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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 407
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 18
Gots: 83 | 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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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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of ricke49
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (236 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (410 characters)

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. (1,163 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of ACOG-09
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%

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 (686 characters)

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%

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. (735 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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 (411 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (297 characters)

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. (160 characters)

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. Flavors of fresh grain, grass, bread, and mildly spicy hops on the finish. (176 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (762 characters)

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. (596 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,537 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Feeling like drinking something light tonight, I picked up a growler at Ballast Point/Home Brew Mart in San Diego for $10.99 and poured it into a Stone branded pint glass.

A: Pours the typical clear fizzy yellow look that one would expect from the style with a decent head that dissipates with the first sip, leaving very small amounts of lacing.

S: Sweet and malty, dried grass and hay with an unmistakable german yeast that reminds me of German beer halls in Munich - they nailed the style for sure!

T: Taste is on point with the nose - sweet and grainy with a very faint hint of hop on the back end. Again - very traditional Munich style lager. Could easily go toe to toe with Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräuhaus, Spaten or the likes.

M: This is where this one falls short for me - the body is nice for the style which is on the verge of medium-bodied, but the carbonation is too light which gives it a flat finish instead of that crisp clean finish that this style begs for.

Overall this beer is super tasty, ridiculously easy to drink, and a true tip of the hat to the German brewers who helped to get the beer craze going. Great all night drinker!

I heard this will be released in bottles soon if it hasn't already. (1,221 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid take on a helles. I thought it maybe lacked the body it needed, but the flavor profile seemed right about on point. Need to revisit this one a couple more times, as I think it's right about there, and I'm wondering if my most recent can was just a touch off/dated. BP generally handles German styles well, IMO (see their kolsch-style pale ale). (357 characters)

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. (460 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of Shane. Thanks!

A: Pale straw color with a 1/2 inch of fluffy white head. Semi transparent and reminiscent of lighter beers.

N: Good mixture of some light lemon, grass, pale malt, and a touch of pine from the hops. Some light banana and green peppercorn. It has an appreciable sensation that works well for its style. Flavors are light and delicate.

T: A strong sense of hop bitterness followed up by a zesty pepper. The malt is the third tier here which I quite enjoy.

M: Easy sipper. Well within style.

O: I’m seeing a lot of low scores from what I assume are non-fresh bottles shipped across the country. I think the cans will mitigate this issue because this is a solid, refreshing beer with a touch of hops and spice to make it worth enjoying. Buy it fresh and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. (839 characters)

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.