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 hoplover82
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing too impressive with this one, but I'm glad I tried it to get it out of the way. My wife used to like it but now that her palate is more refines, she hates it. :)

Pours clear yellow with a very fleeting fluffy bubbly white head.

Aroma is bland.

Flavor is bland.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Drinkable I guess if your into bland beer.

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Photo of beveritt
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts a beach scene with some people surfing and a few longboards sticking out of the sand. Bottle on May1908. Under the cap is the Hawaiian lesson kanaka = person.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles slowly to the barest of coatings; mainly a ring around the glass. Good lacing. The beer itself is the color of light honey with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with hints of bubblegum esters and a slight metallic bite in the finish.

Taste: Decent carbonation bite upfront helps in delivering flavor. mellow bitterness rides on a backbone of biscuity malt. slightly basic feel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A pleasant and flavorful lager. I'm liking Kona.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much for head or lace which was odd because there are a lot bubbles in the body. A little line of lace does encircle the top. It has balanced aroma 50% hops bitterness and 50% malt sweetness. It has a crisp plain taste in all. The aftertaste is grassy and sweet. Light bodied with mellow carbonation.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard from a local representative that they "had this new beer from Hawai'i" just in. So immediately thought Kona Brewing company and sure enough I was right. I was very pleasantly surprised as I had wanted to try their beer for a while. After my first one I would say it was alright. Not worth the whole hype in my opinion. It pours a nice light/straw brown and has the aroma of malt with little hops. Has a nice head but died quickly with little lace. It tastes like your average lager, couldn't really pick up on any different flavors. But I guess when you brew in Hawai'i you don't get much of a selection for exotic ingredients besides fruit. Worth the extra price for a one time shot.

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Photo of ReggieGrip
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is in abundance on tap at pretty much every bar I was at in Maui. Overall I enjoyed the beer and ordered it several times. The taste is apparant, but not too strong. Good for anyone that doesn't like their beer being too dark or too heavy. I even went to the extent to find where they distribute Kona Brewing in the bay area!

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite lager, but it may be my favorite from America (lager that is).

It came out with little or no hop nose, the head is not abundant, a little unimpressive.

It is not crisp nor is it heavy, for a lager it has a lot of taste, and is not as "small" of a beer as I had thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is good, and this is a very drinkable lager. I am kind of a fan, and on the off chance that I was stuck somewhere with the choice of the Longborad, or some over produced american lagers, and light pilsners I would chose the longboard. Otherwise, Im good, and I will stick with the stouts, and pale ales America is becoming so good at brewing.

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Photo of andylipp
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Virginia (!) by my brother. Thanks Bro! Bottle has a packaged-on date of August 14.

Appearance -A slightly cloudy pale, golden pour (into my Kona Brewery shaker pint). Not much of a head-no lacing to speak of.

Smell -Sweet lightly malty nose. A bit floral.

Taste - Pretty good. Malty, slightly sweet with a hint of spicy hops in the center (Saaz, maybe?). No discernable corn taste like in many beers of this style.

Mouthfeel - Pretty highly carbonated which, as I hear it, is a local preference (Kona being the locale).

Drinkability- Not bad for an American-style lager.

Comments- I've been a fan of Kona beers since my first visit to the Big Island. Not my favorite offering from them, but true to style and drinkable.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden brown like any typical american lager

S - Faint hints of flowery, yeast aroma

T - Tastes of a typical lager with hints of citrus palate to create a good mouthfeel.

M - Good mouthfeel not too heavy nor light.

They redesigned the bottle to bring interest to it. I think it is a good beer to have while sitting around shooting bull with friends.

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Photo of StonedRugger
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the most interesting thing is that this beer was purchased in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. I typically stay away from lagers and this one was brought back to Ohio as a gift so I can't complain.

Considering it made the several thousand mile journey to South Carolina and was then driven to Ohio it tasted very fresh. The smell left a bit to be desired, but this is one of the best tasting lagers I have had. The mouthfeel was reasonably thick for being a lager. I definitely thought to myself I could drink 3 or 4 more as I was finishing the one bottle I had. I would definitely have it again IF I see it again.

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Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are floral, doughy, and a bit yeast like.

Taste is quite dry with some creamy and slightly sweet malts. There is an overall bready and yeasty flavor underneath, and the finish is crisp, with a mineral like hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Feels full and thick in the mouth, especially nice for a lager.

Drinkability is good, and one of this beers strong suits. All in all, a flavorful lager that I have had quite a few times before. Above average, and sessionable.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ventured out to the Beverage Warehouse in Mar Vista (or thereabouts) and brought home some goodies. Unfortunately, this beer was not one of them.

Appearance - Pretty beer-like. Can't really call it "golden" it's more like a dark orangish/yellow.

Smell - Easily the worst part of the beer. It smells like the catch basin in a crowded bar. Just terrible.

Taste - A little sweet upfront, but nothing serious going on. Maybe a tiny hint of malty-bread. Pretty bland, which after the smell is a blessing.

Mouthfeel - It's so watery it isn't even watery. It's just water.

Drinkability - As long as I don't have to smell it, it's as drinkable as any mediocre beer.

This beer was terribly disappointing. While cold it seemed fine enough, but the time it took to down a bowl of chili turned it into an only moderately drinkable bev. It's not like I'd never have it again, but it'd have to be ice-cold.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bubba Gumps on the Santa Monica pier
Poured a golden hazy honey color with lots of bubbles.Nose is truly malty, grainy and some hops. Slightly effervescent taste, grain, slight hops and well..malts. Not a fan of this style but better than most attempts by the big breweries. I actually finished it and it was pretty good. Very good compared to the competitiona nd the drinkability was good.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

with a few more bottles under (and pushing against) my belt, amazed how full-bodied this beer is for a lager. the fullness (and to an extent the sweetness) weigh a little against sessioning more than two. but still a solid choice. very similar to a quality pilsner with a thicker mouthfeel.

clear golden, head quickly to a ring, just a little lace
floral, spicy hops, mild toasty malt
mmm...this could be my year-round summerfest. the lingering bitterness, though not as crisp as sn, the bright fresh flavor with enough light malty sweetness.
medium body, just right carbonation
my kind of everyday brew!

9/21 update: had a couple bottles tonight. still good, but wishing were crisper and slightly hoppier. carbonation seemed a little low, so second poured very carefully (better).

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer straight out of the bottle. Even though it was hard to tell the appearance it felt and tasted like it would be a light golden yellow.

Smell was a yeasty, grain, and light malt smell like many lagers, nothing too impressive.

Taste was much like the smell with the exceptional hint of floral hops and light citrus near the end and through the slightly bitter after taste. Almost like a pale ale finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp, and well carbonated.

Could drink this with ease and woul again, but nothing too special.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a packaged on date of July 15, 08. Pours a medium straw yellow with a 2 finger head, OK longevity and OK lace. Nice honey, lemon and malt smells mixed with just a touch of hop floralness. Big honey and lemon flavors and good malt too. Nice hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Crisp, spritzy and fairly easy drinking. A nice beer.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Well, for a lager it's about right, just a slight sweetness and fruitiness.

Appearance: A bit more pale than the run of the mill lagers and the head from this bottle is a bit weaker than expected.

Flavor: I like it. When I think of lagers this is what I expect with no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: It's OK but it could use more carbonation with the associated bite.

Overall: Within the class of Lagers this a really good beer and should be given a test drive by all interested parties.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with lots of carbonation.

S: Slight sweet malt smell -- very slight.

T: Great beer! I wasn't expecting much, but tasted wonderful. It had a slight sweet, lemony taste, but not too much that it would overwhelm the flavor. There is a nice bitterness, much like a pilsner. Finishes dry.

M: Smooth, with high carbonation.

D: Easy session beer, especially when you drink it out in the islands right outside the beach (like how I drank it!).

Conclusion: Tasted more like a pilsner, a good one at that (best one I had if it is). I don't think it is much of a all-malt lager. I'd say it is a pilsner. But whatever it is, you won't go wrong with this beer...trust me!

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Photo of changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too great here but I was pretty impressed with the Kona Brewing Company on my trip to Maui. Pours a yellow color, some head, and a little bit of lacing. Pretty good flavor for a lager. Tastes like a typical lager except for a little lemon zing they put in there which I suppose makes it more appealing. Makes it a decent choice in the hot weather in Hawaii. A slight bitter aftertaste. I'd get it again but it ranks third out of the three beers I sampled from Kona.

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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 glid02
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Six Feet Under in Atlanta.

Pours a completely clear gold color with a one-finger white head that recedes into absolutely nothing. There's virtually no lacing.

Smells very grassy. As the beer warms it smells slightly sweet.

Tastes grassy up front, and as the beer warms it gets sweeter. Not great but not bad.

Mouthfeel is average. Pretty thin, and the carbonation is pretty intense. Regardless, it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is OK. As I stated before it's pretty smooth, but there are no extremely redeeming qualities.

Overall this is not a great lager. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of scooter231
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pale straw gold color, no head, no lacing. Lagery but not particularly appealing looking. Nose is mostly sweet malts, some honey scents. Sweet.

Tastes like... heineken. That grassy, lemony, kinda flavor. It's not bad, just not what I'd prefer. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. This is refreshing, probably great on a super hot day. But overall I'd rather have a Brooklyn Lager.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried at brew club's lager tasting

A - Light golden, moderate head, and light carbonation.

S - Malt and peaches. Slightly sulphuric :(

T - Malt and peaches.

M - Like the peach fruit, this is a "dry" lager. Light carb too.

D - Not as good as others but slightly drinkable.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale Golden Yellow with a minimal amount of head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Sweet and Malty!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Just like the smell indicated: It does have a sweet and malty twinge to it. It is also very crisp, and has a slight earthy taste to it. Very light while laeving the mouth with a sense of fullness. Good.

Drinkability: For those malt-heads out there, this one is a no-brainier! Easily could drink these on the lanai or at the beach. Plus who doesn't love a beer company that puts Hawaiian words under the bottle caps (You get smarter by drinking Beer). Just fyi, I got: kIhA = Burp

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Photo of WesWes
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pilsner malt scent that's a bit sweet smelling along with a faint hop aroma. It's dry with some Mexican lager yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with a lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is an above average lager when compared to the macros, but that's not saying much.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer poured a pale yellow with a descent size white head. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell- It had a nice, clean malty smell too it.

Taste- Very good for a lager. Wonderful, refreshing malty flavors with a nice hoppy bitterness which created a nice balance.

Mouth Feel- A nice medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A fantastic lager. I went into this expecting a typical macro style lager but was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Nice light beer with pleanty of flavor. I would love to be sitting on the beaches of Hawaii drinking this one!!

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