tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich golden color. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a touch of sweetness. Overall this is a refreshing beer great in the summer.
phranq (55) - - JUL 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale gold pour. Lingering white head. Grassy malty aroma. Mild taste, refreshing bubbles. All around good german style lager.
muzzlehatch (4463) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 Iím not, and style-correct or not I find this eminently drinkable and thereís enough pale malt that carries through to the finish, and a full enough, bready enough body that Iím willing to say all right Surly once again, "correct to style" or no. One of my current summer staples.
akoeninger (653) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned sample from Surly....pours light yellow with big bead....very good lager. Glad I got 4
luttonm (4482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. I had this one on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Milwaukee for a work trip. The pour is a nice foggy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. It takes a long time for this one to fall down, leaving some great lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is pretty basic. There is a definite lager aroma to this. Itís got a strong metallic malt and a sweetness thatís a little off. There is a little bit of a grassiness that I think is probably the best quality. The flavor isnít good. This one tastes old. There is a strong metallic maltiness and a lingering lagery earthiness to it. The grassiness fades a bit, and the sweet maltiness just takes over. The mouth feel is thicker and carries a strange carbonation. Itís voluminous, but not really crisp. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a bitter maltiness that doesnít really fit in. This one is interesting, but Iím not a fan.
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden color with a moderate, white head. Aromas of pale malt and floral to light herbal hops. Nothing over the top, but a solid lager to helles aroma. Light sweetness with pale malt dominating. Light acidic bitterness mid quaff. A return of sweetness in the finish and linger. Herbal to dries weeds in the long finish. A solid lager. 4/10
jonno (2445) - JAPAN - JUN 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Above average american Helles. Bready, some skunky hops on the nose. Full bodied and short, sweetish finish. Would love to try this from the source.
solidfunk (7219) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some malt and a little light hops here. Pours orange with decent head. Crisp bitter finish. Tap at Jack Rose.
mrjaxson (475) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent lighter weight lager that has sublime malt-hop balance--bread and lemon on the aroma and both sweet and bitter taste and finish, with neither to excess. Poured from a can.