Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 23
Gots: 63 | 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.

Photo of Bonis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mscudder
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent and pale yellow with a half inch of white head. A fine appearance. The aroma is subtle, with notes of bread, grain, a touch of yeast. Smells good. The taste is more aggressive. Light and bready. Refreshing and crisp with appropriate carbonation. A solid example of the style.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Peg's Cantina.

Pours pale golden yellow color that's very faint and watery.  Looks kind of like coors light actually with a 1.5 finger frothy headthat slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with sheets of soapy lace.  The color of this beer isn't very appealing but the head has good retention and ample lacing.

Sweet yet slightly earthy aroma with hints of light fruit, straw, grass and pale malt.  Subtle bready presence with hits of apple and pear as well as some spicy, grassy hops.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected especially considering the appearance.  Light crisp hops followed by some earthy grass/straw character as well as some bready yeast and light fruit.  Some apple and pear provided sweetness that counters the earthy hop character.  Well balanced, light and very easy to drink.

Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.