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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 337 | 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 Offa
3.47/5  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 +14.2%
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
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very slightly hazy straw color, with a lot of carbonation, two fingers of white head, and decent lacing. The smell was subtle grassy and hay bitterness; not much else to speak of. The taste confirmed this, with a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat overly carbonated; almost like this brewery's answer to a Bud Light. However, if I was stuck at a party with light brews, I most certainly would session this over any mainstream commercial offering.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, on a recent trip to Hawaii a buddy brought some island brews for me. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Not much to the aroma, it smells like grain and some lemon and grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the flavors are stronger than the aroma would lead you to believe. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has good carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. For the style, it's not a bad brew. It would definitely be good on a hot day.

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

12 oz brown bottle with no packaged on date neck.

Appearance: Palestraw yellow holding a good clarity with a opulent frothy head on top that has good retention.

Smell: Basic clean maltiness with some grainyiness

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smooth with a semi-crispness in a medium body. Malty flavors throughout, not too sweet. Some noticeable spicy bitterness to help balance. Just a hint of lemon citrus. Finishes on the dry side.

Drinkability etc..An all around easy drinking lager, this is a real American Lager. Light yet still very flavorful, a very decent beer.

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice label with bottled on date of 11/02/09 on the front. It was a clear pale yellow color. Multiple carb streams. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipated into a collar with some thin foam coverage. Quick sliding non sticky lace.

The aroma was malty and bready with some floral hops. Pretty much standard pale lager. Clean but not a real sniffer. The taste was also really good for the style but the style just doesn't offer lots of flavor. Malty up-front with some spicy hops at the end. Goes down smooth and would be great on a hot Texas summer day. Also might be a good BMC to micro conversion beer for your friends. One of the better tasting pale lagers out there. Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation. Malty aftertaste - not bad.

Overall, a good pale lager that would be a good session beer if just wanted to drink something lighter with some flavor. Good for sharing with non-craft friends at a cookout or party. Recommend. Rotation - available here in TX. Probably good for a 6 pack or two a year in the summer.

Photo of bsp77
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Bright yellow with nice sized stark white head and some lacing.

Smell: Muted grainy malts and a touch of hops.

Taste: Very light malt taste, fairly grainy, with a light spicy counterbalance at the end.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Not a lot going on here, but very smooth and easy to drink. Very nice on a warm day.

Photo of kflorence
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale, straw yellow color with a small amount of foamy head that dissipates and leaves a little bit of lacing around the glass. So far it looks very typical.

S: Smells kind of tart; hops and grains (wheat?) mostly, with some alcohol and astringent lemon in there.

T: A typical American lager... grains, hops, yeast, some cereal like flavors in there. Nothing special, but nothing off-putting either.

M: While it is typically watery, this beer does have some body to it, which makes it slightly above average in the mouthfeel category. The carbonation is also nicely balanced, I didn't find it to be overly carbonated like many other lagers.

D: Probably the category that this beer excels... very drinkable, but what lagers aren't? I don't think I'd look to buy this one again, but it wasn't bad either. Definitely nothing to write home about.

Photo of berkey
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed pint glass.

A somewhat rough pour helps create a solid white head of fairly large bubbles. Body is a slightly hazy straw color.

Light and clean herbal and grassy hop aroma followed by an interesting but somewhat flimsy malt profile that falls somewhere between bready and crackery.

Flavor follows for the most part but with hops just a little less defined. On first sip I couldn't shake the thought of those little slices of bread one might spread something on to make an appetizer but as I drink on I'm picking back up on the hops along with an additional subtle fruitiness.

Light and clean on the feel, drinkable as an American Pale Lager should be. Nothing bad about this beer, certainly wouldn't turn one down, but I don't see myself seeking this out again. This style as a whole is a little odd to me, much better than an adjunct lager but short of a good Pilsener. Nine times out of ten I'll go Pils before turning to a beer like this but it's still a fine example of what it is.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an uninspiring, pale yellow lager with a slight, off-white creamy head that quickly dissipates. My pilsner glass adds significantly to the appearance of this offering.

The aroma is that of grassy straw. It is clean, with a hint of pine and very mild. While pleasant, the aroma is lacking both complexity and sophisticated simplicity.

The flavor is crisp and clean, surprisingly strong and well balanced with brief notes of sweetness on one side and dry on the other. Some caramel and tobacco enter in a long, subtle finish.

The palate perceives a medium-bodied beer, again, dry and clean comes to mind. Moderate carbonation adds to a soft texture.

This is an easily consumable beer and well worth the experience. Longboard could easily fit into any summer experience. It is probably best without food.

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

This beer was picked up fairly quickly, and this is from memory, so I apologize.

A: This beer was poured into a pint glass, and was a nice golden color.

S: The beer that I got was slightly "skunked", however still smelled of hops and grain.

T: The grain continues in this beverage from the smell to the taste, and slightly finishes a bit bitter.

M: Fairly full bodied.

D: I'd rate this higher if it was more readily avaliable back where I'm from.

Best of luck in your endeavours. Cheers.

Photo of SDbeerguy
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a SD Padres 40th anny. pint glass (I saw a previous poster rep the Mets glass, so I may do the same, haha)

I've always loved this beer from the first time I had it. I don't know what it is. I think it's what a premium American lager should taste like. Figures we have to go all the way to Hawai'i to find it. Figures. Very smooth and very drinkable. Not too pissy like a generic American lager (i.e. Coors light) but not too overwhelming either. I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. My rating may seem average but the taste and drinkability are the only categories really above average because let's face it, that's what we're looking for anyway right?

Enjoy a Kona Longboard!

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass by the restaurant. The color was a little green but otherwise golden. The head was thin with a little retention and a little lacing. The smell is simple; just a little hoppiness and a good amount of malt and the taste is equally simple. Its smooth, light in body and fairly easy to drink making it a good session beer.

Photo of srandycarter
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light gold small white head, sudsy lace.

S - Very light malty aroma, not much else going on there.

T - Pretty good malt flavor, almost a little spicy at the finish.

M - Light body, nothing too complicated.

D - Light, easy going lager. Nice session as it is pretty easy to drink, albeit possibly boring.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle opens with a fizz and cloud of CO2 , pours bright goldenrod with bleached white head giving minimal foam and fading to nothing very quickly. Small streams of bubble rise to the surface throughout the sampling.
Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of light fruit, maybe white grape, a hint of general candy sweetness mixes in with no real hop presence to note.
First sip reveals an average body with fine and spacious carbonation. Only slightly tingly on the palate. Flavor is sweet malt a little candy sugar flavor and some grain. Again not really any hop notes to speak of in the flavor.
The beer is very easy to drink and goes down quite effortlessly. Well made example of the style I think, not complex but not quite boring either. May get a little sweet after a few bottles.

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a little plastic cup out of a beer reps van. Very golden in color reminds me of a pils. 1 finger of head hardly any retintion.

Smells of a traditional lager, some what grainy and a bit of hops.

A little bit better than your average lager. Lightly toasted malts and a small bit of hops. really clean finish.

Good mouth feel taste doesn't linger too long and it goes down easy. Very good gateway beer pretty thin and light bodied. Wouldn't seek this beer out but a few steps above most american lagers.

Photo of slk22
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with high carbonation observable, yet no head formation. Aroma is mild with notes of crystal malt and a bit of bread. Reminds me of natural light. Flavor is light as well with rice and corn detectable not unlike Budweiser. There is also a sourness that lingers into the finish along with a bit of a metallic taste. Body is medium and smooth, the most likable aspect of this beer to me. Overall, this is an easy beer to drink, maybe refreshing after mowing the lawn, but not very enticing.

Photo of flagmantho
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very pale yellow with two fingers of quickly-dissipating head. Par for the course for this style.

Smell: mostly grain but also a little soapiness. Having had one out of the bottle as well, I don't think this last factor is due to a poorly-rinsed glass; that said, the aroma isn't off-putting, just a little out of place.

Taste: grain. The flavor is a little astringent and there are hints of citrus; hops are not prominent but what there are seem earthy. Not bad, but not blowing me away either. Still better than most macros.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an appropriate level of carbonation; there is a creaminess and a presence to it. I think the texture is my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability: this beer does not blow me away. There are pale lagers out there I'd much prefer to drink in session.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11-15-09
Cold, bottle to a glass

A - Pale cloudy yellow, decent carbonation, no real head retention, would make you think that the brew was flat but it wasn't

S - Pretty sweet smell, pick up citrus notes

T - Light bodied, very smooth, sweet tasting malt, fair amount of hops but not too much, no real bite at the end

M/D - Pretty drinkable lager, very smooth no real hop or malt bite, my third beer from Kona. Good brew to be had. Not sure I would seek it out but if I were on the islands I would indulge in the local brew.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like any standard lager. Fizzy and yellow. Pretty weak head gone in a flash lacing doesn't really stick.

S: Pretty much like any American Adjunct except a strange sweetness to it.

T: Half American Lager and half totally different. That hint of sweetness lives in the taste as well as some fruity notes. Much better than your standard lager.

M: Actually a little sticky and not nearly as thin as most American Adjuncts. Also nicely carbonated. Not overdone like most.

D: I could see myself throwing back a few of these on hot summer days. Makes a decent session beer.

Overall it is a good effort from Kona. It would make a great stepping stone from the standard BMC fare.

Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/6/09 solo.

Appearance: yellow and with 1/2 finger head served out of a hefewizen glass.

Smell: classic lager light grainy.

Taste: opens with light grains with an almost lychee hint in the finish.

Mouth feel: light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: for a lager I would have it again to support the kona brewing company but I seek more character in my brews. I would recommend this as an alternative to drinking BMC.

Photo of alleykatking
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very weak looking pale yellow which turns even more lighter shade of yellow when held up to the light. Little 1/2 finger bone white head that leaves no lacing at all and looks more like a BMC product more than anything.

S- Light grassy hops with a earthy tone to it. Some light sweet malts. Also a light lemon citrus tone to this. This smells more like a pilsner than a pale lager.

T- Big sweetness to this. This might be a little past its prime but I get more malty tastes than the grassy hops I smelled in the nose. Kind of a grainy taste to this. I'm sure this is past it's prime for sure. Way different beer in the taste than in the smell. Cruel joke actually.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is lacking I think for the stlye. Sickly sweet malts are left on the tongue which makes the beer that much more unpleasant. Malty aftertaste. Would have knocked it up a point if the carbonation was more "alive".

D- This is a poor example of a Pale Lager. Granted I think I had a old bottle so I will re-review when I get my hands on another one.

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.