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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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636 Ratings
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 24
Gots: 75 | FT: 5
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterLambic on 09-28-2011

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.
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3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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.

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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

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.