Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing
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3.99/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
04-10-2013 20:25:27 | More by Maxwell
3.96/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
04-06-2013 23:29:15 | More by stephenjmoore
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
04-03-2013 03:54:26 | More by RonfromJersey
4.45/5 rDev +24%
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.
04-02-2013 22:40:15 | More by suspect
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
Medium straw color, with a thin head that disappears quickly and leaves little behind on the glass. Smell is melon with a touch of banana. Taste is mild malt with a touch of pepper and a bready aftertaste. Feel is light to medium heaviness, and a little fizzy at first, but the carbonation drops off a touch after a couple of minutes. Overall this is drinkable and refreshing. It's not particularly complex, just enough to be interesting. This is not one of my favorite styles, but this is done well and is quite good for a nice warm day.
03-17-2013 22:46:03 | More by JohnQVD
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from the can into a mug.
Look: There wasn't much here. The can asked me to pour gently, so I wasn't that aggressive at all. The result was a thin head, almost no lacing, with a standard light gold look. The lack of lacing makes me the most sad.
Smell: A mild floral note, but a strong citrus smell, mainly oranges. I'm picking up a bit of hops which is pleasant.
Taste: It starts with a strong citrus touch, but the back end is a bit of the sweet malts. Nothing too prominent. As it goes on, it gets less citrus-y and most sweet. Definitely interesting to me.
Feel: A very light feel, medium carbonation, and great on a warm afternoon.
Overall: Having easy access to this one, I'll probably revisit from time to time, and this is a great summer beer for myself. I think it has enough going on in the taste where I'll discover more and more after each one.
03-17-2013 17:13:00 | More by JackMcAwesome
Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.