Hell Lager | Surly Brewing Company

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Hell LagerHell Lager

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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Photo of steveh
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First Surly review -- is it really a Munich Helles? Or a U.S. micro version? Let's see.

A -- Sort of hazy* gold with a white head that settles quickly.

S -- Mellow hops with some grainy to bready malts trying to grab attention.

T -- Some mild citrus up front with very light, grainy malts in the middle and some very light spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Some lightly bready malts in the aftertaste.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Well, it's lacking a little malt character for a good Helles, and the mouthfeel just isn't soft enough to make me feel like Munich. At least the brewers didn't pile on the hops to create a beer for the new geek palate. It's a good drinker for a hot afternoon at the grill, but I probably won't look to it for a German-style lager fix.

*I see the can reports unfiltered, but I'd think there would be more yeasty breadiness because of that.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 16oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Dated 02/12/14 – Thanks to mid as always for my Surly fix!

A: Pale straw gold body with a slight unfiltered haze look to it. About three fingers of eggshell colored suds builds up in the nonic holding for a lengthy amount of time. Suprisingly low amount of stick given all that head. Just a few dots and ribbons laced here and there.

S: Smells very doughy with that common Pilsner grainy bread like character. Has a touch of sourdough twang to it with some floral cut grass and dried citrus peel there. A very simple and clean aroma. You can really sense the high quality ingredients used.

T: Bready Pilsner malts take lead with a tuck of sour grains and a light dab of honey sweetness. Has a vanilla like creaminess to it that I find is just great. Some mild tingly hop bitters of prairie grass move in with flashes of old citrus and earthy spice. Subtle kiss of lemon lime there as well as some green apple. Alcohol is entirely disguised. Simple and understated but totally refreshing.

M: Moderate to lighter body with an upper amount of carb lending to an extremely smooth mouth feel. Moderate to lower amount of perceived bitterness. Very nice crisp finish. Balance is solid between wet and dry.

D: Very drinkable with some delicate flavors built around a base of Pilsner malts. I am no expert on this particular style but I found Surly Hells Lager to be utterly refreshing to drink. This beer is the reason why I need to check out more Lagers.

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Hell Lager from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,171 ratings