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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

442 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 161
Gots: 9 | 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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notchucknorris

California

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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 21:10:56 | More by notchucknorris
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Chambic

California

4/5  rDev -8%

08-13-2012 21:37:38 | More by Chambic
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harrymel

Washington

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 04:27:26 | More by harrymel
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DovaliHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 22:38:00 | More by Alieniloquium
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-06-2012 17:47:03 | More by funkel81
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-03-2012 16:35:23 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ccrida

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 01:49:45 | More by ccrida
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dking1525

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-29-2012 23:36:05 | More by dking1525
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wethorseblanket

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 18:20:23 | More by wethorseblanket
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gregmoscetti

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-19-2012 17:00:25 | More by gregmoscetti
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strongaf

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 22:00:24 | More by rfgetz
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 06:04:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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AApparel

California

4/5  rDev -8%

04-22-2012 21:17:30 | More by AApparel
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is super sour, tart, and funky with some lemon and lactic acid aromas. Taste is the same with a fantastic mouth watering flavor and an acidic finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an awesome and refreshing beer and by far the best beer in the style that I have tried so far in my beer tasting journey.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 06:16:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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codynevels

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado 12/7/11
Reviewed from notes

A - Cloudy flouresent yellow. The pour came with almost no head other than a thin line hugging the glass.

S - Green apple, lemon, sour citrus.

T - Tart green apple, lemons. This beer is sour but not overpoweringly so. More tart than lip puckering sourness. Citrus flavors and a bit of yeasty funkiness are the highlights.

M - The body is light with a fair amount of carbonation. Goes down easy, but the sour keeps this from going down too easy. Just right drinkability for this style beer.

O - This is a fantastic beer. The best Berliner Weisse that I have been able to try. I will definitely order this again if I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 06:07:52 | More by codynevels
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What fortune. A rainy day says that I can't jump out of a plane, yet I am still able to beer it up and I stumble upon this beer. It's been a long time since I've had a Berliner-Weiss.

This is on the level. Tart and mildly lactic (and thankfully not too much so). Has that sticky kind of thick feel to it that fits to what I've experienced of the style in the past. If you've never had this type of beer before, you may not be prepared for it. Though if you've had legitimate lambics and gueuzes, you'll probably be okay. Regardless. This is an intense beer that does not cut corners. A pleasure to be able to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 07:45:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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Tmappin

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-19-2012 23:01:35 | More by Tmappin
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-16-2012 20:00:02 | More by John11486
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-14-2012 23:04:57 | More by Diomede
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nataku00

California

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a snifter. Beer poured a light straw yellow color with a slight haze. Minimal head with minor lacing, but a few bubbles of carbonation here and there.

Nose is funky, earthy, with sour fruit, lemon and peach skins.

Taste showcases the fruity notes, sour lemon, lighter stone fruits, earthy, funky, and woody. Hint of mineral flavor at the back of the tongue. Drying and sour on the tongue.

Light body with some decent zesty carbonation makes this very refreshing. What a surprisingly excellent sour beer from Bear Republic.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 07:03:49 | More by nataku00
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jh1982

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-13-2012 05:10:12 | More by jh1982
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-06-2012 02:36:36 | More by thewimperoo
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at City Beer Store, from notes.

Pours a bright hazy straw golden with a a few fingers of white, creamy head. Fades a to collar with spots of lacing. Grainy, bready nose blends with lacto sourness and mild citrus. Light earth and floral notes in the finish. Light, effervescent refreshing body with prickly carbonation. Flavor is dominated by a sour and tart lemon acidity with a strong sourdough bread presence mid palate. Lemon sourness builds through the finish with light floral notes occasionally emerging. Oak dries out the surprisingly clean finish. Damn Bear Republic, this was a surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 21:37:26 | More by yourefragile
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.