Longboard Island Lager
Kona Brewing Co.

Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager
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American Lager
Ranked #426
Ranked #47,155
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: 765 | Ratings: 2,973 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jimbrinkruff
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
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...

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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longboard Island Lager pours a golden color, with a very small head. Sweet aroma, buttery, crisp, hint of skunk. Flavor is nice and crisp, sweet buttery, with a nice flavor throughout. Good feel. Overall, a very nice lager, nice flavors, stays consistent throughout, easy to drink.

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Photo of DrOfGolf
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Gold in color with a slight haze to it. Decent 2-finger head. Light hints of lime on the nose. Low ABV of 4.6%. A really good drinking beer on a hot day, especially after working in the yard.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L- Pale gold, clear, thin white head.
S- Very mild, just a remarkably faint 'beer smell'.
T- It does taste like a lager, and has a slight hoppy edge into the finish. But it also has a touch of sweetness to it that reminds me of adjuncts (I'll check the ingredients later*).
F- There's just about enough hoppy dryness in the finish to save this from a very poor rating. But it comes over as 'adjuncty' and rather artificial.
O- It's a quite disappointing beer. It lacks a clear identify coming over as a generic factory lager with a touch more hopping. I wouldn't buy it again.
Bought from M+S in London/UK 330ml can £2.20 BB: 18/07/2020
* The only ingredient listed on the can is '[contains] barley'. Their website DOES list 'pale premium 2-row malt', but not a full list of ingredients.

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Photo of ASKasten
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes must better as a draft in Oahu. Even though it’s an American lager, hard to classify as such. Hops used taste different, in a good way. Body is crystal clear and it’s feels light. A brew you can drink a few of and not feel “waterlogged.”

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pleasantly surprised by this lager. Definitely going to give it another go when I see it again.

L: 3.75 Light yellow with a fast disappearing white, bubbly head. Great carbonation.
S: 3.75 above average for an American lager.
T: 3.75 Follows the nose.
F: 3.75 Pleasant. Would be willing to drink a few of these in a sitting.
O: 3.75 A lager worth trying if you see it around.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall can into a tap glass.

Pours light gold and crystal clear. Decent head but it quickly subsides. No lacing. Fair carbonation.

The aroma is grainy malt and mild grassy hops. Fairly simple and straightforward.

The brew is skewed somewhat sweet on the palate, but is, in the main, fairly well balanced between sweet, somewhat adjunct malts and mild grassy/floral hops. But nothing remarkable.

The brew feels decent. Medium light with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent, if pedestrian, lager.

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Photo of brewerang
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crisp, clean, and adjunct-free with a nice pop of carbonation--much better than any macro American lager. However, there is just not much flavor here. This works well as a beach beer, but I'd choose a more flavorful German or Czech pils if I craved something light and refreshing.

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Photo of djsranger
2.61/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pretty uninspired lager. Pours a clear yellow with little to no head (not flat). Nothing really distinctive with regard to smell. It is a crisp feeling beer that can work as a summer beer but honestly, there are much better choices out there. Only got this one because they were put of the Aloha Hop Lei IPA (that one is outstanding and highly recommended).

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Photo of adab123
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty solid mass market beer, easy to drink and nothing like piss water. That said, don't fall for the marketing, especially if you have better beers to choose from (like a good Pilsner or IPA). Just because it has a beach on it doesn't make it anything great.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 06MAY19; purchased single off shelf... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: polished-clear, pale yellow-gold liquid; white head fizzled immediately; no lace

S: lemon-peel citrus overtone, lightly-toasty cereal grain background, maybe a soft note of honey; little-to-no overt hop character... mellow-moderate intensity overall

T: fruity corn-based breakfast cereal, like a lemon-orange Kix; extra-dry finish and aftertaste; very delicate lingering background spice (hop AND alcohol-derived combo?)... gets a little pithy after the first sip, soft bitterness builds... bland grain meal flavor; more emphasis on bright citrus nuances

F: relatively light-bodied, but seems to have a subtle, silky viscosity and a long, trailing, vanishing finish... bit of a sizzle in the finish, but not all that effervescent, which it seems like it needs more of... still, rather clean and light enough

O: dang, not much going on with this, but I guess much to-style... the kind of beer for someone who doesn't really like beer (1469)

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Photo of Issou
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer but I think it is just a marketing thing, to target peiple that like surfing and stuff, the design of the beer is cool but the taste does not follow as much.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

September 14th, 2015 - The Longboard Lager is everywhere, and as our vacation comes to an end, I figure I would try it closer to the source to see if it is superior to the mainland stuff. It is a straw colored brew, with another head that's hard to solicit, and a lighter aroma. It's tricky to pick out over the wafting scent of cigars. But the flavor is still identifiably crisp, with some apple, and a flatter palate. It is exceedingly "okay" and about what I anticipated.

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Photo of defunksta
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, light, lager yellow color with a medium head that fades.
Aroma: Light lemony citrus, some cracker and bread crumbs. Subtle bread sweetness underneath.
Flavor: First very white bread malt flavor comes forward and some yeast. Then a strong sweet lemon flavor follows. Good carbonation allows it to finish relatively dry.
Feel: Light, crisp, well-carbonated. Finishes dry and clean.

Overall: A really good American lager. No corn, malt liquor, or adjunct malt flavor. Nice lemon and bread flavors. Great for warmer weather and as it is so clean. Drinks sort of like a lighter pale wheat. Could definitely drink this again.

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Photo of DFred
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good solid lager--pours a light gold with a thin head. Good carbonation, clean taste. Feels a little light but that's okay. Overall a solid choice 3.5.

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Photo of jkrich
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear, golden hue with a quickly dissipating, foamy white head.

Very fresh lemony aroma

The initial flavor is very much like a helles lager with hints of lemon and faint vanilla. Very crisp and smooth on the palate, it is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot and humid Florida evening. As someone else observed, the lager actually maintains its character after the lager warms in the glass. I am surprised at the low rating on this one. It is not complex but the flavor profile is very good.

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Photo of Humanusfermentum
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lemony, yellow-gold with no head to speak of as it vanishes almost immediately. Lots of clarity. Smells like an adjunct. Surprisingly strong flavor for a "light lager", but not overwhelming on accolades. Steady, crisp, refreshing, decent malt backbone. Strongest suit is the medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pretty crushable, but unremarkable. Better than Bud...

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Photo of DonBowman
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass-- must note that this beer had an expiration of March 22, 2019. A decent session beer with nothing offensive taste wise about it, even as it warmed to room temps but at the same time nothing to rave about either.

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Photo of BCraig
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to nonick pint glass. Bottled on March 15, 2019 Fort Collins, CO; 4.6% alcohol.

Appearance - Pours pale straw/gold yellow, clear, under 1 inch bright white head that quickly dissipates, with only the thinnest lacing.

Smell/Aroma - Not much here; some wet hay, over-ripe lemon, some bread/yeast.

Taste - There's a sweetness at first that gives way to a slightly dry and "good on a hot-day" refreshing finish. Balanced bitterness with some spicy floral (not citrusy) hop.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, not quite medium body, medium mouthfeel, drying.

Overall - This is the beer that's good for restaurant or home patios with backyard BBQ. This is will shine with fish tacos and ceviche. As it warms the sweetness takes over and not for the better - it is best when cold and between bites of scrumptious Mexican seafood. Great branding, cool bottle, drinkable appetizer beer.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of a Kona Brewing variety pack, decided to try this one first. It was a very clean clear bright yellow color when poured into the glass. It had almost no lacing whatsoever. It smelled and tasted very much like the mass-produced loggers that are out there. It did have a little bit heavier mouthfeel that was very nice, considering I was expecting something quite a bit different. Overall it was not bad, but nothing remarkable. I would certainly take this over any of the mass-produced lagers but it would not be my go-to when wanting a lager.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit disappointed in this beer. Nice golden color with small white head which wasn't that bad at all. The biggest thing was that it didn't have much flavor to it. Kinda bland

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Made in Portland OR or Portsmouth NH stateside depending on your coast, but in Hawaii on the big island. As good as any lager anywhere. One of the best from Kona.
a) 1 finger head w reasonable lace, fine carb, and last over a clear lager body.
s) As expected clean lemony, grain, hop, grass.
t) Clean, cold fermented imparts more clean notes, perfect aperitif before dinner would not order any other when in HI.
f) Clean again, crisp, refreshing, sessionable, but one is enough for me before moving to weightier more flavorful brews.
o) Blind test against any lager in the world.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 2973 ratings