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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

Hotter Than Helles LagerHotter Than Helles Lager

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Munich Lager is a nod to the thirst quenching lagers of Germany. Our Helles has a sweet malt expression that is balanced by floral bitterness from the use of German Hallertaur Mittelfruh hops. A very refreshing beer that will also entice you by its subtle complexity and drinkability.

(Beer added by: PorterLambic on 09-28-2011)
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a medium sized Cigar City snifter glass.

Deep bright shining lemon and gold colored body. Very clear nearly bright crystal glowing. White fluffy head, a little bleached and shocking forms nicely and settles to a thick creamed bubbled collar.

Nose hints at doughy malts, but there's a macro like sweetness to this that begins to dominate. Sweet. Slightly sugary, hinting towards a fake honey sense a little.

Palate comes with a smooth controlled coating mouthfeel. But the sweetness pops out quite noticeably. Dough crisp a bit somewhat on the finish, hinting of baked bread slightly, but has a sweetness that takes over that sort of dominates. Very mild to no bitterness even for a Helles, with little spice character.

It's a fine drinkable brew, but it comes off almost like a Euro lager than a Helles.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 15:59:37 | More by smakawhat
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barczar

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned in May 13, so...

Pours a chill hazed golden straw with a frothy white head that leaves spotty lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Grain, cracker-like malt, and floral hops form the aroma. Smells like a pilsner, almost.

Flavor reveals slight sweetness, with a lightly bready malt backbone,a touch of citrus, finishing a bit sweet and even more bready. Malt definitely dominates, but it's fairly clean. Floral hops surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation. Finish is almost crisp.

Surprised this held up as well as it did. Solid offering on a fairly uncommon style. A hint of metallic character emerges late.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 03:44:22 | More by barczar
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bsp77

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light straw color. Decent white head at first but mostly disappears.

Smell: Very fruity, mostly apple. Light hay and pepper. After a few minutes, it just mildly smells like apple juice.

Taste: Sweet apple mostly, and almost tastes like adjuncts are involved. Some straw, but the hops are minimal - just a hint of pepper. I know this is a Helles and not a Pilsner, but the almost complete lack of hops just means a lack of balance. Bad aftertaste that reminds me of macros.

Feel: Light body, but the lower carbonation and sweet finish means it is not crisp or refreshing.

Overall: I consider Cigar City to be the Surly of Minnesota, but this kinda sucks. Surly Hell or even Maui Bikini Blonde are much better Hells lagers. I'd rather have a Corona.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 17:50:20 | More by bsp77
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's funny how a beer can have very little complexity but truly taste really good. This is dead on the style with a smooth grain flavor, barley and bread, with a slight tinge of hops. This is light and so easy to drink that it can be easily deceptive. I don't expect a lot out of any lager but I find this to be one of my favorites as it has pronounced lager properties and easy lager drinkability.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 01:06:33 | More by KYGunner
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Christmas present from my Girlfriend's Mom who lives in Florida. Canned November 20, 2013 and consumed Christmas Day 2013. From notes.

A - Poured bright and straw golden with one finger of lagery white head. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Pear, apple, sweet grain. Pleasant.

T - Sweet grain, a little cooked corn, apple, pear, a touch of hop.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

O/D - Fairly drinkable, but they could have done so much more with this one. Good craft lager, but nothing to write home about in general. Decent.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 15:08:55 | More by tbeckett
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer. Poured at a good temperature with a nice size, foamy, off-white head that didn't last and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber. Aroma is a bit faint, but has malt, hop,grain, spice. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang in front, then malt, hop, hint of sweet. Body is good, carbonation a tad sharp. Finish is like flavor, a little short, and very drinkable.

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 23:22:23 | More by drpimento
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can. Pours pale straw with long lasting, white head and lively carbonation. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of bready malt and herbal hops. Finish is medium lasting
and slightly bitter. I could drink this brew a lot during summer time.

Serving type: can

12-10-2013 17:18:00 | More by mikeg67
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a hotel glass, Nov 2013

Pours dirty gold/yellow, touches of white foam atop. Light lemon nose. Very faint. Bright chalky citrus flavor. Clean finish, light hop. Smooth. Slight helles flavor holds. Good Florida beer, good option for a trip to the beach

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 13:29:31 | More by KTCamm
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Jan 29 on can poured on Mar 6. Pours a light golden from the can into a pint glass. Not much head or retention. Smells of light fruit with a standard lager aroma. Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Sweet light fruit and not much to get excited about. Par for the style and easy summer drinking. Just can’t get into the style all that much.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 11:55:35 | More by BMMillsy
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TheChef18

Florida

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy yellow typical of the style

S- mainly just citrus

T- Floral and lemony

M- light with less carbonation than I expected

O- CCBs super drinkable beer if you aren't a Jai Alai fan like me. just too delicate and mundane in my opinion, but if this is your style than definitely worth a try

Serving type: can

09-02-2013 14:51:28 | More by TheChef18
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otterbearfla

Florida

2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One finger head

Appearance: lemon yellow and slightly cloudy

Smell : Very little aroma, citrusy

Taste: Almost absent of taste, lightly lemon

Mouthfeel: Watery with little body

This beer might be better on tap or in a bottle. I have generally like Cigar City beers so this is may least favorite.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 04:02:16 | More by otterbearfla
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy pale golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving no fizz or lace behind.

S- sweet and bready malt with some lemony-citrus zest, subdued floral hop notes and some candy-like sugar

T-malty sweetness up front gives some grainy flavors, followed by lemon and coriander. Floral hop notes are noticeable in the back end that transitions into a lightly sweet malty finish

M- medium body and carbonation produces a foamy mouthfeel that finishes crisp, very drinkable

O- a grat option on a hot summer day. It's very refreshing and drinkable, while not sacrificing taste

Serving type: can

08-09-2013 20:37:18 | More by Treyliff
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear glass in my hotel room in Tampa.

A: Poured crystal clear, wussy yellow, and with a slight bubble formation posing as a head.

S: A bit on the weak side but still nice. Fresh baked bread in spades.

T: There was an overall honey-like quality about this that I simply couldn't get enough of. Nice, crisp bitter slap on the finish.

M: Infinitely drinkable, especially on a 90+ degree day. No lacing and the palate came out clean.

O: This was a true "wow beer" in its style class. Bravo!

Serving type: can

08-03-2013 03:40:27 | More by Chaney
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while on vacation in Daytona Beach. Poured from 12 oz. can into a NB globe glass. Pours cloudy, light yellow in color, thin white bubbly head. Smells outstanding, thick bready malts, banana, citrus fruit, bubblegum. The taste is light, nice balance of malt with some floral hops in there as well. Slightly fruity, hints of lemon. Mouthfeel is thin, bubbly, carbonated. Refreshing, perfect for summer. Overall a great hot weather beer, flavorful, satisfying, delicious. This brewery never disappoints.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 02:59:07 | More by mattsdenney
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Shaw

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color in my Cigar City shaker pint glass with a tiny white head.

Nice mild aroma of hops and bread.

The taste is nice and clean, with a light hop bitterness and flavor (think grass or hay) balancing the classic lager malt flavors.

Body is creamy and also nice.

Overall this is a fine Munich lager, and a great hot weather beer.

On a side note, I think that Cigar City may need to re-name this beer. Being a beer geek, I never realized that the name makes people think the beer is spicy; but I've had people ask me if it's made with peppers. When you have to explain twice on the label that the beer doesn't have any hot peppers or spices in it, I think you have a problem.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 04:11:42 | More by Shaw
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip (canned on 6/13/13)

A: Hazy grayish blonde color with a foamy head that recedes quickly.

S: Light and citrusy. Very clean smelling with notes of fruit.

T: Light malts with a hint of citrus.

M: Smooth all the way down with a bit of massaging bubbles. You can feel the carbonation if you leave it in your mouth.

O: Refreshing but not my cup of tea. I haven't had too many lagers but this is nice.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 22:50:13 | More by gillagorilla
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Cavanaghty

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thanks to shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Light cloudy amber color.

Smell: Very mild, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste grassy and watered down.

Overall: Not a bad brew, glad I tried it, But I will not have this one again.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 23:06:43 | More by Cavanaghty
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian Brewing Co. pint glass. Bottom of can says Canned On May 2 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy straw color with a 1/2 inch fizzy white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves an incomplete thin ring behind.

S- Crisp aroma of husky grain and alcohol.

T- Somewhat bittersweet flavor as the kiss of hops plays off the light grainy malts. Goes down super easy as expected but there's enough beery flavor to keep things interesting. Has a soft tanginess to it that's neither pleasant nor detrimental.

M- Thin, but not necessarily watery. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- When you're dealing with a brewery as extreme as CCB, Helles lagers are the last thing you expect or want to find but this one does well as far as easy drinking summer beers go.

Serving type: can

07-02-2013 00:00:23 | More by Immortale25
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screamking

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into pint glass.

Better than average appearance for a lager. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass. You get your typical lager aroma, nothing to special. Taste is very pleasant, very smooth. This won't blow you away, but if you like lagers this is one to get and share around with those friends who only drink Budweiser.

Serving type: can

06-26-2013 03:08:45 | More by screamking
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da_beers

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy golden yellow straw with almost no head to speak of. Decrypt carbonation coming up.

S - a faint citrus, fresh and crisp. Smell is definitely its low point.

T - yeasty, yet crisp. Has a faint citrus zesty news to it. Extremely refreshing. Summer lager that has great,freshess from the can.

M - light bodied, crisp and extremely drinkable. Finishes very clean.

O - I feel like I have been ruined on lagers because the budweisers of the world, but this was remarkably delicious. Restored my faith!

Serving type: can

06-15-2013 12:37:34 | More by da_beers
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of tugg407 pours a lightly hazed lemon color with a surprisingly small cap of white head. Not much for retention and just a wisp or two of lace.

Nose is very light...malt is crisp and grainy with a touch of lemony hops.

Mmm, graininess really shines like a Munich helles, very well done indeed. Hops are light and add just enough grassy hop dryness on the finish. Old world hallertau hops are definitely evident. Mouthfeel is a little richer than the imports and has less carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice take on the style and one of the more authentic versions brewed in America.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 23:03:10 | More by twiggamortis420
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy lemon color with a 1.5 finger off white head that quickly dissipates. Nice soapy lacing persists.

S- Fruity citrus aroma. Lots of esters. Lemon zest or lemon grass, pineapple, range of tropical juices. Lager malts

T- Fruits indicated from the nose along with a touch of peppery spice up front. Slight grainy notes and buttery lager malts in the finish. Crackers. Smooth and well balanced.

M- Light to mid body. Crisp bite of carbonation. Moderate drinkability for the style. Very refreshing.

O- A wonderful example of the style with a fantastic spicy kick to it. Would love a case of this for floating the river during the summer.

Canned on 4/24/13
Consumed on 5/22/13

$7.49 for a 6 pk

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 19:08:39 | More by Bosoxfan20
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the Hotter than Helles into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of white head.

S - Faint malts, and some bitter hops

T - A beer that lacks the flavor of a good Helles. Just a little bread flavor, not much else sadly.

M - Smooth medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - A little disappointed with this offering from Cigar City, better options out there for the style.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 22:25:00 | More by fitrock2112
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Phelps

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy gold. Very thin, very short-lived head.

Soft graininess, a little apple, soft touch of grassy, spicy hops.

Light, crisp. Crackers, grain, softest hint of fruit, perfect hop bite. Crisp finish. Refreshing.

Medium-light body, highly carbonated, moderate fizz.

Not a ton to it, but there doesn't need to be. Snappy, tasty, good for a hot day.

Serving type: can

05-12-2013 23:42:34 | More by Phelps
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TheSixthRing

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with a sparse white head and sub-par retention, leaving behind a flat, smooth surface.

Smell - Bright, lemon and lime. Lemongrass. Faint grain.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fair amounts of sweet and sour from the lemon-lime character, followed by lesser notes of grass and subtle grain flavor to bring a well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Light with moderate carbonation, yet manages a crisp, dry finish. Smooth.

Overall - A nice, enjoyable Munich Helles from Cigar City. Does well to rival many of the German offerings, some of which are considered the best lagers on the planet. Great summer beer, as recommended on the can! Helles means bright in German - this beer exudes brightness.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 01:11:34 | More by TheSixthRing
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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
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