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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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543 Ratings
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
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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birchstick

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-06-2012 02:43:40 | More by birchstick
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%

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 +11.1%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

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 -26.9%

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 -2.8%

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2013 14:02:03 | More by SPRichard
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

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

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12-14-2013 04:35:56 | More by LXIXME
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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.