Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,295
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 50
Gots: 456 | 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: 2,295 | Reviews: 647
Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not bad for a pale light lager. Clean and could go well with island cuisine as it has a bit of an edge and more flavor than a regular light lager. Interesting brew from a brewery than makes solid, clean beers.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold pour with white foam. Baked bread nose. Floral and slightly sweet. Lite mouthfeel. Ok lager.

Photo of AuntBea
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing beer but, has a little edge to it.

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't normally reach for a lager, but I really like this one.

Photo of aussiebeer
1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

MIght have to taste this again, going off a 1/2 star rating on Untappd back in 2013, my tastes have changed.... I'll give it another go

Photo of Hopmaniaman
4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic lager. I love it

Photo of panoocha
4.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light taste and light in color. Refreshing.

Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A bright golden yellow, extremely clear. No head. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising through the beer. I love the yellow color, because it really does make the beer look like an exotic "island" lager.

Smell - 3.5/5
Smells like a lager. I have a hard time smelling anythine other than the lager smell (but that's the case with most lagers I try...so maybe it's just my unrefined nose, rather than the beer.) The smell does seem to have a hint of fruitiness to it, almost tropical fruitiness.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet malts, some fruitiness, some "lager taste". I like this lager a lot, because I can really taste the malts. The lager aspect is still very present, but there is a great balance between malts and "lager taste". The beer is quite sweet, with perhaps hints of honey.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, quite crisp, a good amount of carbonation. Smooth, and perhaps a bit syrupy (but only slightly).

Overall - 4/5
This was actually a great lager. One of the best I remember having.

Photo of Ernie_B
4.11/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My go to beer. I always eat this at Islands. This is a refreshing beer at its finest. One of the best lagers available. Crisp, tasteful, and it will make you happy.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A pale golden body with some slowly rising bubbles. A white head recedes to a wispy film. Light lacing.

Aroma: A malty aroma laced with a faint lemongrass hop presence.

Taste: A little sweet maltiness up front with a grassy, hoppy finish. Simple and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light and crisp.

Overall: A very tasty beer, not very complex, but balanced. Refreshing.

Photo of AirynCalle
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Could drink a whole bottle.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Easy drinking, cold and refreshing lager after a long day on the beach.

Photo of bwood06
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Very clear golden in color. Moderate to high carbonation is easy to see. Very thin white head. 3.75/5

S - White bread and some corn. Grassy hops. 3.5/5

T - Dominated by a corniness and grassy hops. Some yeasty white bread is also prevalent. Creamed corn is the major note that I am getting here. 3.25/5

M - Very creamy but also light at the same time. Medium bodied which throws me a bit for such a light beer. 3.5/5

O - This is a beer that I could easily drink on a warm day and enjoy. Creaminess reminds me more of a Cream Ale (like Spotted Cow) than an Island Lager. 3.25/5

Photo of SierraFlight
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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

Light and refreshing - nothing more.

Photo of Skywalker0g
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer and has that aloha taste with it :)

Photo of gopens44
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes, this isn't altogether too bad for what it is. Little biscuity but otherwise very easy drinking.

Photo of Lukasbane
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Willster333
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of supervike
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
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;

Photo of mluchies
4.49/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed at how smooth and great tasting this beer was.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very good alternative to the macro lagers. Satisfying & very clean beer.

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.