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Longfin Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Longfin LagerLongfin Lager
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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-07-2006

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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 494
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter. This decent little lager pours a lightly chill hazed pale straw color with a modest head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, tiny layer, and very light lacing. Nose of sweet malts, lemon grass, and subtle breaded malts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet breaded malts, light honey, and subtle herbal hop notes on the back with a touch of lemon grass. Nice mouth feel, medium high carbonation and a clean sweet finish. Decent for the style.

Cheers

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never encountered a North American version that so perfectly nails the style--close your eyes and this IS a Munich Helles.

Pours pale gold/straw, slight chill-haze, lots of tiny bubbles, audibly fizzy. Loose head of a finger or two that is nevertheless surprisingly persistent.

Smell is biscuit/cracker, pale malt, slight dough-yness and gentle herbal hopping. Taste is crisp, bright, crackery, dough-y, again with that slightly herbal, green "bite". Bready, slight lemon. Light, refreshing body, active carbonation. It's outrageously priced (several *actual* Helles lagers are available locally for half the price, despite having to be imported half-way across the world), but I can't fault the quality of the beer itself. Very nice.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smiths nonic pint glass.

Look: Semi-clear pale straw colored body with a white head that recedes to a film with a thicker mass of suds in the center. Little or no lacing.

Aroma: Bready grains, light grassy hops, hints of lemon.

Taste: Semi-sweet malty beginning with grains. Moves into lemongrass and a bright, subtle hop finish. Subtle citrus as well.

Mouthfeel: Bright, somewhat crisp.

Overall: Nice malt/hop balance and refreshing for warmer weather drinking.

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Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly clear medium gold. Thin white head is fizzy and has no retention. The aroma is mild but still has some nice biscuit and grassy hops. The taste is equally mild and tends toward the sweeter qualities of a lager. The body is light on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Short and sweet. Trying this one out of a pick 6 from total wine. Much better than any macro lager of course, looks slightly golden pale, smells just like an APA oddly. Ever so slightly carbonated mouthfeel, not much there. But taste is pretty good, nothing spectacular but much better than your average lager, seems like a mix between APA and helles. Overall, good beer. Will drink again if presented, buy again? Hmmm... maybe

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Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear pale gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Biscuity and grainy malts, lemon, lager yeast, light herbal hops, mildly sweet aroma overall.

Taste - Sweet biscuity malts along with grains and lemon. Herbal hops flavour is very minimal, but semi-present. Malts lingering throughout the palate and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall - A refreshing and crisp lager that pays tribute to biscuity and sweet grain malts. The hops could use a touch more volume, as they are almost not existent, but all the other elements are there. Also, head retention could use some work.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight "4's" (or 8) across the board. Sampled on 1/4/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle with nice artwork. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "FALSTAFF" thumb-print globlet

Brew pours a lighter golden in color with not much head at all, very little in areas actually. Lacing isn't there either. Aroma is of pale malts, hint of floral hops and grass. Pretty much the taste follows the nose. Very easy to drink with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Crisp and clean. Lighter-side of medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew and the first I tried from this brewery.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12oz can from Don Quiojte $2.25. Very light golden color, watery taste with some sweetness, light mouthfeel, overall a good beer to drink on a hot day but not worth the premium price. I'll drink it if offered, but would not buy it unless price drops.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

January 20th, 2014 - Longfin Lager is easy to spot in San Diego year round, but it seems to be most appreciated during the hotter months. Of course, all months are appropriate for a beer of this weight in San Diego, so January doesn't seem too, too weird. It pours like many other lagers, donning a thick white head with bubbles big and small, and underneath a slightly hazy body - just a bit of fog - in a dandelion yellow body. The aroma is dry, but with a single sweet scent, like a concentrated honey flavor. The mouthfeel is intensely active, and in the mid-taste it sweeps aside to reveal that honey touch again. This lasts through a long aftertaste, where the last popping bubbles mingle with a waning honey flavor. Broadly, I like the balance here, but that honey note is a bit sweet, and appears a bit candied in places. But that might be easier to overlook after a day walking along the boardwalk, watching friends on Facebook kvetch about snowstorms, blizzards and slush.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of grass, slight wheat, and a hint of herbal notes. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight floral hops, and slight wheat. Overall, weak appearance, great aroma, lacking in body, and decent blend.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/26/2015. Pours slightly hazy pale golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aomr aof light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice Helles lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - Pale yellow-ish coloration. Not much head to speak of, really. VERY clear.
S (4) - Not much aroma here. I know there shouldn't be a whole lot, but . . .
T (4.25) - I thought this beer tasted good. It's a lager, but has a clean taste. A bit grainy or something at the end, which I really liked.
F (4.25) - It's a lager, and is smooth and easy drinking. Crisp, clean, all that stuff.
O (4) - Overall, a solid beer. I'd take this over most other lagers. For the style, it is very well done.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml Can from BottleDog, Glasgow (£3):
Very ordinary from Ballast Point to be honest, it was a very clean & crisp beer but there wasn't a whole lot of flavour really. I got some grassy hops, hay & corn with some bread malts but nothing grabbed me or made me want to try this one again which was disappointing given how good some of the brewery's other beers are.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours a pleasantly cloudy mellow gold color; 2 finger bulbous head; lace kissing lace up the sides. About as good as a lager pour can get.

I smell bread in a bakery. Fresh milled grain, I picture gloved handfuls brought up to the nose. Bready, malty, beery. Slight esters. Mostly fresh with a faint note of funk.

Taste is initially of corn, then ethanol, then some cleaner barley grains. A bit of corn dust and yeast finish it out, with an unfavorable tin/corn/malt liquor flavor permeating still. Some light esters on the back palate, but it's harsh, so my brain's probably confused with ethyl alcohol. A solid 3 is all the love this gets from me.

The feel is light and crisp to be expected, no creaminess. A slightly dusty, semi-dry finish.

My personal overall opinion : Ballast Point makes some decent beers but this isn't one of them. There's too much of a Hurricane "Brown Bag 40 oz" thing going on here mid-to-back palate. It crushes whatever characteristics craft-wise it had in the beginning. Drink it cold, otherwise it's a straight pour.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear straw gold with 2-3 fingers of white head that settles pretty quickly to a very thin film
Smell: Very subdued - lightly floral and mineral
Taste: Very light floral, grainy, slightly mineral maltiness, fading into a very mild hops bitterness. A whiff of skunkiness towards the finish
Feel: Light bodied, well-carbonated

Overall: A simple very light sessionable helles. Not a lot to it. The very light aroma was probably the biggest turn-off to me but there is nothing inherently offensive about this.

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Photo of mchegash
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass from 12oz can.

L: Golden-pale. Very very clear. A couple fingers of white head which dissipate down to about a finger.

S: Big doses of classic lager aroma. Not much more to it than that. Maybe a little more earthy/funky smelling than standard lager.

T: Good quality lager taste. Quite a clean taste. A big more hops than the average lager.

F: Medium body, smooth. Clean and slightly crisp. Carbonation is medium-light. Would have liked a little bit more carbonation.

O: A decent lager, but nothing special.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw golden yellow with a finger of straight white foam.

Biscuits, toasted malt, cereal grains, and a subtle earthy hop aroma.

What comes out in aroma translates very well to its flavor, toasted malt and grains, biscuity, and a subtle grassy/earthy hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, balanced, subtle, and crisp.

Overall, this is in my opinion a perfectly balanced lager of sweet and toasty aroma/flavor with very subtle but balancing earthy hop bitterness. A very crushable brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, the latest offering from this brewery to make it up here to northern Alberta. Glad I was able to procure a single serving.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves not much in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a bit of wet saltine cracker, some middling earthy yeast, and leafy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy and bready pale malt, a touch of sodden breakfast cereal, still overly-existent, and somewhat phenolic yeast, and more leafy, grassy, and floral hop bitterness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their palpable frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, a small clamminess kind of hitching a ride from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the plain graininess doing well to persist among the lingering floral and grassy hoppiness.

Overall, a simple, and none-too-special version of the style, as the expected clean crispness just fails to materialize. Easy enough to put back, if you're not really thinking about it, I suppose, but not around here, especially given the ongoing and unfavourable US/Canadian exchange rates.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow in color with a slight amount of haze, and a small white head.

S: Light and bready with a hint at sweetness, slight floral aroma.

T: Slightly sweet, with some light bread notes, and a touch of floral hops.

M: Light and bubbly.

O: Overall a simple and enjoyable beer. Easy drinking, nothing too fancy, but I don't think it needs to be.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear pale gold that has a yellowish appearance. The appearance isn't bad, it just looks decent and, in a certain light, pretty good.

The smell is nice. It has a nice and upfront floral hop note coupled with a slightly sweet but mostly bready malt note. The smell is pretty strong and you can distinguish the various notes. Other than that, it's note very complicated.

The taste is fairly good and contains the same notes as the smell. The main notes seem to be the floral hops with a bit of grass to it and the same bready malt notes.

The feel is the best about this beer and gives it a stronger score than otherwise. The beer has a light body but still has a bit of weight that places it in that grey zone between medium and light in addition to some biting carbonation that gives it a bit of texture. A very refreshing finish.

Overall, a pretty nice MHL and worth getting when the weather is appropriate. Recommend.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an easy sipping lager. Pours a straw color with vibrant carbonation. Sweet, honey note in here with some biscuit and bread notes. Faintly hoppy, which adds an extra layer here. Very solid.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light to medium straw with a thin white head that dissipates to tiny patches, leaving slight lacing. Aroma of slightly sweet bready malt with a hint of biscuit, lightly grainy, slight grassy hops.Flavor follows with light bready biscuit malt, hints of grain husk and and light grassy hops, progresses from slightly sweet to dry biscuit in the finish. Light to medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A nice domestic take on a helles lager, with a good balance of slight sweetness and dry grain. A bit of husky grain keeps it from being bland. Pleasant and on style.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light straw yellow with little carbonation, with a thin white head. Smells a sweet biscuit. What a clean, brisk Helles lager with the sweet biscuit malt taste and finishes with the right hop. The German funk also present. A nice Helles.

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Photo of ricke49
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great biscuit malts and refreshing mouth feel / swallow. A summer session winner. Sweet. I always appreciate European styles made just right next door in California. No bewilderment about freshness and transportation across the sea.

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Photo of Brondeau
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, easy drinking lager. Sometimes you need a break from stouts and IPAs and your taste buds just need some time to relax. This is a great beer for that. Smooth, goes down easy but still tastes like beer and not like water. Great session beer. This is going to be my new go-to fill-the-cooler picnic brew.

P.S. Had this can at Sweet Tomatoes in Chatham while waiting to pick up a pizza for the family.

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