Apr 4, 2012

Kona Brewing Longboard Lager

Kona Longboard Lager Can photo

This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had Kona Brewing’s Longboard Lager, but it is the first time I’ve enjoyed it in the convenience of a can — the brewery just recently started releasing the product in something other than glass. Canned beer isn’t necessarily better, but it does offer you the opportunity to enjoy your favorite beverage in areas that glass containers aren’t perhaps allowed.

The beer within said convenient can is a solid lager, delivering a good balance between biscuity malt and grassy hops. It’s the type of beer that, if I still had my riding lawn mower, would be resting comfortably in a beer cozy as I lazily circle the yard. As is stands, I simply enjoyed the beer while lazily sitting outside on a beautiful afternoon.


Pale yellow in color, the beer sits with a white cap of foam that fell quickly to patchy surface cover.


Biscuity malt, crackers, subtle sweetness and a light presence of grassy hops waft slowly from the glass.


The flavor is right along with the nose as the grainy, biscuity malt base arrives first with a subtle touch of sweetness. It transitions smoothly to a latent hop presence that has a grassy character and a light bite that lingers in the semi-dry finish. Balanced and easy to drink, this lager is refreshing on the palate.


This is the ideal style of brew to enjoy outside, whether it be after a hike to the top of your favorite trail or hanging out with family and friends. And now that it is available in cans, it’s even more convenient for those short trips to the beach or lake. There’s just something about a lager on a warm afternoon under the sun.

Rating: 3.5/5

This is a review of a promotional sample received from the brewery.

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