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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

HellHell

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BA SCORE
86
very good

698 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 698
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%


Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty stuff.Straw colour. Fresh, hopped light and tasty. Great drinkability, although so dainty that the carbonation, though not aggressive, is obtrusive.Moderate citrus.Thanks John for bringing back. Something that I can drink pint after pint of.Spot on.

Serving type: can

09-18-2011 03:56:48 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."

--Mark Twain

Kruggerand gold with bright lemon peel borders. Sparkling bubbles ascend to a two finger cap of alabaster colored creaminess that has loads of character. Lace that actually looks like lace puts the finishing touches on this lovely lager.

The aroma is simple and clean, but it too has plenty of character. White bread with a light muskiness and a hint of citrus is beginning to make my mouth water. Hard to believe that only 15 IBUs worth of Opal hops is making the beer smell this good. Maybe the German yeast strain is helping as well.

After watching beer exit can and giving it a few good sniffs, my expectations were on the high side for Hell. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite measure up. This would be better beer if it had a little more malt sweetness, a little more hop flavor and a little less hop bitterness. It's close to being good, though. Very close.

There simply aren't enough different flavors (and depth of flavor) to carry the day. The fresh grain and white breadiness that was expected never really materializes. The hops deliver a hint of lemon peel and white pepper... and slightly too much bitterness. Never have 15 IBUs been this biting. Must be a lack of malt sugars.

The mouthfeel flirted with the next lowest score for most of the can. In the end, however, it gains just enough 'oomph' for enjoyment to be had. The bubbles are sparkly early, pass through the ideal zone in the middle, and are lazy late.

Hell is neither eternal punishment nor eternal reward. It's much, much closer to the latter and might even get there with a few well-chosen changes. In the end, Surly Purgatory is probably a more appropriate name. I applaud Todd and Omar for 'going small', and hope they continue to do so... as long as the beers that made them famous continue to be brewed. Thanks to feloniousmonk for setting one aside for me.

Serving type: can

11-03-2009 12:56:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

09-14-2009 00:26:08 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this beer. I was very pleasantly surprised to see this can in the box I received.

On to the beer!

A: Hell pours a clear, light golden color with a finger's worth of white foam and lots of tiny bubbles.

S: This is my first beer of this style, which always leads to a nice adventure. The aroma is sweet and somewhat malty, not much in the way of hops, but a mild hop spiciness and a faint skunk, which I usually expect from a lager.

T: I was a bit worried about this one from the nose, but the flavor is far better. Hell has a primarily malty and spicy flavor. There is a subtle earthiness on the finish.

M: The carbonation is moderate to high and gives the beer a nice light mouthfeel. In this case, light is not a bad thing.

D: The fairly mild and overall non-offensive flavors of this beer, combined with the light mouthfeel make it a very easy drinker. I'm generally not a big lager fan, and this beer certainly didn't change my mind. That said, it was pretty good and very nice to have tried.

Serving type: can

09-27-2009 01:06:07 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear golden color and a modest head that leaves the occasional splash

Smell: Crisp and grainy, with a hint of tart lemon

Taste: Opens bready with a quick detour to lemony herbaciousness; after the swallow, there is a lemon pound cake aspect that combines the sweet malt with the bitter lemon flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Who would have thought a light lager could pack this much flavor? Surly did.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 01:12:10 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ultra floral lager that shares a lot in common with zinfindale and honey suckle.

Hell pours with a bright straw, lightly golden color and with little fan fare. The beer releases its carbonation early on and the initial thin lace of foam disipates fairly quickly.

A perfumy boquet of floral hops, light fruits, and honey malts mix for a varying and inviting scent. Winey (fruit wine) aromas give the impressions of apples (cider), pears, and white grapes.

Where the aromas are fruity and winey, the flavors instead take on an expected part-grain, part-malt profile with a light cracker-like flavor and pronounced hop bitterness. Lightly grassy/flowery, the beer takes on a delicate herbal hop flavor. Acidic flavors and sulfur taste also contribute complexity and balance, but maybe a bit too much as the beer warms.

Light-moderate roundness lightens considerably as the hop dryness, alcohol, acidity, and sulfury textures ward off the malt creaminess for a crisp finish and long bitterness. Mildly astringent because of the grains, but these sensations work in conjuntion with the hop bitterness and graininess.

Hell is a very floral German-style lager, whose intense hop compounds seem ester-like at times. A supurbly balanced, complex, and delicate lager.

Thanks Shango42!

Serving type: can

07-27-2010 02:11:06 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge back in November 2009.

Pours a nice straw color with a bit of unfiltered haze. A nice finger-and-a-half of white head with nice legs as it retreats. Smell has a pilsner, grainy sweetness with an ever-so-slight hop presence. A bit grassy with hints of herbal earth. Taste is very similar with a tiny amount of spice thrown in there. Mouthfeel is light with a nice crispness. Very drinkable; reminds me yet again why I need to always have more Surly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 15:53:03 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grainy malts and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of yeast along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes somewhat like a pale lager but has a lot more flavors due to its unfiltered nature. It's relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: can

10-17-2012 01:32:31 | More by metter98
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Surly Hell is brewed in the style of a German Light Lager or Munich Helles. Pale Yellow in color, this unfiltered lager or "kellerbier" is brewed with Pilsen and Carahell malt, Opal hops and a German yeast strain. Delicate malt flavor finishing with a tart crispness. 15 IBU.

Hazy straw yellow, big, lovely white head...
Beautiful aromatics, floral, herbal,...a trifle grainy...but altogether pleasing.

to drink: bing: there's the smooth. Bang: there's the malt, and Boom:...there's no Boom...just the smooth and the malt, and some light hops, plus the deliciousness of the yeast.

Disclosure: To those who don't know already, I'm not a lager lover. Just not enough flavor. I'm partial to unfiltered brews, as well. Like Belgian ales, some German ales, certain Americans...like Surly...wait, Surly made a
German lager...and it's unfiltered? Sign me up...wait, I'm already drinking it...oh, okay...

I do like kellerbiers, when I find them. Can't think of one I haven't liked. Kep that yeast in, please! More flavor, por favor!

And here I am drinking Hell (a name I wish they'd saved for an abbey ale, or something, but I'm not charge, am I?)...and I am enjoying it. If this had zero yeast in it, I probably would report the doldrums by now, but there's just enough going on in the mouth to keep my tastebuds happy.

Drinking this sample from a tall Schneider Edel-Weisse glass. Seemed appropriate.


clean, yet fully flavored. You can hand this to a lager-lover and win them over, I think. Hey, it worked with me!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 00:50:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Discount Liquor. Served in a stein.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of creamy off-white foam that eventually settles to a cap and leaves behind plenty chunky rings of lacing. Body is a transparent golden straw color with tons of visible bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Lightly toasted grain, honey, floral and slightly zesty citrus noble hop character.

T - Taste is more malt-forward, with sweet doughy bread, light toffee, and a moderately bitter hop finish. I like it a touch more than the smell, but it's not a 4.5.

M - Fairly zesty and zingy carbonation that left me feeling a touch bloated after a third of a glass. Medium-light body that also has a bit of grain character.

D - Other than the overly bloaty carbonation I can't see anything that would be a big inhibitor. Wish this was available at the ballpark or something. A better session beer than Gossamer in my opinion.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 23:22:29 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/18/13
Just arrived in Chicago this past week.

Straw gold with a pleasant unfiltered haze, topped with a finger of creamy foam that settles after a few minutes. Plenty of lacing in the glass.

Soft aroma of white bread, lager yeast, and subtle notes of grassy noble hops.

Clean and smooth, light apple and crackers, very mild grassy bitterness. Soft supple finish, clean and dry, well carbonated and not at all watery. This is a great Helles, very traditional and tasty when fresh, tailor made for warm weather in the Biergarten.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 23:17:04 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thrilled to get to try this, big ups to kenm2118, who threw this in as an extra. Cheers Ken!

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Clearer than any keller bier I've ever tried, some head retention & above average lacing

S: Bready & grainy, some perfumy hops late as this warmed up

T: Grainy, with lemony & metallic hops, grassyness up front. Slight apple peel presence as this warms, along with more lemony & metallic hops & grainy doughyness. Finishes slightly wet with grainy bitterness, a touch of lemon rind & some white grape

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation

Pretty drinkable, but to be honest a bit of a let down. So far Surly's German iterations ( the few I've tried ) haven't wowed me. I would happily take St Geargen Brau or Bischof Keller bier over this any day. Was looking for a bit more fruittyness. I could drink this all day, but do not se it as a bencmark for the style by any any means.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 23:43:34 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hell is a highly drinkable lightish lager and happiness is a warm gun.

Beer poured from a can into an imperial pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a thin head of white small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Moderate and steady carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is nice and sweet. Very enticing.

Beer is medium to light in body with minimal grainy bitterness. Very smooth in the mouth, minimal carbonation on the palate. Nice sweetness up front, finishes wet.

Serving type: can

08-11-2010 02:08:37 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 04:18:19 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and grains. Some nice spicy bitterness adds perfect balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is a really good lager. Well done by Surly!

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 20:58:43 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out looking like liquid gold, it was very nice looking. It was a very clear looking yellowish gold color with a nice solid white head on top. The retention and lacing on this beer was quite nice and rather impressive for a beer of this style. The smell of of the beer is a little on the yeast side with some subtle hops aromas and malt sweetness. The taste of the beer is malty with a strong hop bitter finish, some lighter notes of grain and bread in there. Not overly grassy which I was happy about. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, it's sharp feeling too, good carbonation and body. Overall this is a good brew, not my favorite style but it goes down really easy and could be enjoyed anytime.

Serving type: can

10-06-2012 21:09:26 | More by Knapp85
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a very good lager from surly, pale and bright in color with a dish soap frothy looking head, but this may be best consumed right from the can. nose of german pilsener malts and light vegetal hops, more czech in aroma than german or american, but its tough to tell through the cereal heavy smell of it all. tough to pick out lager yeast too, as even in taste this is not as clean as more traditional versions. bready pils malt up front in taste, dense and hearty yet i find this impossibly easy to drink. hops just bitter, very little real flavor coming from them, but their contribution is critical. i almost get some oats or something slightly sweeter and fuller bodied here. the body on this is large and the carbonation gives it a pillowy mouthfeel not usually associated with this style. it really makes it for me, luxurious and creamy are not lager words, so props to surly for making that association for the first time for me. not their most epic work, but a darn good daily drink here.

Serving type: can

01-14-2014 16:34:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack from Byerly's Maple Grove the first week it was released. I always love to see a classic session style like this picked up a by a great brewery. It that sense, this reminds me a bit of Organic HUB Lager from Portland, OR.

Anyways, this clear golden brew pours with a medium, white head. The aroma has toasted barley with light blackberries and creamy orange. The flavor starts out with a strong toast and cracker, but rich, yet mellow, herbal citrus hops. There are also hints of vanilla, cinnamon, cream soda, and lemon. I know this style is meant to be enjoyed cold, but this beer comes alive at cellar temperature. It's not a straight-up traditional Helles (like the label says) or Zwickel, but it's close to both and a damn fine lager. I want more and so should you.

Serving type: can

07-25-2010 05:06:50 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a clear transparent golden color with no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, spices, fruity malts, and light lemon/citrus.

t - Tastes of light apples, fruity malts, wheat, bready malts, and citrus.

m - Light body and low carbonation, very easy to drink.

d - A pretty nice beer that is very easy to drink. Some nice fruit in the smell and taste, would try again.

Serving type: can

09-07-2010 21:35:19 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz aluminum can served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass at me sister's gaff in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Thanks to me sister for purchasing the can for me.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts mainly. Cream. Full barley. Pleasant but simple. Appropriate for the style. Maybe a vague hint of lemon.

T: Pale malt body with full-bodied barley and minimal hopping. Traces of lemon citrus. Balanced but simple and pleasant. An effective Helles. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Balanced and enjoyable. There's nothing special or unique here, though.

Mf: Coarse and wet. A bit too thick. Good carbonation. Suits the flavours alright, and the style fairly well.

Dr: One of Surly's weaker beers, but nevertheless quite drinkable. It's certainly a tasty beer for the style; it's just not one I'd have again. A bit mundane, but worth trying.

C+

Serving type: can

11-22-2012 21:18:23 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with pale golden banana yellow when held to a light source and a one finger frothy soapy white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a thin cap and lasting ring that leaves rings of soapy lacing in it's path.

Sweet pilsner malt aroma with nice bready yeast notes, light fruit, toasty biscuit malt and subtle hops. The pilsner malt provide a slight golden apple presence as well as a very nice toasty biscuity nose.

Lots of crisp light flavor but not watered down at all. Refreshing slightly creamy medium body with a nice amount of bready yeast and crisp light fruit. I'm picking up a lot of apple, first in the aroma and now in the flavor. There is a lot of sweet pilsner malt that is countered by a slight zest spiciness and an amazing crisp floral hop presence as well as a pleasant toasted biscuit malt character. This is an insanely drinkable, very flavorful session beer that I wish that I had constant access to.

Serving type: can

11-06-2009 05:15:23 | More by corby112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Suddenly, I am awash in Surly beers, thanks to Einweizenbitte and Felonious Monk. CAN you believe it?!? I CAN hardly CANtain my excitement! The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues its march to 400.

From the CAN: "Beer for a glass, from a [CAN]."; "Welcome to Hell"; "Finally, a Surly beer my German mother will drink! She says this one tastes like a bier from back home. Not unlike a Zwickel Bier from Germany, Hell is not filtered and fermented with a lager yeast. Ameri[CAN] hops take a back seat to the Pils malt sweetness and fresh bread aroma. The color is well ... hell (Deutch for light). It's incredibly drinkable. And you don't have to sell your soul to get another. [Signed] Omar Ansari, Founder".

It never ceases to amaze me at how full Surly fills their CANs. Following the Crack, the Glug has to take place rather quickly to avoid foam-over. I started with just better than a finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell, leaving some lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. I was frankly disappointed as I hoping for opaque, filled with yeast-driven haze. Oh well. Nose was VERY bready up front with a a tang of Noble hops behind it. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a minty, grassy hoppiness on the tongue, initially, but giving 'way to a bready, biscuity maltiness. Finish was clean and crisp with a nice balancing act between to hops and malt. I was not blown away by the experience, but on the other hand, I have had so many p**s-poor lager-style beers out of a CAN that this was a welcome change. I'd leave some room in my cooler, but there are better Surlys to be had.

Serving type: can

11-13-2010 14:45:07 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint, this brew appears straw yellow in color with a light amount of haziness to it. A finger of white head sits atop the brew supported by constantly streaming bubbles of carbonation. Despite the support from the rising bubbles of carbonation, it isn't long before the cap recedes to a thin film across the top with more bubbles holding tight around the edge of the glass.

The smell of this brew has spicy herbal hops that almost have a lemony appeal about it. There is a light touch of sulfur and some bready grain notes filling out the rest of the nose. Overall it is well balanced and very clean and enjoyable for the style.

The taste is sweet with a bready to biscuit fresh grain flavoring that sits overtop some lightly spicy herbal hops that provide just enough bitterness to keep the grainy sweetness in check. There is a light inclusion of sulfur and the faintest hint of buttery diacetyl in the aftertaste. As the brew comes up to temperature some of the lemony aspect to the nose comes forward in the flavor as well.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp on the finish which encourages you to continue with the consumption and the alcohol is fairly well integrated for 5% with a light warmth down the back of the throat. Overall this is a fantastic take on the style, very well done. This is not a style of beer I reach for often but if this was readily available for me, I would drink it quite frequently throughout the summer.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 01:57:14 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: can

09-30-2009 17:07:03 | More by Kegatron
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for sharing and Jen for trucking up from MN.

Pours a crystal clear yellow, some light golden highlights, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some lace spirals and spots stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, light and malty, light hint of citrus, some lemon/lime, honey sweetness, a bit of toast and biscuit, a touch of sour fruit, orange peel, nice clean aroma.

Taste is real nice, very smooth and malty, some honey, orange peel sweetness, a bit of biscuit, white grapes, lemon/lime, light fruit, just a hint of acidity, light toastiness, balanced finish, very clean.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, just a hint of acidity, goes down real easy. A nice lager with some different character. Thanks Russ and Jen!

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 01:27:23 | More by Viggo
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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
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