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Helles Lager - Fordham Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

AndrewMichael, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Beer4Baltimore, May 31, 2012
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 HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

HarmonMW, May 18, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

tlazaroff, May 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

bvlaminck, May 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

sneth019, May 07, 2012
Photo of lmundane
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

lmundane, May 03, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

FosterJM, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

CarlssonMB, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

RoryOMoore, Mar 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -14.8%

drewone, Jan 16, 2012
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 chilly460
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear yellow/orange color with a small foamy head that left small strips of lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Not much aroma here, slight aple malty.

T - Mostly light bready malt flavors with just a bit of a hop backbground.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation.

O - Nice session beer, a step up from macros, good craft intro

chilly460, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Hessian257, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Ecolello87, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

micromaniac129, Jan 02, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Tschnab, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

brentterry85, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

wrycon, Dec 13, 2011
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
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

haddyhustle302, Dec 06, 2011
Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.