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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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646 Reviews

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Reviews: 646
Hads: 2,481
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 29.59%
Wants: 58
Gots: 599 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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: 646 | Hads: 2,481
Photo of xgabe
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -4.7%
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 +16.9%
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 +10.1%
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 -2.4%
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 +21.3%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of a keg at the Mensa AG in Denver, Colorado. It comes out a nice dark amber with a fairly substantial head, better than most lagers. Aroma is nice and malty with a touch of hops. Flavor is strong and malty, and has a substantial hop component - there is just a whisper of evergreen. Mouthfeel is lively, zingy and sassy, making it a delight to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium-colored gold with minimal head that died quickly. A weak smell, but some bread malts and yeast come through. The taste is better, as it has some sweetness and fruit flavors (not as much citric as tropical) mixed into the malts, think bready, doughy malts. Gives the beer a bullish medium body that fills the mouth and has a nice touch as it passes the tongue. A filling beer, somewhat, this was nice to throw down and I'd take another one if offered.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My girlfriend has bought a few varieties from the Kona Brewery over the last few months, and I have not been impressed. We'll give this one a try. These are pretty cheap beers, I think around the $7 range for a six pack. I poured one of these bottles into a Weizen Glass as I don't have any Pilsener Glasses currently and it is the closest thing.

One finger white head with little retention. Heavy visual carbonation. Transparent yellow color. No lacing.

Smells like your average yellow beer, but the aroma is a bit stronger. Malty and somewhat biscuity; the ingredients don't seem like the cream of the crop.

Taste is very watery up front with a low quality malty finish.

More medium bodied than your average yellow beer. Watery and fizzy. With this not being as light, the drinkability is affected, and this I believe is the one characteristic these type of beers have going for them.

This one is an above average yellow beer as it actually has detectable flavor. For the price, however, I'd have to recommend something else.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bit of a hazy amber with a soft looking barely off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lace as is rapidly falls to nothing.The nose is slightly floral with some grainy notes.The taste is fresh and doughy with toasted wheat breads and some slightly sweet malts in nice balance.A light thin body could have used some more balls,overall a easy drinker for the beach or anytime I guess,finishes clean and refreshing.

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

Pours a toasted straw color with a small white head that dissipated into a light ring around the glass. Very much looks like a Bud. The aroma is quite faint but I pick up some light grain and honey notes, perhaps a very subtle spice. The taste is of grassy grains, touch of honey, wheat malt characteristics which gives it that subtle spice, a touch bready. The feel is light to moderate with nice tingly carbonation, finishes very balanced and neutral. A very light all malt lager that is quite refreshing. I like the initial wheat characteristics but that does fade away as you get closer to the end of the glass. A very nice summer brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up with the rest of the now available lineup the other week and grabbed this one last night as the second one I was going to try. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass and served right out of the fridge.

Appearance - Poured a very carbonated and crystal clear hay colored yellow. A nice three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top, settled quickly and only left behind minimal lace.

Smell - The aroma was very light. Some grains in there, wheat and a touch off bready malts. Some biscuit like aroma as it began to warm up some.

Taste - There was much more of the same in the flavor. Not a bad macro, but the style leaves little room for complexity. Nice grain profile with a touch of wheat. Some nice earthy malt flavors, a touch of light bittering hops towards the finish, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel - A decent feel on this one, as the body was very light and the carbonation profile was well established.

Drinkability - This was one that was very easy to throw down. In fact it went do so quickly I had to go get another to finish dinner, which does not usually happen. So needless to say it's a drinker.

Overall not bad, I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I have to admit this was much better then most. It at least had a slight variation and some flavor to it. An easy choice for a party or beach day. I don't know if I would purchase again, but if I saw it around I would have no issue in having one.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six at Green's in Myrtle Beach, SC. Packaged date of 05/18/08 so this was a fresh bottle. 12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a rich, golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head. The aroma is malty grains, hay and just a slight hint of grassy hops. The taste is just a little better than your typical American Macro Lager, at least there is a little flavor there, some malty grain with a spicy hop finish. Not a bad lager, really quite refreshing, but it just doesn't stand out.

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

12oz bottle served in a nonic glass bottled on Mar.19 08 on bottle. Got this beer from my friends Pam and Brian who brought it back on a recent trip to Hawaii to get hitched. Brian must have like this beer since it was a sixer when he bought it and all i got was 2 beers out of it. The beer was a deep golden color with and 1" creamy bone white head that dissapates on the quick side to a thin creamy coating,not much carbination visiable.
Sweet candied malt aromas,lighty toasty with some berry-like fruityness. Clean with no hop notes to speak of.
Light malty flavors with some slight cloying,a good bit of fruityness,berry-like with some English character.Good,clean taste,refreshing,finishes with a dry grassy,astrigent feel.
Light to medium bodied,an easy drinking beer with enough taste to keep me interested on a nice summer day.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head with decent retention that fades 1/2 way down the glass. Clear orange in color.

Smell is of some faint pale and a little crystal malts. Some lime and citrusy flavors come through, but it's pretty clean.

Clean pale malts with some lime and citrusy undertones with a mild hop bitterness.

Clean mouthfeel with low moderate carbonation that is clean and refreshing.

Very clean flavors and easy to drink. A bit one dimensional and nothing very special, but a nice summer time beer never the less.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow color with fluffy white head. Like a lager.

Clean crisp malty smell but not much there. It doesn't smell like corn or rice so I guess that's a good thing.

Grassy, sweet malty taste, exactly what you'd expect, with good clean hop bitterness.

Light and easy-drinking mouthfeel.

A very good all-malt lager but probably not worth the premium cost unless you are in Hawaii (in which case I'd drink a lot of it).

Tasted on 5/7/08.

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Photo of Overlord
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad macro lager.

Pours the familiar golden yellow with a large white head. Smells of lager malt, with a bit of yeastiness to it. Taste is basically straight malt with a bit of citrus zest and yeast.

Palatable, decent, I'd order it over a Bud or other macrobrew every time.

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Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with a sudsy white head. Clean barley smell with a little sulfur. Very clean malt profile with a small touch of caramel. Soft malt body has a firm quality to it as well. Does that make sense? Medium body with a very mild hop finish. This is a solid example of an everyday European style lager. Nothing fancy, just smooth and clean with no off flavors. Certainly superior to macro lager, although hop and roasted malt geeks will find it bland. Good session lager.

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Photo of joshwlt
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, I think there was some wheat in there along with the barley. Although predominant with barley there is a kinda yeasty, bready, faint cream flavor that sticks around making it not as watery as other lagers. Light hints of sweet fruit and maybe some spice. It was matched by an interesting yet quite subdued slightly spicy hop profile that I could not pinpoint (wasn't too pronounced). A summery beer and a decent american lager. Gave it an average appearance because I couldn't pour it at the bar. Because it maintains my interest while it is light I would match this with any food as long as it didn't include too much dairy.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow with a thin clean white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Clean crisp maltiness. A hint of some fruitiness underneath.

T - Sweet maltiness. Light hop bite on the backend.

M/D - Full bodied and very well carbonated. An easy drinking lager. Great example of what an American lager can be.

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Photo of Neehan
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mexicali-Brews in the NC Outer Banks. Pale, straw-yellow with good active carbonation followed by excellent retention. The smell is a little stale and then it impersonates a typical macro from here, with a stale, bready taste and a heavily carbonated finish. Nothing special here.

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Photo of osi
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good solid head with average lace. Good stickies on the glass though. Looks a little darker than the typical lager. Straw yellow with golden brown tint.

S - Malts, malts malts. The first of the whiff is malt and really distinguished malts on the end as well. In the middle more aromas were hiding. Almost a musty but slightly spicy smell. Intriguing. Also slight hints of tropical fruit.

T - Not bad at all. Definitely malts in there with hints of roasted barley. The spiciness in the nose comes out slightly as well. Finishes slightly bitter as the hops add slightly to the backend..

M - Light to medium body that was very clean. Good level of carbonation which was low but that was all it needed. Felt flat and slick on the tongue and finished clean.

D - This is a very tasty brew. Usually I prefer my good ol ale's for there complexities but this brings more than the usual lager would to the table. Very drinkable and could pair well with a number of meals.

For being affiliated with AB my experience with Kona brewing has been pleasant with this beer and also the fire rock pale ale. I look forward to trying others from their line up.

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Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden color with a nice foamy white head that reduces to wisps of foam in my glass.

It has a nice aroma of bread and grains with a bit of grassy hops.

The flavor is good, with a nice malty character balanced by a bit of crisp hop bitterness and light, hoppy vegetable flavors.

The body is also good. Far from watery, this has a nice heft.

Overall this is a very flavorful lager that isn't too heavy. A great session beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. single bottle,

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow, small white head with good retention, limited lacing.

S: Full of white bread, sourdough, some white grape juice.

T: Bready malt predominately, grape, with crisp grassy hops. Simple, but tasty.

M: Light, smooth and crisp - what you look for in a pale lager, medium carbonation.

D: A very good light lager from Kona. Lots of flavour, but light enough to be easily sessionable.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.