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GestAlt - The Tap Brewing Company

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 47
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
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:
Beer added by: Patrick on 11-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of my many samples at the ACBF 2010. This beer didn't really stand out too much for me. I've never been much a big fan of Altbeir styles. They classify this as a brown ale as well. The color was brown, the head was tiny and tan. Overall not much else was coming through for me on this. Not much of a hoppiness either. (321 characters)

Photo of gfreed
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" head which dissipated to a trace. Color is like a dark brewed orange pekoe tea, clear and radiant yet brown with hints of amber. Not much smell. Tastes of mild malt, rye, and just a hint of hops. Inoffensive but all in all pretty boring. In a blind taste test I would have guessed this was some mass produced generic beer. (336 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of BTPete
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably not my best review but didn't find the beer overly anything for me but not bad.

A: Brown with ruby hues, minimal head, no lacing.

S: Fruity, smokey, with lots of malts.

T: Malt backbone with some dark fruit in there. Can't put specific names to the fruits, maybe plums/raisins.

M: Seems flat and thin bodied.

D: Certainly drinkable, lower ABV that a lot of beers these days. Not my favorite from them and I've been impressed by a lot of their offerings. (469 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Haverhill on 2/27/10. This version was dry hopped with Tettenang hops.

A - Hazy reddish copper-colored body with a one-finger frothy beige head of tightly compacted bubbles that reduced to a foamy retention, leaving spotty web-like lace around the glass.

S - Subtle aroma with traces of dried fruits, dry leafy hops and spicy herbs. I was anticipating something a little more potent and aromatic for a dry hopped cask offering.

T - Initial flavor combines dark malts with an herbal hop character, giving this Altbier a very dry bitterness and leafy, tea-like quality. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't really capture the best aspects of either a brown or pale ale.

M - Light to medium bodied with a thin, slightly syrupy texture and some residual hop oiliness. Finish is quite dry with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - While this beer benefitted from dry hopping, it was still a little bland overall. The aroma was surprisingly quite average for a dry hopped cask ale, and the bitterness was a bit heavy. (1,035 characters)

Photo of KarlosT
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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). (358 characters)

Photo of turnstile
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of GregPearson33
3.54/5  rDev -3%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this at Winchester Wine and Spirits this evening. The beer comes out a nice chestnut color, with not too much in the way of heading. The aroma is mostly of coffee, caramel, and butterscotch. More of the caramel in the taste, along with some wheat and grain, however there is a bit of a metallic taste that throws it off somewhat. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, as it should be for a brew like this. Drinkability is hindered a bit by that metal taste, though I think that may be a result of too much age on this beer, which should be enjoyed fresh. Recommended if under those circumstances. Cheers (615 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nutty brown hue with a small creamy colored head. No retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Aromas of light roast, nuts, and caramel.

T: Thin and mild. The roast is there along with hints of caramel. Hints of pure grain and a dash of hops.

M: On thinner side of body.

D: Light and drinkable, light on taste. (322 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber received in a recent trade. Thanks again Alec! Bottled 4/11.

Pours a very dark copper/chestnut brown color that's almost completely opaque with dark golden ruby/mahogany edges and a one finger frothy off-white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy, floral aroma with hints of piny, grassy hops countered by lots of sweet malt. Hints of caramel, rye, toffee and hazelnut counter the dank, oily hops.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a nice balance of grassy, earthy hops and sweet malt. The floral, piny hops provide a nice amount of dry bitterness that lingers throughout over the sweet malt profile into a crisp, spicy finish. As the beer warms the toasted malt backbone becomes more prominent with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, rye and biscuit.

Overall this beer isn't overly complex but it's excellently balanced, flavorful and very quaffable. I'm usually not a fan of American breweries attempting German styles but this one is pretty good. I would probably drink this often if it was local to me. (1,109 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber at Whole Foods Dedham for $3.99. Poured into a standard pint glass. Very light tan colored body, with a thin whispy white head. Smell had a bit of pine-cone and pumpernickel to it. Taste was not my favorite, but I give it extra points for uniqueness. It had the malt body of a brown ale with the hops of a pale ale. Well done in the flavor department. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but it had a nice crispness to it like a fine lager. The aftertaste almost reminded me of a lambic's tartness. Easy beer to drink, but not sure if I'd make this a session one. An intriguing beer, and I can see why this beer has won awards. (636 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of sophisticated
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is my least favorite part of this beverage. Its murky in a way thats a bit unappealing to me. It is brown but with some hints of amber. There was a tiny white head that immediately fizzled out. The smell, however, instantly stood out. Apples, grapes, clean grassy hops, sweet malts. I like! The taste is very balanced. Sweet malts, fruit (apples, grapes), nuts, some bitter hops. It's a pleasant taste that is very drinkable. I could go for a bit more carbonation. Overall, this is a nice, refreshing, easy-going, balanced beverage. (547 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice reddish brown color with little head and carbonation.

s - Smells of toasted malts, as well as sweet fruits and maybe a little hops.

t - Tastes of both toasted and sweet malts. Also maybe a little fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonatioin. Pretty smooth.

d - Overall I thought this was a decent brown ale. I liked the toasted malt taste and the mouth feel and would try it again. (456 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into cervoise. From notes

This beer pours a nice dark brown with decent 1.5 fingers off-whitish head. Good sticky lacing. Nose is mainly biscuity malts with some minor pine and sweet caramel mixed in. Taste focused on the toffee and caramel malts but wasn't as sweet as was suggested by the nose. The drying biscuit-ness is in there too and I picked up a nice hazelnut, maybe even some pecan, in there. Great! Mouthfeel was medium to upper thin, slightly tacky. This beer is quite refreshing and I would most definitely love to have this one again, great beer for an uncommon style (for me at least) (605 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of kamoore63
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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