Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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BenderBender
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,961
Reviews:
760
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
Wants:
462
Gots:
313
For Trade:
13
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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surly Bender, 5.1% ABV, 45 IBU, American Brown Ale. Pours thin and dark brown, with one finger white head. Nose is slight coffee and malt, hint of chocolate. Taste follows - not much flavor, tastes brown. OK mouthfeel, and overall meh. I prefer Coffee Bender, but this was a better alternative than the macros and ex-craft on tap.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10-16

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sulty
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really haven't tried very many (if any at all) American brown ales that have really wowed me or made me want to buy them more often. coffee bender and other coffee brown ales or imperial versions have been far more interesting, but the base style really isn't one of my favorites. Still, it is Surly beer, and rare in Colorado, so I thought I'd give it a try. The thought of a malty tall boy during the fall season sounds good to me.

L: light brown with some ruby highlights, decent clarity. looks filtered. medium carbonation. light lasting white head

S: light malty nose, some toasted notes with suggestions of bakers chocolate

T: light caramal sweetness up front. this beer is sweeter than I would have thought. some toasty malted notes, and feint chocolate, like dutch cocoa. really no hop suggestion, slight esters on the finish but overall clean and crisp finish. although sweet, the beer finishes dry enough to keep it in balance. perhaps the 45 IBUS of bitterness listed on the can also keep things in check.

F: nice lingering mouthfeel. light carbonation. not overly thick or cloying

O: This is an interesting enough beer that I would certainly buy it again, and it is extremely easy to drink. If you're looking for an approachable malt bomb this ones for you! Would be a great gateway beer for non-craft drinkers.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jvanve02
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pdb
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Comes in a 4-pack.

L - reddish brown color; hazy hue; no lacing on the glass; layer of foam covering the surface

S - chocolate, coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malt, earthy English hops. Quite aromatic for being in a pint glass.

T - coffee and cocoa, dark malt, bitter black coffee, malty oatmeal, dark chocolate, slight noble hops. Mostly malt flavor, little to no hop character

F - crisp ale feel; semi heavy body; no leather or syrup feel

O - awesome brown ale by Surly. Balance is what they're good at and they really did well with this one. They let the malt be the main event and not the hops. A sessionable dark beer without the weight of a porter or stout

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Photo of user785335
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Boblemo
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jak
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yep. You guessed it. This beer came courtesy of the amazing woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, nuts, coffee. Taste is much milder than the aroma would suggest. Chocolate, vanilla, touches of oats and coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lic217
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of invalid665
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willricewillsweep
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bender from Surly Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,961 ratings.
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