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GestAlt | The Tap Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
tapbrewingcompany.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Patrick on 11-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
34
Ratings:
47
pDev:
14.82%
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn! That is a crisp and refreshing goddamn beer, right there. That's like--damn! Damn! Is that what these is supposed to have been tasting like all this goddamn time?

This is the best kind of malt-dominant beer, where everything is crisp and lightly sweet, floral and biscuity, and all around Germanic. Like, not in the linguistic sense, but it the sense that it tastes like the best kind of complex crystal malt, like you're having a piece of toast and some chocolate and some sunshine all at once.

This is a medium strength malty beer, so you can forgive the BA horde for their 3.7ishes. It's really an exceptionally well-done, amazingly crisp, outrageously drinkable alt. Buy it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub the afternoon of Night of the Funk 2010.

Pours a nice brown color with a decent head, though it doesn't have much in the way of retention. The nose is okay. In reality, there are some nice notes there but you have to dig really deep to find them. There's a bit of light malt plus some earthy hops.

The taste is much better with some dry bready malt and a nice earthy hop presence. An ever slight floral character as well. Pretty light beer with a nice bitterness. Drinks well enough and is a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut with a tight beige cap. The head thinned quickly to a collar, leaving some transient, spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of brown malts, a bit earthy, slight caramel, faint hops - mild but nice. Sturdy bitterness with herbal hop character that lingered. Clean maltiness with some caramel, cereal, toast. Subtle chocolate and bready malts, a bit of roast, as it warmed. A hint of fruit. Lowish carbonation, smooth and refined texture. Medium bodied with some dryness. I quite enjoyed it. I liked the malt character - it had some depth, but wasn't overwhelming. If anything, the bitterness was a little on the high side, but that's a minor gripe.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours murky, thin brown with a ring and wisp of head. No lacing or retention. Could double for iced tea in dirty glass.

Some light caramel and fruit notes, with some toasted malt. I get a little booze, which is surprising at 5.2%

Nice flavors here. Caramel and toasted malt, but not over-sweet. Some sweet/sour malt notes, a touch of cocoa, nice sour/bitter edge as the palate clears. Great distinct flavors here.

I get a little carbonation on the tongue, but essentially flat brew. A little zip and a bit more body would go a long way here.

Liked the flavor in this one, but needs a bit more structure. A little watery and flat, and it really takes away from this one. Nice balance and complexity in the flavors can't help this one. I want to recommend but just can't. Borderline.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this at Winchester Wine and Spirits this evening. The beer comes out a nice chestnut color, with not too much in the way of heading. The aroma is mostly of coffee, caramel, and butterscotch. More of the caramel in the taste, along with some wheat and grain, however there is a bit of a metallic taste that throws it off somewhat. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, as it should be for a brew like this. Drinkability is hindered a bit by that metal taste, though I think that may be a result of too much age on this beer, which should be enjoyed fresh. Recommended if under those circumstances. Cheers

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pilsner glass. A medium brown color, a little hazed, with a small tan head. A bit of lacing.
Caramel malt aroma, some fruit.
Pretty malty taste, sweet. Fruity, apple and cherry. A kiss of hops at the end.
Nice enough beer. Not overly exciting, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of BTPete
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably not my best review but didn't find the beer overly anything for me but not bad.

A: Brown with ruby hues, minimal head, no lacing.

S: Fruity, smokey, with lots of malts.

T: Malt backbone with some dark fruit in there. Can't put specific names to the fruits, maybe plums/raisins.

M: Seems flat and thin bodied.

D: Certainly drinkable, lower ABV that a lot of beers these days. Not my favorite from them and I've been impressed by a lot of their offerings.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is my least favorite part of this beverage. Its murky in a way thats a bit unappealing to me. It is brown but with some hints of amber. There was a tiny white head that immediately fizzled out. The smell, however, instantly stood out. Apples, grapes, clean grassy hops, sweet malts. I like! The taste is very balanced. Sweet malts, fruit (apples, grapes), nuts, some bitter hops. It's a pleasant taste that is very drinkable. I could go for a bit more carbonation. Overall, this is a nice, refreshing, easy-going, balanced beverage.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is nutty, roasted malts and chocolate. Burnt chocolate finish. Bottled 11/2009; $4.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper brown with a thin, dark cream head that receeded to the sides of the glass after about 30 seconds.

Smell/Taste/Drinkability: I think these are all pretty interconnected for this beer. Although I served this around 40 degrees, I still thought it had surprisingly little aroma. What little roasted nutty malt smell I could discern was pretty much what it tasted like.

Overall I think it's a little thin, but then again that made for great drinkability. It's well carbonated and goes down smooth and satisfying.

Pairing this with a meal of some grilled veggie sandwiches and its great - not too overpowering but still something dark to add to the mix. Not excellent, but a solid brew.

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Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nutty brown hue with a small creamy colored head. No retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Aromas of light roast, nuts, and caramel.

T: Thin and mild. The roast is there along with hints of caramel. Hints of pure grain and a dash of hops.

M: On thinner side of body.

D: Light and drinkable, light on taste.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice reddish brown color with little head and carbonation.

s - Smells of toasted malts, as well as sweet fruits and maybe a little hops.

t - Tastes of both toasted and sweet malts. Also maybe a little fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonatioin. Pretty smooth.

d - Overall I thought this was a decent brown ale. I liked the toasted malt taste and the mouth feel and would try it again.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Haverhill on 2/27/10. This version was dry hopped with Tettenang hops.

A - Hazy reddish copper-colored body with a one-finger frothy beige head of tightly compacted bubbles that reduced to a foamy retention, leaving spotty web-like lace around the glass.

S - Subtle aroma with traces of dried fruits, dry leafy hops and spicy herbs. I was anticipating something a little more potent and aromatic for a dry hopped cask offering.

T - Initial flavor combines dark malts with an herbal hop character, giving this Altbier a very dry bitterness and leafy, tea-like quality. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't really capture the best aspects of either a brown or pale ale.

M - Light to medium bodied with a thin, slightly syrupy texture and some residual hop oiliness. Finish is quite dry with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - While this beer benefitted from dry hopping, it was still a little bland overall. The aroma was surprisingly quite average for a dry hopped cask ale, and the bitterness was a bit heavy.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear deep reddish/brown with some nice light brown head and some slight laving

The smell is a bit grainy with some sweet malt flavor. There is a slight floral hop and fruit flavor.

The taste is again grainy with some coffee flavor that also has a sugar flavor as well. Some slight hop flavor that comes out and leaves a bit of a bitter flavor on the palette.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and feel pretty dry. It goes down pretty well with a nice crisp feel and is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark brown and chestnut in color with little clarity. The head is dish soap like and only about a half inch in depth.

Aroma - lots of toasty notes, yeasty, grainy, malty, molasses with a dose of cream. A couple more whiffs and some of those noble hops show up to join the aroma party.

Taste - big dose of toasty, biscuity, bread crusty maltiness. It finishes crisp and tidy with plenty of noble hop bitterness (almost metallic or mineral-like) to balance out the maltiness upfront. Rather light bodied and very flavorful.

Overall - solid drinkability, well-balanced between sweet and bitter and quite tasty. Not an easy style to reproduce and this one was very well done.

Would I buy more of it? - not sure. I'd like to try a few others that they put out first.

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Photo of gfreed
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent ruby and shiny-brown color, a bit luminescent around the edges with tiny bubbles in the beer (make me feel happy? etc.). I tried like hell to get a head out of this bottle but had almost no luck. Not much in terms of aroma: there was some sweetness that came from the heavy (and I mean heavy) malt, but in a kool-aid style that smelled artificial. Freight-train loads of malt in the taste smothered all else that could have served to balance the beer, although I detected a bit of hops whimpering for attention at the very end. Maybe. Don't get me wrong-- I enjoy malty beers more than hoppy beers, but I also like balance. This was waaay off.

This is the third or fourth offering from Haverhill I've tried, and each one was just fair, perhaps mediocre. At least it didn't have one of Haverhill's beer/broads/cars labels.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head. Head quickly fell to a skim of small bubbles, with slow-falling lace. Aroma was sweet with a touch of earthy hops. Taste starts sweet as well, some fruitiness in the middle, and more sweeteness to close, with a wisp of hops bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth but thinnish, and drinkability was alright. Sweet from beginning to end was not quite was I was looking for/expecting.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 20oz bottle into a stange.

A-clear mahogany/garnet body, tan head

S-rich, fruity, malted milk ball, floral end

T-sweet, malty almost entirely throughout, distictive German malt flavor (fruity), faint floral hop flavor at the end

M-full, slick

D-really good representative of an often bastardized style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent coating lace. Good initial head that settles into a single layer of bubbles. Dark amber color, light brown.

Mild crystal malt aroma.

Chocolate and crystal malt flavors. Reasonably dry, but there's caramel tone to the swallow. Modest hop in the aftertaste, but the tale of the flavor is the complexity of the grain. The body is light, but creamy. Proper carbonation. Interestingly, there's a touch of coffee in the finish.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle acquired at The Tap Brewery in Haverhill. Bottled Nov 09 and sampled December 30, 2009. The pour is an attractive brown with a thin head but excellent clarity. The aroma is an inviting sweet and nutty combination with something toasted in the background and a hint of caramel. Complex but pleasing. The mouthfeel is smooth and of medium texture. The taste has a sweet bitterness to it with a vague background of hops. Overall a very mild beer with a slight punch at 6.6% ABV. A very nicely done beer. I wish I bought another.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep translucent chestnut color. Tan head that is full and falls slowly. Some lacing.
Smells earthy with a hint of bitter hops.
Taste is lightly malty, earthy with a little fruit and some nuttiness. Bitter aftertaste with a bit of spiciness too.
Very nice mouthfeel. Smooth with fine carbonation - creamy. Medium body.
Overall a tasty and very pleasant brew.

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Photo of Elric14
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friend brought a few 22oz Bombers of Haverhill Brewery's Gestalt over one night on a whim. It turned out to be a great surprise! A few weeks later I finally got around to review this German Alt.

The appearance was a Clear, deep brown/reddish/brown; slightly redder than a typical brown beer bottle. After being poured from the 22oz Bomber into a tulip glass, it had a slightly tan head that dissipated quickly.

At the outset, the beer was too cold to discern an aroma, my fault for not taking it out soon enough. As it warmed, I smelled hints of grain, sweet malt, raisins, and floral hops. Only after it warmed to room temperature, could I smell hints of alcohol.

The initial taste was grainy, but in a good way, like fresh multi-grain bread, with hints of iced coffee, and floral hops. As it lingered on the palate, the Hallertau and Spalt hop presence became apparent, and the dry hoppy finish left me wanting another sip.

The mouth feel was crisp, medium bodied with a long dry finish.

This beer has the great dinkibilty of a craft session beer. I believe the first time I tasted this beer, I blew through 6 bombers in 3 hours. After reviewing tonight, I am down to 1 bottle; I will have to visit Haverhill Brewery soon to pick up some more.

Update: Purchased a 1/2 barrel on 12/21 and nothing but raves from friends and family.

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GestAlt from The Tap Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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