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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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1,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 432
Gots: 167 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, carmel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 02-04-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

spark3148857, Jun 05, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Extremely dark brown. Only a slight hint of light comes through. Thick and sediment. Big foamy tan head with tons of lacing.

S. Very nice nut and malt scent.

T. A lovely nutty-malt brew. Some toffee undertones. A mild bitter bite.

M. Carbonated and tingly.

O. Very nicely balanced. Flavor and thick, this is a refreshing brown ale that gets it very right.

Amalak, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

josephwa, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

crobinso, Jun 03, 2012
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MITCHELLMPLS, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

nheinzie57, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Kam, May 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

ejimhof, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

mskain, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BBnum3, May 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

rfbenavi80, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

drop6301, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

kgeijer, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Doyle, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

piclee, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

dmadsen, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

antoines15, May 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

smartassboiler, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ferrari29
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a nice dark brown colored body; moderate level of visible carbonation; head is nice and thick, about 1.5 fingers in size and holds very well; good amount of sticky lacing forms around the edge of the glass; body has a nice slick motor oil look to it

S - Deep roasted malt nose; slightly nutty; touch of oatmeal, brown sugar, some nice vanilla and finishes off with coffee beans; gives this beer a hearty smell

T - Sip starts off with a traditional nutty roasted malt taste; immediately followed up with a creamy oatmeal taste; hint of vanilla graze your tongue and finishes off with a touch of cocoa; caramel malt and brown sugar

M - Very creamy; chewy; not too heavy on the hop side, and leaves behind a lingering chalky feel on the roof of your mouth and back of the tongue

D - Outstanding brown ale taste; probably one of the better ones I've had do to its easy taste and feel; flavors and scents are good, but not overwhelming and you can really taste all the ingredients that were put into this beer; fantastic

ferrari29, Apr 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

funkel81, Apr 23, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass at Stout's Pub in Falcon Heights, MN.

A:Clear, deep ruby brown in color. Soft, short (due to pour) light tan head. Nice lace (thank you clean glass).

S: This is nice up front. Good round hoppiness with roasted malts. As it mellows and sits it develop caramel and toasty notes with a hint of spiced baked goods.

T: Well rounded biscuity notes with a nice floral balancing hop profile. Rich and toasty while the hops are citrusy enough to balance.

M: Just about perfect. Light oily chewiness is prevalent while a drying note finishes. Nice.

D: Very. If you've never had it....please do.

ForWhatAlesYou, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jonnyca80, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

CGMLS3, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Mealhouse, Apr 15, 2012
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.