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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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). Itís fiendishly drinkable, and you donít have to sell your soul to get another.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2009
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 Iím 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6829) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
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 thatís 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2821) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
GTMW sample #1! Nice, bright lager with lots of bubbles and a white lager head. Frankly, it looks perfect for a light lager and Iíll 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Sampled at GTMW 2009 (Madison, WI). Pours a golden decent carbonated pour, good clear golden. Good creamy white head that laces well, small sized. Aromas are lightly floral, noble hop feel with crisp cereal malts, grainy, faint honey sweetness. Finish crisp and refreshing with decent floral hop bitterness. A highly sessionable beer, with good flavors and good balance. Would love to grabs some cans for an all the time summer beer as these become released.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Sample at the brewery. Clear golden pour, little carbonation and an aroma of light malts. Flavor was equally light mellow grain/malt, yeast and light on the hops. Solid lighter beer, Iíll be happy to buy plenty of this for fall campfires soon!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours a nice golden yellow color with a tan head. Heavy on the carbonation. Flavor is grains, malt, spice, and citrus. Very light body makes this one go down real easy. It’s a tasty beer, without being too amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2008
a gold color with white head. Aroma of sweet malts and faint hops. Fresh grainy body with a light hop finish. This was very tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours a golden yellow that has just a hint of a haze with white head. Aroma is fairly light. Just a hint of hops. Flavor is light hops and grain. A smooth flavor. Body is light but definitely creamy a good lager with a great body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
On tap at Buster’s. The beer was golden blonde with a quickly dissipating ring of white head. The aroma and flavor were quite reminiscent of a mai bock, with heavy sweet malt. The hops were almost non-existent compared to other Surly products. I thought it was very enjoyable and easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - 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. 7.4.8.5.15=3.9

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. 7.5.7.4.13=3.6


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