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El Oso - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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El Oso
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76
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Crafted in the spirit of thirst quenching Mexican lagers, this well balanced amber lager is crisp with just a suggestion of caramel.

2009 California State Fair - SILVER
2008 Great American Beer Festival American-Style Amber Lager – BRONZE

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2003)
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Reviews by Floydster:
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Floydster

California

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%

Had a pint of this up north back in April, looking at my notes it does not say where from and I cannot recall at the moment, straight from my notebook, color is golden amber, not much of a head, aroma has grass, earthiness, flowers, and cereal, flavor starts off with a crisp grain and toasted malt taste, ends earthy with a hint of citrus sweetness, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, easy to drink, no alcohol present, smooth and crisp, not a bad lager but nothing special either, good to see Bear Republic branching out with new styles, although they seem to come up a bit short with this one, would skip in the future, worth trying

09-23-2009 04:05:33 | More by Floydster
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

11-25-2013 08:28:07 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -38.5%

Tap@Bear Republic Brewpub. In a similiar vain to the Oso De Oro, a little better though, pretty smooth and bland, with some honeyed flavours. I was more excited about their hoppier stuff it has to be said. This didn't do much for me at all, pretty good for a run of the mill lager though.

02-09-2005 14:41:21 | More by rastaman
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3/5  rDev -7.7%

06-04-2013 00:58:57 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured minimal head on a clearer, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is faint; a little grain smell comes through.
The taste is grainy, mild bitterness with caramel which rounds it out nicely.
The texture is crisp but soft with moderate carbonation.
Overall, a nice and easy drink.

09-18-2013 04:17:06 | More by Fatehunter
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -7.7%

01-02-2012 04:34:57 | More by GRG1313
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

07-13-2013 04:40:08 | More by kbuzz
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

05-08-2013 19:14:01 | More by waddellc2
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev 0%

02-12-2014 00:03:28 | More by jaydoc
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hplevy

Maryland

2/5  rDev -38.5%

07-05-2012 08:01:50 | More by hplevy
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DrunkenMonk

California

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

06-17-2012 23:12:26 | More by DrunkenMonk
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

01-25-2014 02:41:02 | More by mendvicdog
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

As usual, lagers suffer from a specific chronic syndrome on BA. However, I attend to review this objectively, judging it to style, not against iipas or impy stouts.

Had a pint at the Healdsburg pub. Wasn't served with fruit accessory (apparently some other BA's were not as fortunate).

Bright yellow with a white rocky head, plenty of tasty little bubbles were all aflutter.

Light cereal graininess and a mild noble hop crispness in the aroma. Light honey sweetness.

Its a good drinker for sure, beating any american macro lagers hands down. It's a bit thinner than I'd like even for a pils, and the carbonation was a bit too fizzy, almost had some blow out my mouth/nose on a vigorous swill. I'd recommend it to a craft newbie, but otherwise get yourself a racer5 and you'd be infinity more happy.

08-06-2009 03:29:18 | More by SurlyDuff
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -11.4%

I had this beer as part of a flight of samples at the Healdsburg, California restaurant. From tap and in 3oz sample glasses.

A-copper body with an off white head

S-sweet scent

T-malty, almost candy-like, no detectable hop flavor

M-medium

D-I would have liked to have seen more hop character to this brew. The malt side is really nice but too sweet.

08-07-2009 18:32:00 | More by jneiswender
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-15-2014 21:21:11 | More by sansho
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

On-tap at The Gingerman, NYC:

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that stays. Trailing, mostly vanishing, lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/slightly tropical with a whiff of alcohol. This isn't "bad", but is out of style.

The taste is even more out-of-style. Honey sweetness with floral/almost medicinal bitterness. Not much of a finish. A touch of alcohol comes through.

Light-bodied, slightly coating despite thinness. Not quite as crisp at a lager should be.

Not a fan of this one, and I don't know that I enjoyed it as much as the score shows. They tried to do too much, but not enough in the right direction of the style. A bit out-of-control and not the thirst-quencher it should be. A disappointment, especially considering the brewery.

05-18-2008 12:50:46 | More by jwc215
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

04-16-2014 17:11:24 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-09-2014 22:23:14 | More by bumchilly25
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance: dark amber in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: very little aroma here as some bready and caramel flavors are tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, light grainy bread, hints of fruit sweetness, and some mild grassy / earthy tones are the main flavor components. Bitterness is barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is very short.

Overall: I was looking for a lower alcohol beer on tap while at a bar, and seeing a Bear Republic beer on I figured it was an easy selection. It had a mild flavor but left me a bit unsatisfied. I only had one.

05-19-2011 11:22:32 | More by Gavage
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zacross

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -18.5%

Excited to try the new bear republic labeled (misguiding) as amber ale just tapped at the local craft brew bar in a rural city not known for its selection of beer. There were high hopes as i received a pint of an amber hued draft with a thinner head. First sip gave way to an increase of these high hopes as it went down smooth and enjoyably. As i continued to drink, the sour things got. I have utmost respect for this bar, filling my growler here very often, yet this was a great let down. The beer started retaining a metallic taste (no doubt from the keg) but more importantly the smell began to shift the more i drank. A distinct fish smell preceded every sip making me feel ill the more i drank. The taste became less enjoyable (drinkability=a good pilsner) and more forceful to get each swallow down. I love and will continue to love bear republic and hopefully this is an outlying case of disappointment for the el oso, but i would not recommend taking the risk.

08-05-2010 01:21:36 | More by zacross
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spamages

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

12-30-2011 03:00:16 | More by spamages
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grubefresh

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-01-2013 07:29:29 | More by grubefresh
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avaldivia

California

2.63/5  rDev -19.1%

On tap at Bear Republic.

A: Really nice clear amber color. Surprisingly nice head and lacing.

S: Light. Very light. Some cereal grains. Not much going on.

T: Again, light. Some grains. A bit of hops, but it is very light.

M: Light. Crisp. Good carbonation.

O: Not one of Bear Republic's best offerings. Just not much going on.

09-08-2011 05:42:04 | More by avaldivia
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%

A-Light copper with a thin white head leaving nice lace.

S-Slightly bready with a faint whiff of citrusy hops.

T-Sharp but somewhat light hop bite. Very crisp. Followed up by a nice malty finish.

M-Medium-light body with a very nice crispness.

D-Great summertime drinker. Like what one would hope all Mexican Lagers could be like! Super crisp and refreshing--Nice.

07-20-2008 06:26:06 | More by Deuane
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-01-2013 18:52:54 | More by Boone757
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El Oso from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.