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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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). Itís fiendishly drinkable, and you donít have to sell your soul to get another.

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3.4
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Brewed in the USA... Courtesy of Dan from B.A. thanks again !!! Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head and some mild carbonation. Aroma of grains, malts and yeast. Taste of citrus, grains, bread, malts and spicy notes. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a crisp malty backbone that finishes sweet and dry. Overall, extremely drinkable !! Even German mothers enjoy this one. LOL.

3.7
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Can shared by Dan (FooFaa) at the Beer Advocate - Brass Rail tasting. Poured clear gold with a bright white head. The smell was very malty with some cracker and bread notes and a liberal amount of noble hop spiciness. The flavor was slightly sweet cracker and lots of yummy noble hops. It reminded me a lot of Sly Fox Pikeland Pils (which is a good thing). Much hoppier than any other Helles style beer that I have had, not that that is a bad thing.

3.2
Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Can shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate dough yeast and pils malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium doughy sweet flavor with a medium bitterswwet finish of moderate duration. Good above average beer.

3.3
allendodd (117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
This one pours a crystal clear, light amber/yellow with a fairly quickly dissipating head. There is a distinct lager yeast/popcorn finish that is tempered by a Surly hops kiss that makes this a favorite of this and similar styles. Iíd drink this again, but would be more likely to buy it as a trade offering and an example of something well done rather than a drink that I wanted especially.

3.5
j12601 (10898) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Can courtesy of tytoanderso. Pours a clear light orange yellow with a medium sized bone white head. Light citrus, grain, honey, bread. Crisp grain, light citrus. Finishes with a crisp bitterness and bright earthy hop flavors, and a bit more grain. Sort of like a macro, but done well. Very drinkable and enjoyable, especially for a lighter lager which is not really amongst my favorite styles.

4
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with pale golden banana yellow when held to a light source and a one finger frothy soapy white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a thin cap and lasting ring that leaves rings of soapy lacing in itís path. Sweet pilsner malt aroma with nice bready yeast notes, light fruit, toasty biscuit malt and subtle hops. The pilsner malt provide a slight golden apple presence as well as a very nice toasty biscuity nose. Lots of crisp light flavor but not watered down at all. Refreshing slightly creamy medium body with a nice amount of bready yeast and crisp light fruit. Iím picking up a lot of apple, first in the aroma and now in the flavor. There is a lot of sweet pilsner malt that is countered by a slight zest spiciness and an amazing crisp floral hop presence as well as a pleasant toasted biscuit malt character. This is an insanely drinkable, very flavorful session beer that I wish that I had constant access to.

3.3
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Another Surly brew from buebie. Thanks Brian! Pours an unbelievably clear golden orange with a huge fluffy white head that recedes very slowly to a small cap and leaves small hints of lacing. The aroma is very clean with some light lemony hops and lots of light sweet malts and toasted bread in the background. Iím also getting some grain in the nose, definitely some corn. Kinda has a grassy character overall. The taste has the same clean citrus hop presence up front which gives way to the toasted bread of the underlying malt base. The corn sweetness is more prevalent in the taste and lingers through the finish with a dry bready character as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and smooth and slightly spicy in the finish. This is a very solid lager from Surly and extremely drinkable. Not sure itís my favorite style, but this is a very good example.

3.7
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Can thanks to Dalezale. Pours yellow with a big foamy head. Aroma is rather biscuity with some spice. Flavor is grain spice and some grass. Very good finish..lightly creamy and smooth. Very good example.

4.4
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Straw gold with big, foamy white head / Nose of lemon, grain and spice / Light to medium body, some tartness and sweetness, creamy and resinous, with good balance and fine, bitter, finish / Flavors of lemon, apple, hay, and dry hops / Outstanding.

4
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Poured from can into Frankfurter glass. Bright, clear gold with billowing foamy head. Certainly doesnít look unfiltered. Somehow smells both sweet and dry at the same time. Light semi-sweet fruits (apple, pear) and doughy bread. Despite these notes, it leaves my nose feeling dried out. Certainly tastes unfiltered. Packs more of a malt punch than expected for such a low abv pale lager. Nice rounded flavors consisting of apple, pear, hay and bread dough. Slight noble hops detected at the end. Pretty high carbonation, smooth clean body that is light but heavier and softer than a Pils. Dry finish. Endless drinkability. Just fantastic!


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