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!

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 145
Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a lighter golden yellow with a tall fluffy off-white head that fades fast, lace in minimal spots and webs. Smell has a nice clean herbal, mineral-like hops with a touch of fruity pebbles, good German nose, just a bit to light though. Taste is a nice crisp and clean hop, soem dried variants with nice little herbal hints and some notes of minerals, malts are lightly breadish with a sourdough-like quality. Feel is light, close to medium, super clean and very smooth, quick crispness at first with lightly dry breadish souring finish thats niice. A pretty good Helles, easy, clean, crisp, and drinkable.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium amber, with a bountiful fluffy white head. Very nice. Light haziness.
Aroma is malty and clean, with a touch of german or saaz hops. No esters, but a very light breadiness. Simple and effective.
Flavor is clean and malty, with a bit of toasted malt and a mild hoppy sharpness at the very end of the sip. Clean defined flavors. Understated and well done.
I usually like helles lager, and this one's a very well done interpretation, better than most american brewed versions, and even a couple german ones.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Yesterdays here in Newport. Asked the bartender to suggest something light and this is what he gave me. He told me, "Its actually a Lager" and I shuttered.

Poured with an ample head. Nose is of wheat and malt. Full, crisp, light flavor of malting, wheaty up front then retreating to the back of the palate. This beer is extremely drinkable and I would have it again as a thirst quencher. Nice and light.

Quite simply the best lager I've ever tasted (but this come from a non-lager drinker!). Enjoy.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright golden color. The white colored head dies quickly. On the nose the aroma is a bit grainy, slight biscuity, subtle bitterness from the hops. On the palate the flavor has a nice subtle bitterness, grainy, herbal, very light Vienna and Munich malt character adds a good balance. Fairly clean finish with a slight sweet and bitterness on the tongue. Over all this brew is a bit simplistic but however it is very drinkable though...

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Photo of Thrasher
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow lager with big head that disappears but leaves lace on side of glass. Excellent authentic German nose, musty hints and bready malts. Sharp tasting beer, thin with appropriate helles accessibility but not especially refreshing and not at all complex. Beer mellows and improves as it warms, and the malts come out to play. A decent US micro lager, probably better when it's absolutely fresh.

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Photo of marc77
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden hue w/ excellent clarity. Quickly receding head leaves a spotty coating of bubbles. The grainy, bready base malt sweetness in aroma coupled w/ a lightly floral Mittelfruh hop nose. The somewhat prosaic flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off and is comprised of grainy notes & a generic white bread sweetness. Hop bitterness, although mild, appropriate balances the light malt sweetness. Lightly bodied, w/ an agreeable mouthfeel that lends good drinkability. Hop flavor is expectedly subdued, but a hint of herbal / floral Hallertauer is discernible. Finishes neutral, w/ a light residual sweetness briefly coating the tongue. This is a decent Helles at best, and is a bit one dimensional & overly simplifed. Subtle malt nuances characteristic of a good helles were lacking. It's quite quaffable, however.

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Helles Lager from Fordham Brewing Company
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