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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 342 | 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 MrMcGibblets
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clear straw gold, rapidly diminishing fizzy head.
S: some corny sweet graininess.
T: saa, finishes mostly crisp with a barely detectable hop bitterness.
M: light bodied, thin but not as thin as most of the style. Fizzy.
O: better than most apl's, unfortunately served in a large frosty schooner mug.

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

From notes. Presumably fresh in Hawaii.
Poured into a pint glass, it shows a relatively clear, yellow color with medium sized whitish head, minimal retention or lacing.
Aroma shows some minimal fruitiness, grains, not a lot else.
Light to medium on the palate (for the style), flavors are muted as well, with some grains, faint hoppiness.
Just Ok.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up down at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge recently. I had one of Kona's beers when I was out in California a few summers ago and think it's great that they have their products available in this neck of the woods now. I didn't expect much from this beer since it was a Pale Lager and they tend to be light but this was a good interpretation of the style and suitable for this time of the year!

This had a typical pour to this, with a clear, golden hue and moderately fluffy head that faded into nothing. The lacing was nowhere to be seen and the smell was relatively mellow to boot. The taste was malty, as was expected, with a taste and mouthfeel like potato chips. Nice and crisp, with grain and biscuit to give some extra body to the bite. The carbonation was present, but not strong, and the aftertaste had just a bit of starch in it.

Session beers that are light in hue don't get more full than this. The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer and the alcohol couldn't be tasted or detected. Even though the aroma wasn't there for this beer, everything else was up to snuff. Those looking for a clearer and more filling alternative to the Summer beers that are on the shelf now will be pleasantly surprised by this offering from Kona.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Foamy rings occur on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains and biscuit-like malt. Taste is of sweet grain, biscuit, and slight grassy flavors. Very slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager that is neither that good or that bad.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of schmoopsbeer. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pours a bright yellow color. Weirdly bright. Good white head with a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a light amount of grain and some very faint hops. The flavor has mild grain and doesn't have much bready malt, as I've come to expect. It's more the body of a pilsner without the hops. Light body and good carbonation. Pretty good, though nothing too special.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden yellow looking brew with a touch of haziness. Doesn't produce much of a head and on an aggressive pour I was lucky to get 1/4 in.
Carbonaion is light.
Aroma was light and malty. I also thought this might have been like a wit beer hybrid becaus you can pick so wit traits.
As I said before it seems like it wants to be a wit beer because I can definitlypick up some corrinder and orange peel.
The website doesn't say anything other then cold stored.
Watery and spicy are the mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer good for the beach I guess.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, the last of a 'free' 6-pack given as shareholder 'dividends' by Craft Brewers Alliance back in late May. Poured, appropriately, to a Widmer pint glass. Dated: 'MAY2011'.

Beneath the cap: KIA'I OLA ~ Lifeguard

A: Straw golden, filtered to near perfect clarity. OK carbonation, but neither abundant nor rising with much purpose. Small white cap ebbs quickly, reducing to a ringing hairline, no lace. Kinda disappointed with this.

S: Surprisingly sugary: honey or shortbread cookies Graham crackers, maybe the vaguest 'lemon' to emulate a scone.

T: Sweetly malty, imagine that tasty twisted Hawaiian bread (not saying that only because of Kona's roots (tho' now much is brewed here in Oregon), but it's apropos). A touch of grassiness and a pleasant finishing spice lend dryness and balance. Doesn't break the stylistic mold, but does satisfy flavor-wise.

M: Smooth, almost creamy after a brief carbonated prickle. Clean and rather refreshing, light-bodied.

O: Easy enough to drink and rather refreshing after a day of work, sipped while relaxing on the back patio. Tasty, benign, doesn't sway me one way or the other, really. Wouldn't turn one down if offered more and I could see buying it for a summer get-together, to satisfy anyone looking for a clean, good-tasting pale lager.

Photo of mjurney
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw color, touch of haze. Full of carbonation. Small head that disappears.

Crisp and clean. Slight grainy and spicy hops.

Clean malts along with crisp spicy hops. Sweet grainy malts, cereal, a little grassy. Hop is crisp, I’m getting spicy notes. Body is light, yet very crisp. Medium carbonation.

Crisp and clean finish. Slight grainy aftertaste.

Just your basic pilsner/lager beer.

Photo of atomicbeer
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light clear gold with very little head into a straight glass. Light straw and grass aroma, maybe a hint of fruit. Thin entry, not much initial taste, then a bit of a malt bang, and then that hint of sour-ish fruit. Is it papaya? pear? lemon? Drying and carbonated, a bit of popsicle stick lingers. A low side of average lager. Not up to the usual Kona quality but might hit the spot as a lawnmower beer.

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

Pale gold with a clear body and a sticky white head.

Clean lager aroma with a hint of flowers and pale grains.

Basic lager flavors of grains with few hints of hops. Full body, lots of carbonation flavor. Slightly floral.

Boring, but what did you expect?

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is piss-yellow in color, with tons of carbonation and a thick, frothy, white head. Toasty and cinnamon smells, with bready characteristics. The flavors were muted and watery, with slight toasted oats and cinnamon spicing. The beer has light, lemon zested toasty aftertaste with a semisweet and slightly sour finish. Not ranking high on my list right now...could be worse, but there are much better in this style.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Longboard island lager

A very light pale gold color with a thin yellow pallor, open any mainstream lager, and well, there you go.

S almost nothing a slight lemon and a hint of bread, water is the overriding note.

T the taste is very fleeting and imparts a light honey and apple character. overall it is water and thin croissant notes. I would make up something flambuoyant or clever but there simply is nothing here but a mild initial taste with a crisp finish. It’s like biting into a malty piece of celery.

M there is almost nothing to comment on, it is exceptionally thin with no coating. The bubbles cascade the limited flavors up and about but, like most Drama club kids, it just doesn’t bring a lot to the table.

D this is great for manual labor or pushing nerds into trashcans. I can see its refreshing character as having some utility, but the fact is that there are more delicious ways to attain refreshment. Witnessing a high school sophmore deliver a book report on Island of the Blue Dolphins is refreshing, but hardly rewarding. Such is the case with this beer.

Narrative: Tatum’s parents got divorced at age 8, they said it wasn’t his fault. He never got those Streetsharks action figures that he always wanted, he knew it wasn’t his fault. He got placed as a second string nose guard when he was a Senior on the football team, he convinced himself it wasn’t his fault. Somehow, this lackluster individual carried on day by day. He worked diligently at Blockbuster Video, until Netflix arrived and, that really wasn’t his fault either. Ultimately, Ohio’s economy had too many Tatum’s, too many Skylers, too many Aidens, Braydens, Jaydens, Haydens, Maydens, Raidens; but I digress. His strength was his utter lack of individuality. These days, when you get your auto insurance claim handled just appropriately enough, that was the sweet work of Tatum. Update: his job will soon be outsourced.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had the pleasure of drinking Kona beers at the brewery on the island of Hawai'i (the Big Island) and I'm glad they ship outside of the state. It took awhile for their beers to get to Texas. Since it's the summer my buddy bought a six pack so we'd have some nice refreshing beer.

The pale lager pours a clear golden-yellow color and forms a very bubbly and quickly dissipating off-white head.

It smells pretty grainy/cerealy with hops adding herbal notes and some zesty lemon in there too.

The lager pale malts are pretty prevelant making it taste grainy. Hops add some spiciness at the end and keeps the beer just a bit bitter throughout tasting. As is expected, it's very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, and with a dry finish.

Not a great beer but definitely a worthy alternative to your adjunct lagers, though the price will be a bit high since it's from Hawai'i.

Photo of Schwarzwald
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice lager. I did not pour so I really cannot comment or judge the look and head. Overall a very hoppy nice lager with notes of citrus and popcorn. Easy drinker with a very easy going ABV. I like this line of beer,... Kona.... they produce some very complex flavors and taste for a fairly mainstream beer company. Enjoyed with some boating food and it was great! Enjoy!

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance-Looks like a fizzy yellow beer. Positive note the head is nice, off white 2 fingers with some nice tight bubbles

Smell-Wheat and Grain. Not skunky which is good.

Taste-Extrememly Bland. Some wheat, but thats about all i get. Still no skunkiness, so thats a plus.

Mouthfeel-Nice body and carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall-What I expected from this beer. It's clean and slightly refreshing which is good, but brings nothing else to the table.

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

A fine pale lager and summer time offering from Kona. Pours a light yellow color with a fair sized white head. Smell is bready with hints of citrus. Taste follows with smell, malty, bready, with a hint of citrus and a clean finish. This is an easy drinker, especially on a hot day. I enjoyed this lager, definitely a nice option and it's clear to see why it's Kona's mainstay.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - light, crystal clear yellow with a white head.

S - mild wheat smell.

T - Wheat and barley.

D - Smooth and mild.

O - Yep, it is a lager. I can't complain about this one, but I can't rave about it either.

Photo of rawfish
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived to the table with only a thin film of bubbles sitting ontop of a straw gold body, clear with some effervescence.

Good malt backbone with the aroma of bread, cereal grains and some dankness perhaps corn husk. Hop profile is grass and a slight citrus zip, a bit more prevalent then expected.

Smooth with a nice bready malt backing with grain husks and corn. Hops are pronounced well, grassy flavor all the way through with hints of pine and herbs. Bitter draw starting from the middle of the drink all the way through the aftertaste, very pleasant.

A bit heavier for the style and lacking carbonation. The drink is still very smooth and refreshment increases with the noticable bitterness. Better when colder.

Being under carbonated is somewhat of a turn off but this lager is one that really cranks up the bitterness of the hops to a point where it impacts how the brew is viewed, not intense hoppiness but noticable and sets it apart from a style in which it is easy to be bland.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.09/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ah, my last beer on this US trip. Not a particularly auspicious ending, methinks, but hopefully the awesome brews I have in my luggage to carry back to Australia will make up for it.

Pours a very clear and very light golden colour, with an initially frothy head of marshmallow white. Lacing is large, but sticky and chaotic. Carbonation forms in oddly huge bubbles. Looks decent enough.

Nose is light and crisp, with a slight cornmeal character that drags it into the territory of bad generic US macro lagers. Slightly too sweet for the style, and something about it really puts me off.

Taste is similar. Light and crisp, ostensibly, but with a mealy sweet corn character that slithers in under all the crispness to lend an unpleasant resonance. Feel is slightly too flat and too thin—indeed, the carbonation is surprisingly absent from a beer of the genre.

Very bland, with characters that may well enough be deemed offensive. A rather poor effort from this brewery, and not genuinely any better than similar offerings from BMC. If I'm ever in Hawaii looking for craft brew, I'll stick to Maui.

Photo of PorterLambic
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a clear, bright light yellow with a full 1" head, creamy like a wheat. Lacing looks good, too. Retention is just ok, though.
Smell is also wheat-like with noticeable malt presence and a note of citrus to go with the spice and hops. Balance is quite good. I'm impressed so far.
Taste is really nicely balanced with malt, banana, hops and a light pepper note. I am very impressed, this is quite unlike most lagers in that is not just a one note band of hops and more hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly full-bodied for the style with a restrained effervescence. Even a touch of warming late. A very drinkable, enjoyable beer. More like a wheat than a mega lager, I am happy to add this to my short list of lagers I will pay for.

Photo of fsimcox
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, transparent straw yellow. White fluffy head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops, malt, and bread. Some faint hints of grass.

Tastes of malt and bread, a hint of sweetness in the finish. No hops, and a hint of bread and grass in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking lager. Good on a hot day.

Photo of SamN
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Into a tumbler.

Pours a mild golden lemon color. Thin head, not much to it. Leaves some spotty lacing in it's quick departure. Mediocre looks, decent hazy color. Smell is very faint, some mild tropical fruits like pineapple and grainy malt smells too. Taste is prickly, overly eager bitterness. Nice taste of juicy fruits in there, but it doesn't last too long. Finish is sort of bitter and bland. As for the feel, I don't like it. Too prickly and over carbonated and thin and it's just all wrong.

Nothing really special about it, highlight was it's faint tropical fruit notes. Other than that, pass.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kona Longboard Lager

Pours a clear yellow, good sized foam. Aroma is lagery, alittle sweet grain. Taste is well rounded, crisp body and some bready malt sweetness and a slight citrus character. Quenching, rediculously easy to drink. Everything you would expect from an island lager.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.27/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear as day, a golden straw color with white head.

S: Grain. Thats about it. Grain. Typical lager scent.

T: Tastes of grain, again, thats about it.

M: Good mouthfeel, its crisp, refreshing, light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D: Very high, this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of kenito799
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5oz pour in a flight at Yard House San Diego.

Simple golden color, not much head. The aroma is fairly bland but fresh.

This lager is very easy to drink. There is a sweetness to the malt which is pleasant. Feels like it would go well with Hawaiian food, with its sweet and sour and fish flavor profiles. Not a bad lager at all and good for hot weather (unlike San Diego when I was there).

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,149 ratings.