Tampa-Style Lager | Cigar City Brewing

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3.76/5
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256 Ratings
Tampa-Style LagerTampa-Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Tampa-style Lager is inspired by the traditional German-style Helles, which translates to “light colored.” Perfect for the Florida heat, it’s a beer that’s made for drinkin’ when it’s truly hotter than helles outside.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-29-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,074
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
256
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
67
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is an excellent lager, light and crushable but full of character, i like how sort of authentically german it feels, with a nice earthy crackery european malt profile and this crisp but flavorful lager yeast, more layers of flavor here than almost anything out there thats this light, really good four season ripper, literally a three or four sip can of beer when its ice cold. the texture is awesome here, its sort of fluffy and even creamy, richer and frothy and all, but its still so dry and light. a lot of beers this low alcohol are watery or thin, and this is so grainy and round, i love that aspect. the flavor of the malt is fresh and golden bright, with a little bit of a cereal thing going on, light biscuit, yellow cakey. hardly and hops at all, but the yeast finishes the beer really nicely, with that bready old school sort of drying mature snappiness, very pleasant, not boring in the least, and a beer that others should model their light lagers after. an instant classic for me, glad this is around for sale in colorado now!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose along with faint hints of noble hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of biscuit malts. Although there is only a faint amount of bitterness, the hops mostly serve to cancel out any sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between an American Pale Lager and a Munich Helles Lager. It might be considered a little bland, but it is easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 4/2/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of lemon/pear fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice Munich Helles lager. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Just a tad hoppier than a true Helles. Clean Pils/Munich malts and nice earthy hop presence for the style. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden + straw yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall slightly fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of faintly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy + cracker malts with just the slightest hint of sweetness and faint aromas of grassy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of cracker + grainy malts with just the slightest hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy + spicy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which only lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer (especially FL summer) evening or relaxing by the pool.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.
This is a striking take on an American lager. Perhaps off style but bold, complex and distinct.
Smooth, medium+ body and near medium carbonation.
Well crafted and superb for style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Das Biergarten. Clear golden. Smells of some grain. That's about it. Tastes of a sharp grain flavor. Dries out with some grassy hop flavor. Light body. Not bad but not very flavorful.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No idea what Tampa style lager means, but this is a clean finishing lager with some malty sweetness. A bit of a hop profile, overall enjoyable. Recommended

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFields
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, lemons. Taste is clean, malts, lemons, easy drinking. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall would probably be better appreciated on a hot summer day instead of a frozen winter night.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Tampa-Style Lager from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 256 ratings