Gypsy Lager | Fordham Brewing Company

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Gypsy LagerGypsy Lager

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 70
Photo of DrMullet
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden yellow.
Smell is grainy and sweet.
Taste is grain with a little bit of fruitiness.
Balanced and somewhat crisp. Pleasant.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow color, very clear, foamy head and lacing that retains.
In the nose there is a slightly earthy and fresh cut hay aroma. It is mostly clean and not funky.
A bit more malt forward, less crisp and bigger body than what I'm accustomed to in a lager. Graham cracker sweet on the tongue, however, some spicy hops qualities take over mid palate that provide some balance.
Not a bad lager; tasty enough. I'd like the body to be lighter and crisper and the sweetness more balanced in order to rate it higher.

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Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Another from a beer club shipment. We don't get Fordham brews in my state.

Attractive label art of a Flapperlike (gypsy?) woman which immediately gives the brew an old timey air.

a: Clear medium gold with an inch thick white head which receded to thin patchy surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Slight light fruit.

t; Immediate grape notes over some solid biscuit malt. The malt becomes more dominant as it warms.

m: Medium, more substantial than many lagers, good carbonation tingle.

o; A good quite true-to-form Helles lager. Sessionable and flavorful.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOD 6/19/15. Pours a clear golden. Normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.

Nice typical lager nose - some biscuit, a hint of hops, and a touch of buttery diacetyl.

A surprisingly light medium body with a fair amount of smoothness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a subtle prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good with a reasonable intensity, little complexity and is well balanced. It delivers a bit of biscuit and a hint of hops initially over a grainy undertone. The middle has a very subtle bitterness and is where the buttery diacetyl is noted. The finish is somewhat crisp and slightly dry. A good starter beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains. Taste is crisp, grains, malts, touch of sweetness, highly drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of interzen
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355ml bottle served cool into a tulip glass

Look: Quite a bit darker than your typical lager - almost looks like an IPA or similar. Thin, white head which bubbled away to virtually nothing fairly quickly. The end result looks like ... flat lager.

Smell: Has a sharp, grainy smell - not unpleasant in itself, but very much like a typical lager. Nothing particularly special going on here, although it gets a few grassy aromas if it warms up a bit.

Taste: Sharp graininess but not a lot else. If there's any hop character here then it's very well hidden.

Feel: Crisp, slightly dry and not too heavy. Fairly easy drinking if you're into that kind of thing. Definitely more of a 'summery' drink. The carbonation helps to add a bit of an edge to it.

Overall: Really can't get excited about this, although in the interests of full disclosure it's probably worth pointing out that stouts, porters and Belgian beers are more my thing. As lagers go, it's not bad, but it's not brilliant either - definitely a cut above the usual macro rubbish though.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 11/7/14, so about 5 months old. A very grainy, thoroughly unremarkable lager. Has a lot more taste than the macro brews, but that's about it in the plus column.
Maybe I'm just spoiled after a winter of very remarkable porters and stouts.

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Photo of ppvora
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a lager glass.

Dark yellow coloring, almost bordering on a copper color but not quite copper.

1 finger of head, with a little aeration. Head disappears quickly.

Aroma and taste of barley. Some hay. But barley, barley, barley all the way.

If you try hard you can taste some hops here, but very little.

A refreshing lager with a tad taste of hops.

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Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle.

Pale golden hue, lacing stays around long enough. Hint of buttery yeast, faint sulphur as well with a semi-clean graininess in the nose. Just enough crispness, a bit more body than needed. Odd sweetness, faint fruitiness and buttery tone. Somewhat balanced but not enough to make it super drinkable. A decent lager but it need to be cleaned up a bit, a tad dryer as well.

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Gypsy Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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