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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 120
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Lothore
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a nice, 2 finger head which leaves tons of lacing on the way down.

S- Sweet, grainy and slightly mettalic.

T- A strange sweetness throughout that I cannot quite put my finger on. Very smooth, malty and level from begininng to end.

M- Medium carbonation, low to medium viscosity.

D- This brew was pretty easy to drink. The sweetness really threw me off guard.

Photo of JamesMN
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-translucent straw colored beer below a thin white head. It's supposed to be 'un-filtered' and there is a little bit of cloudyness to it but I'm glad they didn't go overboard with this. Looks tasty.

Aroma: Pretty bland. Some malt, corn flakes, and yeast. Also, fresh cut lettuce, which smells surprisingly inviting.

Taste: Much more flavor than I expected. Pretty sweet and bready with a back end of cornmeal. It's only 20 IBU's and feels like even less. Fortunately, the sweetness is not overdone. It's noticeable but still lets a little hop flavor shine through. The taste is reminiscent of the smell of hay bales, in a good way.

Mouthfeel: It strikes a really nice balance. Great carbonation up front, then it coats your whole mouth with a slightly syrupy resin. That disappears when you swallow, leaving you wanting more. One of the most drinkable beers I've had.

Final Thoughts: I was expecting not to be impressed by this offering from Surly. Lagers and wheat beers in general don't usually keep my attention this long. Would pair amazingly with backyard BBQ fare. It's light enough to go down easy with a hamburger, and just complex enough to stand on it's own. Will be seeking this one out in the future, especially as a session beer.

Photo of BEERschlitz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of timotao
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pmoney
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Solid yellow-colored brew, quite clear. Big, bright-white head rose off the pour, which reduced rather quickly to a thin, sparse layer.

S-Spicy hops, floral. Some dryish, bready and grainy malt.

T-Aggressive floral, perfumy hop flavors take control, allowing specks of grainy, bready malt through here and there. Firm bitterness opposite a dry, malty finish.

M-Medium-high carbonation, playful while allowing the flavors to come through. Moderate body makes this one an easy drinker.

D-Highly drinkable. Tasty, an accessible example of the style, while still slightly pushing the boundary in typical Surly fashion.

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 TheQuietMan22
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date printed on the bottom of the can is “08/01/12.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is light gold. About a finger and a half of fluffy white head dissipated quickly to leave a skim of foam and a ring around the edge.

Smell: The nose is a little tame but, basically, it is floral, fruity, and sweet; it is a pretty solid lager aroma. There is a little grass and barnyard and also a note of lemon zest.

Taste: The flavor is much more aggressive with a nice dose of floral hops to wake the taste buds. There is a bit of corn-like grain, but it seems more like a solid base for other flavors than anything else. It has a nice, floral/grassy flavor with apple sweetness and lemon zest. Overall, it seems to be a hoppier helles with a few pilsner qualities.

Drinkability: I like it. It is a simple and refreshing lager that offers a nice and subtle complexity.

Photo of CaptainPancakes
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of burnstar
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty light gold. Crystal clear. Lots of visible carbonation. Good sized and very persistent head. Smell is grassy hops and a little light malt. Taste is biscuity light malt. Pleasant sweetness. Herbal hops. Nicely balanced. Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Very solid beer overall.

Photo of rhinos00
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to pecorasc for sharing this one with me. Poured from a can and into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a straw colored, pale yellow. Clear, but has a decent amount of cloudiness. Produced a fingers width of white head. Dissipated into a thin, soapy film that sat on top of the beer.

S- The various aromatics were very subtle. Picked up a slight sweetness from the pilsner malts. Also noticed a bready character with a bit of hops presence.

T- Upfront getting a little sweetness from the malts along with rye and hops. Finished with a mild sweetness and a bit of spice.

M- Clean and pretty crisp, light bodied. Good carbonation.

D- Insanely drinkable. I could probably finish 6 pints of these no problem.

Overall, a very solid session offering from Surly. Definitely wouldn't hesitate to pick this up if were available to me.

Photo of Canti4341
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EJJ1848
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of billhelm
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rpstevens
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a perfect pint. The beer is a very translucent straw/golden/yellow with a thick white head that fades quickly to a tight cap. There is a lot of bubbly lacing left behind.

The smell is fairly subdued. There is some graham cracker sweetness, a lot of bready malt and a slight hint of sharp lemon zest.

The taste mirrors the smell pretty closely. The lemony sharp citrus comes out a bit more in the flavor. After the crisp lemon and citrus flavors the bready malts come through, with a slight graham cracker sweetness. The finish is crisp and dry and features more sharp citrus characteristics.

The beer is light bodied and highly carbonated. The carbonation adds to the crisp and sharp flavors and characteristics of the beer. There is also a nice dry finish that gives the beer an even more clean vibrant flavor. This is something I could enjoy several cans of; the low alcohol, light body and sharp/clean flavors make this very drinkable and enjoyable. Another good beer from Surly, I have yet to be disappointed by any of their offerings.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hell from Surly Brewing Company
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