badaxe (4) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2011 does not count
Pours light golden from the can, minimal head that fades quickly. Initial aromas of light malty sweetness, a touch of DMS. Light body and with a clean and crisp malt profile and little to no hop profile, maybe a touch of hop spiciness on the back of the tongue. Effervescent with a short malty aftertaste. Well done to style, a good example of a German helles lager. Finhead (1757) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
A hazy, yellow pour with a frothy, white head. The aroma is well balanced with bread and earthy notes. The light body has a thin texture with lively carbonation. The taste begins mildly sweet, then becomes more bitter into the finish which is quick and dry. It light and refreshing, yet flavorful. MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
Canette de 16 oz. Arômes de houblon herbacé et épicé, légère touche citronnée et soupçons de souffre. Robe blonde très pâle et trouble, effervescence moyenne et peu de mousse. En bouche, la bière se montre plutôt mince, mais elle développe tout de même des notes céréalières intéressantes. Le houblon est relativement aromatique, contribuant principalement des notes épicées. Discrètes notes sulfureuses provenant de la levure. Finale assez douce, présentant une délicate amertume houblonnée. Une belle bière de soif. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Can, as pictured. Pours a clear, crisp, bubbly golden yellow and has a simple taste to it. Some straw, some malt, but very drinkable. Definitely a lawnmower beer. Tasty. JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Can shared by a friend. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Grassy and earthy hop nose with notes of tangerine and malt. Malty flavor with apricot and citrus character along with grassy hops before a stone fruit (apricot and peach) finish.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Pours a clear golden with a medium white head which does not last long. Aroma is quite mild with hints of hops and grain. Flavor is also mild yet complex with light hops, malt, grain, citrus, grass, and fruity notes. Light, creamy body with medium carbonation. Pretty good. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Appearance: clear straw – pours with a beautiful white head which fades into a solid thin film, slightly thick along the edges.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Nose: breads, grains both husked and whole. Green grass damp with dew. Lemon essence followed by lemon peel.
Palate: clean with a beautiful keller lager personality. Soft doughy mouthfeel lingers long, soft, and creates a craving for homemade bread straight from the oven. Green grass and lemon in the middle. Crunchy grains along the edges, bread crusts. Slow growing bitterness. Solid moist chewy breads underneath with gentle sweetness. Is that key-lime? Lemon peel.
Final Thoughts: a beautiful beer made even more beautiful by the fact that it comes from a can. Should it make a difference? Maybe…maybe not. What is important is that the Hell Lager from Surly was delicious. Now if only I could get it in Florida…
Draft at Great Taste. Pours a pale yellow with some faint hazing. White head persists. Nose is really nice, clean and bready pilsner malt coupled with a soft floral hop character. On taste, big and bready malts that make this super drinkable and full of character. The hops range from fruity to floral and the yeast character is very clean. This is a pretty dynamite beer. shrubber85 (11390) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Can (courtesy of Skyview). Creamy barley malt and hay aroma. Clear golden yellow color with moderate head. Slightly sweet milky barley and mildly bitter hay hops. Very nice - stands up to the best German Hell/Zwickel.
crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2011
It pours a nice golden color with a foamy white head. This is actually one of the best looking American-made helles beers I have seen.
The smell is a downer. They don’t seem to be using German hops. It is okay in the smell.
The flavor again isn’t that much in a normal Helles territory. It is a bit sweet for the style and the hop flavors are a bit off.
For an American brewery trying to squirm out a Helles lager it is a better attempt than most but American brewers have a lot to learn if they want to make a quality Helles.
It is an absolute joke that it is rated so highly style-wise. Americans couldn’t pick out the better lager if you pissed in a cup or gave them a Hacker-Pschorr.