Longboard Island Lager
Kona Brewing Co.

Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager
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From:
Kona Brewing Co.
 
Hawaii, United States
Style:
American Lager
Ranked #248
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
77
Ranked #29,365
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 15.09%
Reviews:
798
Ratings:
2,286
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 09:53 PM
Added:
Aug 07, 2002
Wants:
  76
Gots:
  939
SCORE
77
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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.28 by Perazax from Florida

Yesterday at 09:53 PM
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look- Pale straw, clear, white frothy head, below average lacing, average head retention.

Smell- Floral, biscuit, lemon.

Taste- Biscuit, mildly sweet, grassy, mild lemon.

Feel- Crisp, thin body, mildly dry finish, average carbonation, mild bitterness.

Overall- Crisp lager with a mildly dry finish and very subtle flavor.
Jul 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.6 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2022
 
 
Rated: 2.68 by biteme398 from Virginia

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by xmanden from Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pale gold in color, clear. Not much of a smell. Not much of a head. I wasn’t expecting much from this beer but it did surprise me. The taste was pretty bold with hints of citrus peel. Great carbonation.
Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by nickb2000

3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Nucleated Pilsner

Look: A yellow-gold color and zero haze. The head is white and rich. Initial head was 1 finger and dissipated slowly, leaving wisps behind.

Smell: Light and citrusy. Bright. Hints of malt and hops.

Taste: Light and refreshing. With a hint of the hops at the end and the residing note of malt.

Feel: Its really crisp, and light sipper.

Overall this is a great beer I would buy again.
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2nd Kona beer ever, I don’t remember the 1st but I had the bottle cap sitting on the floor for a year or so.

For being a low abv beer it’s got a decent malt profile. A little spice and pineapple I think idk man. I had the variety pack and that was like 4 beers ago so idk. I think it was worse than big wave but still good. More peppery, malty, and harder to get through compared to big wave. Big wave has that slight ipa hop bitterness with some ingredients that remind me of the ocean. Idk man if your reading this just get the variety pack
Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into the Kona pint glass. This has the classic lager look. One finger of pure white foam that slowly settled to a thin cap that hung around for the duration. This lager is a clear bright yellow with a healthy stream of carbonation racing to the top.
The aroma is malty, sweet, and a touch of cereal is picked up.
The flavor is malty, sweet honey, a little grain, and a touch of peppery hops, slightly bitter, that cuts the sweetness nicely.
This lager has a lighter mouthfeel, and a modest 4.6 ABV making it very easy to sit down and sample a few after a long day on the lake. The flavor is solid, what I want from a lager! Very good Kona.
Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a film on the top

S- slightly grainy malt, a hint of spicy and floral hops, honey

T- slightly sweet and malty up front with notes of toasted malt and honey. Mid-palate gives a hint of spicy and floral hops. The finish is semi-dry, with a linger of toasted grains

M- light body wit medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish
Jun 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.2 by 12ozfan from Illinois

May 30, 2022
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Rated by WYeates from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A golden wheat appearance with a biscuit smell and flavor. A crisp biscuit flavor that goes down clean. Not Kona's best, but it's good.
May 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.45 by Danzifer from Ohio

May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by Mattalica

Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by rabembenek from Indiana

Apr 14, 2022
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Rated by davidward from Florida

3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A better than average American lager.
Mar 24, 2022
 
Rated: 2.86 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Pours a translucent , (almost glass clear), light golden yellow with a really quick dissipating white head.Picking up very little with the exception of a light grain aroma-Taste is smooth,crisp and malty. Feels barely carbonated. Okay flavor profile.Feels like light beer. Not much substance, very water like. It needs more carbonation and more depth and character-Overall their Kona light feels way more substantial than this. In my opinion this beer is not so good. Disappointing to look at and disappointing to taste-
Mar 12, 2022
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Rated by LukeCov49

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Light lager, refreshing on a hot day, but not much flavor
Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.29 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Feb 27, 2022
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Rated by Absolut from California

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
An easy drinking lager. Great choice for a summer bbq
Feb 26, 2022
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Rated by Gatch from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Crushable but otherwise forgettable.
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
I can't believe that I never reviewed this beer, especially on our trip to Hawaii. From an aluminum can, it pours a very pale, lightly hazy, faint yellow color. The head, though, is a tall, tick, and lasting white. The smell is of light malt and a whiff of hops. Light lager scent. The taste is tilted sweet, with a pleasant modesty. Light in body and overall experience, but not bad at all.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by wadamslll

3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Kind of bland. Refreshing but not a lot of flavor. Probably best on a hot day. Little bit of a bitter aftertaste that is not pleasant. Their Golden Ale is better. Still. Better than the macro swills, save for Coors Banquet. The banquet is better.

After drinking more from Kona Costco variety case, 1 case down and nearly half thrust 2nd over past 10 days, this Longboard Lager poured into a glass, is their finest offering. I am now stack ranking the Konas:

Longboard lager
Big wave ale
Pipeline Porter
Mai time light - still sucks. But drinkable.
Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by FZR23 from Romania

Jan 02, 2022
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Rated by Legendary_Geko from Florida

2.06/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
This is one of the worst beers I have ever had. If you have to have a Kona beer, go with a Big Wave
Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by KKinser17

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.49 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.48 by Meddwol from Michigan

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Dec 08, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
light lager - easy drinking but not much taste
Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.34 by icemanexit from Indiana

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Almost looks like "light" beer, but it does contain a little more flavor than typical lite lagers. It's okay, and is well worth the score this site is giving it. Crisp clean but a bit generic. Not much character. I put it under the Big Wave Golden Ale, which had a better everything.
Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by KingLemuel from Washington

3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Overall, I enjoy drinking this beer. It is a little more malty than Bud or Coors, but not too malty and it is a little more bitter, but not too bitter. It is closer to Bud than Samuel Adams in bitterness and taste. The hops are present but they do not obscure the malt flavor as is the case with Full Sail Session Lager. I like it much better than Session. That beer is a C beer while this is a B or a B-. I bought it at Fred Meyers and it was fresh and carbonated. I never thought twice about Bud, Coors, Pabst, Miller High Life, Tecate, etc. etc. being fresh and carbonated! They all are, and they have been for the last 45 years. But several of the craft beers I've bought their have been a bit stale. A six bottle pack of Fat Tire had 3 that were hardly carbonated, and all did not taste fresh.

I like the Longboard Island Lager much better than Kona's Golden ale. IMO, Golden Ale's Citra hops are overdone and obscure the malt flavor. This lager is one of the beer's that I currently buy regularly when I wish to buy a beer that is light and refreshing and easy drinking, yet has good malt flavor and nice flavor accents from the hops. The color is your typical light colored lager and it has a lower ABV feel to it at 4.6% ABV. Smell has never been a big deal when drinking beer as long their are no off smells and there were not.
Nov 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.3 by 9mozingo from Texas

Oct 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by pkalix from California

Oct 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.29 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 18, 2021
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 3084 ratings