Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

480 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this brew 8 months ago via a growler from a trade. A recent trip to Capones offered the opportunity to try this again on draft. My wildly contrasting opinion of this brew made me revisit this review with a new serving type. Served in a ~10oz snifter, the brew appears a pale clouded yellow with little to no head. A slim amount of bubbles make their way to the surface.

The smell is lemony with lacto. An accenting vinous element is present that drives home almost a burning tartness to the nose. Somewhat champagne-like with slim to no grain inclusion but a hint of alcohol is noted.

The taste is super tart to the point of being down-right acidic and sour. It is lemony and vinous like white grape juice and acid were blended together. There is a faint wheat grain inclusion and a bit of greek yogurt thrown in there.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It very tangy and sour for a berliner which cuts back quite a bit on its overall drinkability. Fans of sours will absolutely love this brew. I surprisingly did not enjoy this as much as I thought I would. This is really a take on the style that exceeds the upper limits of how tart a berliner should be. It is worth trying but I cant see myself drinking more than a glass of this at a time. If the style was changed to american wild, id increase my rating across the board but for a berliner this one is brutal. This is a very rare occurance where adding woodruff would have appealed to me.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On- tap at Lord Hobo during Zwanze Day '13, reviewed live.

A- Very translucent straw color with no head and fairly minimal carbonation (although my friends glass poured from the same keg seemed to have noticeably more carb).

S- Peaches, lemons, nectarines, some barnyard funk, slight hint of vinegar. Very well balanced, smells awesome for the style, fairly aromatic.

T- Soured peaches, slight hay and straw, finishes with lemons, some berries, and a sharp acidic vinegar kick. Very nice taste for the style, definitely a sipper due to the acidity, nice fruity presence.

M- Medium bodied, acidic, slightly dry.

O- Tartare is a fantastic representation of the berliner Weiss style, and easily one of the better ones I've had. Not for the faint of heart due to the fairly sharp acidity, but a must try for any fan of the style.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from cursory notes; on-tap at Tony's Darts Away - served in a goblet.

Opaque, jonquil/gold liquid with no head or lacing to speak of.

Pungent tart aromatics suggest chardonnay and minerals (didn't realize this beer spent some time in French Oak, but in retrospect this isn't surprising), kiwi and white wine vinegar.

Bracing sourness with a fruit-laden freshness. Dry citrus-y finish with a hint of the mineral character found in the nose. Would hold up to a flavored syrup if served in the traditional manner (apple or pear especially), though it is pleasing on its own if you enjoy sour beers (though this isn't a great place to start if you haven't already been initiated). A good balance of lemon/lactic/wheat adding to the pucker.

Brisk lightly carbonated mouth-feel - perhaps a touch flat but not bad.

A very good version of the style, with some measured creativity on display from the exposure to wood.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Amesbury Alehouse.

Light fizzy head, hazy pale grapefruit color.

Light tart fruit, lemon, grapefruit tartness, banana and phenols, some lactic acid, hint of funk, little wheat like malt, plenty of toasty vanilla buttery oak, little lemongrass.

Taste very sour, lactic acid galore too, lots of lemon, little grassy, tart grapefruit and little citrusy, hint of light wheat and banana again, a bit of a light sour lemon candy, touch grainy malts. Then a nice light buttery oak with touch of vanilla. Finish is little flemmy, fairly tart and some lactic acid lingering with plenty of lemon lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carb and plenty of acidity.

Overall quite nice, good tartness, fruit and citrus, acidity, lighter on the funk and bready mts though. Nice oak too.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Amesbury Ale House.

A - Poured into a Boulevard tulip a not really clear light straw hue with almost no head at all. There is some light fizzy wisps and haloing.

S - Aromas of nice Brett funk, good french oak notes, lemons, light banana, strong lacto cream qualities that are very nice and bright.

T - Taste is just delicious. Super sour and tart, scrape the sweet tart candy residue from your teeth style. Love the light funk, soft lemon, and milky cream flavour. Mmmm.

M - Mouthfeel is lovely for the style. Tart and crisp this beer is counterbalanced perfectly with the lactose.

O - Overall this was a very nice representation of the style. Super sour and creamy this really shines in many levels.

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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and almost glows when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy sode-like (almost like a ginger ale or Sprite) head that quickly reduces to a few scattered bubbles on the surface of the beer - essentially nothing. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma starts with a strong almost brett-like sourness/funkiness with underlying notes of wheat, citrus hops, lemon, and vinegar. Additionally there is a light presence of oak and grape.

T: Similar to the smell but even more sourness is present. IN addition to the sourness (which is almost brett-like), you can definitely taste the oak and grape from the barrel aging of the beer. There are also strong flavors of sour fruit, vinegar, and lemon citrus. Very delicious.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly puckery from the high amounts of acidity in the beer.

O: Very enjoyable but only for someone that truly appreciates the style or sour beers - this is probably the most sour beer that I have had in the style. Not super easy to drink but a nice beer to sip on over the course of an hour or two.

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a 9 oz snifter. Pours a Mountain Dew'esque shade with minimal head and zero lacing. Nose is fairly subdued, but a powerwhiff reveals the heart of this beast. Lactic sour madness. The taste is akin to liquid sour. Like...if sour were an extract. The mouth is thin with a further tart finish. Solid beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 08/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Stag's Head in Midtown Manhattan, NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow color with no head at all and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, citrus hops, lemon, wheat, wine, oak, vinegar, acidic notes. Super sour and citrusy, just a really great sour nose.

t - Tastes of very sour fruits, lemons, citrus, acidic notes, funk, oak, vinegar, wheat. More vinegar and even more sour fruit than the nose. Amazing taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very acidic body.

o - Overall I thought this was an outstanding berliner; I'm struggling to think of one I liked much better than this. I had never heard of it and assumed it was a new BR hoppy beer and was pleasantly surprised to look it up and see it was a berliner, and even more pleasantly surprised to see it actually live up to the reviews and score. Tons of sour fruit and lemon, with some funk in the taste too. Would love to have this one again.

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