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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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627 Reviews

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 2,366
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 50
Gots: 512 | 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: 627 | Hads: 2,366
Photo of joshwlt
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of Neehan
2.69/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of osi
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of JBogan
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of RadNitroMan
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Onslow
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
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" (284 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of mattster
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of phishgator
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of toolbrew
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Didn't think I would easily find a Hawaiian beer, but luckily I did while in Colorado.

For a lager it looks on point - poured clear yellow with a large head. Lacing and some retention.

Light malty smell with a minor hop nose. Great for the style of beer it is.

Light malty flavor with a slighty bitter finish.

Light body. Great sensations on the tip of my tongue and the rear of my mouth.

Great beer for a summer day. I could see myself enjoying these beers and lounging outside.

Message in my bottle cap: "Aloha Goodbye" (533 characters)

Photo of Portertime
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never had a Hawiian beer before. I must say I am quite impressed. I poured this one into a pint glass and examined it. Had a nice golden color with a decent head. Smelled mlaty and a bit citrusy. Taste was surprisingly good with a tuch on the malty side but very drinkable. I could see sipping this iced cold on a beach in Maui watching my daughter build a sand castle. Aloha! (383 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated Feb1508. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head. The aroma is malt, grain, hay and just a slight hint of grassy hops. The taste is just a slight step up from your typical American Macro Lager taste with some malt, grain and a slightly spicy hop finish. Overall, I am not a huge fan of this lager, it just blends in with all the rest and doesn't really offer anything that makes me want to purchase again. (467 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a light orangish color with a really good head that showed a great deal of retention. Very nice lacing for a lager.

S: Big and malty with light amounts of hops.

T: This is not a bad for a lager. It's much better than the standard american macro. It has a wonderful malt base with just a hint of hops.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Pretty good for a lager.

Overall: I am an ale man, and tend to shy away from lagers unless there is nothing else offered. That being said if I am gonna drink a lager this may be the one. It's much better than the american lagers put out by the big american brewers. (603 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Clear light golden or straw in color with white bubbly head that is mostly a ring.

Sweet biscuity malt scent, slightly fruity with light floral hops over carbonic whiffs.

Pretty aggressively carbonated which stings the tongue, but less so than a macro all-malt.

Smooth and crisp, well-balanced lager. Actually not too bad, despite everything the appearance and aroma tell me. Slightly sweet and roasty, biscuity malt flavor that is balanced by a hop bitterness that builds towards the finish and is actually quite bitter, almost pilsner-like.

Surprisingly, this stuff isn't bad! I would actually drink this stuff again. (624 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was served this beer from a keg at the Portland Oregon Spring Beer Festival on March 21, 2008.

A: It poured a cloudy yellow body with organge highlights and an ivory robust head. The head retained well and left a moderate curtain of lace.

S: It had a standard lager grain and sweet lightly roasted malt odor. There were hints of bitter hops and spices.

T: Like many lagers it is dominated initially by flavors of grains and malts. This initial flavor is followed by sharp bitter hops and then it finishes with sweet malts.

M: It was a light bodied brew with a creamy and smooth profile and a dominating "lager" profiles (e.g., grains, hops).

D: Not bad for a lager. .. (677 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice crisp lager. Perfectly clear and a bright pale golden color. Fairly decent head retention, which does a good job hanging in there for 5 minutes before falling away into a tight lacing.

Super clean aroma. malt backbone with the slightest hint of hops. Very fresh smell.

Smooth medium body. A tad bit of spicy hops in there just to balance and compliment the malt.

It's hard to do a good lager. Usually it either tastes like water, tastes 'soggy', or has some skuzzyness. THis one is really clean and well done. I cna close my eyes and imagine sitting on a beach in Kona drinking this one. (599 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle, into a mug glass. It does make a nice pour, crystal clear very pale gold, but with a creamy half-inch head on top. Sweet malt aroma, with a light touch of perfumy hops. Flavor is sweet, but not too grainy, with a nice sweetened breakfast-cereal touch (that sounds odd as a pleasant characteristic, but it just reminds me a little of fruit loops). Bitterness is low but detectable. Good body for the style, a little creamy. (436 characters)

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.