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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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460 Ratings

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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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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

Slatetank, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

pperez38, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BeforeNoon, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

juhl31, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3%

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.

womencantsail, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Gilmango, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

UnknownKoger, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

rmaste6282, Jan 02, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

A: Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation presenting a nice white cap, some lacing and bubbles

S: A funky ass lemon drop, some wheat and light booze

T: Immediate blast of lemons, a bit of brett funk, lacto forward, more lemon like lemon drop with some wheat, light booze

M: Light body but highly carbonated with a bit of Earthiness, tartness, light body, acidic

O: Pretty outstanding!

barleywinefiend, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

rbrefbeerman, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

On tap at Bottleworks today.

Appearance. Pours a very light and hazy straw with a thin bubbly white head that doesn't stick around.

Smell. Nice light brett funk, tart apples and lemons with a hint of light grains.

Taste. Nice and tart with a lemon-like sourness. A little bit of lemon and sour apples, with a light funkiness.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong carbonation. Just perfect.

Overall. Blown away by this one. Nice and sour, unlike some berliner weisse's I've had before. Even at $8 for 10oz, I had to have a second glass. Wishing I had bought a growler!!

Rutager, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Wow, a nice sour from Bear Republic for a change. On tap at Toronado. Hazy straw hued body with a thin head that doesn't provide much stickage. Great lacto and grain aroma, a bit sourdough-like. Little funkiness, too. Bright, sharp, acidic palate, pretty citrusy with a pleasant lacto profile that's extremely refreshing. Touch of pineapple, grain, not much oak or barrel to speak of. Brief, thirst quenching finish. Drank a few of these and could have had more, low ABV with a ton of flavor. Drank this side by side with Cable Car 2010 and found this better.

largadeer, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dsgolovin, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

coreymcafee, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

avaldivia, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

lballstar, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of musicman575
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Now this is a sour beer, true to it's style.

Hazy lemon with no head.

Smells of brett, cherry, green apple, and a littlle banana.

Beneath the zing lies the brett flavor and some earthy funk. Very good for an american version of this style. Better than DFH's berliner weisse.

finishes bright and dry with lingering tart.

musicman575, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

alano, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%


On tap at Stone.

A: Hazed yellow with a fast fading bubbly white head.

S: Tart lemon with notes of melon and a pronounced lactic sourness. Flowery characteristics accompany passion fruit and a restrained cheesiness. Earth is evident and I get a touch of leather.

T: Tart and lactic up front with an upper moderate sourness. I detect light cheese notes, as well as earth and grain. Lemon is pronounced, accompanying a lower moderate citric acidity and a touch of vinegar.

M: Light in body with low carbonation. The carbonation is my only complaint with this beer as it's a little too low. The acidity makes up for it a bit, but I'd love high carbonation on this.

Overall: A very good Berliner Weiss. Don't pass this up if you enjoy the style.

HopHead84, Dec 20, 2011
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

EDIT: On-tap at the brewery, June 2013. No growlers!
Just as sour as I remember but still only 4%. Tons of acid, slight golden fruit, very dry, tight carbonation, super clean, super scrubbing carb, very refreshing, wheat pokes through, a bit of chalk, a bit of lemon. Definitely refreshing. Faint peach and other stone fruit. Fortunately or unfortunately I do have to say this is incredible. Super drinkable. Score adjusted.

December 2011. Thanks for sharing, Mike.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy pale lemon color with a short lived white head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Funky and tart notes of acidic citrus, lemon and sweat. Powerful.
T: Sweet fruits come through in the beginning. I even get a bit of cantaloupe. Then the sour comes with a blast of acidic and tart lemon zest and sour patch kids. The tartness is clean but this would be very hard to drink a lot of.
M: Fizzy frothy carbonation, medium body, very mouthwatering and acidic mouthfeel.
O: Very tart but great flavor. Super lemon flavor and clean. Thanks again for bringing the growler Mike!

scottfrie, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

leschkie, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

BeerArchivist, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

OregonHopmonster, Dec 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

GRG1313, Dec 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

MasterSki, Dec 11, 2011
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.