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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

591 Ratings
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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 59 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to johnyb for this can!

I can't imagine Helles being all that hot... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, sweet flowers, and a kiss of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a bit more of both the flowers and the grass. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is a nice little helles, nothing earth-shattering, but it's not meant to be. It's a pleasant session beer, perfect for those who need a lighter option when the weather turns all Floridian and whatnot.

TMoney2591, Dec 04, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Julian for granting me the privilege of tasting this one! Served in a pint.

A - Rich gold hue with a thin pale head. Lack of head resulted in no lacing nor retention.

S - Big biscuit-like bread, some faint lemon and some semi-sweet malts.

T - Big bread taste up front like the nose. Slowly recedes into a light chewiness. Slight fruity nature, mostly lemon.

M - Medium bodied while remaining smooth with fair carbonation.

O - Really was looking forward to trying this one, sadly was disappointed. To be fair, I am far from a fan of pils. This is a big more complex with the bigger malts, but far from the more complex brews out there.

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.