Bare Bear | Off Color Brewing

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Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Finnish Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A long time ago in Finland, a bunch of Finnish dudes built a sauna. It was nicer in there than it was outside, so they stayed in there until they ran out of beer. When they ran out of beer they still didn't want to go outside so they decided it would be better if they just started brewing their beer in the sauna. And so began the tradition of brewing this traditional Finnish beer in saunas. Chock full of rye and juniper and spicy yeast esters, our sahti might inspire you to build your own sauna to ride out this winter.

20 IBU

Added by brandoman63 on 02-25-2015

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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i thought this one was awesome, i really dug this. i have had the bottle for a little while and didnt want to have it fade on my, so busted it out last night. a rye beer with juniper done in the sahti style, not enough of these out there i dont reckon, i have liked all of them that i have had. the label is amazing, i love their art! the beer has a mid red to light brown color with a frothy tan head with great retention, easily replenishing itself with every twirl of the glass, i sip it slowly and drink the beer over the course of about an hour and the head never goes anywhere. the aroma here is sweeter than expected, i get the rye but its not its usual dry and spicy self, instead its a baked slightly sweeter or breadier complexion, nice with the red caramel type malts in here. the juniper element is light, perhaps faded some from extended time in the bottle, but i like the spruce and wintery density it contributes, woody and heart and scandinavian in vibe to me. the flavor is awesome, the yeast is more prominent in the mix than it smells like it will be, almost english to me here with all the grain but also unique, makes this really interesting. the wild card is the red wine staves, this isnt woody, but there is a cool berry sort of fruity and lightly tannic element that i think is killer with the juniper and adds an intangible kind of depth to this, a weight and a wintery energy that it needs, hard to place, but it would be missing if it werent here. a little brown sugar sweetness, smooth and frothy feeling, even almost creamy, with a little rye spice at the end playing well with whats left of the juniper. this is drinkable for what it is, insanely nuanced and unique, and of the same high quality i have come to admire and expect from off color. one of their better beers really, i loved this! totally one of a kind.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Pours clear medium brown with a good beige head.
Complex aroma that suggests rye, wood, hops, and spicy yeast.
The flavor follows. More rye than juniper. Earthy.

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Photo of hman43
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours brown and cloudy. The head is tan and head retention is moderately low.

Smell: There are aromas of bananas, caramel, and juniper berries. These are all fairly balanced. It is a bit sweet, bready, and has a spicy background.

Taste: The flavors are featured with banana and spice. It is fairly heavy in rye flavor as well. It has a sweet flavor toward the end with is like slow gin. The spiciness with some clove becomes more pronounced towards the end of the flavoring.

Feel: It has a full body with some alcohol warming. It has moderate carbonation with a spicy, sweet, gin like finish.

Overall, a unique taste sensation compared to other styles with a great juniper, rye, and banana flavor combination.

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Photo of Chilmer
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheGent
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Haven't had many Sahtis so kind of hard to rate. That being said it is a lighter than expected beer but in a good way. Full of spicey and earthy notes to go with the sweet malt and yeast. Almost like a lighter and more nuanced winter warmer.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only beer I've had in the style so I wasn't sure what to expect.
It pours a dark copper color with a quickly dissipating head.
The aroma is slightly funky and spicy with a light Pilsner malt and an un identified fruity ester.
The flavor is definitely different. Its Pilsner malt with a funkiness that is between farmhouse yeastiness and a gin like flavor on the finish.
The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, very refreshing.
Overall, I like this beer. I've never had another in the style so I can't compare it to anything else, but I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked these up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL where it was sold as a 4 pack for $6.99, making a single 12oz bottle about $1.75 each. This was my first Sahti style beer so I didn't know what to expect. Not sure if all are made with rye, but this one was. No expiration date, but the company website says it's only brewed in the winter and this is Feb 1, so it's probably stull fresh.

Be careful when you open this and go easy with the pour. As soon as the cap came off the beer started overflowing the bottle and running down the sides. When poured into my pint glass, half the glass was filled with foam, so I had to wait until it settled down before I could see it's color and retention. It turned out to be a bit hazy and the color of an old copper penny. Despite taking up half the glass with off-white head, the head dissipated rapidly until there was nothing left after about 30 seconds.

The beer smelled like most its ingredients - rye, juniper berries, and sweet malt.

The taste was very pleasant. The rye was very prominent, but not harsh. The juniper berries and the six malts put it on the sweet side but nothing cloying. The juniper berries also gave it a light fruitiness. Not a big hop presence at just 20 IBUs, but enough to help balance out all the malt. I was told some sahtis are brewed without any hops at all, so I guess the low hop count is normal for this style. In any case I liked it.

This was a medium bodied beer with only a moderate amount of carbonation.

This may not be a typical sahti as I don't know if other ones are made with rye or other grains, but I liked how it tasted and at just 7.0% alcohol it's not so boozy that you can't have a second one.

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Photo of stortore
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Had 4/11/17.

Pours a mostly clear light amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Smells of black pepper, light juniper, yeast, bread, rye, vanilla, a light funk. The taste is light malt, juniper, yeast, rye, light vanilla and caramel, a little cola flavor. Smooth, good body, carbonated a little on the higher side, almost fizzy.

It’s good, with a nice balance among the flavors. The juniper was not as prominent as expected.

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Photo of DbbC
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of There_she_gose
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No beer dating found on bottle or label.
Cloudy, pale amber colored body. Off white persistent thin head. Lacing slides back into glass.
Bready aroma with spicy rye notes, juniper and caramel.
Malty taste, with rye spice. Juniper, with vinous notes. Quick taste profile with not a lot of aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, with ample carbonation.
Beer that is placed geographically in the northern climes, with the rye and juniper influences.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste: Grainy, rye, juniper, yeast and biscuit notes with dry finish. Same with the nose. Gold/Amber hue, clear, with a smaller head and lace. Medium light body. would pair Ok with Asian foods. 20 IBUs

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienArk
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Sahti, and this also makes beer style #100 for me. Fuck yeah! Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bready, some juniper. Taste is juniper, malts, cherries, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, although not something I would drink regularly.

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Photo of nperrier
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very spicy and malty. Nice texture to it. Pretty rich in flavor and taste, I would only drink one of these and call it a day. Would drink again!

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color verging on tea brown; a one inch head leaves a few spots

Smell: Caramel tones with hints of rye and juniper

Taste: Caramel and bready tones forward, with the spicy rye tones building in the middle; the juniper berry adds another dimension, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lwo to moderate carbonation

Overall: Haven't had many Sahtis so I don't know how good a representation of the style this is; reasonably enjoyable but I was done before the full bottle was consumed

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, pretty clear. Fizzy cola like head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head or lacing. Lots of fizzy cola like bubble continue to bubble upwards from the beer.

Smell is bready with some spicy rye notes, some fruity esters, pine and juniper, and roasted nuts.

Taste follows the nose with a spicy rye bread malt up front giving way to some pin and juniper flavors. Notes of nuts, strong yeast with fruity esters, and spice - nutmeg, cinnamon and clove on the back end. This would make an amazing fall beer.

Feel is very full bodied - thick bready backbone comes through in the feel. Mild carbonation. Spicy rye finish on the back end.

Overall this is a unique but well crafted beer. Rich, deep, and warming. Ill definitely revisit this one this fall.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a dark hazy brown color with a slim level foamy white head maintained a nice retention and left some sliding stringy lacing. The smell had sweet bready malt up front and then bleeding into light rye spice, sweet cherries, sweet juniper, molasses, honey and some light caramel. The taste was mainly malty sweet with a sticky sweet herbal quality. A slight sticky aftertaste leads into the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Carbonation runs fairly low. Sweetness seems to hit right on my tongue. Overall, its a good sahti, I’d probably have it again.

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Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bare Bear from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 235 ratings