Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 119
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium golden-straw body. Large creamy egg-shell white head that quickly receded after the pour. Spotty lacing.

S: Light bready malts... croissants... light floral and lemon-citrus hop bitterness. Fairly subdued.

T: Many of the same notes from the nose, manifested at a higher intensity. Bright floral hop bitterness, lemon zest, croissant-like bready malts, and slight yeast hints.

M: Smooth, light-medium bodied... low to moderate carbonation... nice crisp and clean finish.

D: Top notch... a little light in the aroma department but all around nice and refreshing... with warm days around the corner, this is a good choice for roof top drinking... the can is a plus.

Photo of jjanega08
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a translucent yellow color slightly darker than your average american macro lager with a large billowing white head that falls fast and just sits on the top of the beer in a very thin sheet.
S= lots of grainy malt in it. There's also a hop front on it. Sort of a stinky german smell too. I enjoy the odor just for the odd stink that it has.
T= really sort of plain for a beer from surly. Clean as hell. It says the hops take the back seat on the can which I don't find to be true. I think the hops over throw the sweet grain while the sweet grain is still present. Not bad but not amazing either.
M= low carbonation and smooth finish.
D= very high. This is a surly beer for everyone. Really nothing special about it and sort of rediculous due to the hype that surrounded the release. I would prolly not buy it again if it came out regularly just because its so plain for the price. Still a good beer though.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a fine lager.

The nose is soft, a bit floral, but doesn't possess any of that reek that all bad—and even some good—lagers exhibit. Instead it's smooth, right through the nose to the first and last moments it expresses itself in the mouth.

It's crisp—but not stridently so (even though extreme crispness is a quality I personally often favor amongst many good lagers). It's sweet—but only a little: just enough floral-fruit and banana-flax to give it a bit of punch. And it's effervescent—but not popping in the mouth with huge bubbles, like some weird bowl of fatty beer roe; instead its just buoyant, though maybe not quite edging enough towards ethereal, considering the weight of its malt.

I like it: perfect for grilling, or a late-night session when one just needs a little refreshment. Is it superb? No—but it is supremely drinkable, as promised, and light without sacrificing substance: truly lagerly without ever falling into heavy fruitiness.

Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Four pack of tall cans, brought back from my last trip to Minnesota, love the Surly and more cans for the collection.
Pours a straw yellow color, slight bit of unfiltered haze. Golden liquid is topped by half an inch of white head. Smell has a slight, grainy sweetness with just enough hop presence. Grassy and a bit herbal. Taste is very similar to the aroma, no suprises, just a crisp refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry-ish finish. Very drinkable, would pair well with most meals, and still great on its own.

Photo of Jamienichols7693
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale straw color with one finger of white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving some light lacing behind.

S - A light sweetness and bread malts up front. Pretty simple but quite nice.

T - Similar to smell. Nice bread and Pils malt. A faint bitterness not detected in the smell. Crisp, clean and very good.

M - light mouthfeel that finishes pretty clean.

O - I'm not that familiar with the style, but I really enjoyed this. Nice flavor, not overpowering in any way.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden, almost amber, color with a nice white foamy head that didn't last long, but left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Malty goodness with some floral hops mixed in. Slight citrus notes. Nice.

Taste: Slight sweet, but dry, floral hops flavors up front. Tasty sweet malts in the middle and a good bitterness on the tounge for the finish. Nothing overpowering, a great balance.

Mouth feel: A fair amount of carbonation but nothing that distracts from the crisp flavors. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: HELL yeah! This is a damn tasty beer with a moderate ABV and a crisp clean taste that makes it very easy to do a session with. I had a few off the tap and they went down very easily.

Photo of JackieTH
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour was straw yellow with a short-lived foamy head.

Subtle nose but primarily detecting bready-malt.

Taste is on par with the nose with the some sweetness, bready malts coming through right away, punctuated by citrus hops that are not at all strong and fade quickly into the overriding malty bready finish that is also somewhat dry.

The overall character combined with lower ABV, a higher carbonation and light body lends to a clean palate and high drinkability.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass

A: Clear, nice golden yellow color. Small white head. Fades. Nice.

S: Slight toast notes in the malt. Sweetness in the hop profile.

T: Delicious. Rich with a bready toastiness. Crips and golden. A little pretzel or bagel. Hops are balancing and spicy.

M: Right about perfect for the style (or nearly any style). Great richness with necessary crispness.

D: Not my preferred Surly but it really shows their versatility. Nice lighter brew.

Photo of Jayli
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO for locals so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a translucent, light copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head that disappears immediately. Barely existent spots of lacing.

S: Nose is nice bready, light malt, slightly grassy, with a bit of a pear hint.

T: Taste starts slightly malty, light sweet caramel notes before a bready, grassy hop flavoring comes through in the middle with underlaying sweetness. Finish a light pear, apple with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, nice slightly oily at first before a very crisp, dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a fantastic, easy drinking beer. Perfect for a nice summer night.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First things first, big thank you to Pochman for sending me this can. I appreciate it Ed!

A - nice head develops (for a lager) about 2 fingers of foam from can to mug. light golden/straw in color.

S - smells sweet. malt aroma is very high. lots of yeast/bread too. floral and musty hops smell rather grainy.

T - light and subtle kiss of hops. sweet and grainy malts are balanced by an earthy and floral hop accent. clean dry finish to this well balanced brew.

MF - very light body w/ a crisp feel thanks to tiny Co2 bubbles.

D - excellent session beer. light, subtle, clean, crisp, refreshing, all w/ just enough 'ummph' in the flavor dept.
Surly has yet to dissapoint.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chewy08rx for hooking me up with a lot of great beers from Surly.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops with some lighter bready and pilsner-type malts. The flavor is grassy and biscuity, with a low amount of bitterness.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a warm yellow body wit a thin snow white film and a slow carbonation of tiny bubbles working to the surface.

S- The clean soft mellow Pils malt has a bit more fullness than its German counterpart but still very nice. Soft hint of green hops come through as it opens, but stays softer than malt.

T- The mils sweet malt note is gentle with a note of bread as it opens. The finish is nice and clean with just enough sweetness to give it a fresh character without being sweet. A hint of pungent pith is very soft for a moment on the after taste. A cracker character grows in the malt flavor as it opens up.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz making the mouthfeel more full and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a nice sessionable beer that is clean with good malt character. More full that a typical German Munich Helles but just as nice. However after drinking a 16 oz can of this I fell like had just eaten a meal.

Photo of biniek13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Vinmar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to brewseum for this in trade.

Pours a clear bubbly gold, with several billowous fingers of brite-white foamy head. This eventually simmers down into a thin, yet robust layer of froth, leaving back lace that clings in spotty clumps. The aroma is lightly grassy and spicy in the nose, with citrus and bready Pils malt adding a bit of a tangy kiss to the bouquet.

The taste is sweet toasted grains, with a splash of lemongrass on the tongue. A moderately sharp little punch of spicy hop bitterness helps jazz this up. The finish has a touch of a pithy feel to it, along with a pleasant dryness which gets you ready for the next sip. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium, with a firm sharpness to the carbonation, that rides on top of a much creamier feel, lending this a most crisp and quaffable nature.

A satisfying medium fullness here to the Lager flavors, with a light and crisp feel, Surly sure picked an easy drinking one to put in a 16 oz can. I think I'll go have another!

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hell from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.