Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Shaw:
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
07-18-2013 04:11:42 | More by Shaw
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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
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
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
Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.