Tampa-Style Lager

Munich Helles Lager Cigar City Brewing

3.5

Tampa-Style Lager, a German-style Munich Helles Lager by Cigar City Brewing

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Tampa-Style Lager is a German-style Munich Helles Lager brewed by Cigar City Brewing, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.

Appearance

The lager pours a crystal-clear gold and is topped by a thick white cap of puffy white foam that shows modest retention. A smattering of residue is left behind on the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is hoppy with a scent that’s floral and spicy.

Flavor

A hop-forward palate delivers a soft grassy bite that recedes to a minerally base of doughy bread. Hops return with a light bitterness, imparting floral and citrus notes. A taste of honey flashes on the swallow.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is very smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

The head dissipates rather quickly and as such, the appearance could be better. Its aroma is pleasant but leans too hoppy for the style. Its feel is right where it should be. The palate is nicely balanced, perched on the upper end of expected bitterness. But more importantly, it just tastes lovely. The Tampa-Style Lager is a refreshing, easy-drinking session beer.

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About the Munich Helles Lager

The Munich Helles Lager was first crafted back in 1894 at the Spaten brewery. It was meant to compete with the popular Pilsener-style beers of the region and today is the most popular beer style in Southern Germany. It pours a yellow to deep golden hue and is topped by a persistent, creamy white head. The aroma and palate are typically malty and sometimes backed by low to moderately spicy, floral, or herbal hops. The sweetness shouldn’t be overpowering. Its feel should be smooth, clean, well-lagered with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Comparatively, the Munich Helles Lager should be similar to the balance and bitterness of the Munich Dunkel. It will have more body but less hop character than the German Pils.