hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
medium golden colour with an okay head. My nose was plugged and I got no aroma. "American hops takes a back seat..." they should have said "compared to Furious" since the hops are fairly prominent here. I mean, it’s not a terribly hoppy beer but one of the first and immediate flavor that hits my tongue is hops. Other than that, its a bit doughy with some spicyness. The hops are mostly up front as this finishes with a dry citrus. Gets points for being interesting, however it’s really not that great.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared at Where the Wild Beers Are NYC 2009: Clear golden with a white film of head. Dry aroma- pils like biscuity notes with a mildly vegetal grassy character. Creamy substantial body. The flavor is biscuity, crackery, dry with a peppery grassy hop note on the back. Dry, clean, balanced. A great German style lager!
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a pale translucent yellow with a one finger white head. The nose is sweet, bready, malty, some citrus rind hop character. Flavor is crisp and bitter with a prominent hop profile. Crisp hop bite on the palate.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Can] Pours clear and gold with a finger of white foam. Aroma is super bready with tons of lager yeast character. There is also a slight hint of flowery hops and sweet graininess. The flavor is very similar to the aroma, lots of lager yeast character, breadiness, and a just a hint of sweetness and hop character. It’s definitely not obvious that the beer is unfiltered, there is not a hint of haze. Overall a pretty decent lager, but not my favorite. For a session beer, I’ll take Bitter Brewer over this one any day.
mettkea (6) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a can into lager glass. Pours a pale gold with not much of a head. The aroma is very light with a few accents of hops. The taste has nice spicey hop and finishes with a malty smoothness. Overall a very nice lager.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
looks like budweiser or every beer served in iowa... light gold with foamy head. nose is yeasty bread with maybe a slight pine accent. nothing like an ipa and rather out of place in the normal surly line. but after all, it IS a surly. taste is hoppy minus the hops and great minus the good. leaves a ting of pine burn on the finish. good summer-drinker, but glad i only got a four pack. i’ll wait until next year, and pass over it for the coffee bender.
hair-old (180) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Best to leave this macro-swill quality mega priced brew on the store shelf.
Almost tasteless with the only carbonation being the CO2 in the can when you open it.Surlys worst ever.A total bomb.Ingredients in all of Surlys beers seem to be lacking lately to save for a new brewery at the consumers expence.Shop elsewhere till it is built and paid for.Maybe the quality of the brews will then return to their former glory.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 Can. Had this throughout the late summer/early fall last year on tap but never got around to rating it, so here goes. Pours a bright, glowing golden/orange with a huge (but quickly dissipating) bright white head. The can says "not filtered" but I’m hard pressed to find any sediment anywhere throughout the pour. Massively bready aroma. Bread in the oven. Slight bit of skunkiness. Spicy hops. Maybe some cinnamon. Very dry with just a faint wisp of citrus zest. Flavor, as with the nose is very dry. Lightly floral. Plenty of bread dough and crust. A bit of malty sweetness on the finish. Seems rather full bodied for the style. Creamy texture and carbonation. Quite decent for what it is.
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 CAN: light gold / bubbly lager pour. The guy who served it to us said its comparable to Pilsner Urquell - I agree, and that’s not flattering. Some German skunk on the nose, very mild grain/hop profile, better than a Bud/Miller, etc., but not great.
Re-rate - tap at SurlyFest. Tastes better now so I uprated it. Maybe because its hot out, not sure. But it is okay.
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
GTMW sample #1! Nice, bright lager with lots of bubbles and a white lager head. Frankly, it looks perfect for a light lager and I’ll dare anyone to say otherwise. Just a general beer smell. Taste is very bright with toasty light malts. Just a tad skunky, somehow. Fine effervescent mouthfeel.