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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 23
Gots: 54 | 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 wcintula:
Photo of wcintula
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise in a glass! I'm a fan of the Helles, but didn't expect something so good. At Ginger Man, it was poured into an imperial pint, but again with the ABV! Listed as 7.5% yet it's listed here as 5%(see my last review, beer also had at Ginger Man).

A nice golden brew with a finger and a half head receded slowly. The smell is nice cereal grains with a touch of flora. Great bready, cracker-y taste with the slightest hint of hops, very refreshing, and extremely quaffable.

wcintula, Mar 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +11.4%

DavyJones, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

ricksrealm, Mar 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

sicilian, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

warnerry, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

mverity, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

mctizzz, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

JayEvans813, Aug 11, 2013
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3.52/5  rDev -1.9%

Freehouse, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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 -26.7%
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 +1.4%

cnagle28, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dogfishandi, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

MrBryson, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Cynic-ale, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

TKEbeerman, Apr 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Culture, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

wo87810, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

SPRichard, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

mtpHokie, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dsauter, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.