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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 406
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a grain flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and refreshing. (545 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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 (765 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with a pretty good white head. Smell is a little bit of grain and grassiness; not the best overall, but for its style pretty good. Pretty light flavor, not surpassing most others of the style as the nose did. Mouthfeel was light and crisp, and drinkability was nice. Overall, very nice for its style, but still lacking in too many departments to justify a higher score than this. (400 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Label dated: "LF 60 14150"
Which could be May 2014, almost a year old.

I was looking forward to this but unfortunately the bottle I bought was infected.

Pale pastel yellow, excessive foam, no lacing. Cloudy with ever present carbonation.

Aroma is minerally and grassy, wet stone and grains.
Taste is moderately tart, which was unexpected. Grainy and bland, astringent.
Feels strange with a dry mealy aftertaste. Overall not a good experience. Might try on tap, but will likely avoid the bottles in the future. (514 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Some sweet malt and corn with a strong aroma of grass and straw. A light banana and apple ester quality to it with some hints of yeast.

T: The beer is somewhat sweet with corn and biscuit malt flavors. The hop character is light, though there is a bit of bitterness to it. A light grass flavor and maybe some fruity esters.

M: The body is light with a medium carbonation.

O: Pretty simple light lager, but not really my favorite. (539 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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Kind of a bland and malt-liqourish flavored brew. On tap at Mitch's Seafood by the sport-fishing piers.

Pours a clear amber with a modest head in the big 22 oz glass. More of the club soda taste. Not as crisp as I'd like in a lighter lager, but not very malty either. Drinkable but even less interesting than many industrial lagers. A slight tanginess is about the best I can say for it, and it still has that kind of sweet nearly insipid taste. An earthy tough to the not very bitter hops. I would hope for a good San Diego style lager from somebody around here to counteract all the over-hyped IPAs. However,the closest I can come to a favorite local lager is Craftsman in Pasadena. (685 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some lemon + straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts along with lighter notes of grain and just a hint of corn. Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet biscuit malts with a touch of grain and corn. There are light flavors of grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink, and enjoyable - this might be my new go to grilling beer. Will be great in the hot NC summer. (960 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At long last, nepotism rears its ugly head on The CANQuest (TM)! For those not in the know, I write for Ale Street News (and others) while my cousin, Colby Chandler, is the specialty brewer at Ballast Point B.C. It has been a closely-unguarded secret for some time and I have written about our relationship as well as making appearances with Colby at various venues and events. He knows of my affinity for CANned beer and especially craft CANs, so when they began CANning their beers, he knew precisely who to send some for a fair and balanced review. I will begin with their Lager as I am unCANvinced that a west-coast ale brewer CAN change his spots and brew a quality lager.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted & CANned in San Diego, California"; "Dedicated to the Craft"; "San Diego Helles Lager"; "A classic German beer, brewed in San Diego"; "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 that it's perfect for enjoying on the beach, the boat or anywhere else you [CAN] put an ice chest full of beer."

Okay, Cuz, come wid it! The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and I hope that the big boys are paying attention because this is how to make the CANsumer feel like they have gotten their money's worth. An inverted Glug later and we were off and running. I briefly had a finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps, leaving just a skim across the top in its wake. Color was a pale, straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I once again want to mention the plight of Lincoln, NE's own Val MidWest who has been cited for public nudity while trespassing on private property. Ha! She may beat this one and I will stop there. Say, a fizzy yellow beer from San Diego (County), California ... Doesn't someone else from the area have some choice words to say about such things? Nose is good, with a pure lager scent driven by a honey-like sweetness with an underlying grassiness, undoubtedly from Saaz hops. I say "pure" because one of the drawbacks of The CANQuest (TM) has been my repeated exposure to AALs and once I realized what a lager was supposed to taste like and what Prohibition desensitized us into, I wept and CANtinue to weep. Mouthfeel was medium, not overly carbonated as I may have led people to believe with my "fizzy" comment. The taste was more grassy than malty, which straddles a fine line between a German and a Czech but as the site's description reads "... a bit more subdued and in balance with malts", I will bow in deference. It was not as in-your-face as a Czech Pils, lending credence to the CAN's verbiage about being "... solidly balanced", but as a self-avowed hophead, I would now like to challenge my Westie Cuz to make a Czech Pils in a CAN. Finish was, indeed, "... clean with a hint of hops" so kudos for truth in advertising. I think that by "clean," they are referring to the qualities that adjuncts, especially corn, impart in a lager and this was definitely clean. That "hint" business puts me in mind of the old Schlitz slogan, "Just a Kiss of the Hops". What are we? Kissing cousins that I just get a peck on the cheek?!? I want a kiss like my Old Lady's, where she punches me in the mouth with her lips! All jagging aside, this was a solid iteration of the style and would definitely be cooler-worthy in my humble estimation. (3,470 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Longfin came to me looking like a american adjunct, bright white gold, yellow colored, no head. No lace.

S- Light grain, light hops, a solid malt smell, all in all light.

T- Sweet malt is apparent and some corn. Hops are minimal but make the slightest dent. Kind of has a helles vibe.

M- Goes down smooth, probably this beers best feature. Im liking the light feel and not the over the top carb causing over crispness, fizz if you will.

D- Im sure the ABV is low and i finished my pint with ease, but I wont be going back for it anymore, not my style I guess. (572 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 corby112
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale and very clear light golden yellow color that is almost as clear and light as water. Looks like a very diluted ginger ale. Fizzy white head that quickly dissipates into a very thin ring. I wanted to use words like urine to describe the appearance but thought better of it. I wish that I could give it less than a 1.0.

Pilsner malt aroma with subtle light crisp fruits;apple and pear, some bready yeast and subtle hops. Very bland.

Crisp medium body that is slightly spiced with some nice bready yeast, pilsner malt crisp light fruit and subtle hops. I'm shocked at the flavor and complexity of this beer after how awful it looked and bland it smelled. This is a pleasant surprise. Spice notes up front with clean crisp apple and pear notes followed by some slightly earthy straw notes. Slightly watered down with a subtle hoppy finish. (855 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 WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Longfin was an easy drinking lager....would be great for warmer weather days. It poured a clear golden with fizzywhite head that did not lace. The scent and taste were mostly grains. Mouthfeel was lighter in body with great carbonation. Overall it was good. (265 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, a touch of sweetness to it. Taste is light and mild, malts, a bit of hops at the finish, not exactly bursting with flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer. (324 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with part of the stamped number smudged off. #25...and #3784. Sampled on January 20, 2014.

It pours a hazy pale yellow-olive color with a full fizzy white head that settles back to a ring around the edge. Good carbonation.

The German influence is clearly evident in the aroma with those Euro-barley and grain malts, light toffee, herbs, and a slight citrus feel.

Light and creamy body.

Again, like the nose Ballast Point put some thought into brewing this to emulate the German style beer. The sweet biscuit malts are formidable as are the herbs and mildly hopped finish. This is a good true-to-style lager. (648 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 xnicknj
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a layer of white head on top. Fades out into a few wisps of film, leaving a couple spots of lacing on the glass.

Bready and grainy in the nose with some hints of straw and grass. Very faint notion of hops and sweetness.

Snap of floral and grassy notes up front. Grainy with some straw hints and a thinner biscuit-like malt backbone. Touch of citrus with light sweetness. Finishes crisp and a little dry.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, crisp on the tongue. Not a ton of exciting flavor going on here - not something I'd drink again. (620 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy, pale golden lager topped with a frothy white head
S - yeast, grass, must, grain
T - sweet & delicate, grass, a touch spicy, nutty, German
M - thin-medium with higher carbonation making it feel fuller
O - very good example of the style. I'd pick this up again if the price is right. Easy to drink, good flavors, well done. (340 characters)

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