, clear, yellow. Almost looks like a cheep mass produced beer. Head dissipates quickly, but there's decent bubble action.

In terms of aroma, I smell a little malt, and some corn. The malt comes through on the taste enough. Kind of reminds me of corona. I feel like I should have a lime with it (and I don't like fruit served in my beer).

Mouthfeel is is medium bodied...a little greasy actually.

Drinkability is fair enough, however, since I don't love the taste, it's not tops.

Seems like a way for light beer lovers to take a step into the world of craft. And it's fitting that this is an "island" beer. Why do so many light lagers taste like corn? I wish it wasn't so.

I'll stomach through the 6-pack with some pizza, but I won't be buying it again.

jbertsch, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours crisp bright and golden with minimal head.

lots of bread and biscuit on the nose with a slight floral hop scent.

the malts really dominant this, with lots of bread and biscuit through out. light floral and crisp hops linger behind with almost a saaz flavor. this exceeded my expectations.

moderate carbonation with a light body. very crisp and to the point.

this is a decent lager, reminds me a bit of Harp only not as sweet. very easy to drink, i had no issues putting down 4 last night. this is a great island lager. hawaii rules.

hooliganlife, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden and fairly clear with a quick bubbly head that's gone quick.

Smell: Biscuity and sweet with a noble hopish background. Quite tantalizing for this style.

Taste: I'd put this flavor profile in the Vienna Lager category (although pours much lighter). There's a nice bready/biscuity back with a bit of flavorful grassy notes up front. As you get to your third or forth sip you start to get some toasted sugar cookie notes although it stays away from being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but light and refreshing.

Drinkability: This brew clearly won over the pale ale, there is a nice malty backbone and there are few flaws that you'd expect from an American Pale Lager. Overall I liked this one and I took a bunch down to the fishing hole the next day to sip away at.

BigIrishman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pale gold, dense white head with small bubbles. Head fades to a nice lace that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Clean, some malt, no discernible hops in the nose.

T/M: Pale malt flavor is nicely balanced by hops. Feel is typical fizzy yellow beer.

D: Maltier, better balanced, and more interesting than a macro, but equally appropriate as a lawnmower beer.

MurphyMacManus, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

the pour is golden with a mild carbonation that was sort of disappointing. didn't really hold too well and the head feel apart before even starting. this beer was basic. i give it a plus for not taking like cereal. it has a grain quality to it... and some mild lemon grass. but mostly husk. and the feel was terrible. didn't even finish.

rtepiak, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks: like a standard lager. Clear light straw with notes of burnt oak. Negligible white ring of head.

Smells: very subtle. Light bubblegum, a little graininess, white rice. Maybe some sweet Ritz crackers as it warms.

Tastes: grainy. White bread and saltines with a lightly sweetened finish. Actually nicely balanced.

Feels: like redemption. The mouthfeel is the most enjoyable aspect of this beer. Satisfyingly filling for a lager, with a medium body, light carbonation and a smooth, velvety texture.

Drinks: it's still a lager, but infinitely more drinkable than the next one.

Phelps, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow with a medium white head.

S: Clean, slight bit of malts and only a bit floral if you really stick your nose in there.

T/M: Sweet grainy malts and a slight bit of hops, a bit of earthy flavor. Relatively light on the mouthfeel but it was definitely crisp and carbonated enough.

D: Not bad, not great. Pretty run-of-the-mill drinkable lager.

thekanna, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Jan2110 printed on the label, no info.

A - Longboard pours a lightly hazy pale yellow color reminiscent of a BMC. A white head pops up like the crest on a wave, then drops quickly into the surf with out leaving so much as a speck of lace.

S - Dry pale malts barely offset the husky aroma and overall graininess going on in this beer. A light hop addition draws away from the huskiness a bit but doesn't do much to help this subpar aroma.

T - Husky graininess and a little bit of corn dominate the flavor while pale malts and a touch of mild hops follows through on the back end of the surf.

M - Extremely light-bodied and a little bit slick on the tongue, Longboard is a dry-finishing, slightly hard and moderately carbonated lager.

D - I could put these down while sitting on the beach no problem. It's a drinkable summer beer but not something with a lot of flavor going on. A good lawn-mower beer though.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of JMD
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light straw color with small white head that fades very quickly.

S: Light bready malt, sweet grain, and mild citrus hops.

T: Sweet upfront with hints of carmel and honey. Grainy and herbal notes. Light citrus and lemon grass as it finishes.

M: Light body, crisply carbonated.

D: This is a decent, drinkable lager. Nothing really stands out, but a few of these hit the spot on a hot afternoon.

JMD, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Bottled on 061510 (June 15, 2010), so this is pretty fresh. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear, bright yellow brew generates 1/2" of fizzy head after a heavy pour. Head settles to a thin fizzy white layer with a healthy meniscus along the glass.

S: Light lemony hop, faint honey sweetness, tiny bit of yeasty lager funk. Pretty mild.

T: Just like the taste but a bit more funk-forward.

M/D: Crisp and drinkable, chuggable. Not bad, but not anything spectacular.

BeerNinja007, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap on board the Teralani 3 catamaran off of the Ka'anapali beach front. Served in a plastic cup.

Appearance is typical of most lagers: a straw-colored yellow hue with little carbonation and a small, fizzy head. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Nothing too exciting. Smell is also pretty average, slight hints of malts and grains, not much else.

A decent amount of malty sweetness present itself in the initial sip, followed by slight nuances of fruit. Rounds off with a bitter kick that doesn't leave too much of an aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A good step up from the typical BMC dross. Has a mouthfeel on the light side, but with just enough body and crispness to go down smooth.

I had a few of these on board and they provided a moderately good experience while sailing out from the Maui coastline into the open ocean. Something I'd have again if given the chance, but not something I'd go out of my way for. Maybe the next time I'm in Hawaii.

r0nyn, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of WeimtimeBier
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- light colored pale lager with no head retention.

S- smelled light, like a bud with a little more complexity, grassy.

T- alarmingly fruity taste in my opinion. I feel that these fruity notes have no business in the style. hops were zesty though and the strong point of the beer

M- medium carbonation with a light body

D- Very drinkable like most light beers would be. This beer is a step up for BMC fans

WeimtimeBier, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled April 9, 2010 at 11:19am. Three months old - that ain't bad at all. I love how they print the precise bottle dates clearly on every bottle.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured out pale yellow, forming a thin, fizzy head. That head rapidly dissipated to a thin halo, and minutes later to nothing at all. No visible carbonation through the crystal clear body. No lacing. Not at all impressive for an American pale lager.

Smell: Sweet grains, particularly adjuncts, jump out immediately. Hops add a clean, leafy dryness. That's all there is to this one though. I think this may be an adjunct lager; otherwise, it's downright lousy for a plain old pale lager.

Taste: Bready malts and adjuncts (I'm thinking rice), followed by lemon rind and then gritty, grassy hops. A bit dirty - not necessarily in a bad way. Alcohol comes through lightly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - fizzy, very light-bodied, with a sour, even twangy, finish. High carb makes it harsh at times, and the odd finish certainly doesn't help.

Drinkability: I was not impresed by this at all. Even if it is miscategorized (I think it should be an adjunct lager), I'd rather have Bud original.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a--oh, hell. This is a goddamn session adjunct. You've seen one of them, right? This is what that looks like.

Smells and tastes a lot spicier and dryer than, say, Bud Heavy. The aroma is intense enough and interesting enough that I had some medium-high hopes for the flavor, but all there is is some mild dryness and basic pale barley. No adjunct, but some corn or rice might have actually been a little nice, given the dryness something to play with.

mynie, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw-colored body. A respectable white head that actually sticks around for a while.

S: It's kind of difficult to pick out anything. What does stand out is rather simplistic. Just basic pale lager graininess.

T: Crisp and clean. Mostly grainy flavors with a bit of sweetness.

M: Light on the palate without a whole lot of carbonation.

D: A basic no-frills summer thirst-quencher. I was dying of thirst when I drank this, and it hit the spot quite well. I'd say it's a small step above Yuengling in the pantheon of widely available pale lagers.

BarrelO, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of mwa423
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light gold color with very little head that quickly disappeared.

S - Very little smell, some maltiness and bready notes, a simple light lager.

T - Taste is very refreshing, filling the mouth with a light sweet maltiness and a slight hop flavor. A good simple light lager that I would drink on the beach, but by far nothing worth tracking down.

M/D - Mouthfelel is smooth with a crispiness in the mouth. Very drinkable and an excellent replacement for BMC if you were in Hawaii

mwa423, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased on the Ohio black market, just wanted to try something light and new and it wasn't too expensive. Super fresh considering, this was bottled less than 5 weeks ago.

Looks nice enough, a clear straw color with active carb and a decent head for an APL, which recedes to a small ring.

Smell is light malt with a touch of sweetness and some bready hints. Eh, nothing exceptional.

Taste is decent but lacking a bit of the unique characteristics I like in my lighter beers. Nice sweet cereal malt gives some pilsen and wheaty tastes. Not too grainy. A touch of spice from the hops in the finish. Finishes clean and has a touch of lingering sweetness. Well crafted, certainly not an adjunct beer, but it lacks that small punch of flavor from the malt that I like in an APL. Smooth due to cold aging.

Mouthfeel is sparkling and good for the style. And this goes down quite well. Certainly a good "bridge" into micros for people who drink the corn lagers of the world.

jampics2, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of matjack85
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this stuff at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the only out of the ordinary beer they carried and I was kind of surprised to fins a Hawaiian beer at a Florida gas station. $8.59 for a 6 pack of 12oz brown bottles with a freshness date printed on the neck label.

The beer poured a remarkably clear golden color with a 1½ finger white head that lasted about a minute and a half and left some minimal lacing. I say remarkably clear because their website says they use wheat malt as one of the malts in here and wheat usually turns the beer cloudy unless it's filtered, so I'm guessing this is a filtered beer.

The smell is mostly grainy with a touch of malt sweetness and an even fainter hop spiciness.

The taste is perhaps a cut above your basic mass produced macro lager. It's smooth for sure, with enough hop spiciness to balance the moderately sweet malts and grainy wheat flavors.

The carbonation is only moderate and the body is somewhere between light to medium. It's a very smooth beer.

Easy drinker with low alcohol and pleasant taste.

matjack85, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of bgildea
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very light almost clear color. Slight head with some large carbonation bubbles that left some slight lacing.

S: Slight sweet smell of a German pilsner but otherwise not too great smelling.

T: Eh, not a big fan of the taste. Pale Lagers aren't really my style, so I might be biased, but the flavore tastes like rice filler.

M: Thin beer, not too much chew, but I wasn't expecting too much.

D: The beer isnt that drinkable. It's better than most other pale lagers, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get this.

Overall: Overall the beer wasnt very good. I dont really like pale lagers, so maybe it's me, but I wasnt much of a fan of this beer. I wouldnt drink this beer again. I think Kona has some better beers out there.

bgildea, Jul 05, 2010
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.