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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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2,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 44
Gots: 371 | 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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Ratings: 2,187 | Reviews: 619
Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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
3.92/5  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
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
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
2.82/5  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
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light straw color with small white head that fades very quickly.

S: Light bready malt, sweet grain, and mild citrus hops.

T: Sweet upfront with hints of carmel and honey. Grainy and herbal notes. Light citrus and lemon grass as it finishes.

M: Light body, crisply carbonated.

D: This is a decent, drinkable lager. Nothing really stands out, but a few of these hit the spot on a hot afternoon.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Bottled on 061510 (June 15, 2010), so this is pretty fresh. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear, bright yellow brew generates 1/2" of fizzy head after a heavy pour. Head settles to a thin fizzy white layer with a healthy meniscus along the glass.

S: Light lemony hop, faint honey sweetness, tiny bit of yeasty lager funk. Pretty mild.

T: Just like the taste but a bit more funk-forward.

M/D: Crisp and drinkable, chuggable. Not bad, but not anything spectacular.

Photo of r0nyn
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap on board the Teralani 3 catamaran off of the Ka'anapali beach front. Served in a plastic cup.

Appearance is typical of most lagers: a straw-colored yellow hue with little carbonation and a small, fizzy head. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Nothing too exciting. Smell is also pretty average, slight hints of malts and grains, not much else.

A decent amount of malty sweetness present itself in the initial sip, followed by slight nuances of fruit. Rounds off with a bitter kick that doesn't leave too much of an aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A good step up from the typical BMC dross. Has a mouthfeel on the light side, but with just enough body and crispness to go down smooth.

I had a few of these on board and they provided a moderately good experience while sailing out from the Maui coastline into the open ocean. Something I'd have again if given the chance, but not something I'd go out of my way for. Maybe the next time I'm in Hawaii.

Photo of WeimtimeBier
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- light colored pale lager with no head retention.

S- smelled light, like a bud with a little more complexity, grassy.

T- alarmingly fruity taste in my opinion. I feel that these fruity notes have no business in the style. hops were zesty though and the strong point of the beer

M- medium carbonation with a light body

D- Very drinkable like most light beers would be. This beer is a step up for BMC fans

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled April 9, 2010 at 11:19am. Three months old - that ain't bad at all. I love how they print the precise bottle dates clearly on every bottle.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured out pale yellow, forming a thin, fizzy head. That head rapidly dissipated to a thin halo, and minutes later to nothing at all. No visible carbonation through the crystal clear body. No lacing. Not at all impressive for an American pale lager.

Smell: Sweet grains, particularly adjuncts, jump out immediately. Hops add a clean, leafy dryness. That's all there is to this one though. I think this may be an adjunct lager; otherwise, it's downright lousy for a plain old pale lager.

Taste: Bready malts and adjuncts (I'm thinking rice), followed by lemon rind and then gritty, grassy hops. A bit dirty - not necessarily in a bad way. Alcohol comes through lightly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - fizzy, very light-bodied, with a sour, even twangy, finish. High carb makes it harsh at times, and the odd finish certainly doesn't help.

Drinkability: I was not impresed by this at all. Even if it is miscategorized (I think it should be an adjunct lager), I'd rather have Bud original.

Photo of mynie
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a--oh, hell. This is a goddamn session adjunct. You've seen one of them, right? This is what that looks like.

Smells and tastes a lot spicier and dryer than, say, Bud Heavy. The aroma is intense enough and interesting enough that I had some medium-high hopes for the flavor, but all there is is some mild dryness and basic pale barley. No adjunct, but some corn or rice might have actually been a little nice, given the dryness something to play with.

Photo of BarrelO
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw-colored body. A respectable white head that actually sticks around for a while.

S: It's kind of difficult to pick out anything. What does stand out is rather simplistic. Just basic pale lager graininess.

T: Crisp and clean. Mostly grainy flavors with a bit of sweetness.

M: Light on the palate without a whole lot of carbonation.

D: A basic no-frills summer thirst-quencher. I was dying of thirst when I drank this, and it hit the spot quite well. I'd say it's a small step above Yuengling in the pantheon of widely available pale lagers.

Photo of mwa423
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light gold color with very little head that quickly disappeared.

S - Very little smell, some maltiness and bready notes, a simple light lager.

T - Taste is very refreshing, filling the mouth with a light sweet maltiness and a slight hop flavor. A good simple light lager that I would drink on the beach, but by far nothing worth tracking down.

M/D - Mouthfelel is smooth with a crispiness in the mouth. Very drinkable and an excellent replacement for BMC if you were in Hawaii

Photo of jampics2
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased on the Ohio black market, just wanted to try something light and new and it wasn't too expensive. Super fresh considering, this was bottled less than 5 weeks ago.

Looks nice enough, a clear straw color with active carb and a decent head for an APL, which recedes to a small ring.

Smell is light malt with a touch of sweetness and some bready hints. Eh, nothing exceptional.

Taste is decent but lacking a bit of the unique characteristics I like in my lighter beers. Nice sweet cereal malt gives some pilsen and wheaty tastes. Not too grainy. A touch of spice from the hops in the finish. Finishes clean and has a touch of lingering sweetness. Well crafted, certainly not an adjunct beer, but it lacks that small punch of flavor from the malt that I like in an APL. Smooth due to cold aging.

Mouthfeel is sparkling and good for the style. And this goes down quite well. Certainly a good "bridge" into micros for people who drink the corn lagers of the world.

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this stuff at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the only out of the ordinary beer they carried and I was kind of surprised to fins a Hawaiian beer at a Florida gas station. $8.59 for a 6 pack of 12oz brown bottles with a freshness date printed on the neck label.

The beer poured a remarkably clear golden color with a 1½ finger white head that lasted about a minute and a half and left some minimal lacing. I say remarkably clear because their website says they use wheat malt as one of the malts in here and wheat usually turns the beer cloudy unless it's filtered, so I'm guessing this is a filtered beer.

The smell is mostly grainy with a touch of malt sweetness and an even fainter hop spiciness.

The taste is perhaps a cut above your basic mass produced macro lager. It's smooth for sure, with enough hop spiciness to balance the moderately sweet malts and grainy wheat flavors.

The carbonation is only moderate and the body is somewhere between light to medium. It's a very smooth beer.

Easy drinker with low alcohol and pleasant taste.

Photo of bgildea
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very light almost clear color. Slight head with some large carbonation bubbles that left some slight lacing.

S: Slight sweet smell of a German pilsner but otherwise not too great smelling.

T: Eh, not a big fan of the taste. Pale Lagers aren't really my style, so I might be biased, but the flavore tastes like rice filler.

M: Thin beer, not too much chew, but I wasn't expecting too much.

D: The beer isnt that drinkable. It's better than most other pale lagers, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get this.

Overall: Overall the beer wasnt very good. I dont really like pale lagers, so maybe it's me, but I wasnt much of a fan of this beer. I wouldnt drink this beer again. I think Kona has some better beers out there.

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

Looks, tastes and smells like Coors did way back when. This is a very good lager that goes down almost too easy.
What sets it apart from the run of the mill macro lagers is that it has a stronger flavor without any bitter aftertaste.
This beer was designed to invite mass consumption, so beware.
As rated per style, this is a beer for beer lovers, not so much for beer geeks.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner.

Appearance: Pours golden in color with a very small white head that is gone quickly and leaves no trace.

Smell: Sweet malts with an enticing bread aroma

Taste: Begins with malty sweetness and hints of grain with some slight hints of corn, and a nice grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Nothing too special here, but this could be a good beer for a day at the beach. This wouldn't be my first choice, but I'd be willing to drink it again.

Photo of MenloBeer
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +3.9%
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.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.