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Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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 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.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13.6%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
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.

kylehay2004, Nov 30, 2012
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.

Knapp85, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 18, 2010
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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

MarkyMOD, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
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.

kojevergas, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

oriolesfan4, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Oct 19, 2005
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.

tempest, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -14.8%

drewone, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +13.6%

wrightst, Apr 29, 2014
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.

Stinkypuss, May 24, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Gonzoillini, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

harpus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +13.6%

THECPJ, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Feb 07, 2010
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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.