RATINGS: 460   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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crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
I like a good lager, but I think Surly has missed the mark a bit on this one. The grainy/corny malt flavors are too prominent. Not enough hop bitterness to clean things up. Feels a bit watery on the tongue. Not bad, but not the greatest.

CaskCaptain74 (3) - - JUN 17, 2017 does not count
Very mild malt flavor with a bit of an overwhelming hop flavor on the finish. Would be a good beer for those who like hoppy lagers. I would like to see the beer a bit more balanced.

BeerandBlues2 (13199) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Draught at the brewery. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is moderate Pils husky and grainy malt with medium earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is moderate Pils grainy and husky malt with light earthy and spicy hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation.

Brettsky06 (415) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 11, 2017
Pale yellow pour. Some floral aroma notes. Taste is sweet malt and some grains. Definitely more bitter than most helles. Some earthy notes as well. Very good overall

vyvvy (6389) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Pours clear yellow with a white head. It has clean pale malt and light herbal hops. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The taste is simple, clean and delightful. Nice German hops stick around.

PorterPounder (7886) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Minneapolis, Mn - Target Field - Twins Game - 16 oz can, Pours a slightly sparkling, light golden with a thin white head, Aroma is buttery with hints of olive oil. Flavor has some of the same accents with some salty notes. Crisp grassy finish. Decent mouthfeel. Decent Helles, good representative of the style.

mjmoen (519) - - MAY 19, 2017
C+. Pours a hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma of fresh bread, dry finish

glennmastrange (2854) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2017
Can. Moderate grain and straw for the malt, light herbs for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with notes paper and pepper in the background. Head is large, frothy turning rocky, white, with thick crusty lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is sparkling clear straw. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is moderately bitter. Palate is light to medium, a little slick, with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. Super nice Helles. Maybe a touch more bitter than a true German Helles but overall it ranks up there with the best of them.

MaltOne (366) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2017
Pours clear, pale gold. Slight fizzy white head. Nice aroma of slightly sweet dough, and a hint of banana. Flavor - mellow, slightly sweet followed by a drier, slightly bitter finish. Nice palate, good body for a lager, Overall, a real drinkable beer, pretty straight-forward, with some nice flavor.

balloonbuffoon (259) - - APR 18, 2017
02.23.2017 canned on date, 16floz ($6/four-pack), poured into a pint glass. The billowy head is an interesting touch to this golden lager, the wet hay aroma is about right for the style. A very good American take on the helles style. Perhaps not as "clean" tasting due to an a light-moderate, earthy hop snap to flush out basic grain flavor. Fuller feel than what is known for this category of beers, so it is a pace beer.

Kleg (225) - The Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2017
16 oz can. Clear pale gold pour with a large white head and great retention. Good lacing. Clean and crisp mouthfeel. Heavy hops for the style. Like a helles and pale ale mixed together. I see why the lager haters here like it.

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