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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 119
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 08-26-2008

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.
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Ratings: 878 | Reviews: 298 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanStelzner
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jae61
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimGlonke
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Superbohl4
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NW_IPAHEAD
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barnoloid
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyTheHead
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's right on what I expect a Helles Lager to be.

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Irishace9
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Adam. Thanks bro.

Clear golden body with an inch of white head. Aromas of fruity esters, corn, lager yeast. Light and fruity. Mild sweetness finishing with a dash of hop bitterness. Easy drinking. Solid.

Photo of Desimoaj
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Good light pale ale. No happy after taste.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 MN-Nice
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ttylicki
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of PlacementSix
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ja09
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hooverhawkeye
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Joshmistake
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Strix
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden, nice lines of lace down the glass.

Not much in the nose, faint bready smell.

Overall a crisp sweetness, with notes of bread, saltines, black pepper

Quite carbonated

Not Surly's most unique beer, but a well-done sessionable drinker.

Photo of Czarbles
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Devman171
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.