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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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453 Ratings

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 163
Gots: 10 | 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 SpeedwayJim

New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

08-25-2012 00:36:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-21-2012 03:07:40 | More by t0rin0
Photo of ehammond1

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

08-19-2012 21:33:35 | More by ehammond1
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-19-2012 19:17:55 | More by Shawkabukoo
Photo of BARFLYB


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

08-19-2012 00:57:00 | More by BARFLYB
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

08-18-2012 08:28:20 | More by Boz12
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-17-2012 12:41:39 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-17-2012 03:21:16 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-17-2012 03:10:11 | More by Adamostella
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-16-2012 08:22:21 | More by elNopalero
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-16-2012 00:20:24 | More by polishkaz
Photo of notchucknorris


4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

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!

08-15-2012 21:10:56 | More by notchucknorris
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4/5  rDev -8%

08-13-2012 21:37:38 | More by Chambic
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4.35/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Chuck's Hop Shop - great find!

Pours a nice golden yellow, frothy white foam atop and much higher clarity than I had anticipated. Nose is lacto, grain, hints of soil and hay, a bit of lemon and green grape skins. Flavor packs a punch! Nice and sour with lemon and citrisy acidity. Nice and refreshing with crispy carbonation and a thin body - off dry finish that quickly makes me salivate. This one is probably the best american version I've had to date - really fine job.

08-09-2012 04:27:26 | More by harrymel
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

So excited to see this on tap at this year's Bluesapalooza festival! And not too many people knew they were tapping it, so I got to have like 6 tasters of it. I loved it! Appearance was a straw-like lemonade yellow color with a large, fluffy white head. Scent is very-wheat forward with a ton of funky sour aromas going on. Picking up a lot of lacto and acidic aromas. A lot of lemon as well. Taste is WOW... way more sour than I was expecting. Definitely the most sour berliner I've ever had. Sour lemon flavors with white wine vinegar and sour white grapes. A lot of wheat and funky lacto acidic flavors. Puckering. Mouthfeel was very light, puckering, and refreshing. Drinkability was very high. Overall, my favorite beer of the night. So much sour with such high drinkability. My gums did feel like they were ruined after my 6 taster glasses though.

08-07-2012 05:25:17 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

On tap at City Beer. Poured into a 12 oz. straight sided glass.

Appearance - Kind of a urine yellow. Hazy with no head. Not a terribly impressive look.

Smell - Lemon acidity with grainy wheat. A touch citrusy, aside from the lemon. Good, though simple.

Taste - Quite sour. Strong lactic acidity. Lemony. The wheat comes through in the background. Solid Berliner flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated. Sour, but not the sourest I've had. Balanced and refreshing.

Overall - Excellent unfruited Berliner. I'm spoiled in Florida, but this is quite good.

08-06-2012 22:38:00 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-06-2012 17:47:03 | More by funkel81
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-03-2012 16:35:23 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

On draught at the Church Key, Tartare is still straw yellow.

Smell is sweet, lots of lacto.

Taste is brightly acidic, really deep lactic pucker. A little grainy.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, if your a sour head. This thing packs a ton of pucker. Actually to much for me to really have more than another.

08-01-2012 01:49:45 | More by ccrida
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-29-2012 23:36:05 | More by dking1525
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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at Stone SourFest.

A: Pours a very slightly chill hazed pale yellow with no head or lace.

N: Fruits (grape, lemon citrus, apple), grass and damp hay.

T: Tartly acidic, grainy wheat, lemon zest, faint oak. Like spring sunshine in a glass.

M: Lite body and carbonation. Brightly acidic tart finish.

O: A highlight of the event. Sitting under a tree, listening to the fake stream flow past in the garden. Very nice indeed.

07-19-2012 18:20:23 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-19-2012 17:00:25 | More by gregmoscetti
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

06-12-2012 02:57:19 | More by strongaf
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New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +11%

Cloudy but bright golden yellow, bubbly and prickly white head, decent retention and some sticky lacing. Scent hits me across the face with tart lactic sourness, beneath lies notes of earth, grain and watery fruit. Taste brings huge tartness as nose promised. It has some good earthy, grainy and fruit charachter, but its really all about the tartness and funk. Big, bold and bright, aggressive yet refreshing, dry yet quenching. In my quest to drink as many Berliner Weiss' as i can this summer, i've had one that range from lightly tart and graininy, to this big, bold tart and sour one. Fantastic.

06-06-2012 22:00:24 | More by rfgetz
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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

On tap on the Triple Rock roof during Sourfest. Chunky yellow haze, much like a brighter hefeweizen. Aroma had all the lemon and tartness you could want.

Taste, holy jeez, this is the most sour berlinner weisse I've ever had. And uh, probably no coincidence its also my favorite. Just packs a ton of tartness into this, massive pucker factor going for it, thoroughly enjoyable though. Massively acidic. Everything is massive but the alcohol, oh the joys of a berlinner.

Bear Republic is so hit or miss with their barrel beers, and this is definitely (even if rare) one of the hits, and its a solid home run. Could drink this all day. Nice light woodiness to it.

Please for the love of God, bottle this beer!

05-10-2012 06:04:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.