Headwall Alt - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tuckerman Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-29-2005

This is traditional style of altbeir from Düsseldorf, Germany. Alt literally means old in German. Staying as true to the recipe as possible, the Headwall Alt is brewed using German malts, plus German and American hops. Like the Pale Ale, the Headwall Alt is cold conditioned, dry-hopped and krausened in the bottle or keg. Similar to the Pale Ale, the process takes about 30 days.
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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 86
Reviews by BlitzShadow:
Photo of BlitzShadow
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with an exp date and a printed signature from the founders, Kristin and Nik :-)

Appearance- Reddish-brown in color with an excellent head (>1") and lacing.

Smell- Toasty and nutty within a full aroma.

Taste- Not too sweet and not too bitter. An enjoyable balance of toasted malt and hops, with a slight nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and well carbonated.

Drinkability- A very enjoyable Altbier. I was spoiled to have the Victory 10-yr Alt as my intro to this style, but this offering from Tuckerman will do just fine!!

PS- I'm finished and the lacing is still on the top of the glass. Nice!

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a dark brown beer with reddish highlights. It had a thick coffee-colored head. Nice looking beer. It had a roasted grain aroma, and I thought a touch of nut. Taste was sweet caramel, malt, a bit hoppy, and again a touch of nut. A heavier beer than it looked; a couple of these at a time would do it for me.

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

A- Deep but vibrant mahogany color, excellent lacing off of a three fingered head.

S- Toasted malt, hint of steely malt sweetness and a nutty yeast in the aroma.

T&M- Fluffy smoothness in a medium body, perfect level of carbonation. Solid malt backbone holds this beer together quite well, toasted husk and a modest sweetness. Just enough hop bitterness to balance it out, some nutty yeast in the semi-sweet finish.

D- A great job at tackling the Altbier Style, very tasty and paired well with some grilled bratwurst. I was happily surprised to see it in six-packs in MA.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, brought down from up north by Grover, thanks Mikey for the beer delivery! "Exp" date notched onto the label. April is notched, but you can't tell what year we are talking about...so what use is it? If its 2008, its 6 months past time, if its 2009, its good for about 6 months, hmmm, I'll give em the benefit of the doubt, but would it be so hard to include the year?!?

Pours dark amber, light mahogany, dark tan medium bubble head, showing some retentive powers and leaving moderate spots of lace on the glass. Light sweet, malty nose with a minor hint of smoke. Malty brew, caramel, vanilla, honey/malt sweetness smooth on the tongue. Again some very light smoke picked up late and dove tailing with drying yet smooth hops. Nice U.S. take on the style. Pleasant and respectable sessioner. Would work well with BBQ and/or as part of a marinade.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep, rusty brown color with red/amber hues, hazy from the yeast sediment and lots of life. A two finger, tan head is very healthy.

Herbal biscuit aroma at first, soft brown sugar, rootbeer in the malt, spicey-earth hop and yeast effect. Dark, dried wheat with a bit of all-spice.

A light crispy and jazzy malty feel and flavor, light biscuit, dark wheat bread, dry, spicey hops and sour from the yeast. A most excellent balance, clean light feel keeps it going strong for a long session!

Photo of BennyL1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. Notch on label states October, I'm guessing for 2012. Ah well, to the review!

The body of this alt is a deep brown with a nice white cap. The head sticks around for a bit and leaves behind some good lacing.

Aromas mostly of roasted malts which makes for a pleasant nose. Some light hops in there as well rounds it out pretty well.

Taste resembles the nose with loads of roasty maltiness. Caramel and roasted nuts are the most prominent. Some lingering bitterness but nothing to overwhelming. Good balance if nothing else. Medium in body and carbonation with a good smooth finish.

Good solid beer from a brewery I don't know a ton about. If I see another sixer of them around I'll probably be picking it up.

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Thirsty Moose. A bold tasting malt with nutty elements of a brown ale. An acidic tartness, unexpected.Sweet malt in the aroma. Very dark red and lacey. A bit watery. Not so drinkable, maybe another place another time would yield better results.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good take on the altbier style... pours a clear, chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of light tan. The head retention is average, and it drops shortly but leaves some nice lace before it goes. The body is medium and it has a delicate, fine-bubbled median carbonation. The nose is malty with a delicate note of caramel, and that's true for the flavor as well. It's not meant to be complex, just balanced. Solidly bitter, as it should be. It lingers on the tongue with some mild residual leafy hop notes and a dull bitter note. Enjoyable. Probably worth trying.

Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Beck's tumbler.

The brew is a nice chestnut brown witha rocky, foamy tan head, leaves nice lacing. Nice clean malty aroma. The flavor shows an excellent balance with malt and hops that makes alt such a refershing and drinkable style yet with a toasty heft. Really nice job!

Photo of Goldorak
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber, almost maple colored, a froth of beige that made a ring around the collar of my glass.

Smell: Way too hoppy for the style, it smelled citrusy like cascade. At first I thought it was just me having a New England micro hop overdose, but no, my friend who sampled the same Beer made the same comment.

Taste: Okay, the taste conforms a little bit more, caramel malts dominates and has a fruity mouthfeel, maybe again, a little too much hop finish. Brewed to style? No. Enjoyable? Much more than their Pale Ale which tasted too infected to review.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of February ('10). Sampled on December 31, 2009. It pours a maple syrup-brown with three quarters inch frothy, long-lasting beige head. The aroma has a kind of perfumey-wooden note to it as well as a welcome cleanliness. The taste is slightly bitter with a sweetness that comes up on the tail end. A nice brew.

Photo of SickGnar
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very ruby brown when backlit – otherwise a tawny brown. Pretty clear with a few bubbles rising to the somewhat fluffy large very light tan head. Good retention and quite nice lacing.

S: Bready, crusty, touch of sweetness, slight hint of roast. Hint of floral & spicy hops. Hint of yeast as it warms. Fair bit going on, but pretty light and clean overall.

T: Steely bread crust, some malty sweetness, bready malts, a bit of toasty grains, and a fairly big hint of drying roast. Spicy / floral / leafy hops are just a step behind. Not a huge ton of variety going on, but very nicely rich in a straight forward way. A bit of dark fruit comes out as it warms and the hops increase as well.

M: Just the barest hair over medium body with carbonation matched. Starts with some sweetness and chew, but quite smooth. Finishes a bit drying both from the hops and the hint of roast.

D: Fairly balanced – just leaning slightly to malts, but with fair bittering and bit of hop flavor. A rather nice rendition of the style.

Photo of DrewKid4
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: On tap from the New England Brewfest.

A: Dark brown with a tan head. Decent amount of carbonation and bubbles.

S: toasty malts and nuts.

T: Full taste of nuts and caramel followed by a decently equalized hint of hops.

M: Medium body that covers the entire palette of sweet caramel and nuts and the bitterness of hops.

D: Quite drinkable. Although not my favorite of browns, I would definitely buy myself another round of this.

Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, good untill October we good to go!

An appearance of cloudy dull chestnut brown/amber for the color with nce dark orange edges. Head a light tan but does not stick around at all.

Bouquet is small. Mild toasted malt but no yeast bent or anything. Not particularly strong for an altbier.

Taste is long story short, lacking and kind of lifeless. Malt strong sharp presence, but with a very light almost wet body. A nice sort of brown spice (nutmeg/cinammon?) in the finish but brings a stinging feel.

Overall not too bad but feels a little downplayed. The spice angle on this is totally unexpected and a nice touch.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rare Vos tumbler... quite the unstable-looking thing.

BB October notch. Baby gusher. Clear, with a deep brown & amber color. Cakey/scummy oatmeal-colored head.

Smell is crusty brown bread, just a little peppery yeast, & some faintly herbal hops. I'm a little bored. Clean though.

Tastes of simple crackers & brown malt, light yeastiness, & again, some very mild herbals. They even pleasantly linger a bit. Taste is more fulfilling then the initial smell.

Feel is drier then expected. Yeast is chalky. Body is lacking. Carbonation is moderately high.

Even being less then inspired with this beer, I can see casually consuming a few before really considering to put up an effort to change speeds. :)

Photo of edskirk3
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a respectable whitish head that wears away in a minute or two, leaving very little on the sides.

Smells lightly toasted and lightly hopped. A good balance. This is also true for how it tastes. Very well balanced all around. And it's quite tasty.

After a few more sips I can pick up what seems like a tea flavor. Interesting.

It's a smooth, easy drinker. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

This was my first Alt. From what I know of the style, it seems to be apropos on most criteria. The tea note is kind of weird to me for a German-style beer, though.

Photo of auxiliary
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Brown color nice thick tan head, that settled down. Nice lace on the glass too.

smell - Nice sweet smell of malts, and some hops present.

taste - Nice nutty taste, toasted malts, and some hops in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Easy drinking. One of those beers that go down real easy. Very nice brown beer to taste.

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears an amber brown with a small white head with some decent, solid lacing.
Smell is of grassy earthiness hops with a bit of a funky skunkiness.
Taste is not true to the German Alt style in my opinion. In fact, I'm not sure what this is. It kind of reminds me of a hopped up amber ale.
Mouthfeel is of that same grassiness that isn't very pleasant but it is drinkable.
Drinkability is not very good. I only got this because I'm a fan of the Alt style.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at tuckerman's tavern in conway.

A - nice reddish brown color with a light beige head.

S - light roasted grains, sweet malts

T - similar to the smell with a nice hop bite.

M - medium-light bodied, nicely carbonated with a light bite and dry finish.

D - paired with a clam chowder it was perfect after a long day adventuring in conway NH.

Photo of jneiswender
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the American Craft Beer Festival. Served in a two ounce serving glass on tap.

A dark copper body and an off-white head

S doughnuts

T cereal, very grainy, pastry dough flavors

M medium-full

D very nice. Incredibly flavorful. Great grainiac beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice picture of Tuckerman's Notch on bottle, it reminds me of snowboarding excursions up in Conway. Freshness dated for April but year unspecified. It's either really fresh or really old. I'm assuming the former.

Pours a big head that leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass. Dark brown but shines a brilliant oxblood when held up to light. Pretty muddy other wise. Smells of toasted malt and sweet malt. Not very pungent.

Mild body with a balance of sweet and toasty malts. Prevalant nuttyness, some vanilla with a subtle hop burst when swallowed. Again, kinda muddy.

I like their pale and stout WAY better.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts and touches of spice, nuts and hops.

T: The taste is malty and very nicely balanced with flavors of caramel, nuts and spice. There's some sweetness but it's not overly sweet. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice mild beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a thin head.

The smell is of lightly roasted, sweetish malt - some caramel.

The taste is of lightly roasted caramelish malt. Continental-type bitterness gives it balance - quite a bit for the style. Nutty, dry finish rounds it out.

Medium-bodied. A bit drier than expected...Flavor hangs on.

It's a nice American interpretation of a German Alt. A bit hoppy for the style, but not overly so, and it works well here. Certainly fuller in taste and body than some other American interpretations. Drinkable and enjoyable!

Photo of LarryV
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a wispy head. Malty aroma with a bit of toastiness. The roastiness comes across in the flavor in a big way, followed by a bit of hop twang. As others have noted, there is a bit of a tea flavor that shows itself between the malt and hops. Pretty well balanced and not overly sweet. I don't know if it's a good representation of the alt style, but it's a pretty tasty and enjoyable beer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Notched July, but no indication of what the notch indicates.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head over the clear copperish brown brew. Head fades slowly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is grain husks, with light hoppiness. Taste is nicely balanced, with the medium malts dancing with the rounded hops throughout. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. I can see this beer again in my fridge.

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Headwall Alt from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.