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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

788 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 788
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 120
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not unlike a Zwickel Bier from Germany, Hell is not 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.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 08-26-2008)
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +26.6%

I'm not a huge fan of lager beers because of their general lack of flavor and body. Hell is an amazing beer. Hell is one I would reach to over many other beers of styles that I prefer at any time.

In the warm summer months when refreshment as well as flavor and beer enjoyment is required HELL is unmatched for me. This is my favorite summer beer. Everything you want from a sit on the deck beer in lightness, refreshment and drinkability but with taste.

Grab one I think you will be surprised.

note: I rated this comparing it to what it is supposed to be not in comparison to other styles such as DIPA and Imperial Stouts etc.. For a lager beer it really hits on all cylinders.

01-28-2011 19:50:38 | More by gvarsity
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4.78/5  rDev +24.8%

I know I'm in the minority when I say this, but this is my overall favorite Surly Beer. The taste is full, without being overpowering. The after taste has what they call a bread like flavor, and to me it goes well with anything from Pizza, to Steak, an absolute winner!! This is a Beer I could have everyday. If only Surly could bring the price down a buck or so.

01-05-2014 18:57:37 | More by paladinjoe
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.73/5  rDev +23.5%

I picked up a 4 pack from Edina Liquor off of York Ave across from Southdale.

Appearance --- a nice light golden yellow with about a finger worth of white head

Smell --- malts, a bit of grass and grain

Taste --- bread like, malts, with a faint citrus

Mouth feel --- crisp early and finishes soo smoothly, has a light body and a bit of carbonation

Overall --- when the weather warms up during the year, this is the style I look for and Surly did a great job with their take on it… I will be coming back for more and more! I am thankful to live in the Twin Cities, where this is a fairly accessible beer in the liquor stores out here. I may not be the biggest fan of Surly’s year-round line up, but they hit some real home-runs with their seasonals

06-28-2012 18:45:20 | More by bmike86
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4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

from kegatron

Rich golden brite beer with superb foam.

Rich fresh malts galore. Toasty, with some lager sulphur compounds. Simply delicious. Clean, just about as sweet as grainy bread. Zippy Saaz bitterness that lets the malts win in the end. Simple and to the point, I like it!

Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing. Great balance of lightness and simplicity with refinement and thought-provoking challenge. Another knockout from a great brewery. Cheers!

12-18-2009 07:26:25 | More by rayjay
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4.63/5  rDev +20.9%

Poured into a pint glass
Sold out in one hour from the Four Firkins? Let's see what all the fuss is about.

A: Aggressive pour yields 3 fingers of pillowy white head with great retention. Crystal clear pale straw liquid. Love all the head!

S: Assertive herbal hop triumphs over a still noticeable bready malt. Very clean. Delightful.

T: OMG! Complex and flavorful hearty bread to start. Perfect amount of bittering to balance it. Best lager I've had to date? Top 3 definitely. No distracting tastes like I've experienced in other lagers (metallic especially).

M: Crisp, bright, well bittered.

D: Strong. Gimme more! I would order another and definitely buy another four pack or two. I do see what all the fuss was about. This is a beer to be tracked down and enjoyed on a warm day in the sun.

09-05-2009 22:42:35 | More by dfillius
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4.63/5  rDev +20.9%

I love this as an easy drinking lager with flavor and character in the summer. It is a little bready but has some pronounced citrus hop flavor ( a lot of orange and tangerine).

Excellent texture and body....almost creamy but still crisp...lower ABV makes this perfect for sessioning...the only issue I have is the pricing. I'd love to buy this by the case for the summer if it was priced along the lines of what Summit EPA is but it is priced like a DIPA, etc and I just can't afford to buy this because I will drink too much of it at that price. A DIPA I can rationalize because those are sippers...2-4 a night tops....shit this I could drink 10-12 of throughout the day and would if it was priced like Summit EPA (12 pack of 12 ouncers for 10.99 at some places).

I realize this probably takes a lot of skill to produce this type of quality lager and the price in theory may be justified but I really think this could really become a go to beer for many if it was priced a little lower and marketed to the macro crowd. I could see this being Surly's Spotted Cow but only 100 times better....

07-03-2011 00:28:43 | More by ZAP
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4.58/5  rDev +19.6%

Pours a golden yellow straw color with a small white head the dissipates quickly.

Smell is very earthy and grassy with a light bready malt aroma in the background.

Taste is very clean and crisp with a big pilsner flavor. Very good flavor for the style. Light hops and bready malts in the finish, very good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Medium carbonation with a light body.

Very drinkable, perfect beer for a hot summer day.

07-23-2010 04:14:29 | More by pmccallum86
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4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

Oh Hell. Let's give 'er a go.
Gee, what do ya' know, a Surly beer that's hopped up. Nicely of course and really probably in the in the end rather balanced, but hopped up nonetheless. It's the first impression.
Pretty darn clear, if it's to be considered a keller bier. Brilliant I'd say. Full very white head that is as loud as they come. A piercing golden yellow.
Quite a grainy aroma with the hops actually rather subdued in this one area. Pretty straight-forward and uncomplicated.
Good malt flavors on this one, high in grain quality and holding a bread like flavor. Bitterness starts slow and build gradually, yet eventually rather fully by the time the extended flavorful finish comes around with a tongue penetrating dryness. Nice hop flavors show forth, but not in every drink, and of a highly distinctive style. Noted on the can as American hops, but I'm unclear via flavor profile as to what they may be. Tasty anyhow.
Nice light body without being watery (how do you do that?). Excellently carbonated with just enough fullness, but not too much and the finest of fine bubbles. Exquisite.
This is an exceptional summer lager, made in right here in good old MN. So fresh. So tasty. So nicely balanced. So damn good.

08-27-2009 02:08:15 | More by garymuchow
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4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

A: Got a pint on tap, great looking pour. Nice color and carbonation. Foam remains on the top of the beer throughout. Foamy side of the glass when finished.

S: Malty smell a little bit like bread. There is something a bit sour about the smell as well.

T: Malts are the predominant flavor- this is a (Hell)es of course. The sour taste is present, although it is not strong or unpleasant. think it adds a bit of character to the brew. Nice bit of hop presence at the end.

M: Nice and thick feel in the mouth, decent carbonation. This is a lager beer that makes you actually feel like you are drinking something.

Supremely drinkable!

08-03-2010 18:10:14 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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4.53/5  rDev +18.3%

Poured into a pint glass on 9/15/10

Many thanks to biglobo8971

Pale & straw colored, Hell hath but a soft haze when held to the light. Poured an ample, one inch head with a high count of rising bubbles. The head is porous & visibly agitated while it recedes to a patchy skim. A few minor strings of lace.

Grass & grains comprise a good majority of the aroma. Lemongrass, toasted grains & a faint yeast note. It smells reasonably hoppy; earthy with hints of citrus - lemon & orange peel. Very, very nice.

The hops are showcased upfront. Moderate bitterness; somewhat earthy with citric accents throughout. Grassy overtones manifest for a brief spell, as large swaths of toasted grain & Pilsner malts sweep in on the latter half. The taste is clear & well-balanced.

Maybe a little more than light bodied. Carbonation is fairly low; there's just enough to complement the flavors. The finish is more of a soft landing than a crisp, sharp ending; I find it quite befitting. Subtle malts & ghosts of lemon lest make for pleasant, lingering residuals.

Hell is top notch for drinkability. Incredibly flavorful & balanced. The American hops do wonders for the beer without over-shadowing the finer aspects. If possible, this would have regular visits in the old beer fridge. Recommended.

09-28-2010 02:33:19 | More by Ryan011235
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-15-2012 03:00:44 | More by Beertracker
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

I would almost like to call this one a Macro done right! A very kind and courteous BA sent me a good bit of this one and I am very glad that he did. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was the best I could see. Clear, rich golden amber in color with tons of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Massive looking I have to say. Aroma at first is dominated by notes of wheat and light earthy hops, but warming brings out much more complexity and in fact a good bit of richness. Hints of almost lavender and jasmine, more then likely not, but that same floral kind of aroma is there. Smooth, clean, crisp, and a bit heavier then I would have expected given the style. Rich flavor abounds here. Tons of malt up front but very nicely balanced against a big hop finish and a grainy and earthy aftertaste.

Overall a wonderful addition to their lineup. This is damn near a perfect summer brew, I could have drank ten of these without batting an eye, it was just that smooth. Go get this one.

09-14-2009 00:26:08 | More by mikesgroove
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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
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