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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | 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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tranehead

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4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Slightly acidic finish. Nice hops balance. I wish there was a little more maltiness. A little thin on the malt. Overall a GREAT can of beer. And considering I am only about 4 hours drive from there, it's pretty fresh (yeah its in a can but I get it closer than others..) I feel like that if there were a little more malt finish, the Helles style would be complete. It finishes a little thin for my idea of the style based on soem of the incredible import examples of the style. Maybe not a continental pilsner malt but a german or belgian one.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 02:22:25 | More by tranehead
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ShaunNewman

Florida

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can to a pilsner glass

A- light straw with a white quickly disapating head

S- cooked corn with a sweet graininess that follows

T- sweet capracker with a sweetness that follows

M- very refreshing with a medium light body

O- A solid light lager but I wish it was boiled a bit longer to drive off the DMS

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 02:59:32 | More by ShaunNewman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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jegross2

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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.
Score: 89

Canned on 12/05/12. Served in a tulip-style wine glass and enjoyed on 01/21/13. Major thanks to Adam for the hook up!

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color that is between transparent and translucent. Thre is a mildly effervescent appearance to the brew, as a parade of bubbles float to the top when poured into the glass. A finger of white bubbly head settles completely. Poor lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Apple juice, malty grainy bready/cereal malt and a little lemon and white grape. A little yeast and mellow, grassy hops too. 4/5

Taste: The flavor is malty and juicy and refreshing. Sweet, but not tart, lemon, apple juice, peach and a little white grape. There is more lemon on the palate than there was in the nose. There's a faint, slightly stale grassy hops flavor in finish. The bready/cereal "graininess" from the nose is very faint in the taste, and mostly present in the aftertaste with some residual lemon as well. Very refreshing and easy drinking! 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Drinks like a juice, with a faint dryness on the finish. Slightly acidic. 4/5

Overall: This might be the perfect summer beer. It's light, refreshing, and flavorful!

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out this summer and crack it on a 90+ degree day!

Pairings: Nutrigrain bars.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack of cans.

Serving type: can

01-21-2013 19:50:25 | More by jegross2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the CC Tasting Room. Light yellow with a large retained head. Tasty, it yields both sweet and sour interplay. Like a dirty yeasty blonde flvour, with a chile pepper finish. Yet no spices were included? Good that CC is doing these beers. A good late day beer. OK drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 03:06:41 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-19-2013 15:38:13 | More by dipaguy
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some bread and grains. There is also some light hops and some lemons. It ends with a lemony/grainy aftertaste.

Overall - A great beer for camping trips or tailgating for sure. It`s very refreshing and goes down fast. Not sure how true to style it is, but it`s still a tasty beer worth trying.

Serving type: can

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A – Hazy yellow pour that produced about 1 finger of clean white head that quickly dissipated. Tiny bit of lacing left on the glass.

S – Fairly light aroma with some yeast, corn and bread. Pleasant.

T – Touch of fruitiness/citrus. Very nice sweet malt taste with a bit of grainy feel. Just a bit of hops in there.

M – Seriously refreshing brew. Light and crisp on the palate. Nice carbonation.

O – Very nice drinking brew here. Light and tasty. Great beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
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