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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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81
good

566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

micromaniac129, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

harsley, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned in May 13, so...

Pours a chill hazed golden straw with a frothy white head that leaves spotty lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Grain, cracker-like malt, and floral hops form the aroma. Smells like a pilsner, almost.

Flavor reveals slight sweetness, with a lightly bready malt backbone,a touch of citrus, finishing a bit sweet and even more bready. Malt definitely dominates, but it's fairly clean. Floral hops surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation. Finish is almost crisp.

Surprised this held up as well as it did. Solid offering on a fairly uncommon style. A hint of metallic character emerges late.

barczar, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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Evarigan, Mar 25, 2014
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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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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.