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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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635 Reviews

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Reviews: 635
Hads: 2,433
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 29.59%
Wants: 51
Gots: 569 | FT: 3
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: 635 | Hads: 2,433
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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Photo of hiikeeba
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up Clear golden with a thin white head.

S - A little underwhelming aroma of malt.

T - Starts off malty, hops slowly work through to finish on the sides of the tongue. Beer finishes slightly sweet. Very nice.

M - Carbonation adds to the mouthfeel.

D - This is an extremely drinkable beer. It doesn't overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of JBogan
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A pale golden color greets you along with almost no head or lacing. Not an attractive brew.

Sweet smelling, with a hint of hops and a small citric presence.

Tasted of sweet malt with some grains, maybe a bit of breadiness.

Mouthfeel was good, although a bit on the thin side. Still, it was crisp and somewhat refreshing.

I wasn't knocked out by this beer. There wasn't anything offensive about it, but it wasn't very memorable either.

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Photo of RadNitroMan
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Found at new store near home that is trying to give some variety. That is good. Purchased bottles, poured into pint glass.

A - Nice clear gold with a hint of orange. Weak head that fades quick. Almost nothing left after a minute.

S - Slight grainy scent with typical hoppy tinge. Just a hint of citrus fruitiness.

T - Starts a little sweet, good carbonation, hops come in slow. Finishes with just a little bitterness. Not bad.

M - Not much here. Very thin, but clean.

D - Quite nice, it is not a Mozart concert, but it has personality enough to keep you interested. Without becoming the center of attention.

I am looking for the brew on tap, my new store is a little pricy on this one for what it is.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.26/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Saw the tap handle and assumed it was a new microbrew added by a distributor here in NC. Asked about it and the distributor rep happened to be there and offered to buy me one. Free beer... no reason not to like it right?

Upon the smell, I could tell it was nothing special

Smell was a typical macro lager smell nothing else. My mind thought AB product (I was right).

Taste was exactly the same a typical macro lager with nothing really to make it stand out as different except it might have had a bit more malt flavor rather than clean rice flavor.

Pass this one up before it starts taking tap handles and shelf space from quality stuff.

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Photo of Onslow
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at local drunk bar -all stars- ... Looks like a regular ole Lager ... smell seems quite average to, but better than any BMC ... Is enjoyable! ... quite full for a widely available lager ... try it at a bar but i can't see buying a sixer of this ...
"not quite ants at a picnic"

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells pleasantly malty with a hoppish edge.

Pale golden, clear, mild head with milder retention.

Soft malt graces my tongue like a blanket. A little hop flavor with ample (and welcomed) bitterness comes into focus really balancing the equation. Good viscous body with laid back crisp carbonation.

Not bad, not bad. I might very well add this to my rotation of medium-bodied, no-brainer lagers.

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Photo of mattster
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Pilsner glass.

Pours a 1" head, dies down to .25" of foam with lots of bubbles. Color is mostly clear/slightly hazy light yellow brew with some bubbles floating to the top.

Smell is of light hops and malts with faint herbaceous notes. Taste isn't bad, but it is not great either. It taste mostly like malt/adjuncts - just a straight beer flavor without bitterness or bad aftertaste. Nothing major - nothing worth writing home about, but still a decent brew.

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Photo of phishgator
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Not a big head and not a lot of carbonation. Looks to be unfiltered or at least a chill haze. The color is a pale straw. The aroma is a mix of malt, lemon zest, and cloves. The taste is slightly like a hefe-weizen, but not as much banana. The body is smooth and there is a ligering tartness in the aftertaste. An easy drinking session beer, but I'm not sure that it is the ideal lager; at least IMO. I'm going to try it on draft this weekend to see if there is much difference.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from a jenny lou's in beijing.

apparently this is a seasonal import from www.realbeer.com.cn, which also brings a bunch of other american craft brews to china.

clear golden straw color, decent head soon fades to ring and a few wisps. lacing is very sparse.

aroma is faint hop grassiness, very faint malt and yeast. and uh oh... may even be some DMS...

palate is again weakly malty, with some hop bitterness almost overpowering. again some DMS, and even some medicinal notes... not a good sign...

not too watery, lively carbonation.

hmm... not impressed.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark straw in color with crystal clarity. Small white head is nice looking. Plenty of bubbles to keep the head about 1/4" in size for most of the session.

Aroma was malty with a slight hop aroma. Im guessing it is something light, like Saaz. Not overly exotic or powerful. Some grass and straw aromas as well.

A little sweet in the taste for me. Sweet up front but a nice little bite toward the end. Sticky sweet grainy. Sticky on the tongue and teeth and overall, a little on the sweet side.

Not bad but not great. An average lager from the Big Island.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 6-pack at BevMo for $7.99 and poured into a pils glass. Has a clear light gold color, moderate level of carbonation, and a foamy white head that displayed good retention and left streaks of lace on the walls of the glass.
Nose is full of sweet malts with a modest undercurrent of floral hops.
Taste is predominently that of pale grains and a fruity sweetness before a soft lingering taste of herbal hops in the finish. Not bad.
Feel was medium- to light-bodied, a tad slick but refreshing.
Drinkability is right up there as a decent summertime refresher. As the days get warmer, I can envision Longboard being a convenient kick-back-and-relax session brew.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.