Kitsch Hoppy Lager
Surly Brewing Company

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American Lager
Ranked #68
Ranked #20,022
3.91 | pDev: 6.91%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 26
Photo of gatornation
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color just as a lager should with superior lacing on the glass,very nice. Smell has a citrus,lemongrass scennt with baked bread malts. Taste had an IPA flavor to it very good with citrus,floral hops nice bread and malt finish. Mouth feel is where this beer is a let down ..its very watery with not much body, hops still present thou. Overall this is a session lager hybrid. Would have again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poursa slightly hazy, light orange with a thin, white, foamy head period leaves plenty of lacing.
Wonderful citrus smell with lemongrass. Can also smell breadiness.
Wonderful citrus hop right up front. Has a slight dankness. The lager malt brings a nice readiness in the finish. Tastes a lot like an apa.
Extremely crisp mouthfeel with thinner lager body. Slight pine resonates.
Great hoppy lager!

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Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice fresh citrus (lemons), pine floral notes on the aroma.

Thinnish body gives off a session IPA like feel but this is 6.2%

Lemons, and pine on the flavor...light crackery malt backing...

Biggest issue is the body...really takes on a watery feel and this is coming after I just had a Leinie Original that seems like an Imperial Stout in body in comparison.

Nice to try but would not buy in a different format despite the nice the fresh hop impression.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this from @vidblain in a BIF box. Canned on 7/17/2018 and poured into pint glass. It pours a hazy, golden straw color with a thin, milk-white cap and lacing. The smell includes lemon, cracker, and light hops. It opens like a typical lager with tart citrus and cracker but the dry hop bill of Citra, Amarillo, and Centennial provides a nice bitter blast. It finishes clean and dry. The mouth feel is delightfully crisp with pleasant carbonation, and it's an easy drinker with a moderate ABV of 6.1% Overall, while I tend not to drink a lot of lagers, this one is very good!

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Citrusy, dank.

Taste: Very dry, with citrus bitterness underlying cracker malt. Crisp finish.

Overall: From the Surly hop pack, this is a pretty solid hoppy lager. Dry, light bodied--good "drinking beer". You could have several in a session. Kind of reminds me of Prima Pils.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold and kinda' cloudy. Foamy white head. Aroma that is not strong but present. Doughy with hints of fruit and herbs. Nothing spectacular and and kinda' boring.
Still has the doughy quality in the taste. The bittering is smooth and finishes softly (I like that). Quit hit of sweetness. Hops are strong on herbal and weak on fruit.
Largely clean body with a moderately light feels enhanced by the full lager carbonation.
This is fine, but nothing more.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN: 12 fl oz pulltab with a green colored label.

6.1% ABV. "Hoppy Lager." Dry hopped with "Citra, Amarillo, and Centennial." (Thank God there's a brewery that uses the Oxford comma).

HEAD: Thin and a bit weak. White in colour. ~5 minute retention.

BODY: Clear yellow. Looks like a pilsner.

Appears filtered and well-carbonated. Not unique or special, but certainly appealing.

AROMA: Floral and lemony...I think Centennial's Supercascade floral notes are the most prominent aromatically. Hints of Amarillo resin. Not getting much from the Citra, honestly.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I find no off-notes. Not boozy. No overt yeasty notes come through.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, with a bit too much artificial lemon/lemony urinal cake-redolent flavour for my tastes (though that makes it sound worse than it is). Floral and a bit resinous, but not juicy, citrusy, oily, piney, or sappy. Balanced enough - which is to say its flavours don't clash - but they don't harmonize or coalesce to form a gestalt whole either.

TEXTURE: Smooth, refreshing, wet, well-carbonated, approachable.

OVERALL: It's a clean drinking lager but its hop profile isn't great at least to my tastes. Doesn't showcase Amarillo or Citra (two of my favourite hops) well either. Very drinkable, and I'll enjoy finishing the other 2 cans included in the variety box, but it's wanting. I hoped for better from Surly, but like so many others their quality seems to be trending down as their distribution footprint trends up and they try to brew the same beers consistently between multiple facilities. Here's hoping Surly doesn't become the next Oskar Blues in that regard.

I will say it'd pair great with food, and it's rare a brewery nails the hybridity of German malts and American hops like this without compromising balance. I could see myself sharing a pitcher of this with friends over pizza, and I doubt anyone will find it hard to drink.

Low B- (3.27) / WORTHY

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Photo of Bolio
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Named 'Kitsch Hoppy Lager' because 'Hoppy Hell' would have apparently been pushing it.
Surprisingly good 'Lager' in the new variety pack. SOLID variety pack if you come across it.

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Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, free media sample.

I'm glad they at least label this as a "Hoppy Lager" and not a pilsner. Pour clear with a great looking lace on top. Very hop forward but does not dominate to the point of taking it out of balance. Lots of soft herbal, flowery, and resin-like hop flavor ... bitterness is pretty level. Clean and drinkable, could easily knock this back ... the 6.1% abv is not too noticable though.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden color. Small head and little lace.

Lots of weediness to the nose. Dominates the smell.

His start with a pale, soft malt. The weeds take over completely and quickly. Long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very cool beer. Love the mix of classic and juicy American hops—expertly balanced. Solid German lager backbone to make this surprisingly refreshing. Great take on the IPL/hoppy lager. I need a sixer.

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Kitsch Hoppy Lager from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 26 ratings