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Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing

Hotter Than Helles LagerHotter Than Helles Lager

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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


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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BMMillsy

Florida

2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Jan 29 on can poured on Mar 6. Pours a light golden from the can into a pint glass. Not much head or retention. Smells of light fruit with a standard lager aroma. Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Sweet light fruit and not much to get excited about. Par for the style and easy summer drinking. Just can’t get into the style all that much.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 11:55:35 | More by BMMillsy
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a bright and shiny yellow with a small head of white. A film, really. Not expecting any lace. Didn't get any either.
Smell is malt and hops with hints of vanilla and citrus.
Taste is malt, corn tortillas, hops, with mild citrus and vanilla notes as well. Good balance. Decent complexity.
Mediim-bodied maybe leaning fuller, good effervescence with a nice tanginess on the tongue.Some white grape and corn notes throughout he aftertaste to keep the malt company. For a first or second lager ever, this is pretty good. Mind, I'm not a lager person.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 16:28:00 | More by PorterLambic
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bsp77

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light straw color. Decent white head at first but mostly disappears.

Smell: Very fruity, mostly apple. Light hay and pepper. After a few minutes, it just mildly smells like apple juice.

Taste: Sweet apple mostly, and almost tastes like adjuncts are involved. Some straw, but the hops are minimal - just a hint of pepper. I know this is a Helles and not a Pilsner, but the almost complete lack of hops just means a lack of balance. Bad aftertaste that reminds me of macros.

Feel: Light body, but the lower carbonation and sweet finish means it is not crisp or refreshing.

Overall: I consider Cigar City to be the Surly of Minnesota, but this kinda sucks. Surly Hell or even Maui Bikini Blonde are much better Hells lagers. I'd rather have a Corona.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 17:50:20 | More by bsp77
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barczar

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned in May 13, so...

Pours a chill hazed golden straw with a frothy white head that leaves spotty lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Grain, cracker-like malt, and floral hops form the aroma. Smells like a pilsner, almost.

Flavor reveals slight sweetness, with a lightly bready malt backbone,a touch of citrus, finishing a bit sweet and even more bready. Malt definitely dominates, but it's fairly clean. Floral hops surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation. Finish is almost crisp.

Surprised this held up as well as it did. Solid offering on a fairly uncommon style. A hint of metallic character emerges late.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 03:44:22 | More by barczar
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2012 14:29:37 | More by facundoCNB
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 02:59:04 | More by AdamBear
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 17:30:48 | More by JayS2629
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian Brewing Co. pint glass. Bottom of can says Canned On May 2 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy straw color with a 1/2 inch fizzy white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves an incomplete thin ring behind.

S- Crisp aroma of husky grain and alcohol.

T- Somewhat bittersweet flavor as the kiss of hops plays off the light grainy malts. Goes down super easy as expected but there's enough beery flavor to keep things interesting. Has a soft tanginess to it that's neither pleasant nor detrimental.

M- Thin, but not necessarily watery. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- When you're dealing with a brewery as extreme as CCB, Helles lagers are the last thing you expect or want to find but this one does well as far as easy drinking summer beers go.

Serving type: can

07-02-2013 00:00:23 | More by Immortale25
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2013 03:35:59 | More by tectactoe
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's funny how a beer can have very little complexity but truly taste really good. This is dead on the style with a smooth grain flavor, barley and bread, with a slight tinge of hops. This is light and so easy to drink that it can be easily deceptive. I don't expect a lot out of any lager but I find this to be one of my favorites as it has pronounced lager properties and easy lager drinkability.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 01:06:33 | More by KYGunner
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Shaw

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color in my Cigar City shaker pint glass with a tiny white head.

Nice mild aroma of hops and bread.

The taste is nice and clean, with a light hop bitterness and flavor (think grass or hay) balancing the classic lager malt flavors.

Body is creamy and also nice.

Overall this is a fine Munich lager, and a great hot weather beer.

On a side note, I think that Cigar City may need to re-name this beer. Being a beer geek, I never realized that the name makes people think the beer is spicy; but I've had people ask me if it's made with peppers. When you have to explain twice on the label that the beer doesn't have any hot peppers or spices in it, I think you have a problem.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 04:11:42 | More by Shaw
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TheSixthRing

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with a sparse white head and sub-par retention, leaving behind a flat, smooth surface.

Smell - Bright, lemon and lime. Lemongrass. Faint grain.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fair amounts of sweet and sour from the lemon-lime character, followed by lesser notes of grass and subtle grain flavor to bring a well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Light with moderate carbonation, yet manages a crisp, dry finish. Smooth.

Overall - A nice, enjoyable Munich Helles from Cigar City. Does well to rival many of the German offerings, some of which are considered the best lagers on the planet. Great summer beer, as recommended on the can! Helles means bright in German - this beer exudes brightness.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 01:11:34 | More by TheSixthRing
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can. Pours pale straw with long lasting, white head and lively carbonation. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of bready malt and herbal hops. Finish is medium lasting
and slightly bitter. I could drink this brew a lot during summer time.

Serving type: can

12-10-2013 17:18:00 | More by mikeg67
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 01:32:23 | More by macrosmatic
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy pale golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving no fizz or lace behind.

S- sweet and bready malt with some lemony-citrus zest, subdued floral hop notes and some candy-like sugar

T-malty sweetness up front gives some grainy flavors, followed by lemon and coriander. Floral hop notes are noticeable in the back end that transitions into a lightly sweet malty finish

M- medium body and carbonation produces a foamy mouthfeel that finishes crisp, very drinkable

O- a grat option on a hot summer day. It's very refreshing and drinkable, while not sacrificing taste

Serving type: can

08-09-2013 20:37:18 | More by Treyliff
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JizackFH

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 20:14:58 | More by JizackFH
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jegross2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.
Score: 89

Canned on 12/05/12. Served in a tulip-style wine glass and enjoyed on 01/21/13. Major thanks to Adam for the hook up!

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color that is between transparent and translucent. Thre is a mildly effervescent appearance to the brew, as a parade of bubbles float to the top when poured into the glass. A finger of white bubbly head settles completely. Poor lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Apple juice, malty grainy bready/cereal malt and a little lemon and white grape. A little yeast and mellow, grassy hops too. 4/5

Taste: The flavor is malty and juicy and refreshing. Sweet, but not tart, lemon, apple juice, peach and a little white grape. There is more lemon on the palate than there was in the nose. There's a faint, slightly stale grassy hops flavor in finish. The bready/cereal "graininess" from the nose is very faint in the taste, and mostly present in the aftertaste with some residual lemon as well. Very refreshing and easy drinking! 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Drinks like a juice, with a faint dryness on the finish. Slightly acidic. 4/5

Overall: This might be the perfect summer beer. It's light, refreshing, and flavorful!

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out this summer and crack it on a 90+ degree day!

Pairings: Nutrigrain bars.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack of cans.

Serving type: can

01-21-2013 19:50:25 | More by jegross2
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 17:22:39 | More by IronLover
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Very pale, crystal clear straw-colored body with just a hint of hazy sediment. Bubbly bone white head that fizzes and hangs around briefly.

S- Almost a spice-like aroma of noble hops, some sweet bread, grainy malt, a tiny lemony scent.

T- Bready and grainy, lots of malt sweetness with the noble hops adding a light herbal and citrus flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O- Great helles lager, very drinkable and very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 23:29:15 | More by stephenjmoore
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Hotter Than Helles Lager

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Golden brew, that I found slightly hazy. Over a finger of white foam, which quickly settled to a collar. No lacing to speak of...

S) Grainy, grassy, with a light fruit zest.

T) Nice and malty. Bready and a little sweet, balanced with enough hop bitterness. Grass and a hint of lemon zest.

M) Fairly light, but very smooth, and definitely refreshing. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste.

O) The one thing I have locally is plenty of well crafted lagers, so this not being available here, is no big deal. Having said that, it's a nice beer, and the folks in Florida looking for a lager, should drink it up.

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 01:44:15 | More by RoamingGnome
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Gtreid

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-14-2012 14:30:56 | More by Gtreid
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adam42381

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 10/30/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium straw gold with a 1 finger foamy snow white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, citrus and a touch of hops. Very light aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt and earthy hops with a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is bittersweet and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Quite smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. Worth a shot if you see it on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 00:21:54 | More by adam42381
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw yellow with a fizzy soap bubble head that goes away quickly and leaves a little scrim. The beer’s body is quite clear with just a slight haze to it and a steady stream of lazy bubbles working to the top of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells sweet and grassy, almost like a very dry strawberry smell with touches of bread. The malt is super sweet and fruity on the nose but the grassy hop backing gives a balance to the smell and makes this beer more inviting to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a finish of smooth grassy bitter hops. The flavors begin as sweet bready malt with a faint touch of fruity strawberry, this dries out slowly and becomes progressively bitterer grassy flavors with nuances of sweet malt and very slight green pepper notes. The finish is creamy sweet bread malts that linger nicely into the aftertaste and slowly dissipate onto the palate leaving grassy bitter to tingle on the tongue. In the can, the beer smells weak, with very little of its nuances escaping through the hole. It tastes less sweet when sipped from the can with none of the fruity malts, but a nice bitter grassy hop’s kiss. It tastes slightly more refreshing from the can, but not as complex or nuanced. In the mouth the beer feels slightly prickly in carbonation, which helps to balance out the sweetness of the beer. The beer also feels medium thick in body. The mouth is left clean but with a nice swath of saliva dribbling on the tongue. Overall, I like this beer. It is sweet, but balanced well with hops and carbonation, and it is refreshing and interesting on the palate. A great sessionable sipper from Cigar City.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 20:25:27 | More by Maxwell
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suspect

New York

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a stemless snifter on vacation.

A: Hazy yet mostly clear. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that fades quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles. No lacing.

S: Full grain bill, full flavored nose. Lots going on from malts to bittered hops to lemon zest.

T: Big time flavors yet delicately dancing off the tongue thanks to the lifting bubbles. Same as the nose.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel. Bright, spritzy, airy and beautiful. Crisp, sharp finish leaves me sipping for more.

O: A GREAT beach, summertime brew. Perfect for the Tampa shores.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 22:40:15 | More by suspect
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 00:51:55 | More by GallowsThief
Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.