#Merica | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MattyG85 on 07-14-2015

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Reviews by RyanTheLion13:
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3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L-Light straw color...minimal head

S-Corn..herbal hops

T-The corn taste reminds me of an cheap old macro lager from the 80's we'd buy occasionally. I can't place it but thinking maybe Lucky Lager? Perhaps I'm thinking of Rolling Rock... Either way, very strong corn grit flavor. I like it. I don't like the hops used. Not that I don't like the hop flavor. Floral and spicy with some grapefruit peal like citrus. The problem is it kind of overwhelms the corny flavor and I want to taste the corny flavor more.

F-Light bodied. Pretty dry and somewhat bitter on the finish.

O-Worth a try but I won't revisit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

apparently designed for the budweiser drinkers, im not sure its dumbed down quite enough to satisfy those folks, but i guess it gets pretty close. a pale yellow beer, lagered patiently, with a good foamy white head on it. it smells and tastes too hoppy to be a bud replacement, there is a lot of grassy hops, bitter and lingering later on, and i think that might turn off the bud guy a little bit. for what its worth, the malt part seems to be right on, maybe not rice based, but there is very likely some corn in here in addition to very pale barley malt. a nice bready slightly sweet cereal flavor rises up where it should. fresher and more flavorful than a bud, but the inspiration is clear. carbonation is through the roof, that helps this slightly fuller bodied and sweeter lager remain really drinkable. the hops take over a bit in the finish, not that its hoppy, just hoppy for the style. drink this quickly though, it really starts to come undone when it warms up a bit. i would suggest right from the can, maybe at a nascar race...

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 DaftPatrick
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrUse
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is driven by corn, pepper and hay. Taste also has a definite semi-sweet corn taste (that I surprisingly like) along with light pale lager hay and straw notes. Finish is very peppery and floral, and a little more bitter than I anticipated. Very light body with ample carbonation and a nice, dry finish. Impressive for an Adjunct Lager, but I would still prefer a proper Pilsner, Helles or Dortmunder.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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 MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Surly’s Beer Hall. Served in a 16 oz. chalice.

Appearance: Color is a bright yellowish orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head with decent retention.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of cereal grains and floral hops. Bready malt with hints of cereal grains, corn, biscuit, cracker, and lager yeast. Subtle floral and grassy hop presence with light hints of fruit and spice. A very solid grainy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely crisp, bready, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of grains, corn, and floral hops. Upfront pale malt with bready notes of corn, cereal grains, cracker, biscuit, and lager yeast. Backing hop presence with some floral and spicy notes of grass and fruit. A pretty nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on the American Pre-Prohibition style Lager. Malt forward and corny but with plenty of flavor unlike the macro lagers.

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Photo of moundbz
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmwilliq
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuttlery
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Futbolmanby
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass canned on 5/19

A: fluffly soapy stark white head that disappears quickly body is a very light watery piss yellow color carbonation looks good body is perfectly clear

S: light rice and corn with a little light pilsner like pepper and a slight crackery malts smell

T: sweet corn and light bready malts finishing with a little bit of peppery hops

M: dry on the tongue almost clinging like it has pulled the moisture out of your tongue it makes the body feel more dense not a very crisp or refreshing beer on the tongue.

O: meh, its an average beer is it better than any macro? Not really. Is it any worse? Probably a few. It is just a run of the mill beer that you might as well buy macro and saves some money. Surly, surely isn't bringing anything game changing to the table with this beer.

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Photo of Eric_H
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of rossracing
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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 WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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 tempest
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A crisp lager with an orange rind and spicy, peppercorn finish. There's a touch of sweet corn that blends into the dry toasty malts, and this has a little more body that a macro. I'd buy a case.

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Photo of WillLyon4
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Justdoit1234
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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#Merica from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 205 ratings