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Tartare | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.3/5
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585 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#676
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
585
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours a pale yellow gold color with very light lacing and pretty much zero head retention. Sorry, but it's hard for me to be very impressed by a beer that appearance-wise, initially reminds me of bud lite lime. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be one sour beer. There's hint of light clove, lime, lemon and wheat, but it's clear just on the nose that this is going to be sour. On the palate, the amount of sour is overpowering. There's no light tartness that one expects in a Berliner Weisse, as the beer literally smacks you in the face with the level of sour it imparts. I literally get nothing else, other than over-riding sour (maybe there's a hint of lemon and lime, but that's really about it). Mouthfeel is fairly light, but then that's to be expected in a 4% abv. beer. Alcohol is undetectable.

Couple of thoughts and observations. I'm not a huge sour fan, but I've enjoyed the German versions of this style, because the sour component generally doesn't smack you over the head. This clearly does. I guess this beer is remarkable for the level of flavor you get in a 4% beer, but I just wish there was a bit more to this beer than sour, sour, sour... The couple next to me at BS were drinking a flight of left over sour beers from puckerfest, and I was surprised they hadn't gotten a sample glass of the tartare. The guy told me that he was a huge sour fan, while his wife (GF?) said she was a fan, but not to the extent her husband was. So I happily gave them my glass. The woman indicated that the beer was too sour for her, while the gentleman indicated that he enjoyed it, but that it was on the boundary of just how much sour he could tolerate. Don't believe I'll be ordering this one again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Goblet
From: Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg, Calif.
Price: $6.50
Purchased: July 17, 2013
Consumed: July 17, 2013
Misc.: Came with an option of a raspberry or green apple side flavoring

Poured a yellow-golden straw hazy color with gray head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal wet lacing on the sides. Poor retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled sour fruit, curdled milk, tart, kiwi, grapes and green apple.

Tasted tart, Sweet Tarts, green apple, kiwi, sour and green grapes.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, tart finish. Drinkable and refreshing.

A very good Berliner Weissbier that I would definitely try again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Brouwer's Cafe during Sour Fest. Served in a snifter.
Color of pale straw, and cloudy--almost looks like fresh farm stand lemonade. Smells lactic, with light hints of peach and citrus. Lots of lacto up front at first taste, with notes of apricot and lemon peel. Little to no wheatiness. Good mouthfeel, but no lacing on the glass whatsoever. Finishes very clean.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 585 ratings
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