El Oso | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted in the spirit of thirst quenching Mexican lagers, this well balanced amber lager is crisp with just a suggestion of caramel.

2009 California State Fair - SILVER
2008 Great American Beer Festival American-Style Amber Lager – BRONZE

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2003

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5/5  rDev +52.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Photo of seedyone
4.43/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/17/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not your grandfather's lager, unless he's from South of the Border. This is a lager more in the style of a Dos Equis or Modelo. IMO most US lagers lean to the pilsner side, not in this case. Thicker in body & more substantial in flavor this is a great beer. Even though the ABV says 4.5% it taste like a bigger brew. Give it whirl.

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Lager alternative to others.

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of marshrat63
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Elmer Sudds. Presented in a shaker "pint" glass and appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of fluffy off white foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of bready toasted grains, light grassy hops, hint of caramel malt. Crisp and quenching with medium body and carbonation. My glass was empty in no time and I ordered another. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of Deuane
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light copper with a thin white head leaving nice lace.

S-Slightly bready with a faint whiff of citrusy hops.

T-Sharp but somewhat light hop bite. Very crisp. Followed up by a nice malty finish.

M-Medium-light body with a very nice crispness.

D-Great summertime drinker. Like what one would hope all Mexican Lagers could be like! Super crisp and refreshing--Nice.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As usual, lagers suffer from a specific chronic syndrome on BA. However, I attend to review this objectively, judging it to style, not against iipas or impy stouts.

Had a pint at the Healdsburg pub. Wasn't served with fruit accessory (apparently some other BA's were not as fortunate).

Bright yellow with a white rocky head, plenty of tasty little bubbles were all aflutter.

Light cereal graininess and a mild noble hop crispness in the aroma. Light honey sweetness.

Its a good drinker for sure, beating any american macro lagers hands down. It's a bit thinner than I'd like even for a pils, and the carbonation was a bit too fizzy, almost had some blow out my mouth/nose on a vigorous swill. I'd recommend it to a craft newbie, but otherwise get yourself a racer5 and you'd be infinity more happy.

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3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Saraveza poured into Pilsner glass.

Pours a light golden-brown color with a couple fingers of off-white head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is mostly caramel and toasted bread and some sight hints of nuttiness. The flavor is all malt, nice a mellow, not abrasive and extremely smooth with a slightly dry, slightly bitter finish. It has a light-medium mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation. Really enjoyable and highly sessionable. I really liked the malt profile of this beer which is what and why it really shines in my book.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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El Oso from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.28 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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