Hell Lager | Surly Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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1,181 Ratings
Hell LagerHell Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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
Ranking:
#14,740
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
1,181
pDev:
10.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
214
Trade:
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Photo of kinggimp
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy piss yellow body, flocculated white head that leaves a mess of lace on the glass. The nose offers pilsner malt, a bit of spicy hops, and a kiss of butter. The flavors is a great balance of the distinctive malt and spicy hops. I could use a little more bitterness/hops presence, but it's still darn good. Dry. The body is medium weight, great effervescence, crisp.
This is a great easy-drinker. Characterful ingredients, but refined and elegant. A great stateside-brewed European classic.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/8/18: 16 Oz canned on 11/22/17 @ 8:54, gift from my brother, poured into flute glass. Golden clear pour. Puffy white head, white lacing as head dissipated, mild carbonation. Strong wheat and bread aroma, sweet. Taste matches aroma, light wheat taste, nice for this style. Thin texture, carbonation holds, nice mouth feel. Overall very good offering, well done Surely!

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Photo of Half-full
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lorgeous
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honeysuckle yellow. Smells of yeast and warm bread. Never been a fan of lager aroma. More bright than any other lager I’ve had. The taste is very refreshing for a lager in my book. Definitely grainy but it has flavor. A frothy free makes this a great lager.

= Surly does it again with a lager that is bold and doesn’t taste like piss water like the other big light American beers. Maybe a bit too hoppy to be called a lager but I’m digging it.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with carbonation and a nice foamy head, decent lacing.
N: Grains, bread, malt.
T: Follows the nose, clean malty grain notes with a bread like flavor on the finish.
M: Light
O: Clean lager with nice flavors.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice German lager. I don't like lagers generally, this is maybe the best one I've liked.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of addiwilliams
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpongeBobAlePant
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kind of ok, but not my favorite

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootercrabb
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best tasting Lager I have ever had.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillLyon4
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j-rod18
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Deets
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Cliffy21
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/12/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, bready. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, bready, nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely with this one. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Really nice to see some fresh Surly around. Less than a month old.

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Hell Lager from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,181 ratings