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RATINGS: 362   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2010 Rerate. 1 pint can, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Pours a bright, clear yellow color with high clarity and light effervescence; creamy white head with good retention and lacing. Minerally, spicy bitterness in the aroma, along with a soft, toasty maltiness; crisp and mouthwatering. Medium-light body; lively carbonation; lightly creamy; perfect mouthfeel, with a light acidity, crisp and refreshing; medium, toasty maltiness and a slight pepperiness, seemingly (possibly from the yeast); modest levels of a mineral and herbal bitterness, following the aroma; lively, crisp, and hugely sessionable beer with a solid mineral bitterness and nicely toasty Pils malt; hugely tasty stuff. Medium finish of minerals, toastiness, and a hint of a green olive note; nicely crisp finish.

Draft @ Acadia Cafe. Pours a hazy, bright yellow color; creamy, textured white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing; great pour. Crisp, dry citrus and mineral bitterness in the aroma; clean, dry lager. Relaxed carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: crisp, clean upfront showing citrus and minerals and touches of bread; toasty and ultimately dry at the core; nicely done and very drinkable. Medium finish: toastiness, bread, and light minerals.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1164) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2008
On tap at the brewery on a tour. Simple flavors of breadiness and grain. Some light hops with some sweetness. Basic, but somewhat thirst quenching. However, not all that interesting. Probably my least favorite Surly beer. But that’s not a terrible thing, since Surly makes some world class brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
A wonderful rendition of a Kellerbier. Deep golden color, huge malt aroma and flavor. Another great Surly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zeke626 (422) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Draft at Buster’s; pours a clear, orange-gold with a ring of white head. Aroma of malts and grain. Flavor is mainly sweet malts with a little grain and citrus. Easy to drink with a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
One of the better lagers I’ve had. On tap at SurlyFest 2008. Usually the aromas of lagers are off putting but this was nice, light with hops and also had some good yeast aroma. Appearance was a pale yellow with a white head. Flavor is well balanced of all traditional ingredients and was impressed how well it tasted. Palate is smooth and makes a great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
undsioux7 (794) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Pours light golden with little head. Not much in aroma, a little grainy, lemony. Flavor is grass, a touch of caramel malt and hops. Very smooth, but not much there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2008
On tap. Golden with a small head, some lacing. Light grainy aroma. Light sweet flavor, easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
On tap at Kuma’s Corner. Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Light aroma, a little bit of lemon and some grain. Flavor is good, this type of beer usually isn’t my favorite. Very smooth though and incredibly easy to drink. Nice summer beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On tap, Happy Gnome. Pale golden color, foamy head dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint to none. Flavor is surprising for such a light style. Sweet caramel maltiness, a bit of roast. Bad news lurks deep within though, with some minor off notes reminiscent of American swill. That being said, it’s still good. Mild floral hop finish. Medium bodied, a bit fizzy on the palate. Overall pretty well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1527) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Tap at the Gnome. Lightly misty golden blonde, and a resilient whitecap. Clean, sweet aroma of honey and almond creme. Pineapple and cotton candy in the hoppier moments, and boiled corn and cauliflower in the fouler american lager moments. Brisk for the most part, though, and healthfully herbal and quite dry.

Flavor is crisp and taut in refreshment, showing pistachios, honey, green tea, white bread and dry grass; not as much cleansing bitterness as might be hoped for from a keller, but there’s certainly enough wooden and cereal-like character to the malt to compensate.

Palate is clean and elegant; full in texture, but sprightly in affectation; finishes crisply with dry green hoppiness and a bit of bubblegum. Extremely quaffable; maybe a better dortmunder than a keller, really, but still a fine offering.

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