Tampa-Style Lager | Cigar City Brewing

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Tampa-Style LagerTampa-Style Lager
BA SCORE
3.75/5
Very Good
253 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:
#28,076
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
253
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
66
Trade:
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of beersampler6
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice and refreshing, golden color with nice head. Faintly smells of malt, tastes of sweet malt, grain and has a faint floral hoppy aftertaste. Mild mouthfeel and moderate carbonation throughout. Slightly bitter aftertaste, otherwise I would have scored it higher.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 03/30/18. First pour into my new Aardwolf snifter!

Hadn’t considered this in the past until I found out that it’s a Helles-style Lager and I just couldn’t pass it up. Another case of beer style snobbery on BA. This has a low average vs. all beer when it should be scored against its peers. And that’s where this beer shines. Man, if the big macro companies made their Pale Lagers like this, we would actually enjoy them!

This beer is super refreshing, crisp, clean, and drinkable, with a really delicious malt bill. Finish is slightly hopped with pleasant fruitiness and bready malt. Body and feel are incredible for the style. This is really, really well done. Buying a 6-pack next time instead of a single can. You really can’t beat this in the category, which is why I scored it so high.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden yellow with a slight haze. The head is white and somewhat frothy. Retention is excellent with some even lacing around the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up from the center. This is a delicious looking beer.
Got some grains and lemongrass in the nose. There slight bitterness and sourness in the mild that hits you then disappears quickly. Lemongrass in the taste with a bit of malt and spicy hops. Leaves a lingering sourness that is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is simply smooth and refreshing with spot-on carbonation. I'm in love with this beer. This might very well be my new go-to session beer. Solid 4s all around. Just an easy going great tasting beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Houborg1
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L) Ever so slightly hazy straw color, Small head, some retention and lacing.

S) Smells of fruit, grain, and straw. A little bit of light caramel.

T) The taste is refreshing, very grainy, has a touch of sweetness, and a simple German style hop profile.

F) Not as light as some lagers, it actually has a bit of body to it. Good mouthfeel and perfect carbonation.

O) Really solid easy drinking brew like intended. Paired with a chilly-pot-pie, was absolutely lovely.

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Photo of Shanex
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zythophile
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can Date: 1/10/18
Palate Contaminants: none

Very clear, light gold with lots of fine, white head.

Smell is pedestrian for a lager, indistinguishable from any typical AAL.

The taste is pretty good for the type. There's plenty of flavor. A bit of sweet corn and sweet rice, and I don't mean that in a bad way, either. There's a freshness to it that makes it pretty pleasant. Also some fresh herb, halfway between cilantro and vanilla. Not complicated, and plenty refreshing.

Light prickly carbonation with a swish around the mouth. Aftertaste matches the flavor, but it dissapates quickly. Medium-heavy weight for the type. It's notably well constructed.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear shimmering gold with a white film clinging in sheets.

Smell is Corn Flakes, grape and grains.

Taste is sweet corn, grape and toast with a bitter green finish.

Smooth with a soft mild carbonation, finishing semi-dry to chewy.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tasting glass

Clear gold , thin White Island, no carbonation

Malty, biscuit aroma

Malty taste

Thin, watery , good sudsing

Clean finish

Nice beer

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Photo of Musineer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear straw yellow. froathy white head, fades to a nice small cap with decent retention and lacing.
nose is bready cracker malt, light grassy hops.
taste follows bready, biscut, cracker malt character, followed by a light hop presence.
light, crisp mouthfeel. lingering bready malt.
very drinkable. good beer.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jps715
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beeragent
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

L - Pours a clear straw, forming a thin white head, and no lacing. Light carbonation.

S - Bready malts and floral hops. Something else is present in the nose, that I cant quite place, but it reminds me of a macro lager.

T - Light breadiness from the pilsener malt, but a sweetness is also present, possibly from the addition of adjuncts. Low bitterness from the hops and no hop flavor.

F - Light bodied, low carbonation, but clean. Mouthfeel is still a bit thin.

O - I would not consider this to be a Helles style lager as it is listed elsewhere, but more like a macro lager.

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Tampa-Style Lager from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 253 ratings