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Headless Man Amber Alt - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2002

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Photo of Contagion
2.41/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is a nice golden amber color to the beer. The body itself is clear and light passes through it easily. It formed a quarter inch head made of tiny bubbles that fades to a film on the top of the beer. There is no lacing on the glass at all.

The smell is a combination of malts and a hint of caramel. There is also a slight biscuit scent to it. You can also get a slight hint of hops. The taste is a mix of caramel malts and a slight burnt bread taste. A hint of grassy hops is also noticeable. The body is bitter and lives the same lingering bitter aftertaste after you've finished.

This is a medium to light bodied beer. There is a good level of carbonation that gives a little bite to the tongue.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a golden honey with not much head and no retention. Sticks a little bit, but not much.

Smell is fruity and malty. Caramel malts with a bit of honey and maple syrup.

Taste is smooth, medium sweet malt. A touch of hops with a nice toasty caramel backing. A very nice amber. Nutty brown sugar and light hop.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little thin. Gives a nice presence of sweet malt.

I like this one, it came through very well for the style and was memorable.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to brdc for this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice little creamy tannish head, nice carbonation, leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop, and some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, glad to get to try it out. Thanks Daniel.

Photo of Atron67
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a deep red with a crystal clear body, with a light off-white/ light tan head. the head slowly fell down to a thin layer with a light lacing left around the glass

S- strong malty and biscuit character. little strong on the biscuit character.

T- strong malt flavor again, good strong biscuit character again as expected by the nose. slowly lingers on the tongue as it fades. medium hops, decent, but a little sweet

M- medium body, high carbonation, lingers lightly on the tongue

D- solid amber beer.

Photo of timbro81
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for trying to get me to warm up to Altbiers. Pours a nice amber (duh) color with near perfect clarity. Absolutely no head at all, I suppose next time I should pour harder, I didn't exactly ease it into the glass this time. Smells of light German malts and toffee, little to no hops present. However, hops tingle the tongue upon tasting. As it warms the toffee becomes more prominent. Nice earthiness in the tail end with some light malt flavors. Soft spicey hops develop in the aftertaste. A nice easy drinking medium bodied beer. A much better Altbier than my previous experience even without a head.

Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good all around brew thanks to scoobydank as an extra.

Pours a deep amber in color. Moderate carbonation and lacing shows up as well. Smells of great malts: caramel, some subtle fruits, some toasted bread. Taste brings forth a good hop presence. Somewhat spicy and a good compliment to the brew. Mostly about the malts. Nice silky, refreshing mouthfeel. A good session brew if I do say so myself.

Photo of WJVII
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a burnt orange color with a slight tan head leaving minimal lacing. The smell of this brew is almost nonexistent. There was a slight roasted smell of malt and minimal hints of earthy tones. The taste is of mild hops and rich malts. There is a good balance leaving traces of the bitterness in your mouth. Medium body with mild carbonation. This brew is decent, but that's all. Not enough to merit going out and buying a sixer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Bready, even toasty aroma of caramel, flowers, and spice.

Taste: Toasted grains tasting of burnt breadcrusts with a more distinct, sweet caramel maltiness. Pinch of woody sawdust. Floral, spicy hop character. Slight hop bite to counter the sweetness. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, well-balanced beer and a real quaff sensation.

Photo of happygnome
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a pale orange color with about a quarter inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: sweet caramel and toffee malts with a little floral hop in the nose
t: caramel malts with a touch of toffee and little hop bitterness to nicely balance out the sweetness
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a very good brew

Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stange. pours a deep amber color with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

aroma is malty, with notes of caramel and roasted malts, alongside a base of an earthy character. a light spiced feel is woven in and around the malts, giving the brew a bit of balance. overall, a rather simple profile in the nose.

taste is malty, with the same notes of caramel and a bit of roasted malts.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes smooth with residual malts. great texture and finish.

drinkability is good. this brew is not too heavy or bold, but smooth and refined. nicely crafted. altbier is a style that is often overlooked, and Tyranena has done a solid job at creating a good example of one. cheers!

Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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.

Photo of pweis909
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of HoppyBen
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of drpimento
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of supercolter
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.