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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 121
Gots: 75 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

p-wagz, Dec 05, 2013
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2.17/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this beer is not fun it was hell to drink. the malts were heavy and syrupy seemed not very carbonated and flat. Yeast taste was very rough and gave me a headache. Not impressed with this beer surprised by the high ratings. Yokel was better than this a lot better from my memories and that is only other Zwickel I have had so far but that was a long time ago.

exonthebottle, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Cooper
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Cooper, Oct 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

MooseBoose, May 13, 2013
Photo of Overlord
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Huh. A new style for me, and one I'd never heard of, to boot. One of many splendid extras from mba. Thanks!

Pours a clear gold with a 1-2 inch white foam head. Okay. So far, looks like a typical lager. Uhhh... I looked up the style, and shouldn't this be cloudy?

Smells faintly of lemon zest, but mostly of a disappointingly grain-y cereal malt. Hurm. Is this going to be grainy and sweet, cause right now, I'm getting a malt liquor vibe.

Well, there's a bit of lemon zest and a crisp earthiness to it, but the grain malt sweetness makes me think malt liquor mixed with a pilsener. A bit of bready yeastiness to it, but just a bit. I just am not sure what they were going for here. Frankly, if I had this blind, Surly wouldn't be one of the breweries I guess made this. Even if I took 1000 guesses.

Mouthfeel is strangely flat, despite the big white head.

Overlord, Oct 17, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Philly82785, Dec 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

BMos, Apr 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

IndyDad, May 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

dheldman, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of kbuzz
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a glass. Date on bottom of can says 6/30/11...not the freshest. I am not a fan of lagers at all, so keep that in mind...

A: You know...fizzy, light golden straw/copper color. Half finger head that faded quickly. Fairly clear. Not a bad looking beer, but not overly appetizing.

S: Yeasty breadiness hits first...some detectible floral/herbal/grassy hop notes. A bit of orange rind.

T: Tastes like a lager. Sorry, but I don't really have much more to say here. Mild hops, mild malts, and just a dominant bready/funky lager yeast flavor. Kind of a mildly funky saison quality actually.

M: Not a bad mouthfeel...this might be the only thing that distinguishes this from an average lager. It's a medium-bodied beer and where most lagers are ultra-fizzy w/o any flavors to balance out that bite, this is appropriately carbonated.

O: Sorry folks, I'm just not a fan of lagers. This is definitely better than most, but that's not saying much - just take a look at the scores I gave it. If you like lagers, I'm sure you'll dig this...but I think there are significantly better beers on the market by this brewery.

kbuzz, Oct 29, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Curt1, Nov 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

mnredsoxfan69, May 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Wilkison, Aug 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Revenant, Sep 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

SwinginParty, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of sonata2008
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served in a 16 oz. pint glass. The color was a clear pale straw with a thin head.
S: Very faint hops, no malt aroma.
T: Not much maltiness to speak of, a slight sweetness. There is a hop bitterness and a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.
M: Very thin mouth feel.
D: Not much at the temperature it was served at.

This is very disappointing coming from Surly. This is the second time I have had this beer, at a different location this time around, so no mistake in getting the order right. It reminded me of Japanese beer. Perhaps if it were chilled to ~34F it would be more palatable.

sonata2008, Aug 01, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First Surly review -- is it really a Munich Helles? Or a U.S. micro version? Let's see.

A -- Sort of hazy* gold with a white head that settles quickly.

S -- Mellow hops with some grainy to bready malts trying to grab attention.

T -- Some mild citrus up front with very light, grainy malts in the middle and some very light spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Some lightly bready malts in the aftertaste.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Well, it's lacking a little malt character for a good Helles, and the mouthfeel just isn't soft enough to make me feel like Munich. At least the brewers didn't pile on the hops to create a beer for the new geek palate. It's a good drinker for a hot afternoon at the grill, but I probably won't look to it for a German-style lager fix.

*I see the can reports unfiltered, but I'd think there would be more yeasty breadiness because of that.

steveh, Jun 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

JuniperJesus, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

markcp, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Craftonly23121, Jun 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Beestin, Apr 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jegross2, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.