Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: drizzam on 09-12-2008)
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Photo of Radford007
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This and Heineken are my absolute favorite beers and they brew this 2 miles from my house! The only downfall is that at all of the Fordham/Old Dominion events including R2Hop2 and etc. they never have it to fill your growler! The taste is unbelievable! This is a great beer and typing this I'm going to get some at Dover Liquor Warehouse by my house! I am now editing cause I got the last sixer at store!

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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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Photo of burner
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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 jimbotrost
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 4 ounce sample at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage Mill, MD. The pour was of a clear gold hue topped by a smallish head with a nice light level of carbonation. Nose was dominated by yeast with a malty backdrop, nice. Flavor is crisp and malty, true to style, finish is malty and leaves you wanting more, a nice beer.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Rob.

A - Nice golden yellow to orange body. The head is an eggshell white with some decent stamina.

S - Lightly baked grains with subtle orange lined aroma. For a lager is has a very distinguished aroma.

T - Lightly roasted grain with a slight fruit in its finish. I image the yeast used here was geared to bring that fruitiness to surface. I like this lager. It has a robustness to it while maintaining its sessionability.

M - It has a thick feel with a light texture. Goes down smooth.

~ I like this beer very much. It is certainly something I recommend to other BAs. Some of us fear the word, lager but I assure you this one has some character.

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
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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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice golden colour with a fairly good and lasting white fluffy head. Smell is a bid of bready champagne nose along with a bit of spice and floral bits from the hops. Taste starts with a bit of nice bready malt then just enough hops come in to balance and dry the finish out. Nothing spectacular, But a nice Helles Lager. Much better than some German ones ive had. Very good session brew.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paler then expected golden color. Very clean and clear looking. Slight head-some nice lacing. Aroma is malty with a slight hop tinge. Faint skunkiness to it. Soft malty flavor with a good dose of noble hop quality to it. Some toasted malt with a cereal or grainy flavor. Decent mouthfeel-has a "softness" to it that is quite nice. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.