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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Longfin LagerLongfin Lager

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BA SCORE
81
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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007)
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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Faintly toasty cracker, with a substantial vegetal quality of green plant stem. A trace of sulfurous metal anchors the other nuanced qualities firmly in the pale lager family.

T: Begins dry, with crisp Munich pale malt that is overstepped by herbaceous/spicy hop aromatics. Flavors turn distinctly sweet on the palate into the middle as malt becomes more refined. Fruit is delicate during the second act, like golden delicious apple. Flavors become diffuse into the finish, barely bitter but with a resurgent huskiness to the lightly toasted grain.

M: Thin viscosity, seltzery and energetic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Full of traditional qualities, this American pale lager does a credible job of measuring up to the German archetype. The constant craft beer drinker may be misled, dared to contemplate how this beer does not stand apart meaningfully from everyday adjunct lagers. In fact, the truth could not be farther away from such a thought. In a direct comparison, evidence of traditional ingredients and careful contemplation on the part of the brewer ooze from this product. It should not be mistaken for an aggressive, next-generation American craft pilsner such as Sam Adams Noble Pils or Green Flash Fizzy Yellow. This is for the old-school beer purists--and those that simply order 'a beer' when trying Beachwood BBQ for the first time.

beagle75, Apr 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured one and a half cans into a 1/2 liter stein,poured a light lemon tinged dull golden with a nice fluffy one finger bone white crown that left a nice full ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Aromas are grainy with a tinge of iron and straw.Grassy and mild lemony notes on the palate with a dryer more crsip malt base,a decent toasted shot in the finish.Not anything earth shattering but not looking for that today,just lookin for an after work patio beer.

oberon, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Tiernan, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

SunDevilBeer, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of henryclay_
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

aquazr1, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very light yellow with bubbly white head.

Smell: Straw, apple and almost a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Straw, apple and spicy notes. Some cereal like graininess. Not much bitterness.

Feel: Light body with some carbonation. Crisp finish but only semi dry.

Overall: Decent lager. Better than most macros but not by much.

bsp77, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer has been mishandled - popping the cap releases the light struck aromas of skunk and sulfurous aromas that evoke Dante's inferno. Sad. Swirling the glass drives off some of the skunk but it is still there.
Despite the odor, it pours a bright, elegant straw under a brilliantly white, finely bubbled 2" foam cap - persistent and lacy.
The beer has the rich light pilsner and Munich malts you expect in a Munich Helles lager but you have to wade through a sulfurous swamp to get to them.
Light, crisp, above average carbonation. My rating gives the brewer the benefit of the doubt. Absent mishandling by either a retailer or distributor, this beer coulda been a contender.

pat61, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and fairly earthy malt driven aroma with hints of biscuit and light fruit. Pale malts upfront with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, crackers, and yeast. Earthy European hops with hints of spice and grass. Citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon zest. A decent Euro style lager aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a bready and earthy malt forward taste with notes of bready grains and light fruit. Upfront pale malts with notes of grains, wheat, straw, crackers, biscuit, and lager yeast. Earthy and somewhat grassy European hops with some slight spice. Bright citrus notes of lemon zest and orange. A decent lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A decent take on a Euro style lager. Good bready and citrusy taste.

MattyG85, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Undated, recently purchased, 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Pours very light with a generous white head and lots of visible carbonation.

The carbonation is medium-high and feels surprisingly soft. Light body.
They must use a similar hop load to Heineken because it has a similar flavor profile, including a hint of skunk in the aroma and aftertaste. Aroma is also pilsner-like, with a stronger hop note than found in the flavor.

O: Aside from the feel, this is a remarkably average lager. Served its purpose, nonetheless. being thirst-quenching and refreshing on this first hot day of summer.

chinchill, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Ice_cyclops86, May 16, 2014
Photo of TimMack
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

TimMack, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of ryanjtravis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ryanjtravis, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of edweeno
1/5  rDev -71.8%

edweeno, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +13%

javlin624, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.29/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Enjoy by date of 4/19/13

Appearance - Pours a touch hazy, pale yellow with a white, 1/2 finger head. Sub-par retention. Spotty touches of lace around the glass.

Smell - Subtle esters and a slight sourness.

Taste - Touches faintly on a bready malt character, hints of grain, then a ghostly mild lemon finish. Not much.

Mouthfeel - Is it possible to be lighter than water? Yes, yes it is. Virtually no carbonation. Bone dry, making it a bit of a chore to swallow. Maybe the worst body I've ever experienced with a beer.

Overall - Lagers are light in nature, but this is ridiculous. Boring, relatively flavorless and utterly disappointing. Sorry Ballast Point, this beer sucks.

TheSixthRing, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of bashiba
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a straw pale yellow. very thin white head.

The smell is very light and a touch grassy.

The flavor is light and grainy with a touch of noble hops in the finish, a bit of citrus and fresh cut grass.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Nothing bad, but on the boring and bland side for a brewery as good as ballast point.

bashiba, Mar 20, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

jason_nwx, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

ironchefkook, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of rhino54
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

rhino54, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of jamex
1.6/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Light gold color, quickly fading head. Smells like a cheap malt liquor like you'd find in a 40oz. Tastes like Miller Genuine Draft. My friend and I were really disappointed. Ending up making red beers from it since it was so awful. When I got home I ended up drain pouring it. Hate to give a beer from BP such a low mark but it really was awful. Pretty sure my growler was clean so I don't get it. Maybe I just have to stay away from this style.

jamex, Sep 19, 2011
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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.