kermis (8489) - The Hague, - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of grain, citrus, light malt, flowers and caramel, with a touch of fresh strawberry and raspberry fields in and English summertime. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter, echoing the memories captured by the nose. The body is light to medium, with soft fuzzy carbonation. Lovely for the style.
jbruner (3545) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow from the can with thin white head that leaves light lace. Aroma of sweet bready malt and grass. Taste is more clean, minimal of anything. Mild bitterness, good balance, decent lager.
jmohno (1400) - Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is light gold. Aroma is bready fresh yeast, some sweetness, maybe buttery, lightly floral. Taste is same, slightly fruity. Pretty good hells. Sturdyer than I thought it would be.
jamesewelch (241) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 16oz can, gift from friend, poured into pilsner glass
Aroma: bread, sweet, like a pils
Appearance: golden, clear, frothy, white foam,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: light body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter,
Overall: A very good Helles. Lots of Pils malt character. Nice light body. Very drinkable. Something I’d drink quite a bit of, if it was local or I could find it on draft. An excellent lager with some great taste.
hfmejias (1197) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured clear, golden with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma of dough and floral notes combined with malts. Taste is malty, lager yeast and a slight hoppiness. Easy to drink, crisp and refreshing. Not bad at all.
Erzengel (6723) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man thanks to Chris! The beer starts floral grainy. Very easy to drink with hints of sweetness. Nice and round, Malty with a nice deeper body. Soft with hints of caramel and smooth malt. Moderate bitter in the aftertaste. Great and sessionable brew!
slowrunner77 (8376) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice for the style with light floral hops in the nose and flavor, and big bready notes throughout.
Terminus (3446) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
can-purchased at Woodmans in Racine, WI
Pours slightly hazy golden hue with a small fizzy white head around the rim of the glass. nose is light grains, cereal, bread, very lite spicy hop accent. the malt profile here is a thing of beauty-love the bready and grainy notes here very much. Flavors exhibit the malt tones very nicely, slight and i mean very small metallic note (3 month old can) but still very nice. Long bready cracker husky finish. just wonderful stuff for this style. fantastic!
Nels0wn (10) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden appearance with a one-finger thick head.
Crisp smell with notes of cloves. I also detected what can best be described as grapes in the smell. Almost like someone hid a little bit of white wine in a can of beer.
The taste was surprisingly subtle for a Surly beer. Yes, it’s a lager but I’ve been surprised by the attitude of pretty much every other Surly beer I’ve tried. Has a aftertaste of apple, and of malt - the later of which lingers for quite a while. I also picked up on quite a bit of sourness, which certainly did not work for me.
Carbonation is heavy to begin with, but dissipates quickly. Generally speaking, I enjoyed the feel of this much more than the subtle taste.
I probably won’t return to this, but if I’m ever at the Surly Taproom and have to recommend a beer to someone who considers anything darker than Grain Belt an abomination - then this is the one. Otherwise, there are much better lagers from Minnesota.
jbuskirk (1022) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
HuskerTan (1272) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.