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Headwall Alt - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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Headwall AltHeadwall Alt

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 193
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring to a cloudy brown color, Headwell Alt has a light aroma of bread and roasted malts. The head of foam looks very nice and it does leave some good lacing as you consume.

Tasting this beer reveals a product that is approachable and it certainly grows on you. The beer has a flavor that follows from its nose, with the tastes of roasted malt, biscuits, bread, some dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and some earthy hops. Nuts and malt seem to be the dominate flavors here and there is only a small touch of bitterness.

This beer is a tad on the sweeter side and while nothing amazing, it is an agreeable, everyday brown ale that most will find good enough to recommend. As I said, it is very approachable and makes a good choice when you want some brown ale to serve guests and don’t want to offend anyone.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of irrevjim
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle)
look; copper amber with a nice foamy 1" head that eventually reduces to a 1/8" covering, soapy lacing.
smell; caramel, malt, biscuit, a little roastiness, a kiss of noble hops?
taste; see smell, basically no surprises, subtle, tasty, well balanced alt
feel; smooth, creamy, a little light, mild carbonation.
overall; a really nice easy alt. nothing outstanding but in such a good way. balance...

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BlitzShadow
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Fiore757
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of En29356
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrewBest
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of BennyL1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of cliff1066
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Goldorak
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of DJoe
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of SickGnar
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of JDelder
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Headwall Alt from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
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