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Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-05-2011 01:26:01 | More by nmann08
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:04:10 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 17:40:36 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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nickfl

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:04:53 | More by nickfl
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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
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 06:11:29 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

06-03-2013 18:04:35 | More by beernads
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2005 18:14:22 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-23-2014 05:31:39 | More by MarkyMOD
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 00:03:48 | More by oriolesfan4
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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drewone

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-16-2012 08:24:04 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-24-2014 00:37:47 | More by Gonzoillini
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-27-2014 15:17:08 | More by Latarnik
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-14-2011 23:35:38 | More by THECPJ
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-22-2013 19:57:51 | More by harpus
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-23-2013 04:45:28 | More by Rhettroactive
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 04:25:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 14:12:32 | More by tone77
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a lovely clear golden yellow colour with a frothy, thick white cap of foam. The aromas were a bit skunky, musty, bready, and quite german. The taste was sweet malts and nice crisp hops in good unision with one another. The mouthfeel was quite crisp and light and the drinkability was very good. A slightly above average interperatation of the style!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 06:18:01 | More by francisweizen
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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.