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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

SocalKicks, Apr 20, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

oberon, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

TMoney2591, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

mactrail, May 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

oriolesfan4, Oct 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

InspectorBob, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

drewone, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 12, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

corby112, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

BARFLYB, Oct 17, 2009
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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.