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 jmdrpi
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on draft in a pilsner glass

clear, golden yellow in color, white foamy head. aroma is a bit of grain. mild. clean flavor, but not exciting. thin bodied as expected.

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Photo of DWeavie
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Its a good beer. I wouldn't buy it on a regular basis but for special occasion, sure. I don't think $3 bucks +tax (Long Beach, CA. prices) is worth it.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drinkable, wouldn't get again though. just not a good flavor to me. JUst seem like a cheap lager beer, maybe it was setting on shelve to long. kinda water also

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hearty yellow beer, 1/2" white head. Aroma was lager sweet and not much else.

Taste was just like a BMC lager with a bit more sweet edge and all/more barley used. Small hop bite to it, doesn't come off bitter because of that minor sweet stuff. Smooth easy drinker right here.

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Photo of Squire123
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surfs up, Dude.

Light color, light hops and malt, clean, crisp, refreshing, all the descriptive words for a nondescript beer. Ok, even good to some, certainly unremarkable.

Serve it at your next Luau.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of foamy and soapy white head.

Smell is of slightly sweet barley and fresh white bread.

The taste is a straight up punch of nice malts clean water and a small pop of hops.

The mouth feel is on the light side with a slightly wet finish.

For anyone tired of all of the additives in their beers this one is a real great buy. Nothing really jumping out and biting you in the butt. No great complex flavor profiles to pick through either. Just a clean and refreshing beer that is a very satisfying lager.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden pour with quickly faded white foam. Aroma is somewhat dank and musty with some sweet breadyness barely detectable. Flavor is much better with notes of honey and biscuit balanced by a grassy hop presence. Finishes fairly clean. This is drinkable.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.89/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

L - Pours a clear, straw yellow. Pinky finger of foam that disappears in seconds.

S - Sweet, grassy, not much in the fragrance department.

T - Very balanced. Malty biscuit, honey, citrus, with a domestic hoppy bite at the end, but the honey lingers throughout.

M - Crisp, light, refreshing, gulpable.

O - Run-of-the-mill lager that would be good on a hot day. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy a 6-pack.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger of white head that reduces down to a thin cap. Smell is of grass, grains, and a bit skunk. Easily quaffable and low bodied - crisp on the palate. Grains, yeast, grass, corn, bread dough. Overall - meh at best and not good enough to come back to it.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.57/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled and purchased from Marks and Spencer food hall
Pours golden body with at first big frothy white head that you just can't keep there
Not a big aroma some copper coins and wheat like most 'premium' none craft lagers
Slight citrus lemon flavour and I do mean slight with some corn syrup
Not bad mf and carbonation
This is standard stuff and wouldn't convince a none lager drinker

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Photo of dacrza1
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: February 18, 2016... GLASSWARE: 22oz pilsner... OCCASION: Two observations in one night--score one for me... APPEARANCE: a clear, lightly sallow/gold body that has rinser written all over it... the D.O.A. off-white straggling head concurs...small sea foam bubbles around the ring, while some effervescence is noticeable... AROMA: fragrant bubblegum and phenol make for an intriguing start; not much else arrives, save for some grass, burnt toast, pepper and saltiness... PALATE: this review gets swifter as the gist is delivered... a thin, oily rush coats the throat and leaves a beefy end... the aftertaste is resilient and slightly reminiscent of medicine in its warmth...easy drinking at heart, as it is no doubt intended to be... TASTE: as the nose suggested, a grassy, light, bubbly, slightly bitter lager that is above the average macro profile...some lemon hints also make this redeeming... OVERALL: it is a safe bet that if a beer has a surfboard on its label, the challenge is more in the surf board than in the beer...this is a fine beer to seek out if slightly more flavor is desired than the usual clear light... with subtleties, a bit more textured than expected too--might be (an adjusted for style) second place in the variety pack Dave graciously brought over...

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant hay color, not too pale.

Standard faint malt smell.

Taste is typical of lagers, but particularly balanced, with little of the domestic sting and all the mellow malt+alcohol bite associated with its kind.

Mouth is nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either.

A strong example of lager. Refreshing. Didn't taste like domestic urine. Not flashy, but about as full-bodied as a non-Vienna lager can be. Sampled in winter at a celebrated local pizza joint (Hideaway in Oklahoma City). Will definitely revisit in the summer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the tall can via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!

This pale lager pours a pale golden with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet bread, moderately strong grains, and floral honey. Flavors follow the nose with breaded malts mixed with a touch of honey and a light herbal crisp hop note on the rear with a touch of acidity. Good mouth feel, crisp and medium high carbonation with a clean finish. Easy drinking, refreshing, and all around a great session brew.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Thin bubbly head, about what I expect from a lager. Golden color and not quite clear but doesn't look thick whatsoever.

S: Crisp smelling lager. Not much else to say besides that. Malty, but not excessively so.

T: Nothing really special about the taste. Maybe I'm being harsh on lagers, but it doesn't break away from the crowd for me. The front is very malty, but it kinda falls flat on your tongue after just a second. Definitely a beer to gulp down on a hot day.

F: I don't feel like this thin feeling it has. Reminds me too much of the way PBR feels in my mouth. Light carbonation and a sticky feeling toward the back of the mouth.

O: Not my cup of tea honestly. Its a middle of the pack lager that seems its strongest on the first malt-laden sip, but disappoints a bit after that.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

OVERALL this is a fine, drinkable APL.

LOOKS crystal clear, A pale, bright yellow with a white fizzy head.
SMELLS lagerish and lightly grassy, very mild.
TASTES are also mild with a grassy spice up front, and a moderate malty, biscuity flavor at first sip. This fades as time goes.
MOUTHFEEL is a little smooth, a little crisp, Refreshing.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing better than a really nicely crafted lager. This beer, is not that.

This is about as bland as a beer could possibly be. This tastes like someone tried to brew a beer from cardboard and then decided to water it down on top of that. There are no redeeming qualities here. It's drinkable, but just. It isn't offensive in the sense that it has an outright appalling flavor, but it is in the sense that it is so tasteless. I expected so much more.

Would drink again: No
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of stevoj
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While not guilty of being a mass market lager, it is still lacking in several areas. Aroma is seagrass, slightly sour and musty. Pours flat into a tumbler, not much of a head or lacing, little carbonation. Taste is lager, with some malt shining through. Mouthfeel is mildly oily and slick. With a bit more effort, this might be worth seeking out.

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

Mostly clear straw gold with large-bubbled and somewhat fizzy head of weaker retention. Lemon and honey aromas, not too sweet. Bready, grassy, a little yeasty, a bit more lemon. Well rounded-flavor. Fuller end of light-bodied, slick and sudsy.

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Photo of detgfrsh
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle marked September 17, 2015. Pale golden color, little bit of head. Sweet, corn smell. Goes down smooth, but not a whole lot of flavor. Maybe a bit better than the macros, but it's a pretty typical American lager.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of bright white that leaves minimal lacing behind. The aroma is corn and faint Hallertau hops. I taste corn and light malt. The mouth is light, crisp, dry, and refreshing.

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Photo of hopflyer
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty standard American lager. skunky, adjuncts of corn, etc. maybe a touch above the other macros but not by very much. not something id go after but some BMC drinkers think this is a hip alternative to the others, a la Landshark. In the end, they're all pretty much the same.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There`s just something about having a Longboard Lager... It`s your typical lager, but the time and place you consume it somehow makes it better. For me, a 24 pack of Longboard is must when you visit Hawaii, because, well, its hot and a fella gets thirsty. In these situations, this beer fits the bill perfectly.

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Photo of WalleyeBig
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I agree with some of the comments on being smooth tasting. Seemed pretty unremarkable. Pretty can and artwork. This was a good beer to give away to others who have not tried it.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its pretty dull when compared to other similar offerings. Tastes sour, strong yeast, a thick bread flavor. Nothing intriguing kind of just ordinary. Pours a bright yellow finish, a very light beer and it's flavor even more so.

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Photo of swampski
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Started to run out of beer options at the Wal-Mart in my little burg (I keep a running stable of 6 or so 6-packs in my fridge), so I decided to try a 6-pack of this. The first impression I got was that of the All-American adjunct lager, with all the skunkiness one would expect; my taste buds may be fading a bit on this, but it seemed to remind me of the classic Schlitz. However, once that skunkiness has been conquered, there seems to be a subtle richness of flavors upon which to ponder, and the drinkability does seem to increase with successive imbibing, including trying to discern whether that subtle palette of flavors makes it worth the skunkiness.

It definitely goes into the category of session beer (perhaps a session of canonical board- or body- surfing. or boogie-boarding?) However, in the end, I think that I would prefer doubling up on my trusted beers than adding this to the rotation. That said, I think it is worth a try for any generally adventurous zymurgiphile.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 2,680 ratings.
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