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RATINGS: 368   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
gtmw 08.... golden hazy and ipa like in appearance. thin white head.... fruity aroma with some charred smoked malt....citrus fruits, some sweetness, and smoked malt make up the flavors. good drinkin.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
GTMW 2008. The beer pours to a hazy yellow body with a very thin white head. The flavor is toasty, grainy, clean yeasts and esters. Aroma is really light with some sourdough bread. Liquid sourdough bread is what this beer reminds me of. Tart but clean palate. Nice hop bittering but light IBUs.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008

After several big beers from Surly I was ready for something different. I happened to be in the area and decided to give this a try. If it were local this would be a top notch lawnmower beer. Some people may knock it for not being extreme but if you can make a solid light style like this you can do anything.

Aroma / Appearance - Semitransparent and fluid this twirled around the glass like the a ballerina on stage. Smoky orange zest blended with lemony hops and a malty backbone to create a refreshing aura.

Flavor / Palate - Refreshing on the palate this clears the heaviness from the throat immediately. A zesty lemon taste fills the mouth and throat before fading fast. I could drink this all day if it were canned.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (1135) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Small sample, on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest. Consumed on 8-9-2008. Pours hazy gold with near-white head. Hoppy, yeasty smell. Tastes too "beery" (i.e., like a typical macro pale lager). Pretty standard golden lager flavor, save for a nice, lemony finish. Improves on multiple sips, making me think I’ll like this better when I have a full glass instead of just a few ounces (at least I hope that’s the case). Light to medium body. For now, this is my least favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries, but I certainly plan to give it another chance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7146) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at GTMW. Poured slightly hazy paler golden with a short, sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up fresh lemon rind and crisp bready notes upfront with drier floral behind.. well-presented and enticing. The flavor had a dry bready core with fresh floral and spicy yeast layered throughout.. lemony notes showed on the back. Drier and yeasty on the palate with a refreshing finish.. crisp and well-balanced.. this would be an awesome lawnmower beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
GTMW ’08. Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a white head. Pleasant yeasty, cereal grain nose. Light bodied with subdued lemon, yeasty bread dough, and mixed cereal grain flavors. Light and refreshing. Loved the yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5215) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
First beer sampled at GTMW ’08 and served on draught. Pours a semi-clear golden blonde brew with an average white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of multi-golden grain malts, some flowery hops, and a touch of herbal spice. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of mostly golden grain malt and a touch of white pepper and yeast. Finish has a malty golden grain aftertaste with a mild bitterness that quickly disappears. Not your typical Surly in-yer-face hop infused character, but an enjoyable lightly spiced Munich Helles style beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Straw colored pour w/ a small white head, cloudy body. Fairly avg pal. Very yeasty flavor lots of bread reminiscent of sourdough. An odd spice and a light peppering. Aroma is very light breads and raw grains with nice sweetness. Very nice helles.


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