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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,574 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 431
Gots: 171 | FT: 10
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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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1%

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.

04-20-2012 22:08:40 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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jonnyca80

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-20-2012 21:05:27 | More by jonnyca80
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-16-2012 14:55:14 | More by CGMLS3
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Mealhouse

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-15-2012 21:15:30 | More by Mealhouse
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wsukow


4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-15-2012 20:54:59 | More by wsukow
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motorhed

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-15-2012 20:28:13 | More by motorhed
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-15-2012 00:58:18 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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RyanGustner

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-10-2012 00:11:15 | More by RyanGustner
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SweJon

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-09-2012 13:11:58 | More by SweJon
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matzah

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-08-2012 18:54:28 | More by matzah
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GoldenChild

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-28-2012 18:18:00 | More by GoldenChild
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

poured from 16oz can into pint glass

A-dark ruby with about 1 finger head that fades to small cap

S-bready malts with some carmel and a little cocoa

T--much like the smell bread, carmel, coffee and a little cocoa

M-medium bodied nice finish

O-solid all around beer better than most browns that I have had

03-28-2012 14:51:57 | More by tvv375ia
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RConnealy

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-27-2012 19:04:21 | More by RConnealy
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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03-26-2012 17:05:44 | More by
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legalpete19340

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

A: Poured dark brown with almost no head. The skim that did rise left quickly.

S: The nose smells like a pub floor: yeasty and stale alcohol. Some bread and barley push through in the end.

T: Much different from the nose: bready malts with lots of oat and barley flavor. Like multi-grain bread. Hints of some burnt sugar sneak in but this is all harvest grains to me. Others have mentioned hops but i just dont get them anywhere here.

M: Medium-thin. Well matched for the style with thin viscosity but enough weight to support the heavy nature of the brew.

O: Perhaps a tainted can? I know others have raved about this but for me it just wasnt very special. The flavors were dull and the beer just didnt surprise me anywhere. I would drink it again but not sure I would pick it over a New Castle.

03-25-2012 21:19:54 | More by legalpete19340
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elec

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-25-2012 04:18:34 | More by elec
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nearly cola colored body with a small light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing. Good bready maltiness in the nose, grassy European hop note comes through on the back end. Tasty and smooth brown ale with a nice rich malt flavor, lots of chewy smoothness from the oatmeal, and a bit of a bitter hoppy bite in the finish. Hints of coffee, cocoa, and subtle roastiness. Retains a good deal of drinkability and a creamy mouthfeel despite fairly crisp carbonation. Refreshing and very well-made, quite flavorful for an often bland style. Another impressive Surly offering.

03-19-2012 21:53:17 | More by tobelerone
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deanis30

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-19-2012 00:15:01 | More by deanis30
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-18-2012 22:16:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1%

Tallboy canned 01/02/2012

Dark brown oak color with a 3 finger mocha head. Smell is delicious; sweet hazelnut, caramel, and a touch of hops. It's a bit thin, maybe undercarbonated, and the alcohol shows through, but the taste is great: creamy roasted nut, dry cocoa powder, oatmeal, grain, and a bitter kick of hops at the end.

An excellent brown ale in a can. What's not to like?

03-18-2012 07:24:28 | More by jimmah120
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andrewborstein

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-18-2012 04:29:12 | More by andrewborstein
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-17-2012 22:07:45 | More by Oboogie
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hansgruber

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-15-2012 23:37:18 | More by hansgruber
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%

Teabagged Bender with Willamette Hops in the cask.

A: Very hazy brown pour with hardly any head. It really looks a little strange sitting in the glass, probably the deepest Brown Ale I've come across.

S: A bit harsh, but otherwise nothing more than a malty brown ale aroma. Basic hops and sweet malt. Pretty average.

T: Continues the average trend. All malt, perhaps some fruit with a slight hoppy finish. I came to the sad realization that this really isn't a very good beer without coffee added. The flavor sort of drops off really early on in the process.

MF: Medium body with low carbonation, as you would expect from the cask. Served room temperature, like it should, and goes down really easily. I just wish I enjoyed it more.

O: I didn't realize Bender existed without coffee in it. Guess I should have done my research. This was the definition of average and I would recommend you skip it.

03-15-2012 20:42:05 | More by russwbeck
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BrooklynBrewers

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-14-2012 20:18:59 | More by BrooklynBrewers
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.