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Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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77 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 407
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 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 arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Total Wine in early July for $1.99. Received at TW on 4/1/14 so likely it was canned within 6 weeks.

Beer poured straw with a nice head upon the initial pour.

Nose is grainy and surprisingly fresh.

Taste is a nice balance between the malts and hops. Finish is clean with a nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. FInish is refreshing.

Overall Ballast Point nailed this pretty well. Would love to try one that is fresh. (458 characters)

Photo of malvrich
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz. brown bottle into a Foothills glass.
No BB date found.
Bottle states 4.5% ABV.
A: Clear straw color with the slightest haze. Half finger of loose head. Good lacing but it does not last and goes down to only a small collar around the glass.

S: Tart herbs and dough, mostly.

T: Crackers/doughy malt flavors with a tart herbal hop flavor finding its way through later, along with a bit of a sweetish roundness as the beer warms. Crisp, clean and bitter. Quite good.

M: A bit on the stiff side of light. A good amount of bubble tingle on the tongue. Minimal hops stickiness, a bit wet maybe and very clean. Maybe this beer's best quality.

O: Had high hopes for Longfin but found it good though hardly great. I appreciate everything about this lager, including its low ABV. It all says "quality" but nothing was found truly exceptional. A good brew but stupid expensive. At $12/6, I've likely had my last B.P. Longfin. (925 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 Nugganooch
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle from the Costco mix pack
Noted on 08/09/14 - FW Imperial Nonic glass

A: Light straw, pale yellowish body with a crystal clear look and nice effervescence taking place. Foamy white cap holds over for a few prolonged moments leaving some lightly broken tracks of lace in its wake.

S: Smells of grainy Pilsner malt with some dough like quality and light hints of earthy corn husks. I get a touch of muted noble hop spice aromas and a pretty clean Lager yeast character to it. Nothing fancy here and what you would come to expect in a traditional style.

T: Tastes much the same with a firm base of whole grain bread mixed with earthy dry grass up front. Follows up with some modest Noble hop bitterness comprised mostly of staled kitchen spices. Crisp and dry with no alcohol coming through in the flavors. Tasty and refreshing for a hot summers day but a bit pedestrian too.

M: Light to upper light filling body with an higher level of frothy carbonation on the tongue. Moderate peppery bitterness segues into a crisp dry finish. Very clean overall.

D: This is a nice refreshing and crisp Helles with solid balance but it’s a bit of your typical standard fare. Simple and straightforward albeit still better than the macros. (1,260 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 wedge
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear straw color covered with a bubbly pure-white head that has decent retention. Aromas of peppery, herbal hops, gently sweet Pils malt, and clean lager yeast. Cereal-like Pilsner malt sweetness in the flavor with some grassy noble hops to balance and a touch of honey. Body is a little better than light keeping things very drinkable. A good light lager for sure and a more than solid choice for hot weather drinking. (420 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 Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden color with a large white head that dissipates quickly leaving only traces of lace.

Smell: Sweet malts backed up by grains and citrus with some floral/herbal hints as well.

Taste: Begins tasting of sweet pale malt and that flavor really remains throughout. Rounds out to a grainy flavor before finishing with a fruity/honey-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with a very refreshing finish.

Overall: A good representation of the style and a great beer to drink during a hot San Diego summer day. This could be an excellent go-to for sessioning, and is also an excellent beer to introduce those not used to craft to. (698 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 McStagger
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Craft...lager? Yes, please.

A: Looks about like a BMC. Carbonation is moderate. Bright bleach white fizzy head. Rapid dissipation. Slightly darker than straw but not quite to gold.

S: Spicy hoppiness. Lemon zest, a little salty smelling, herbal notes. Malt is crackery and ever so slightly sweet.

T: Big splurge of graininess in the onfront. This carries through the palate. Some mild spiciness from the hops, along with a bit of lemon oil and mildly sulfuric compounds, green grape. Finishes bone dry.

M: A little creamier than I remember Helles lagers being. Malt plays a bit more on the palate. Carbonation is neither invigorating or lively.

O: Pretty decent. Very grain dominant in the flavor department. Smells spot on for Helles, though. Mouthfeel is slightly too full and it is somewhat undercarbonated. Poor by Ballast Point's standards. (855 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 Spikester
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with a huge white head and some lacing.
Smell is grassy euro hops.
Taste is light euro hops with a good amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is just right for this style.
Overall an easy drinking lager with just enough flavor to put AALs to shame. Nice beer. (264 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw, mild chill haze. Poured from the can to a glass leaving a white head of two fingers, poor retention and speckles of lacing on the glass.

Saaz grassiness and some bright lemon above a honey malt and strong corn adjunct base.

Cereal grains, corn meal, apple juice before the hops come in with a crisp straw, lemon grass character. Spices are powdery and hops are crisp and drying. Slight bitterness and rather clean.

Nice light body, adequate carbonation. Clean and crisp.

Aroma is rather bothersome since it contains quite a bit of corn and adjunct aroma as does the malt base in the flavor however hops are a redeeming quality and the spice notes in the flavor add crispness and match the Helles Lager profile very well. Not my favorite lager style but this fits the bill. (795 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 Mdog
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light yellow, slight haze, good head.

Smell: Grassy, a little corn note.

Taste: Mildly sweet bread, mild grassy hops. Balanced flavor all the way.

Overall: Picked up a single to try another one from Ballast Point, who recently entered the Minnesota market. Longfin is a solid easy drinking lager, nice and balanced flavor. Good one for a hot day or if you want something easy to drink. (400 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow with bone white foam. Decent lacing. Smells of crackers, yeast, lemon. Tastes lightly skunky, grain, yeast, lemon. Watery light body with moderate carbonation. Very simple beer, I've had better crafted lagers. I'll drink it, but I won't buy it again. (267 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very light yellow with bubbly white head.

Smell: Straw, apple and almost a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Straw, apple and spicy notes. Some cereal like graininess. Not much bitterness.

Feel: Light body with some carbonation. Crisp finish but only semi dry.

Overall: Decent lager. Better than most macros but not by much. (388 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours slightly hazed yellow color with a white 1 finger head a bit of lacing and a fresh collar after that
S-lemongrass, pale malts yeast , bread and grain
T- crisp pale malts with a touch of light hops lemon and citrus peel
M- crisp and dry with medium carbonation
O-nice lager wheat style brew easy to drink with enough taste (329 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Pale straw with 2 fingers of fizzy, white head. The head retention is decent enough. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Spent grains, lemon and skunk.

Taste
Spent grains with a little bit of breadiness. Hints of lemongrass that add a touch of bitterness. It does have a skunk yeast character to it similar to Budweiser. Luckily this less apparent than in was in the nose.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, smooth, crisp and clean.

Overall
Very clean and smooth. Would be a good summer beer but I've have plenty of better lagers. (591 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 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)

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