Ligero | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

Added by Heatwave33 on 12-21-2011

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Broken Barrel in FL.
Pour was near black with a thick tan head that looked like a nitro pour.
The aroma is markedly less appealing, strong and rich compared to the flavor.The flavor has a load of dark roasted grains with a trace of smoke but negligible char. Hints of coffee and dates.

O: recommended.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with off-white head. Dark malts, cereal grains, and some bread and biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Growler was bought at the Cigar City tasting room.

A- Pours a hefty opaque black with a 3/4 inch head that soon becomes a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass with light surface foam and some sticky lacing.

S- Smells sweet like honey and molasses with some brown sugar in the end. Hints of spice come through as well.

T- Coffee upfront with roasted spice (Nutmeg?) accompanying. Crisp and fresh which makes it easy to drink but doesn't skimp on flavor. The unique sweetness in this beer makes me sip and sip and sip and sip.

M- A bit dry and thin but not detrimentally so. Medium carbonation.

O- Only the second Schwarzbier I've had that I remember liking. I'm beginning to have more respect for CC's lower ABV offerings.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BeerBeast
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of PorterLambic
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with only a little light getting in. Good sized head develops but drops to a thick film in under two minutes. Very little lace left behind by the dark tan foam.
Smell is toasted malt, wet cardboard, smoke and a hint of coffee. Good balance.
Taste is exactly as promised. Toasted malt, cardboard, smoke, coffee note. Good balance here as well. This beer's taste mimics the smell so closely there really is no differentiation between the two. Probably the closest in that regard of any beer I've ever had.
Smooth, light effervescence, medium-full body. Faint drying aspect. A fine brew. Make it again.

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Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beejay
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They had this on tap in an upscale cigar shop across the street from my hotel in Clearwater Beach.

Served in a frosty glass... ugh.

A: It poured a very dark, charcoal-like color (or lack of), with a creamy burnt marshmallow creme-esque head.

S: It had CCB's signature cigar ash roastiness, with tons of malt in there to boot. Kinda smells like Jose Marti.

T: I would definitely desribe this as a less viscious version of the Marti, with a touch more bready sweetness. Still... the roast was ridiculous.

M: Very creamy and somewhat refreshing. Sure some sweet elements were in there, but it definitely wasn't too. The roastiness created a mild bitterness on the end. The carbonation and the lacing were both extremely high.

O: This was definitely memorable and will probably grab another pint before I leave town.

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Photo of Jspriest
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Ligero from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 74 ratings