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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-07-2006

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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 77
Photo of ChainChompsky
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

o o o o o

Photo of kpoole25
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacking flaws, very traditional german lager, little to get excited about.

Photo of MNJR
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid, good, but slightly too bready and lacking the clean crispness this style is renowned for. A very good beer, but not excellent for the style.

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

This is a good lager. Miller high life being a close second ;) a good session beer. 4s across the board. Generous I know but I am in a generous mood tonight.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fruity lager. Really enjoyed it but I wasn't expecting the flavor. Will need to try again and give it a deep dive review.

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good lager if your not pretentious about lagers buy it don't think to much just kick back and drink

Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw in color. This is an all together unremarkable pale lager... and that's all I got to say about that.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i think this is a lot better than it gets credit for, its not supposed to be a hoppy beer, thats what fathom is for. this is a clean lager, really bright in color it looks amazing in a pils glass, bubbles like champagne and a tall white head sits forever on top. this is crushing beer, super light and easy drinking. aromas of light grassy hops and clean fresh malt, lighter than i know pilsener to be for the most part, but the beer isnt watery, its just delicate. flavor is a lot like the nose, its one of the better tasting yellow beer types i have had lately, and its not trying to be overly complex. i love the finish, which is flavorful and then gone, dry and quick, snappy refreshing, and the carbonation is there to support it. overall one that might get overlooked in the impressive ballast point repertoire, but it shouldnt. one of the better lager beers i have had so far in 2015, and an excellent compliment to a big greasy lamb dish for contrast. well done.

Photo of jhavs
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A= Great light golden color typical of Helles Lager, retains head with slight straw color
S= Some toasty malt aroma, sweetness is there too
T= Sweetness and toasty grains come through first, finishes clean, fits Helles style.
M= Light on the palate, crisp and clean with enough malt to give it some body.
O= A good Helles lager, stays true to the style, somewhat refreshing and still has enough malt and yeast flavor to make sure you know your drinking a beer.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a good example of a Helles Lager, simple and delicious for a hot day.

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.

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.