Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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1,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 438
Gots: 184 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Jester King pint.

A- pours dark amber, brown with a 2 finger tan head. Big walls of lacing coat the glass.

S- sweet toffee, toast, brown sugar, some roast.

T- toasted caramel malts, toffee, slight roast and bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking.

O- very tasty brown ale. Nice sweet malts, roast, and bitterness to balance this beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with some garnet red highlights and light to moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige that reduces to a few small patches of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is malty and sweet with notes of caramel and roasted malts. There are lighter aromas of cocoa, coffee, and pecan nuttiness.

T: Moderate flavors of rich caramel malts with some lighter notes of roasted malts and hints of cocoa. There are also some light amount of coffee flavors, pecan nuttiness, and very subtle hints of vanilla. There is a light hoppiness near the finish that contributes some light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink and sessionable - really nice rich flavors and the added benefit of coming in a can which makes it a great choice for tailgating during football season.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a deep reddish brown color with a very nice cream colored head on top. The retention and lacing are top notch on this very good looking beer. The smell of the beer has a very nice roasted aroma with a touch of sweetness on the nose too. The taste is sweet upfront, a little creamy, there is a roasted nut flavor, hints of chocolate and coffee too. The aftertaste is moderately bitter. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and highly drinkable. Overall this beer is really good. Very nice brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz can into Cheers drinking mug. Served chilled...

A) Deep dark brown. Nice 2 finger rocky head that was khaki in color. Ample lacing...

S) Nice darker malt, light roast, earthy and a bit nutty, some bready sweetness.

T) Near the nose, some coffee too, and a little caramel, but really what stood out for me, and the thing I enjoyed most was the hops presence in this brown ale. A real pleasant earthy/grassy hops to this. Excellent aftertaste...

M) Good medium body on this brew. This goes down super smooth, with moderate carbonation. Really good mouthfeel, high drinkability.

O) This is another really good offering from Surly. Really tasty + easy drinking. This brewery has really impressed me. I wish I had easier access to their beers. Glad to have tried it, and glad to recommend.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into new belgium globe glass. Canned on 1/2/12. Not sure if a brown ale should be consumed as fresh as possible, but here goes anyway...
Pours a deep deep brown with nice tan head. Oily and great lacing. Really nice chocolate aromas, mixed with a bit of toffee and some slight hoppy aromas - even a bit of crisp-ness. Taste is very nice bitter roasted chocolate, deff bitter, almost like baking chocolate. Hints of caramel aftertaste. Again, its a little bitter, but its good and representative of the style. Great brown ale which shouldnt be passed up.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer this bender is with it's deep amber brown color, it's tall beige head and abundent carbonation. Plenty of lacing too, I might add leaving spotty lacing.

Desent aromatics, caramel, toffee and some chocolate malts. Hints of nuttiness also. Hops are light but thier in there.

A malty bomber here tasting like the nose one can taste caramel malts toffee and hints of chocolate.
There is also some roasted malts but light. Hops are there too but I don't really taste them that much. You sense it in the bitter finish (semi).

Drinks smooth on the palette but also there is a touch of abrisiveness in the finish.

There is depth in the flavor here and pleasing to look at. It's a good brown ale.
This will no doubt rank farily high on the brown list that includes Dogfish and Bell's.

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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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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.

Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.