Gerst Amber - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sommersb on 03-25-2011

Featured beer of the Gerst Haus German restaurant, brewed in Nashville by Yazoo.
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Photo of jsprain1
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Red-amber with a two finger off white head. Decent retention and lacing.
S- Smell is fairly muted with some light caramel and floral aromas. A bit muddled and non-descript but, not offensive.
T- The first taste is toasted wheat bread with a light buttery note. Fairly sweet with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. There is a slight tinny undertone.
M- Carbonation is aggressively high, too much so in fact. Body is medium, maybe a little light.
O- It's an ok beer, but I've come to expect better from Yazoo. Not offensive, but not memorable.

Photo of Merkur
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a slight amount of light red foam on top.

Beer smells very malty and hints of sweet caramel.

Beer tastes malty on the first part of the sip, followed by a bready and slightly caramel aftertaste.

A bit carbonated, but very easy drinking.

Photo of TomAtoMusic
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear and deep amber hue with about a finger of white, creamy head that left a small bit of lacing on the glass as it dissipated.

S: Rather muted, with some floral, caramel, and malty notes. It gives a pleasant fragrance that pairs well with the flavor.

T: Very smooth, not a bitter beer in the least. I tasted a very slight caramel, but more noticeably a delightful malty bread taste with a noticeable bit of sweetness.

M: medium/light bodied with just a hint of the carbonation and a very soft and smooth aftertaste/feel. Comfortable, pleasant, and clean.

O: A very pleasant beer that is incredibly easy to drink, if you prefer malty flavors with virtually no hoppy bitterness that I could detect. Definitely glad I got a growler full to take home!

Photo of John1985
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while since Yazoo took over the brewing of it. The staff at Mount Juliet beer company where I purchased it said it was a lager beer.

It poured an dark amber (almost a brown) with a good one inch head that slowly dissipated. Malt dominated the aroma. Taste was clearly a malt fest of flavors of sweet malt and caramel but not cloying. Dry finish with low bitterness. Not really crisp but very drinkable, balanced and pleasant. Gerst was light-bodied enough to go well with food (pizza) and was very sessionable. This would be a great bridge beer for relatives not sold on craft beer.

Photo of sommersb
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Gerst Amber from Yazoo Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.