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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 19
Gots: 41 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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10-29-2012 15:18:27 | More by dunix
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wcintula

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 21:44:35 | More by wcintula
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to dimenhetfield for tossing this one my way. enjoyed from my ccb snifter.

a - brew poured a clear and fizzy yellow. very fizzy head that fizzed away quick, but was quickly replaced by the bubbling in the glass racing to the surface.

s - lagery, but with some light fruity zest to it. crystalized malts. German.

t - wow, very nice. crisp german lager with a some toasted fruit and lemon.

m - super refreshing and soft.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a foamy bright white head that reduced to a sticky dense cap. Biscuity sweet malt aroma with hints of floral hops and an earthy grass character. Aggressive, somewhat fizzy carbonation up front that turns buttery smooth through the middle. Biscuit malt and floral hop bitter flavors with a apple-like sweetness in the background. The hop flavors peak toward the end with a tangy twist of he taste buds. Finishes crisply with a slightly tart aftertaste.

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4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is #44 on the "Top Beers - Munich Helles Lager" list on beeradvocate.com. On tap at Hunahpu's day at CC, served in a plastic pint glass because it was the classiest serving vessel available.

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation a white head some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is a little weak but fine, a little yeasty grainy and lagery, I like the aroma a lot actually.

Beer is light and wet, good finish, clean and crisp, the yeast shows up in the late forward palate, a little thicker mouthfeel than I expected and a good finish on the end. I'd have this again (I had it twice while in FL).

Serving type: on-tap

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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear glass in my hotel room in Tampa.

A: Poured crystal clear, wussy yellow, and with a slight bubble formation posing as a head.

S: A bit on the weak side but still nice. Fresh baked bread in spades.

T: There was an overall honey-like quality about this that I simply couldn't get enough of. Nice, crisp bitter slap on the finish.

M: Infinitely drinkable, especially on a 90+ degree day. No lacing and the palate came out clean.

O: This was a true "wow beer" in its style class. Bravo!

Serving type: can

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 2/7/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a bright golden straw color that has nice clarity. there is about a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice bit of lace behind on the glass. The nose is of grainy malt sweetness. There is also some fruitiness, honey, spicy hops, and some earthy grassiness. The taste followed what the nose suggested. It started off with some grainy malt sweetness. There are some nice flavors of honey, fruit, and some earthiness. Also, there is an earthy spicy hop presence. The finish leaves some lingering earthiness, hop presence, and the sweet maltiness behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and it has a really smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness at first, and then a nice earthiness comes in and balances it out. Also, there is some spice and bitterness from the hops that is really nice. It has a nice refreshing quality to it. There is really good drinkability here. I could easily have a few pints of this in a night. It goes down really easy, has nice flavor, and is pretty refreshing. Overall, I think it is just a solid beer, and I recommend trying it out. I would buy this one again. I can see it being really nice on a hot summer day. I hope i run into it again.

Serving type: on-tap

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A - pours a hazy golden yellow straw with almost no head to speak of. Decrypt carbonation coming up.

S - a faint citrus, fresh and crisp. Smell is definitely its low point.

T - yeasty, yet crisp. Has a faint citrus zesty news to it. Extremely refreshing. Summer lager that has great,freshess from the can.

M - light bodied, crisp and extremely drinkable. Finishes very clean.

O - I feel like I have been ruined on lagers because the budweisers of the world, but this was remarkably delicious. Restored my faith!

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.