Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cigar City Brewing Hotter Than Helles Lager

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Cigar City Brewing Hotter Than Helles Lager. I need to start this review by saying I’m not a huge Lager fan.  I don’t tend to buy them and it has been some time since I’ve found one that I enjoyed particularly, but for this string of reviews I thought I should give this one a shot…strictly for review purposes…

From the Cigar City Brewing website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a golden-yellow color with a huge white head with spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malts, citrus, bready-grainy-cereal malts and an unmistakable Hallertau hop scent.
Taste: Wow!  Malty, fruity, grainy with just the right balance of sweetness and spice. Slight Lager yeast presence, honey and a dry grainy aftertaste.
Overall: Refreshing and extremely drinkable, Cigar City Brewing Hotter Than Helles Lager is a Lager I would drink again and again.  It is delicious! This light and tasty 5% ABV gem is a great beer for a summer session or anytime you crave something crisp and clean.


Mark Harvey
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