Surly Brewing Company

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #3
Ranked #38,738
3.65 | pDev: 13.15%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Light gold in color, #Merica! is an old-school pre-Prohibition American Lager that was brewed in 2015 for the Annual D4th of July party put on by the Minneapolis-based punk band Dillinger Four. One of the only beer styles truly born in the U.S.A, pre-Prohibition American Lagers used corn as an integral part of the flavor profile, rather than as a simple substitute for barley malt. The flaked corn used in #Merica! comes across as a subtle, fresh corn flavor, while soft hop aromatics come from Warrior and Willamette hops, which add a mild fruity, herbal character that stays in the background. #Merica! is perfect for a hot summer day and celebrating the country’s birthday and 21 years of Dillinger Four.
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Photo of cardfan212
1.7/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Score is based on the style.

Look - They really went all-out with the America theming on the can. A little bit too much if you ask me. The tongue-in-cheek mocking nature against the style is a bit annoying and makes me feel like they aren't going to do the AAL justice because it isn't what they think is "real beer."

Smell - Faint aromas of light piney hops. Doesn't have the typical scent of an AAL, reminds me a lot of Surly Hell. If you gave me this in an unmarked glass, that's probably what I'd think it is.

Taste - Strong bitter hops, and nothing else. No corny sweetness or light breadiness that I want out of this style of beer.

Feel - Thin body and perky carbonation. At least they got something right.

Overall - Not the worst beer I've ever had, not by a long shot, but like every other Surly beer I've tried, it completely misses the mark of whatever style they were going for and over-hops it like crazy. By mocking the AAL instead of appreciating it for what it is, Surly has birthed a monster on this world.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/23/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is delicious pale adjunct lager style. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the ABV. Over hopped as I expected, but it's not drastic. Nice clean barley flavors and balanced earthy hops. Not overdone on the adjuncts. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is essentially Surly's stab at making one of those BMC beers. Pours a yellow color that should be familiar to anyone not living under a rock that would have been exposed to AAL style beers over their existence. 1/2" white head on the top. Yup, this looks familiar. Aroma had some grains to it. That was about it.

Taste was similar to the aroma, there is just some grain to it and a barely there in quantity high alpha acid hop that is used solely for bitterness. Seems like this might be all barley no corn syrup, like Surly's attempt more at Michelob as I study the beer more. Of course, the irony is that this isn't a beer to be studied at all, its a beer to be cracked in the background while the Twins get their asses handed to them on a summer day.

I think they nailed what they were going for. The lager yeast isnt super pronounced, but again, that isnt what they're going for here.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours slightly hazy pale straw with a slight green tint under a massive off-white foam cap with fair retention

S: light corn, green apple, oyster cracker, bread dough, white flour, faint fruit and mild herbal, spicy, fruity hop aromas

T: A light corn sweetness starts the flavors joined by light apple. Cracker malt and mild hop flavors become more prominent mid-palate leading to a crisp and dry bitter finish.

F: light and mildly creamy up front with medium carbonation.

O: The beer is easy to drink but strikes me as a little green with a shade too much apple

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into nonic pint.

Pours a pale gold, almost limey color, with a tall fluffy head of 3 fingers. Lots of webby lace left behind.

Aroma of straw, dry corn kernels, chemical, with some light floral/spicy hop character.

Flavor is very Czech-like. Tons of spicy hop, floral notes, and quite a bit of bitter grapefruit rind on the finish. Dry grass, cornbread, straw, and chalk all float around as well. Out of the can it drinks really nice.

Feel is crisp and clean, but leaves a chalky finish.

Overall, there's a lot of hype in the area around this beer. For a Czech lager it's a little intense. But still very refreshing and pretty good. This beer has the propensity to be a cult lager. Personally speaking I think they should have bittered with Warrior and flavored with Willamette, not the other way around. Might have come off a little smoother, but then again what Surly beer is ever smooth and not intense?

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Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can, a Surly Coffee Bender for a Surly #Merica trade with my friend, Ken.
A - hazy pale golden yellow body with a frothy white head
S - earthy, grassy, herbal hops and pale malt and vegetal adjuncts
T - bold hops help this with earthy and herbal bitterness, quite grassy, corn, pale malt, and yeast
M - thin body, higher carbonation, finishes more bitter than expected, which helps to drown out the corn
O - not that great but decent for the style. I'd drink this over a macro obviously, but if I'm going to buy Surly again, it won't be this one.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear bright yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains, lager yeast, bread, and light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and crisp. Finishes very crisp and clean.

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Photo of smbslt
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look - Bright, clear yellow; fine, bright white head is generated quickly but recedes to a lumpy layer before leaving just a film. Little carbonation to sustain.
Smell - Grassy
Taste - No detectable malt, very citrusy - shandy like.
Feel - Medium body, clean finish.
Overall - OK. Good price point. How could you not pick up a twelve pack for one of the summer holidays. Hoped it would appeal to the adjunct lager drinkers but it did not.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw. Bubbly, medium, white head that fades fast.

Smells grain, floral, pale malt and grassy.

Tastes pale malt and floral. Followed by light grassy, grainy and citrus hints. Finish is dry with a grassy linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation

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Photo of Tucquan
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2017-06-05 in Chicago from a 16 oz can

A - Pale straw with a short white head and mild lace

S - Corn, pale malt, light floral

T - Bread, corn, nicely hopped with some mild fruit and herbal flavors. More bitter than typical for the style. Tasty.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Dry and refreshing.

O - Much better adjunct lager than the big boys. Good summer beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Surly #Merica, 5% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and pale yellow, with a two finger white head. Nose is malty and hoppy, taste is malty with quite a bit of hoppy bitterness. OK mouthfeel, overall OK. Not really a fan of this, would honestly rather have a Bud.

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Photo of omahawk
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely an American style light adjunct lager. Pale yellow color. Light, subtle earthy hop smell. Firm crisp taste with solid hop buttering. Light crackery Pils taste, heavy on adjunct for a dry finish. Firm hop presence. Above average American adjunct lager.

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Photo of Ri0
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cracked a 16 oz can and poured into a pint glass. The color is a clear and light straw yellow in color with a 2.5 finger fluffy white head. Superb webbed lacing on my glass and a thin collar. The aroma is well-hopped, with some lemon and grass aroma. Flavor has some grain, lighter smooth malt, cracker like and it has a bitter herbal or grass flavor with a lemon zest. Feel is light, bubbly, and clean, somewhat dry. This is more of an American Pale Lager and nothing like Budwiser or Miller.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Poured clear golden with a nice white head and some lacing. Aroma of grain and malts with some hints of hops. Taste is sweet, malty and grain a bit watery. Easy to drink and probably great during warmer days, but nothing truly special.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a crystal clear pale straw with a foamy white head. Aroma is grain, cracker, corn, grass and light citrus. Taste is cracker and grain, sweet corn, a touch of lemon and a finishing bitter snap. Mouthfeel is medium and soft. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can drained into my gullet.
Aromas of bitter hop and pine resin. Taste adds a sweet malt to the bitterness for some nice balance. With the high carbonation and light mouthfeel this one is for all day drinking. If this is all there was to beer, I'd be happy. Because it exists along with all the others I'm ecstatic.
Lager beer is my friend and now it has flavor again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed wotj CMC Pils malt, Acidulated malt, Flaked Corn. Hopped with Warrior, Willamette. Fermented with German Lager yeast. OG=13P, 5.0% ABV. $6.79/4pk at Woodmans in Kenosha.

Pours out to a slightly hazy very pale yellow, beautiful glowing color, forming a very nice white head with great retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.75-3 carbs or so. The nose is great with resinous, weedy hops and suggestion of lemon and grass. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, beautiful, light bodied, very drinkable. The taste is wonderful as well. Very crisp and clean with great dried hay pils malt base, a expertly balanced bitterness, some nice resinous hops that sit in great harmony with the malts and bitterness, finishing with a lingering hop bitterness. No perceptable flaws anywhere.

This is a great american riff on a german pils. I love it. Would gladly buy more of it if it were in my area. I would compare this to shift lager from New Belgium. Recommended.

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Photo of streetlight789
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am really glad they distribute by me now I had this in 2015 at the D4th of July Concert and Loved it. When I saw it at the store last weekend I bought 4 4 packs and it is just as great is it was in 2015

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 16oz. can into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

That "fizzy yellow beer" look. Nose is clean and crisp. Light with a bight hop bitterness and just the slightest bit of tartness. Opens foamy. Flavor is sweet with an accented hop bite at the end. Decent. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Soft and bubbly on the palate and goes down dry and crisp. Real drinkable.

Just because its not a double or wild or lambic or barrel aged or 15% alcohol, doesn't mean it can't be good. #Merica is a drinkable offering that shows what the pale lager style can be when done right. Worth trying.

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Photo of ejimhof
1/5  rDev -72.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have a love hate relationship with Surly. Hated the first 5 beers I had from them. Loved Abrasive, Todd the Axeman, and Surlyfest. However after drinking this I'm back to the hate. Not sure what they are going for but I find no redeeming qualities in this beer. Look, Smell , Taste all suck. Oh well maybe next beer will be back to the Love. Worse then Bud which I think they are trying to make fun of.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The #Merica is a solid beer and I really like it. It poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had waifs of biscuit and lemon. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is a slight bitter finish with lemon zeal. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's good and worth a shot.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Served in a willi becher glass. Pours a mostly clear but slightly hazy straw yellow body, one finger white head, good retention. Bits of lacing, thin collar, patchy film. Smell is mostly bread, a bit of biscuit, light honey, grassy, light lemon without acidity. Flavour follows through, light lemon fruitiness with a more grassy bitterness, biscuit and bready malt sweetness to back it up. Light minerality. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, very refreshing, lots of flavour, easy to drink.

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Photo of cuttlery
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a short head. Faint fruity and grassy flavored. Went down easy on an extremely hot 4th weekend day on the lake. Beware. Sang Springsteen at full volume. Peed out fireworks and an eagle after consuming. Released the eagle

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Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Light, clear yellow, ok head.

Smell: Mostly fruity with a little bit of grassiness.

Taste: Starts sweet and fruity, with a biscuity malt flavor in the middle, and a little grassy finish.

Overall: Solid lager from Surly, nothing too special. Balanced taste, mostly sweet and fruity with a little bit of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light straw color, with a thin, white head and almost no carbonation.
Smell of light hop and malt.
Very good breadiness for an APL. The lighter citrus hop comes in late. Slight lemongrass. Makes a nice, light combination.
Refreshing, light, mouthfeel with some lingering hop.

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#Merica from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 206 ratings