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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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BenderBender

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 428
Gots: 169 | 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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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-26-2014 23:14:39 | More by JakerLou
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-26-2014 13:03:57 | More by udubdawg
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can > Pint Glass

A - Dark brown almost black with one finger of a foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Nicely roasted malt, coffee beants, toasted caramel, chocolate, a little light floral hop notes, a hint of nuttiness.
T - Extremely balanced, mild light floral bitterness accompanies a nice blend of roasted malt of chocolate and some caramel, light coffee hints, a touch of vanilla.
M - Balance of creamy and bitter, nice feel to this one.
O - Excellent brown ale, nice subtle complexity, good feel to it.

Serving type: can

04-21-2014 01:53:13 | More by Omnium
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Ludy

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-20-2014 19:19:44 | More by Ludy
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-19-2014 00:19:07 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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Quattrofiend

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-17-2014 02:44:14 | More by Quattrofiend
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karlt

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-16-2014 18:36:58 | More by karlt
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phishterrrrrrr88

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.2%

04-14-2014 19:47:19 | More by phishterrrrrrr88
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midfel11

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

04-14-2014 06:29:21 | More by midfel11
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gangstafaceclay

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at a local bar and restaurant and I loved it.

A- is a dark brown almost black with a nice cream head

S- coco, nuts, coffee and oats.

T- follows nose. Chocolate, caramel, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, coffee, some butter and nice oats. Delicious brew.

M- medium bodied with good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

O- delicious and very drinkable brown ale. I wanted more and more after every sip

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 21:51:32 | More by gangstafaceclay
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-08-2014 03:31:08 | More by Mikeypnh
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-07-2014 22:58:03 | More by greenspointexas
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JuniperJesus

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-07-2014 17:01:15 | More by JuniperJesus
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Azpittil57

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-07-2014 00:19:10 | More by Azpittil57
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Beestin

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-04-2014 15:58:07 | More by Beestin
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Drew26

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-02-2014 02:55:35 | More by Drew26
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eorwoll

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-01-2014 16:20:01 | More by eorwoll
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-01-2014 03:42:41 | More by bismarksays
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ethanmc12

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-01-2014 03:05:01 | More by ethanmc12
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-30-2014 02:28:30 | More by JamLand
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gio540

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-29-2014 16:50:18 | More by gio540
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MaximumYuks

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-27-2014 00:58:34 | More by MaximumYuks
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ralerwen

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-26-2014 19:17:30 | More by ralerwen
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-25-2014 02:14:31 | More by Eaglefan344
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Thanks to VDubb, I finally got around to trying the coffee-less version of Bender. It pours a clear sunset topaz topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild graham cracker, grass, flowers, and a touch of Oreo. The taste focuses on the grass, flowers, and mild lemon peel, all to the detriment of the grain-y, biscuit-y base. Basically, they took the "American" label stereotype and ran with it, over-hopping what may have been a nice enough brown ale. A shame, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this brown just didn't sit right with me. It's too hoppy for its own good, and those grains mentioned in the blurb above don't come through at all. I wanted to like this stuff, especially given my love of Coffee Bender, but I guess I'll just stick with the coffee-infused version for the duration.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 18:19:46 | More by TMoney2591
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.