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El Oso - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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El Oso
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
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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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
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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3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Clear gold with thick but watery white head. Aroma is earthy with some toasty grains. Flavors of dough with a touch of toffee. Some vague noble hoppiness. Thin and well-carbonated. Pretty boring.

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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Sampled at the Brewpub on a wet and windy Monday lunchtime.

Appearance: Served in a pint glass with a slice of lime!!! WTF!? I decided to remove the offending article and make a mess on the Bar with it. Brilliantly clear dark golden body with a broken white head, not sure if that was intentional or whether the acids in the lime slice were responsible for the broken head. Lots of streamers & solid carbonation.

Nose: Sweet malts with some Lagery hints. Faded nose with a mild character.

Taste: Starts with a low profile, center-piece has a sweet malty feel but the finish is decidely weak. Rather bland but nonetheless a clean drinking Lager that has some nice aspects.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, not even the supporting carbonation can rescue it from what is an average feel.

Drinkability: Has a quaffable dimension, but it is supposed to have I guess. Still, I could not manage more than one of these; it lacks any real depth to return to.

Overall: The name strongly hints at its influence and hence its intended market. Not that bad, I tried it once as I had not sampled this one before, but somehow it doesn’t really exhibit any of Bear Republic’s traits. I’m sure this one plugs a hole in the Brewpubs portfolio but it’s not one that gets out of the Pub for obvious reasons.

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2.25/5  rDev -31%

Photo of Deuane
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Fatehunter
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%

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -38.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Offa
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is decent, light, clean, crisp, but a bit thin.

Light golden amber, it has a medium white head and a little lace.

The aroma is grain, crackers, lemon, and a little pine and fruit.

The taste an aromatic character of crackers and grain with light citrus and pine and even a hint of caramel. However, it is a bit thin in feel and character.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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El Oso from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.