Longfin Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
555
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
146
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 555 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of edweeno
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of jamex
1.66/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Light gold color, quickly fading head. Smells like a cheap malt liquor like you'd find in a 40oz. Tastes like Miller Genuine Draft. My friend and I were really disappointed. Ending up making red beers from it since it was so awful. When I got home I ended up drain pouring it. Hate to give a beer from BP such a low mark but it really was awful. Pretty sure my growler was clean so I don't get it. Maybe I just have to stay away from this style.

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Photo of pwogle
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of Melocollo
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.32/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Enjoy by date of 4/19/13

Appearance - Pours a touch hazy, pale yellow with a white, 1/2 finger head. Sub-par retention. Spotty touches of lace around the glass.

Smell - Subtle esters and a slight sourness.

Taste - Touches faintly on a bready malt character, hints of grain, then a ghostly mild lemon finish. Not much.

Mouthfeel - Is it possible to be lighter than water? Yes, yes it is. Virtually no carbonation. Bone dry, making it a bit of a chore to swallow. Maybe the worst body I've ever experienced with a beer.

Overall - Lagers are light in nature, but this is ridiculous. Boring, relatively flavorless and utterly disappointing. Sorry Ballast Point, this beer sucks.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
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 BigGeorge860
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It's decent. It's a decent lager. Dollar for dollar, of course, I'd take this over any adjunct any day...but when you put that $10 tag on a sixes of cans, I dunno.

This one simply doesn't have much character. I agree with another reviewer who noted the lack of crispness for the style.

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Photo of zzachm18
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tsandler
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A completely average lager. Not bad and I would drink it again gladly, but nothing memorable either.

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Photo of ChainChompsky
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of caverog
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of ejohnson654
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of zbooks
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Kamahl16
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of emerge077
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of mobrado
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Although it was fresh from the can, the smell was unpleasant, bordering on rotten. Taste didn't remind me of an actual Munich Helles. Feel lacked crispness. It didn't invite me to keep on drinking, which is what I expect from a beer like this.

For a SoCal lager, Golden Road's 329 is much better. As for Ballast Point-- their Kölsch ("Pale Ale") and their Witbier ("Wahoo") are MUCH better if you're looking for something light and refreshing. This is the first beer of theirs that I didn't admire.

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Photo of ToddThompson
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of bcm75
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

04/27/13 At Beer Authority, NYC. Just a taste. Looking for something crisp & refreshing & this was not it. A bit too much linger & lacked crispness. Worth another look in a different mode.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of craigreno
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beerbirdnerd
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Marvicsin
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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