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Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

805 Ratings
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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 120
Gots: 68 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

SortaAmbivalent, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you goes out to cpolking for sending me this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is good, bready, malts, somewhat sweet, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a great summertime beer.

tone77, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy bright straw with a small white head.

Smells very grainy and bready. Good cracker aroma.

Starts out with a very crisp cracker like malt quality. Big wet grain flavor takes over the back end with some spiciness.

Light bodied, but still full flavor with medium carbonation levels.

A very good take on a very underrated style from Surly. Great summer beer.

jmarsh123, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of bmike86
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 4 pack from Edina Liquor off of York Ave across from Southdale.

Appearance --- a nice light golden yellow with about a finger worth of white head

Smell --- malts, a bit of grass and grain

Taste --- bread like, malts, with a faint citrus

Mouth feel --- crisp early and finishes soo smoothly, has a light body and a bit of carbonation

Overall --- when the weather warms up during the year, this is the style I look for and Surly did a great job with their take on it… I will be coming back for more and more! I am thankful to live in the Twin Cities, where this is a fairly accessible beer in the liquor stores out here. I may not be the biggest fan of Surly’s year-round line up, but they hit some real home-runs with their seasonals

bmike86, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of nharres
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

nharres, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, two finger head

S-Straw, wheat, bread and some grass.

T-Nice sweet bready malt, some lemon and grass, good balance and slight toasted malt.

M-Light, very smooth and crisp.

O-One of the better Summer beers I've had and one of the better pale lagers I've had. Good job Surly.

rlee1390, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

minneapolitanjim, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Duder9
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Duder9, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of tewaris
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 06/06/12, poured into a pint at ~2 weeks from the canning.

As promised, it's a fairly light colored beer. Medium head and medium retention. A really bready and sweet aroma... like walking in the bread aisle of the store. Sweet upfront but slight balancing bitterness towards the end. This beer doesn't seem to be about hops at all.

There's another note in the aroma that is hard to place... a tad like a Berliner weisse but not sour by any means.

Anyway, it's quite simple and clean in its flavors but the finish is more sweet than it is dry. Light body and high carbonation works. Refreshing and a good summer beer on all counts. At the same time not the best summer beer... I would reach for a Pilsner first that I think Surly should totally brew!

tewaris, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned 5/17/12

Reserved, two-figered, foamy, white head. Brew is very light (piss) yellow with nice clarity.

Smells thin. Papery and rusty scent. Not much there.

A refreshing Lager, but thin, watery, and bland. Wet with HIGH carbonation. Mild crisp murky bread flavor.

Nothing memorable. No noticeable standout flavors or scents, a typical light Lager.

chugalug06, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of SweJon
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SweJon, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

polishkaz, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

eawolff99, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of samie85
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white head.

Smells of sweet malt with with some lemony hop notes.

Follows the nose with sweet light grain and light lemony and grassy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with low carbonation.

Very easy drinking; wish I would have bought more of this one considering the hot streak we're having currently.

samie85, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

wspscott, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +11%

elec, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +4.4%

denimdemon, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Holland
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mista again on this one!

A: straw color, clear with a nice sized head, poor retention, but decent lacing and stickiness.

S: some sweet malt and cane sugar.

T: bitterness with the sweet malt. Good thing the hops are here to give it a slight bitterness.

M: well carbonated and medium-light body is right on for this.

O: decent beer, don't even know what Keller bier/ Zwickel bier is, but it's pretty good for a light colored lager. Not complex, but fine. Like your haircut is fine.

Holland, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

spark3148857, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

HumanParaquat, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

josephwa, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of FeelinSurley
4.25/5  rDev +11%

FeelinSurley, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

GringoKid, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first surly hell. A huge thanks from biglobo, one of the greatest traders on BA. Poured into my surly snifter

A- hell pours a bright straw yellow body with a fantastic head of white foam. The lacing coates the sides of the glass, while also offsetting the golden straw yellow body

S- bready with a good whiff of grassy notes pushing out from the glass. A real refreshing pils blast that I like

T- slightly heartier than a normal pils, hell has a good sweetness that is still quite crisp and refreshing. A sweet bready and rice malt taste is really refreshing. I could taste this all day

M- crisp and refreshing with flavor mingling for a treat

O- wow, surly does no wrong! Hell is just as good as a prima pils to me. So drinkable that I don't know what to say other than I could drink these non stop! Surly is amazing

lovindahops, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hopstout, May 30, 2012
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