Longboard Island Lager | Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager
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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 08-07-2002

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head, no retention and some lacing on a clear straw colored body. Aroma is mild with mostly grains, corn and malt. Flavor is similar with mostly grain and corn with a honey like malt backbone. Simple overall. High carbonation and light body. Refreshing and drinkable but not very memorable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

my first hawaiian beer on BA! pours a watered down yellow straw color with almost no head. my server didnt appear to be a pro, so this may be on her. smells a little fruity, trace amoutns of hops in the aroma, but all up smells like a lager. flavor is that of any standard lager, but this has an island style fruity crispness to it. i can see this being a decent warm weather beer. mouthfeel is alright, brisk and light, could use a bit more co2. too boring to keep me interested, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Foamy rings occur on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains and biscuit-like malt. Taste is of sweet grain, biscuit, and slight grassy flavors. Very slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager that is neither that good or that bad.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very pale looking yellow color. It has a white fizzy head on top. The a very minimal lacing and moderate retention. The smell of the beer is grainy with a very subtle hop aroma. The taste is light, grainy, malty, slightly spicy. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, decent carbonation, a little watery though. Overall this beer is very drinkable, it's lighter than most lagers. It's not bad.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It is clear pale yellow in color and has a thin head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grassy, earthy hops in the nose.
T: There's a good balance between the initial flavor of malts and the hop flavors in the finish. As the beer warmed up, the overall taste became a little sweet.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and both smooth and crisp. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste to make me want to try this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz American pint at the Tiki-themed bar at our Waikiki beach-side hotel.

This beer appears a very pale, golden yellow straw colour, with one finger of thinly foamy white head, which leaves a tight spray of lace around the glass as it hastily subsides.

It smells of weak grainy pale malt, and equally faint earthy and grassy hops. The taste is somewhat acrid grainy malt, and earthy, leafy, and kind of peppery hops.

The bubbles are a bit peppy, but fall in line quickly enough, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grain performing its simple task to completion.

Straightforward, and goes down well and good, no questions asked. As long as the sun shines, this stuff will reign, benevolently, I presume.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I contemplated my order upon another bartender's recommendaiton, I thought, "What do Hawaiians really know about beer?" Apparently a little bit. This beer proved quite nice. Though typical in a base pale malt beer, the coler is an improved strong straw with fair head retention and carbonation. Aromas are a nice blend of malt and fruit. Modestly sweet with pilsner grains, an exotic fruit flavor made things interesting (mangos, pineapples, appricots, and kiwi). All the while, retaining a firm creaminess and consistency. The beer fared well even down to my last sip.

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2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem-goblet. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of very slight cream, fair thickness, and really bad retention. Clear yellow in colour.

Sm: Malt and barley, with light stale cream. An aroma of light strength.

T: Very simple barley and malt foundation, with a bit of cream atop. Built simplistically and not particularly well. Somewhat balanced. BLAND and boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour of the body decently.

Dr: Drinkable, decently priced, and average quality.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/4/2013. Pours slightly hazy very pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, bready grain, light honey, floral, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, bready grain, light honey, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light grainy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, bready grain, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a good pale lager. Good balance and solid robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a white, one-finger head. Highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and pineapple.

T - It tasted quite sweet. It was malty and had a hint of pineapple. Some floral notes, as well.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was a descent beer. My first offering from Kona or Hawaii.

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a very modest head that quickly fades without leaving any lace

Smell: Bready, with a distinct Euro-lager grassy hop character

Taste: Bready up front, with a surprising burst of grassy and spicy hop flavors arriving at mid-palate; after the swallow, some of the sweeter malt flavors arrive to balance out the profile; plenty of grainy lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Just not a style I care much for at all, though this beer brings some flavor, that is for sure

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a golden color lager with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of light adjunct notes with some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by residual sugar notes with some light adjunct notes and some residual sugar notes. Finish is quite bland. Body is about average with good carbonation. Bland but refreshing lager which was to be expected.

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