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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,917 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 40
Gots: 190 | 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 tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All-malt. All the time. I saw this in the Safeway on Oahu while on a trip there recently. I had heard of Kona Brewing, but hadn't tried any of their products. (This was definitely a good decision, though I now know I should have gone for the Ale.) Nice yellow to cloudy amber yellow in the glass, with a quickly dissipating head. All malt in the nose, and when the beer hits your mouth, it's (refrain) all malt all the time. Rich, flavorful malt, though just a tad bit cloying toward the end which dropped it a bit on my drinkability scale. When in Rome... I believe in enjoying the local beers when possible, and this was definitely a worthy aquisition. Well worth seeking and trying--and available on the US west coast, I understand.

tugdriver7, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color was crystal clear pale yellow. A foamy white head of about an inch shrunk to a nice coating on top. Average amount of tiny bubbles rising slowly. Small bits of lacing.

A nice clean bread malt aroma. Additional nose full had a lighter more watery quality of the same malt.

A bitter taste. First flavor of sourdough has a yeasty aftertaste. A very light caramel note on the sides of the tongue dissapears to the bitterness to quickly.

Light feel of an average thickness. Carbonation burst is average against the tongue.

An average beer. Would be good to wash down a sandwich at lunchtime on a college football Saturday. Don't go crazy trying to find one, but if you are making a mixed six pack, throw one in to try. Mad thanks to Eclipsehts, part of our trade.

RedChrome, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a luau on Oahu. Actually this beer is the microbrew I've seen most on Oahu, giving good competition to Bud in most oceanfront bars in Waikiki.

Nice thick head with good retention gives this a high score for appearance. All other measures are a little above average. Nice and malty, not much hops flavor except for a slightly bitter aftertaste. Easy drinking lager.

TurdFurgison, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong soft grain with a good amount of floral hop.

The taste consisted of a nice nutty graininess with a solid doughy aftertaste. Mild sweet hop presence as well.

The mouthfeel was light.

Overall a nice all-malt lager. I think this style as a whole is much under-appreciated.

plaid75, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of xoqx
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear golden; a very clean pure lager look. There is light head retention on the crisp white head and light, occasional lacing. The smell is bright and malty, with some fruity and grassy notes. The flavor is all caramel and fruity, very traditional lager taste but clearly all malt; no adjuncts here. This is a throwback to the early all-malt lagers of the mid nineteenth century Unites States. The non-descript bittering hops just barely outlast the malty sweetness for a medium length finish. This is a very clean, very drinkable lager.

xoqx, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a nice bit of substance to it and seemed adjunct-free. An interesting and rather unusual fruityness popped up in the hops at the front and the beer finished almost too cleanly. As it warmed a bit, a more traditional malt and hops flavor profile came through, and some lingering bitterness emerged. More character than one ususally finds in a lager.

Brent, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewpub in Kona.

Poured a pale gold color with a small head which dissipated quickly. No carbonation seen rising. Strange for the style.

Aroma was....missing. Maybe some slight malts, but nothing much to go on. I even had my wife take a sniff and she was also perplexed.

Taste was of light hops and light malts. Not too much flavor to go on.

Mouthfeel was listless. Dead.

Overall, this was drinkable since it lacked flavor and substance. Very macro lager style. That being said, I've had this many times in a bottle and, while I never liked it much, it was better than this version on tap.

atigerlife, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I contemplated my order upon another bartender's recommendaiton, I thought, "What do Hawaiians really know about beer?" Apparently a little bit. This beer proved quite nice. Though typical in a base pale malt beer, the coler is an improved strong straw with fair head retention and carbonation. Aromas are a nice blend of malt and fruit. Modestly sweet with pilsner grains, an exotic fruit flavor made things interesting (mangos, pineapples, appricots, and kiwi). All the while, retaining a firm creaminess and consistency. The beer fared well even down to my last sip.

BEERchitect, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Long Board Lager at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale yellow color and is quite clear. A foamy one-finger white head forms and dissipates quickly to a thin film.

The smell is sweet and fruity, especially for a lager. There are citrus notes and hops in the aroma.

The taste is malty, with a bit of cereal in it, and a mildly bitter hop finish.

Mouth feel is crisp, clean and refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is light and refreshing yet full-bodied. This is the second Kona beer I have had, and while it’s not as good as the pale ale, it’s still a solid brew from the islands. Mahalo!

RJLarse, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this cheaper than you can get it in Hawaii...just doesn't make sense ! Packaged on May 23, 06, it pours from the 12oz. brown bottle a light yellow-gold with an inch of bubbly white head. As the foam subsides, a steady flow of bubbles from the carbonation keep a ring and some bubble lace is left behind.

Nice malty aroma to this one, somewhat sweet but crisp and clean. I don't detect much of a hopness here.

The flavor is sweet, vert malty and smooth. It's sweet most of the way through, then bitters to a nice, clean refreshing finish. Good malt flavor, just a tad on the sweet side for my bitter tastebuds.

Light-medium in body, moderately mild in the alcohol dept., it has a smooth, creamish mouthfeel and could be a good Summer hot weather brew for most. A nice brew from Paradice...cheers!

scottoale, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the clear golden brew. Head holds on okay, with average lacing. Aroma is minimal, pale malts and light hops, with a twinge of citrus. Taste follows along, the pale malts sweetness cut by some hops, and the light lemon character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both reasonable, especially for the style, which can sometimes be lackluster. Not a bad brew here.

ppoitras, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Longboard Lager pours yellow in color with a white head. Aroma tends to the malty side, but citrusy hops lurk in the background. Taste is light but flavorful. Malt dominates but there is a hop presence as well. A very tasty light lager, a huge leap upwards in flavor from your typical macro lager.

Drew966, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have tried this several times with dinner on tap, but have never taken notes to review it. So here it is from bottle- pours a pale yellow with a few thin streamers of carbonation. The head actually grows with time (that's weird!), although it's only a thin cover.

This beer is all about sweet malts, light and refreshing with a hint of hops- fairly light in the aroma, stronger in the flavor. This is a nice, easy drinking beer. Nothing amazing, but enjoyable.

Dukeofearl, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in Orlando, 12oz bottle, packaged on April 1st, poured into a pint glass. The word under the cap says Honu – Turtle.

A—pours clear yellow gold with a 1 inch fizzy white head, fades away in about 5 minutes or so, laces in sheets down the side of the glass

S—grainy and sweet, light lemon fragrance, straw, overall fragrance is very strong

T—grain and sweet like the smell, finishes just a bit bitter, lots of grain flavors that dominate this beer

M—fells thick which surprises me, medium/lighted bodied, medium carbonation

D—not bad, but its more heavy than I like my lagers. Still, I’d have another if offered.

hanco005, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 12-29-05. Purchased in NM. (Hollman AFB Class 6)

Pours straw colored with a 2" white head & an effevervescent body. Some lacing and head retention

Smell: Slight citric hoppiness & frutty smells ups front, then a little alcohol as it warms

Taste: Sweet malt, some grainyness. Finishes sweet & crisp

MF: Medium body & good carbonation

Pretty drinkable, a little more fruitiness would help. Not a bad lager, tastes like I remember from 95-01 when I lived. A decent drinker, nothing special

russpowell, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Gavage
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: served in a pint glass looking dull yellow in color with a short 1/4" head. No lcaing develops.

Smell: absolutely nothing can be picked up by the nose.

Taste: mild malt level matched with some soft citrus and hint of bitterness. Bland and boring.

Mouthfeel: smooth all alround. Where's the crispness for a lager ? Light in body.

Drinkability: nothing to reach for here. I thought a simple lager would provide a light crisp refreshing beer, but this just didn't fit the bill. Go elsewhere...

Gavage, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a straw yelloy. the thin white head fades very quickly, leaving no laces.

This beer has a malty aroma. Sort of boring. It smells kind of grainy. It has a slight hop aroma also, but mostly, this beers aroma is lacking.

This beer tastes slightly better than your typical American Macro Lager. It has a very slight hop flavor. It is mildly sweet. Not too much flavor, but not overly bad.

This beer is carbonated well. It is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is not aggressive. I doubt I will buy it again. There are just too many good beers around that are better.

OStrungT, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw gold with a nice array of steady bubbles within. Small cap of firm white froth stays present throughout. No real lacing though, just a few spots.

Aroma is plain but welcome of fluffy, dry whole grain goodness. Fresh, natural, and slightly sweet with a doughy center.

Taste is pretty solid and the standard for an all malt lager. Sweet, firm, bready, and fluffy. Flavors are mild and long lasting with a nice malted grain taste and texture. Lightly spiced towards the finish with a grassy edged hoppy leafyness. Not bad. Very easy to drink.

Feel is about medium and pretty firm with a holding texture of sweetish malt and a feathery dryness of flour grain and a light grassy finish.

A solid lager. Sessionable and easy to quaff.

A big thanks to my parents who always pick me up something from Hawaii when they make their annual winter vacation to the islands.

tavernjef, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Looked slightly better than urine. No head retention and little lacing. The color was slight darker that your normal American macro lager, but not much. The smell was nothing to write home about either .. a whole lot of grain.

Surpringly, the taste was better than the look and smell. It reminded me of how a hefe goes down. Light and not offensive. Mouthfeel was average.

Despite this so-so review, this could make a great session brew. I'd rather drink Kona Longboard than the A-B offerings any day.

SethB2, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a cloudy light gold with a small white head. The nose is light with grass and biscuit. The flavor profile opens with the biscuit, fallowed by crisp hops and sweet malts. Kona beers tend to be very good when their fresh on-tap on the islands and this one should follow suit. In bottles, this is a refreshing, quaffable lager. It's just not something you need to run out and try, unless you can get it on draft in Hawaii. This is still a nice, quality American lager.

Cheers and `Onipa`a!

goschool, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy golden straw with a white and wispy head that fizzed up, but fell quickly and could not lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a bit of low lovibond caramel presence similar to a Helles. Just a bit of sweetness and a little fruit.

The flavor was nicely malty with a crispness from a decent hop level. The bitteirng was well achieved and kept the malt in check. The flavor contained just a bit of fruit, but had a good flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of hop presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation low.

12 ounce bottle, PKGD ON JUl2005. Many thanks to mentor for the wedding present!

GCBrewingCo, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed - Dec 25, 2005

Drank this through a bottle at a friend's house - not the "perfect situation" for review. However, the beer was excellent and very light.

Amber color looks really good.

Smell is mild.

Taste is very delicious. Light and airy, could drink this all night without any problem.

Definitely recommend this.

DuqTroops, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got to taste a beer from Hawai'i! I've been waiting on this one for quite sometime. Luckily they carried it at the BevMo in Oakland. The onlt kind of bad thing was that it was sold only in 6er's, which did turn out to be a good thing. I think one of the main highlights of this brew was the appearance. It had a white head that was super duper fluffy, which had pretty good retention. The body was a clean, golden straw color. The smell wasn't too bad either. I had had elements of strong floral hops up front, with tropical fruits and a malty finish. The taste wasn't great, but it wasn't too bad either. It was sweet, semi-hoppy, with a lighter taste of malts in the finish. It was a little too sweet to drink at first, but then as it warmed up, it mellowed out a bit.

JISurfer, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After searching long and hard, here's my first beer from Hawaii! Purchased in Boulder, CO. Bottle is machine stamped in yellow ink, reading "PKGD ON JUL200?". The ink is smeared, but I'm hoping the store wasn't selling severely expired beer. If it's JUL2005, I'm safe.
Pours a perfectly clear straw gold. Thin, patchy misting of head. A rather grainy malt aroma, very clean, with dry, wooden hopping. The flavor opens with a fresh cracked grain malt base, very german feeling, a bit cereal like, moving effortlessly into a mildly hopped finish. Just a smidge of grassy esters, like freshly cut hay. Woody hop flavors have almost a leafy quality. Not like hop leaves, but actual tree leaves, if you were to chew on them. Woody, slightly bitter and vegetal. A flavor acquired perhaps in conjunction with the grainy malt? Finishes pretty clean, maybe just the slightest touch of green apple if I really want to nitpick, with a faint, residual malt flavor on the tongue. Very smooth mouthfeel, well lagered, despite the rougher malt flavor. Pretty solid and drinkable. I could have a couple of these at a sitting.
I could stand for a bit more hopping, for my personal taste, but as a regular "drinkin' beer", this is very good. Uncommonly smooth, despite the grainy malt, this just feels like a quality brew. Thumbs up for my first beer from the aloha state. Mahalo nui loa, Kona Brewing Co!

UnionMade, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy pale cream colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy gold colored beer. The aroma is light and hoppily spicy with notes of grass, herbal and a light sweet grain note. The taste has a certainl fullness to it that is not as thin as I was expecting. This beer also has a nice sharp bited in the finish. Overall this is fairly clean, but it has perhaps a hint of DMS and diacetyl, though it is not too noticeable and adds to the flavor of this beer. This definitely has a sweet grain character to it, and I like the fullness in the palate.

Gueuzedude, Sep 23, 2005
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,917 ratings.