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Helles Lager | Fordham Brewing Company

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3.51/5
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146 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
fordhambrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,058
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
146
pDev:
11.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Gatordaddy
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Omnium
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a lighter gold color, no head, no lacing.
S - Barely any aroma here, a little lager yeast at best.
T - Yeast, and a slight hint of lemon rind i think.
M - Slightly bitter, but not awful, nothing stays on with you.
O - This is just a regular beer, nothing special about it.

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Photo of greyghost86
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of RickS95
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't care for the style, but this wasn't bad looking. It's a bit darker than what I expected. Still clear, but it's darker than straw colored, instead a deep goldenrod shade. Despite the light shade of the helles, the head is a stark contrast in extremely bright white. A good two fingers thick, it retains well leaving a faint, splotchy haze behind.

It's got a nice malty nose to it. Slight savory overtones come wafting up and what I think is something lemony.

Everything in the nose shows up on the tongue. Malt backbone with savory hops dancing a little jig with kind of a yeasty finish.

In addition to not thinking the mouthfeel sucked, I actually enjoyed it a bit. There's the slightest addition of sweet citrus to balance out the German yeast and hops. It's still light bodied, but it's crisp and dry in the finish to round out the experience.

Overall it's nice beer for the style. It's easy to drink, and would be even better on a hot day. I generally avoid lagers, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of WreckingBrew
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of kanno
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of cliff1066
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
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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