Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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world-class

480 Ratings
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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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Photo of rfgetz
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of codynevels
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Tmappin
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of nataku00
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Church Key in SF.

A: Has the look of a hazy lemonade. No head.

S: Plastic barnyard lemonade funk. I have never confronted a nose like this. Damn.

T: Sour as hell, and wonderful. Like a great gueuze. Citrus, funk, and vinegar. Yum.

M: Tart and extremely dry. Pucker up!

I can't believe I have never had this style before, and I love sours. Such a great beer and style; I hope more American breweries start pumping out berliner weissebiers.

Photo of jag21
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of DJButters
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of VeggieNugget
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Toronado San Diego.

Pours a cloudy, dark golden yellow color with a half fnger off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky, slightly earthy aroma with some citrus acidity,  light fruit and bready yeast.  

Tart, puckering mouthfeel with a decent amount of sour acidity that lingers over the sweet citrus and bready yeast into a lingering acetic, vinegary finish.  Kind of like a sour kvass with lots of bread, citrus acidity and funk.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into several glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for generously sharing this with the wife and me during a recent tasting.

Pours a hazed pale gold, topped with roughly a half finger of bright-white head. This mostly retains with a foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a frothy cascade of lace down the sides. The aroma smells of lemon, oak, acidity, and some light notes of vanilla and grainy sweetness along the back. Dry chardonnay character hangs on the edges of this, adding a bit of alcohol warmth to this.

The taste is lemon tartness with an acidic edge to it that then gets more lactic feeling across the back. The dryness of the barrel comes in off the edges and creeps into the finish of this. The wheat just sits in the background but nearly gets overrun by the tart/sourness here. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied and mellow feeling on the tongue but things do get a bit more sprightly feeling throughout the rest of the body.

Well this was certainly interesting. It’s hard to take this one as a straight up Berliner Weiss experience, as the barrel and funkiness definitely took this to an another place. Still, I’m glad to say that I’ve tried it. It’s a wood-aged Berliner Weiss for CRYING OUT LOUD!

Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this growler, enjoyed from a tumbler chilled.

The color is dull golden with a light haze and quick collapsing white cap with ultra fine bead. Lots of tiny visible carbonation bubbles stream. The smell is a good deal of sour aroma with funky nose and smell like a fresh squeezed lemon with tart odor and slightly vinegary scent. Mouthfeel is super tart and acidic with bitter edge like bile going back down ...it is a sour as stomach acid but has a sweet juicy puckering dry back end.

The taste is like tart lemon juice with the rind ground up and thrown in for extra astringency w/out any sweet flavors to balance -kind of funky with subtle carbonation level and very dry bitter taste with tannic presence and not really any wheat I can gather. Simply sour and acidic with citrus bite and mildly acetic taste with earthy jolt of sour and light nutty finish of wood. Overall not the most drinkable of the style and just sour taste after sour flavor with the bile like bite which I found to be just a bit harsh on the palate. I could not see having more than one which is not what I like from a Berliner.

Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BeforeNoon
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of juhl31
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Richard. Thanks!

The pour is a pale straw hue with a short lived white head. An excellent tartness to the aroma. Very sharp lactic acidity to go along with plenty of wheat. A little bit of lemon peel and maybe some popcorn. The flavor is similarly enjoyable. Great lemon peel and lemon juice tartness with an undertone of sweetness from the wheat. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very well done beer.

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