Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 7.37%
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: 144
Photo of kylehay2004
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (612 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.93/5  rDev -17%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (363 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (1,219 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of Omnium
2.79/5  rDev -21%
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. (305 characters)

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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
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