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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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384 Ratings

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%

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 Alieniloquium


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Photo of ccrida


3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Photo of wethorseblanket


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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
Photo of codynevels


4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Photo of nataku00


4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of Heavenisbeer


4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 08:16:56 | More by Heavenisbeer
Photo of corby112


4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 00:46:36 | More by corby112
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 00:56:15 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 22:59:25 | More by Rutager
Photo of largadeer


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 01:04:17 | More by largadeer
Photo of musicman575


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 05:23:25 | More by musicman575
Photo of HopHead84


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5


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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 03:57:46 | More by HopHead84
Photo of wagenvolks


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

7 oz pour at City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA.

Attractive in the glass, Tartare sits with a bright goldenrod body that fades to a hazy pale yellow at the edges. Up top, a well-retained cap of off-white foam holds court. Aroma is incredibly balanced for the style, with a pungent burst of sour citrus backed by bread crust and a tinge of earthy hops.

I've gotta hand it to Bear Republic...they usually win me over with their hoppy beers (e.g., Racer X, Mach 10), but this beer takes the cake. Tartness hits the tongue and refuses to let go, but at the same time it doesn't overwhelm the palate with sour acidity. Lemon, sourdough, and vinous funk are equally in effect. Mouthfeel is ultimately crisp and well-carbonated. The 4% is perhaps the crowned jewel of this beer...so flavorful, yet entirely sessionable all the while. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 06:57:46 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Halcyondays


4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head. Solid head retention for the style, but doesn't last all the way through the glass.

S: Lots of acid and funk, bit of acetic, smells a bit like a The Bruery sour intially. Fragrant and floral.

T: Lemons and acid. Full-flavoured with a strong citrus component. Very tasty.

M: Medium-high acidity, it's got it, but not to the degree of those around me that had it stated IMO. Light-bodied, refreshing for sure.

O: A really good and impressive Berliner Weisse. Maybe not completely to style, but this was one good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 01:26:57 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of DoubleJ


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kyle is one of the main guys behind the bar at Beachwood BBQ, and when I saw him giggling as he sampled a newly tapped keg of Tartare, I knew this had to be good. On to the beer:

Highlight yellow in color. It almost looks like it's glowing. The nose is simple, yet the intensity and balance of the acidity and tart fruits are excellent. You can say the same for the taste as well; simple and surprisingly delicious. Tart tart tart tart tart. You certainly feel your saliva glands kicking in as the acidity washes over the palate.

Bear Republic is a very good brewery, though it is not known for sour ales, so it was a great surprise to everybody that this came out of Headlesburg. This is a beer that should turn some heads.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 04:37:00 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of PerHops


4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer! I had this on draft today at the pub and it blew me away. Unfortunately so did a couple of their other beers and I opted for a different growler. I regretted not getting this one the minute I left. I can only hope I will be able to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 06:01:18 | More by PerHops
Photo of ChrisPro


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at FoBaB 2011.

A - Cloudy golden with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Nice funk. Some hay, a little earthy spice and some good lemon zest.

T - A bit grassy, then nice lemon tartness. Incredibly drinkable. A bit more tart than other berliners, but I really liked it.

M - a bit fuller than I expected, and felt like the ABV might be a bit high for the style, but it had mild carbonation that worked well.

O - Super drinkable and nice and complex. Lots going on with this beer and I went back for a couple servings. Well made berliner that I would drink often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 21:20:34 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of macrosmatic


4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Huge thanks to eyebereej for bringing this one on his trip to Florida! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL Hill Farmstead growler into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy light yellow with a thin white head and a couple streams of visible carbonation meandering up the side.

S: Wow. Huge nose on this one. Very funky and tart, with wet grass and barnyard, tons of lactic acid, some lemony citrus, a bit grainy and sour as well.

T: Big sour lactic mouth-puckering up front, with a solid lemon citrus, funky and tart, with hints of barnyard. A moderate wheat graininess on the exhale, along with some serious tartness.

M: Light body, low carbonation sensation (possibly from the growler serving vessel), and low alcohol presence.

O: Excellent interpretation of a base berliner. This one has some serious tartness. This is probably the most enjoyable non-fruited berliner I've ever had, and this is coming from someone with access to Cigar City, Peg's and Wakefield's stuff. Excellent, and highly recommended. I must get more...

Serving type: growler

08-26-2013 14:25:10 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Thorpe429


3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing this growler. Served in a cervoise. The nose is fairly tart with a bit of wheat in the background, but mostly sourness and light stone fruits. Flavor is similar. It's quite tart, and unfortunately doesn't have much dry wheat character like a great Berliner. Instead, it's more of an American Wild, though a good one at that.

Serving type: growler

12-17-2012 23:08:36 | More by Thorpe429
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long time want right here, hand delivered to my house in growler form by the yourefragile himself. Served in a Bear Republic shaker pint.

Beer is yellow and hazy with no head, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is lactic and sharp, very sharp.

Beer is very sour, almost one note sour, very lactic, mildly succinic, an interesting and grainy bitterness on the finish. A nice berliner for sure. I do enjoy it and glad I got to try it.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2012 18:25:11 | More by drabmuh
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