RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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). Its fiendishly drinkable, and you dont have to sell your soul to get another.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
If youre surprised that I love this beer, you probably dont know me very well. Awesome crackery pilsner malt character with refreshing grassy hop character? Sign me up for a billion, and I could actually drink a billion because this is extremely easy to down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmoen (494) - - MAY 19, 2017
C+. Pours a hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma of fresh bread, dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2823) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (357) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
balloonbuffoon (200) - - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kleg (207) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TH28 (440) - - MAR 17, 2017
16oz can. 2/16/17 can date. Appearance: Golden and mostly clear with a slight touch of haze, and a moderate frothy white foam head. Aroma: Doughy, bready, with a touch of floral, spicy hops Taste: Bready, crackery maltiness that turn to a sharp, abrupt, strong bitterness that has a strong spice quality. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied for the style, with a moderate carbonation Finish: Strong lingering spicy hop bitterness dominates. Dry, with little evidence of the malt. Overall: A really nice crisp lager with a bit of body, but waaay too hoppy to fit in the Helles style. Has the bitterness of an overly aggressive Dortmunder or maybe more so a Pilsner. Closer to a Czech pils because of the more robust malt base

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smaynard6000 (1137) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Can. Pours a golden color with an average-sized white head. Aroma is somewhat grainy and a bit spicy. Mostly sweet, with a bit of hops in the finish. Light bodied. Tasty and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (6295) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2017
16 oz single can from Mollys Spirits. Pretty clear yellow appearance with a white head. Aroma of lightly toasted grain, mild hops (herbal/floral) and hints of fruitiness. Mildly sweet and lightly bitter with a lingering finish. Light to medium body. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5394) - Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/21/2016. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Fairly clean on lager flavors; some light yeast fruitiness present, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a great kellerbier style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Just a touch too fruity from the yeast; but spot on for the style otherwise. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3645) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2016
16 oz. can. Canned 09/01/16. Pours a thick, well retained off white head, with light lacing, over a slightly hazy, particle laden yellow (SRM 3) body......nose is light malts, with bread, DMS, light hop spice, balanced......taste is slightly sweet with light pear, apple tones, hints of lemon, mild bread, cracker, finishing with a mild, lightly spicy hop bitterness, balanced......mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, high carbonation. Except for the appearance, this meets this light refreshing style quite nicely. Rating above to pleasure, below to style. BJCP 8/1/14/4/7

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