Hotter Than Helles Lager | Cigar City Brewing

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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
Ratings:
808
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
134
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 808 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Chaney
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear glass in my hotel room in Tampa.

A: Poured crystal clear, wussy yellow, and with a slight bubble formation posing as a head.

S: A bit on the weak side but still nice. Fresh baked bread in spades.

T: There was an overall honey-like quality about this that I simply couldn't get enough of. Nice, crisp bitter slap on the finish.

M: Infinitely drinkable, especially on a 90+ degree day. No lacing and the palate came out clean.

O: This was a true "wow beer" in its style class. Bravo!

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mattsdenney
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while on vacation in Daytona Beach. Poured from 12 oz. can into a NB globe glass. Pours cloudy, light yellow in color, thin white bubbly head. Smells outstanding, thick bready malts, banana, citrus fruit, bubblegum. The taste is light, nice balance of malt with some floral hops in there as well. Slightly fruity, hints of lemon. Mouthfeel is thin, bubbly, carbonated. Refreshing, perfect for summer. Overall a great hot weather beer, flavorful, satisfying, delicious. This brewery never disappoints.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JCam9981
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip (canned on 6/13/13)

A: Hazy grayish blonde color with a foamy head that recedes quickly.

S: Light and citrusy. Very clean smelling with notes of fruit.

T: Light malts with a hint of citrus.

M: Smooth all the way down with a bit of massaging bubbles. You can feel the carbonation if you leave it in your mouth.

O: Refreshing but not my cup of tea. I haven't had too many lagers but this is nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Hotter Than Helles Lager from Cigar City Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 808 ratings.
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