Heat Slayer
Surly Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
Ranked #103
Ranked #27,078
3.79 | pDev: 6.33%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 32
Photo of defunksta
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, golden color that is bubbling. A crisp white head that fades.
Aroma: Very little on the nose. Some subdued lemon citrus. A little sweetened orchard apple or grape jelly.
Flavor: Lemon citrus, and peppery hops. Some honey cereal grain malt. A slight tart and sweet apple on the back end. Sprinkle of white wine.
The hops seems citrusy and more American than the grassy German. Really no grass. It has the peppery hop profile of a pilsner. Some tart orchard fruit, but it needs more. It's more peppery than an American wheat, but more citrusy than a German Pils, but definitely straddles the border between them.
Feel: Medium bodied, but highly carbonated and crisp. The carbonation makes it finish dry.

Overall: A decent representation of the style, but not sure how accurate. It treads between an American Wheat and a German Pils. It has the American citrus hops, yet has the peppery hop profile of a German pilsner. I've had better representations of the style, but it's definitely a summer drinker.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tap glass.

Pours a crystal clear straw/gold with fast-subsiding head but excellent bubbly (nice big bubbles by the way) carbonation throughout. A nice-looking summery brew.

The nose presents with hints of grain, grass, and floral notes. Not strong, but not unpleasant.

The flavor is a solid straight treat, and stronger than the nose. Plenty of tart and fruty graininess and a touch of spicy yeast up front at the tip of the tongue, with a good lemony/citrus finale.

The mouthfeel is the star of the brew. Light, crisp, and with a touch of tingle on the tongue. Super drinkable.

Overall, this is a nice-looking, very drinkable brew that has some fairly strong flavor for a lighter offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this beer at Bodegas in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had faint grain and biscuit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with yeast base and mellow citrus accents. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, canned on 03/20/19. Crystal clear and pale golden body is capped with a fluffy white head. Spicy, earthy, and grassy noble hops with a biscuity malt presence for aroma. Flavors mimic aroma with mild nutty and biscuity malt pairing well with the spicy and grassy hops; a touch of fruitiness from the yeast comes through in the aftertaste. Lighter body, easy drinking, modestly bitter finish. Solid summertime beer if the price is right.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heat Slayer pours a blonde color, with a nice sized head. Creamy buttery aroma, a little weak. Flavor is the same, very crisp, with a hint of bitterness. Good body and feel. Overall, just a solid kolsch.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright light yellow with a thick white head that drops away quickly leaving slight lacing. Aroma is citrusy with a bit of biscuit. Flavor is lemon, biscuit and grass. Feel is light and nicely carbonated. Overall an easy drinking beer but not special.

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Photo of MNAle
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 4/20/18. Reviewed on 7/3/18. My store had the Surly sampler broken up & available as singles, fortunately. I've been wanting to try this beer, but could not bring myself to tolerate the 3 Xtra-Citra abominations that would go with the 12 pack. Aroma is bread, a touch of lemon and spice. Slightly hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch white head, receding fairly quickly. Some lacing, disjointed and stringy. Taste is floral, slight, but sharp, citrus, with a good bready malt underneath. Substantial mouth feel for the style. Hardly any bittering in the beginning, just a touch in the finish, more in the aftertaste. A nice light summer beer, but as with many Surly beers with traditional style names, not really true to style - too much sharp citrus, aftertaste bittering grows as you drink. If you are looking for a locally-brewed Kölsch, Utepils Copecetic is better. If you are a Surly fan, this is a nice summer beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear lemon yellow color with a very white head , smell had floral hops with grain and wheat and cereal smells. Taste was light on noble crisp hops was more like a fruity wheat mixed with a golden ale. Drinkable but nowhere close to style.

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Heat Slayer from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 32 ratings