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%
 
 
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178
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31
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sharp golden color with a small fluffy white head that dissolves into a ring in short time.

Lots of lacto in the nose. Strong lemon aroma. Don't get much grainy wheat from the nose.

Similar flavors as the nose and it is wonderful. Tons of lemon tartness up front with a little apple as well. Relentlessly sour and puckering throughout it finishes very dry and oaky.

Light bodied, but probably fuller than most berliners with good carbonation levels. Supremely dry finish.

Not sure why this is a Berliner weiss. Scored as that, it would be much lower since it's too tart and oaky with not nearly enough grainy wheat that is standard for the style. As an American Wild, it is sublime and one of the best ones I've had so I've scored it as such. If you want a great American Wild try this beer. If you want a traditional Berliner look elsewhere though.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9oz snifter for $6.75
Sampled 04SEP12

Menu description: "Tartare is a dry and tart Berliner-style wheat beer spontaneously fermented in a 2500 gallon oak vessel."

[A] Arrives with a quarter finger of fluffy, bright head that fizzes out after a few seconds. A thin bubbly collar remains. The body is a cloudy pale creamsicle color - absolutely glowing in the glass. No lacing but very attractive nonetheless.

[S] The nose is fantastic and heavily lactic. Lemons mixed with general orange and citrus aromas. While I do miss the Brett character, the nose does just fine without it.

[T] Flavor ends with a relentless lemon-forward acidity, which is great, but the level of refreshment takes a hit. Bright lemony acid rips through the sugar crystal substrate. Lightly dusty on the finish.

[M] Strikingly tart on first sip. And very light and snappy on the finish. The mouthfeel gives the jaw muscles a serious workout, which is great, but does hinder drinkability to a degree.

[O] Berliner traditionalists would probably cringe upon trying this brew but I quite enjoyed it for the enamel and esophagus eating qualities that I experienced.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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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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Photo of axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's for their Black Friday event and served in a snifter.

Tartare pours a burnt gold yellow, and is totally opaque thanks to the wheat. The glass arrives without a bit of head on it. The nose has a sharp citric acidity to it, with just a little bit of grainy wheat appreciable as well. The flavor follows through on that blueprint. The beer is highlighted by a bright lemon tartness, which is just kept in balance by the flavor of the wheat. There's a little bit of a body contribution from the wheat, and it's the only thing that keeps the beer from coming across as watery, meaning the beer is perfectly light bodied. The effervescent carbonation lends credence to the style's nickname of "the champagne of the north". Berliner Weiss is a hit and miss style for me, but Tartare is probably the best of the bunch that I've had.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long time want right here, hand delivered to my house in growler form by the yourefragile himself. Served in a Bear Republic shaker pint.

Beer is yellow and hazy with no head, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is lactic and sharp, very sharp.

Beer is very sour, almost one note sour, very lactic, mildly succinic, an interesting and grainy bitterness on the finish. A nice berliner for sure. I do enjoy it and glad I got to try it.

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Tartare from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 581 ratings.
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