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Headwall Alt | Tuckerman Brewing Co.

86 Reviews
Headwall AltHeadwall Alt

Brewed by:
Tuckerman Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is traditional style of altbeir from Düsseldorf, Germany. Alt literally means old in German. Staying as true to the recipe as possible, the Headwall Alt is brewed using German malts, plus German and American hops. Like the Pale Ale, the Headwall Alt is cold conditioned, dry-hopped and krausened in the bottle or keg. Similar to the Pale Ale, the process takes about 30 days.

Added by UncleJimbo on 05-29-2005

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 202
Photo of irrevjim
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle)
look; copper amber with a nice foamy 1" head that eventually reduces to a 1/8" covering, soapy lacing.
smell; caramel, malt, biscuit, a little roastiness, a kiss of noble hops?
taste; see smell, basically no surprises, subtle, tasty, well balanced alt
feel; smooth, creamy, a little light, mild carbonation.
overall; a really nice easy alt. nothing outstanding but in such a good way. balance...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%

On-tap. Pours a lighter brown color. Tan head. Smells malty and Germanic. Flavor is yeasty with dark grain, dark bread and caramel. I enjoy the Altbier style and this one seems to fit right in line, although my experience with the style is mild at best. I loved its light body. One of the first craft beers I have ever tried but had it again and it sparked some nostalgia.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring to a cloudy brown color, Headwell Alt has a light aroma of bread and roasted malts. The head of foam looks very nice and it does leave some good lacing as you consume.

Tasting this beer reveals a product that is approachable and it certainly grows on you. The beer has a flavor that follows from its nose, with the tastes of roasted malt, biscuits, bread, some dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and some earthy hops. Nuts and malt seem to be the dominate flavors here and there is only a small touch of bitterness.

This beer is a tad on the sweeter side and while nothing amazing, it is an agreeable, everyday brown ale that most will find good enough to recommend. As I said, it is very approachable and makes a good choice when you want some brown ale to serve guests and don’t want to offend anyone.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep almost completely opaque brown with ruby highlights. Two fingers of khaki foam on top which dissipate quickly.

S - smell is rather grainy and toasty. Notes of cereal, caramel and a touch of cocoa. Ripe cherry juice and raisiny fruit esters round out the nose.

T - lightly sweet caramel and buttery toast up front. Center is equal parts juicy and bitter with a pleasant European hop profile and raisin fruit esters. Finish is toasty and warming.

M - creamy buttery mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O - nice beer. Not up to the german alt style at all but a pleasant American brown ale variant.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice dark brown color with slight amber hues. The head is full but only a quarter of an inch; it's light tan.

The aroma is very nice. There is a nice sweet burnt caramel aroma.

The taste is has a milder than expected influence from the darker malts, leaving a lot of more pilsner malt type influence with a nice grassy hop finish that isn't bitter. This is one of the smoother beers I've had in a while.

This is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations; I've never had a beer from Tuckerman's before so I'll have to make it a point to try more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Thirsty Moose. A bold tasting malt with nutty elements of a brown ale. An acidic tartness, unexpected.Sweet malt in the aroma. Very dark red and lacey. A bit watery. Not so drinkable, maybe another place another time would yield better results.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Medium brown with a true foamy white head. No lace. The foam head is about as light as air, and gives it a bit of an odd appearance. Some major bubbles coming up as well. Could be a glass of Coke.

Some toasted malt and earthy notes.

SUrprise -- I liked this. Good toasted malt with some dark grainy flavor, almost texture. A light sourness appears, but it is a good interference with any of the sugars in the malt. Then, this dries out, with medium bitterness. First part of the sip is uneven, then levels out. This has a few levels of flavor, and in the end is quite refreshing.

Medium bodied with some substantial carbonation.

Overall, a nice surprise. A few flaws, but it still works. A good one from these guys.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. Notch on label states October, I'm guessing for 2012. Ah well, to the review!

The body of this alt is a deep brown with a nice white cap. The head sticks around for a bit and leaves behind some good lacing.

Aromas mostly of roasted malts which makes for a pleasant nose. Some light hops in there as well rounds it out pretty well.

Taste resembles the nose with loads of roasty maltiness. Caramel and roasted nuts are the most prominent. Some lingering bitterness but nothing to overwhelming. Good balance if nothing else. Medium in body and carbonation with a good smooth finish.

Good solid beer from a brewery I don't know a ton about. If I see another sixer of them around I'll probably be picking it up.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, reddish sort of chestnut brown, topped by a one finger light tan head. Light lacing left behind.

S- Malt. Slightly sweet. Hint of caramel.

T- Malt, almost a malt vinegar...almost, but sweeter. A unique lighter spice that I am not quite sure of.

M- Medium light body. O.K. carbonation.

O- A very unique taste for me...first alt type beer. I like it. Will try again.

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Photo of steve8robin
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle for my birthday. 12oz bottle....

A: A deep dark clear reddish brown color with a small 1/2 inch off white head that fades quickly to small bubbles atop the brew. Ok.

S: I get a malty watery scent upfront with a mild hop blended in. Ok.

T: A light malty brew that begins with a watery metallic mild hop upfront quickly giving way to a mellow malt with a breadiness on the backend. Ok.

M: Light body with a hard carbonation. A bready finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is nothing special. This brew seems to bring nothing new to the style nor does it really take anything away. It's a very mild interpretation. This may be a good BMC to craft conversion brew.

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

A - A rich medium brown bodied brew with a steady fizzy carbonation. An irregular thin, beige head.

S - Lots of bitter and tangy yeast aromas with a metallic bitterness quality. A lagered accent, with some mild dried spices too.

T - Bold earthy flavors and dry soda bread. Some nuttiness and woody notes blended with faint dry floral hops. A touch of malt, enough to level the flavor, giving this a fairly neutral and balanced flavor profile.

M - Light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, and a dry feel throughout the whole bottle. Finishes clean.

O - A nice earthy beer with enough flavor to please the palate. A sublime altbier.

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

A: Very ruby brown when backlit – otherwise a tawny brown. Pretty clear with a few bubbles rising to the somewhat fluffy large very light tan head. Good retention and quite nice lacing.

S: Bready, crusty, touch of sweetness, slight hint of roast. Hint of floral & spicy hops. Hint of yeast as it warms. Fair bit going on, but pretty light and clean overall.

T: Steely bread crust, some malty sweetness, bready malts, a bit of toasty grains, and a fairly big hint of drying roast. Spicy / floral / leafy hops are just a step behind. Not a huge ton of variety going on, but very nicely rich in a straight forward way. A bit of dark fruit comes out as it warms and the hops increase as well.

M: Just the barest hair over medium body with carbonation matched. Starts with some sweetness and chew, but quite smooth. Finishes a bit drying both from the hops and the hint of roast.

D: Fairly balanced – just leaning slightly to malts, but with fair bittering and bit of hop flavor. A rather nice rendition of the style.

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Photo of Thads324
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a thick off white head. Slow to dissipate. Smells of some brown sugar, a bit of bread and biscuit and some faint earthy hops. A hint of alcohol in the end. Taste is light at first. Followed by a bready and toffee filled flavor. The tiniest hint of roasted crystal at the end and some very light hop bitterness. A bit fruity, like yellow raisins as well. Mouthfeel is easy going and solidly drinkable.

Certainly the better of the two from the 12 pk of these and the pale ale. This one is a good session beer that is slightly heartier than another popular alt from northern new England... And more sessionable as well!

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

Single that I picked up a while back and opened tonight. Poured into a Irish style pint glass. Dark auburn colored body. Great amount of carbonation surging upwards, and a nice amounts remains as I drink. The thin white head forms, and just doesn't go away. It stayed intact the whole time, which doesn't seem to happen very often. Not much lacing though. Smell had some nice notes of brown sugar and caramel. The flavor was dominated by malt. I enjoyed the hearty nutty taste and the creamy mouthfeel. The low abv is a bonus, as I could see myself quaffing a few of these. Very drinkable.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown with slight reddish tint. Strong 1.5 finger deep tan head, but faded quickly. No lace.

Caramel, molasses, and dark bread define the nose. Light, very light, fig and raisin under all that malt. Fairly rich aroma.

Lots of flavor here, if the glass gets a chance to warm some. More of the fig/raisin texture comes out late in the glass. Even more of the molasses and rich, bready malt comes out. For <5%, this packs a nice amount of flavor.

Body matches the flavor, perhaps a little heavy for the style for my taste - but matches the flavor profile well.

I'd get this again.

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Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Barley Pub: This one poured a clear, dark caramel color. There was a small off-white head that didn’t linger or leave any lacing. It has a lighter aroma. Some caramel notes, some toasted malts also. The taste is nice. Some toasted caramel malt, with a very faint chocolate malt taste. Slightly bitter, with a bit of a dry finish. Nice.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at tuckerman's tavern

Creamy smaller head with lots of lacing, semi clear dark copper mahogany brown color.

Nose is malty, light semi sweet toasty med roasted malts with some crystal and caramel, light reddish malts, and some lighter herbal earthy hops, touch of a creamy like malt too.

Taste has some darker malts again, brown sweet toasty malts, reddish malts, crystal, caramel, light toffee, very light biscuit and slight hint of powdered chocolate, then earthy hops, light herbal, decent bitterness. It gets some light and soft lager like fruits too, and a tad watery. Finishes semi sweet and slightly bitter with lingering malts and light spicy hops.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lower but decent enough carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special, a but lighter than I expected, but a nice malt profile, maybe a bit light on the hops as well.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, good untill October we good to go!

An appearance of cloudy dull chestnut brown/amber for the color with nce dark orange edges. Head a light tan but does not stick around at all.

Bouquet is small. Mild toasted malt but no yeast bent or anything. Not particularly strong for an altbier.

Taste is long story short, lacking and kind of lifeless. Malt strong sharp presence, but with a very light almost wet body. A nice sort of brown spice (nutmeg/cinammon?) in the finish but brings a stinging feel.

Overall not too bad but feels a little downplayed. The spice angle on this is totally unexpected and a nice touch.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours an amber brown with hints of red and a large, foamy head.

Nose is very fruity with watermelon and raspberries, caramel malts, and a faint hint of spruce tips.

Taste is nutty with a faint copper/rust bite. Very low hop profile until the finish (which remains small), this fairly sweet beer lets the malts take center stage. There are flavors of honey, artificial strawberry, and toffee are nicely balanced.

Overall a very drinkable session beer, fresh, fruity, nutty, and refreshing. Fairly light for the style, but the low ABV keeps it so drinkable. What it does, it does well, and I would happily reach for another.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Shows up as a medium-dark brown with a hint of fluffy, beige head remaining, moderately translucent.

S: Malty, toasty nose with a bit of nuttiness and a distant hop aroma. This smell is very inviting and hints at the pleasant lightness of the taste.

T: Grainy, malty but excellently balanced by hop bitterness. There's a darting sweetness, maybe toffee, but nothing remotely cloying. The taste is incredibly crisp, balanced and refreshing; this epitomizes an alt for me.

M: The mouthfeel is medium, but feels light compared to most darker beers, especially stouts and porters but even most browns. That's good in my book, as the feel here is more in line with the crispness of a hoppier beer, but with the easy drinkability of a brown.

O: This is one of my favorite "dark beers". It is wonderfully balanced in flavor and much lighter in feel than most dark beers, but is still able to hold up to a full pizza such as those at Flatbread where I get it regularly.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From 12 oz bottle, pours a slightly cloudy, brown color with a bubbly, tan, half inch head.

S: Red grapes, dried cherries and currants meld with roasted and caramel malts. Some molasses and bready notes too. Hops are faint flower and spicy notes.

T: Rich, semi-sweet, roasted and caramel malts, some dried fruity esters and a fresh bread flavor. Very crisp and smooth malt flavor with a hint of molasses and light chocolate. Hops are lightly stated floral with some spicy notes to add a touch of bitterness for some balance.

M: Medium body, smooth, light carbonation.

D: Great flavors, well balanced, easy to drink. What more could you ask. It is a wonderful beer in it's simplicity!

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

A nice looking beer. Brown with a reddish hue and a dense tan cap. Lots of chunky, clinging lace. Good head retention. Malty aroma, roast, cereal grains. Mild bitterness up front was more prominent in the finish. Malty throughout, roasty, some dry astringency. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of thetomG
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown, mostly clear pour. Thick layer of foamy head. Smell is pretty mild - a bit of toasty barley. Flavor follows but with a bit more going on - still mild though.

Nice light mouthfeel & good carbonation - easy to drink, but there's a very slight metallic tinge to it that is slightly off-putting.

Glad I tried this but not something I'll be seeking out again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a bit lighter than i expected, but miraculously as it settles, its a nice deep brown that light barely makes it through with a finger of khaki colored head that sticks around for a bit and laces well.

aroma is metallic, with some toasted malts and herbal hops. not appetizing.

taste is peppery and spicy with some toast and nuts. not as sweet as I expected, but not bad. metallic quality continues.

medium bodied at first but goes watery on the swallow. prickly carbonation may be a bit too heavy handed, but quickly settles to give a semblance of velvet.

eh. goes down ok. Would be better if not for the metallic aroma and "chewing on tinfoil" flavor. It is not the dominant quality, but it is there, and it detracts a bit.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle notched "May" - hopefully born on

A - Pours cherry brown with light clarity, one finger beige head with good retention and sticky lacing

S - Nose is full of yeast and toasted bread crust. Medium toasted malts, and a light nuttiness

T&M - Medium bodied with brisk carbonation. Roasted malts and the nuttiness from the yeast shine through. The breadiness in the nose is more subdued in the flavor but comes in the finish. Feels crisp and the finish is clean.

D - Love the amount of flavor packed in to an under 5% ABV brew. I could certainly have a few and not complain one bit.

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Headwall Alt from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
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