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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 23
Gots: 60 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the Hotter than Helles into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of white head.

S - Faint malts, and some bitter hops

T - A beer that lacks the flavor of a good Helles. Just a little bread flavor, not much else sadly.

M - Smooth medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - A little disappointed with this offering from Cigar City, better options out there for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy gold. Very thin, very short-lived head.

Soft graininess, a little apple, soft touch of grassy, spicy hops.

Light, crisp. Crackers, grain, softest hint of fruit, perfect hop bite. Crisp finish. Refreshing.

Medium-light body, highly carbonated, moderate fizz.

Not a ton to it, but there doesn't need to be. Snappy, tasty, good for a hot day.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with a sparse white head and sub-par retention, leaving behind a flat, smooth surface.

Smell - Bright, lemon and lime. Lemongrass. Faint grain.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fair amounts of sweet and sour from the lemon-lime character, followed by lesser notes of grass and subtle grain flavor to bring a well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Light with moderate carbonation, yet manages a crisp, dry finish. Smooth.

Overall - A nice, enjoyable Munich Helles from Cigar City. Does well to rival many of the German offerings, some of which are considered the best lagers on the planet. Great summer beer, as recommended on the can! Helles means bright in German - this beer exudes brightness.

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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Cloudy bright yellow, some carbonation, one finger light fluffy head.

S-Bread, lemon, wheat and grass.

T-Light and crisp. Nice balance of bread, wheat, lemon, slight grass and no bitterness.

M-Light some carbonation, crisp and dry.

O-A great beer on a hot day. Crisp, easy drinking and refreshing. That being said it doesn't over come the lawnmower status.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.