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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 59 | 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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Reviews by mikeg67:
Photo of mikeg67
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

mikeg67, Dec 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

tectactoe, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

DavyJones, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

ricksrealm, Mar 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

sicilian, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

warnerry, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

mverity, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

mctizzz, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JayEvans813, Aug 11, 2013
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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

Freehouse, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Cavanaghty, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of bsp77
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

bsp77, Mar 24, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

cnagle28, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dogfishandi, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MrBryson, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Cynic-ale, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

TKEbeerman, Apr 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Culture, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

wo87810, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SPRichard, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

mtpHokie, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dsauter, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.