Gerst Amber - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Featured beer of the Gerst Haus German restaurant, brewed in Nashville by Yazoo.

(Beer added by: sommersb on 03-25-2011)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet...a little creamy perhaps....with some bread there as well. Pretty nice.

Pours a clear amber color in the glass as anybody would expect. Nothing too outstanding there.

The taste makes this a real easy drinker. Quite delicious. Has a predominant grain sweetness on the body along with a bready component to it. The finish is pretty heavy on the fresh grain all the way through...hops are pretty much completely absent on this one. Again, just a real easy drinking beer. In fact, it could be a good gateway beer to craft beer.

I haven't always been a huge fan of Yazoo, but I think this beer was done pretty well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Yazoo's version of the Gerst Amber beer, for the Gerst Haus restaurant. The Gerst family owned Nashville's William Gerst Brewing Co., which opened in 1890 and closed in 1954. The restaurant has had other out of town breweries contract brew their house beer for years, but have now brought it back to a local brewer in Yazoo.

This beer is difficult to pin to a particular style. I think it falls somewhere between an Amber Ale and a Cream Ale, based on the color, IBUs and ABV.

My serving was from a growler fill at the Yazoo taproom, poured into a Yazoo pint glass.

A: Head is creamy, white-colored with 2 fingers of height. Immediately evident are lots of streaming bubbles from the bottom of the glass - carbonation is very lively. Color of the beer is a clear, sparking amber.

S: Crisp, floral aroma, not very strong. Some caramel and bready smells from the malts. Also get some lemon character and sweetness from the grains. The hops lend a soft herbal smell.

T: Malty but light, with a slight sweetness. Bitterness is low. Nice bread taste from the malts. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

M: As seen in the appearance, the carbonation is high. Medium-light body with a somewhat dry, but not bitter, aftertaste. Finishes very clean.

O: Very refreshing; great as a session beer. I can see this being a perfect house beer for the Gerst Haus, served in their large "fishbowl" style glasses. Now I just need some bratwurst and sauerkraut!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer/brewery introduced me to the craft craze a few years ago. I haven't been able to try Gerst again until now as Yazoo only distributes in the south. Overall, it's a very refreshing summer brew. Taste reminds me of Alaskan Amber, both of which are like a crisper/better version of Newcastle. I'll probably share the rest of these this summer on the lake. Who knows, it may introduce some friends to good craft beer.

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Gerst Amber from Yazoo Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.