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: 106 | Ratings: 537
Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow in color with a slight amount of haze, and a small white head.

S: Light and bready with a hint at sweetness, slight floral aroma.

T: Slightly sweet, with some light bread notes, and a touch of floral hops.

M: Light and bubbly.

O: Overall a simple and enjoyable beer. Easy drinking, nothing too fancy, but I don't think it needs to be.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear pale gold that has a yellowish appearance. The appearance isn't bad, it just looks decent and, in a certain light, pretty good.

The smell is nice. It has a nice and upfront floral hop note coupled with a slightly sweet but mostly bready malt note. The smell is pretty strong and you can distinguish the various notes. Other than that, it's note very complicated.

The taste is fairly good and contains the same notes as the smell. The main notes seem to be the floral hops with a bit of grass to it and the same bready malt notes.

The feel is the best about this beer and gives it a stronger score than otherwise. The beer has a light body but still has a bit of weight that places it in that grey zone between medium and light in addition to some biting carbonation that gives it a bit of texture. A very refreshing finish.

Overall, a pretty nice MHL and worth getting when the weather is appropriate. Recommend.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an easy sipping lager. Pours a straw color with vibrant carbonation. Sweet, honey note in here with some biscuit and bread notes. Faintly hoppy, which adds an extra layer here. Very solid.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light to medium straw with a thin white head that dissipates to tiny patches, leaving slight lacing. Aroma of slightly sweet bready malt with a hint of biscuit, lightly grainy, slight grassy hops.Flavor follows with light bready biscuit malt, hints of grain husk and and light grassy hops, progresses from slightly sweet to dry biscuit in the finish. Light to medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A nice domestic take on a helles lager, with a good balance of slight sweetness and dry grain. A bit of husky grain keeps it from being bland. Pleasant and on style.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light straw yellow with little carbonation, with a thin white head. Smells a sweet biscuit. What a clean, brisk Helles lager with the sweet biscuit malt taste and finishes with the right hop. The German funk also present. A nice Helles.

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Photo of ricke49
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great biscuit malts and refreshing mouth feel / swallow. A summer session winner. Sweet. I always appreciate European styles made just right next door in California. No bewilderment about freshness and transportation across the sea.

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Photo of Brondeau
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, easy drinking lager. Sometimes you need a break from stouts and IPAs and your taste buds just need some time to relax. This is a great beer for that. Smooth, goes down easy but still tastes like beer and not like water. Great session beer. This is going to be my new go-to fill-the-cooler picnic brew.

P.S. Had this can at Sweet Tomatoes in Chatham while waiting to pick up a pizza for the family.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 tillmac62
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 140/15. Clear golden pour. World class head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Typical lager nose - yeast, mild biscuit malt and a touch of grassy hops.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Superbly carbonated with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and masterfully balanced. It begins with a blend of grassy and herbal hop flavor. The middle brings a very mild bitterness that is balanced by a subtle cracker biscuit sweetness. The finish is crisp and a herbal noble hop flavor lingers.

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Photo of Auraan
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear golden body with abundant bubbly white head that dissipated at a moderate rate. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect Munich Helles. Scents of clean, grainy, lightly honey sweet pils malt with a medium-low herbal and floral Noble hop character. Overall impression of aroma is of a perfect Munich Helles, bright, malty with a touch of hop aromas. Flavor begins lightly sweet with notes of honey and sweet pils malt with some grainy malt flavors and balanced by a light presence of Noble hop flavors. Middle continues these flavors. Finish is lightly sweet still, but with a moderate presence of both grainy malt and Noble hops imparting a herbal and floral flavor. Aftertaste is Noble hop herbal flavors, grainy malt and light honey. Overall impression of flavor is of an amazing Munich Helles. Everything is true to style and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, clean feel. Overall impression is of a perfect Munich Helles. Overall this is a fantastic lager. All aspects of the beer are spot on for the style and it comes across as a wonderful flavorful, well done example of a craft lager.

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Photo of BigGeorge860
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
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 paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale straw with a slightly rocky head. Crisp grain, freshly mowed grass and mild bread in the scent. Flavors of fresh grain, grass, bread, and mildly spicy hops on the finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull straw color. Great clarity. Three fingers of bubbly white head retain easily. Clumps of lacing cling here and there.

S: Doughy and grainy barley malt, hay, grassy and herbal hop spice, slight floral bouquet. Very clean.

T: Sweet Pilsner malt. Bready, grainy, and doughy. Hay. Exceedingly clean. Hop oils and a predominantly floral hop flavor balance evenly with the malts. Lavender. Grassy. Clean finish sees the hops kick it up a notch with an herbal/spicy quality.

M: Light bodied with a round and firm malt texture that presses gently into the tongue. Silky. Mild hop astringency grips at the teeth. Crisp bite of carbonation cuts through the body and provides a lot of scrubbing action.

O: An awesome helles lager. Just about perfect really. God I could quaff back a lot of this. It actually angers me that beers like this get no love or attention from American craft consumers. Everyone's palates have been beaten dumb by IPA and Imperial Stout flavor bombs to the point that they don't appreciate the subtleties of well-crafted lagers, or the effort and attention to detail it takes to brew them. For God's sake people, drink more than just IPA all the time.

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Photo of MNJR
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent beer, but not excellent for the style. There is a musty skunk flavor in the background - it isn't pronounced but it is there and really detracts from enjoying this beer. Too bready and lacking the clean crispness this style is renowned for. A rare dud from Ballast Point.

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

This is a good lager. Miller high life being a close second ;) a good session beer. 4s across the board. Generous I know but I am in a generous mood tonight.

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Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw in color with a white head. with regards to both the nose and the flavor profile, this is an all together unremarkable pale lager. The semi-dry finish is likely the best part of this offering.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid take on a helles. I thought it maybe lacked the body it needed, but the flavor profile seemed right about on point. Need to revisit this one a couple more times, as I think it's right about there, and I'm wondering if my most recent can was just a touch off/dated. BP generally handles German styles well, IMO (see their kolsch-style pale ale).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 jhavs
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A= Great light golden color typical of Helles Lager, retains head with slight straw color
S= Some toasty malt aroma, sweetness is there too
T= Sweetness and toasty grains come through first, finishes clean, fits Helles style.
M= Light on the palate, crisp and clean with enough malt to give it some body.
O= A good Helles lager, stays true to the style, somewhat refreshing and still has enough malt and yeast flavor to make sure you know your drinking a beer.

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

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean.

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Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a clear golden beer with a slight haze. On top is an off white head about an inch thick.

Aroma: Golden raisins, grassy, yeasty, pear, wisps of lemon zest, faint fig in the back. This one has a slight dryness in the nose.

Taste: A wave of yeasty crispness in the front. Apricot, golden raisins, apple, grape, pear, floral hops and finishes nice and dry. Cheers

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention is quite bad, though. There isn't any lacing on the glass, though. (2.75)

Smell: Smells like a helles to me - albeit with a bit more noble hopping. The bubblegum and cotton candy I usually pick up in the style is also there. Decent (and very style-appropriate), though there's a bit too much cardboard for my liking. (3.25)

Taste: It opens up with malty sweetness - think sugar cookie. Gentle hopping finishes it off, along with a touch of diacetyl. It's dead simple, but man does it hit the spot. This beer is spectacularly balanced (just like the best German examples!) (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This isn't as bone-dry as a pilsner, but its creamy feel makes up for it. While not as refreshing as an aforementioned pilsner, it still goes down very easily thanks to vibrant carbonation. (3.25)

Overall: To me, a helles is a step or two below pilsners on the lager totem pole. This, though, hits the spot nicely, thanks to its balance of hop dryness and malt sweetness. And it's a fantastic BMC substitute, to boot! (3.25)

3.22/5: A decent summer beer

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Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, straw-colored body; plenty of fine carbonation bubbles; fluffy, billowy, white head. Grassy, herbal aroma; mild bread-like scent. Light cereal grain flavor; nice touch of low-key hop bitterness. Light bodied; crisp, clean; mostly dry finish.

An all-around, solid, easy-drinking, very enjoyable light lager. The flavors are well-balanced and complementary to each other with a crisp yet not too delicate feel on the palate. When you need a break from blistering hopped-up IPAs, powerfully rich and robust barrel-aged dark ales, or wild-ass wilds and sours, this traditional styled offering will satisfy and please in its own quiet way.

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Photo of emerge077
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
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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Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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