1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Headless Man Amber Alt - Tyranena Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Headless Man Amber AltHeadless Man Amber Alt

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

190 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 190
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 121 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that settles to a solid cap. Lots of sticky lacing coats the glass. A very attractive beer that justs exudes quality. The smells are faint but hints of sweet malt and toffee. The taste is just that as a sweet malt is dominate with a hint of toffee. It leaves a creamy coating and a light/medium body. Very pleasant all around and a low ABV makes this a easy drinking beer. Definately will be buying this again when in need of a lighter tasting sessionable beer.

morimech, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-ish orange color with a white head. In the aroma, somewhat skunky and a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweet skunky malt, just like it smells, A smooth malty mouthfeel and a dry malty aftertaste. OK, malty and kind of skunky, nothing really that great.

OWSLEY069, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack
Coffee Grounds, Eau Claire

Tyranena's Headless Man Amber Alt pours dirty copper with faint orange highlights. A two finger white head formed on the pour that fell to a cap with a thick collar. Leaves a respectable lacing after every few sips.

Aroma is nicely balanced with a somewhat damp fruitiness and a pleasing caramel, toasted maltiness. Fairly simple but with a rich maltiness on the backend.

Taste is right in line with the aroma. Caramel and lightly toasted malts create a backbone that the fruitiness plays along with nicely. Leafy hoppiness on the swallow. Again, straightforward and simple but definately enjoyable.

Medium bodied with a nice smooth rather quick moving mouthfeel. Carbonation is higher than the look would lead you to believe. Slightly gritty on the swallow.

Easy drinking superbly balanced brew from Tyranena. I could sit down and drink a few of these without a problem.

Solid Alt from Tyranena. Probably my least favorite from them I've tried so far but a solid example none-the-less. The only reason this is my least favorite is because every other beer from Tyranena I've sampled has been from really good to spectacular.

joe1510, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of pweis909
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber with a largish head that dissipates when you are done admiring the looks of the beer and ready to start drinking (it laced my glass).

The aroma of this beer promises malt and caramel and the flavor delivers it with gusto. Malty sweet, and smooth swallows. No bitter bite, but bittered to balance.

Easy to drink a few of these.

pweis909, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is large, billowy and off-white in color. The aroma is of malty with a nice caramel and floral notes, but is rather faint. The taste is very balanced with caramel up front and flower in the background. The mouthfeel medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I can see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a lightly hazy amber/red with a fizzy half inch of head and lots of active bubbles. Aromas start off with lightly toasty caramel malts. Nutty aromas alongside some fruit aspects as well. Herbal hops in the background. Pretty nice overall.

First sip brings nice caramel malt upfront along with some nutty undertones. Toasted grains flow into a nice grassy, herbal hoppiness that carries a touch of bitterness with it on the way down. Finishes clean and a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a plenty of carbonation. An easy drinking alt that ends up being quite refreshing too. Overall, Headless Man is a tasty brew from Tyranena and one of my favorites from the regular lineup.

orbitalr0x, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good looking amber colored brew with a nice creamy tan head followed by a nice lacing, all the way down.
Aroma is essentially malt-related; caramels, toffee, but an occasional, delicate grassy smell mingles in it well.
Medium to light, but still creamy, it is well-rounded and easy to drink, with mostly caramel, and some occasional earhty, fgrassy overtone. Not complex, but still pleasant.
A nice session beer.

brdc, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of HoppyBen
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one's a fine drinker! Perfect on a warm summer eve, this ale with it's colorful name also boasts a brilliant color. It sits in my glass a deep golden brown. It almost looks like thin honey. The head forms quite beautifully and uniformly, clinging to the glass till the very last swallow.
The nose of this ale is very nice indeed. It's hearty and full though not heavily nuanced. The main smells are that of grain, almost like toasted wheat kernals. It smells heavily of wheat germ, in all honesty. There are a few hints of this and that but only the lightest traces to include milk-chocolate, and straight yeast.
Ah the flavor! Mellow and pleasant are the adjectives that spring to mind. While the strong nose might make one brace, the reality is that this ale goes down quite smoothly with a mild, liquid-grain taste and a dry, ever so slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel on this one is quite exceptional, I must say. This is the way beer should be in the mouth. It flows like water along the mouth yet feels ever so slightly heavier. In the end in clings just a bit leaving it's aforementioned finish.
All in all this is a fine ale. If you are looking for bold powerful flavor, this is not where to find it. If you are looking for a pleasing relaxing and refreshing ale, please, sir or madam, drink up!

HoppyBen, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good solid beer. Served with a nice full head and plenty of lace. Very nice reddish color. Mild aroma. Super balanced. Malty, caramely and a little dry. Definitely a session beer. Good body. Nice clean and easy finsih. Reminds me of their fighting finches mai bock.

drpimento, May 04, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy reddish copper color. Not much head formation but there is a resilient patch covering about half the top. Lots of dotted lace.

Aroma - a biscuity malt with lots of yummy toasted character.

Taste - almost an English style malt foundation. That biscuity, slightly buttery ESB-ness is what I taste first. Reminds me of a copper ale. Good toasted grain flavors on the swallow and a light balancing bitterness on the aftertaste. Not a show-stopper but a good solid flavor.

Mouthfeel - average body, maybe a tad lighter. Active carbonation.

Drinkability - good session pick, props to jj21 for this sample.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Headless Man pours a clear copper body with deep orange highlights beneath a creamy head of tan that holds well and leaves some very nice walls of tiny lace about the glass.

Sweetish caramelish malt is found in the nose along with a hint of leafy and grassy hops. It's very clean and welcoming.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gentle crispness due to a very fine, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is just a touch richer than the nose suggests, but it's basically the same. The sweetness of the malt appears at the tip of the tongue, and then it warms to reveal it's caramelish, lightly toasty, and even somewhat honeyish side. A brisk bitterness rises across the middle, and grassy and leafy hops become apparent, lingering into a long-lasting, very dry finish. It's not overly sweet up-front, and not overly bitter at the back - in fact it's balanced perfectly to reveal all of its components.

Quite enjoyable! A very clean, well-brewed ale that exemplifies the altbier style nicely. Well done!

NeroFiddled, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While this beer didn't strike me as being incredibly on-style, it did impress me as being a very tasty amber ale.

Appearance was a sparkling copper red with an abudant white head (good).

Aroma was light and like a very good amber ale (Breckenridge Avalanche comes to mind).

Flavor was malty with a very lightly sweet and sour aftertaste. It was good.

Mouthfeel was light.

Overall, I would recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of supercolter
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a particularly bad beer, but if you have had any of Tyranena's other offerings, this one is a bit disappointing.
There is no real backbone to the beer, very light for the style. There is also little to no head or lacing. It drinks decent but only because the flavor is rather weak. The malt has a decent flavor, but again is underdone.

supercolter, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts and describes two ancient formations at the bottom of a lake in Lake Mills, WI; a headless man and a turtle. No clear indication of when this beer was made, a date stamp on the bottom means nothing to me.

Appearance: Pours with little to no head, what is there falls quickly to nothing. The beer itself is a deep apricot amber color with a very slight chill haze and several stream of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Malty sweetness with slight earthy undertones.

Taste: The lagering process definitely makes this a smooth beer, no one single flavor stands above the rest. Starts with a hint of grassy hop flavor, followed by a very sligthly sweet caramel malt flavor. Finishes with a very small amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average to sligthly below average level of carbonation. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Overall, I think I could have a few of these. There just aren't any tremendous flavors to keep me here too long.

beveritt, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with a low off-white and short lived head which did leave tracings on the glass.

The aroma contained a bit of chocolate and a slightly grassy hop presence. Some caramel was notable as was a bit of estery fruit. The aroma had a nutty and toasty component as well.

The flavor was moderately bitter with a slightly grassy and lightly citrusy character. The bittering was held in check by a well achieved level of maltiness. The malt had a bit of caramel with a nutty and lightly toasty impression.

The finish was dry, but not overly so, with lasting flavor of hop The body was medium with a lower than expected level of carbonation. The beer was very smooth to drink. A nice altbier.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks afatty!

GCBrewingCo, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange-amber with a head that quickly dissipates to a thin bead. Well named. Absolutely mouthwatering aroma - toasty sweet Munich malt with some hazelnut and noble hops. You don't like the smell of this I don't know what to tell you.

This is SO well integrated - just perfectly balanced between a nutty, toasty, slightly caramelly maltiness, a gentle bitterness, noble hop flavors (there's Hallertau in here somewhere)... all there, all complimenting each other. As it warms a bit of fruitiness (apricots?) and a hint of grain appears. Finishes with a toasty nutty maltiness and an earthy, slightly floral hoppiness. Medium bodied and eminently quaffable.

Not overdone in any way and all the better for it - just a solid, good tasting Alt. Thanks to BA KeffKrenner for the bottle!

sponberg, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 06 Apr 06 with 1816 on the bottle, poured into a pint glass

A—pours slightly hazed amber orange with a 1 inch sand colored fluffy white head that fades down quickly to a thin sheet, lacing is very thick

S—very sweet and malty, touch of caramel, candy sweetness is allover the nose in this one

T—sweet caramel, lightly bitter, some bready flavors, overall balance is very good and makes it very tasty

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a good session brew in this one, I would have it again for sure.

hanco005, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from their variety pack. Its one Ive had before and I consider it to be one of the better regular offerings.

This lager poured a deep amber with a slight coppery tint. A nice two finger creamy off white head formed and wanted to stick around. The beer was nicely carbonated, and thick lacings were present even until i reached the bottom of my glass.

Main scent toasted malts. Theres also floral hops and a slight citrusy lemongrass aroma.

This beer's taste is quite similar to the nose. Theres lightly honeyed toasted biscuit flavours complemented by earthy and mildly floral hops.

This is a nicely balanced light to medium bodied lager. It has a slight creamy smoothness which is broken yet complemented by its lively carbonation

This is a very drinkable lager. Would make great session/crossover fare. Im sure ill be enjoying this one again sometime.

demcorhip, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Tyranena "Legendary" sampler 12-pack for the 4th. Good way to try a few of their brews I've yet to try and enjoy the ones I know I love.

Pours a medium/dark amber-orange with a finger of off-white head that fades to a soapy film. Nose starts off with a blast of metallic-copper-rust, grainy malt, caramel and toasted nuts. If there's such a thing as a "Nut Bomb" this is it. Nuttier than most nut browns I've tried, along with loads of bready/caramel sweet malt and a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated on the tongue but silky smooth in the mouth. This is a hell of a drinker - plenty of flavor, light-bodied, refreshing. Again, this beer is nut-rageous, so if that's not your thing, well, you've been warned. Otherwise, seek this one out. Another winner from Lake Mills.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours a clear watery amber into a "Between the Buns" pint glass, small beige head with very little lacing

smell: toasted malt, grainy, light altbier rust factor that i always seem to detect, nutty, light caramel...nothing too special here

taste: pretty good alt...lightly metallic, an american amber - altbier hybrid from the taste of it, caramel apple, nutty character, toasted malt, dry grain, slightly doughy

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body

drinkability: sessionable

dirtylou, May 18, 2006
Photo of longarm
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explosive at first, dissipates moderately leaving a light beige rocky head to cap an amber-orange brew. Sticky lacing, but certainly fantastic carbonation.

Relatively lightly aromatic with faint hints of nuttiness (perhaps hazelnuts) and metallic hops.

Generally a very smooth beer with balanced malt and hop flavors from beginning to the end of each sip. Mostly clean with a mildly metallic hoppy finish that mirrors the aroma as expected. Maybe that's the Tettnanger hops??? Medium to light bodied and nearly perfect mouthfeel.

While it's hard to say that anything really stands-out to make this beer exceptional, it might be slightly better than the sum of its parts. It's certainly a quality beer, quite drinkable, and I highly recommend it. Try pairing this with brats or pork for a special treat.

longarm, May 07, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal carbonation yet decent white foam with minimal retention. Color is…well…old amber… Creamy-sweet nose with a big floral/lemon element. Tastes sweet, almost cloying with touches of whiskey, caramel, and sugar in the raw. Laid back but well hopped. Bitter, floral finish. Clean, drinkable, and very enjoyable. Doesn’t seem to fit too well in the style but I’m no Alt expert so what the hay, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of battlekow
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, crystal-clear reddish-gold. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: Malty and a little nutty.

Taste: Pretty malty, with a little bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Satisfyingly thick.

Drinkability: Oh, you could throw back about fifteen of these, but you still wouldn't get much character. An altbier is apparently an aged brown ale, but this is definitely amber/red territory.

battlekow, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of bnuttz
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden amber color, with a very fizzy yellow head. Aroma is caramel malts and noble german hops, spicy like. Taste is doughy and bread like up front. There is some definite nuttiness to the taste as well. Some hop bite is apparent at the end, again its a spicy noble hop presence. There is somewhat of a metallic aftertaste present to this beer as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not too light. A great session brew here. Not sure how stylistically sound this example is, as it is my first, but I will now definitely explore.

bnuttz, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of proc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a dark amber in the glass with a moderate-sized head. Aroma is that of biscuit dough and malt. The taste is malty with a residual, light sweetness on the swallow. This would be a good thirst quencher on a warm day. (Thanks to fantome for the offering).

proc, Apr 24, 2005
Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.