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(512) Wild Bear - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Wild Bear(512) Wild Bear

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
(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.

(Beer added by: drummermattie02 on 11-17-2011)
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Reviews by MEsquandoles:
Photo of MEsquandoles
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Waxed 750 mL at Black Star Co-op. Less than 500 released.

Their Bruin, Fall seasonal, 7.6% ABV big Brown Ale, barrel-aged with wild yeast and sour-causing bacteria for around a year. Sounds like an Oud Bruin.

Dark brown with ruby highlights, great head retention.

The aroma is of slightly soured cherries, raspberries, and blackberries; leather, tobacco; tropical fruits; American whiskey and red wine, oak. Really well-integrated. Awesome aroma.

Same as aroma, but not as elegant. A lot of red wine characteristics. Some chocolate and nuttiness too. Very dry. Earthy aftertaste.

Process, appearance, aroma, taste all make it an unique American rendition of an Oud Bruin.

Worth trying once, and again perhaps in the Spring.

MEsquandoles, Nov 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Tiernan, Jun 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Dizzy, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

acurtis, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

GRG1313, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

UTCengOwl, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of notalumberjack
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

notalumberjack, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of StevenLaValley
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

StevenLaValley, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of kevinscott
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kevinscott, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of youkinorn
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red-brown with a thin, quickly dissipating head that just persists around as a ring around the glass. Clearly not very viscous.

Smell: nothing too complex. Some decent funk and vinegar, background notes of some dark fruits – plum/prune and raisin, maybe?

Taste: Definitely mimics the nose. Nothing too complex but not unenjoyable, either. A bit too much of a balsalmic vinegar taste for me. A little tart, but very, very far from puckering. Fruit flavors come out a bit more as it warms up, as does the vinegar. Didn't get too much in the way of flavors from the wood. Just wish it had a little more going on, honestly.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of carbonation. A little thin, but not in a bad way. Pretty much as expected.

Overall: Not great, but certainly didn't mind finishing the bottle. Very happy I got to try it and glad (512) is getting some more interesting stuff out. Hope they keep it up.

youkinorn, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

texasclimber, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

Pours a brownish/amber color with a tan head. Smells slightly vinegary, as I sort of expected. Sweet bread and toffee malts are there. Some hints of dark fruit and a bit of oak/barrel aroma. The flavor has a nice tartness with notes of vinegar and cherries. A few other dark fruit notes in there as well as the sweetness of toffee malt. Not an overly impressive beer, but in no way bad or offensive.

womencantsail, Dec 12, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty dark brown, head dissipates quickly.

S- Oak, brett, leather, cured tobacco, funk.

T- Leather, a little bit of funk, slightly acidic, oak, pretty complex.

M- Well carbonated, appropriate for style.

O- This beer maybe somewhat of a diamond in the ruff. Tons of potential but not as acidic as I was hoping for. With age this maybe a stellar beer, for now it falls flat.

kungpao, Dec 03, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

DaveHack, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of dcloeren
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a finger white soapy head. Made its way to a ring of film pretty quick.

The aroma has nice notes of cinnamon, dark fruits and a little bit of funk.

Tastes like a funky rootbeer. Definitely more dark fruit forward with some subtle spice. THe funkiness is a nice touch. Definitely not world class but this is a solid wild ale for sure.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not enough to really sting the tongue but enough to bubble up like pop rocks and pepsi with each sip.

Overal, this was a solid offering from 512 and I like where they are going with it. I would have liked to see some more sour/tart notes but this was still a very nice drinking beer. Definitely worth a shot

dcloeren, Jan 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

DCon, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ajzy, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BeerHunter76, Oct 29, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

BgThang, Jul 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

GreatBloomer, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/02/2011

Bottle shared by Bobby at Motel 6 post Strong Ale 2011 (day 1).

A: Ruddy dark brown with a small white head.

S: Lactic dark fruit with pronounced vinegar. I get plum and grape with a bready malt base. I detect a little chocolate as well.

T: Bread and toasted grain with a light nuttiness. Vinegar is tame and there's a little lactic sourness with a mild tartness. I get a little leather and oak.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation.

Overall: Somewhat simple but still enjoyable.

HopHead84, Dec 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

CommonRider, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ncaudle, Jul 27, 2013
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(512) Wild Bear from (512) Brewing Company
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