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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

460 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 160
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Giantspace, Aug 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

sourgrass, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of splendidsplinter
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

splendidsplinter, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

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 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Beeradelphia, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

mhaugo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -6%

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 -2.1%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

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 +3.7%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

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 +15.2%

Boz12, Aug 18, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

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 +3.7%

ArchEnemyBrew, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Adamostella, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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 +3.7%

polishkaz, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

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
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Chambic, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

harrymel, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

DovaliHops, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

funkel81, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 03, 2012
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.