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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Finally, a Surly beer my German mother will drink. She says this one tastes like a bier from back home. Not unlike a Zwickel Bier from Germany, Hell is our filtered and fermented with lager yeast, American hops takes a back seat to the Pils malt sweetness and fresh bread aroma. The color is well... hell (Deutsch for light). It’s fiendishly drinkable, and you don’t have to sell your soul to get another.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 GABF 2009. Pours a clear yellowish-golden color with a creamy, lasting white head. Aroma is pale bready malt, grain, yeast, and earthy hops. Flavor is pale malt, grain, earth/grass, and some interesting champagne notes. Body is medium-light and carbonation is medium. Pretty dry and crisp. Very good for the style. UPDATE: Had this from a can 11/13/2009. Awesome! Great honey and floral hop notes on the aroma and flavor. Got better as the can went on. One HELL of a light lager, that’s for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2009
16oz. can with thanks to beastiefan2k. Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy lasting white head. Aroma is toasted malts, light caramel and bread, and a hint of citrus hops. Flavor is also bread, toasted malts, a little caramel and a surprising lack of hops, but enough to be just right for this beer. Nice stuff, thanks Eugene!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
This is the first Surly beer that I didn’t think was excellent. Gold pour. White head. Malty and some bready and buttery notes. Flavor is dry and bitter, but not all in a good way. Glad to try it but I don’t think I would go back for seconds.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1965) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 3, 2009
Canned sample. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Buttery malt aroma, along with notes of bread dough, yeast, earthy hops, and a bit of nut. Drier in the mouth than the aroma would suggest with mineral and lime peel elements contrasting well with the pilsner malt flavor. Carbonation seems lower than average for the style. A touch doughy for me, but still a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2009
16oz can courtesy of theisti. Pours a clear light golden with fluffy white head that laces the glass nicely. Nose is semi sweet floral and hay/grass notes. Some bread smell and a good little kick of the Pils malt. Semi sweet and crisp...earthy grass and light pepper notes. Very crisp and refreshing. I would drink this anytime. Thanks Tim for sending me a can!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
Can shared via piscator34- pours straw golden with fluffy two finger head. Very soapy lacing. Nose- buttery sweetness, faint grassy hops. Taste- grass, mineral, sweet dough. Finish - drying aspirin like. Low to medium carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good but dryness of finish in mouthfeel gets old after awhile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Lightly hazy, golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of grass, floral hops, toast, and toffee malts. Taste of citrus fruits, lemongrass, dough, and moderate bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 16 oz can courtesy of tyanderso. Thanks man. Pours a translucent gold color with a big sudsy white head that has good fair retention and sticky lacing. The aroma is rich with sweet malts, hay, peppery spice and some yeast. The flavor is even-keeled with spicy hops, bread, biscuit and sweet malts. The palate is medium and dry with soft carbonation. The finish is short and spicy. Overall: This really has a Pilsener quality to it, its a very subtle brew, and very session-able. cheers

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours a translucent golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of bready malt, grassy notes, spicy and citrus hop notes some cereal grains. Flavor of lemon, bready and cereal notes, moderate hop bitterness and spicy/citrus hop flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
16oz can acquired in trade. Poured medium and clear yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of breadiness, doughy, some grassiness, and grains. Tastes of grains, lighter grassiness, and lighter doughiness.


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