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(512) Wild Bear | (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Wild Bear(512) Wild Bear

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(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by drummermattie02 on 11-17-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 79
Reviews by dcloeren:
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There are some shockingly bad reviews on this beer! I thoroughly enjoy it. Especially the nice pillowy mouthfeel. Some nice dark fruit flavors.. Even the smell is good and I've notice a lot of people weren't pumped on the aroma... Bad bottle maybe? I don't know. 9 percent is very smooth.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dizzy
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BKotch
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of UTCengOwl
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MEsquandoles
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.04/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Garbage aroma, metallic rusty pipe water palate. Bit of grape juice. All around fairly bad.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of notalumberjack
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StevenLaValley
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kevinscott
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of youkinorn
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black pour with a small tan head. Big sour aroma with a hint of dark fruit. Taste follows the nose perfectly. Tartness increases as the beer warms resulting in a nice sour finish.

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Photo of JuanAlberto
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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(512) Wild Bear from (512) Brewing Company
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