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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

crowderm's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
I like a good lager, but I think Surly has missed the mark a bit on this one. The grainy/corny malt flavors are too prominent. Not enough hop bitterness to clean things up. Feels a bit watery on the tongue. Not bad, but not the greatest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Right up there with Dortmunder Gold as my favorite Helles from the Great Lakes region. Malty and medium bodied. Perhaps a bit too hop forward, but the balance is pretty spot on regardless. Great session beer. Tried at the Homy Inn in 2016.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrTipple (3588) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Grain and bread malts, light floral hops. Clear gold, medium, frothy, white head. Heavy bitter. Remains bizarrely bitter, some grass, lively carbonation. Not my thing, not liking the taste and palate. Can at the brewery, Minneapolis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tompete (304) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
Pours almost clear gold with a fine off white head. Aroma is noble hops and Pilsner malt. Flavour is crisp and bitter with a slightly estery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Nothing groundbreaking here, but as far as style goes, it nails it. Seems like this would be a good afternoon crusher. Doughy, sweet, refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
svandyke (177) - USA - JUL 27, 2016
16 oz can; Rochester MN- Pours a nice light color with nice white head. Not a lot of nose but there is a bit of light bread. Pretty good light crisp taste with a lot of linger sweetness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phranq (62) - - JUL 24, 2016
Pale gold pour. Lingering white head. Grassy malty aroma. Mild taste, refreshing bubbles. All around good german style lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Multiple 4-packs of cans, and on tap at the Thirsty Badger in Beloit (today). Pours light golden with a smallish white indifferently-lasting head.... the aroma is immediately grassy-weedy, with a bit of piney-citric hop presence making itself felt as it warms (served too cold on tap, of course)... on the tongue, much more bitter and hoppy than usual with the style, in fact the hoppy-oily-piney character holds through to the finish, and really it would be hard for me to justify calling this a "helles" if I were a style Nazi but I’m not, and style-correct or not I find this eminently drinkable and there’s enough pale malt that carries through to the finish, and a full enough, bready enough body that I’m willing to say all right Surly once again, "correct to style" or no. One of my current summer staples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (676) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2016
From can. Yellow orange. White head. Aroma of floral and herbal hops with grain. Taste is similar nice sweet grain and herbal hops. Crisp and refreshing fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1242) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Canned sample from Surly....pours light yellow with big bead....very good lager. Glad I got 4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4633) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Hopleaf, Chicago. Rich clear orange gold. Small cream. Appropriate bitter aroma, sharp and nice. Nice grainy malt, very well balanced. A touch sweeter and punchier than the euros. Crisp and refreshing.

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