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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

462 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 162
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of the world's classic sour beer styles, Tartare is Bear Republic's interpretation of Berliner Weisse, the tart, low-alcohol beer style dubbed as "The Champagne of the North."

Bronze medal at the 2011 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in the Wild Beer/Acidic Category
Winner at 2013 Good Food Awards, Adventurous, Barreled, Big, Bawdy, & Belgian Beer Category

(Beer added by: ChrisPro on 11-19-2011)
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1.25/5  rDev -71.2%

RDP87, Mar 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

Zetcha7x, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of John_M
2.84/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours a pale yellow gold color with very light lacing and pretty much zero head retention. Sorry, but it's hard for me to be very impressed by a beer that appearance-wise, initially reminds me of bud lite lime. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be one sour beer. There's hint of light clove, lime, lemon and wheat, but it's clear just on the nose that this is going to be sour. On the palate, the amount of sour is overpowering. There's no light tartness that one expects in a Berliner Weisse, as the beer literally smacks you in the face with the level of sour it imparts. I literally get nothing else, other than over-riding sour (maybe there's a hint of lemon and lime, but that's really about it). Mouthfeel is fairly light, but then that's to be expected in a 4% abv. beer. Alcohol is undetectable.

Couple of thoughts and observations. I'm not a huge sour fan, but I've enjoyed the German versions of this style, because the sour component generally doesn't smack you over the head. This clearly does. I guess this beer is remarkable for the level of flavor you get in a 4% beer, but I just wish there was a bit more to this beer than sour, sour, sour... The couple next to me at BS were drinking a flight of left over sour beers from puckerfest, and I was surprised they hadn't gotten a sample glass of the tartare. The guy told me that he was a huge sour fan, while his wife (GF?) said she was a fan, but not to the extent her husband was. So I happily gave them my glass. The woman indicated that the beer was too sour for her, while the gentleman indicated that he enjoyed it, but that it was on the boundary of just how much sour he could tolerate. Don't believe I'll be ordering this one again.

John_M, Jul 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

brez8791, Sep 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Klew256, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

HRamz3, Jul 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

sourgrass, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of 01001111
3.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: very light yellow. Bubbles flee quickly.

S: Sweet and tart. The malts are far more present than a typical Berliner.

T: Pickle juice with a sweet, malty finish. Quite odd, not typical of the style.

M: Puckering then almost cloying.

O: Not bad but not a great representation of the style.

01001111, Jun 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Steve212, Dec 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

cornejo, May 31, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
3.28/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Been wanting to try this for a long long time. On tap at H&V

A clear straw yellow with a white head that collapses quickly. Juxtaposed with the cantillon iris grand cru , the wheat in this beer is really pronounced. Plenty sour, sharp, lactic with some acetic notes as well, this is cidery, fruity (white grapes) a little husky and yummy. The palate opens very sour with a little bit of solvent and nail polish remover, harshly so. Unripe grapes, some wheat and raw lemons round out the palate. Drying sour and with some oak on the finish, this is a little disappointing, the antithesis of what a berlinerweisse should be.

DefenCorps, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this growler, enjoyed from a tumbler chilled.

The color is dull golden with a light haze and quick collapsing white cap with ultra fine bead. Lots of tiny visible carbonation bubbles stream. The smell is a good deal of sour aroma with funky nose and smell like a fresh squeezed lemon with tart odor and slightly vinegary scent. Mouthfeel is super tart and acidic with bitter edge like bile going back down ...it is a sour as stomach acid but has a sweet juicy puckering dry back end.

The taste is like tart lemon juice with the rind ground up and thrown in for extra astringency w/out any sweet flavors to balance -kind of funky with subtle carbonation level and very dry bitter taste with tannic presence and not really any wheat I can gather. Simply sour and acidic with citrus bite and mildly acetic taste with earthy jolt of sour and light nutty finish of wood. Overall not the most drinkable of the style and just sour taste after sour flavor with the bile like bite which I found to be just a bit harsh on the palate. I could not see having more than one which is not what I like from a Berliner.

Slatetank, Jan 24, 2012
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3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in 10oz goblet for $7. A pint would have been $9. Why is such a low ABV wheat beer so expensive? The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow, think pineapple juice, with virtually no head and absolutely no lacing.

The aroma was properly tart, with a nice wheat base. Same on the tongue, the expected mix grain and sourness, with any particular aspects that made it stand out. The body was on the light side, but still had a subtle substance, and a dry finish. Drinkability was very good, I could have a couple of these on a summer's day, except for the unrealistic price. Overall, a very good and enjoyable brew, and one that's worth a shot, if you can stomach the price.

beertunes, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

1424IpA, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

WeisGuy, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

C-Dog, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Srkolodn, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

asears13, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

ComRock12, Nov 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

PZBREW, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

pwoody11, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Tyler's (Carrboro)

Hazy pale straw topped with a minimal, wispy white head that vanishes, leaving the beer looking rather still. Smells like big-time acetic, lactic lemon. Flavor is sour...like, Warheads sour. Lactic, acidic, crisp lemon juice tartness that obscures whatever other flavors might be trying to poke through. Don't get me wrong, this was fun to try, I enjoyed it like I do overly spicy food; it's just one great big sour kick in the teeth without any grainy wheat for depth. Light, crisp, puckering. Too intensely acidic and one dimensional for the style and I can't imagine drinking more than maybe 10 oz. Expensive too, which in addition to the crushing sourness makes the whole thing seem more of a novelty than a truly sessionable Berliner.

wedge, Aug 04, 2014
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Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.