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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 119
Gots: 84 | 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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Almost like a pilsner, I think this is more of a wannabe oktoberfest. Poured with a rich white head and had a golden wheat colored body. Picked up from the mid-west, a standard pilsner style beer, not too much to write home about but not the shittiest beer I've ever had. Supposed to be a reminder of Germany, but I have had better.

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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.


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Tasted On: 10-20-2012
Freshness: Canned on 08-01-12
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours with a big white head. Color is a hazy, bright golden. I get a decent amount of lacing with fair head retention.

Aromas are of light, bready malts plus grassy and floral hop notes. Also has some lemon/citrus smells.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel is the first impression, with carbonation in the moderate range. Flavors are slightly sweet and lightly hopped. Medium-bodied, the finish is again balanced equally between the hops and malts, playing well with each other. It does have a slight vegetable flavor in the aftertaste that I don't care for.

An enjoyable, easy-drinking lager here.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.