Tartare | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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

Added by ChrisPro on 11-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
581
Reviews:
102
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
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Ratings: 581 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of acurtis
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the sourest, most acidic beers ive ever had. a 10 ounce pour of this was close to way too much for me. as a sour beer, or as something different, i like it a lot, but as a berliner, its terrible. berliners are tart session what beers, there is nothing sessionable about this beer from bear republic. its blonde and sour as the come, clear and with a little body. the head is soapy white, and an inch tall, but its dead in just seconds and the beer appears still at that point. the nose on it is caustic lactic acidity and wheat malt, simple but enormously sour. the flavor is the same, extremely one dimensional, and that dimension is sourness. i have no doubt that this will score highly with sour lovers, and i like it in that context, but its an over the top berliner for me, and was hard to get through frankly. a medium body too seems big, but its slippery on the palate, prickly and stinging from the acidity, like sucking on a lemon wedge times ten. at 8 or 9 bucks a pour down at hops and pie, once was enough for me, it hurt my stomach and sent it somersaulting for hours. i appreciate it, respect it, and am glad to have tried it, but its just too much.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a muddy looking yellow color, there was no head retention on this or lacing at all. The smell of the beer was obviously sour it's got a potent amount of tart aromas coming off of this one. The taste is also very tart/sour it reminded me of limes or lemons almost. It over powers the malt base entirely in my opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer is light, a little watery, it's refreshing and dry all at the same time. Overall it's not something I would drink a lot of but it was nice to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Good Beer, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color. It poured with virtually no head—just some hints of lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite sour and has flavors of oak and notes of grapes. The flavors and sourness especially linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and extremely tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
O: This beer is light and refreshing, but takes a long time to sip given the heavy amount of sourness.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kojevergas
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at the Churchill's Finest Hour 2013 release at Churchill's pub. Reviewed from notes taken standing up in the overflowingly crowded pub, so this review as not as detailed as I would have liked.

A: Pours a beige colour floater ring; no real head at all. Perhaps this is because of the taster glass; I've had this issue with a few beers now. Body colour is a clear pale lemon-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit weak, but generally appealing.

Sm: Light clean sourness. Crisp, fresh, and appealing. Pale malts. A mild strength aroma. Very good for the style. Inviting. Alive.

T: Sourness. Pale malts. Clean. Refreshing. Nicely tart. Lemon. Lactic as hell; I love that. Great fresh zesty taste. Perfect balance. Great subtlety. Amazing complexity for the style. I'm very impressed.

Mf: Soft. Light. Refreshing. Smooth. Wet. Perfectly carbonated. Has an ideal body for the style: clean yet full and refreshing. Great presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile obscenely well.

Dr: Very drinkable. Near perfectly executed for the style. I love it. I would definitely have it again; it's easily the best berliner weiss I've ever had. I need to revisit this beer in a better environment to really go as in-depth with my review as it deserves. An amazing offering from Bear Republic, and highly recommended.

Low A

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color; the head was really more of a ringlet though it did leave a few strands behind

Smell: Tart elements dominated, but there was a subtle hint of fruity sweetness - lemon and strawberries

Taste: The tartness dominated throughout, though underneath those fruit flavors detected in the aroma added lemon and strawberry to the mix

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wasn't expecting a beer like this from Bear Republic but they nailed the style with this brew

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Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Early beer at FoBAB '12, three pours in the festival taster glass, around 10-12 oz. total.
Quick review from notes.

Very pale straw color in the glass, nearly a pastel shade it was somewhat hazy and glowed when held to the light. Thin layer of white foam on the surface that stuck around for the first couple sips. Aroma had a whiff of sulfur at first, but this blew off fairly quickly, revealing sour lemon, sharp lacto, and faint supporting notes of grainy wheat in the background. Extremely tart, more of an explosive sourness that builds quickly and vanishes just as fast. Very crisp and clean, puckering lemon and dry like champagne in the finish. A well crafted Berliner Weisse, much more sour than most. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, the low abv was welcome and it certainly stood out as a memorable beer early on, preceeding a night full of booze monsters.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Amesbury Alehouse.

Light fizzy head, hazy pale grapefruit color.

Light tart fruit, lemon, grapefruit tartness, banana and phenols, some lactic acid, hint of funk, little wheat like malt, plenty of toasty vanilla buttery oak, little lemongrass.

Taste very sour, lactic acid galore too, lots of lemon, little grassy, tart grapefruit and little citrusy, hint of light wheat and banana again, a bit of a light sour lemon candy, touch grainy malts. Then a nice light buttery oak with touch of vanilla. Finish is little flemmy, fairly tart and some lactic acid lingering with plenty of lemon lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carb and plenty of acidity.

Overall quite nice, good tartness, fruit and citrus, acidity, lighter on the funk and bready mts though. Nice oak too.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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