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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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 (8396) - 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.
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…

NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
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 (11706) - 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 (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2011
500ml can. 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.

SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
can from my boy shawn walding. notes of soft doughy cereal malt with some dirty lemon wheat character. lacks the bright creamy doughy essence of fresh offerings from the source. good, straightforward doughy bready light crackly lemon beer. sessionable.

elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2011
16oz canned June 30, 2011 (at least I think...was hard to read the month). Served at around 40-45F. Thanks again to Ryan for another Surly treat!

Pours clear gold with a very active white head that diminishes in a blink of an eye leaving just a light ring and a couple of temporary spots of lacing.

Aroma is some grassy hops, bread & cracker malt, lightly herbal and floral, overall strength is moderate at best.

Flavor is sweet bready malt, a bit of caramel, light grassy hops that offer just a hint of bitterness but sweetness dominates the profile. Fairly straightforward but offers a good amount of flavor for the style and goes down very nicely.

Mouthfeel is light bodied overall but offers a touch more heft than other similar lagers. A bit oily with light/medium carbonation.

A nice, flavorful lager that is hitting the spot after doing some yardwork in the summer heat!

bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Very good for an american lager, Im more into the darker hopier beers but its very flavorful for a lager.

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