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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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Reviews: 677 | Ratings: 2,645
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
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

OVERALL this is a fine, drinkable APL. Not a sipping beer. Goes down like *that*. Wish I had another.

LOOKS a pale, bright yellow with a white fizzy head.
SMELLS lightly floral or grassy, very mild.
TASTES are also mild with a grassy spice up front, and a nice malty, biscuity flavor at the end.
MOUTHFEEL is surprisingly smooth, more smooth than crisp, thin but 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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Photo of logicalparadox
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An OK lager. Light, crisp, but nothing special. Stacked against the great pilsners of the world or similar offerings, this beer is mediocre. But still solid enough to put it head and shoulders above any macro.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pilsner, toasted, cracker, and pale malts with some lager yeast and grassy notes.

Taste: Nice malt bill with lager yeast and grassy hops in the rear. Light bitterness too. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light bodied, medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: Pretty decent lager. I'd revisit it again.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Smell is of bread, crackers, and a very slight citrus aroma. The taste is very bready up front with malt sweetness and a crisp finish. Not bad as a sessionable summer beer, but nothing special either.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smelled kind of skunky when I opened the bottle, may have been the age or something. Pours a rather bright yellow color with a good but think head. Lacing is good as well, and carbonation is plentiful throughout the enjoyment of this brew. The initial taste is pretty much what you would expect with a lager. Light but slightly bitter throughout to the finish. Overall, I like this beer, it is light so great for summertime and is smooth. My only complaint might be only that is lacking a little flavor.

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Photo of CHickman
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours crystal clear piss yellow color which is close to water looking, with a 1 finger snow white creamy sort of head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. Bubbles flow up the middle for some active carbonation.

Smells of earthy floral hops, lemon zest, grains, vegetables, bread crust and a sweetness that's either malt driven or compliments of the hops. Pretty nice for a pale lager.

Tastes pretty much like it smells but with more citrus hops and yeast or some kind of wet cracker; like the nose it has the earthy floral hops, lemon, toasted grains, vegetables, bread crust, a slight metallic flavor and a general sweetness that's more grainy and almost like twigs or dry leaf. Decent balance and enough flavor to go down easy.

Mouthfeel is watery and very thin with a light body, very mild carbonation and a grainy finish that's on the sweet side with a little citrus bitterness that just nips your tastebud. Overall it was good, just not very exciting. A good beer to drink on a hot summer day as it's airy and quenching.

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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 JBGOODE
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lager, that is not too my liking. Tasted weak and uneventful. Part of a sampler pack of 4 Kona types.The IPA was the only beer that I would maybe buy again. The other 3 were not for me.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 2,645 ratings.
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