Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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: 368 | Reviews: 88
Photo of BBS323
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Very good taste

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
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 seabas1
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, easy drinking beer for any reason.

Photo of beerrat
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good not the best easy to drink

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
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 ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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 PA-hunter
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz can into glass. 4.5% alcohol, not 4.6% as this page says.

Appearance- Bright. Light yellow in color with a white 2 finger head.

Smell- Grainy biscuit malt aroma with a touch of grassy sweetness.

Taste- A big burst of toasted bready malt flavor. The grainy flavor goes quickly into a sweet finish. Touch of very minimal hops at the end as well.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body, with active carbonation. Not watery at all.

Overall- A lager that is bursting with flavor. One of my all time favorite lagers. Extremely easy drinking. HIghly agreeable to any beer drinker, even those who must have the macros.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of long fin drank.

Photo of ACOG-09
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy which is interesting.

Smells a little sweet but refreshing

Light body with a subtle sweetness and a smooth finish.
Don't really taste the hops like in some stronger beers that claim German style.

Great session beer with mass appeal. Even the wife enjoyed it.

Photo of Mostel
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid, steady, brew. Enjoyed during a game.

Photo of Vinnygny
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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 moundbz
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super refreshing after a hard day

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

9/2/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Pellucid pale yellow with a modest and fast fading white head.

S: Grain with a little biscuit and dough. Lightly sweet, with a low noble hop spiciness. Clean, with no fruity esters.

T: Slightly sweet grain, bread, and Pils malt flavor with a low noble hop bitterness. There's a light spiciness on the back end. The finish is clean.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall: This is delicious and ridiculously drinkable. I want to take down an entire growler right now.

Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

Poured from the canned version.

A: 4.5 Crystal clear light golden color with a substantial head, nearly an inch tall initially, still persistent a minute later.
S: 3.75 A bit faint, but a nice pils type malt aroma, with light hoppiness.
T: 4.25 Really good for a Helles! Delicious malt, not grainy at all, with medium to medium high bitterness and delicate floral hop flavor.
M: 4 Nicely carbonated
O: 4.25

Possibly the tastiest Helles I've ever had. It's probably too bitter for the style, approaching a decent pils in hop presence, which probably explains why I like it so much. It's quite tasty and quaffable. Recommended!

Weighting (percentages): 20%, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 4.18

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%

Bottle dated LF 14233 so the 233rd day of 2014 was when this was bottled hard to say late August or early September


A Pale straw color, rather light, bubbling with carbonation the head never truly fades.
S A slight whiff of spicy hops and light malts
T Tradional bittering hops play off of the light malt body. The smooth light malt body builds up ever so slightly on the back of the mouth generating a bready yeasty lingering that is lip smacking.
M Sounds tacky but crisp and refreshing, perfect balance in taste and carbonation. The beer remained carbonated for a good while after it was poured.
O Well done lager, true to the style and a treat to drink. The only caveat is the price which is a little more than one would expect.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, picked up at the local Total Wine,

A: Pours gold with a light white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Sweet bready pils malt, very much a classic German Helles nose.

T: Lovely simple bready malt, yet vibrant. A soft noble hopping lends a good balance, very easy to drink.

M: Crisp, clean, light-bodied, well made here, no off flavours.

O: A classic craft lager for the summertime. I don't now why I'm seeing bottles of this for the first time come wintertime, but I'll be looking for this in June.

Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 mentor
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Ballast Point Brewing for the opportunity. Entered into judging in category #18 (Munchner Helles).

Pours a two finger clingy white head. Crystal clear dull-light yellow liquid. Looks like a macro lager or a light macro lager. Smells a little bit of zingy hops. Pils malt and a hint of yeast.

Tastes simple. Gentle pils malt sweet with a hallertauer floral. Nice zing hops make the end. More and it would come across as peppery. Touch of grassy with a sweet that hangs oon the back of the tongue. Just a touch of creamed corn (suggesting DMS). Not to style, but at a level that I find adds character, rather than detracts. Soft simple and tasty. I see myself buying this one for hot summer days next year.

Md body and hangs on the tongue enough to keep the malt and sweet around a while. Nice, very drinkable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Hop City Beer & Wine in Birmingham, Alabama.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale hay-hued beer with a medium-small, white head, though its retention is fair.

Smell: Pils maltiness with softly toasted grains, a little yeasty breadiness, and gentle hop notes of lemon and grassiness.

Taste: Subtle pils malt bill, lightly toasted grains, a modest cereal sweetness. Citrus alongside a minute grassiness, ample peppery hop bitterness. Scantly yeasty. A little more lemon precludes the crisp, easy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, active carbonation.

Overall: A crisp, clean, refreshing beer for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of dikebrewery
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Lard_City
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick, bubbly white head into a shaker that left a thin ring throughout. the body was bright golden.
s - lager yeast aromas with a hint of breadiness.
t - bready, lemon, grassy with some floral sweetness in there.
m - slick and medium.
o - very good lager and has a lot going on for the style. damn good lawnmower beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lgunitas mason jar.

One day I will catch a fish like the one on this label. That will be the day I metamorphose into a different person, one capable of catching any fish, much less those worthy of a wall mount. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass-straw topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dry barley, light sweet corn, sweet flowers, a touch of grass, and a few sprinkles of powdered sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, some lovely helles-style goodness trickling through my GI tract. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very solid and highly drinkable little lager, something we need more of 'round here.

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.