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RATINGS: 457   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). It’s fiendishly drinkable, and you don’t have to sell your soul to get another.

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3.7
tompete (335) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
Pours almost clear gold with a fine off white head. Aroma is noble hops and Pilsner malt. Flavour is crisp and bitter with a slightly estery finish.

3.3
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Nothing groundbreaking here, but as far as style goes, it nails it. Seems like this would be a good afternoon crusher. Doughy, sweet, refreshing.

3
svandyke (249) - USA - JUL 27, 2016
16 oz can; Rochester MN- Pours a nice light color with nice white head. Not a lot of nose but there is a bit of light bread. Pretty good light crisp taste with a lot of linger sweetness

3.4
phranq (249) - - JUL 24, 2016
Pale gold pour. Lingering white head. Grassy malty aroma. Mild taste, refreshing bubbles. All around good german style lager.

3.5
muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2016
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 I’m not, and style-correct or not I find this eminently drinkable and there’s enough pale malt that carries through to the finish, and a full enough, bready enough body that I’m willing to say all right Surly once again, "correct to style" or no. One of my current summer staples.

3.6
akoeninger (763) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2016
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.

3.6
mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Canned sample from Surly....pours light yellow with big bead....very good lager. Glad I got 4

3.6
luttonm (6482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2016
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.

3
koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
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. It’s got a strong metallic malt and a sweetness that’s a little off. There is a little bit of a grassiness that I think is probably the best quality. The flavor isn’t 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. It’s voluminous, but not really crisp. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a bitter maltiness that doesn’t really fit in. This one is interesting, but I’m not a fan.

3.7
JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 8, 2016
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


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