Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Hotter Than Helles Lager | Cigar City Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Hotter Than Helles LagerHotter Than Helles Lager
BA SCORE
3.59/5
Good
809 Ratings
Hotter Than Helles LagerHotter Than Helles Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by PorterLambic on 09-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,168
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
809
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
133
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 809 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Domvan
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful white-gold flaxen color; furious columnar effervescence in the center of the Sierra Nevada tulip-pint; nice, dusty-ash white ring of foam forms the head; decently robust dry-malt, strawberry-&-banana, orange-flower, and yeast-fruit bouquet arises from deep inhalation; fairly crisp, very smooth, well-bodied and mild flavors of a wheaty-sweetness—almost creamy—with prevalent notes of grass producing an almost acrid, nonetheless pleasant light bitterness that lingers alongside the residual agua-miel characteristics that melt away. A definite thirst-quencher—along the lines of Ska's Mexican Logger—that would work quite well with hot foods or under hot suns. Not the most complex of lagers—nor, like many a lager, does it warm particularly well—but it very much seems to achieve Cigar City's stated goals: an effective nod and effectively refreshing and consumable.

 892 characters

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of wilfonzo
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Another6Pack
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of rc51sport
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Modernrickk
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of alalvarez75
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of JReites
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Shane_Talbert
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of dcloeren
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BeerandLoathing
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of TheBFuss
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of yankeej13
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Maxwell_Smith
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of dunix
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Cronkite11
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jda007
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of wcintula
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

 483 characters

Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 809 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.