Lager | Fordham Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 03-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by mrasskicktastic:
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale gold with a small head that quickly dissipated to only the larger bubbles and no lacing in moments.

S - Grassy hops and light bodied malt.

T - A light, faintly sweet, malt profile with the slightest touch of grassy hops. Only a touch of grassy bitterness rests in the faintly malty aftertaste. It is a mild flavor, but its actually a good performance. It could afford to be a touch more dry.

M - Medium viscosity, the carbonation stings a tiny bit, a bit refreshing.

D - Pretty good. It is a decent helles lager. It isn't exactly my favorite style, but this is a solid example of the style. Quaffable, sessionable and . . . foodable. If I was a big fan of this style, I would probably have a 6'er of this about all the time. It is very inexpensive compared to the rest of the beer out there.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale golden color with a slight off white head. Visible carbonation was light.

S: light grains and a light herbal hoppiness.

T: The initial flavor was toasted malt sweetness with a light grassy hopping. The flavor seemed subdued and muddled bearing no strengths or individual characteristics.

M: thin and watery with light grains and a light herbal hopping.

D: A light style helles drink that is easy to consume but hard to justify having another.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A one finger eggshell white head slowly settles to a thin even cap.

Very light malt aromas, with a hint of candy. Very little hop aroma.

Mild grain flavors with a touch of hop bitterness. Some of the candy flavor from the aroma is in the flavor as well. Medium bodied. The finish is a bit of the lingering hard candy flavor.

I've had better, I've hard worse. I believe this is brewed by Old Dominion in Virginia. An okay summer beer.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

fordham need to work on their quality control a bit because this one was lacking in many areas. it pours with a thin head on top of a watery looking amber colour. not the worst looking lager i've seen but far from the best. the smell is very thin as well. watery and bland. maybe a bit of malt is noticeable and a touch of sweetness perhaps, but that's it. actually, i think i picked up a trace of sulfur in there as well. the taste is quite similar to the smell. i was not impressed at all. much work needs to be done here, as the brew tasted a bit metallic at times. this was my first fordham brew and should be my last for a while, at least.

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Photo of granger10
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a bright golden color with a moderate off white head. Decent amount of carbonation. The smell was quite innoucuous but I did notice a grainy sweetness to it. That grainy flavor translated over to taste. For the most part this beer was unoffensive in taste but not good either. The body was medium. Finish was a little weak and not as crisp as I would've liked. All in all, an average lager.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden with lots of floaters, a low white head, and subdued carbonation. Husky, grainy malt aroma and flavor. Hops were not noticeable. Light-medium (leans medium) bodied with a malty finish.

A nice grainy everyday type brew ..

Per label: "Est 1703" & "Re-Est 1995" & "Southern Beverage Inc, T-A F. B. Co., Dover DE"

Per Fordham website: 5.1% ABV. 12.5P O.G. Brewed mostly with pale malted barley and small amounts of Vienna and Munich malts.

'156 03' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 01/09/05

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Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber in color. Thin wispy white head. No lacing develops. carbonation levels seemed very low. The aroma was of light malt. The flavor was nicely malty, somewhat grainy, with some caramel and a mild bitterness. Smooth with a touch of crispness at the start. Finish was smooth and short with malt lingering into the aftertaste. Lighter bodied. Drinkability was acceptable, but overall this lager was a bit too grainy and malty.

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Photo of twonder23
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry, yet fruity lager yeast aroma. It is musty with a light malt sweetness. The taste is average. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes bitter. It doesn't have any hop flavor, but it's plenty bitter. It also has a sweet malt taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is very close to a cream ale. It is highly sweet, but with that lager yeast dryness. It also is quite bitter. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of cichief
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage, MD.

A- Light yellow in color, with a thin white head.

S- Faint scent of hops, nothing else.

T- Thin, not too hoppy, not as fresh tasting as I would hope.

M- It was okay, a bit too carbonated.

D- There are so many other beers I'd rather drink. This is an average example of a pale lager, at best.

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Photo of stirgy
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

According to Fordham, this is the new version of their Helles lager. This poured a bright and clear golden color with amber highlights. Foamy head but no detectable carbonation. The aroma yields a stale graininess with some grassy-lemony notes. The flavor isn’t all that spectacular – somewhat nutty with a caramel/butter like texture. Seems unbalanced and unsophisticated and is only average at best.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very watery straw color with mild carbonation and no head whatsoever.
The nose didn't offer much except buttery malts and even those weren't pronounced.
The taste involved mild hops and semi-sweet malts, but once agian nothing complex and nothing outstanding.
The watery mouthfeel, combined with everything else made this at most a decent beer, and more likely just mediocre.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color like the name says. Moderate carbonation level. Low aroma-somewhat malty. Trace of yeast and slightly sulfury. Full malt flavor up front. Very low hop bitterness. Slight residual sweetness. Good body for style. For the most part an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep amber color with slight white head thatb fell to a light coating. Smell is difficult to describe, maybe a musty smell that is pleasant to the nose.Tsete is malty and slightly sweet. Leaves a bit of a dry aftertaste that I enjoyed. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of dedrinker
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber golden in color with a floofy white head. Aromas of fresh grains growing out in the country and a hint of sulfur. Flavor is light barley with more sulfur and the thinnest possible balance of hops. Pretty true to the Bavarian style, but a little darker. I was surprised how well they pulled it off style-wise, but most Helles Lager I had in Germany never really lit my fuse either. Light-medium body, with a little caramel on the finish. I like it. An innocuous mid-day quaff.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin white head on a straw-colored pour. Grainy and slight malt scents, bu not much else.. The flavor is light and grainy, but there's a slightly cloying sweetness that seeps through that just isn't pleasant. There's a little bit of toasted malt in the finish, but even that is marred by an off flavor that's almost rubbery. Mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth, but this just isn't a very good lager, even at $5.25 a sixer. I'm passing on it.

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Photo of Higravity
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Beer seemed to be old so it might have been worse than if it was fresh. I have got to say the color was nice and golden but there was a lack of decent aroma. It was a wheaty lager and a bit thin. I have had other Fordham brews, but this brewery doesn't seem to have a great beer I have had yet. Wouldn't waste my time again unless I found it on tap or happened by their brewery.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Shaw
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with an off-white head. There's not much aroma at all. Just a bit of sweetness.

The taste is pretty light and watery, but not bad by any means. I can taste a bit of malt but not much else. I'm not noticing any major off flavors. The body is light, as the taste would lead you to believe.

Overall this is a pretty innocuous lager. If you want to drink something that has little flavor but doesn't taste bad like some of the major lagers, try Fordham Lager.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bright shiney yellow-orangey golden body, topped by half a hand of tight, irregular foam. A bit of lacing quickly evident.

Good nose of fresh hay, not enough to get me sneezing, but inviting.

A lightly caramelly malty start, which is very, very gradually countered by a very subtle hop presence, which slowly rounds off the initial sweetness, and really only asserts itself in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slighty too thick, there's a lack of crispness to the entire beer. Drinkability is fine, if there are no challenges here, there are also no flaws.

An ok lager, a good beer to offer to the BMC crowd, and acceptable for the beer geeks. Could use a little crisper hop character. I wouldn't turn it down if offered, and could be an oasis in some bars. Still, I'd prefer Stoudts Gold, Victor Lager, or Ramstein Golden.

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