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Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drizzam on 09-12-2008

Clean & refreshing, this Bavarian style lager uses four different German grains & three hop varieties to create an intricate flavor profile & a beautiful deep golden color. Helles is brewed in the style of Munich’s everyday drinking beer. Prost!
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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Smells of malts with considerable sweetness. Taste is much milder than the smell, crisp, malts, not a lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tuckevalastin
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and golden with barely any head

S: Very light smell. Nice sweet note.

T: Smooth and quite light. Has a earthy malt feel with a subtle bitterness.

M: Nice crisp feel that doesn't linger. Pretty much no heat on this one.

D: A very drinkable beer. In fact it's best attribute is its drinkability.

Overall a very drinkable beer yet nothing "special". It's a decent everyday drinker if bought for a good price.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, although I'm not sure I would buy this myself (it came in my January Beer of the Month Club shipment).

It was a pretty gold color with a tiny white head. There was an absence of lace.

The aroma was fresh, outdoors, grassy.

Taste was similar to aroma. Grassy hops, a little bread.

This was a crisp, refreshing beer that I could see accompanying a slice of pizza.

Photo of Thrasher
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow lager with big head that disappears but leaves lace on side of glass. Excellent authentic German nose, musty hints and bready malts. Sharp tasting beer, thin with appropriate helles accessibility but not especially refreshing and not at all complex. Beer mellows and improves as it warms, and the malts come out to play. A decent US micro lager, probably better when it's absolutely fresh.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its slightly hazy golden body is capped by a fairly long-lasting head of creamy white foam that initially leaves creamy rings of lace about the glass. The nose is grainy, and slightly husky, with a touch of floral hops. The body is medium-light with a fine carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then creamy as it warms across the palate. The flavor displays a well-balanced combination of grainy malt infused with floral, herbal, and delicately spicy hops backed by a firm bitterness that's just enough to balance. It finishes clean, short and dry with just some light residual maltiness. Very nicely done!

Photo of RickS95
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't care for the style, but this wasn't bad looking. It's a bit darker than what I expected. Still clear, but it's darker than straw colored, instead a deep goldenrod shade. Despite the light shade of the helles, the head is a stark contrast in extremely bright white. A good two fingers thick, it retains well leaving a faint, splotchy haze behind.

It's got a nice malty nose to it. Slight savory overtones come wafting up and what I think is something lemony.

Everything in the nose shows up on the tongue. Malt backbone with savory hops dancing a little jig with kind of a yeasty finish.

In addition to not thinking the mouthfeel sucked, I actually enjoyed it a bit. There's the slightest addition of sweet citrus to balance out the German yeast and hops. It's still light bodied, but it's crisp and dry in the finish to round out the experience.

Overall it's nice beer for the style. It's easy to drink, and would be even better on a hot day. I generally avoid lagers, but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at the Brickskeller. Poured into a 7 oz. pilsner glass, it's clear and light gold with a white head.

This is a subtle, but complex beer. There's an dominate smooth, bready malt flavor, like you'd find in any good German helles lager. Then in the aftertaste dry, hard water minerals and herbal hop notes develop into the aftertaste. This all makes a pretty good beer, but if those complimentary notes were more intense, this would be a great beer. Very drinkable, worth a try.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a darker shade of yellow and hase good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers off with and leave some lace.

The smell is light and bready.

The taste follow with a classic helles beady malt. Lightly sweet, could us a tap more of noble hops .

The mouthfeel is ok almost medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability 1s good. Not a bad example of the style.

Prosit, MK

Photo of alleykatking
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz beer.

A- Pours a light sunshine yellow body. One finger white head shows light retention. Hints ofr specks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Light biscuity malts in the front of aroma. Hints of a orange like fruit in the ending of the aroma. Nothing really else in the nose as it is super light.

T- Like the front of aroma this one is mostly biscuity for the most part. Hints of light butter flavor also in the ending front to middle of the beer. The middle of the beer shows a light grainy flavor. Light orange fruit in the ending of the flavor profile with a hint of grassy hops in the final flavor of this beer. The alcohol isn't really much in the ending at all.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Biscuity malts, light butter, and orange left on the palate. Aftertaste is hint of alcohol, biscuity malt, and orange. Flavors were balanced for the style but light overall. Off flavors were buttery and nothing else. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a light drinker. Nothing special about it and a little off flavor to it. A simple summertime beer I think. Or else it would be a perfect beer to drink when you don't feel like drinking bigger beers.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.47/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Ram's Head Tavern at BWI airport:

The beer appeared a light yellow-ish, with virtually no head. What did remain was a thin white head. Upon first glance, it did not look that appealing. The aroma of the beer was very light and mainly grainy and a light biscuit. The taste, like the aroma, was light and mostly grains and biscuit. The beer had a light feel to it and it was a bit watery. Overall, a less than average beer and one that I would not order again.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All in all, a decent beer for its type, though it pales in comparison to the German helles imports (and some of the US craft-brewed offerings of the same style). Yellow straw in the glass with a few bubbles visible. White head that disappates quickly. Hoppy malt (fairly balanced) in the nose with a thin mouthfeel. Flavor is balanced, but there is a bit of a mysterious metallic taste that permeates. It detracts from what could be much more of a positive. As Fordham goes, it's pretty good. And the fact that it is brewed in the region, means it's fresh. That, if nothing else, makes it worth buying, so long as you live in the vicinity.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a golden crisp color. Wheaty, malty, grassy
Taste of malt and wheaty grass...slight banana. Spot on helles; although it could be a bit more bitter. Its crisp, and easy to drink.
Not sure why this got average reviews. This is a very good interpretation of a helles. While its probably not most people's favorite style, its still very good.

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a light pale gold with a small white cap that dissolves quickly. Leaves small traces of lacing.
Smell is of light German malt with some pilsner-esque hoppiness.
Taste is grassy with corn syrup coming through moreso than the malts.
Mouthfeel is malty and gritty.

Photo of marc77
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden hue w/ excellent clarity. Quickly receding head leaves a spotty coating of bubbles. The grainy, bready base malt sweetness in aroma coupled w/ a lightly floral Mittelfruh hop nose. The somewhat prosaic flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off and is comprised of grainy notes & a generic white bread sweetness. Hop bitterness, although mild, appropriate balances the light malt sweetness. Lightly bodied, w/ an agreeable mouthfeel that lends good drinkability. Hop flavor is expectedly subdued, but a hint of herbal / floral Hallertauer is discernible. Finishes neutral, w/ a light residual sweetness briefly coating the tongue. This is a decent Helles at best, and is a bit one dimensional & overly simplifed. Subtle malt nuances characteristic of a good helles were lacking. It's quite quaffable, however.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright and clear, with a golden straw-like hue. The rather thin, somewhat creamy white head lasts briefly and leaves little remnant on the mug.

Smells of slight sweet malt, with a bit of grassy hop aroma, but overall the nose is rather subdued, and none-too-impressive.

Body is somewhat thin, and carbonation is decent. Flavors of sweet grain and bready notes appear up front, with a hint of grassy hop bitterness filling out the middle. Finish is clean and leaves just a hint of sweetness that lingers but a short time.

Drinkable and refreshing, qualities desireable in a Helles, but nothing extraordinary for the style, and perhaps the sweetness is, though mild, a bit off-putting, as the flavor seems off somehow. Still, a solidly quaffable brew.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium golden color with a single fiber white head with good retention. The nose is light hops and some malt with a very light fruit haracter. Taste is a bit of light grain and mild hops. Good body with nice balance and carbonation. This is a fairly easy-drinking beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I have no idea where I picked up this bottle. Odd. Anyway, it pours a clear golden straw topped by a whisper of white bubbles. The nose is a blast of buttery biscuits, with some grassy flowers bringing up the rear (and making the place look nice). The taste goes a different way, with notes of coriander, lemon zest, grass, a touch o' butter, rye bread, and flowers. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty nice brew, nothing Earth-shattering but generally pleasant nonetheless.

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a little bar in St. Michals MD. Clear yellow in color with a short 1/2" white head. No lacing develops. Large sized carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom and stick to the glass.

Aroma is of grass and lemon citrus. The flavor follows the nose as a grainy maltiness, grass, and citrus are nicely balanced with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start. The finish is crisp, clean, and dry. Overall very refreshing. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of chilly460
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear yellow/orange color with a small foamy head that left small strips of lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Not much aroma here, slight aple malty.

T - Mostly light bready malt flavors with just a bit of a hop backbground.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation.

O - Nice session beer, a step up from macros, good craft intro

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1231st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one.

App- A very clear yellow, lots of bubble activity with a puffy 1-1/2 finger white head that had good density. Fast receding and a little bit of cling.

Smell- A very traditional lager note. A bit grainy with a mellow wheat and grain sweetness. Had a touch of bitter behind it.

Taste- Really its okay. I just dont appreciate lagers for what they are. The grainy sugary sweet taste just doesnt do it for me. This was okay as I said. Some depth of flavor but just a pretty light lager with light taste.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium soft carbonation. A bit bubbly and residual bubbles. A little grainy on the finish.

Drink- It's a nice light beer. I am not the biggest fan of light crisp lagers but would be nice on a hot day.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from brees6221

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Light golden amber with a thin white head.

S- Smells like sour malts ant oats.

T- Sour wheat. Not a good smell.

D- Thin, but not tasty at all.

0- Not sure if this was old or what, but tasted awful. Sorry brees.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Helles Lager
Fordham Brewing Company
Style: Munich Helles Lager
ABV: 5.40 %

Pours a clear straw yellow with a soapy head and some lacework. Aroma of bready, biscuity malt and a light floral hoppyness. In the flavor, crackery, bready malt notes, some biscuit flavors from lager yeast and a mild herbal bitterness. Well balanced easy drinking session lager. Clean flavor with nothing offensive or out of place.

Overall, this was a well made lager from Fordham. Drinks very nice and would compliment a wide array of dishes, from simple bar fare to elegant entrees.

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefewessbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

A: Pours a three finger head of quite thin character, hardly any cream, and poor retention. Colour is a transparent yellow.

Sm: Caramel, slight nuts, and that's about it. A light aroma.

T: Caramel, pleasant nutty hops, and barley. The nutty notes are quite nice, and certainly belong in the body. I'm impressed with those, but the flavour is a whole is imbalanced. It's decently built, though. I find it refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavours well. Quite complementary indeed. Smack-your-lips quality is there as well. I suppose it's best called buttery?

Dr: Very drinkable. Good flavour. I'd like to try it on draught. Its biggest flaw is its simplicity.

Photo of burner
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just cracked a 12 oz. bottle and poured into sam adams glass. the appearance was a med. gold,there was not much head,just a little lacing that quickly disapated.

the aroma was average. earthy grains sweet malt.
I think the taste is what stands out. This had a really balanced flavor. Biscuit and bread notes with a sweetness similar to mollasis. the hop character was subdued up front but came through in the end accompanied with a nice alcohol finish and sweetness again in the end.

this was not a viscous lager. It had mild carbonation and went down smooth. Many did not think this was the BEST example of a helles lager,but i enjoyed the diversion. I really enjoyed this helles,recommend and can't wait for the next. this is a must try!!

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Yesterdays here in Newport. Asked the bartender to suggest something light and this is what he gave me. He told me, "Its actually a Lager" and I shuttered.

Poured with an ample head. Nose is of wheat and malt. Full, crisp, light flavor of malting, wheaty up front then retreating to the back of the palate. This beer is extremely drinkable and I would have it again as a thirst quencher. Nice and light.

Quite simply the best lager I've ever tasted (but this come from a non-lager drinker!). Enjoy.

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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.