RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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.

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auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
16oz can. Thanks for sharing Sean! Light malt aroma. Flavors are clean, but not amazing. Clean, bright and vibrant, but not especially unique. A nice version, very traditional, but suprised to see that it’s not some sort of twisted version. Nicely bready.

Foxbush (2140) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2011
This consumed at the Town Hall Taproom on Chicago Ave. I had visited the brewery earlier in the day. No tours and no tasting. So I had one at the Taproom. The beer poured a light yellow with a smallish head. This was more like a pale lager. It did have some peach notes. Compared to the ales this was very tame. It was the least expensive beer I purchased in Minneapolis.

heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Thanks to Dansting for a can of this one. The body is bright bronze with a light off white head. The nose is herbal and sweet. It has pears and a little hint of mineral earthiness. The body is smooth and a little chewy. There is a flavor of herbs and hints of hay. There is also some peanuts and a little bit of corriander like spice. This is solid.

Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
Tasty stuff. Fresh, hopped light and tasty. Great drinkability, although so dainty that the carbonation, though not aggressive, is obtrusive.Thanks John for bringing back. Something that I can drink pint after pint of.

Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2011
(Energy drink-esque can) Pours a clear light gold color with just a scant white head that leaves a feeble ring around the pint glass. Aroma off the bat is very musty and full of that classic lager yeast character. There’s also plenty of grassy hops coupled with the must which provides a good dichotomy. In addition to these scents there’s also plenty of bread dough scent. Some honey character with warming. Flavor has the edge over the aroma, as there is a very pleasant crackery, bready flavor coupled with some sweet honey butter, that ends quite crisply with some grassy and spicy hops that are paired with a quick minerally finish. Tastes like a helles to me. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is lively. Overall this is a well-crafted lager that surprisingly isn’t hopped to hell and back.

beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head and leaves a nice halo around the top. Smells very faint of sweet grass, must, and lemon citrus fruits. Sweet lemon on the palate, grass, and has a light and mild cereal grain finish. The finish is a bit long and lightly dry.

WymanJ (49) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Tap at SurlyFest. Pours a light amber with minimal head. A light and refreshing beer. Not a lot of character but refreshing nontheless.

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 (1843) - 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.

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