El Oso - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
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.
08-07-2009 18:32:00 | More by jneiswender
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
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
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
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
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
El Oso from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.