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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 22
Gots: 50 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DrIPA, Apr 28, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Hotter Than Helles Lager

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Golden brew, that I found slightly hazy. Over a finger of white foam, which quickly settled to a collar. No lacing to speak of...

S) Grainy, grassy, with a light fruit zest.

T) Nice and malty. Bready and a little sweet, balanced with enough hop bitterness. Grass and a hint of lemon zest.

M) Fairly light, but very smooth, and definitely refreshing. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste.

O) The one thing I have locally is plenty of well crafted lagers, so this not being available here, is no big deal. Having said that, it's a nice beer, and the folks in Florida looking for a lager, should drink it up.

RoamingGnome, Apr 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Nachos4two, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

InVinoVeritas, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Johnnyramirez, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tree777, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

pknyc, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jamison85, Apr 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Syracuse12, Apr 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

captainbearcat, Apr 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

jcb7472, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw yellow with a fizzy soap bubble head that goes away quickly and leaves a little scrim. The beer’s body is quite clear with just a slight haze to it and a steady stream of lazy bubbles working to the top of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells sweet and grassy, almost like a very dry strawberry smell with touches of bread. The malt is super sweet and fruity on the nose but the grassy hop backing gives a balance to the smell and makes this beer more inviting to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a finish of smooth grassy bitter hops. The flavors begin as sweet bready malt with a faint touch of fruity strawberry, this dries out slowly and becomes progressively bitterer grassy flavors with nuances of sweet malt and very slight green pepper notes. The finish is creamy sweet bread malts that linger nicely into the aftertaste and slowly dissipate onto the palate leaving grassy bitter to tingle on the tongue. In the can, the beer smells weak, with very little of its nuances escaping through the hole. It tastes less sweet when sipped from the can with none of the fruity malts, but a nice bitter grassy hop’s kiss. It tastes slightly more refreshing from the can, but not as complex or nuanced. In the mouth the beer feels slightly prickly in carbonation, which helps to balance out the sweetness of the beer. The beer also feels medium thick in body. The mouth is left clean but with a nice swath of saliva dribbling on the tongue. Overall, I like this beer. It is sweet, but balanced well with hops and carbonation, and it is refreshing and interesting on the palate. A great sessionable sipper from Cigar City.

Maxwell, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Arsenal0328, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Jerid, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

hopkrid, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DruRho, Apr 07, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Very pale, crystal clear straw-colored body with just a hint of hazy sediment. Bubbly bone white head that fizzes and hangs around briefly.

S- Almost a spice-like aroma of noble hops, some sweet bread, grainy malt, a tiny lemony scent.

T- Bready and grainy, lots of malt sweetness with the noble hops adding a light herbal and citrus flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O- Great helles lager, very drinkable and very enjoyable.

stephenjmoore, Apr 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Juice-O, Apr 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

WallingBrew, Apr 04, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single can from spring break 2013.

A very bubbly golden body, excellent clarity, topped by a finger or two of white bubbles of varying sizes.

Hay/grass aroma, has a slight harsh edge.

Sweet beginning. Mild bitter noble hop nip. Clean finish.

Light but solid mouthfeel.

Good try, but could use some more work to really nail the style.

RonfromJersey, Apr 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Mark5252, Apr 03, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a stemless snifter on vacation.

A: Hazy yet mostly clear. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that fades quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles. No lacing.

S: Full grain bill, full flavored nose. Lots going on from malts to bittered hops to lemon zest.

T: Big time flavors yet delicately dancing off the tongue thanks to the lifting bubbles. Same as the nose.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel. Bright, spritzy, airy and beautiful. Crisp, sharp finish leaves me sipping for more.

O: A GREAT beach, summertime brew. Perfect for the Tampa shores.

suspect, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

oline73, Mar 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

nmann08, Mar 28, 2013
Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.