Hell Lager | Surly Brewing Company

Hell LagerHell Lager
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69.5%
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Avg: 3.82 | Ratings: 1,152
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:
#11,924
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
1,152
Liked:
801
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
10.99%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
200
Trade:
5
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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zkoehn
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spokie
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of sethcroisant
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corrado42
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bplabernie
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TH28
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can. 2/16/17 can date. Appearance: Golden and mostly clear with a slight touch of haze, and a moderate frothy white foam head. Aroma: Doughy, bready, with a touch of floral, spicy hops Taste: Bready, crackery maltiness that turn to a sharp, abrupt, strong bitterness that has a strong spice quality. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied for the style, with a moderate carbonation Finish: Strong lingering spicy hop bitterness dominates. Dry, with little evidence of the malt. Overall: A really nice crisp lager with a bit of body, but waaay too hoppy to fit in the Helles style. Has the bitterness of an overly aggressive Dortmunder or maybe more so a Pilsner. Closer to a Czech pils because of the more robust malt base

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TCOlson
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Acforster2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium golden yellow.
Smell is light sweet grain, slightly floral.
Taste is mainly grain and corn. Slight pepper, no real floral component.

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Photo of PearlyGates
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ANiklaus
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ipeters1017
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a can into a standard pint glass. Pours clear with a straw color and a big head, dissipates quickly. Smells of bread and slightly sweet. Tastes like bread with a really nice slight spiciness that lingers--that might be the hops. There's a slight sweetness and it finishes clean. Mouthfeel is watery and has a good amount of carbonation. I would prefer to drink this with a meal, which I'll definitely be trying next. Very refreshing, and I'm looking forward to having this as a summer beer.

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

Photo of Ultimacy
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/21/2016. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Fairly clean on lager flavors; some light yeast fruitiness present, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a great kellerbier style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Just a touch too fruity from the yeast; but spot on for the style otherwise. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Crepuscular
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Rydyell
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell Lager from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.5% out of 100 with 1,152 ratings
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