Longboard Island Lager
Kona Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
Ranked #384
Ranked #48,996
3.39 | pDev: 15.04%
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
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
Reviews: 786 | Ratings: 3,041 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BNSlums from Washington

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw out of the bottle into a wine glass. Moderate slow rising carbonation with a frothy white head. Crystal clear clarity. A touch of hop spice on the nose and ever so slight malt sweetness, akin to corn but more balanced. Minor floral notes, none specific. It is sweeter on the palate with a fantastic surprise of pineapple halfway through. Not pineapple juice but the actual fruit, well balanced with the delicate hop spice. I could see this pairing with barbecue as well as kale. It is hop forward, then fruit, then malt and nearly no alcohol taste. The feel is fuller than anticipated from 4.6 abv and appreciated. Smooth, slick and just a tad chewy. Carbonation feel is light.

I do enjoy this as a better-than-macro lager if I steer from the German styles. The fruit hints are great and harder to achieve in lager, being very gentle here. Surely a summer sipper with modest class.

Today at 03:46 AM
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 3/28/21, so 4 months old.

Looks okay in the glass. Pale yellow body with good carbonation. Small white head shrinks to a ring and faint covering, little in the way of lacing.

Aroma is beery and lagery, not in a good way.

On tasting though, quite clean. Light, smooth, easy drinking, no nasty aftertaste. A bit on the thin side.

Mouth between thin and medium, finish clean.

Overall, simple enough beer, just doesn't inspire much.

Sunday at 01:40 AM
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than the typical lager. Low carbonation, no foam. Slightly hoppy but it's quite sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet for this style. It's refreshing though.

Jun 27, 2021
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RMF5630 from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Maybe it is because I am drinking it in Kona. Let's see how it translates to the mainland! Just a good light lager that you can drink and not feel full and does not overpower the food you are eating. Also, the bottle, artwork and feel make it easy to have in your hand and around. It is not going to win any contests and it will not blow away the IPA beer snob crew, but for the people that enjoy a cold beer that goes down easy and compliments your food. I recommend it. Note: My wine drinking wife likes this beer too, but that could be a Kona thing too...

Apr 26, 2021
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Flowbeer from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just got off work and bought a 6-pack. I decided to try Longboard Island Lager, instead of Coors Or Miller High Life, and I’m glad I did! I opened the bottle and took a sip of it and was glad it wasn’t skunky or too hoppy. J then took a longer pull off it and it just went down so crisp & refreshing, I thought I had found the perfect lager beer! I had to join Beer Advocate to share my opinion on this crisp, quenching, Summery lager that kinda reminded me of the way I felt when I first tried Lone Star last Summer.
I love how other reviewers talk about the “straw color” or “nice lacing”, but I’m the kinda guy who likes to drink bottled lagers from the bottle! I may drink stouts or ales in a glass, but it’s already getting hot in Georgia and I’m not here to look at the “pale head” or “lacing”!
This is a damn good lager and I was glad it wasn’t too hoppy, like other ‘Laguna’-types I’ve tried.
I just had to get on here and give this fine, refreshing beer a 4.75, because only God could produce a better lager!

Apr 12, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is a pale yellow with a thin disappearing head. On the nose it is sweet and crisp. On the palate it is cracker like with faint grassy hops. The body is thin but the carbonation is nice a pointed. Overall, its not great but does have its place.

Mar 03, 2021
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rekiwi from California

4.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you're looking for a hoppy, complex beer, then why are you drinking this? Seriously. In the world of clean, crisp, refreshing lagers, this brew stands out. Malt and hops are well balanced. One of my favorite session beers.

Feb 27, 2021
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

1.71/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

Review: 355ml bottle of Longboard Island lager: 4.6% vol.

Available all year round this quintessential beach beer comes in cans and bottles, and on draft in Hawaii.

Cool logo on the bottle, of surfers on low tide, the problem with this is that it doesn’t look like a beer at all, more like something that advertises a fizzy pop. Bottle top is cool though as it has a pic of a lizard, the emblem of the company.

On pour I get a standard looking lager, clear golden colour with a nice frothy white head, which diminishes fast enough. Typical lager look.

The smell is very light, of grains and sweet malt, it is ok but very faint and weak……..

Nice crispy mouthfuls initially on the taste, a good start and a refreshing intro to this beer. Tastes like a regular lager and does the business for sure, smooth and easy to drink.

But was a little disappointed as the price was a bit high compared to the many decent supermarket discount beers that can taste about the same or even better…….

Hops are on the very low level and any flavours are barely noticeable in the taste, the malts do make an appearance as you would expect, and it is a clean beer but is far too thin, a bit tasteless to be honest. I can’t imagine it would even taste any better if I was on a beach in Hawaii as the sun shines down on me head.

A simple light lager, ok to drink but nothing extraordinary in an otherwise very crowded market…….something my mother would like to sip at I think! Not terrible just disappointing…….

Dec 21, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pour from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a clear Imperial pint glass provides a look at a very ordinary beer. It's the close to translucent light amber found in most mass produced American lagers. No extra points for head, nor glass lace. There's a slight malt/hop aroma, but one to seek out, not readily available. This beer rebounds, however slightly, with the taste. There's a noticeable improvement on mass produced lagers here. Yes, it is on the sweet side, but the root of the sweetness is the malt, not the corn added to the wort. It's also slightly hoppier than those and actually is a refreshing version of a style not held in high regard.

Dec 12, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazed, bright gold appearance with a small white head and a fair amount of lacing. Subdued, sweet malt aroma. Bready, malty taste with a sweet, fruity edge. Light-to-medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Finish dries out a bit but does not linger very long. Nice, easy drinking, session beer.

Dec 11, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this at Hurricanes Restaurant.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Appears golden yellow with a nice foamy head that lasted and no visible lacing.
Smells lightly bready, malty and sweet.
Taste follows the nose, could be maltier the honey sweet aspect is predominant.
Mouth feel is light for the style.
Overall, I drank two of these with my dinner, so I would say pretty crushable for the style and I might order again.

Nov 15, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nearly clear pale yellow with a fizzy head that blooms up and immediately begins to settle leaving little lacing behind
Aroma: Light bready malt notes, some floral hops, cereal grains, and some honey
Taste: Barley malt and floral hops start off on the sip and linger some before being joined by a honey-like note of sweetness. Grains show up and lead to a light and crisp finish
Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied but light feeling, medium-high carbonation, and a fairly crisp finish
Overall: Drinkable and good but far from outstanding. Nothing off-putting or flawed, just not huge in the flavor department and could use a little more crispness overall and drier finish to really pop in my opinion. Solid enough for a no-nonsense, easy-drinking American lager that I could easily handle a few of in a session

Oct 14, 2020
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Shelbs90 from Montana

4.16/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice and golden look with hints of nutty scent. it tastes amazing. crisp with great aftertaste. 2nd kona beer i’ve tried and i really enjoy it. nice light and smooth beer for casual drinking.

Oct 10, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L:. Pours a brilliant straw yellow with a small white head and no lacing.

S:. Fresh grain, a bit of toasted bread, a touch of sweetness, and a light hop, kinda a weak aroma.

T: A bit of grain a touch of sweetness, a light hop, there isn't much here.

F:. A touch watery and a light body.

O:. This is a pretty bland beer.

Sep 21, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle dated 4/7/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent pale yellow with about one finger of white head. Poor retention, average lacing.

Smells of grain, mainly corn and maybe just a bit of fresh baked bread.

Taste is pretty weak. Really doesn't taste like much at all. Maybe a touch of grain and a hint of skunkiness.

Mouthfeel...Well it's thin and fairly smooth which isn't surprising given the taste. Bit of skunky aftertaste.

Overall...This is my first experience with a Kona beer and it's not a great one. Glad this beer was a gift and that I didn't spend my own money on it.

Sep 13, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold, half finger of white head, decent retention, spotty lace
Sweet, grainy, corny malt
Tastes like it smells
Light bodied, refreshing, good carbonation

Aug 18, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad Am Lager at all! The taste is pleasant without too much hop bite or aftertaste. Nothing super awesome about the flavor but it goes down smoothly and is refreshing. Pours nicely and I would not mind having it again.

Jul 11, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a date

Looks great, clear with a nice cap that sticks around. Smells like grain and hop; solid scent. Tastes like a 'double lawnmower beer' - easy to drink but with extra malt and hops, crushable and tasty.

Good bad beer is how I'd describe this

Jun 19, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a legitimate white head that sticks around longer than most yellow American lagers. Leaves some lacing as well. Aroma is sweet corn and saltine crackers. Flavor follows the nose, sweet without much hop bitterness. Feel is light and breezy, well carbonated. Overall a pretty good lawn mowing beer.

Jun 17, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Straw yellow in color, clear, and big frothy head that largely dissipates, leaving behind a one finger lacing.
Smell - light biscuits, a slight whiff of white pepper, but not much else. no skunkiness like some adjuncts, but nothing too fragrant either.
Taste - light in taste. Some malts balanced by a tiny bit of hops initially, which goes away quickly. finish is very clean.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, and low ABV (though normal for the style) at 4.6%.
Overall - this is a standard american lager, through and through. No funky smells/flavors like adjuncts, but really not much to write home about either. It gets the job done.

Jun 13, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours translucent, yellow straw body with small white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: not much of a smell, subtle lemongrass notes.
T:sweet, malt notes, kind of a sweet corn taste to it.
M: light and crisp; pretty refreshing
O: ok beer overall; sweet corn taste seemed a bit off, but a refreshing beer.

Jun 06, 2020
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jimbrinkruff from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

These are harder and harder to come by. First Red Hook then Kona. If they don’t sell, InBev/AB pulls it. This is a great lager beer. Very similar to German Helles style. Very drinkable, relatively Low ABV. It is a crisp lager and one of the best for the price. Definitely a summer beer and great in Hawaii where it’s summer year round. Get it while you can.

May 16, 2020
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with a slight ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass. Malty aroma with just a slight hint of floral bitter hops. Taste is the same with a slight lime finish. Slightly carbonated and a tad effervescent. There is nothing remarkable or offensive about this beer. Middle of the pack. Taste sort of like a Mexican macro-lager. Would pair well with any cuisine that you wish to wash down with your basic cold one.

Apr 04, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

2.72/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Meatier than an adjunct lager, with some malt backbone adding grain and body, and a mildly bitter hop profile; this weekend I've had some Labbatt Blue and Moosehead Lager and I'd say this beer was a little less compelling than either of those - decent to drink, but ultimately forgettable...

Mar 08, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

KONA brew Co's Longboard is an example of mass disturbed 'crafty' beer from AB-InBev - priced at 8.49 for 6 this beer is offered in both cans, bottles, and draught. Today's sample is from a 12 fl oz brown bottle - October 22, 2019, production date, and at 4.6% ABV this lager is nearly pushing the freshness date here in Feb.

Pours a lovely golden color with a small retaining white head and average lacing throughout the highly carbonated beer.

Smells of light juicy hops and a mellow sweetness with tones of carbonation dissipation from the pour.

Tastes as it smells, which is a good thing, with notes of hops up front, a bit of carbonation and malt hit the tongue in the middle, and a soapy hop with sweet malts rears the finish with a bit of barely. Hops are a mix of Mt. Hood and possibility Hallertau hops?

Mouthfeel is clean, though a bit of acidity does faintly linger from the hops. Very drinkable, might be a bit too flavorful for the BMC drinker.

Feb 23, 2020
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