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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

814 Ratings
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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 120
Gots: 70 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

heytomcat, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

AnitaBrewski, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for all the Surly love. The man is single-handedly accountable for sending me over 75% of the Surly beers I've had to date, and it is much appreciated. Surly Hell pours out with a straw-colored body; helles... that's Deutsch for "light" (thanks to the back of the can for that little lesson). Very pale, hazy, and squandering with a white head - cloudy, puffy, and crackling loudly like a box of Pop Rocks.

Surly Hell is far from hell on the nostrils. Zesty sweet grains, mound upon mound of bready malt, and the slightest hint of lemon peels and leafy hops. The hops are toned down and provide only a little aid, which really gives the bright Pilsner malts a chance to shine. It gets a bit sweeter and a little more amped up with warmth; a bit more citrus zest and some more sweet grains. The lager yeast is crisp, chunky, fresh, and certainly inviting.

Pilsner malt-y is the first sip, as well as lager yeast-y. A very nice amount of malt sweetness and doughy bread flavors envelope the tongue and show a nice sign of both balance and control, all at once. Earthy hops hang in the background, providing more of a musty, dry bitterness than actual flavor, which is fine by me... That said, the bitterness is still quite low, retaining superior drinkability in a very appropriate style.

The back-end contains some nice notes of orange and citrus zest; pretty light, just a nice spruce to keep things interesting. A faint musty hop note and bread-laden yeast flavors reign in the finish and clean your mouth of all other flavors (and moisture), begging you to take another sip. Thin bodied, as expected, with lots and lots of carbonation. The lager yeast definitely helps out with the clean mouth feel in the finish.

Superb drinkability, no doubt. I love a good helles lager, and one in a can, no less. This beer exhibits cosmos-level balance in the fact that it would be acceptable to BMC drinkers looking to turn to craft, while also being an excellent rendition of the style it represents, pleasing even people who have been in the game for while now. Far better than many of the other craft helles beers available in my area - why can't Surly extend their reach just a few states east?

tectactoe, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Squidly, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MattXT, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Chewbakken, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured into a stange. Pours a pleasant golden straw color, with visible bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, even with a relatively aggressive pour.

Aroma: Sweet malt and fresh bread notes. Pretty much nothing else.

Taste: Following the smell, lots of sweeter malt notes, lots of yeasty breadiness through the finish. Very little noticeable hop character. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Light but lively carbonation, light bodied.

Overall: A pleasant, very drinkable lager. I could easily have a few of these back to back. Not particuLarly complex or mysterious, just solid and consistent.

jhawth, Aug 12, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned 6/10/13, drank 8/5/13

A: A golden honey lemon color with mild carbonation

S: Fresh, crisp citrus with notes of pear

T: A very clean and refreshing taste of malts and pear; very light and almost watery but not watered down

M: Light, crisp, refreshing

O: Very much true to the style; I really enjoyed drinking this beer for it's light qualities and flavor. This is a great beer for summer because you can drink a large quantity and not feel bloated. I can definitely see myself drinking this beer during an all day tube float down the Quadalupe River in Austin.

timmylange, Aug 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy canned 6/21/2013, poured into an unmarked pilsner glass today, 8/5/2013.

This beer pours with a beautiful golden straw-coloured body with a big, big fluffy head that dissipates, leaving a ton of lacing and a nice fluffy film on top. The lacing sticks as the beer goes down. Absolutely gorgeous.

Nose is mostly grassy and floral hops with a nice bready sweetness. There is a nice sweet yeast flavour that isn't spicy like the Belgian kind; it must be a different lager yeast compared to a lot of pilsners. Not a super pungent nose, but just about what I expected.

The taste of this beer is clean, crisp and brings a refreshing bready sweetness topped with grassy hops. It's a very smooth beer that does not finish dry at all, quenching any thirst I had before I cracked this one open. The aftertaste is a nice mild grassy bitterness that makes for a nice palate cleanser. It's a light bodied lager that's very well carbonated and very sessionable.

Very enjoyable lager.. I am starting to enjoy craft lagers and this is most certainly a very good one. Very refreshing and not off-putting at all.

Stevedore, Aug 06, 2013
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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.