Longboard Island Lager | Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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 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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +1.8%
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 -10.4%
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 -12.5%
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 +3.9%
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 -2.7%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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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