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Ligero - Cigar City Brewing

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Ligero
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87
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional schwarzbier, Ligero pours brown to light black with notes of roasted coffee and nutty expressions. The flavor has elements of smoke with roasted espresso beans, sticky caramel-covered almonds and notes of dry dark chocolate in the finish.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Heatwave33 on 12-21-2011)
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

closisinthehouse, Oct 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Lare453, Oct 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mbs11, Oct 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

beernads, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

TJMorgan, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Beejay, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

shand, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.1%

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is roasty, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Nice tasting beer. Light and simple. Easy drinking. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Well balanced. This is a nice brew that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Huhzubendah, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

djtomain, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bluetrevian, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

LuCkYxCh4rMz, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JamesH, Jun 13, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -9%

From tap to tasting glass at The Funky Buddha Lounge on 6/2/12
*From notes

A: This one's reasonably dark and pretty clean brown. A minimal tan head and thin collar top this small glass of beer.

S: Medium roast coffee, tea leaves and milk chocolate.

T: Dry autumn leaves. A bit of dusty cocoa and dry malt round out the flavor profile.

M: The feel is decent if not slightly thin. Overall the texture, body and such are a bit better then just ok.

O: A decent stab at a Schwarzbier. I can't say it's one I'll spout off about at my next tasting, but I'd probably have a couple if offered.

Rhettroactive, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

THECPJ, May 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

WestSideAmish, May 15, 2012
Photo of mntlover
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours black brown highlights when held to light. Brown head falls pretty fast, not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma nice toasted malts hints of chocolate, nice nutty notes with caramel hints and a bit of earthiness.

Taste is great toasted malts again lots of nutty notes, hints of coffee and light chocolate with some caramel backing it all up. Finish is earthy with some light hops.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side on par with style sporting nice peppy carbonation that suites this brew well.

Overall enjoyable malty treat that's light but favorable a good brew for sunny afternoon on the porch in Florida.

mntlover, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

Had at a Whole Foods beer festival. The CCB reps put this in a couple bottles for sampling.

Poured a deep blak with brown edges. Got a finger of light khaki head in top.

The aroma on this beer is a cigar mans dream! Rich oily ligero leaves, coffee, nutty with a touch of cigar smoke.

Taste isn't as cigar focused but has great coffee, almond, dark chocolate taste with some nice ligero flavors finishing on the back end.

Lighter in body and easy drinking. An appropriate amount of carbonation and a nice smokey oily finish.

Overall, this was a treat! If I would have had a cigar on me I would have been all set. I wish this was bottled because I would be soaking it all up. I have been around Germany and stayed in dusseldorf for a while and I wish their schwarzbiers were this good.

dcloeren, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

On tap at Tall Paul's in Gainesville, FL.

A: jet black, opaque, nice head, good lacing
S: deep, full roasted malt, rich
T: rich roasted malt, full taste, good hop bitterness but balanced
M: full, rich, good balance
O: very rich, almost porter-like doppelbock

wisrarebeer, Mar 08, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

A - Dark brown beer with a creamy head that was kind of brownish-white in color.

S - Roasty with some brown sugar and a touch of honey.

T - Not a bad tasting beer. Some nice German influence with some nice roasted/toasty malts. There is an earthy quality to it and a slight touch of spice.

M - Medium bodied with lighter carbonation.

O - Pretty easy to get down, solid flavors, could do more than a couple. Wouldn't mind this one again.

AgentZero, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

FunkyFibes, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of adam42381
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/19/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1/2 finger grey-tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Dark brewed coffee and toasted malt with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Toasted malt up front followed by earthy hops and a German grainy quality in the middle before ending with a lightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation. Very thick for a beer with 5.5% ABV.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could have a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Good beer overall. Not Cigar City's best beer by far, but it's still worth a shot.

adam42381, Feb 12, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

A: quarter finger tan head with decry lacing on a dark black body with no light passing through.

S: roasted malt and light coffee but overall the aroma is mild.

T: Mild coffee and roasted malt with semisweet finish.

M: this one is incredibly smooth. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and smooth with just the right amount of roast and coffee flavor to be flavorful and appealing to even those who aren't coffee lovers.

kylehay2004, Feb 10, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

I had this on tap at CCB during a business trip to Tampa. I'm in Tampa a few times a year and love stopping in to sample the latest and greatest.

Poured a black with ruby highlights and a tan head. The notes upfront emphasize roasted malts.

The hightlight of this was the toasty malts mixed with a touch of Munich malt. This was all followed by a bitter chocolate finish with a hint of residual sweetness. The carbonation made for easy drinking.

A nice schwarzbier and a good choice for session drinking.

Zraly, Feb 10, 2012
Ligero from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.