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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of facundoCNB
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

facundoCNB, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Swim424
1.85/5  rDev -48.5%

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.

Swim424, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JizackFH
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

JizackFH, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

xnicknj, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Griffith, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

djtomain, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dandmc24, Jan 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

funnynoises, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

RTrain12, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Gtreid
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Growler poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly orangish yellow color. The pour dropped a fizzy finger of white head that faded imeadiately and left no lace.

A: Not much going on in the nose. I get woodsy, sweet malt undertones with a touch of honey. A touch of grassy hops, but really pretty underwhelming.

T: for the style there's nothing wrong with it. Pretty much on par with notes of grain, honey, and a touch of grassiness. It finishes crisp and clean with no hint of the abv.

M: Light body, good levels of carbonation. Again, for the style it is on par.

O: As far as a helles bock is concerned, this is good, but for my tastes, it falls a bit short. the head retention and the aroma were way off, but the flavor and mouthfeel are on par. Good beer for a hot summer afternoon, or a tailgate party, but i prefer a bit more complexity.

Gtreid, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of umopuew
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

umopuew, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

imperialking, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a hazy orange/amber with a thick white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of honey, toasted nuts, and spicy hops.

The flavor follows the nose with oney on a nutty background, some spicy notes and a good herbal hoppy balance. Slightly too hoppy for the style.

Creamy and smooth

Overall, an ok version of the style. A little off.

JayS2629, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Stiggy, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

CGMLS3, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

christoj0818, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

A-fizzy yellow with a sticky thin white head

S-very grassy with a touch of grains to it. medium strength. not bad

T-comes in with a spicy grassyness with nutty grains that last awhile and make up a good after-taste. made from quality ingredients. not a bad representation of a german lager.

M-good and full bodied with medium carbonation and a slightly creamy finish

O-i'm enjoying this. its a very tasty lager that one could drink all night long. just for those who want to know, i am a lager fan though. i can't wait for this to come out in cans!

AdamBear, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ediaz, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

THECPJ, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

PthPndr, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap @ Capone’s (Norristown, PA) on 11/11/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold, with a thin fizzy head of bright-white froth. This retains with a foamy ring around the edges of the rim, leaving back a smattering of lace that slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and spicy up front, followed by lighter notes of bitter fruit and sweet bready grains. There’s a touch of a musty lager yeast character to this along the back. This is nice but doesn’t really have a whole lot of power in the nose.

The taste is firm throughout, with a crisp bitterness that is set against sweet grains that are more than up for the task. There is definitely a flavorful citric fruitiness here that comes out across the back and mingles with the malt. There is a bit of a leafy spiciness present as well, which mostly lingers with some leftover bitter citrus in the dry feeling finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an overall crisp and refreshing feel that keeps this quite easy drinking. This is pretty spot on for the style.

Despite the nose not giving up a whole lot, I thought that this was quite a solid take on a Helles, with a flavorful and well balanced crispness that was very accessible and inviting on the palate. This one is worth a look.

Kegatron, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
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