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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

Hotter Than Helles LagerHotter Than Helles Lager

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 69
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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tectactoe

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the principal venues for scoring CANs to further The CANQuest (TM) is Pinocchio's Beer Garden in Media, PA. I was there last Friday and I found several new CANs to bring back with me. If you have never been, put it on your to-do list.

From the CAN: "No Peppers, Just Puns"; "Drink Fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "Why so punny? 'Helles' is German for 'light colored.' Hotter Than Helles is more than just a (very) silly pun: it perfectly reflects the nature of this beer. A lager meant to be [CAN]sumed when it's truly hotter than helles outside. So there are no peppers or spices in this beer!"

Hmm. I will make the jokes around here, thanks, plus it is misleading. The loud Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, but IAW The Old Lady's wishes and the directions on the CAN, the Glug was as gentle as could be. I still managed to create a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow (SRM = 2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like German lager - a honey-like sweetness from the malts underlain by a grassiness from the hops. I prefer Czech-style lagers, but this will do. The CANQuest (TM) was built on a steady diet of AALs and I am very glad to have those days in the rear view mirror. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, more effervescent than I might have expected, and the taste was really sweet. In fact, it was too sweet for my taste. I would not have minded a pepper presence at all as opposed to this. Very honey-like, but I have some Blue Dog mead that will satisfy that craving when the time comes. Finish was likewise sweet and now I found myself looking forward to on of their many CANned IPAs to wash away the taste.

Serving type: can

04-20-2014 11:20:38 | More by woodychandler
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-18-2014 18:52:02 | More by kristougher
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-04-2014 17:20:52 | More by mamacita20
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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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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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.