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RATINGS: 402   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - SEP 24, 2012
Pours clear gold with white head. Aroma is bread and straw. Flavor is solid lager: breadiness and some cereal grains and straw. Nice.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbuskirk (701) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Hell yes. Wow, did I really have to do that? Of course I did. While this beer is certainly lighter-bodied and more simplistic than other Surly beers, that doesn’t mean it’s lower quality. Not at all. Hell has a beautiful bread-like lager yeast aroma with clean hops. Flavor has that too but with a clean feel and some refreshing crispness from the hops. This is the type of beer I would take (and drink) anywhere right from the can.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (982) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Darft/Fest. A- Bready, caramel, malty, slightly sweet, cereal. A- Yellow color, clear liquid, white head. T- Biscuits, caramel, malty, grains, slightly sweet. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, bready finish. O- A little unexciting. Just not really my type of beer. It managed to impart a little flavor on the palate but again, not much.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (1154) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2015
light yellow pour. Aroma hay grain. tastes deep grain, some bite of alcohol. slight grassy floral notes from hops.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
drpimento (2496) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Appearance, body, and aroma aren’t bad, but didn’t care for flavor too much. The malt and hop combo clashed leaving me with off flavors. One time only for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1225) - - JUL 12, 2015
Can. Pours a clear golden color. Aroma and taste are light sweet with malts and some grassiness.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
felsenpils (134) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 7, 2015
16 ounce can. The 4-pack costed me $8.99 plus sales tax. I poured this one slowly so as to leave any yeast sediment in the can. Deep golden color with a white head. The carbonation looks to be quite high as I can see CO2 bubbles rising like crazy in the glass. The aroma is perfumy and reminiscent of raspberry. The taste confirms what I smelled, the flavor is dominated by hop oil. Very little malt sweetness in the aftertaste perhaps because the hop oil is overpowering. All in all, a decent American microlager, but not German in any way and very much unlike a Zwickelbier. I guess that for the bunch of hopheads who brew this, Surly Hell would seem rather tame. News flash, guys, German Helles is never dry hopped. This beer is proof to me that Surly should stick to its extreme ales as they do not know how to brew a German lager. Buy some Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold and compare.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BarleyFife (9) - - JUN 23, 2015 does not count
Hellagood. Light body and gorgeous golden color. Refreshing and quaffable. Purchased a draft at Rockwood bar in Ely, MN.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (795) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUN 3, 2015
On tap. Pours a hazy gold with a white head and lots of lacing. It has a nice bread and malt aroma, with a clean taste that is biscuit and malt up front and a dry finish over a medium body. Drinkable and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1967) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes clean and crisp. Good summer beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (1277) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
16oz can pours a golden color with a bit of head. Notice flavor as expected for the style.


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