Hell | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 08-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,146
Reviews:
332
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
194
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Corburk
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper color.

Aroma has a bit of spice, wet hay, and wheat.

Taste is simple. Creamy mouthfeel, borderline wheat ale. Pretty classic Pilsner taste with perhaps a bit more malt and a lower carbonation level.
It pairs well with Mexican food. It gets a 76/100.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bwbrev
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours quite clear, but not fully - the most minor of distortion. Head is a thin, lasting cap by mid pour (from a fluffy beginning), lacing stronger early than later.

Nose is a light grassiness atop a hay-like, Pilsner-like malt. Clean.

Taste had me thinking Czech pils, which makes sense given the style description. Pilsner malt, light grain as the hay/dry grass comes on. A little greenness enters the grass but mid palate. Carbonation is light, but it helps the peppery note that tingles my tongue in the end.

Seems to hit the points for the style as I read them. Quite clean, bitter, a bit of bite; refreshing, enjoyable.

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Photo of badgerbeer1
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surly, make more lagers! This proves that not everything has to be hopped up. Great beer. Great taste. Picking up multiple for storage in Badger State

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Photo of patches
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold. Foamy, short, white head that last shortly.

Smells bready malt, grassy, hop spice and Floral.

Tastes bready malt and light grassiness fading quick to a bitter floral finish with hints of hop spice. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opinions are all over the place on this one. It's bud light all the way to it's to hoppy to be a lager. Don't get hung up on the category this beer falls in. It's light, it's a little hoppy, and it's delicious. Elements of many styles come to play here. Alot happening for what some call Surly's light beer.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DamienArk
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Demi
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrojanRB
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pour is very little hazing in the golden pour. Little, creamier head.
S- slight yeast smell
T- Loads of yeaati breadiness and old German hops. Hops stick around. Hoppy Helles.
F- Crisp and clean.
O- wonderful Helles with German feel

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zkoehn
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spokie
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It says lager, but the hops make it taste like a great IPA, not like the really hoppy IPAs that make you feel like you are cheweing on a pine cone, but a REAL IPA. But the color is more like Bud Light, so people won't be afraid to drink it. I could drink it all summer

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P- Poured from a 16 oz can,into a pint glass.Canned on 02/16/17.

L- Thin frothy white colored head with low retention and minimal lacing.Gold colored body,slightly hazy,with good clarity.Medium amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get bready malt,floral hop,and grassy notes.Some hints of spice hops,but subdued.

T- On the palate I get bready malt up front,grassy floral hops in the middle,and spice hops on the back end.

F- The mouth feel is medium light,with a good amount of oxidation on the tongue.Silky texture with a smooth finish.

O- This is a very good lager in my opinion.I like that it has a strong hop presence on the back end.I would drink this again,and recommend if you like a little hop to your lagers.

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Hell from Surly Brewing Company
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