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GestAlt - The Tap Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Patrick on 11-24-2009)
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle acquired at The Tap Brewery in Haverhill. Bottled Nov 09 and sampled December 30, 2009. The pour is an attractive brown with a thin head but excellent clarity. The aroma is an inviting sweet and nutty combination with something toasted in the background and a hint of caramel. Complex but pleasing. The mouthfeel is smooth and of medium texture. The taste has a sweet bitterness to it with a vague background of hops. Overall a very mild beer with a slight punch at 6.6% ABV. A very nicely done beer. I wish I bought another.

puboflyons, Dec 31, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pilsner glass. A medium brown color, a little hazed, with a small tan head. A bit of lacing.
Caramel malt aroma, some fruit.
Pretty malty taste, sweet. Fruity, apple and cherry. A kiss of hops at the end.
Nice enough beer. Not overly exciting, but still quite drinkable.

lordofthewiens, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Boston.

Pours a clear amber-brownish color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of breadiness and good amounts of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel malts with hints of deeper toasted malts up front are joined quickly by moderately bitter earthy and leafy hops. The flavor dries out further midway through the sip as the hop influence grows, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer for the style, though nothing really stood out. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +7.8%

PhillyStyle, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of GregPearson33
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper brown with a thin, dark cream head that receeded to the sides of the glass after about 30 seconds.

Smell/Taste/Drinkability: I think these are all pretty interconnected for this beer. Although I served this around 40 degrees, I still thought it had surprisingly little aroma. What little roasted nutty malt smell I could discern was pretty much what it tasted like.

Overall I think it's a little thin, but then again that made for great drinkability. It's well carbonated and goes down smooth and satisfying.

Pairing this with a meal of some grilled veggie sandwiches and its great - not too overpowering but still something dark to add to the mix. Not excellent, but a solid brew.

GregPearson33, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 20oz bottle into a stange.

A-clear mahogany/garnet body, tan head

S-rich, fruity, malted milk ball, floral end

T-sweet, malty almost entirely throughout, distictive German malt flavor (fruity), faint floral hop flavor at the end

M-full, slick

D-really good representative of an often bastardized style.

jneiswender, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, maple, honey, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that is followed by sweet flavors of maple, nuts, honey and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head. Head quickly fell to a skim of small bubbles, with slow-falling lace. Aroma was sweet with a touch of earthy hops. Taste starts sweet as well, some fruitiness in the middle, and more sweeteness to close, with a wisp of hops bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth but thinnish, and drinkability was alright. Sweet from beginning to end was not quite was I was looking for/expecting.

ppoitras, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub the afternoon of Night of the Funk 2010.

Pours a nice brown color with a decent head, though it doesn't have much in the way of retention. The nose is okay. In reality, there are some nice notes there but you have to dig really deep to find them. There's a bit of light malt plus some earthy hops.

The taste is much better with some dry bready malt and a nice earthy hop presence. An ever slight floral character as well. Pretty light beer with a nice bitterness. Drinks well enough and is a solid representation of the style.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is nutty, roasted malts and chocolate. Burnt chocolate finish. Bottled 11/2009; $4.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 02, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent coating lace. Good initial head that settles into a single layer of bubbles. Dark amber color, light brown.

Mild crystal malt aroma.

Chocolate and crystal malt flavors. Reasonably dry, but there's caramel tone to the swallow. Modest hop in the aftertaste, but the tale of the flavor is the complexity of the grain. The body is light, but creamy. Proper carbonation. Interestingly, there's a touch of coffee in the finish.

smcolw, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of KarlosT
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems like a basic brown ale. Ok. Flavors were pretty basic ... nothing over the top, either positively or negatively. I would definitely enjoy drinking this beer with a meal, but not so much by itself.

I've been to the Tap several times (the pub associated w/ the Haverhill Brewery). Worth a stop should you find yourself in Haverhill Ma (north of Boston).

KarlosT, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: copper brown with some amber hues. light kahki one finger head in perfect pint. a good swirl leaves spots of lacing that quickly slide down.
S: really just not alot going on here. if you pretty much jam your nose into the beer, you get a little bready malt, and a touch of carmel sweetness, but thats about it. i just dont find much definition here, sad because of the bomber format, where all the 12oz servings ive had so far have been quite good.
T: bready malts, stepped up just a bit from the nose, and just a touch of hops in the backend. otherwise fairly simple and unimpressive.
M: medium bodied with mild carbonation, and the carbonation is tue only thing that really brings any life to this beer. im left searching for something else and i just never find it.
D: its just pretty boring. i wont search it out again... but i wont say its bad, just overly unimpressive.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ms11781, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of turnstile
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle purchased at a Whole Foods in Dedham, MA.

Appearance: Chestnut brown with copper highlights; pours with almost no head - just a slight film and a ring of bubbles. No lacing.

Smell: Malt-forward aroma with nutty notes. A hint of caramel, candy-like sweetness. Hop aroma is minimal.

Taste: Malty and slightly grassy with an earthy edge. Faint bitterness in the finish, with bready malt lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium, and on the flat side.

Overall: Great as a thirst quencher, but nothing to rave about.

turnstile, May 26, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear deep reddish/brown with some nice light brown head and some slight laving

The smell is a bit grainy with some sweet malt flavor. There is a slight floral hop and fruit flavor.

The taste is again grainy with some coffee flavor that also has a sugar flavor as well. Some slight hop flavor that comes out and leaves a bit of a bitter flavor on the palette.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and feel pretty dry. It goes down pretty well with a nice crisp feel and is pretty refreshing.

Duhast500, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of gfreed
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent ruby and shiny-brown color, a bit luminescent around the edges with tiny bubbles in the beer (make me feel happy? etc.). I tried like hell to get a head out of this bottle but had almost no luck. Not much in terms of aroma: there was some sweetness that came from the heavy (and I mean heavy) malt, but in a kool-aid style that smelled artificial. Freight-train loads of malt in the taste smothered all else that could have served to balance the beer, although I detected a bit of hops whimpering for attention at the very end. Maybe. Don't get me wrong-- I enjoy malty beers more than hoppy beers, but I also like balance. This was waaay off.

This is the third or fourth offering from Haverhill I've tried, and each one was just fair, perhaps mediocre. At least it didn't have one of Haverhill's beer/broads/cars labels.

gfreed, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a rather thin head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Brown bread and caramel, with a hint of raisiny fruit

Taste: Opens with the brown bread and caramel flavors but adds the fruity character of an alt by mid-palate, with hints of raisin and coffee; the fruity elements persist, after the swallow, and are joined by a bit of grassy hop flavors, though this beer is more about the malt than the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not may domestic brewers tackle the style, but Haverill's attempt is rather impressive

brentk56, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Gregwa, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of guezarka
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

guezarka, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of kamoore63
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: Although they call this a "brown ale" by " I judged it more as a German altbier.

Appearance: Pours very nicely with a nice off-white head that lingers, especially round the edges of the glass. Bubbles present obvious evidence of carbonation. In spite of the name, the color is more like an amber or red ale with deep copper tones. It's actually on the darker side for an altbier. (Perhaps this is why they decided to refer to it as a brown ale?)

Aroma: Well-rounded and sweet with malt dominant. I picked up a very subtle suggestion of cloves. All in all a very nice aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced with more bitterness than one might expect from the rather sweet aroma.

Mouthful: Somewhat over-carbonated but generally decent mouthfeel. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Recommended

Additional thoughts on beer at http://www.kammentary.com/p/beer.html

kamoore63, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut with a tight beige cap. The head thinned quickly to a collar, leaving some transient, spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of brown malts, a bit earthy, slight caramel, faint hops - mild but nice. Sturdy bitterness with herbal hop character that lingered. Clean maltiness with some caramel, cereal, toast. Subtle chocolate and bready malts, a bit of roast, as it warmed. A hint of fruit. Lowish carbonation, smooth and refined texture. Medium bodied with some dryness. I quite enjoyed it. I liked the malt character - it had some depth, but wasn't overwhelming. If anything, the bitterness was a little on the high side, but that's a minor gripe.

DrJay, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lawnboy33, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours murky, thin brown with a ring and wisp of head. No lacing or retention. Could double for iced tea in dirty glass.

Some light caramel and fruit notes, with some toasted malt. I get a little booze, which is surprising at 5.2%

Nice flavors here. Caramel and toasted malt, but not over-sweet. Some sweet/sour malt notes, a touch of cocoa, nice sour/bitter edge as the palate clears. Great distinct flavors here.

I get a little carbonation on the tongue, but essentially flat brew. A little zip and a bit more body would go a long way here.

Liked the flavor in this one, but needs a bit more structure. A little watery and flat, and it really takes away from this one. Nice balance and complexity in the flavors can't help this one. I want to recommend but just can't. Borderline.

OtherShoe2, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ant880, Jan 24, 2013
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GestAlt from The Tap Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.