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(512) Wild Bear - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Wild Bear(512) Wild Bear

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very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drummermattie02 on 11-17-2011

(512)'s first excursion into the world of so-called wild fermentation, Wild Bear's origins lie in our Fall seasonal, BRUIN. After primary fermentation, we added Brettanomyces yeast and Pediococcus bacteria cultures, and aged the blend in new oak barrels for over 10 months. This combination of wild "bugs" and barrel aging gives (512) Wild Bear a complex and enticing aroma of tart cherries, oak, and a touch of barnyard "funkiness", a crisp, tart flavor that will intensify with age, and an effervescent, oaky finish that leaves the palate clean.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

the beer is a murky wild look to it. Glad I got to try this as it was extremely limited release.
The tast is funky with some sour notes. dark fruits and leather notes as well as some cherry notes and the oak comes through as well.
Medium body with medium to little carbonation levels.

THe beer has come a long way since it was released so long ago.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with some friends, bottle ? (knife etching in the wax was marred) out of 396.

Pours a murky brown with a half-finger white head that quickly subsides to a tight ring around the glass. Awesome label.

Aroma is great - cherries, oak and a pleasant tartness, maybe balsamic. Almost reminds of an oud bruin and set the bar very high.

Relative to the aroma, the taste is a disappointment. Absolutely though, the taste is pretty good. A somewhat-shocking lack of tartness/acidity, but still pleasant. Leather is present in the taste but not noticed in aroma, a bit of fruit in the finish, and more malt body than I was expecting. Very soft lactic (spit-thickening?) feel, carbonation is just right.

Overall a good beer, although the taste/aroma disagreement re: acidity/tartness was kind of a surprise. I would have preferred it to be more sour, but that may develop over time. Great effort from (512) - strongly suggest seeking this out if you are able.

Edit: had a third bottle recently, and this beer is starting to come into its own. Really didn't know what to expect after the first bottle a long time ago, but happy to see that a truly solid sour brown has developed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy cranberry red with brown tones and a short white head.

The aroma has nice notes of citric plum, dark fruits, nice acid and a mild funky character.
A solid fruity character but no enough to make it soda pop like. A nice "wile ale/sour 101." This would be a great beer to bridge a person in to sours and wild ales.

Medium bodied with light carbonation and a light, but decent, acidic character. Not as sour as a "sour fan" would want but a very nice balanced brew.

Flavor profile was very "berry" and pleasant. Easy to drink but you knew you were drinking a wild ale and a "light" sour. Hints of apple vinegar but not sufficiently high as to detract.

Finish was light berry funk.

All in all a pleasant drink and a nice introduction to the brewery where we found ourselves for the 512 4th Anniversary party after a weekend of doing Austin's "thirteen best" BBQ joints!
I'm now a fan of 512. And, just to note, Austin is perhaps the friendliest and nicest city in the world - for real.

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(512) Wild Bear from (512) Brewing Company
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