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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Longfin LagerLongfin Lager

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 438
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 29.28%
Wants: 19
Gots: 92 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 438
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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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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Photo of BigGeorge860
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of henryclay_
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of moundbz
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super refreshing after a hard day

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ice_cyclops86
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Auraan
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JMS1512
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wsr602
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

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 at the ongoing US/Canadian exchange rates.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.