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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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1,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 438
Gots: 179 | 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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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date is “08/02/12.”

Appearance: Poured into a nonick pint glass. The color is medium (though leaning dark) brown with copper and ruby tones. Two fingers of thick tanned head dissipated fairly slowly to leave a rocky lacing and ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: A blend of toasted and pale malts. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark cherries, brown sugar, and black and raspberry licorice. There is a little bit of chocolate, too, which makes it smell like chocolate-covered cherries. The oatmeal comes out as well, providing a smooth, richness to the aroma.

Taste: Surprisingly, the first sip offers roasted bitterness. On subsequent sips it fades into the background but is still present, tingling the cheeks. It has a nice, smooth body, but it is not exactly “velvety” (as the description on the can suggests). Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, a hint of coffee (which offers the roasted bitterness), and brown sugar. As it warms it beings to exhibit a light, floral hoppiness. No dark fruits, though.

Drinkability: Solid. This is an excellent brew.

TheQuietMan22, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of hara94
4/5  rDev -2%

hara94, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of kylecantlie
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

kylecantlie, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of mcintire78
4/5  rDev -2%

mcintire78, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark brown with a ruby red hue, thumb of head, solid retention with sheeting lacing.

S - Nice caramel, hints of hops, musty cocoa and vanilla cola.

T - Same as the nose, loads of cocoa, intense caramel, fruity yeast in the finish with a nutty flavour that lingers.

M - Medium, smooth, and dry.

O - Incredibly tasty brown ale, loads of flavour, easy drinking and easily sessoinable. This is indeed a top notch brown ale.

andrenaline, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of brock146
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

brock146, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Minnesota. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a dark, dark red colour. Good visible carbonation, two fingers of beige head leaving good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Coffee, a little floral. Simple but nice.

T - Coffee, nutty, noticable hops, floral, bready malts. Nice.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness with some coffee in there too.

O/D - A nice brown. Noticable but not overpowering hop contribution adds a nice element. A nice take on the brown style.

tbeckett, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

brealbg, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2%

bbadger, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

mrebeka, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of jrkoller
4/5  rDev -2%

jrkoller, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
4/5  rDev -2%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of hop_chomper
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

hop_chomper, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of drh1382
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

drh1382, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of GarbageMan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

GarbageMan, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev -2%

jfstilling, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev -2%

JustinQ, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of joefinnigan15
3/5  rDev -26.5%

joefinnigan15, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KO for bringing this one back from MN. Dark brown in color with amber hues and perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, dense foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left wet lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and floral hop aromas with a hint of coffee on the back end. Oily feel up front with assertive carbonation through the middle and a bit of a the thin, watery finish. Dark roasted and burnt malt flavors up front with chocolate flavors beneath. Floral hop bitterness through the middle that transition to toasted malt just before the finish. Finishes crisply with a lingering charred malt and hop bitterness.

IronLover, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big tan to light brown head slowly settles down a top clear burnt amber colored beer.

Dark roasted malts, hardy vanilla bean, roasted chestnuts, and specialty coffee aroma.

Dark roasted sweet malts with a coffeeish and roasted nut tastes make this a pretty tasty affair.

A full bodied beer that has a dryish aftertaste that still brings the roasted malt tastes with it.

A very worthy beer, I enjoyed this on a warm summers day, I can only imagine how good this would be on a cool winters night.

LXIXME, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ryancl, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of reddfrogg
4/5  rDev -2%

reddfrogg, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of MichaelM
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MichaelM, Aug 01, 2012
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.