Longfin Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Longfin LagerLongfin Lager

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 107 | Ratings: 542
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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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter. This decent little lager pours a lightly chill hazed pale straw color with a modest head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, tiny layer, and very light lacing. Nose of sweet malts, lemon grass, and subtle breaded malts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet breaded malts, light honey, and subtle herbal hop notes on the back with a touch of lemon grass. Nice mouth feel, medium high carbonation and a clean sweet finish. Decent for the style.


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

I've never encountered a North American version that so perfectly nails the style--close your eyes and this IS a Munich Helles.

Pours pale gold/straw, slight chill-haze, lots of tiny bubbles, audibly fizzy. Loose head of a finger or two that is nevertheless surprisingly persistent.

Smell is biscuit/cracker, pale malt, slight dough-yness and gentle herbal hopping. Taste is crisp, bright, crackery, dough-y, again with that slightly herbal, green "bite". Bready, slight lemon. Light, refreshing body, active carbonation. It's outrageously priced (several *actual* Helles lagers are available locally for half the price, despite having to be imported half-way across the world), but I can't fault the quality of the beer itself. Very nice.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smiths nonic pint glass.

Look: Semi-clear pale straw colored body with a white head that recedes to a film with a thicker mass of suds in the center. Little or no lacing.

Aroma: Bready grains, light grassy hops, hints of lemon.

Taste: Semi-sweet malty beginning with grains. Moves into lemongrass and a bright, subtle hop finish. Subtle citrus as well.

Mouthfeel: Bright, somewhat crisp.

Overall: Nice malt/hop balance and refreshing for warmer weather drinking.

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Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly clear medium gold. Thin white head is fizzy and has no retention. The aroma is mild but still has some nice biscuit and grassy hops. The taste is equally mild and tends toward the sweeter qualities of a lager. The body is light on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Short and sweet. Trying this one out of a pick 6 from total wine. Much better than any macro lager of course, looks slightly golden pale, smells just like an APA oddly. Ever so slightly carbonated mouthfeel, not much there. But taste is pretty good, nothing spectacular but much better than your average lager, seems like a mix between APA and helles. Overall, good beer. Will drink again if presented, buy again? Hmmm... maybe

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Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear pale gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Biscuity and grainy malts, lemon, lager yeast, light herbal hops, mildly sweet aroma overall.

Taste - Sweet biscuity malts along with grains and lemon. Herbal hops flavour is very minimal, but semi-present. Malts lingering throughout the palate and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall - A refreshing and crisp lager that pays tribute to biscuity and sweet grain malts. The hops could use a touch more volume, as they are almost not existent, but all the other elements are there. Also, head retention could use some work.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight "4's" (or 8) across the board. Sampled on 1/4/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle with nice artwork. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "FALSTAFF" thumb-print globlet

Brew pours a lighter golden in color with not much head at all, very little in areas actually. Lacing isn't there either. Aroma is of pale malts, hint of floral hops and grass. Pretty much the taste follows the nose. Very easy to drink with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Crisp and clean. Lighter-side of medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew and the first I tried from this brewery.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12oz can from Don Quiojte $2.25. Very light golden color, watery taste with some sweetness, light mouthfeel, overall a good beer to drink on a hot day but not worth the premium price. I'll drink it if offered, but would not buy it unless price drops.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

January 20th, 2014 - Longfin Lager is easy to spot in San Diego year round, but it seems to be most appreciated during the hotter months. Of course, all months are appropriate for a beer of this weight in San Diego, so January doesn't seem too, too weird. It pours like many other lagers, donning a thick white head with bubbles big and small, and underneath a slightly hazy body - just a bit of fog - in a dandelion yellow body. The aroma is dry, but with a single sweet scent, like a concentrated honey flavor. The mouthfeel is intensely active, and in the mid-taste it sweeps aside to reveal that honey touch again. This lasts through a long aftertaste, where the last popping bubbles mingle with a waning honey flavor. Broadly, I like the balance here, but that honey note is a bit sweet, and appears a bit candied in places. But that might be easier to overlook after a day walking along the boardwalk, watching friends on Facebook kvetch about snowstorms, blizzards and slush.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of grass, slight wheat, and a hint of herbal notes. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight floral hops, and slight wheat. Overall, weak appearance, great aroma, lacking in body, and decent blend.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/26/2015. Pours slightly hazy pale golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aomr aof light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice Helles lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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