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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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81
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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 49 | FT: 5
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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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%

The beer pours a straw yellow with a fizzy soap bubble head that goes away quickly and leaves a little scrim. The beer’s body is quite clear with just a slight haze to it and a steady stream of lazy bubbles working to the top of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells sweet and grassy, almost like a very dry strawberry smell with touches of bread. The malt is super sweet and fruity on the nose but the grassy hop backing gives a balance to the smell and makes this beer more inviting to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a finish of smooth grassy bitter hops. The flavors begin as sweet bready malt with a faint touch of fruity strawberry, this dries out slowly and becomes progressively bitterer grassy flavors with nuances of sweet malt and very slight green pepper notes. The finish is creamy sweet bread malts that linger nicely into the aftertaste and slowly dissipate onto the palate leaving grassy bitter to tingle on the tongue. In the can, the beer smells weak, with very little of its nuances escaping through the hole. It tastes less sweet when sipped from the can with none of the fruity malts, but a nice bitter grassy hop’s kiss. It tastes slightly more refreshing from the can, but not as complex or nuanced. In the mouth the beer feels slightly prickly in carbonation, which helps to balance out the sweetness of the beer. The beer also feels medium thick in body. The mouth is left clean but with a nice swath of saliva dribbling on the tongue. Overall, I like this beer. It is sweet, but balanced well with hops and carbonation, and it is refreshing and interesting on the palate. A great sessionable sipper from Cigar City.

04-10-2013 20:25:27 | More by Maxwell
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color, mostly hazy and translucent in the middle with a fluffy white head that looks as though it might last, but is reduced to a thin skin atop the beer within a couple of minutes. It's got a clean, lager-yeast aroma; crispy and fresh with a mild graininess to it. Heavy bouts of lemon zest and citrus peel add a nice sharpness and refreshment. The carbonation bubbles on this one tickle the nostrils as I lean in for each whiff. There seems to be a light spice hiding in the background as well, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Very light hop presence on the nose - a little grassy and musky.

The taste begins with a helping of that lemon zest and lemon grass right along with the semi-bitter citrus peel. The hops are more alive on the tongue than in the nose, imparting a bit of a musty presence; grassy and a bit floral even. The lager yeast is definitely noticeable, handing off that crispy and slightly bready feel - very mild "cheesy" notes are present, too, which is also most likely from the yeast. The body on this one is medium, actually a bit heavier than I had originally anticipated, with a high amount of carbonation. The aftertaste hold on to some of that musty hop bitterness along with a mild, buttery yeast flavor, fading to the tune of a nice, crisp, semi-dry finish.

I haven't really been disappointed by anything from Cigar City, and this is no exception, especially considering I really wasn't expecting much from it at all. Very clean and refreshing with some mild citrus and hop flavors, along with a clean lager profile. Certainly something nice to enjoy on a hot day.

02-18-2013 03:35:59 | More by tectactoe
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-19-2012 19:34:12 | More by DavyJones
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npala86

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-07-2013 20:21:01 | More by npala86
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ricksrealm

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-13-2012 15:08:47 | More by ricksrealm
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sicilian

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-01-2014 20:14:33 | More by sicilian
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-03-2013 01:18:49 | More by warnerry
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

10-25-2013 04:16:17 | More by TimoP
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mverity

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-24-2013 02:25:45 | More by mverity
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mctizzz

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

03-14-2013 02:52:49 | More by mctizzz
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JayEvans813

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-11-2013 03:30:45 | More by JayEvans813
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Cavanaghty

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

07-07-2013 23:06:43 | More by Cavanaghty
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bsp77

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-02-2014 22:31:07 | More by dogfishandi
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MrBryson

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-05-2014 01:00:31 | More by MrBryson
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-07-2013 15:09:37 | More by Cynic-ale
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.4%

04-30-2013 01:45:17 | More by TKEbeerman
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Culture

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-10-2013 22:15:19 | More by Culture
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wo87810

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-23-2013 22:35:52 | More by wo87810
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-12-2013 14:02:03 | More by SPRichard
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mtpHokie

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

08-17-2013 18:53:14 | More by mtpHokie
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dsauter

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-11-2013 01:01:51 | More by dsauter
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tugg407

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-06-2012 07:28:00 | More by tugg407
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Adkins1203

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

06-04-2013 03:18:51 | More by Adkins1203
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.