Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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618 Reviews

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Reviews: 618
Hads: 2,336
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 51
Gots: 480 | 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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Reviews: 618 | Hads: 2,336
Photo of SierraFlight
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap and poured into a shaker pint. Clear yellow in color with no head thanks to the pour. Aroma is light malt, biscuit, grassy and floral hops. Taste is bread, grass, and grain. Medium body, thin texture, moderate to high carbonation, dry bitter finish. (256 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

it looks : A soft pour yields a stark white, fluffy head. It is 2 fingers in height and leaves wisps behind. The body is heavily carbonated, leaving bubbles along the sides of the glass, ascending up like champagne. It is pale straw blonde in color.

It smells : heavy malted corn scent, not far from Corona's smell although much sweeter and not as odious. This makes up most of the profile. Behind that, a slight banana peel note, faint fruity hop.

It tastes : Crisp, clean, mild malt flavor - made up of barley and corn. A slight slap of hop comes in but is flooded by more corn malts.

Mouthfeel : very clean all the way through , very crisp, with a sharp finish. Heavily carbonated.

Overall : This was an impressive lager. I'd have it again. (747 characters)

Photo of Lukasbane
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Imagine if any of the generic/popular watery beers had more flavor and smoothness, you get Longboard. Not bad if you're just looking for something light. (153 characters)

Photo of Willster333
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow with lacey head. Smell isn't very strong at all, very light yeast/wheat smell to it. Taste is very crisp and smooth, no aftertaste, but pretty light. Very drinkable but a little flat tasting. Not bad, not great. (235 characters)

Photo of supervike
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very thin and translucent pale yellow. Smell is mild, and barely noticable. Great light and crisp flavor, no aftertaste and a smooth overall taste. A perfect thirst quencher, not filling. (190 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; pale straw in color; less that a one finger white head that receded quickly to a very thin cap; almost no lacing;

S: grainy; a little floral;

T: grainy all the way though; light bitterness at the finish;

M; light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: reasonably good representation of the style; refreshing, but a little boring; (384 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 2/5/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Brew pours clear straw-yellow in color with about a 1-finger foamy/fizzy white head that quickly settles down to just along the sides of the glass. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen which is surprising. The aroma is hard to describe actually. Mostly of grains with maybe a hint of spice(?). The taste is pretty much like a lager would be but better than a Bud or other similar brews. Goes down easy with no bitterness. Lighter to medium bodied with good carbonation, hence all the bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass after the pour. Overall it wasn't that bad actually. (701 characters)

Photo of sloggettstrength
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Look: Clear, very very light yellow. Poured two and a half fingers of lingering white head. Carbonation visible throughout. Decent lacing while drinking,

Smell: Skunky at first. Then it kind of reminded me of white cheddar cheez it crackers.

Taste: Bland, typical lager flavor. Slightly bread like from the yeast. No fruity taste.

Feel: Very light, but coats the mouth well. Carbonation highly present.

Overall: Average. Nothing impressive. Just a typical lager. (504 characters)

Photo of Chris7482
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: light beer appearance

S: skunky, dank. Not much else

T: typical lager flavor, fairly bland

F: smooth mouthful

O: Standard lager with huge skunky/dank overtones, overall flavor cannot overcome initial smell/tastw (223 characters)

Photo of car2052
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold appearance. Standard lager smell with a bit of fruit in the nose. Tastes about the same with light bready malts, minimal hop flavor, and an Apple-like flavor. Refreshing. Drinkable. (191 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow, absolutely loaded with tiny bubbles of carbonation everywhere. Forms a short-lived thin white head of foam that leaves no trace at all behind, not even a ring.

S: Doughy biscuit malt opens the scent, which is soon joined by hints of soon-to-be-ripe wheat field and a very faint floral tone.

T: Again with the soft dough biscuit, right up front, tasting much like the inside portion of a freshly-baked torn-apart biscuit. There's some grassiness that comes in, like a timothy hay, and some subtle notes of apple and pear, perhaps even some white grape. Underlying all the rest, a floral tone so faint I can scarcely pick it out drifts by, intensifying briefly at the finish.

M: Light in body, crisp on the tongue, with a watery finish.

O: A good example of a pale lager, balanced and subtle. (912 characters)

Photo of Danderson813
3/5  rDev -12%

Pours a pale straw with a small head and not much retention. Aroma is of fruity esters, slight pear or apple to be elaborate. Taste is sweet and crisp with herbal and fruit notes. (179 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Very light aroma with notes of lemon, grains and a hint of sulfur.
Relatively fruity flavor with sweet malt and dough notes. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light bordering watery body with mild carbonation.
Rounded lager, although it has a low hop level, it has a fruity taste, even more than in most Kolsch beers I tasted. This is way better than most macro lagers. (439 characters)

Photo of Patkarps
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Really nice beer. Poured from a glass bottle into a Pint glass. Nice head, slightly small. Great taste, with a hint of hops at the end. Overall great beer to drink while relaxing or a night on the town. (205 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Longboard Island Lager brewed by Kona Brewing Co with an ABV of 4.6% This brew pours out a nice clear amber color with a smell white head. The smell is rich with grains and malt. You pick up on some of the sweetness in this brew. The taste is bold with flavor and grains. This brew has a nice balance too it. there is nothing over powering in this brew. I like how this brew has flavor and it goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is n ice also. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I will get this brew again. (517 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 3 finger thick head, golden transparent body, and not very much lacing.

I can smell a little bit of hoppiness. Not a whole lot of malt characteristics are present here.

Tastes like very lighy roasted malts, which I like. Hop bitterness is an aftertaste, but it sure is there. Not too overpowering, though. Just enough to get the job done.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Nothing lingers with this brew.

Overall a very solid 4 for Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co. It was 86 with over 50% humidity today here in my neck of the woods in Ohio, and this sure hit the spot. I'll probably buy this brew again. (716 characters)

Photo of Shadar
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Very, very smooth beer and very drinkable on a hot day or night. I generally loathe lighter beers but this is very enjoyable while being totally boring and bland at the same time. But I can get it for the same price as bud / bud light at a local bar and it is infinitely more enjoyable. (288 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Pretty decent beer. Pours a golden yellow with a slight white head that stays for a little bit before dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with a hint of tropical fruit. Taste is crisp, good amount of carbonation. Nothing extraordinary, but solid beer for a hot day. (273 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

I was surprised at the complexity of this beer. Poured out a pale yellow with a rich white head. The smell was a good balance between sweet malt and hops with the malt dominating. A very subtle blend of flavors that while I couldn't pick them all out they work well with each other. The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. This is a good refreshing beer that is perfect for after finishing chores on a hot summer day. (421 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a good head. Very good lacing and retention. Light nose of slightly sweet biscuit over subtle notes of tropical hops. Very nice medium body for a lager with a touch of creamy texture. Above average carbonation level that imparts a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and also clean and crisp. It begins with a light biscuit sweetness that flows into a crisp effervescent light bitterness. Behind the bitterness is a light tropical tartness from the hops. The finish is crisp and effervesces into a slight dryness. (565 characters)

Photo of DucPilot
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love this beer but cannot get this to pour with a nice head. The head is very thin and gone way too quickly. If it had a better head it would improve its rating.

If anyone out there has found a way to pour this beer and generate a good, long lasting head I would love to hear about it.

I'm glad that I was introduced to Longboard and can get it 5,000 miles from its source. (377 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. A clear, golden appearance with a medium sized white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma of sweet citrus, bread dough, and sweet malt.

Taste is clean, smooth, a bit sweet, and some grassy notes in the malt come to mind up front. Finish is smooth with a some hop bitterness.

Overall, not a bad American lager. Very light bodied, but packs enough flavor to be worth a try. (415 characters)

Photo of Anasazi
2.23/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A weak beer. Kona Brewing Co. is skimping on the malt. I will never buy another Kona brew again for the price they charge. Weak all the way around and through. A limp ass beer. Their IPA's are terrible. Nothing good to say about it. I'd rate it with bud lite and we all know how that tastes. (291 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was not too impressed. This beer was given to me and I gave it a try. Yellow color with a head that fizzed out pretty quick. The smell was mostly malt although it was hard to find any really outspoken notes from the nose. The taste was very thin with more of a rice/wheat flavor than anything else. It was very crisp which made it decent to just drink in the summer but was forgettable overall. (394 characters)

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer for a hot day- not too heavy but rather a light, mellow island brew. Not surprising that its alcohol content is in the four percents.
I was surprised that its appearance was so light- almost turned me off there. Taste was much much better than it looked sitting in the pint glass. Great mouthfeel.
I give it a 3.00 altogether. (348 characters)

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.