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
Ranking:
#37,710
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
570
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
154
Trade:
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Ratings: 570 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 MaxPowers
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of movieclockstar
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mojo
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brett606
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cotton_27
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewhiting87
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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 -9.1%
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 Joshuafzylatra
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maedhros09
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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 +6.9%
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 BEER88
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stella77artois
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of Redgoatman
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mleahy180
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjmiller718
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LeeEvolved
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nesfelle
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 570 ratings
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