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Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%

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%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 20:25:29 | More by Radford007
Photo of burner


4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 00:29:53 | More by burner
Photo of jimbotrost


4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2005 23:31:02 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of cdkrenz


4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 18:31:30 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2003 11:58:29 | More by EmoBeerGuy
Photo of TinusTime


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 17:45:07 | More by TinusTime
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2003 03:35:23 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2005 00:17:49 | More by Gavage
Photo of lackenhauser


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:18:31 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 22:07:53 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of drizzam


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Skye for hooking me up with a brew I cannot get in WI. I noticed there were 2 Fordham Helles Lagers in the beer review section...this one is brewed in Dover, DE vs. the other which was brewed somewhere in Maryland.

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

S - Not much of a nose at all. What I did get was slightly malty. Not much going on here.

T & M - Mostly malty flavors with just a bit of a hop backbite on the swallow. Thinnish mouthfeel that finishes crisp and clean. Reminds me of one of those Summer brews that you could drink all day long. I'm guessing the ABV is low on this one (If it isn't, is sure is well masked!). Relatively low carbonation.

D - The way this beer finishes, you could drink it all day long. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew that I would take anyday over a macro. I would buy more if they offered it here.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:19:31 | More by drizzam
Photo of tavernjef


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a lighter golden yellow with a tall fluffy off-white head that fades fast, lace in minimal spots and webs. Smell has a nice clean herbal, mineral-like hops with a touch of fruity pebbles, good German nose, just a bit to light though. Taste is a nice crisp and clean hop, soem dried variants with nice little herbal hints and some notes of minerals, malts are lightly breadish with a sourdough-like quality. Feel is light, close to medium, super clean and very smooth, quick crispness at first with lightly dry breadish souring finish thats niice. A pretty good Helles, easy, clean, crisp, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 00:27:08 | More by tavernjef
Photo of tuckevalastin


3.8/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 02:00:26 | More by tuckevalastin
Photo of tempest


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 00:50:33 | More by tempest
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 13:23:05 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Knapp85


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear clean looking yellow color with a foamy white head on top that settles into just a thin film on top of the beer. The smell of the beer is of sweet grains and a bit of yeast in there also. The taste of the beer is grainy and fresh tasting, it's crisp, clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer is pretty good for the style. It would something is wanna drink in the warmer months. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 02:39:42 | More by Knapp85
Photo of cozmohollis


3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden with a white head.

S: It has a sweet grain and yeast scent.

T: Sweet grain flavors up front and hoppy at the end.

M: It is medium bodied with a dry finish and highly carbonated.

O: Very drinkable especially in warmer weather. I like how refreshing and clean it was. Would definitely drink again and have more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:39:47 | More by cozmohollis
Photo of UnionMade


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium amber, with a bountiful fluffy white head. Very nice. Light haziness.
Aroma is malty and clean, with a touch of german or saaz hops. No esters, but a very light breadiness. Simple and effective.
Flavor is clean and malty, with a bit of toasted malt and a mild hoppy sharpness at the very end of the sip. Clean defined flavors. Understated and well done.
I usually like helles lager, and this one's a very well done interpretation, better than most american brewed versions, and even a couple german ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 07:02:04 | More by UnionMade
Photo of chilly460


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 02:06:09 | More by chilly460
Photo of micromaniac129


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter straw color with a very thin head. Clear in clarity. Carbonation is light.
Aroma is toasted malts. Taste is bisuit and toasted malts, grassy hops and light spices. By spices I mean faint nuiances of lemon and corrinder. Maybe it leans tords the wit side.
Medium feel in the mouth. Watery around the edges. Semi dry and a tad bitter.
This would be an excellant chain restaurant beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 12:23:19 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 15:41:51 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright golden color. The white colored head dies quickly. On the nose the aroma is a bit grainy, slight biscuity, subtle bitterness from the hops. On the palate the flavor has a nice subtle bitterness, grainy, herbal, very light Vienna and Munich malt character adds a good balance. Fairly clean finish with a slight sweet and bitterness on the tongue. Over all this brew is a bit simplistic but however it is very drinkable though...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 13:59:22 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 00:56:59 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 04:10:09 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For my 40th I got a gift for a Beer of the Month Club, and Fordham was one of the selections. So the Helles Lager is a good place to start. It has a nice orange gold color, and though there is some lacing, the head dissipates quickly. Smell has a light grassiness to it. The taste is solid for the style - grainy, a little herbal, not very bitter, and nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is similarly pleasant, with a pleasant malt presence. I definitely recommend this as a good lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 01:29:58 | More by angusdegraosta
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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.