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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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521 Ratings
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Ratings: 521
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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting in a pint glass.

Hotter than Helles pours out a very bright golden yellowish color with a clear body, not any haze in the way. A nice bright white cap on top with some legs but no stick. Good retention. Bubbles. Smell is pretty pale malted up with some underlining spicy hop notes. I get some fruity scents, but that may be from the previous beer on tap. Taste is helles, than I get the fruity flavor as well, which kinda kills it for me. Rich German hop flavor and malt mixes well with a light enough body but I am unsure of the semi fruit flavor I am getting. Feel is on point, light and spritzy carb, a nice hop bite towards the end. I was hoping for more, perhaps I am spoiled by all the great German style offerings local to us in SEPA, but Hotter than Helles was a dud.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 02:44:24 | More by BARFLYB
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a foamy bright white head that reduced to a sticky dense cap. Biscuity sweet malt aroma with hints of floral hops and an earthy grass character. Aggressive, somewhat fizzy carbonation up front that turns buttery smooth through the middle. Biscuit malt and floral hop bitter flavors with a apple-like sweetness in the background. The hop flavors peak toward the end with a tangy twist of he taste buds. Finishes crisply with a slightly tart aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 17:22:39 | More by IronLover
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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-29-2012 18:55:20 | More by closisinthehouse
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

single finger clear straw colored body some lacing. Aroma is grassy, grainy and light malts. The body is much fuller than I was expecting with high carbonation. Very refreshing and highly drinkable. Flavor of bitter hops like noble hops but mildly so with a nice malt profile and grassy notes. For my tastes one of the best mouthfeels and flavors of a Helles I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 02:38:34 | More by kylehay2004
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

A - Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of floral notes with some grassy hops.

T - It tasted floral and spicy with a nice backbone of sweet caramel and grains.

M - A medium bodied lager with a sharp, crisp finish. Clean and snappy.

O - This is a pretty tasty lager. I was glad to try a fairly rare Cigar City brew at Tap 42.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 02:33:35 | More by zeff80
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Lockbreeze925

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

03-31-2012 17:14:31 | More by Lockbreeze925
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wcintula

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise in a glass! I'm a fan of the Helles, but didn't expect something so good. At Ginger Man, it was poured into an imperial pint, but again with the ABV! Listed as 7.5% yet it's listed here as 5%(see my last review, beer also had at Ginger Man).

A nice golden brew with a finger and a half head receded slowly. The smell is nice cereal grains with a touch of flora. Great bready, cracker-y taste with the slightest hint of hops, very refreshing, and extremely quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 21:44:35 | More by wcintula
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is #44 on the "Top Beers - Munich Helles Lager" list on beeradvocate.com. On tap at Hunahpu's day at CC, served in a plastic pint glass because it was the classiest serving vessel available.

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation a white head some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is a little weak but fine, a little yeasty grainy and lagery, I like the aroma a lot actually.

Beer is light and wet, good finish, clean and crisp, the yeast shows up in the late forward palate, a little thicker mouthfeel than I expected and a good finish on the end. I'd have this again (I had it twice while in FL).

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 16:08:10 | More by drabmuh
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tfsimpkins

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

03-20-2012 03:50:43 | More by tfsimpkins
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SHCC

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-19-2012 03:06:57 | More by SHCC
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roadhouse

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-14-2012 03:53:10 | More by roadhouse
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alalvarez75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-13-2012 16:38:17 | More by alalvarez75
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ricksrealm

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-13-2012 15:08:47 | More by ricksrealm
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-06-2012 23:41:05 | More by BugTownPub
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-05-2012 13:16:12 | More by whartontallboy
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javier69

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-04-2012 15:03:39 | More by javier69
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mdfb79

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear, transparent yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, light fruity malts, citrus, grains, honey, and some bread. Nice citrus and fruit, and a little sweet which I like.

t - Tastes of wheat, grains, bready malts, spices, light sweet fruit but less then the nose. A slight step down as a tiny bit blander.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and super easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one. I thought it was a very easy to drink lager, and is pretty light and refreshing. Nose is pretty nice, while the taste has more grains and wheat. Would have it again, could be a good spring/summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 16:56:29 | More by mdfb79
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow looking beer with a thin white head that didn't leave much.

S - Grassy smelling beer with a small bit of citrus and some sweet grains. Decent lager aroma.

T - Somewhat grainy, with a little bit of spice and some grass. There's a bit of honey in there as well which distinguishes this from a lot of other things.

M - Lighter bodied, with decent carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, good lager taste with some distinctive honey sweetness. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 04:22:27 | More by AgentZero
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

growler was filled at a new place called The Growler Station NYC

A - clear deep yellow almost golden copper tone. slight amount of head which quickly diminished into a small bubbly rim around the glass

S - wheat malt, bittering hops, floral hints

T - a nice kick to it.. somewehre between a pils and a lager, definitely a strong amount of bavarian wheat taste in this

M - a very easy flowing beer, perfect for hot summer weather (too bad it's february!), slightly bitter aftertaste

O - overall this isn't a bad beer. i was expecting a little bit more from cigar city after trying their jai alai, but for a helles lager (which usually don't have much as far as flavor), this is damn delicious.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2012 14:29:37 | More by facundoCNB
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Swim424

Florida

1.85/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this on tap at a cask ale night at proof in tallahassee (was not the cask ale).

It poured a bright cloudy thick yellow with a small head. wasn't much to the smell, maybe because I was in a bar. Tasted like a buttery beer. I couldn't get past that. It wasn't very good. It was fairly thick and creamy, and honestly felt, and tasted like a pilsner mixed with melted butter. I did not enjoy this and was very disappointed. I love the brewery and everything I have had by them until this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 05:42:31 | More by Swim424
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JizackFH

New York

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 2/7/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a bright golden straw color that has nice clarity. there is about a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice bit of lace behind on the glass. The nose is of grainy malt sweetness. There is also some fruitiness, honey, spicy hops, and some earthy grassiness. The taste followed what the nose suggested. It started off with some grainy malt sweetness. There are some nice flavors of honey, fruit, and some earthiness. Also, there is an earthy spicy hop presence. The finish leaves some lingering earthiness, hop presence, and the sweet maltiness behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and it has a really smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness at first, and then a nice earthiness comes in and balances it out. Also, there is some spice and bitterness from the hops that is really nice. It has a nice refreshing quality to it. There is really good drinkability here. I could easily have a few pints of this in a night. It goes down really easy, has nice flavor, and is pretty refreshing. Overall, I think it is just a solid beer, and I recommend trying it out. I would buy this one again. I can see it being really nice on a hot summer day. I hope i run into it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 20:14:58 | More by JizackFH
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly - review from notes

Hazed pour with a super pale yellow color and a crop of white head sitting on top. Dissolves into a layer of film with a few spots of lacing around the glass.

Grainy and grassy in the nose. Hints of citrus and lemon followed by faint biscuit notes and some light earthiness.

A bit juicy and hoppy up front with grassy and citrus notes. Lemon and orange peel followed by earthy and biscuit malts. Grainy cracker notes towards the finish, which is a little sweet and dry.

Lighter body, higher carbonation, clean and crisp on the tongue, really refreshing. A nice lager enhanced by a blast of citrus.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 01:55:43 | More by xnicknj
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-05-2012 18:52:58 | More by Griffith
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djtomain

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-04-2012 14:39:16 | More by djtomain
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dandmc24

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-26-2012 10:53:29 | More by dandmc24
Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.