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El Oso - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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El Oso
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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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3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Elmer Sudds. Presented in a shaker "pint" glass and appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of fluffy off white foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of bready toasted grains, light grassy hops, hint of caramel malt. Crisp and quenching with medium body and carbonation. My glass was empty in no time and I ordered another. Tasty stuff.

Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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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3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Saraveza poured into Pilsner glass.

Pours a light golden-brown color with a couple fingers of off-white head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is mostly caramel and toasted bread and some sight hints of nuttiness. The flavor is all malt, nice a mellow, not abrasive and extremely smooth with a slightly dry, slightly bitter finish. It has a light-medium mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation. Really enjoyable and highly sessionable. I really liked the malt profile of this beer which is what and why it really shines in my book.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. Not familiar with it at time when ordering, but always happy to try something new from BR. It was listed under the lager category so I knew what to expect.

A: Dark, clear golden color with a large white head that hangs around for a while and leaves streams behind on the glass.
S: Very mild, grain, malts, everything expected from a lager. Nothing remarkable, nothing bad.
T: Immediately reminds me of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, but, well, not as great. Fit exactly what I was looking for at the time however, a refreshing, flavorful "beer". Slightly more hopped than the GL, but in the end a pretty average lager. Medium body with active carbonation. Very drinkable, but nothing special, plenty of other beers fit this style and better

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3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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El Oso from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.