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RATINGS: 376   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). Itís fiendishly drinkable, and you donít have to sell your soul to get another.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
[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. Itís 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, Iíll take Bitter Brewer over this one any day.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mettkea (6) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009 does not count
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
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. iíll wait until next year, and pass over it for the coffee bender.

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hair-old (189) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
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.

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 (6980) - 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 (2835) - 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 (5909) - 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 (2000) - 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!


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