bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
shigadeyo (3349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tmoreau (3054) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by Dan (FooFaa) at the Beer Advocate - Brass Rail tasting. Poured clear gold with a bright white head. The smell was very malty with some cracker and bread notes and a liberal amount of noble hop spiciness. The flavor was slightly sweet cracker and lots of yummy noble hops. It reminded me a lot of Sly Fox Pikeland Pils (which is a good thing). Much hoppier than any other Helles style beer that I have had, not that that is a bad thing.
Tmoney99 (12230) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can shared by shigadeyo.
Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate dough yeast and pils malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium doughy sweet flavor with a medium bitterswwet finish of moderate duration.
Good above average beer.
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a crystal clear, light amber/yellow with a fairly quickly dissipating head. There is a distinct lager yeast/popcorn finish that is tempered by a Surly hops kiss that makes this a favorite of this and similar styles. I’d drink this again, but would be more likely to buy it as a trade offering and an example of something well done rather than a drink that I wanted especially.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can courtesy of tytoanderso. Pours a clear light orange yellow with a medium sized bone white head. Light citrus, grain, honey, bread. Crisp grain, light citrus. Finishes with a crisp bitterness and bright earthy hop flavors, and a bit more grain. Sort of like a macro, but done well. Very drinkable and enjoyable, especially for a lighter lager which is not really amongst my favorite styles.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with pale golden banana yellow when held to a light source and a one finger frothy soapy white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a thin cap and lasting ring that leaves rings of soapy lacing in it’s path.
Sweet pilsner malt aroma with nice bready yeast notes, light fruit, toasty biscuit malt and subtle hops. The pilsner malt provide a slight golden apple presence as well as a very nice toasty biscuity nose.
Lots of crisp light flavor but not watered down at all. Refreshing slightly creamy medium body with a nice amount of bready yeast and crisp light fruit. I’m picking up a lot of apple, first in the aroma and now in the flavor. There is a lot of sweet pilsner malt that is countered by a slight zest spiciness and an amazing crisp floral hop presence as well as a pleasant toasted biscuit malt character. This is an insanely drinkable, very flavorful session beer that I wish that I had constant access to.