Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 167
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- When I received this beer, it really had no head. If I had to guess, I would guess that it would be pure cotton white. The body is one of the palest I've ever seen. SRM of 1,2, at most, 3? The body is a mix of the weakest lemon and straw that lightens even further to the palest of lemons. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Soaring tartness that evokes lemon and cherry. There is a bit of funkiness. Isn't full blown Brett but there is a lot of straw, stinky cheese, and mushrooms. Some mustiness but it is a very inviting mustiness.

Taste- At the time that I first tasted this, this was the possibly the most sour beer I had that weekend- a weekend that included Zwanwe Day and a Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. However, this did not turn out to be true. Starts off with a strong lemon/lemonade tartness that cleans itself up quickly and neatly with its superb dry finish. Some straw, some cherry- not as much funk as existed on the nose. Lots of tingle. I can definitely see the appeal of this beer and the recent acceptance of the style. It's a phenomenal representation of a style that doesn't do all that much for me. I prefer my sour tasting beers to have more punch. But at 4%, this is a pretty alcoholic Berliner Weisse. Straw dominant on the linger. Strawberry and stone fruits abound. Solid, very good beer. Will grade high despite not being my preference. Some grassiness and a linger of cinnamon as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability- Tartness is a little prohibitive to me but this will be a delight to someone who likes bright and fresh lemonade.

Overall- Solid beer. Very good. A must try if you like the style or maybe even if you don't.

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Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.