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Tartare - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Tartare
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

384 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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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tobelerone

Connecticut

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

Poured from 32oz. growler.

Hazy, pale, straw yellow with very little head or lacing; looks a bit murky which seems right for the style. Enormous sour lacto nose; brett-like funk and mustiness; lemon, vinegar, maybe a hint of wheat. Let's not kid ourselves; this is one tart and acidic aroma.

Taste follows the nose; powerfully sour and acidic, lots of puckering lemon, lacto funk, hints of cheesiness and must; moderate vinegar. One of the more sour beers I've had and a must try for fans of the style. An extreme Berliner that leans heavily towards the tart and sour rather than the funk side. The latter is in there but takes a back seat to the former.

Medium-thin bodied, moderately carbonated. Slightly watery, which could have been a result of the growler's life and transportation, which I couldn't vouch for.

While perhaps not the most authentic, this is probably the best and most memorable example of the style I've tried to date. Seek this one out.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2012 14:40:11 | More by tobelerone
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

01-27-2012 20:15:55 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2012 15:01:56 | More by Slatetank
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2012 05:59:32 | More by womencantsail
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scottfrie

California

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: growler

12-16-2011 17:32:19 | More by scottfrie
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Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.