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Longboard Island Lager | Kona Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

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

Added by Bierman9 on 08-07-2002

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Photo of 88caprice
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

OVERALL this is a fine, drinkable APL. Not a sipping beer. Goes down like *that*. Wish I had another.

LOOKS a pale, bright yellow with a white fizzy head.
SMELLS lightly floral or grassy, very mild.
TASTES are also mild with a grassy spice up front, and a nice malty, biscuity flavor at the end.
MOUTHFEEL is surprisingly smooth, more smooth than crisp, thin but refreshing.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing better than a really nicely crafted lager. This beer, is not that.

This is about as bland as a beer could possibly be. This tastes like someone tried to brew a beer from cardboard and then decided to water it down on top of that. There are no redeeming qualities here. It's drinkable, but just. It isn't offensive in the sense that it has an outright appalling flavor, but it is in the sense that it is so tasteless. I expected so much more.

Would drink again: No
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of stevoj
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While not guilty of being a mass market lager, it is still lacking in several areas. Aroma is seagrass, slightly sour and musty. Pours flat into a tumbler, not much of a head or lacing, little carbonation. Taste is lager, with some malt shining through. Mouthfeel is mildly oily and slick. With a bit more effort, this might be worth seeking out.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Mostly clear straw gold with large-bubbled and somewhat fizzy head of weaker retention. Lemon and honey aromas, not too sweet. Bready, grassy, a little yeasty, a bit more lemon. Well rounded-flavor. Fuller end of light-bodied, slick and sudsy.

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Photo of detgfrsh
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle marked September 17, 2015. Pale golden color, little bit of head. Sweet, corn smell. Goes down smooth, but not a whole lot of flavor. Maybe a bit better than the macros, but it's a pretty typical American lager.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of bright white that leaves minimal lacing behind. The aroma is corn and faint Hallertau hops. I taste corn and light malt. The mouth is light, crisp, dry, and refreshing.

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Photo of hopflyer
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty standard American lager. skunky, adjuncts of corn, etc. maybe a touch above the other macros but not by very much. not something id go after but some BMC drinkers think this is a hip alternative to the others, a la Landshark. In the end, they're all pretty much the same.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There`s just something about having a Longboard Lager... It`s your typical lager, but the time and place you consume it somehow makes it better. For me, a 24 pack of Longboard is must when you visit Hawaii, because, well, its hot and a fella gets thirsty. In these situations, this beer fits the bill perfectly.

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Photo of WalleyeBig
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I agree with some of the comments on being smooth tasting. Seemed pretty unremarkable. Pretty can and artwork. This was a good beer to give away to others who have not tried it.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its pretty dull when compared to other similar offerings. Tastes sour, strong yeast, a thick bread flavor. Nothing intriguing kind of just ordinary. Pours a bright yellow finish, a very light beer and it's flavor even more so.

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Photo of swampski
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Started to run out of beer options at the Wal-Mart in my little burg (I keep a running stable of 6 or so 6-packs in my fridge), so I decided to try a 6-pack of this. The first impression I got was that of the All-American adjunct lager, with all the skunkiness one would expect; my taste buds may be fading a bit on this, but it seemed to remind me of the classic Schlitz. However, once that skunkiness has been conquered, there seems to be a subtle richness of flavors upon which to ponder, and the drinkability does seem to increase with successive imbibing, including trying to discern whether that subtle palette of flavors makes it worth the skunkiness.

It definitely goes into the category of session beer (perhaps a session of canonical board- or body- surfing. or boogie-boarding?) However, in the end, I think that I would prefer doubling up on my trusted beers than adding this to the rotation. That said, I think it is worth a try for any generally adventurous zymurgiphile.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An OK lager. Light, crisp, but nothing special. Stacked against the great pilsners of the world or similar offerings, this beer is mediocre. But still solid enough to put it head and shoulders above any macro.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pilsner, toasted, cracker, and pale malts with some lager yeast and grassy notes.

Taste: Nice malt bill with lager yeast and grassy hops in the rear. Light bitterness too. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light bodied, medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: Pretty decent lager. I'd revisit it again.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Smell is of bread, crackers, and a very slight citrus aroma. The taste is very bready up front with malt sweetness and a crisp finish. Not bad as a sessionable summer beer, but nothing special either.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smelled kind of skunky when I opened the bottle, may have been the age or something. Pours a rather bright yellow color with a good but think head. Lacing is good as well, and carbonation is plentiful throughout the enjoyment of this brew. The initial taste is pretty much what you would expect with a lager. Light but slightly bitter throughout to the finish. Overall, I like this beer, it is light so great for summertime and is smooth. My only complaint might be only that is lacking a little flavor.

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Photo of CHickman
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours crystal clear piss yellow color which is close to water looking, with a 1 finger snow white creamy sort of head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. Bubbles flow up the middle for some active carbonation.

Smells of earthy floral hops, lemon zest, grains, vegetables, bread crust and a sweetness that's either malt driven or compliments of the hops. Pretty nice for a pale lager.

Tastes pretty much like it smells but with more citrus hops and yeast or some kind of wet cracker; like the nose it has the earthy floral hops, lemon, toasted grains, vegetables, bread crust, a slight metallic flavor and a general sweetness that's more grainy and almost like twigs or dry leaf. Decent balance and enough flavor to go down easy.

Mouthfeel is watery and very thin with a light body, very mild carbonation and a grainy finish that's on the sweet side with a little citrus bitterness that just nips your tastebud. Overall it was good, just not very exciting. A good beer to drink on a hot summer day as it's airy and quenching.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a golden color lager with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of light adjunct notes with some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by residual sugar notes with some light adjunct notes and some residual sugar notes. Finish is quite bland. Body is about average with good carbonation. Bland but refreshing lager which was to be expected.

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Photo of JBGOODE
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lager, that is not too my liking. Tasted weak and uneventful. Part of a sampler pack of 4 Kona types.The IPA was the only beer that I would maybe buy again. The other 3 were not for me.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellow in color with a pure white head created with a vigorous pour.

Aroma is slightly malty, slightly sweet. Honestly, nothing is really notable about the aroma, I'm just trying to force something out of it here.

Pale malts and grains make up the flavor profile. An ever-so-light touch of something bitter. Probably not enough to keep most beer geeks interested.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love how the style of this brewer is to incorporate the fruits common in places like Hawaii. This variety is a lager weighing in at 4.6% ABV. What it lacks in potency it makes up for in appearance and flavor.

Look-It pours a crystal clear golden yellow with large carbonation bubbles sticking to the glass. The color is brilliant and reminds me of the golden yellow sun glinting off the Hawaiian sea. The head starts out fluffy and thick like lazy puffy cumulus clouds floating in the spring afternoon sky. However, it disappears shortly, but leaves a little bit of fine sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of fruity malts with a weak tinge of citrus-floral hops. The malts are grainy and dominant, but with a hint of honey.

Taste-This lager deserves the name since it is a malt forward brew which focuses on the Hawaiian fruits. I taste pineapple, mango, and roasted grains, with a floral and citrus hop tinge at the back. The flavors swim with fruits and grains and tropical notes. As a lager, however, they focus on the grains and honey-based malts instead of the natural citrus and floral components from the hops which are subtle at best.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth and crisp as well as moist. It is light-bodied and subtle I would say, but then again I am a hop head. It has an moist feel also and a slightly dry finish.

Overall-I would say that this beer is refreshing and straightforward, but some of the fruits don’t come out clearly enough. I remember their castaway IPA and I tasted very clearly a plethora of traditional Hawaiian fruits. Enjoy this on at least one occasion.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pored into a pint glass. Not much head as to be expected. Aroma is mild. Not much of anything going on. Flavor is somewhat standard lager but better. Actually a hint of malted barley and hops in the flavot but not much. Very smooth and refreshing. A tad overpriced for what it is but its pretty good. It goes great with summer foods like ribs and bbq. And is great and keeping you cooled off on a summer day. But the flavor is a tad lackibg. Overall not bad. Try it when its on sale.

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Photo of kendi18
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a very good summer go to beer. The smell and hop characteristic is rather mild and not overwhelming , but still present. The beer has a wonderful pale golden color and it just screams "easy drinker" and that's why I like it. I wouldn't go with this beer if you live in a cooler climate, but here in sunny Florida its just what I drink daily. It's readily available too for a couple bucks more than bud light price. Go ahead and try it I recommend it.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for a summer day sitting on the porch. The smell and taste tack me back to sitting on the beach in kona. Floral and light taste that is crisp and makes you feel the warmth of the sun. Light golden color

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw color, creamy white head. Faint malt smell. Tastes of sweet malts, not much hop presence. Medium bodied, light, fairly carbonated. Clean finish. Refreshing.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
1.79/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A pretty pale golden lager. Had a large white head. This beer hardly has a smell to it, only had a trace of malts. Could taste a hint of fruit. It was very watered down.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
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