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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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468 Ratings

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 162
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the sourest, most acidic beers ive ever had. a 10 ounce pour of this was close to way too much for me. as a sour beer, or as something different, i like it a lot, but as a berliner, its terrible. berliners are tart session what beers, there is nothing sessionable about this beer from bear republic. its blonde and sour as the come, clear and with a little body. the head is soapy white, and an inch tall, but its dead in just seconds and the beer appears still at that point. the nose on it is caustic lactic acidity and wheat malt, simple but enormously sour. the flavor is the same, extremely one dimensional, and that dimension is sourness. i have no doubt that this will score highly with sour lovers, and i like it in that context, but its an over the top berliner for me, and was hard to get through frankly. a medium body too seems big, but its slippery on the palate, prickly and stinging from the acidity, like sucking on a lemon wedge times ten. at 8 or 9 bucks a pour down at hops and pie, once was enough for me, it hurt my stomach and sent it somersaulting for hours. i appreciate it, respect it, and am glad to have tried it, but its just too much.

StonedTrippin, May 17, 2014
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -8%

billab914, May 17, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hops and Pie. Bright yellow color, mostly clear, hardly any head whatsoever. Aroma is indicative that this will be tart, vinegar, and I could almost swear a note of tartar sauce but that could be the power of suggestion. The flavor is extremely sour, lemons and vinegar. It didn't taste bad but I have never had a berliner that was this sour, most of the berliner weisse beers I have tasted are only mildly tart. If you are looking for a palate crushing sour than look no further but I felt this deviated a little too far from the style.

ArrogantB, May 15, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Attempted to rate per my enjoyment in style.

A: translucent pale yellow with low carbonation. Some glass edging surprised me
S: sour and lemon, with an "I must be mistaken" hint of the sea (saltiness) in the background
T/M: mouth-puckering sour bite from the start, I'm loving it. Personally I'm not at the stage of looking for complexity in the sours I have. Grab me with a crisp, biting sourness, add a bit of funkiness to distinguish from straight lemon juice, and I'm happy. This fits the bill.
O: to me, this hits on all that I expect and want from the style. Being a relatively newer style to me, my palate might evolve, but for now, this gets a high rating.

cjgiant, May 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

sirsteve42, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

random846, May 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Hefewiseman, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

vfgccp, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of da_beers
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gainesville HOB - on tap

A - super light straw color. Big two fingers of head. Frothy.

S - you can smell the tartness. Makes the nose tingle. Citrus is prominent.

T - lemon warhead?! Super sour. Amazingly sour. This is amazing for what it is. Sips only on this bad boy.

M - light body, makes the jaw tense up from sourness. Drinkable?? I mean yes and no. Sippable for sure.

O - this is spot on for the type. Bear republic nailed it.

da_beers, Apr 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

GuttaMane138, Apr 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Jack_Tripper86, Apr 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

DanGeo, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

switzer, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Axic10, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Charliechu, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Zorora, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

birdsellam, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

IPAyForHops, Mar 10, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -71.3%

RDP87, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

MarcWP, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Williaar, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Beerswag, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

vissai, Mar 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Chip_K, Mar 05, 2014
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.