Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #7
Ranked #748
4.33 | pDev: 10.16%
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: 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
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Reviews by Greenplastic615:
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Greenplastic615 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Canal St. Pub in Reading, PA - 12oz into a tulip.

A - Pale golden and somewhat bright, compared to other, more cloudy berliners I've had before. Looked really nice in the glass.

S - Outstanding. You could smell the tartness, along with some lemon peel and a bit of vinegar.

T - Wow. Quite sour, bordering on wild ale sourness. I was a bit taken by surprise by the first sip, just because this was that much more sour than the majority of other berliners I've tasted, but once I was ready for it, I loved every minute of it.

M - Medium-high carbonation and lip-puckering sourness. Excellent, crisp finish.

O - This is, hands down, the best berliner I've ever had. The previous record holder was Funky Buddha's Passionfruit, and this one beats it handily. I didn't know this one was barrel aged, but after reading the description, I can totally see how the chardonnay barrel helped this one out. Would love to have again. Relative to other beers in the style, I couldn't give this beer anything but a 5.

Oct 03, 2012
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Galanis from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional. Light golden, almost straw color. No head after the first few seconds on the initial pour. Smell is not representative of the complexity of this beer. It smells faintly acidic, very lemony.

But the taste! Lemon, yes! But also gardenia and oysters. It's very tart at first sip, with no hint of the complexities to follow. But after the third or forth, when the taste buds stop retreating from the roof of your mouth, you begin to taste the barest hint of saltiness and floral. Half way through, the distinct flavors of oyster and gardenia are very apparent.

I'm not a huge fan of sours, but this is the barometer by which I will measure all others. Simply the best sour I've ever had.

May 12, 2016
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sideshowe from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Oct 03, 2012
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Williaar from Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Mar 09, 2014
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oregone from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Jun 11, 2013
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MrGone from California

3/5  rDev -30.7%

Apr 06, 2014
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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy yellow with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves the glass messy with sheets of lace down the glass.

Good amounts of lactic sourness, lemon, and wheat: complete and powerful.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with big levels of lemon, sourness, and what making this an incredibly drinkable American berliner.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Great stuff!

Aug 19, 2012
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On- tap at Lord Hobo during Zwanze Day '13, reviewed live.

A- Very translucent straw color with no head and fairly minimal carbonation (although my friends glass poured from the same keg seemed to have noticeably more carb).

S- Peaches, lemons, nectarines, some barnyard funk, slight hint of vinegar. Very well balanced, smells awesome for the style, fairly aromatic.

T- Soured peaches, slight hay and straw, finishes with lemons, some berries, and a sharp acidic vinegar kick. Very nice taste for the style, definitely a sipper due to the acidity, nice fruity presence.

M- Medium bodied, acidic, slightly dry.

O- Tartare is a fantastic representation of the berliner Weiss style, and easily one of the better ones I've had. Not for the faint of heart due to the fairly sharp acidity, but a must try for any fan of the style.

Sep 08, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Dec 17, 2012
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strongaf from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Jun 12, 2012
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Tmappin from Canada

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Mar 19, 2012
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switzer from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Mar 20, 2014
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snakeayes11 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mar 01, 2014
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blindpiggie from Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Nov 14, 2013
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rudedude985 from California

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Sep 19, 2014
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Funky and super sour beer. Slightly hazy gold beer with a quickly disappearing head. Smells like sour and lactose and peaches. Taste is really sour and funky but in a good way. One of the most sour beers I've had but it is really awesome.

Feb 18, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Foundry, Northampton, MA.

A- Draft pour to a tulip with a clear golden body. No head forms, at all, as the acidity probably destroys any chance of foam being born.

S- Acid. Lactic acid and lemony sours dominate the aroma but with time a slight backing of wheaties and old musty horse backs that up. Slight acetic acid too. Old wine grapes.

T- Intense vinegar and lactic acid opens up the experience and it leads into raw wheat in the finish. Honestly tastes like musty soured wine and salt and vinegar chips, in a good way.

MF- Light to medium bodied and boy is it oily slick; explains the appearance. Medium carbonation and a taste bud stripping finish.

Sour wheaty goodness. Like drinking a horses sweat that was left out in the sun for days.

Sep 20, 2016
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GeoffreyM from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Sep 04, 2012
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pperez38 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jan 22, 2012
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Lob from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jan 27, 2014
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mtrog313 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Nov 21, 2013
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ncstateplaya from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Jun 12, 2014
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Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sep 06, 2014
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Jun 06, 2012
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chippo33 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Feb 14, 2013
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