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El Oso - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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El Oso
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 34.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2003

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
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 59
Reviews by magnusdave:
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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2/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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


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

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

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3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

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1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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El Oso from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.