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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 1517
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%

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 Cylinsier


3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon gold, mild haze, with a sugar white head that retains as a bit of a film.

Smells of grassy malts, sweet lemon, a hint of coriander, and some mild dry hop.

Flavor is of mild dry barley malts, a bit papery, with a whisper of a citrus and the slightest hint of mild hop.

Light body with light tingles of carbonation.

A fairly average lager, quenches the thirst, probably pairs well with food, but nothing special. Smells really good but the taste is a little boring. For what it is, it's not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:00:56 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like an American lager. Nothing new here. It's a tad darker golden than say a Bud or Miller. No real head ever formed.

S- Bready with a slight hop spice. There is a wheat type smell in the grain. Not musty like a macro lager. No adjunct veggie or corny scent, which is a good thing. That's because this is not an adjunct lager! Very nice for a lager!

T- Slight hop spice mixed with a wheat type grain. Defiently bready. I detect a slight toasted flavor from the malt. Finish is slightly bitter. Dries fairly quickly. Very clean tasting beer overall.

M- I'd say the body is between light and medium, closer to light. Carbonation is very high with this beer. Very crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is just a tad to harsh, but doesn't detract from the beer.

*This beer picks up where Budweiser and Miller High Life/Coors left off. It let's you know that American lagers can actually have taste and character, but still be something that a macro beer drinker might appreciate. This a truly great lager!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:44:02 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of microbrewlover


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear golden color with a light head which dissipates quickly. Some light lacing stays on the glass until the end. Good carbonation.

The smell is sweet malts, funky yeast, lemongrass floral and peppery hops.

The taste follows the nose, lemongrass, yeast, some mixed fruit, sweet malts, some bready malts and some peppery hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is clean, the brew goes down smoothly with a slightly tangy bite which stays on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a clean lager, fresh tasting lager. This would be a nice "sessionable" brew especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:25:49 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of Tone


2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, hint of hop, hint of pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Very weak American Pale Lager, but decent American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, adjunct, hint of hop, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, adjunct dominates both aroma and body.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 21:57:41 | More by Tone
Photo of barczar


3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden straw with a frothy ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly to hints of foam.

Grain, bready malt, and light floral hops form the initial aroma. There's a bit of a minerally character and cracker-like malt that surfaces. Fairly light.

Flavor reveals that minerally character, which carries throughout, accompanied mid palate by bready malt and grain, finishing somewhat dry and clean. There's a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and a slightly carbonic bite.

More malt than most, it's a very clean, easy drinking beer. Great on a hot day. The minerally character doesn't suit my palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 20:42:38 | More by barczar
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Kona Brewing Co. - Longboard Island Lager, poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Look - Pours a clear pale yellow with a slight orange tinge and a small foamy head that dissipates quickly. Slight gliding lacing that dissipates quickly as well.

Smell - Fruity and some maltiness like a typical lager but slightly juicier in the nose than most.

Taste - Almost immeasurably light, a faint citrus and spice tang is about all you get here, otherwise water.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied to say the least and zero booziness. Ever so slight stickiness with fruit. Excellent drinkability.

Overall - As lagers go, this fulfills a basic need. It it not above and beyond some American lagers, but comparable for sure. Nothing special, but also quite fulfilling if you are looking for a lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 19:20:27 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of raznug


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours a pale golden color and is topped with ¾” of white head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Its aroma is a blend of yeast and cereal malts, I don’t smell any hops around.
Taste: This is a rather clean beer that doesn’t have a ton of flavor coming from it but the flavors that I do get from the beer are just what I was expecting out of a island lager.
Mouthfeel: Clean crisp and tasty are great ways to describe this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 14:40:35 | More by raznug
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got to give credit - lacing. It's got it, and not so bad a head either. The color is basic lager. Same goes for the smell. Faint grainy malt. This isn't winning points for the aroma. The taste is all you could hope for though... clean, easy on the palate, refreshing. You of course want to serve this cold, but it won't be awful at below freezing temperatures either. This is a well-made lager that feels great on the tongue in hot weather. I'm a fan.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 21:14:32 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of general_staal


3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Its a very pale yellow with little to no head and no lacing. Not a very remarkable appearance.

S: It has a hoppy and slightly spicy aroma. Again nothing too special, but not bad.

T: Hoppy and slightly grainy flavor. It is similar to a Budweiser or something similar.

M: Nice carbonation and decent drinkability but nothing spectacular.

O: A decent beer but nothing entirely spectacular or remarkable to talk about with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 22:31:43 | More by general_staal
Photo of TheMarkE


3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, with decent foam but little lacing.

Smell: Grainy with a hint of spice.

Taste: Pale malts, with just enough sweetness and hops to give it a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with a minimum of aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A good, solid, well rounded lager that would make a good session beer, party beer, or kick back in the hammock after mowing the lawn beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:12:33 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of delta490


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

A- medium gold, clear with a creamy white head that lasted throughout the beer and left lacing. Visible carbonation.
S-Malty. Notes of biscuit and slight hop aroma
T-Nice big malty flavor moderated with a crisp bitter hopiness.
M- nice and full with just a hint of the carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 06:52:13 | More by delta490
Photo of KYGunner


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice Sunset orange coloring with a relatively thick, fleeting head.

The scent is nearly absent but hints of grain and cereal malts are found with difficulty.

The taste is very grainy, almost to a point of having texture. Backing it up is a German cereal malt flavor and some light yeast and hops. Very smooth and it goes down easy.

I would assume this is made to be an island vacation, on the beach, thirst quenching beer. If that's the case than bravo, it has succeeded.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 12:31:58 | More by KYGunner
Photo of KarlHungus


3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear pale gold color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes into nothing within seconds. The aroma has a faint hint of bready malt, and an even fainter hint of spicy hops. It is a very thin aroma. The taste luckily isn't as thin. It's nothing if not simple, but its bready malt character is quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent beer. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't refuse another either.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 20:04:55 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of guityler83


3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Huge pillowy cloud white foam which slowly recedes slowly into the pale straw colored liquid. It left behind a honey comb of lacing on the sides of my frosted half acre imperial pint glass.

S: Soft spicy hop aroma peaks through the mild corn / hay scent (not DMS corn but.. something else)

T: Crisp bready flavor with a noble bitterness that subsides quickly. Simple yet more malt character than your average fizzy yellow lager.

M: Crisp and clean. higher carb levels with moderate to dry finish. Thin fealing at very cold temperatures but very very drinkable.

O: In the the pale lager category it has much more flavor than most, but it still feels a bit thin. It was very drinkable on a warm spring day, but a bit more hop flavor would have realy made this shine in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:52:19 | More by guityler83
Photo of MarkQ617


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Above-average lager, very nice for summer. I has this on tap at Battery Park. It has a nice looking golden color, not too weak or lighter yellow like lesser lagers. Mouthfeel is nothing special, but also not overly carbonated. The taste is more hoppy than I've come to expect out of a lot of lagers, but is still refreshing and good for warmer weather. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 18:42:30 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw yellow. No foam or lacing. A bit watery, but the carbonation is very active.

Smell: Quite pleasant. Fairly floral, with a soapy herbal background. Subdued, but very summery. Would love to actually smell this in Hawai'i.

Taste/Mouthfeel: One of the most neutral beers flavorwise I've ever tried. Tastes pretty bland, with a hint of straw and a very slight hint of lemon and caramel. Good thing it's not skunked, those flavors would have nowhere to hide. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Very thin and watery.

Overall: Promising start, but the flavor says "boogie board" more than "longboard."

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:54:35 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Nugganooch


3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the variety pack – dated Feb. 15 2013
*Imperial nonic glass

A: Straw yellow-gold body that is mostly clear in appearance. Pure white loose retaining froth with a multitude of varying sized bubbles. A combination of faint strings and rows of lace decorate the glass.

S: Smells grainy like corn husks with some crusty bread and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. There is a nice little herbal hop presence in the aroma as well. Has a tart yeasty character noted which seems a bit forward for a Lager strain. Nothing ground breaking although still pleasant.

T: Tastes of bready malts with a significant grainy character. Less perceived caramel sweetness than the nose. Low bitterness factor with a bit of earthy minerals, dry grass, and garden herb hop flavors developing. Alcohol is insignificant here with not much aftertaste noted. Definitely a Lager. Decent and pleasant flavors but pretty mild all together.

M: Light and crisp with a nice drying effort. Upper amount of carbonation provides a nice smooth feel. A touch wet overall and leaves the palate rather clean after the finish.

D: Decent Lager that is crisp and refreshing. Slightly above average I would say. Not something I would drink regularly but would not turn down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 18:49:45 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of ppvora


2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Poured from a bottle has a light golden color. Beer was clear. Poured it into a tall glass....half an inch of head...that disappeared rapidly (in under a minute).

Smell: A clean and crisp smell. Light. Narrow -- as in not complex.

Taste: Very smooth, very narrow (again, not complex). Mild flavors. No hoppy taste at all.

Mouthfeel: The later sips were more flavorful and "refreshing". Exposure to air made it taste better.

Overall: A straight and narrow lager. Not complex. Mild flavor -- no hoppy taste at all. Light golden color.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 20:03:01 | More by ppvora
Photo of ZAP


3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Bright golden color...a lot of carbonation bubbles

S-Grassy aroma with some light noble hop spiciness..

T-Nice maltiness for a lager...slightly sweet with some vanilla notes...grassy hops on the finish.

M-Clean looking and clean tasting...body is about right...ample carbonation but not excessive..

O-Overall this is a quality lager a step up from the macro's but a tep down from the German's...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:12:28 | More by ZAP
Photo of Huffs

New York

2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pilsner glass and developed a frothy white head which laced a bit and dicipated quickly. Appearance was a light gold to straw and clear. Aroma had grainy, citrus notes with a slight sour on the back. Tasted of grain and citrus, very light. Mild aftertase, cirtus, and dry on the back. Mouthfeel had some cream notes. Not bad overall.

Serving type: can

04-20-2013 21:47:35 | More by Huffs
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Champagne blonde and thin white film that's gone in a flash but trails a bit.
Fresh grain sack and lemongrass nose.
Sour, cut hay up front then big grassy noble hop bite.
Lemon rind finish and tight dry linger.
Light, crisp, thin.

It doesn't look like much, and the malts are fusty when they could be more bready, but the body and the bite are right on point. Warm weather quencher. Superior version of a macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 19:07:21 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of JamesMN


3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date on bottle of Feb 8th, 2013. Not sure if it's a bottled on or enjoy by date.

Appearance: Neon yellow hue with superb clarity (basically water at this point) and a substantial amount of effervescence ascending towards a thin white head.

Aroma: Similar to BMC but with an edge of real malt in there. Although, that may be hard to notice under the corn water aroma. Nothing really offensive in there though which is a good sign.

Taste: Clean and crisp throughout. The flavor consists of corn water and a slight bitterness. The description states 18 IBUs but it feels like that might be a bit of an inflated number since there really isn't any hop character. Which such a plain taste I'd expect any hop flavor to stick out but none does. Crisp finish and not much of an aftertaste besides the corn. At 4.6% ABV it's not too shabby for what it delivers.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body but has a certain thickness to it that is uncommon in this type of lager. Lots of effervescence but somehow remains smooth and easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: Even though the flavor is nothing to get excited about, Longboard Island Lager isn't bad. It's just another example of brewing prowess being used for the wrong ends. Because the flavor is so naked there is nowhere for off-flavors to hide. And there are no off-flavors in this beer which is quite the accomplishment in my opinion. Would I drink it again? I suppose if I was looking for a beer to session and was boycotting BMC.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:57:13 | More by JamesMN
Photo of neenerzig


3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pokal glass. This beer pours a mainly clear, light to medium pale golden color with lots of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. White head is about 2/3 inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass and some clusters of foam here and there on the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Mild aromas of sweet malt and a hint of citrus hops along with a bit of a grassy herbal smell as well. Tastewise it is pretty much the same, A mildly sweet malt flavor upfront followed with hints of citrus hops and a bit of an herbal quality. Spot on for this style of beer I suppose, this is just not my favorite style of beer or a style I'll go out of my way to drink very often. The flavors just seem a bit bland overall, I wish they were stronger all around and more in your face. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. I would enjoy drinking this outside on a hot summer day, but otherwise it is not something I'd go out of my way to drink again.


Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:36:13 | More by neenerzig
Photo of kismet


3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my friend neal for this sample. pours extremely pale yellow with a rocky head that hangs around for nearly the entire glass. smell is sweet and "beery" with lots of malt and a bit of lemon. taste is extremely smooth...tasty sourdough bread with a hint of lemon hops. this beer practically drinks itself. i had it with a bag of barbeque chips, and it was a great midnight snack. mouthfeel is on the thick side, and i totally enjoyed this beer. could not find a freshness date, but it was well-made and made me want to find it in my area this summer....excellent grillin and chillin beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:12:36 | More by kismet
Photo of FlyingBull


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased this beer in a variety 12 pack. I started with this one, had the pale ale next, and finished with the Koko Brown. I've had their Pipeline porter and I really enjoyed it.

Into a Pilsner glass, this brew poured a nice clear golden color with a 1/2" white head that held to some degree for the whole serving. There was nice lacing down the glass as I enjoyed. The aroma was sweet malt with mild hops that were a little fruity and herbal. The initial taste was sweet malt, followed by herbal hops and some bitterness. This beer seemed on the full body side and was balanced nicely by the carbonation. All in all, I enjoyed this beer and wish more American lagers were like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 04:34:09 | More by FlyingBull
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.