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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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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 at the ongoing 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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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light tot moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bready malts and has bits of associated sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good American representation of a German style and is nice and malty without being that heavy on the body.

Serving type: can

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Photo of tillmac62
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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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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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 paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character followed by a lot of malt sweetness. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better choices in the style but this is still a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw in color with a white head. with regards to both the nose and the flavor profile, this is an all together unremarkable pale lager. The semi-dry finish is likely the best part of this offering.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i think this is a lot better than it gets credit for, its not supposed to be a hoppy beer, thats what fathom is for. this is a clean lager, really bright in color it looks amazing in a pils glass, bubbles like champagne and a tall white head sits forever on top. this is crushing beer, super light and easy drinking. aromas of light grassy hops and clean fresh malt, lighter than i know pilsener to be for the most part, but the beer isnt watery, its just delicate. flavor is a lot like the nose, its one of the better tasting yellow beer types i have had lately, and its not trying to be overly complex. i love the finish, which is flavorful and then gone, dry and quick, snappy refreshing, and the carbonation is there to support it. overall one that might get overlooked in the impressive ballast point repertoire, but it shouldnt. one of the better lager beers i have had so far in 2015, and an excellent compliment to a big greasy lamb dish for contrast. well done.

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