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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 45
Gots: 301 | 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 dbraz45
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really solid offering from Kona. This a flavorful and tasty lager. It pours a light gold color with moderate carbonation. No adjuncts here and it shows. The flavor is full and somewhat complex. It is light bodied and has medium carbonation. Kona certainly does the lager style justice here, and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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

On tap.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a thin white head, lively dancing bubbles.

Smell: Like... beer.

Taste: Clean, but not much beyond that. No sense of malt or hopiness, but no off flavors, either.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied.

Drinkability: Not too exciting, but therefore can have mass appeal.

No real flaws with this beer, but at the same time it's not very exciting.

Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Somewhat cloudy yellow with a solid white head that disappates quickly.
S- Crackery, with some soft earthy and floral aromas.
T- Rather sweet, with cracker and bread flavors to it. Light spicy character to it.
M- Medium body for style, above average amounts of carbonation.
D- Better than your average American Pale Lager. I actually rather enjoyed it and could see it as a very approachable and sessionable beer.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my SA perfect pint glass. Very light in color, golden yellow with about two fingers of foamy head, slight lacing throught. Aromas were of malt, some floral notes

Sweet earthy taste with a light mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, very crisp.

A very nice drinkable lager for when doing yardwork...

Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-gold with a good amount of white head. predictable for this type.

S-very fruity with a good smell of barley...actually very satisfying. the fruits smell tropical

T-there are tropical fruits and even a bit of hops there. its fruity and amazingly tasty for a lager. a very small tanginess to the end but overall this is a wonderful lager. i recommend this to absolutely anyone!

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a creamy finish. quite impressive for this style.

D-mmm this is an enjoyable beer! i could have lots of this! the taste stays through out the experience.

Photo of thatguy3579
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, pale straw in color, lots of visible carbonation

S: Grassy, with honey and some skunk.

T: Light lemon bite, a little skunk, some biscuit. All around not that great.

M: Thin and bubbly - like a macro lager.

D: An uninteresting and overpriced brew.

Photo of gkunkle
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent gold color with a one finger white head that leaves some traces on the glass after it dissipates. Smells of grain, sort of a pilsner smell. Taste is pretty easy going but enjoyable, certainly more flavor than most lagers and good flavor at that, but it doesn't knock your socks off. This would be a great beer to slowly ease a friend into craft beer. Taste is crisp with a emphasis on some hops. Body is light and carbonation is medium/high. Overall this is a decent beer, there is nothing offensive about it, but unlike BMC headliners it has a definite and strong flavor. The good flavor and low ABV make this very sessionable.

Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one this past weekend when out in downtown Boston. I thought it was funny to see this craft offering among the BMC and local handles.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow. Not a lot of head on this from the bartender's pour. It has a healthy level of carbonation activity dancing in the glass.

Aroma: Biscuits and spices. Kind of grassy as well. For a session lager, the nose on this is somewhat robust.

Taste: This one grew on me and definitely took a few drinks to get into. At first, it was almost to a BMC level of loose sweetness. However, I began to get the more balanced sense in this one. Yes, the biscuity malt does come out right away, but the grassy and spicy hops begin to anchor it down well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Highly drinkable. I myself had three during this session. The mouthfeel is light, yet not without some richness. Either due to carbonation or deceptive malt substantialness, this one was a mouthful. Finishes nice a crisp, especially for starting off so sweet.

Overall: A good option when faced with few alternatives. I had this at a place where my only other options were BMC, Sam Adams, or Harpoon IPA. I'll gladly take this one over those options, especially out for a night on the town. However, I'm not to sure this is going to be one I pick up a sixer off at the store, but that is more due to my style preferences than the quality of this brew.

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

a: Pours a hazy straw color with a lot of visible carbonation. 1 finger of quickly dissolving bone white head that leaves light, thin lace on the glass.

s: Grassy and earthy with malty tones. Evened out with the hops and a bit of citrus like lemongrass. Can smell subtle alcohol.

t: Pretty empty tasting to be honest. Very light and smooth but a highly subdued flavor. Grassy taste on the back end.

m: Thin bodied to go with the high carbonation. Smooth and crisp

d: This beer reminds me of a better tasting Landshark Lager. A good summer beer that's easy to drink but nothing really special or unique about it

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, average head, no lace. Aroma was a little sweet, without being corn sweet.

Taste, light, tiny bit of enjoyable sweetness. Biscuity. Hoppier than most lagers, thats for sure. An easy drinker, but not necessarily worth $8+ a 6 pack given that there isn't a whole lot going on, you're prolly paying a little bit of that just for transportation. Buy some of their porter instead.

Photo of Chizoad
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw color but with a decent head that settled on the beer and didn't fade away. Hazy from the cold, which I didn't much like. Cleared up when warmer but this is not a beer that you'll be drinking at 50 degrees.

Not much to the smell. Not a bad thing, smells like beer and not bad beer.

Taste is pretty good. A lot like a pilsner to me, with a little sweetness up front balanced by some subtle hops on the finish.

Light body, good mouthfeel and carbonation, very refreshing. Excellent island beer.

Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of grannun
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of MrSkyGuy
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of jbertsch
2.5/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of thekanna
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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