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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 45
Gots: 259 | 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 FSUBrad
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 2nd Kona Beer and they continue to impress.

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Golden and Clear. Pours a small head that dissipates shortly. Good Lacing.

S: Very Clean malty Smell

T: Smooth start with maltiness and a crisp spicy bite.

M: Medium Body. Smooth drinking.

D: Good Drinkability. The Spicy bite at the end may keep some away but I like it.

Overall the Longboard Lager was a great drink. Will continue to taste Kona Beers as long as I can find them in my area.

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local Italian eatery last night and honestly was pleasently surprised.Came in a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with some chill haze from the glass,a thinner but well retained head atop.Not much in the nose,a little sweetness and grain but really not much goin on.Was taken back a little by the herbal hop smack I got on the palate....really.Herbal with a firm toasty base that did fade after a few drinks but still the hop flavors were a pleasent surprise.Drinkable and firm in the mouth,a nice lager beer with food.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.55/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the local Hannaford. Pours a light straw yellow crystal clear body with a short lived half inch of off-white head. Smells somewhat bready and biscuity. Tastes sweet with some bready elements as well as an unexpected citric hoppiness supporting. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinker, even for the style. I'd definitely get this one again, either to have with macro-drinking friends or on a hot summer day. Good stuff.

Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass with brewed date of 1/6/2009.

A: Standard lager coloring, thin head, not much lacing, and high level of carbonation. Solid.

S: Clean lager tones but not much overwhelming the nose. Again solid.

T & M: I've come to realize in my beer journey that for the most part lagers are pretty comparable. The Longboard Lager is a slight step above in my opinion. Very nice malty quality up front with a clean finish with a nice touch of bitterness as well. I do pick up some slight lemon tones as well.

D: Very drinkable, this might be my new go-to lager. I'll be trying other brews from Kona soon.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity up front with flavors of citrus and spices. The malt character is very thin and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer to drink for a while but there are several others that I would choose first.

Photo of Duhast500
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap in a plastic cup.

The color was a golden color with a slight foamy white head which did not last too long. Not much lacing.

The smell was some citrus hop flavor, also has a nice spicy flavoring.

The taste was slightly hoppy, with some citrus flavors, lemon and orange. Some grassy feel to this beer as well.

Easy drinking, a good beer to have on a hot day.

I had this beer while on vacation in Florida. It was a perfect beer for a wram climate and Io was really glad that this was a available in the end.

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

This is another one I've been looking at for a while but yesterday was finally the day. Now that the weather is finally warming up, a lager from Hawaii seems much more appetizing than when we were having temps in the 20s last month (south of the Mason-Dixon line, mind you).

Longboard boasts a very pale yellow color with a wispy white head. The nose is herbal with a touch of citrus hops against a malt background. The taste is crisp, with crystal malts and an almost wheat-like lightness to it. Tiny hop bite in the finish. Light in body, and very appropriate for the beach or lawn in July but otherwise probably only mediocre.

Photo of aforbes10
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2 bottles purchased at the Davis Co-Op. Pours a thin yellow with not really much of a head. Smells of light malt, a hint of spiced hops. Apples and malt on the flavor, some grass, hint of rice that my only be in my imagination. Nice mild hop bite on the finish. Refreshing and drinkable. Also, now I know that "Ono Kia'l ola" means "delicious lifeguard."

Photo of Kromes
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a straw color with absolutely no head. Visible carbonation, but no head formed. Very clear. The aromas were of earthy, slighty skunky hops which overpowered a toasted malt scent. Nice muted earthy, floral hop flavor that transitions into a crisp not too bitter finish. The malts were toasted and tea-like in flavor, however the hops dominate this beer. I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, but I was surprised when it actually tasted really good. The mouthfeel is good, not too watery, good carbonation, and a smooth crisp finish. I could drink these all day.

Photo of diabecktic
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent pour - head formation is fairly quick. Retention (~1 finger) isn't outstanding but it's adequate; lacing is pretty good. As per the lager style, the brew is translucent. It's golden color is a step above pale.

The nose has a lot of citrus and hop character. I detect lemon over a grassy "background" that compliments the hoppiness. A subtle spiciness also seems to be present; it complements the overall package quite nicely.

You can definately taste the hops in this one. In terms of balance, I'd say that the lemon is more of a compliment to the dominant hop tones. The grassiness lingers in the aftertaste; think of the spiciness as a nice transitionary flavor between the aforementioned flavors.

The spices lend to the crispness associated with this style. This and the hops culminate in a nice "bite" that is felt all throughout. I would rate the body as medium-light.

This might make a nice session beer (given the %ABV). I wouldn't suggest pounding it because of the "bite" factor, but I suppose that you could do so if you really wanted to. Some might find the "bite" a bit extreme, but I don't mind it.

A friend of mine just literally gave me this beer right after opening it because he thought it was flat. I couldn't turn down a free beer and figured that he might have been right given that the package date was ~7 months prior to the tasting date. After pouring it into a glass and observing the carbonation, I figured that it would be alright to review this as is. I enjoyed the Kona brews when I was in Denver; this one was no different. It's not great, but I enjoy it for what it is given the style. The strong citrus/hop tones were interesting as far as I'm concerned. Try it if you get a chance. I'll likely review this again if i'm able to get my hands on one with a more recent packaging date.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16oz clear pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pale honey-yellow with decent slight less than 1-finger white head with good lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted light malts, cereal grains and hint of noble hops

T: Straightforward and uncomplicated but pretty tasty with grainy but not harshly corny cereal flavor meshed nicely with grassy, lemon, and noble hops flavors.

M: Surprising body with prickly, active mouthfeel and good lemon citrus, noble hops aftertaste. Fairly dry to add.

D: A nice, solid lager with clean flavors. Went well with my 1/3 pound turkey burger and fries.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear straw yellow. Poured a 1 finger coarse white head that dissipated. Laced in thin but broken rings. Decanted continually.

S: Hay and wet, slightly sweet, grains. Light orangy citrus hops.

T: Slightly sweet, bready malts. Very pleasant bittering grapegruit in the finish that slowly cleanses a lingering sweet malt taste.

M: Medium side of light body. Ample carbonation. Lively, crisp and refreshing overall.

D: Very drinkable beer in a drinkable style that actually has some character.

Photo of olmatty
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a fluffy three finger bright white head with good retention and good lacing, beer is a pale, hazy yellow.

Smell- Very light aroma of pale malts

Taste- Tasty pale malts hint of lemon, subtle hop arrival and smooth finish. No adjunt flavors, the way a light lager should taste.

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated, moderate to light bodied

Drinkability- Very easy drinking and refreshing. Absence of adjunct flavors enough body and flavor to differentiate from macrolagers.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a lager I think this Longboard fell short. Its a sub par lager.

A: Light golden color but cloudy. No real excitement building from carbonation. Seems light even for a lager. Head fizzles away quickly and it literally fizzes.

S: Yeasty and piney.

T: bland and boring. Bitter like a pale should be, but not really smooth like a lager. More like a failed ale with the yeast flavors.

M: Light bodied and leaves the mouth cleanly.

D: Nothing horrible about this beer. If I ever had a reason to drink a lot of beers this would be one of my top choices. Won't get it to enjoy a beer.

Photo of soupermirl
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not particularly the greatest beer, but very solid and one of my favorites believe it of not. I usually don't drink beer in a frosted glass, but for the Longboard, it is very good super cold. O.K. so, the color is average, like most lagers, not a lot of head but good longevity with the ring left on top. The smell wasn't very strong, just clean. The taste was clean and refreshing. Just a great beer to drink at the Kona Brew Pub at KoKo Marina on the back deck in the mid afternoon. Just a bit better than average in most aspects, but when drinking it, it is just great for some reason I can't explain.

Photo of HardTarget
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label: Talks about paying tribute to Waikiki beach as the birthplace of surfing. I find that appropriate as I see this beer paying tribute to Hawaii, even though it's not brewed there. It's my understanding all bottles of Kona in the US are brewed state side. Held this bottle longer than anticipated, laser date on neck MAR0508 (sampled FEB1509).

A) Pale yellow, as it should be, with a thin white cap that holds for a while and leaves strings of lace.

S) Mild sweetness and a basic grain profile, clean, and a mild orange hop.

T) Has some flavor to it, this isn't a standard macrobrew. There is a nice bitter grapefruit and earthy hops even though this bottle is pretty old. There is a little grainy finish, almost wheat, that keeps a malty vibe going.

M) Body is about medium, carbonation level is subdued but keeps the beer lively, finishes fairly dry.

D) Not bad at all. I'd choose this over a standard Macro, but I don't feel the need to buy any more.

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

Appearance: Typical lager with a big head.

Smell: Basic lager, some hops

Taste: Some malt and hops, standard fair

Mouthfeel: Good execution - firm body, nice carbonation

Drinkability: You could drink a couple - not sure why you would want to though. Lawnmower/football beer. An average lager, but at least they didn't mess anything up. I can see someone loving this on vacation, then finding out it wasn't that special after discovering it at a bar or local store.

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

a: This was a slightly cloudy straw colored yellow. It poured with a short, creamy white head.

s: Clean bready malts and a little prickly sweetness. Just a whisper of something bitter as well.

t: Not bad, sweet grains up front and some flowery bitterness at the end. Not a lot of either, but more than I expected.

m: Decent body, crisp carbonation.

d: Nothing wrong with this one.

Photo of Squelch
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, straw colored. Slight head that goeas away fast.

Smell: Smells of malts. No hop aroma. Some corn aromas in here typical of an american lager.

Taste: Tastes as it should More flavorful than BMC. Some hop flavor that is a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than expected. Nice

Drinkability: I'd drink this over BMC anyday.

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

I'm not a big fan of hanging out at the beach, but if I was, I can see myself putting down a few of these to cool myself off.

This brew has the classic golden yellow lager color, with a good foamy white head and decent lacing on the glass. Slightly grassy and skunky aroma. This brew has good complexity, with a decent amount of malt, a slight amount of sweetness, and a skunky note that I thought rounded out the flavor, rather than detract from it. Good grassy hops bitterness at the finish. Hits the right level of carbonation, and a really drinkable brew.

There are times when the best beer in the world is a good, drinkable thirst quenching lager, and this is a really solid one.

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

Drinking this at work right now...good times. Poured into pint glass

Appearance is very clear yellow with a bright white head that faded fast and left a white film. Smells slightly of pears and rice. Taste pretty good but nothing special. This is a decent lager that I could drink a lot of on a hot summer day on the lake.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/25/08. Bottle, bottled 6/2/08. Pours a light clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat and some faint melon rind. Flavor is also quite wheaty with some cardboard and bittery hops in the finish. Kind of flavorless. Not bad for a lager though.
6/3/5/3/11 (2.8/5)

Photo of Pup
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I walk by this beer in my local Bevmo regularly, always curious what this brewery can do with a lager, having tried and liked their Coconut Stout...a lot. I was in a Wahoo's tonight waiting for my order and saw they had it on tap. I had 10 minutes, why not?

After the pour, I felt instant dissappointment. Poured a pale, thin yellow, with little froth that quickly disappeared.

Smell was almost non-existant, I was reminded of a Budweiser.

The taste followed what I expected from the sight and smell, thin and watery with barely a hint of hops, maybe a tiny twinge of pineapple?

Good carbonation, little aftertaste.

Well, you could probably beer bong this one...

Photo of popery
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An unimpressive, boring lager from Kona. This beer was just a half step above the big macro adjunct lagers. It almost tasted of adjunct grains, itself, but I'll just chalk that up to the general lackluster flavor. There's a little bit of spiciness but it's oppressed by the bland pale malt. There is little aroma, at least served cold from the tap. I had this at a fairly random bar and would have chalked some of the flavor problems up to freshness, but I saw other people ordering it and there was a weekly happy hour special on it (actually, I guess that could go either way on what it says about the keg's freshness. At any rate, it's certainly a lager. I kept writing boring after taking notes on this beer. There are certainly better lagers out there, and there are definitely worse ones. I just can't think of a reason to ever try this one again short of a convergence of great need and extremely limited selection.

Photo of dewalt
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Longboard is a good all-American lager, crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink. It tastes moderately hoppy, with hints of hop spice and pepper, and a little astringent note on the back end.

Very drinkable, a perfect beer to enjoy a six-pack on the beach.

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.