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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
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good

543 Ratings
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-13-2013 20:48:57 | More by M27
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2013 14:02:03 | More by SPRichard
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2013 21:42:00 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Florida

4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-11-2013 16:29:58 | More by johntfox
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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2013 01:01:51 | More by dsauter
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

03-10-2013 21:31:28 | More by Danielr26
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cosmicevan

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%

thanks to dimenhetfield for tossing this one my way. enjoyed from my ccb snifter.

a - brew poured a clear and fizzy yellow. very fizzy head that fizzed away quick, but was quickly replaced by the bubbling in the glass racing to the surface.

s - lagery, but with some light fruity zest to it. crystalized malts. German.

t - wow, very nice. crisp german lager with a some toasted fruit and lemon.

m - super refreshing and soft.

o - extremely refreshing and super drinkable lager. has a nice soft fruity quality to it while still being very much a lager. would have again.

03-04-2013 02:09:23 | More by cosmicevan
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JamesWn

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-28-2013 20:56:40 | More by JamesWn
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lionssoccer13

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-26-2013 16:11:48 | More by lionssoccer13
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-25-2013 21:42:18 | More by KVNBGRY
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ESeab

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-24-2013 01:38:10 | More by ESeab
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ToastySteve


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-23-2013 18:09:17 | More by ToastySteve
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +25%

02-21-2013 01:46:35 | More by Thedrizzle
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kirbmeist

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-20-2013 14:45:28 | More by kirbmeist
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New Jersey

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Danny1217

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-20-2013 03:58:50 | More by Danny1217
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HalfFull

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz. single can poured into a pint glass from the ABC store. Shows a moderate gold in color with a touch of haze and half an inch of white foam. Retention and lace are decent yet might leave a bit to be desired.

Offers a funky yeast aroma couple with some lemony hops. A strange yeast aroma that I liked, then didn't, then did again. In the end the fact that it kept me curious makes it a winner. Bit funky and earthy with a touch of wheaty sourness though I'm not quite sure it was intentional.

Lightly bready on the palate, simple and straightforward with a tart lemon character on the finish. Warming raises the apparent sweetness of the beer a bit more than I'd like but the odd tartness keeps things somewhat in balance.

Soft in feel with a quickly exiting carbonation, leaving things a bit viscous on the finish. Overall intriguing given the funkiness but likely prefer a cleaner Continental variant of the style as for a regular quaff.

02-18-2013 05:50:13 | More by HalfFull
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color, mostly hazy and translucent in the middle with a fluffy white head that looks as though it might last, but is reduced to a thin skin atop the beer within a couple of minutes. It's got a clean, lager-yeast aroma; crispy and fresh with a mild graininess to it. Heavy bouts of lemon zest and citrus peel add a nice sharpness and refreshment. The carbonation bubbles on this one tickle the nostrils as I lean in for each whiff. There seems to be a light spice hiding in the background as well, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Very light hop presence on the nose - a little grassy and musky.

The taste begins with a helping of that lemon zest and lemon grass right along with the semi-bitter citrus peel. The hops are more alive on the tongue than in the nose, imparting a bit of a musty presence; grassy and a bit floral even. The lager yeast is definitely noticeable, handing off that crispy and slightly bready feel - very mild "cheesy" notes are present, too, which is also most likely from the yeast. The body on this one is medium, actually a bit heavier than I had originally anticipated, with a high amount of carbonation. The aftertaste hold on to some of that musty hop bitterness along with a mild, buttery yeast flavor, fading to the tune of a nice, crisp, semi-dry finish.

I haven't really been disappointed by anything from Cigar City, and this is no exception, especially considering I really wasn't expecting much from it at all. Very clean and refreshing with some mild citrus and hop flavors, along with a clean lager profile. Certainly something nice to enjoy on a hot day.

02-18-2013 03:35:59 | More by tectactoe
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.