Bender | Surly Brewing Company

1,965 Ratings

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by tavernjef on 02-04-2006

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Photo of Amalak
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of mskain
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BBnum3
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of ferrari29
4.3/5  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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bender from Surly Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,965 ratings.
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