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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Draft at Binny’s Southloop. Pours a clear light golden with a small soapy white head. Flavor is light, watery, thin and delicate, grassy, doughy, lovely, seems like its 4%, some sour bread, lightly grainy, hint of pine and citrus. Light bodied, watery, nice light carbonation, sparse, sharp. Delicate and very drinkable, my type of beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2010
16 oz can shared by Willblake. Pours a light golden, clear with a thin lasting white head. Aroma is light skunk (not sure on the age) earthy and grassy hops, light crackery and bready malts, dough and pils. Flavor is a light bready doughy malt, light nut hints, toast, grassy and slight apple an acetaldehyde, clean finish but slight astringency - a bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours golden with white head, aroma is bready and lemony. Taste up front is a bit of lemon and hay like malt that leads into the smooth bready malt of the lager yeast with a bit of sweetness at the end. While not a pilsner fan, these guys made a good pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Can, thanks Santa! Clear golden yellow body, white head with nice lacing. Nose is lemony & grassy hops, some sweet toasty malt, a bit floral with maybe a hint of honey. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, rather a whole bunch of different things mingle together perfectly - bready malt, grassy & floral hops (like a springtime field, seriously.), bitterness increases towards the finish but so does the malt leading to a great, slightly tingly finish that goes on and on. More American breweries need to make beers like this. I would drink this all the time if it was available around here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Sweet lightly toasted aroma. Bright gold, sticky head, great lacing. Nice and crisp, little grassy and somewhat metallic. I could drink this beer all night, quite the statement from me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
can thanks to allendodd. pours golden orange with thick white head. aroma of hay,bread, some fruit. flavor was yeasty with some dry spiciness at finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009

11/04/2009: Surly Hell... Aroma: Lightly fruity (pear) and lighty yeasty/mustiness. Appearance: Looks like a typical macro lager - pale straw color; transparent; white head; finely detailed lacing. Flavor: Toasted malts; wheat bread crust; delicate yeastiness; mild bitterness with a nice spicy/grassy noble hop bite; crisp finish. Palate: Medium-light; good mouthfeel; fairly smooth. Overall: Really nicely done Helles bier; very sessionable.

1 pint can from Skyview via trade. Thanks Bob! Rating #103 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle,IL. and dispensed to a BL shaker with a light golden hue, a modest, white, bubbly head and etched-like, clingy lacing on the glass. The nose was distinctive Pils malt, with light grain, and a hint of lemon grass. The flavor added light hop spice, mellow bitterness and a pleasant dryness. Crisp, clean, and very sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. This one poured with a lighter standard white pour, light-medium body, and golden orange color. Overall, a very nice balanced and solid crisp feel to this beer. Everything went down quite pleasantly, and it made for a darn good experience because of its drinkability and subtle uniqueness. It had an interesting combination of notes on both aroma and flavor of bread, amber grains, zesty citrus, and pilsner grass. A very nice lighter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Brewed in the USA... Courtesy of Dan from B.A. thanks again !!! Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head and some mild carbonation. Aroma of grains, malts and yeast. Taste of citrus, grains, bread, malts and spicy notes. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a crisp malty backbone that finishes sweet and dry. Overall, extremely drinkable !! Even German mothers enjoy this one. LOL.

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