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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: 2,430
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 29.59%
Wants: 51
Gots: 570 | 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: 2,430
Photo of Chris7482
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: light beer appearance

S: skunky, dank. Not much else

T: typical lager flavor, fairly bland

F: smooth mouthful

O: Standard lager with huge skunky/dank overtones, overall flavor cannot overcome initial smell/tastw

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Photo of car2052
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold appearance. Standard lager smell with a bit of fruit in the nose. Tastes about the same with light bready malts, minimal hop flavor, and an Apple-like flavor. Refreshing. Drinkable.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow, absolutely loaded with tiny bubbles of carbonation everywhere. Forms a short-lived thin white head of foam that leaves no trace at all behind, not even a ring.

S: Doughy biscuit malt opens the scent, which is soon joined by hints of soon-to-be-ripe wheat field and a very faint floral tone.

T: Again with the soft dough biscuit, right up front, tasting much like the inside portion of a freshly-baked torn-apart biscuit. There's some grassiness that comes in, like a timothy hay, and some subtle notes of apple and pear, perhaps even some white grape. Underlying all the rest, a floral tone so faint I can scarcely pick it out drifts by, intensifying briefly at the finish.

M: Light in body, crisp on the tongue, with a watery finish.

O: A good example of a pale lager, balanced and subtle.

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Photo of Danderson813
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a pale straw with a small head and not much retention. Aroma is of fruity esters, slight pear or apple to be elaborate. Taste is sweet and crisp with herbal and fruit notes.

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Photo of FLima
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Very light aroma with notes of lemon, grains and a hint of sulfur.
Relatively fruity flavor with sweet malt and dough notes. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light bordering watery body with mild carbonation.
Rounded lager, although it has a low hop level, it has a fruity taste, even more than in most Kolsch beers I tasted. This is way better than most macro lagers.

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Photo of Patkarps
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Really nice beer. Poured from a glass bottle into a Pint glass. Nice head, slightly small. Great taste, with a hint of hops at the end. Overall great beer to drink while relaxing or a night on the town.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Longboard Island Lager brewed by Kona Brewing Co with an ABV of 4.6% This brew pours out a nice clear amber color with a smell white head. The smell is rich with grains and malt. You pick up on some of the sweetness in this brew. The taste is bold with flavor and grains. This brew has a nice balance too it. there is nothing over powering in this brew. I like how this brew has flavor and it goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is n ice also. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I will get this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 3 finger thick head, golden transparent body, and not very much lacing.

I can smell a little bit of hoppiness. Not a whole lot of malt characteristics are present here.

Tastes like very lighy roasted malts, which I like. Hop bitterness is an aftertaste, but it sure is there. Not too overpowering, though. Just enough to get the job done.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Nothing lingers with this brew.

Overall a very solid 4 for Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co. It was 86 with over 50% humidity today here in my neck of the woods in Ohio, and this sure hit the spot. I'll probably buy this brew again.

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Photo of Shadar
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Very, very smooth beer and very drinkable on a hot day or night. I generally loathe lighter beers but this is very enjoyable while being totally boring and bland at the same time. But I can get it for the same price as bud / bud light at a local bar and it is infinitely more enjoyable.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Pretty decent beer. Pours a golden yellow with a slight white head that stays for a little bit before dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with a hint of tropical fruit. Taste is crisp, good amount of carbonation. Nothing extraordinary, but solid beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

I was surprised at the complexity of this beer. Poured out a pale yellow with a rich white head. The smell was a good balance between sweet malt and hops with the malt dominating. A very subtle blend of flavors that while I couldn't pick them all out they work well with each other. The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. This is a good refreshing beer that is perfect for after finishing chores on a hot summer day.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a good head. Very good lacing and retention. Light nose of slightly sweet biscuit over subtle notes of tropical hops. Very nice medium body for a lager with a touch of creamy texture. Above average carbonation level that imparts a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and also clean and crisp. It begins with a light biscuit sweetness that flows into a crisp effervescent light bitterness. Behind the bitterness is a light tropical tartness from the hops. The finish is crisp and effervesces into a slight dryness.

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Photo of DucPilot
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love this beer but cannot get this to pour with a nice head. The head is very thin and gone way too quickly. If it had a better head it would improve its rating.

If anyone out there has found a way to pour this beer and generate a good, long lasting head I would love to hear about it.

I'm glad that I was introduced to Longboard and can get it 5,000 miles from its source.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. A clear, golden appearance with a medium sized white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma of sweet citrus, bread dough, and sweet malt.

Taste is clean, smooth, a bit sweet, and some grassy notes in the malt come to mind up front. Finish is smooth with a some hop bitterness.

Overall, not a bad American lager. Very light bodied, but packs enough flavor to be worth a try.

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Photo of Anasazi
2.23/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A weak beer. Kona Brewing Co. is skimping on the malt. I will never buy another Kona brew again for the price they charge. Weak all the way around and through. A limp ass beer. Their IPA's are terrible. Nothing good to say about it. I'd rate it with bud lite and we all know how that tastes.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was not too impressed. This beer was given to me and I gave it a try. Yellow color with a head that fizzed out pretty quick. The smell was mostly malt although it was hard to find any really outspoken notes from the nose. The taste was very thin with more of a rice/wheat flavor than anything else. It was very crisp which made it decent to just drink in the summer but was forgettable overall.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer for a hot day- not too heavy but rather a light, mellow island brew. Not surprising that its alcohol content is in the four percents.
I was surprised that its appearance was so light- almost turned me off there. Taste was much much better than it looked sitting in the pint glass. Great mouthfeel.
I give it a 3.00 altogether.

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Photo of xgpt
4.76/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent session. At only 4.6% this makes a wonderful session. I could drink this all day at the beach or at a bonfire. Nice and slow the mouthfeel is awesome (for an amateur) and is smooth as glass.

Appearance is a 3 only because I'm sipping straight from the bottle.

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Photo of hreb
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the Widmer facility served in pint glass. Beer pours piss yellow, crystal clear, with a big white head. Marginal to nil aroma. Flavor is bland, lacking any kind of hop character, and with an adjunct sweetness which tries to be inoffensive, and fails in that attempt.

Pretty sure this is better from the Kona brewery. Not a lot better, but it wouldn't take much.

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Photo of avwrite
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%

Decent Lager that's a cut above your average bud or miller. It's cool, crisp, and has more flavor than what's out there. Still, it's not super fine in taste compared to other high quality lagers I have, but it's not bad for something so available.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with no head and some lacing. Nose is very bready with notes of heavy cereal grain and a hint of herbal hop character in the background. The taste is very similar. Light in flavor, mainly bready grains present which almost come through with a stale taste. Lager yeast comes through with a dry quality. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, this beer isn't that great. The breadiness gets in the way of the drinkability.

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Photo of jaredtp
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a really really good beer. I have it every summer and usually year around. I recomend it to friends and family. It is not a heavy beer but it has a really good taste to it. The smell is really good as well. It is a refeeshing beer. Great to sit back with and relax after working al day, or after working outside in the yard.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up as part of a mixed six from Ye Ole Spirits in Frederick because I had not ever had a Kona beer and I figured it was a good time to try them. Not much to look at, thin with not much color. Smell was again disappointing which now had me very pessimistic. And the taste followed. I gave it an okay because I did not mind drinking it but certainly not buy again. I guess if there was nothing else available I would drink again.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a pale orange color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within seconds.
The smell had a somewhat delicate spicy hoppiness.
The taste brought back the light spicy hops and combined nicely with a nice maltiness.
The mouthfeel had a nice smooth yet spiciness running over my tongue.
Overall, this is a nice session pale lager well worthy of having with venison sausage, mmmm....my favorite with this.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color in a 16oz pub glass with a one finger white head that takes it time to dissipate leaving some nice lacing.

I had a hard time getting the smell. Maybe it was me. I smell a little bit of a floral essence.

Taste was there. I got some maltiness that was balanced well with some hops.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice carbonation.

Overall I really like this one. Has a nice hoppiness that balances the maltiness well. I am sure to get this one again.

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