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Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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Helles LagerHelles Lager

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 12%
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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 143
Photo of PhillyStyle
2.47/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Celtics76
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured this into a Heavy Seas pint glass. Yellow gold in color, minimal head with fast rising bubbles. Smells of grains, Budweiser. Tastes like your average run of the mill lager, a step above the macros but that's about it. I would tolerate this at the ballpark with a hot dog or something of that nature, but otherwise will not re-visit.

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Photo of Omnium
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a lighter gold color, no head, no lacing.
S - Barely any aroma here, a little lager yeast at best.
T - Yeast, and a slight hint of lemon rind i think.
M - Slightly bitter, but not awful, nothing stays on with you.
O - This is just a regular beer, nothing special about it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a one finger fluffy head. Smells musty like hay, a hint of sweet honey, and maybe white grape. Flavor is very heavy on the sweet honey, with a lingering sweetness on the palate. Finishes a little dirty (sort of like a Miller Lite for me) with medium carbonation. Light mouthfeel but a little grainy. This is my first helles lager, and honestly this was decenlty refreshing. Honey flavor seemed to dominate and was very pleasant. Nice to relax with, but not particularly exciting.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of AAG
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured it directly from a cold bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Nice pour; velvety, fluffy head; about 3 fingers worth of head initially but it faded fairly quickly. Light golden in color; almost transparent.

Smell - Pretty difficult to discern; lemon-like; zesty; a lager-smell; not too intense.

Taste - Lemon; subtle bitterness; refreshing; fairly simplistic, not much to elaborate on here; a standard lager in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Slightly bitter; comfortable on the palate, though.

Overall - Average lager, not really something to write home about; a refreshing, light beer for a hot day on the beach. Not much to this one...

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Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Last one to try from the Fordham Brewery mixed 12 pack. Pours a light golden color, light to medium carbonation, smallish head. Not much going on aroma wise, faint hops. Taste is light to medium bodied, nice hop taste upfront, well balanced. Very crisp and clean but light on flavor. Kind of a run of the mill bock that most breweries throw out there, nothing too special about this to separate it from the countless other ones. A nice session beer, but the lack of overall flavor can't keep this above the rest. Good, but average beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - a grainy aroma of malt with some spicy hops and a touch of phenolic yeast.

T - Light, sweet malt up front with a wheat like spicy note in the middle. Finishes with mild malt and some oddly fruity yeast character.

M - Mdium body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A bit strange, this be is more like a light wit or a fruity blonde ale than a helles. Not bad, but off for the claimed style and not something I would drink again.

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Photo of marc77
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with poor retention on a cloudy dull golden with slight orange hue body. nice lacing.

S: tangerine, mandarin orange fairly sweet.

T: orange citrus, wheat, light on the pale malts, yeast.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: sweet and easy to drink but it doesn't really taste like a beer much less a helles lager even. little to no hops and the malts are very understated.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, bright orange with a finger of bright white head. Weak, grainy aroma.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Big grain up front with light hops, caramel, corn, and dry biscuit mingling with grass on the finish.

Full-flavored but a little sweet...the "sticky" malt makes things a bit less refreshing.

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Photo of thain709
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was clear and bright, golden yellow...a small white head formed but quickly diminished...there wasn't much retention and only light lacing

S - Not too much on the nose...some light biscuit malts and faint fruity aromas

T - The flavors are a step up from the aroma...the biscuit malts provides a buttery flavor up front...the malts are grainy through the mild with the fruit characteristic giving it a bit of sweetness...there is a mild hop presence at the end that just lets you know it's there

M - Light bodied...crisp...nice carbonation...nice hop bite...sometimes a tad watery

O - This would be a great summer beer to sip as you're doing yard work or just sitting on your front porch...would I seek it out to have it again, probably not...but it was good to have while I was sampling Fordham beers in Annapolis

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First the aroma, it has that traditional lageresque grain quality that I just don't really care for. I am sure there are other aromas coming off this, but I just can't get past the grain smell. It doesn't smell BAD, it just smells ordinary.

The beer looks great when pouring. Lots of active carbonation with a crisp white frothy head. The color is that of dark hay and is perfectly clear.. it's really vibrant. Unfortunately that head dissipates very quickly and it just looks like a glass of apple juice after a minute.

Flavor is a bit better than the aroma. There is a grain note, defiantly, but I also get a nice herbal pepperiness that I really like upfront. Midpalate is a sort of herbal bouquet but it finishes with that dreaded toasted grain flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, moderate to high carbonation and a light body with somewhat low ABV. Its not quite session able, but it's darn close and you won't be knocked out flat by drinking two or three of these in a sitting.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of nukem5
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: great golden color with little or no head.

S: Light smell of hops and biscuity scents, good balance of malt.

T: Crisp and hopped with malts in back .Not overly hopped but zesty or spicy at a low level.

M: Smooth and clean, medium body to light.

D: Drinkable and would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a straw yellow body with a big fluffy white head. No lace though and the head dissipates quickly.

S- a bready maltiness and a sweet fruitiness mixed with slightly skunky hops.

T- exactly like the smell. Slightly sweet, slightly metallic, very easy to put down.

O- a pretty average lager, not bad.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a six pack of this somewhere is Delaware and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body was a cloudy dark gold color topped off with a medium sized white head that had poor retention and no lacing.
Smell: The aroma reminded me of cake icing.
Taste: The taste was spicy with some malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel wasn't too special; it was crisp like a normal lager.
Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is right above average.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of horshack7
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a clear and golden colored beer with thin white head.

Aroma: Lemon zest in the front, herbal notes, grainy, floral hop dryness in the nose.

Taste: Biscuity with some light malty sweetness and some slight butteriness. Lemon zest, grainy, citrus hop. The mouthfeel is rather crisp with a good dry finish.

Notes: A good example of the style and drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of al3
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy light orange, no lacing or retention. Some floaties that look like they don't belong.

S - Sweet, grainy, slightly fruity.

T&M - Taste follows the smell. Sweet, grains, a touch of fruit, apricot. Feel is light, but with some body, a bitter and butter note on the finish. Well carbonated.

D - an easy drinker

Overall, a good beer, but the flavors seem muted, I expected a little more from the label claims. I doubt I would seek the bottle version out again, but it was interesting enough that I would try on tap.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.