Cigar City Hotter Than Helles Lager

Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Why so punny? “Helles” is German for “light colored.” Hotter Than Helles is more than just a (very) silly pun; it perfectly reflects the nature of this beer. A lager meant to be consumed when it’s truly hotter than helles outside. So there are no peppers or spices in this beer!

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pineypower (3350) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Can from Total Wine Tampa. Pours a well carbonated golden color with a small lively head. Aroma is of cereal malts, cracker, biscuit and light grassy bitterness. Taste is slightly watery, lots of sweet cereal malts, grain, bread crusts, mild bitterness in there also. Definitely a good gateway craft.

dmac (6569) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
12oz can from pineypower, thanks bro. Poured cloudy light straw body with an average sized bubbly bright white head. Aroma is basically all bready malts, wet toast with a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with strong carbonation and a quicker to average duration on the finish. Flavor up front is older malts, lots of grains with wet bread and on the very end is a touch of veggies.

UnionBeerCzar (82) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Yea I am refusing to decant this out of the fun can it came in. This is a smooth malt kiddie ride and I like it, I could imagine these going down like water on a canoe trip and thinking to myself I am glad I am not drinking a bunch of shitty adjuncts and supporting megalomaniac super monopoly mega conglomeration corporation. This style doesn’t scream pizazz and I am far from an expert but I feel quality in this brew and I like Greek people. Peace.

mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Basic aroma and dirty gold pour with a simple but balanced taste and mildly warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Jan 29 on can poured on Mar 6. Pours a light golden from the can into a pint glass. Not much head or retention. Smells of light fruit with a standard lager aroma. Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Sweet light fruit and not much to get excited about. Par for the style and easy summer drinking. Just can’t get into the style.

AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2013
12 oz. can from a trade with a buddy on that other website. Lager glass shows me a hazy gold. Nice retention. Nose is sweet pale malts with light grain. Flavor is some sweet malt / bread notes, light corn flavors. Tad of dry bitterness on the backend. This has lots of sweet malt with nice balanced bitterness. This compares with the best German brews of this style. Really easy to drink.

bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours a hazy light straw golden color with a finger or so of fizzy foam that disappears quickly. The nose is full of doughy malts, noble hops and a trace of citrus. The palate follows the nose nicely with some heavy grainy dough, granny smith apple, grassy hops and a touch of cream corn.

sawdeanz (5) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
Sort of like a really good budweiser. Didnt like it as much as i thought but it is definitely quality, just not my style. I like the hoppy notes and strong lager taste but there is something about it that doesnt make it my favorte. Seems like it should be an easy drinker yet is filling. Fair lacing and head. Straw colored. Does smell very good though. Crisp palate

Eckato (147) - Gulfport, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Very nice offering from Cigar City....pours cloudy straw out of the can. Not much of a head. Taste in nondescript, but delicious. Too sweet to be lager..but not at all bitter...good stuff..

mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2013
12oz straight from the can. Very sweet but not the sticky sweet that comes from corn syrup. Not much in the way of hops, but a bit of bitterness on the backend to balance out the brew. Very good session and another winner from CCB.

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