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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 122
Gots: 72 | 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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atone315, Aug 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Wilkison, Aug 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bbadger, Aug 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

NodakEric, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rarapacz, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

TheQuietMan22, Aug 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

TonyTalon, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-08-16 in Maple Grove, MN, on 2012-08-20 in Columbia, PA and on-tap on 2013-07-19 at the brewery.

A - Mostly clear straw with a 1-finger head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Corn flakes, yeast, lightly toasted bread, touches of lemon, grape and hop floral. Not strong but inviting.

T - Sweet bready malt, apple and grape flesh, touch of lemon citrus and spice. Nice amount of bittering hops that balances in the dry aftertaste with the good tasting malt. I really like the flavor.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

O - A fine lager indeed. Well-worth seeking out.

Tucquan, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Listers, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JRod1969, Aug 17, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Pilsner malt, lemon zest and other citrus hops with some biscuit, bread, grains, and corn.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet Pilsner malt with some lemon zest and some corn and grains. Through the middle, some bready and biscuity malts come through with a just a hint of pepper. The finish is a mix of Pilsner malt, corn and other grains, lemon zest and light citrus hops, and a touch of floral hop.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice Zwickel. Really smooth and well balanced and finishes really clean.

ngeunit1, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jfstilling, Aug 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

beenitty, Aug 10, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into SA sensory glass. Appearance is straw colored with a faint amount of haze. Dense white head forms and retains well, considerable amount of lacing left behind. The nose starts with lemon and bread. The bready component features notes of wheat and yeast and gives a biscuit like quality to the aroma. Light herbal hops make a presence at the finish paired with mellow lager yeast. The taste starts with mellow malty sweetness, notes of lemon, grain, and corn. This is followed by huge bready dryness that off sets the mellow sweetness and provides a great balance. The finish features one last wave of lemon zest. Tons of delicate flavors here balanced terrifically. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a terrific lager, definitely worth seeking out, even for the ale heads.

homebrew311, Aug 06, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, pours a nice straw gold, fluffy white head.

Big bready malt and floral hops.

Very sweet, bready malt, hints of corn, hints of spice.

crisp, really smooth, good carbonation, so easy to drink.

this is a great summer beer, crisp, good body, flavorful.

minnesotaryan, Aug 05, 2012
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3Hops, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Packman4IL, Aug 03, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big white head quickly dies above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Straw, week malts, light corn syrup blended in a light aroma.

Light sweet corn syrup mixes with a light sourness and some malts for a distinct tasting Keller Bier.

A medium bodied beer with a drying aftertaste that seems to harbor some of the light corn syrup tastes.

This beer has a decent taste, although to much of the light corn syrupy taste for me, other than that some goodness going on here.

LXIXME, Aug 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.