crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Bule (1123) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can pours a golden color with a bit of head. Notice flavor as expected for the style.
scarletfire65 (1072) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can at home. Aroma of sweet wet dough and dried beans. Sweet crackery Pils malt, grain, floral, super clean finish with appreciated low bitterness. Great example of a kind of mundane style.
tastybeer (1842) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours gold, light haze, big white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of grassy/floral hop, bready malt. Taste is lightly bitter, sweet, grassy, grainy. Palate is lightly slick, sweet finish.
Steve_0 (3268) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at home, picked up in Minneapolis. Pour is clear golden with a big white head and sticky lacing. Grainy, mineral, somewhat grassy, chalky, doughy and floral hoppy aroma. Taste is straw, biscuit, light lemon, some grass, floral hops, and minerals with a crisp finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Easy drinking and crushable.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Pleasant cereals envelop this Helles’s subtle herbal hops in a polished and super drinkable example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the misty pale golden.
-Carbonation is prickly and does not evoke classic Helles served in Germany.
-Hops are subdued, as they should be.
-Malts don’t necessarily point to Germany either, but they are nicely developed from aroma to finish.
-Mouthfeel is lean, leading to high drinkability.
On tap at Links Taproom, Chicago.
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with a white head. Toasted malt, bread, floral notes. Lightly sweet and dry in the finish. Nicely refreshing. I could easily session these all day long.
boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
tall can shared with hakes and his co worker jeremy, Hazy gold beer, small white head. Light.floral hop bitterness. good
fidelis83 (2137) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy gold pour with a two finger, creamy to soapy off white head. Aroma is big on cereal, some toast, bready malt, sweet malt, floral, sweet grassy and light spicy malt. Flavor is cereal, oily grain, toast, bread, spicy and lightly fruity hops. Light to medium body with a medium, blanketing, sharp carbonation that suits the beer well. Good stuff overall.
Chad9976 (1360) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surly is one of those breweries I always associate with high quality across the board. Since I can’t get their stuff regularly here in NY, every beer of theirs I’ve tried has been really good. Therefore, it comes as a shock to me that Surly Hell, is rather mediocre and average. It tastes eerily like a lot of a generic pale lager; mild-tasting with a slight tang on the finish (almost as if it were old beer, but the can is quite fresh). I don’t know what happened with this one, but I’m not impressed.
I poured a 16oz can into a lager glass. It was canned on 1/22/15 and was sent to me by Matthew L. (thanks yet again!).
Appearance: Clear shade of clear gold with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly evaporates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Just a generic lager aroma. Nothing off-putting at least.
Taste: I’m not sure if this beer should be considered a Munich Helles Lager or a Zwickel (according the description), but either way it’s not especially German in character. It’s much closer to American pale lager with a mild, slightly grainy base flavor. I got no distinctive flavors as far as malts or hops, which is a little odd since it’s brewed with American rather than German hops. On the backend there’s a slight tang or metallic character. Cheap adjunct brews tend to have this as well, only much stronger. What’s here is more than tolerable; it’s not off-putting, but I’m struggling trying to find a quality about it I genuinely enjoy.
Drinkability: “Hell” is the German word for “light” (in color), but in the case of Surly Hell it would probably refer to the flavor and body. Light but not paper thin; crisp but not overly spastic. It’s somewhat refreshing while in the mouth and leaves a clean aftertaste. At 4.5% it’s indeed sessionable, but I’d want more flavor to do that.
vtafro (4506) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Golden pour with white head. Light yeast and malt aromas. Crisp, citrus, yeast and lager malt flavors.