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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,067
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 44
Gots: 260 | 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 MenloBeer
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow pour, with a teeny little head that becomes miniscule very quickly. Nice lacing, though.

S: I smell adjunct and corn. Not much in the way of malt or hops, but more the latter than the former if I were pressed to identify.

T: The adjunct is there, but this is a lot better tasting than some American lagers I've had. Definite cereal notes, kind of grassy on the back end with light hop touches.

M: Nice mouth-feel. Not watery, and lightly carbonated.

D: On a hot day I can suck this down no problem. It isn't a beer to rave over, but it does the job for the style well. If I saw it on sale, I'd pick it up on a whim.

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

had at Capital Ale House Midlothian

A: arrived in a cobalt blue pint glass, it was steal the glass night, so color is a guess, looks to be golden to light yellow, also with little to no head.
S: dry malt, a bit grainy, a light floral hop.
T: grainy and dry with a slight citrus and floral hop.
M: carbonation seems mild and is crisp
D: smooth, went well with my lamb burger but don't plan on a second round.

Photo of Bierman9
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An old High School buddy of mine, Jeff Reardon, swung by yesterday while in the area during a Memorial Day visit up from DC. And what did he bring with him? A 6-pack of Longboard Island Lager! Cool!

Poured into a pint glass, Longboard was a medium-to-light golden shade, and was clear throughout. The head was marshmallow white and about 3/4" to start, but made a quick exit, though a touch of lace was left behind. Aroma was very mild, with some grassy action going on there. Mouthfeel? A touch prickly, and a bit less than medium for the body.

Flavor had some light crackery qualities, contributing a hint of grainy sweetness. More dominant was a grassy hop character, with some mild, lingering bitterness and bit of spiciness. Not bad overall. Though I'd not likely buy more, it did hit the spot on a warm holiday hanging with some ol' Birds. Thnx, Jeff!


look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3


Photo of Jesstyr
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this over at Ninety9 Bottles - had no real expectations, and it sort of is what it is. Served in an old Schlitz pilsener glass.

Pours hazy yellow with a huge white head - looks a lot more like a white ale than a lager of any kind. Nose is pretty faint, I actually get a bit of pear in there, but primarily wheat.

Taste is faint, a tiny bit of hops, but I really get a lot of wheat in there. This wouldn't score well as a white ale either, but it isnt bad. Its very drinkable, and very very light.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the corn and wheat. Not very appetizing. The flavor is wheat and corn with some grassy and earthy hop notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Kona makes some good beers, but this is not one of them.

Photo of Jayli
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had 5/4 at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown,MA

A: This beer pours a pale, thin, straw yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head disappeares immediately leaving very minimal spots of lacing.

S: Nose is of pale malts, faint caramel, and maybe a hint of hops - though indecipherable what kind.

T: Taste is really of a bit beefier adjunct lager. Grain and cereal really dominate this, hints of pale malts through the middle. Finish has some sweet caramel and a hint of citrus hops.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, thin and watery through the middle with a bit oily finish.

D: This is was an average beer, albeit better than typical Adjunct beers, I wouldn't seek it out, but may opt for better beers if given the opportunity to have again.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It is clear pale yellow in color and has a thin head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grassy, earthy hops in the nose.
T: There's a good balance between the initial flavor of malts and the hop flavors in the finish. As the beer warmed up, the overall taste became a little sweet.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and both smooth and crisp. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste to make me want to try this again.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/29/10

Look, this is a average Lager. However, its Super drinkible and actually has some nice flavor. Its malty with a nice crisp finish. The aroma is nothing special, a little malty and corny. But the mouthfeel is smooth, and on a hot day, these go down very nice. Plus I thought the price I found them at in Mass,(8.99 a sixer)was pretty good since they came all the way from Hawaii. I would buy again.

Photo of drabmuh
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it and forms a thick head of white and medium bubbles after an irresponsibly hard pour. Head falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. A thin head remains of small and medium bubbles, carbonation is moderate and steady.

Smell is really off. Its harsh and grainy.

Fortunately the taste is better than the aroma. Its a little bland, nice carbonation on the palate, mild nearly non-existant sweetness on the front of the mouth, some grainy bitterness at the back. Its an OK lager, nothing special or unique, or worth going out of you way for.

Photo of Mardukk
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with no head or lacing.

Smells like adjunct corn lager.

The taste is less offensive than the smell. Actually, I can't make out any distinctive hop or malt flavors. It's either a crowning achievement in balance or there's just nothing to it. I honestly can't describe the taste as there is no taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium, a bit heavier than the average American adjunct lager, and the best feature of this beer. Low carbonation, slightly dry finish and total lack of taste make this one of the most chuggable beers out there.

Overall, this is a below average lager at a premium price...no thanks.

Photo of Bfarr
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow, noticeably bubbly with a thin white head. A pleasant pale malt aroma. Sharp and refreshing carbonated malt taste with a light hop bittering that is unoticeable at first but increases slightly with each sip until it reaches it's apex. Smooth and easy drinking lager.

Certainly an easy, fairly enjoyable lager for a hot day.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap poured into snifter at The Radisson "Resort at the Port" near Cape Canaveral - hotel bar.

Appearance: White foam that died down pretty quickly - very little lacing. Beer was a golden yellow with hints of orange.

Smell: Some earthy hops with hints of hay and a hint of malt. Rather mild.

Taste: Well balanced - nothing very strong. Reminded me of a Red Stripe in it's flavor (some earthiness towards the end of the sip). Malt is not too sweet, nor are the hops too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special. Some carbonation on the tongue and not too watery. Went down easy.

Drinkability: Went very well with crabcakes for dinner. Had two and could have had another.

Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This will be my third beer from Kona and so far I've been pretty disappointed. Not sure if its because they don't survive well on the long trip here, or because they've only sent the boring staple beers here so far.

A: A pasty white fizzy 1 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over brilliantly clear golden yellow honey colored beer.

N: Some lager like aromas, with a little sweet toasty malts, and some of that lager like crisp aromas. Golden malts and a little wheat.I think I get the slightest hint of grassy hops.

T: Mostly crisp clean lager. Some fruits, even banana and juicy bright fruits, with a toasty cereal, pale malts, some wheat, and some slightly sweet malts. Again, the slightest hint of a grassy almost spicy hop character. A very slight almost metallic flavor though deducts a few points.

M: Medium to light body, not too light, with lower carbonation, very low in fact.

F: Finishes slightly bitter with just a hint of hops again. more crisp clean lager flavors, little banana, but otherwise pretty much gone.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An above average lager-gold with faint white head.

S: Faint sweetness to it, tad bit of malt.

T: Has an adjunct taste to it, but more wheaty and sweet.

M: Light bodied, fairly easy to put down.

D: When you have SA Lager and all the domestics on tap, why bother putting arguably the worst Kona on tap? Eh, gambled and lost on this one. So it goes.

Photo of smcolw
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight chill haze, light golden color. Tight white lace coats the glass nicely. The head is small but lasts.

Grainy aroma with nearly no hop present.

The flavor is similar to a traditional macro: grainy with no hop flavor. It's crisp with a decent body for the style. No aftertaste. This is easy to drink but ultimately uninteresting.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of champ103
2.17/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev +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.

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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...

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Photo of mullenite
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 2,067 ratings.