1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Hotter Than Helles LagerHotter Than Helles Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

552 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 552
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 49 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 552 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of griffey123
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

griffey123, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Brob245
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Brob245, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of sicilian
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

sicilian, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of suckaj
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

suckaj, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Epetrena
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Epetrena, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of AmericaGWShark
3/5  rDev -16.4%

AmericaGWShark, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ONovoMexicano, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of josh__mason
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

josh__mason, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of ThurmondTX
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ThurmondTX, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of BSuter
4/5  rDev +11.4%

BSuter, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Googan17
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Googan17, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

curlybird, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Ryanrad
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Ryanrad, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3/5  rDev -16.4%

DeadWalkerAir, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours an effervescent & slightly chill-hazed, hay colored with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Faint head retention & better lacing

S: Much breadynesss, pears, some floral notes & grainyness

T: Bready, perfumy, a little bit of white grape & lemon up front. Pears, lemons, wet grains & dryness as this warms. Finishes fruitty, grainy & slightly sweet

MF: Light/medium bodied, delicate carbonation at first, but becomes pricklier as this warms

Easy to drink, but was hoping for more. They aren't gonna put any Bavarian brewery out of bussiness that's for sure, but would drink it again if my helles choices were limited

russpowell, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of HRamz3
3/5  rDev -16.4%

HRamz3, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Varkias41, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%

"Why so punny? 'Helles' is reman 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 consumed when it's truly hotter than hellos outside. So there are no peppers or spices in this beer!" Brewed in the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Available as a year round release in 12 oz. can 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp sunny white head that retains below average over a pale golden amber body with specked sediment, moderate haze and plentiful vivacious carbonation. Retention is average at best and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Light cracker malts with some faint german bready malt undertones. Grassy and floral hop notes create a modest hop bitterness. Some perceived graininess and moderate vinous character can be expected. Altogether a fairly clean and simple lager with a moderate potency. 3.5

(Taste) Cracker malts blend with a touch of german biscuit for some body. Grassy, lightly spicy hops yield a subtle bitterness and a touch of character. Largely clean, although the white grape character is difficult to overlook, some mild graininess is also perceptible at this point. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, a touch oily, mildly creamy. Carbonation is moderate, creating a respectable crispness for a fuzzy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is even. Alcohol presence is light, off characters few. 3.5

(Overall) Not my favorite beer by Cigar City although I'm not the biggest fan of the style either, I suppose it does a decent job of keeping true to the roots of this often overlooked German style. As suggested by the brewery, it would make a nice session lager option for those looking for a bit more than macro beers have to offer. 3.5

Cigar City Brewing's
Hotter Than Helles Lager
3.49/5.00

Jadjunk, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of D_toxic_AVENGER
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

D_toxic_AVENGER, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of solo103
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

solo103, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of rickcrip76
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

rickcrip76, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of JavaNoire
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

JavaNoire, Jul 06, 2014
Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.