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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-07-2006

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Ratings: 327 | Reviews: 67
Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes crisp and clean.

Photo of BBS323
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Very good taste

Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a clear golden beer with a slight haze. On top is an off white head about an inch thick.

Aroma: Golden raisins, grassy, yeasty, pear, wisps of lemon zest, faint fig in the back. This one has a slight dryness in the nose.

Taste: A wave of yeasty crispness in the front. Apricot, golden raisins, apple, grape, pear, floral hops and finishes nice and dry. Cheers

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention is quite bad, though. There isn't any lacing on the glass, though. (2.75)

Smell: Smells like a helles to me - albeit with a bit more noble hopping. The bubblegum and cotton candy I usually pick up in the style is also there. Decent (and very style-appropriate), though there's a bit too much cardboard for my liking. (3.25)

Taste: It opens up with malty sweetness - think sugar cookie. Gentle hopping finishes it off, along with a touch of diacetyl. It's dead simple, but man does it hit the spot. This beer is spectacularly balanced (just like the best German examples!) (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This isn't as bone-dry as a pilsner, but its creamy feel makes up for it. While not as refreshing as an aforementioned pilsner, it still goes down very easily thanks to vibrant carbonation. (3.25)

Overall: To me, a helles is a step or two below pilsners on the lager totem pole. This, though, hits the spot nicely, thanks to its balance of hop dryness and malt sweetness. And it's a fantastic BMC substitute, to boot! (3.25)

3.22/5: A decent summer beer

Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, straw-colored body; plenty of fine carbonation bubbles; fluffy, billowy, white head. Grassy, herbal aroma; mild bread-like scent. Light cereal grain flavor; nice touch of low-key hop bitterness. Light bodied; crisp, clean; mostly dry finish.

An all-around, solid, easy-drinking, very enjoyable light lager. The flavors are well-balanced and complementary to each other with a crisp yet not too delicate feel on the palate. When you need a break from blistering hopped-up IPAs, powerfully rich and robust barrel-aged dark ales, or wild-ass wilds and sours, this traditional styled offering will satisfy and please in its own quiet way.

Photo of emerge077
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Label dated: "LF 60 14150"
Which could be May 2014, almost a year old.

I was looking forward to this but unfortunately the bottle I bought was infected.

Pale pastel yellow, excessive foam, no lacing. Cloudy with ever present carbonation.

Aroma is minerally and grassy, wet stone and grains.
Taste is moderately tart, which was unexpected. Grainy and bland, astringent.
Feels strange with a dry mealy aftertaste. Overall not a good experience. Might try on tap, but will likely avoid the bottles in the future.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of long fin drank.

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pouring the can reveals a yellow brew that is about as pale as possible. The cap is about a finger with decent retention. After the foamy head falls lacing doesn't seem to wanna stick.

S- Pale, grainy Pils malts are the driving force and focal point of the beer/style with hints of light apple, bread, spicy hops and grassy tones.

T- Semi sweet as once again the grainy Pilsner malts form a base for other flavors to gravitate around. Pale fruit esters, corny hint, yeast bread, lemony citrus and spicy hops.

MF- Appropriately on the light side of things but for me it doesn't feel watery or thin as a foamy, slightly creamy texture falls on the palate. Carbonation is on the high side providing a crisp edge.

I feel like I have had this before but I suppose it would have been a long time ago. Rather happy about Ballast Point switching over to a lot of canned offerings. Pale as it gets with Pils malts and lager yeast in the drivers seat.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle on March 29, 2015.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Longfin was an easy drinking lager....would be great for warmer weather days. It poured a clear golden with fizzywhite head that did not lace. The scent and taste were mostly grains. Mouthfeel was lighter in body with great carbonation. Overall it was good.

Photo of Lard_City
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity and spicy with a decent maltiness for a lager. Hops are there but way in the background. Will be great when the weather heats up.

Photo of tlema1
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bready, no real aroma, a decent representation of the style

Photo of tsandler
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A completely average lager. Not bad and I would drink it again gladly, but nothing memorable either.

Photo of mobrado
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Although it was fresh from the can, the smell was unpleasant, bordering on rotten. Taste didn't remind me of an actual Munich Helles. Feel lacked crispness. It didn't invite me to keep on drinking, which is what I expect from a beer like this.

For a SoCal lager, Golden Road's 329 is much better. As for Ballast Point-- their Kölsch ("Pale Ale") and their Witbier ("Wahoo") are MUCH better if you're looking for something light and refreshing. This is the first beer of theirs that I didn't admire.

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -23%

04/27/13 At Beer Authority, NYC. Just a taste. Looking for something crisp & refreshing & this was not it. A bit too much linger & lacked crispness. Worth another look in a different mode.

Photo of PA-hunter
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz can into glass. 4.5% alcohol, not 4.6% as this page says.

Appearance- Bright. Light yellow in color with a white 2 finger head.

Smell- Grainy biscuit malt aroma with a touch of grassy sweetness.

Taste- A big burst of toasted bready malt flavor. The grainy flavor goes quickly into a sweet finish. Touch of very minimal hops at the end as well.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body, with active carbonation. Not watery at all.

Overall- A lager that is bursting with flavor. One of my all time favorite lagers. Extremely easy drinking. HIghly agreeable to any beer drinker, even those who must have the macros.

Photo of ACOG-09
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy which is interesting.

Smells a little sweet but refreshing

Light body with a subtle sweetness and a smooth finish.
Don't really taste the hops like in some stronger beers that claim German style.

Great session beer with mass appeal. Even the wife enjoyed it.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%

Bottle dated LF 14233 so the 233rd day of 2014 was when this was bottled hard to say late August or early September


A Pale straw color, rather light, bubbling with carbonation the head never truly fades.
S A slight whiff of spicy hops and light malts
T Tradional bittering hops play off of the light malt body. The smooth light malt body builds up ever so slightly on the back of the mouth generating a bready yeasty lingering that is lip smacking.
M Sounds tacky but crisp and refreshing, perfect balance in taste and carbonation. The beer remained carbonated for a good while after it was poured.
O Well done lager, true to the style and a treat to drink. The only caveat is the price which is a little more than one would expect.

Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Total Wine in early July for $1.99. Received at TW on 4/1/14 so likely it was canned within 6 weeks.

Beer poured straw with a nice head upon the initial pour.

Nose is grainy and surprisingly fresh.

Taste is a nice balance between the malts and hops. Finish is clean with a nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. FInish is refreshing.

Overall Ballast Point nailed this pretty well. Would love to try one that is fresh.

Photo of malvrich
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

12 oz. brown bottle into a Foothills glass.
No BB date found.
Bottle states 4.5% ABV.
A: Clear straw color with the slightest haze. Half finger of loose head. Good lacing but it does not last and goes down to only a small collar around the glass.

S: Tart herbs and dough, mostly.

T: Crackers/doughy malt flavors with a tart herbal hop flavor finding its way through later, along with a bit of a sweetish roundness as the beer warms. Crisp, clean and bitter. Quite good.

M: A bit on the stiff side of light. A good amount of bubble tingle on the tongue. Minimal hops stickiness, a bit wet maybe and very clean. Maybe this beer's best quality.

O: Had high hopes for Longfin but found it good though hardly great. I appreciate everything about this lager, including its low ABV. It all says "quality" but nothing was found truly exceptional. A good brew but stupid expensive. At $12/6, I've likely had my last B.P. Longfin.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright and lively brilliant straw under a 1” quickly dissipating foam cap.
S: bread and some faint apple.
T: Refreshing bread and light apple.
F: Crisp, light body, above average carbonation.
O: My first bottle of this was skunky. This is fresh, not ruined, easy to drink and much better.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle from the Costco mix pack
Noted on 08/09/14 - FW Imperial Nonic glass

A: Light straw, pale yellowish body with a crystal clear look and nice effervescence taking place. Foamy white cap holds over for a few prolonged moments leaving some lightly broken tracks of lace in its wake.

S: Smells of grainy Pilsner malt with some dough like quality and light hints of earthy corn husks. I get a touch of muted noble hop spice aromas and a pretty clean Lager yeast character to it. Nothing fancy here and what you would come to expect in a traditional style.

T: Tastes much the same with a firm base of whole grain bread mixed with earthy dry grass up front. Follows up with some modest Noble hop bitterness comprised mostly of staled kitchen spices. Crisp and dry with no alcohol coming through in the flavors. Tasty and refreshing for a hot summers day but a bit pedestrian too.

M: Light to upper light filling body with an higher level of frothy carbonation on the tongue. Moderate peppery bitterness segues into a crisp dry finish. Very clean overall.

D: This is a nice refreshing and crisp Helles with solid balance but it’s a bit of your typical standard fare. Simple and straightforward albeit still better than the macros.

Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured from the canned version.

A: 4.5 Crystal clear light golden color with a substantial head, nearly an inch tall initially, still persistent a minute later.
S: 3.75 A bit faint, but a nice pils type malt aroma, with light hoppiness.
T: 4.25 Really good for a Helles! Delicious malt, not grainy at all, with medium to medium high bitterness and delicate floral hop flavor.
M: 4 Nicely carbonated
O: 4.25

Possibly the tastiest Helles I've ever had. It's probably too bitter for the style, approaching a decent pils in hop presence, which probably explains why I like it so much. It's quite tasty and quaffable. Recommended!

Weighting (percentages): 20%, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 4.18

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear straw color covered with a bubbly pure-white head that has decent retention. Aromas of peppery, herbal hops, gently sweet Pils malt, and clean lager yeast. Cereal-like Pilsner malt sweetness in the flavor with some grassy noble hops to balance and a touch of honey. Body is a little better than light keeping things very drinkable. A good light lager for sure and a more than solid choice for hot weather drinking.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Hop City Beer & Wine in Birmingham, Alabama.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale hay-hued beer with a medium-small, white head, though its retention is fair.

Smell: Pils maltiness with softly toasted grains, a little yeasty breadiness, and gentle hop notes of lemon and grassiness.

Taste: Subtle pils malt bill, lightly toasted grains, a modest cereal sweetness. Citrus alongside a minute grassiness, ample peppery hop bitterness. Scantly yeasty. A little more lemon precludes the crisp, easy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, active carbonation.

Overall: A crisp, clean, refreshing beer for the Memorial Day Weekend.

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.