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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Tartare
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

435 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 160
Gots: 9 | 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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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

09-21-2013 13:49:12 | More by jrallen34
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at GBD in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass, drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, greater clarity than other wheat beer styles, e.g. hefeweizen, received with little head with very subtle glass lacing; moderate carbonation; no alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - really pungent barnyard sour flavor predominate with some background citrus fruit aroma

T: 19/20 - wow, this is one of the most sour but also most complex Berliner weissebiers that I have ever tasted; on the anterior tongue, there's an immediate pucking tartness but, in the middle of the mouth, I start picking up some more complex flavors beyond just Lacto (perhaps instilled by Brett?); don't taste any alcohol but wouldn't expect much at 4%

M: 4/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation makes it tart and refreshing; very pleasant

O: 9/10 - really tart and complex beer; much better than all of the German examples of the syle that I've tasted to date and maybe the best American Berliner weissebier that I have tasted; it really goes beyond just simple Lacto sourness where most of the other examples (including some of the best end); if you're in D.C. and enjoy sour beers, you need to try this on-draft ASAP!

TOTAL = 46/50

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 01:39:09 | More by MNishCT77
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Quackus

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-19-2013 23:33:02 | More by Quackus
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volta

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-19-2013 20:55:56 | More by volta
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

09-19-2013 20:55:42 | More by smartassboiler
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justwork

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-19-2013 05:12:04 | More by justwork
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at Alamo in Sterling, VA. WOW!
The pour is nothing to look at,,,super yellow - almost looks like lemonade. Smell is super tart and lots of sourness...awesome. Lemony, grainy, and a bit of ever so salty flavor...tart finish with a huge sourness...unlike any Berliner Weiss ive had. This is way more tart and sour than most...but simply awesome. Probably the best BW ive ever had...I hope to have this again one day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 03:16:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
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throwback

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

09-17-2013 17:05:06 | More by throwback
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sfr26

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-16-2013 18:52:09 | More by sfr26
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-16-2013 13:18:48 | More by aorloski
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 19:59:28 | More by DefenCorps
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HopsintheSack

California

4/5  rDev -8%

09-15-2013 15:07:18 | More by HopsintheSack
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass at the 4th Cellar Party at Bear Republic brewery. From notes. Reviewed 30 September 2012.

A: Milk-pale. Cloudy yellow. No head or lacing.

S: Vinegar and lemon zest. Lemonade. Hint of sweetness.

T: Incredibly tart. Lemon juice pucker. Very dry. Is that a tough of wheat? Peaches? A hint of lingering sweetness.

M: Sour and engaging. It makes me grimace, but in a good way.

O: A great beer, and an excellent example of the style. Recommended, but be warned: It is *sour*.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 06:53:41 | More by AgentMunky
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unclejazz

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-14-2013 22:43:50 | More by unclejazz
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-14-2013 19:36:22 | More by DRBiser
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RKing44

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

09-14-2013 17:26:52 | More by RKing44
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise

Hazy straw yellow appearance. The beer had no head and no lacing and looked completely flat.

The nose was one of the most fascinating I have encountered in a beer. Brett-like tartness and fruity sweetness combined in a very unique way. Tons of bright, lemony notes. Kiwi and strawberry came through strong as well. Hints of buttered popcorn. There was also a slight mustiness.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was very unique. Super tart. Kiwi fruit and strawberry notes dominated the front end. I also picked up a slight tropical fruit presence. The beer turned even more tart and lemony in the center. Ultra crisp and somewhat wheaty. Exceedingly dry. Hints of bready malts appeared in the tart and acidic finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and contained a fine, zippy effervescence. Super smooth and fluffy on the palate.

Tartare is a very unique take on an already interesting style of beer. Given its low ABV, I feel like I could drink gallons of this on a hot day. I really hope Bear Republic decides to bottle this sometime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 17:25:14 | More by Damian
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nkeckhar

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-14-2013 16:01:19 | More by nkeckhar
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-13-2013 17:09:28 | More by wdarcy77
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

09-13-2013 16:55:42 | More by Jslay013
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RaulMondesi

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raul is all up in it with his first experience at Toronado (San Diego). Like Mr Howell the III when he isn't stranded on Gilligan's Island, diggin into some tartare it is.

Light, crisp, refreshing... Like watching Lily Aldridge using a loofa, Raul can get used to this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 00:37:32 | More by RaulMondesi
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of sour ales or this style at all but this was one of the better beers, not just of this style but of all styles, that I have had. Poured a cloudy yellow with one-finger head and minimal lace on top of an aroma that is mostly sour and tart with touches of sharp, spicy citric. Smooth, light-bodied, easy to drink, tastes like the smell with an extremely sour, puckering, citrusy vibe with some funk and tartness (can't really put my finger on the exact tastes). Finishes real crisp and dry and don't know if I could session this as the sourness could wear but definitely a must try to have at least one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 13:12:53 | More by clayrock81
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loren01

Oregon

5/5  rDev +14.9%

09-10-2013 23:35:50 | More by loren01
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

09-09-2013 22:13:00 | More by DerekMorgan
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-09-2013 21:33:35 | More by Beerbuddy21
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.