Longboard Island Lager | Kona Brewing Co.

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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 -8.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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 StonedTrippin
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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 brentk56
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of schmoopsbeer. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pours a bright yellow color. Weirdly bright. Good white head with a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a light amount of grain and some very faint hops. The flavor has mild grain and doesn't have much bready malt, as I've come to expect. It's more the body of a pilsner without the hops. Light body and good carbonation. Pretty good, though nothing too special.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small, white head on a clear, light golden colored body. Leaves moderate lace.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with a hint of herbal hops and a bit of green apple.

T - Smooth, grainy sweetness up front, followed quickly by herbal hops. The finish is mildly bitter and crisply dry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nicely balanced light lager that is easily drinkable. The hops dominate the malt for a refreshing finish without becoming too intense for the style. Certainly not an exciting beer, but easy to drink and quite nice for what it is.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local Italian eatery last night and honestly was pleasently surprised.Came in a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with some chill haze from the glass,a thinner but well retained head atop.Not much in the nose,a little sweetness and grain but really not much goin on.Was taken back a little by the herbal hop smack I got on the palate....really.Herbal with a firm toasty base that did fade after a few drinks but still the hop flavors were a pleasent surprise.Drinkable and firm in the mouth,a nice lager beer with food.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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 jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This will be my third beer from Kona and so far I've been pretty disappointed. Not sure if its because they don't survive well on the long trip here, or because they've only sent the boring staple beers here so far.

A: A pasty white fizzy 1 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over brilliantly clear golden yellow honey colored beer.

N: Some lager like aromas, with a little sweet toasty malts, and some of that lager like crisp aromas. Golden malts and a little wheat.I think I get the slightest hint of grassy hops.

T: Mostly crisp clean lager. Some fruits, even banana and juicy bright fruits, with a toasty cereal, pale malts, some wheat, and some slightly sweet malts. Again, the slightest hint of a grassy almost spicy hop character. A very slight almost metallic flavor though deducts a few points.

M: Medium to light body, not too light, with lower carbonation, very low in fact.

F: Finishes slightly bitter with just a hint of hops again. more crisp clean lager flavors, little banana, but otherwise pretty much gone.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slightly hazy golden body is capped by a bright-white head of creamy foam that holds OK before dropping to a decent collar and whispy surface covering. The nose expresses a dry, grainy malt with some mild earthy and leafy hop notes. The body is firmly medium with a fine carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is surprisingly rich for the style, and loaded with dextrinous maltiness. Some spicy, grassy, and floral hop flavor comes into play and gives it a bit of a honeysuckle flavor when wrapped in its lightly sweet malt; and there's a solid bitterness (@24 BU's) to balance it and lead to a dry and spicy finish! Definitely more than I expected... a true "hand-crafted" brew! It's light enough to enjoy as a "lawnmower beer", but with enough character to make you think "I'll have another"!

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Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Samuel Adams lager glass.

Pours a pale, hazy yellow color that is not particularly attractive, nor is the faint fruity aroma. The modestly pleasant taste [3.25] is then better than expected. Light body with a semi-dry finish. A bit sweeter and fruitier, mainly citrus, than usual for style. That is OK, but too much corn in this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity up front with flavors of citrus and spices. The malt character is very thin and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer to drink for a while but there are several others that I would choose first.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color in the Duvel tulip. Starts out with a nice slosh of foam, though it doesn't last as long as average. There is a nice spritziness in the mouthfeel. Faint but pleasant hint of resiny hops in the nose.

This seems to have a more substantial mouthfeel than some lagers. Not much in the way of malty flavors, but there is a nice lemony flavor. Hints of cereal and minerals. Very slight bitterness, some herbaceous taste, and not much aftertaste.

This seems like a better than average light lager though it's not what you'd call crisp. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Ralph's Supermarket in San Clemente.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.39 12 oz. single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Packaged on July 3rd, 2008.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of light pale malts, an incredibly light touch of caramel, and distinctive spicy hops. Oh, and a tiny hint of dinner rolls.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a light, brief sweetness and hint of washed out caramel. Faintest hint of wheat chaff. Spicy, Saaz hops with a light, cleansing bitterness. Finishes quite crisp with a flutter of both carbonation of spicy hop character. Bits of dough in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent. I will say it certainly displays more malt and hop character than your basic macro lager.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours crystal clear light golden yellow with a finger tall fizzy white head. The head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer, though thicker around the edges. Some visible carbonation and mild lacing.

S: An overall light aroma to the beer, it is filled with notes of malts and crispness.

T: Flavors are smooth with light amounts of malts and bitterness - there are hints of a honey like sweetness as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very easy to drink beer and very sessionable. Though not one of my favorite styles, I really enjoyed this one. And I could not beat the price, a free one from the local bottle shop I frequent (due to difficulty in locating some inventory). I will definitely procure this one again when it is more widely available in my area.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy lemon yellow-influenced amber with a bleached bone white head that appears to have some substance to it. The cap is reasonably persistant, but leaves only small scraps of lace behind when it eventually deflates. The nose is just okay. I can appreciate soft, muted noble hops with a faint note of untoasted grain.

The flavor is more bold and spicy than anticipated. This ain't no weak-kneed, sissy-boy all-malt lager. Still though, my enthusiasm is limited. There's a decent amount of ingredients, both in terms of malt and hops, which is the biggest selling point as far as I'm concerned. The beer starts out sweet, eventually morphing into gently bitter on the finish. Medium body for the style with no hint of wateriness. It doesn't 'hang 10' or even 'hang 5', but it does manage to 'hang 3'.

Long Board Lager is mildly interesting beer. It deserves points for boldness even if the flavor isn't fantastically impressive. Ke aloha no me ka mahalo kaua.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 12-29-05. Purchased in NM. (Hollman AFB Class 6)

Pours straw colored with a 2" white head & an effevervescent body. Some lacing and head retention

Smell: Slight citric hoppiness & frutty smells ups front, then a little alcohol as it warms

Taste: Sweet malt, some grainyness. Finishes sweet & crisp

MF: Medium body & good carbonation

Pretty drinkable, a little more fruitiness would help. Not a bad lager, tastes like I remember from 95-01 when I lived. A decent drinker, nothing special

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up with the rest of the now available lineup the other week and grabbed this one last night as the second one I was going to try. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass and served right out of the fridge.

Appearance - Poured a very carbonated and crystal clear hay colored yellow. A nice three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top, settled quickly and only left behind minimal lace.

Smell - The aroma was very light. Some grains in there, wheat and a touch off bready malts. Some biscuit like aroma as it began to warm up some.

Taste - There was much more of the same in the flavor. Not a bad macro, but the style leaves little room for complexity. Nice grain profile with a touch of wheat. Some nice earthy malt flavors, a touch of light bittering hops towards the finish, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel - A decent feel on this one, as the body was very light and the carbonation profile was well established.

Drinkability - This was one that was very easy to throw down. In fact it went do so quickly I had to go get another to finish dinner, which does not usually happen. So needless to say it's a drinker.

Overall not bad, I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I have to admit this was much better then most. It at least had a slight variation and some flavor to it. An easy choice for a party or beach day. I don't know if I would purchase again, but if I saw it around I would have no issue in having one.

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