Munich Helles Lager Surly Brewing Co.


Hell, a Munich Helles Lager by Surly Brewing Co.

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Hell is a German-style Munich Helles Lager brewed by Surly Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.


The lager pours a mostly-clear straw and is topped by a tall cap of fluffy, white foam that reduces slowly. Abundant patches of sticky lace cling to the glass as the head recedes.


Spicy hops drive an aroma that has a floral scent of hay and backed by pilsner malt.


The palate transitions from a lightly sweetened malt to a hoppy bite of herbal and spicy hops that lingers through the finish.


Its feel has a medium body and ample carbonation.


The hops are more pronounced than expected, but not surprising when considering the brewer. Doesn’t matter as this Hellish hoppy brew is quite an easy drinker. And at a relatively low ABV, this helps make the Hell a nice session beer.

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About the Munich Helles Lager

The Munich Helles Lager was first crafted back in 1894 at the Spaten brewery. It was meant to compete with the popular Pilsener-style beers of the region and today is the most popular beer style in Southern Germany. It pours a yellow to deep golden hue and is topped by a persistent, creamy white head. The aroma and palate are typically malty and sometimes backed by low to moderately spicy, floral, or herbal hops. The sweetness shouldn’t be overpowering. Its feel should be smooth, clean, well-lagered with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Comparatively, the Munich Helles Lager should be similar to the balance and bitterness of the Munich Dunkel. It will have more body but less hop character than the German Pils.