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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

814 Ratings
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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 120
Gots: 70 | 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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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

artoolemomo, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

xx Enjoyed inside a tall, narrow pint glass.

Goldenrod, almost perfectly clear. Topped with a furry finger of off-white froth that becomes a thick, pillowy top layer that never goes away.

Crisp, light aroma. Clean graininess with a soft touch of apple and earth.

Flavor opens up nicely. Light bit of pear sweetness, perhaps some green apple as well. Very lightly toasted bread, a bit of citrusy and spicy hops. Finishes mostly dry and cleaner than a new tooth.

Smooth medium-light body just nails it. The carbonation is mild, peppering the tongue with tiny bubbles. Holds together well as it moves. The dry finish encourages constant refills of the mouth.

The lightness and finish lends drinkability; the soft hops and smooth fruits flavors make it tasty. I'd call this more of a helles that a zwickel/keller, and would love to see this in my Mass anytime.

Phelps, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tuilp glass.

A: Pours clear copper color with two fingers of beige colored head, which deflates slowly leaving behind a solid wall of lacing. Very good retention.

S: Bready and amber malt, a little sweet grain, and some whiffs of interesting baker's spices.

T: Clean malt and lagery yeast flavor, a little eatery caramel. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate momentarily.

M: Medium body and carbonation, a little bite.

O: Solid example of the style, though nothing exceptional. Fairly drinkable, and will satiate any lager craving.

pmarlowe, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big white head quickly dies above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Straw, week malts, light corn syrup blended in a light aroma.

Light sweet corn syrup mixes with a light sourness and some malts for a distinct tasting Keller Bier.

A medium bodied beer with a drying aftertaste that seems to harbor some of the light corn syrup tastes.

This beer has a decent taste, although to much of the light corn syrupy taste for me, other than that some goodness going on here.

LXIXME, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light hazy yellow with a thin white head, it fades to a film across the top.

S - Wheat and sweet malts.

T - Sweet malts and bready.

D - Light body, good carbonation.

O - Very smooth and light. Refreshing.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 02, 2011
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Billolick, Aug 19, 2014
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Brewsed, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of guityler83
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A modest one finger of tiny bright white bubbles formed and quickly fell when poured into a pilsner glass. Briliantly clear straw, pale yellow color just a hair darker than a light lager. Very small coating of lacing as the foam fell.

S: Slight fruity yeast ester aroma with a solid bready pilsner malt backbone, very simple yet affective.

T: Moderatly sweet bready malt flavor with enough clean hop bitterness to keep it from beeing overly sweet. Clean german lager yeast character (round?).

M: Crisp, clean with low carbonation and a light body.

O: A very drinkable that pairs well with pizza and is sure to please the average BMC drinker but give the craft beer guy something to work with. Not something i'd get regularly but solid.

guityler83, Oct 08, 2013
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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.