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Review by rhoadsrage on 07/02/14  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2014
(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a warm yellow body wit a thin snow white film and a slow carbonation of tiny bubbles working to the surface.

S- The clean soft mellow Pils malt has a bit more fullness than its German counterpart but still very nice. Soft hint of green hops come through as it opens, but stays softer than malt.

T- The mils sweet malt note is gentle with a note of bread as it opens. The finish is nice and clean with just enough sweetness to give it a fresh character without being sweet. A hint of pungent pith is very soft for a moment on the after taste. A cracker character grows in the malt flavor as it opens up.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz making the mouthfeel more full and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a nice sessionable beer that is clean with good malt character. More full that a typical German Munich Helles but just as nice. However after drinking a 16 oz can of this I fell like had just eaten a meal.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Stu on 08/24/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 5 9 0
Served in a 16oz can, drank out of a stange.
Pours clear yellow, capped with a white head with impressive carb and lacing.
Aroma of bready grains, grassy and slight lime aroma.
Taste is spot on for a helles, grain, bread, kafir lime, crisp and clean.
mouthfeel is extremly crisp and kind of biting on the tongue.
An excellent beer.
one notch on the belt brought IN!!

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 07/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 7 16 4 8 2010
Fairly bright golden hay color with a dullish lighter lemony glow with a slim, yet rich foam of whitishness. Large, thickly set, globular stringy lacing is patched about.

Lean, clean, and dullishly sweet with bready malt and floral sweetenss mask behind it. Overall, quite light but pleasant with what's offered.

Taste is a dullish sweetness of bready malt and soggy cereal grain. Semi floral centering. Pils malt or wheat malt dryness slip in along with a small slice of hoppy dustings float across the finish late.

Solid medium body, crisp, clean, smoothly sweet with that given dullness of tone to make a mass of light malty layers loft onto the palate with ease. Simple, delicate, light, drying finish.

As pale lagers or KellerBiers go this is pretty much right on track for the style. Perhaps a bit more American then German as its sweetness isn't as deep and softly breaded as the German types that I've enjoyed. Solid none the less, and Surlys only true drinking Summer beer that needed to be released about a month earlier. Its been hot...and this quenches the Summer thirst well.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 10/31/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2009
I hate agreeing with Ben, but ya know, sometimes the dude is right... just bustin' on ya Duff! ;) I grew up on German Helles lagers, and drank waaaay too many of them when I visited Germany many years ago as my uncle's best friend was the brewmaster at Roth Brauerei in Schweinfurt. This style is near and dear to my heart, so I pop open this can with anticipation...

Brilliant straw gold - the beer practically shines in the glass - with a white head that settles somewhat quickly but stays around for the show. Love the aroma - sweet Pilsner maltiness, wafting clover honey, and a grassy, slightly citrusy and spicy hoppiness.

This is so ungodly drinkable. Starts off with a slightly nose tingling faint hop spiciness atop a dry-sweet, lightly toasted bread with orange blossom honey maltiness. Bitterness is there, completely balanced. Hints of sweet grain in the middle of the sip. Finishes as it starts with a grassy, slightly spicy hoppiness atop a sweet grain malt. Perfect mouthfeel and body - light, but there. Aftertaste leaves a bittersweet fresh flavor on the tongue that's truly enjoyable.

It speaks volumes about a brewery when they can nail their lighter brews - not as much alcohol or malt or hops to mask off flavors. Surly nails them consistently. Great example of a style underrepresented in craft beer IMO.

Thanks to TipTop for the cans!

Served In: Bottle

Review by Surly Duff on 09/01/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2009
Pours a brilliant golden yellow with a thin white foam head the foam settles after a minute and leaves just a bit of lacing on the walls of the mug. Small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Bready aroma with just a hint of sweetness. Slight hint of hops and a bit dry.

Smooth malty body with a little dry sweetness. Bready up front with some nice carbonation on the tongue. Just a bit of fruitiness in the aftertaste. Supe easy drinking.

Great brew that's a great example of the style. Too bad we don't see more Helles lagers available around here. I really enjoy them.

Served In: Mug

Review by feloniousmonk on 11/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2008
"Surly Hell is brewed in the style of a German Light Lager or Munich Helles. Pale Yellow in color, this unfiltered lager or "kellerbier" is brewed with Pilsen and Carahell malt, Opal hops and a German yeast strain. Delicate malt flavor finishing with a tart crispness. 15 IBU.

Hazy straw yellow, big, lovely white head...
Beautiful aromatics, floral, herbal,...a trifle grainy...but altogether pleasing.

to drink: bing: there's the smooth. Bang: there's the malt, and Boom:...there's no Boom...just the smooth and the malt, and some light hops, plus the deliciousness of the yeast.

Disclosure: To those who don't know already, I'm not a lager lover. Just not enough flavor. I'm partial to unfiltered brews, as well. Like Belgian ales, some German ales, certain Surly...wait, Surly made a
German lager...and it's unfiltered? Sign me up...wait, I'm already drinking it...oh, okay...

I do like kellerbiers, when I find them. Can't think of one I haven't liked. Kep that yeast in, please! More flavor, por favor!

And here I am drinking Hell (a name I wish they'd saved for an abbey ale, or something, but I'm not charge, am I?)...and I am enjoying it. If this had zero yeast in it, I probably would report the doldrums by now, but there's just enough going on in the mouth to keep my tastebuds happy.

Drinking this sample from a tall Schneider Edel-Weisse glass. Seemed appropriate.

clean, yet fully flavored. You can hand this to a lager-lover and win them over, I think. Hey, it worked with me!

Served In: Flute Glass

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