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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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478 Ratings

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 163
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

afsdan, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JCam9981, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cody_Mac, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

elkinbrown, May 26, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! Was like drinking liquid lemon heads in a good way. Smelled extremely tart and lemony and tasted the same. Extremely mouth puckeringly tart with very powerful acidic and sweet lemon favors. Just how I like my Berliners - overly tart! One draft of this is enough for but boy was it good. Wave after wave of tart acidic candied lemons but was still refreshing. Would love to have again

Zilaniz, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DubCo21, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cynic-ale, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

siege06nd, May 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

starrdogg, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

sloelco, May 18, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
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
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

billab914, May 17, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +9.4%

sirsteve42, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

random846, May 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hefewiseman, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

vfgccp, Apr 25, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +3.7%

GuttaMane138, Apr 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jack_Tripper86, Apr 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DanGeo, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

switzer, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Axic10, Mar 14, 2014
Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.