Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.84/5  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.

Photo of Lipstraw
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nitter
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Mtooman
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of AAG
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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...

Photo of taospowder
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of horshack7
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of sdaly3
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of Celtics76
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of kanno
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kuhndog
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DarthTremens
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.