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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

466 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
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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Photo of Ralphs66
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Ralphs66, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

RES, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

jlindros, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

rudzud, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Retail1LO, Aug 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Giantspace, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of sourgrass
3/5  rDev -31%

sourgrass, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of splendidsplinter
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

splendidsplinter, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Beeradelphia, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

mhaugo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Stag's Head. Served in a pint glass.

Cloudy with no head, no lace, and seemingly no carbonation. Color is banana. Not the best for the style.

Nose is clean and crisp. Some lemon tartness with lactic acid and some other citrus notes. Solid.

The most tart berliner I've had to date. Big lemon and citrus notes. Some sour peaches also. Finishes off with lactic acidity. Sharp tartness in the aftertaste. Really good.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and juicy in the mouth and puckering going down. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. This could use a bit more bubbles to complement the flavor.

I don't know if this is deserving of being the #1 ranked berliner. That being said, this is different than any other beer I've had from the style. Super tart and juicy and very refreshing. Surely worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy yellow with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves the glass messy with sheets of lace down the glass.

Good amounts of lactic sourness, lemon, and wheat: complete and powerful.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with big levels of lemon, sourness, and what making this an incredibly drinkable American berliner.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Great stuff!

ehammond1, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was really glad to have this on tap at Jons Bar and Grille in Philadelphia.

Tartare looks real pretty in the glass. Right off the tap there is no bubbles to be seen at all, it's all liquid. A bright gold color with some yellow surroundings. Some swirls bring the faintest amount of trying to survive bubbles that die. No stick. Smell on this sucka is wonderful. I get some nice wheat base with some lactic quality. Some pear, apple, white wine characteristics. Some tart lemon spritz in here as well. Integrated and bold nose, wonderful to get into. Tartare is one of the more tart forward berliners out there, this is eye opening. Lemon, apple, lacto, wheat, pale malt, white wine, sour patch kids. Flavors are well integrated, body is light, lactic sourness, very lightly carbed, hardly at all. While the flavor was intene and mind blowing to say the least, it took me some time to clear my glass, the pucker is a bit overbearing, but oh so awesome.

BARFLYB, Aug 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Boz12, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a chalice

A pale, straw yellow body with a thin collar of foam. No discernible lacing. Slight haze.

The nose is full of lemons, tartness, grape skins, wet hay, and tons of lactic acid.

Whoa. This is easily the most sour Berliner I have come across. Just loads of puckering tartness with each sip. Lactic acid in spades with some lemons and white grape skins on top of a bed of super clean, wet hay.

Light, crisp, and refreshing with high carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel for a Berliner. Tart on top of tart in the finish.

This is easily the best, most in your face tart Berliner I have experienced. A winner in all aspects.

ColForbinBC, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ArchEnemyBrew, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Adamostella, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy, cloudy golden color with tight bubbles atop it. Big, tart aroma. Grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed, and just-juiced lemon. The kind that will sting your eyes when you first take a bite. The flavor has a light and delicate tartness—more tart than bitter, but it seems like there’s some bitterness midpoint—and a dry, crisp finish. Good one. I’d like to see this in bottles.

elNopalero, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

polishkaz, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronados

A: Pours a hazy lemonade color with no head. Kind of looks like that Lemonade flavored Gatorade.

S: Tons of lemony tartness with some funk, oak and a touch of cocktail sauce. Crazy.

T: I'm quickly falling in love with this style and this is by far the best I've had. Lemon Warhead sour upfront with a ton of lactic sourness. Tastes like biting into a lemon. Some light wheat on the finish. Amazing stuff!

notchucknorris, Aug 15, 2012
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.