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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 GoodKnight1220
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer straight out of the bottle. Even though it was hard to tell the appearance it felt and tasted like it would be a light golden yellow.

Smell was a yeasty, grain, and light malt smell like many lagers, nothing too impressive.

Taste was much like the smell with the exceptional hint of floral hops and light citrus near the end and through the slightly bitter after taste. Almost like a pale ale finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp, and well carbonated.

Could drink this with ease and woul again, but nothing too special.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a packaged on date of July 15, 08. Pours a medium straw yellow with a 2 finger head, OK longevity and OK lace. Nice honey, lemon and malt smells mixed with just a touch of hop floralness. Big honey and lemon flavors and good malt too. Nice hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Crisp, spritzy and fairly easy drinking. A nice beer.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Well, for a lager it's about right, just a slight sweetness and fruitiness.

Appearance: A bit more pale than the run of the mill lagers and the head from this bottle is a bit weaker than expected.

Flavor: I like it. When I think of lagers this is what I expect with no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: It's OK but it could use more carbonation with the associated bite.

Overall: Within the class of Lagers this a really good beer and should be given a test drive by all interested parties.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with lots of carbonation.

S: Slight sweet malt smell -- very slight.

T: Great beer! I wasn't expecting much, but tasted wonderful. It had a slight sweet, lemony taste, but not too much that it would overwhelm the flavor. There is a nice bitterness, much like a pilsner. Finishes dry.

M: Smooth, with high carbonation.

D: Easy session beer, especially when you drink it out in the islands right outside the beach (like how I drank it!).

Conclusion: Tasted more like a pilsner, a good one at that (best one I had if it is). I don't think it is much of a all-malt lager. I'd say it is a pilsner. But whatever it is, you won't go wrong with this beer...trust me!

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Photo of changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too great here but I was pretty impressed with the Kona Brewing Company on my trip to Maui. Pours a yellow color, some head, and a little bit of lacing. Pretty good flavor for a lager. Tastes like a typical lager except for a little lemon zing they put in there which I suppose makes it more appealing. Makes it a decent choice in the hot weather in Hawaii. A slight bitter aftertaste. I'd get it again but it ranks third out of the three beers I sampled from Kona.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small, white head on a clear, light golden colored body. Leaves moderate lace.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with a hint of herbal hops and a bit of green apple.

T - Smooth, grainy sweetness up front, followed quickly by herbal hops. The finish is mildly bitter and crisply dry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nicely balanced light lager that is easily drinkable. The hops dominate the malt for a refreshing finish without becoming too intense for the style. Certainly not an exciting beer, but easy to drink and quite nice for what it is.

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Photo of glid02
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Six Feet Under in Atlanta.

Pours a completely clear gold color with a one-finger white head that recedes into absolutely nothing. There's virtually no lacing.

Smells very grassy. As the beer warms it smells slightly sweet.

Tastes grassy up front, and as the beer warms it gets sweeter. Not great but not bad.

Mouthfeel is average. Pretty thin, and the carbonation is pretty intense. Regardless, it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is OK. As I stated before it's pretty smooth, but there are no extremely redeeming qualities.

Overall this is not a great lager. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of scooter231
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pale straw gold color, no head, no lacing. Lagery but not particularly appealing looking. Nose is mostly sweet malts, some honey scents. Sweet.

Tastes like... heineken. That grassy, lemony, kinda flavor. It's not bad, just not what I'd prefer. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. This is refreshing, probably great on a super hot day. But overall I'd rather have a Brooklyn Lager.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried at brew club's lager tasting

A - Light golden, moderate head, and light carbonation.

S - Malt and peaches. Slightly sulphuric :(

T - Malt and peaches.

M - Like the peach fruit, this is a "dry" lager. Light carb too.

D - Not as good as others but slightly drinkable.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale Golden Yellow with a minimal amount of head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Sweet and Malty!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Just like the smell indicated: It does have a sweet and malty twinge to it. It is also very crisp, and has a slight earthy taste to it. Very light while laeving the mouth with a sense of fullness. Good.

Drinkability: For those malt-heads out there, this one is a no-brainier! Easily could drink these on the lanai or at the beach. Plus who doesn't love a beer company that puts Hawaiian words under the bottle caps (You get smarter by drinking Beer). Just fyi, I got: kIhA = Burp

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Photo of WesWes
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pilsner malt scent that's a bit sweet smelling along with a faint hop aroma. It's dry with some Mexican lager yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with a lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is an above average lager when compared to the macros, but that's not saying much.

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

Appearance- This beer poured a pale yellow with a descent size white head. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell- It had a nice, clean malty smell too it.

Taste- Very good for a lager. Wonderful, refreshing malty flavors with a nice hoppy bitterness which created a nice balance.

Mouth Feel- A nice medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A fantastic lager. I went into this expecting a typical macro style lager but was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Nice light beer with pleanty of flavor. I would love to be sitting on the beaches of Hawaii drinking this one!!

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very average lager color, no real individuality but not bad either. smell is average, has some mild hop and malty aromas. taste is ok, not super great, but isn't bad has a nice flavor but isn't overly impressive. mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but isn't bad.

first beer from hawai'i, isn't half bad

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Photo of BeerSox
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Thin white head that settles to almost nothing. Bright straw hue with thin columns of bubbles rising to the top.

Very light grainy aroma with no hops to speak of.

Not much flavor at all, grain or hops. A bit of grain is in there with somewhat of a husky finish. Light bodied with good carbonation.

I feel I have had better all-malt lagers. While any beer like this will go good on a hot summer day, may as well pick something that's a cleaner grain flavor.

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Photo of stephens101
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale orange with a slight off white head. Smelled a bit of ripe bananas and malt. Tasted malty with some nice fruitiness and hops. Light bodied with fairly active carbonation. Not the best of the Kona bunch, but no big complaints here, as they now quality brews no matter the style.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that disappears pretty quickly. the aroma has some characteristics of a belgian white, a little bit of spiciness, malt and hops there, same with the flavor reminds me of... well, something I wouldn't expect to find in the tropics, but the medium-full body and the tingly carbonation make it a pretty good beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last remaining bottle of my six pack which I bought at Old Town Liquor in Temecula, CA, on to the beer:

The head is low on this golden straw colored lager. The smell is sweet, lots of pale malt sweetness in there, a little husk and hoppiness. The taste is more of the same as the aroma, very malty for what it is with a pinch of the hops. No complex or off-flavors in ths brew, although fruit syrup is hinted at times. An above average pale lager, a step better than Michelob, and one I would revisit from time to time.

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Photo of yuichituba
4.44/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm a bit bewildered by the reviews that this lager has received. I personally don't care for lagers, if anything, I don't like them. But my mind have been changed by the few lagers i've had and this is one of them. Grant it, it has more of a pilsner-feel to it.

I got this cold, on tap at a steakhouse in Monterey, CA. I was extremely skeptical when my friends got it because 1) it's a lager and 2) it's from Hawaii (sorry!). I don't equate Hawaii with beer like I do with Boston and San Francisco. But when I had it WOWE!!!! It had this crystal clear, refreshing taste to it. The after-taste was something I've never tasted before.

It made sense after my friend reminded me that one of the most important ingredients in beer is water. Hawaii has very clean, pure water there. But they must've done something great to it to be one of only 3 lagers that I find interesting and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of xgabe
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearing to be the slightest bit darker than most lagers, this brew shows that there is no fine carbonation upon pouring... all harsh. Smell is rather pleasant, with good hints of pilsner malts being used. Tastes good; not an exceptional standout, but easily drinkable with a meal. Mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired, though if you're having it with a meal, it's forgotten. All in all, it's a nice beer to compliment a dinner, though not a huge standout.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a stange glass yields a clear golden body capped with a half-finger of soft white foam fed from below by steady steamers of active carbonation. The foam vanishes quickly into a ring that leaves no lacing.

The drink smells softly grainy with a touch of dry malt.

The taste is crisp with a sweet bit of twangy grain and a toasted-bitter finish that lingers.

Thin-bodied and a touch of lightly-carbonated water. Blah. I'm comfortable pouring half of this one down the drain.

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Photo of Alanthebeerguy
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bottle poured into a pint glass. the apperance is gold with a white head that dissolves quickly. the smell is not that impressive but not bad at all. The taste is crisp with a little bit of tropical fruit, pretty good. the mouthfeel is light and easy. Drinkabaility, there is something I like about this beer, it is easy drinking with a good clean taste, not to bad.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp and clear blond with a bright white head that surrenders to a film of microscopic bubbles across the top. Smells like fresh baked bread with faint hints of pine apple. Taste is clean, no over the top hops, clean pale malts remind me again of fresh baked bread. Subtle hints of grapefruit and some tropical floral flavors seem to slip in at the finish. Moderate bitter swallow for the style. Very dry.

What it breaks down to? This is an easy, no thinking required, sessionable beer. That certainly follows the style and I believe the goal of Kona. Longboard Lager could be the perfect gateway beer for those few with the mindset that bud light is the king of beer. I enjoyed mine after finishing up some work around the house and this hit the spot.

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Photo of bboven
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear medium-gold body, tiny ring of head and no lacing.

Smells nice and malty, pretty clean.

Taste is where we hit a wall. There is little hop flavor but a huge bitter finish that definitely is out of place for this style. Hits you like a ton of bricks.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and moderately drying.

I like any kind of hop bitterness, so i can definitely appreciate the flavor. But it's much too highly hopped for the style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dig the '50s postcard label (not the one currently pictured). Also dig the fluffy cap of foam that sticks around a good long time. The color is pretty much your average pale golden lager color...

Aroma is noticeably devoid of the corn-y smell that's present in so many American lagers...but this is an "all-malt" lager apparently, so goodbye adjuncts. Definitely on the sweet side, bordering on cotton candy. Light fragrant hops, kinda flowery, but certainly overtaken by the sweetness of the malt.

Flavor is very good...certainly sweet but balanced. Fresh bread and butterscotch, or butter-rum candy, with hops pulling their weight and adding to the depth of this wonderful lager. Hops rolls in and leave a nice imprint in the finish, balancing the main flavors with herbal bitterness but not getting in the way. Big helping of caramel too, which is supported by the wonderfully creamy, almost gooey mouthfeel. The texture of this beer is about the best I can remember for the style. A joy to keep in the mouth, all rounded and buttery.

Yeah, this is really great. Who knew? Picked up a 6-pack, hoping it would be enjoyable enough to serve as an everyday kick-back beer. And it sure is.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kona- Longboard Lager

A- Bright yellow with a a small soapy head.
S- lemons and light grain malt.
T- Light sweet candy malt with touches of lemon and honey.
M- Sugary sweet and easy on the palatte.

Overall- Good on a hot 4th of July down here in Virginia Beach but otherwise I would avoid. Just to sweet and uninspiring.

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