Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 15
Gots: 70 | 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

Our Longfin Lager has become one of the go-to beers with the team at the brewery. A solidly balanced Helles that finishes clean with a hint of hops, it would easily fit in at any German beer garden. But we think it’s perfect for enjoying on the beach, the boat or anywhere else you can put an ice chest full of beer.
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Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 93
Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light tot moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bready malts and has bits of associated sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good American representation of a German style and is nice and malty without being that heavy on the body.

Serving type: can

Photo of stumac
4.78/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Pinthouse Pizza. Just writing something down because it won't let me just post a number rating. Kinda dumb...

Photo of Jmikepow
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful golden pour with a wonderful head.

Photo of tillmac62
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 140/15. Clear golden pour. World class head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Typical lager nose - yeast, mild biscuit malt and a touch of grassy hops.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Superbly carbonated with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and masterfully balanced. It begins with a blend of grassy and herbal hop flavor. The middle brings a very mild bitterness that is balanced by a subtle cracker biscuit sweetness. The finish is crisp and a herbal noble hop flavor lingers.

Photo of Auraan
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear golden body with abundant bubbly white head that dissipated at a moderate rate. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect Munich Helles. Scents of clean, grainy, lightly honey sweet pils malt with a medium-low herbal and floral Noble hop character. Overall impression of aroma is of a perfect Munich Helles, bright, malty with a touch of hop aromas. Flavor begins lightly sweet with notes of honey and sweet pils malt with some grainy malt flavors and balanced by a light presence of Noble hop flavors. Middle continues these flavors. Finish is lightly sweet still, but with a moderate presence of both grainy malt and Noble hops imparting a herbal and floral flavor. Aftertaste is Noble hop herbal flavors, grainy malt and light honey. Overall impression of flavor is of an amazing Munich Helles. Everything is true to style and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, clean feel. Overall impression is of a perfect Munich Helles. Overall this is a fantastic lager. All aspects of the beer are spot on for the style and it comes across as a wonderful flavorful, well done example of a craft lager.

Photo of Mostel
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid, steady, brew. Enjoyed during a game.

Photo of BigGeorge860
2.44/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It's decent. It's a decent lager. Dollar for dollar, of course, I'd take this over any adjunct any day...but when you put that $10 tag on a sixes of cans, I dunno.

This one simply doesn't have much character. I agree with another reviewer who noted the lack of crispness for the style.

Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale straw with a slightly rocky head. Crisp grain, freshly mowed grass and mild bread in the scent. Fresh grain, grass, bread, and mildly spicy hops on the finish.

Photo of jtaylord
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Easy drinking all day lager.

Photo of Vinnygny
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very easy drinking lager. Another winner for Ballast Point.

Photo of seabas1
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, easy drinking beer for any reason.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character followed by a lot of malt sweetness. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better choices in the style but this is still a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of MrTheKidd
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Excellent example of the style. Great easy drinking beer

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull straw color. Great clarity. Three fingers of bubbly white head retain easily. Clumps of lacing cling here and there.

S: Doughy and grainy barley malt, hay, grassy and herbal hop spice, slight floral bouquet. Very clean.

T: Sweet Pilsner malt. Bready, grainy, and doughy. Hay. Exceedingly clean. Hop oils and a predominantly floral hop flavor balance evenly with the malts. Lavender. Grassy. Clean finish sees the hops kick it up a notch with an herbal/spicy quality.

M: Light bodied with a round and firm malt texture that presses gently into the tongue. Silky. Mild hop astringency grips at the teeth. Crisp bite of carbonation cuts through the body and provides a lot of scrubbing action.

O: An awesome helles lager. Just about perfect really. God I could quaff back a lot of this. It actually angers me that beers like this get no love or attention from American craft consumers. Everyone's palates have been beaten dumb by IPA and Imperial Stout flavor bombs to the point that they don't appreciate the subtleties of well-crafted lagers, or the effort and attention to detail it takes to brew them. For God's sake people, drink more than just IPA all the time.

Photo of moundbz
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super refreshing after a hard day

Photo of beerrat
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good not the best easy to drink

Photo of ChainChompsky
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +11.1%
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 +4.2%
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 +30%
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 -4.7%
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 +5.6%
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 +7.2%
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.

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.