Helles Lager | Fordham Brewing Company

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Helles LagerHelles Lager

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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!

Added by drizzam on 09-12-2008

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 145
Photo of PhillyStyle
2.47/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Ram's Head Tavern at BWI airport:

The beer appeared a light yellow-ish, with virtually no head. What did remain was a thin white head. Upon first glance, it did not look that appealing. The aroma of the beer was very light and mainly grainy and a light biscuit. The taste, like the aroma, was light and mostly grains and biscuit. The beer had a light feel to it and it was a bit watery. Overall, a less than average beer and one that I would not order again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.68/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was clear and bright, golden yellow...a small white head formed but quickly diminished...there wasn't much retention and only light lacing

S - Not too much on the nose...some light biscuit malts and faint fruity aromas

T - The flavors are a step up from the aroma...the biscuit malts provides a buttery flavor up front...the malts are grainy through the mild with the fruit characteristic giving it a bit of sweetness...there is a mild hop presence at the end that just lets you know it's there

M - Light bodied...crisp...nice carbonation...nice hop bite...sometimes a tad watery

O - This would be a great summer beer to sip as you're doing yard work or just sitting on your front porch...would I seek it out to have it again, probably not...but it was good to have while I was sampling Fordham beers in Annapolis

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of nukem5
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: great golden color with little or no head.

S: Light smell of hops and biscuity scents, good balance of malt.

T: Crisp and hopped with malts in back .Not overly hopped but zesty or spicy at a low level.

M: Smooth and clean, medium body to light.

D: Drinkable and would make a good session beer.

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Photo of al3
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy light orange, no lacing or retention. Some floaties that look like they don't belong.

S - Sweet, grainy, slightly fruity.

T&M - Taste follows the smell. Sweet, grains, a touch of fruit, apricot. Feel is light, but with some body, a bitter and butter note on the finish. Well carbonated.

D - an easy drinker

Overall, a good beer, but the flavors seem muted, I expected a little more from the label claims. I doubt I would seek the bottle version out again, but it was interesting enough that I would try on tap.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and golden with barely any head

S: Very light smell. Nice sweet note.

T: Smooth and quite light. Has a earthy malt feel with a subtle bitterness.

M: Nice crisp feel that doesn't linger. Pretty much no heat on this one.

D: A very drinkable beer. In fact it's best attribute is its drinkability.

Overall a very drinkable beer yet nothing "special". It's a decent everyday drinker if bought for a good price.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Rob.

A - Nice golden yellow to orange body. The head is an eggshell white with some decent stamina.

S - Lightly baked grains with subtle orange lined aroma. For a lager is has a very distinguished aroma.

T - Lightly roasted grain with a slight fruit in its finish. I image the yeast used here was geared to bring that fruitiness to surface. I like this lager. It has a robustness to it while maintaining its sessionability.

M - It has a thick feel with a light texture. Goes down smooth.

~ I like this beer very much. It is certainly something I recommend to other BAs. Some of us fear the word, lager but I assure you this one has some character.

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Photo of drizzam
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Skye for hooking me up with a brew I cannot get in WI. I noticed there were 2 Fordham Helles Lagers in the beer review section...this one is brewed in Dover, DE vs. the other which was brewed somewhere in Maryland.

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

S - Not much of a nose at all. What I did get was slightly malty. Not much going on here.

T & M - Mostly malty flavors with just a bit of a hop backbite on the swallow. Thinnish mouthfeel that finishes crisp and clean. Reminds me of one of those Summer brews that you could drink all day long. I'm guessing the ABV is low on this one (If it isn't, is sure is well masked!). Relatively low carbonation.

D - The way this beer finishes, you could drink it all day long. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew that I would take anyday over a macro. I would buy more if they offered it here.

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Photo of burner
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just cracked a 12 oz. bottle and poured into sam adams glass. the appearance was a med. gold,there was not much head,just a little lacing that quickly disapated.

the aroma was average. earthy grains sweet malt.
I think the taste is what stands out. This had a really balanced flavor. Biscuit and bread notes with a sweetness similar to mollasis. the hop character was subdued up front but came through in the end accompanied with a nice alcohol finish and sweetness again in the end.

this was not a viscous lager. It had mild carbonation and went down smooth. Many did not think this was the BEST example of a helles lager,but i enjoyed the diversion. I really enjoyed this helles,recommend and can't wait for the next. this is a must try!!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a six pack of this somewhere is Delaware and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body was a cloudy dark gold color topped off with a medium sized white head that had poor retention and no lacing.
Smell: The aroma reminded me of cake icing.
Taste: The taste was spicy with some malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel wasn't too special; it was crisp like a normal lager.
Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is right above average.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright and clear, with a golden straw-like hue. The rather thin, somewhat creamy white head lasts briefly and leaves little remnant on the mug.

Smells of slight sweet malt, with a bit of grassy hop aroma, but overall the nose is rather subdued, and none-too-impressive.

Body is somewhat thin, and carbonation is decent. Flavors of sweet grain and bready notes appear up front, with a hint of grassy hop bitterness filling out the middle. Finish is clean and leaves just a hint of sweetness that lingers but a short time.

Drinkable and refreshing, qualities desireable in a Helles, but nothing extraordinary for the style, and perhaps the sweetness is, though mild, a bit off-putting, as the flavor seems off somehow. Still, a solidly quaffable brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a darker shade of yellow and hase good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers off with and leave some lace.

The smell is light and bready.

The taste follow with a classic helles beady malt. Lightly sweet, could us a tap more of noble hops .

The mouthfeel is ok almost medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability 1s good. Not a bad example of the style.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All in all, a decent beer for its type, though it pales in comparison to the German helles imports (and some of the US craft-brewed offerings of the same style). Yellow straw in the glass with a few bubbles visible. White head that disappates quickly. Hoppy malt (fairly balanced) in the nose with a thin mouthfeel. Flavor is balanced, but there is a bit of a mysterious metallic taste that permeates. It detracts from what could be much more of a positive. As Fordham goes, it's pretty good. And the fact that it is brewed in the region, means it's fresh. That, if nothing else, makes it worth buying, so long as you live in the vicinity.

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Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 4 ounce sample at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage Mill, MD. The pour was of a clear gold hue topped by a smallish head with a nice light level of carbonation. Nose was dominated by yeast with a malty backdrop, nice. Flavor is crisp and malty, true to style, finish is malty and leaves you wanting more, a nice beer.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice golden colour with a fairly good and lasting white fluffy head. Smell is a bid of bready champagne nose along with a bit of spice and floral bits from the hops. Taste starts with a bit of nice bready malt then just enough hops come in to balance and dry the finish out. Nothing spectacular, But a nice Helles Lager. Much better than some German ones ive had. Very good session brew.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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