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:
559
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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24
Gots:
148
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Ratings: 559 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i think this is a lot better than it gets credit for, its not supposed to be a hoppy beer, thats what fathom is for. this is a clean lager, really bright in color it looks amazing in a pils glass, bubbles like champagne and a tall white head sits forever on top. this is crushing beer, super light and easy drinking. aromas of light grassy hops and clean fresh malt, lighter than i know pilsener to be for the most part, but the beer isnt watery, its just delicate. flavor is a lot like the nose, its one of the better tasting yellow beer types i have had lately, and its not trying to be overly complex. i love the finish, which is flavorful and then gone, dry and quick, snappy refreshing, and the carbonation is there to support it. overall one that might get overlooked in the impressive ballast point repertoire, but it shouldnt. one of the better lager beers i have had so far in 2015, and an excellent compliment to a big greasy lamb dish for contrast. well done.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light tot moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bready malts and has bits of associated sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good American representation of a German style and is nice and malty without being that heavy on the body.

Serving type: can

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, the latest offering from this brewery to make it up here to northern Alberta. Glad I was able to procure a single serving.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves not much in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a bit of wet saltine cracker, some middling earthy yeast, and leafy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy and bready pale malt, a touch of sodden breakfast cereal, still overly-existent, and somewhat phenolic yeast, and more leafy, grassy, and floral hop bitterness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their palpable frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, a small clamminess kind of hitching a ride from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the plain graininess doing well to persist among the lingering floral and grassy hoppiness.

Overall, a simple, and none-too-special version of the style, as the expected clean crispness just fails to materialize. Easy enough to put back, if you're not really thinking about it, I suppose, but not around here, especially given the ongoing and unfavourable US/Canadian exchange rates.

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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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Undated, recently purchased, 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Pours very light with a generous white head and lots of visible carbonation.

The carbonation is medium-high and feels surprisingly soft. Light body.
They must use a similar hop load to Heineken because it has a similar flavor profile, including a hint of skunk in the aroma and aftertaste. Aroma is also pilsner-like, with a stronger hop note than found in the flavor.

O: Aside from the feel, this is a remarkably average lager. Served its purpose, nonetheless. being thirst-quenching and refreshing on this first hot day of summer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character followed by a lot of malt sweetness. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better choices in the style but this is still a solid beer to drink for a while.

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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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 559 ratings.
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