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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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Giuseppegraphix


1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

05-16-2014 17:48:06 | More by Giuseppegraphix
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Swim424

Florida

1.85/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this on tap at a cask ale night at proof in tallahassee (was not the cask ale).

It poured a bright cloudy thick yellow with a small head. wasn't much to the smell, maybe because I was in a bar. Tasted like a buttery beer. I couldn't get past that. It wasn't very good. It was fairly thick and creamy, and honestly felt, and tasted like a pilsner mixed with melted butter. I did not enjoy this and was very disappointed. I love the brewery and everything I have had by them until this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 05:42:31 | More by Swim424
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44.8%

04-17-2013 01:55:50 | More by Syracuse12
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Adkins1203

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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

California

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

05-08-2013 00:48:42 | More by DarthKostrizer
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

07-17-2013 01:09:32 | More by mwbrady12
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Zbeetleman

California

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

07-07-2013 04:38:35 | More by Zbeetleman
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jlwelsh

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

05-14-2013 01:18:18 | More by jlwelsh
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RamboDog

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-18-2014 16:07:07 | More by RamboDog
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

07-09-2013 23:44:43 | More by DonFrap
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jmathis

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-27-2012 19:29:49 | More by jmathis
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

04-02-2014 01:50:05 | More by victory4me
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bsp77

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 17:50:20 | More by bsp77
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JWQ

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24%

04-23-2014 14:35:32 | More by JWQ
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reddfrogg

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -24%

08-02-2012 16:22:14 | More by reddfrogg
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Lockbreeze925

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -24%

03-31-2012 17:14:31 | More by Lockbreeze925
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tfsimpkins

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -24%

03-20-2012 03:50:43 | More by tfsimpkins
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Ethan-UF

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -24%

06-02-2013 03:32:02 | More by Ethan-UF
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Hoppytree

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24%

06-28-2014 18:11:10 | More by Hoppytree
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BiteTheBullet

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -24%

10-07-2013 03:02:53 | More by BiteTheBullet
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24%

07-02-2014 01:05:17 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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Reinbeck11

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -24%

03-05-2014 22:28:40 | More by Reinbeck11
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otterbearfla

Florida

2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One finger head

Appearance: lemon yellow and slightly cloudy

Smell : Very little aroma, citrusy

Taste: Almost absent of taste, lightly lemon

Mouthfeel: Watery with little body

This beer might be better on tap or in a bottle. I have generally like Cigar City beers so this is may least favorite.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 04:02:16 | More by otterbearfla
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phideltashaggy

Tennessee

2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a tall pilsen glass. Canned on date was August 2013 (about 8 months ago), so I'm afraid it may be a bit old for a proper review.

Poured a beautiful straw yellow color with just a tiny bit of haze, Thick white head was beautiful and took a few minutes to dissipate.

The nose was very strong on fruit. Grapes and pear in particular.

Tastes similar to smell, lots of white fruit. A twinge of bitter in the back of the taste after swallowing fully. Reminds me of a cheap pinot grigio .

The mouthfeel is ok, some tingly bubbles, but not as much as I was expecting. The bitter aftertaste hangs out in the back corners of my mouth for a while.

Overall, not my favorite beer, but not bad for a rainy afternoon of vidya game playin'. Again, I think it may have skunked slightly, so take this review with a grain of salt.

Serving type: can

04-25-2014 00:35:49 | More by phideltashaggy
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Cavanaghty

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 23:06:43 | More by Cavanaghty
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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
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