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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 755
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 34.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 114 | FT: 10
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the CC Tasting Room. Light yellow with a large retained head. Tasty, it yields both sweet and sour interplay. Like a dirty yeasty blonde flvour, with a chile pepper finish. Yet no spices were included? Good that CC is doing these beers. A good late day beer. OK drinkability.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some bread and grains. There is also some light hops and some lemons. It ends with a lemony/grainy aftertaste.

Overall - A great beer for camping trips or tailgating for sure. It`s very refreshing and goes down fast. Not sure how true to style it is, but it`s still a tasty beer worth trying.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A – Hazy yellow pour that produced about 1 finger of clean white head that quickly dissipated. Tiny bit of lacing left on the glass.

S – Fairly light aroma with some yeast, corn and bread. Pleasant.

T – Touch of fruitiness/citrus. Very nice sweet malt taste with a bit of grainy feel. Just a bit of hops in there.

M – Seriously refreshing brew. Light and crisp on the palate. Nice carbonation.

O – Very nice drinking brew here. Light and tasty. Great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of mscudder
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of corby112
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

A: A light yellow in color, almost reminds me of weak lemonade. A nice white one-finger head.

S: Aroma is primarily lager yeast breadiness, with one part lemon-y fruit.

T: Bready yeast. Just a hint of the hops. Still seems a little fruity here too, but subdued.

M: Light but smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol flavor nearly non-existent.

O: OK to good for a lager, just not my preference. I don't think I'll get again.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear straw yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: There is a definite smell of Hallertau hops in the nose, which impart grassy and spicy aromas.
T: The taste is very malty and is also accompanied by flavors of grassy and spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and even a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer and it reminded me of drinking a helles under the chestnut trees in a Munich biergarten.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of wcintula
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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).

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Swim424
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.