Longfin Lager
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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German Helles
Ranked #194
Ranked #41,840
3.62 | pDev: 12.71%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Longfin LagerLongfin Lager
Notes: 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 Singular
1.22/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Went to pour in a glass. It smelled like a cross between ocean caught fish and oysters. And it taste like what I imagine harbour water taste like. Stale and very fishy. Maybe I just got hold of one bad one. But I was afraid to try another one. I managed to take about 5 sips. I just left the rest cc'

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of sweet grain and floral hops.

Taste on entry is a bit more mild than I anticipated. It's as if they wanted to offer a middle of the road beer that's a step up from AALs and if so they succeeded. Flavors of grain and hops in almost equal proportion from the start, grain that scents sweet actually isn't when tasted, rather dry actually, and the hops have more spicy punch than I caught in the scent. Nonetheless it is simple, straightforward and refreshing.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A nice enough Lager that gets to the finish line without any surprises. Clean, well made and gets the job done.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear and sunny yellow with a medium sized head.

Smells most strongly of toasted grain. Mildly sweet smelling, Noble hop scent is flowery and grassy. Fainter scents of saffron and lemon.

Starts out dry and tasting of toasted grain with a medium sharp hop bite. Soda cracker malt is the main flavor.

Mouthfeel is light. Good hot weather beer.

Dry easy to drink beer pretty much sums this up.

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Photo of itsatax
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good color, but a little cloudy. Taste is good, but a little too hoppy for the style. In short, it's a typical American helles. Enjoyable, but can't be compared to the Bavarian beers. Almost a different style.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, pint glass. Clear golden yellow body, one and half finger white head, good retention and no lacing. Straw, a bit of toasted grain, mineral, light floral. Not much going here, but it's got plenty of flavour if not complexity and finishes clean and easy on the palate. Really takes off the thirst. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, not particularly bitter, a straightforward lager.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours a pale gold, inch of foam.

Smells grainy, corny, sweet not in a good way.

Taste is grainy, some corn, very light bitterness.

Boring as hell.

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Photo of zeff80
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of floral notes, caramel and bread. Sweet caramel taste with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 Oz bottle into pilsner glass. Poured a clear straw color with fluffy cream colored head that dissipated to ring. Almost champagne in appearance with the continously rising bubbles. Hints of grass hops and sweet bread malt on the nose. Taste followed aroma. Light to medium body, smooth with a bit of dry finish. A good breweries and I could easy see myself sipping on the beach or boat as advertised.

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Photo of SimplySinister
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A – Straw colored, clear, poured from standard 12 oz can into standard pint glass. No head. No lacing.

S – Faint. Muted Hops. Cereal. Bread.

T – Mediocre at best. Typical macro lager flavored with a dash of extra hops.

M – Mediocre.

D – It’s just a standard lager with extra hops. You could session this one as it is 4.5% abv but the price point is a major con. I didn't really like this one and I definitely won’t buy it again. Truthfully, it was almost a drain pour but I can't do that to a beer this costly.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite a light beer, not that much to it. Not as comparable to a true German hell that it doesn't have that much of the associated fresh cut grass of the noble hop or the malt back.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is short and semi-dry. Good brew.

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Photo of Dms844
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer sounded good going into the glass, it had a Fizz like a Coca-Cola. The bubbly head dissipated to nothing pretty quick and the beer is a very pale yellow not much to look at. It has a pleasant lemony smell and a light thirst-quenching taste. A good Light beer, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Smells of malt and mild mild hops. Tastes of malt and some bread. Very nice medium creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall it's a tasty lager that I would drink again based on the cheap price.

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

Golden and cloudy and dainty and pretty. Also, the head doesn't last at all. Nose is mild and malty and grassy but not irregular.

Taste is bread and biscuit notes everywhere, with minor pushback from noble hops. A little watery in texture but fits the style. Not unpleasant at all. Solid summer barbecue stuff.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear head with a small tight white head, moderate retention, and some lines of lacing.

S: Super bright, golden bready, grainy as all get out with a light, crisp, honey sweetness--and just a faint touch of cool grassy/herbal hops.

T: Nice golden bread upfront--almost tastes like lightly toasted white bread with just a bit of butter. A kiss of honey sweetness. There's a pop of cool and minty hops with some grass and lemon throughout. A nicely grainy flavor, too. Finishes very crisp and lightly dry

F: Light, but not watery. Medium-high carbonation pushes the beer quickly across the palate. It's lightly sweet throughout but ends crisp and clean.

O: This is an excellent refreshing lager. It's sort of between Munich Helles Lager and pilsner. It's a bit more hoppier than your typical Helles--leaning toward pilsner--but retains the firmly golden bready sweetness of a Helles.

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Photo of Shanex
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass

It's a good Lager not much, smell. I wouldn't purchase again but glad I tried anyway.

It's a beer for the head, not much in winter season', enjoy.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I loved looking at this one even though it was a little hazy.

Hazy. Floral, no spice, light lemon. Crisp bubble shows some spice and then the malt finishes clean and golden with a bit forward bitterness. Subtle lemon is in the aftertaste. It has a bit more bubble than the usual helles. But that accents the brilliant hop and they don't tell you which one. So clean. Floral only. Beautiful.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can Date: 11:48am on...
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is a super clear yellow with plenty of white head.

Smell is rice. It's a lager, so I guess expectations shouldn't be too high.

The taste is fairly rich for a lager. The main flavor is fresh wheat grain, but there's not necessarily a wide spectrum of stuff. Mild bitterness, but that's based on my taste buds. Any other flavors I get seem to be big-scale agriculture, mostly sweet corn, plus a slight bit of banana (in a good way). It's what I'd give somebody who wants a Coors Light. "Here. Try this."

Moderate thickness and well integrated carbonation.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a light straw color with a thin white head. Initial impression bready malts and citrus; very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is medium; quite refreshing. Finish is dry and refreshing. Would be a really good summer session beer.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz can poured into a pint glass, no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy medium yellow, two finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Bright, crisp, clean smell.

Taste: Well balance, bright clean. A hint of hops as the beer warms.

Feel: Light to medium body, not overly carbonated yet is not flat.

Overall: Very tasty lager, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of mjurney
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden-straw color, clear. Lots of carbonation. Bright white head.

Grassy, bready, a little spicy, crisp, clean.

Grassy, grainy, white bread, a little honey. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-herbal. Finish is dry, clean, crisp. Light-medium bodied, very crisp, clean, refreshing, highly drinkable.

Its a really good American-made Helles.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It poured a golden with a one finger white head. I thought it was perfectly hopped and balanced out with a slight malt taste. I am really impressed with this beer!

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Photo of Grog_Guzzler
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Longfin is my favorite beer... Period. Which is why all the 5's. I buy it when ever I see it. Best on tap. Problem is I can't find it everywhere. Longfin is one reason why I frequent a local restaurant in my town. Ballast Point... You did good with this one.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

pours into a mug, pours a light golden color with no foam head.

Smells slightly skunky with a mild hops note to it.

Tastes mildy skunky like a euro pale lager with a subtle hops flavor int he aftertaste.

Mild carbonation with a crisp clean feel that drinks easy.

Overall pleasant, not not bad ont he tongue. Easy to drink. Easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with white head. Really classic helles aroma with the specific honey and bread crust. Taste follows, really classic. Malty at first with notes of white bread and a touch of honey, slightly bitter and hoppy finish. Light body with crisp carbonation. Overall they nailed this one, it's really true to style but not a beer to remember.

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 599 ratings