Headless Man Amber Alt | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 221
Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Modest finger’s worth of light tan foam, even surface, below average retention, meager lacing. The liquid is bright and shiny in spite of a slight silty film, brown in hue with an orange tint, only a few random sluggish bubbles visible. Sweet grains, cocoa, malt and a cleansing mineral water and earthiness to it, interesting blend of apricot, apple, plum to cherry fruit scents, moderate staying power. Light to medium-bodied, tight carbonated tingle, here the mineral water aspect stronger although that cocoa, caramel malt makes a good showing through the mouth entry. Bready, if not doughy, as it unfolds with a light nuttiness and peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit. Perks up some through the finish and certainly not overly sweet, just too demure for its own good.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting interpretation of the Alt. It clearly has the malty and fruitiness of an ale, but there is something clean about it. Maybe it is all that carbonation that, for me, detracts from the fruit. Hops seem to balance the sweet .
Roger Probst selected this Amber Alt as among the "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die." And you know what, you will be better off taking his advice.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a slight haze under a 2” cream colored head. There is bread and a little light fruit on the nose and palate. A little bit of the alt character. Medium carbonation, medium body.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper red color with a thin creamy head. Smell is not overly active, but can smell the malts. Extremely smooth finish in which Carmel, malts, nuttiness and slight hop comes together very well. Nothing overbearing. Very drinkable. I could drink many of these.

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Photo of RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich, murky brown. Mostly hazy. The head is very lacking. Not much there and what is there doesn't last long. A bit of lace.

Not a bad scent, just not a good scent, there just isn't much there. Some standard issue malt mixed with some caramel malt. Nose is of old school hop varieties, which I guess is kind of the point. Just middle of the line.

The taste is lagerish, but with some flavor. Caramelly taste dominates with some earthy, floral hop notes. No help from the sessionable ABV level.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost creamy. More on the savory side than anything. Only faint bitterness deep in the swallow. No alcohol heat. Malty sweetness throughout.

It's just above average. Not really what I'm used to with this brewer, so slightly disappointing. Everything is muted.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange:

Pours orange to light copper with a creamy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of brown sugar, some musty notes and a restrained fruitiness.

The taste is of light steely caramel, a coppery bitterness, some mustiness (not quite skunky - but approaching it). There is a mild general fruitiness mixed in. Tastes better than described.
Seems a bit imbalanced towards the hops, but malt does grow as it progresses.

Initial fizz quickly settles, though some water mixes in in the middle. Still, it is smooth enough to be satisfactory.

I liked it more what I scored it than described it. A hoppier version of the style. All in all, a good brew.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Purchased as part of Tyranena's The Legendary Collection assorted twelve pack, which says Packaged on 04/02/2013.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a deep golden amber color, that's for sure. Half finger of white head that dies away extremely quick. No sediment, no carbonation showing.

S - The smell is very inviting. Smoked wood. Vanilla. Caramelized malts. Earthiness & a light creamy nutty smell.

T - Taste follows the nose, light cream, wood, earthiness, malt, a strong nutty characteristic not unlike peanuts.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, light bodied, some brisk carbonation, and lightly bitter & dry in the aftertaste.

Overall, a nice beer from Tyranena. I don't know a whole lot about the style of altbier, but I do know that this one was better than the last one I had, Metropolitan Brewing Iron Works Alt. It's probably not a beer I would go out of my way to try again, but I'm glad I had the chance to try it. I'm liking what Tyranena is doing, and I enjoyed the blurb about the pyramids at the bottom of Rock Lake in Wisconsin. Sounds epic.

Tyranena Headless Man Amber Alt ---4/5.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a dense clear aged copper with a gentle carbonation and a thick deep beige head that turns bubble.

S- The dry woody malt has hints of woody green hops in the finish but the smell is pretty clean.

T- The watery flavor has some clean lightly toasted malt flavor with some cardboard oxidation note to follow. There is a green pine hint that lingers a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz that covers some of the flavors.

O- This beer is a bit watery with some nice malt hints but also taste like it is a bit old.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy orange, not much carbonation or lacing.

S-Very malty, bread molasses caramel, sweet smelling.

T-Bland. Similar to the nose, malty bread some caramel and no bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, some to very little carbonation.

O-A bland boring beer. Other Altbiers (Long Trail's) were more complex but this one brought very little to the table.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: amber in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big toasted malt, toffee, and light roasted malt--smells wonderful

Taste: Biggest taste is toasted malt with some roasted malt and earthy bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter middle and a sweet end

Overall: A solid sessionable amber. Not a beer I would go for every day, but certainly once a month. It has a wonderful combination of toasted malt and earthiness.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a copper color with a flash head that dies back rapidly to a 3mm collaring ring of fizz, minimal lacing is present. The nose contains a light amount of toasted bread and nuttiness with just a nuance of ester fruitiness. Honestly, If it were my call I would have amplified that fruitiness level by about 15%. The flavor follows suit, but also has a faint herbal and grassy hop tone on the back end. Crisp, sharp carbonation on a medium body.

Another middle of the road offering from Tyranena.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from into pint glass. Color is deep amber and head is a little small.
Odor is sweet, caramel and malt all in one.
Taste is of malt at first and then comes some toffee and coffee. Finishes with a little hop bitterness, but this is more of an afterthought.
Mouth feel is light, but still has some smoothness. It also coats the tongue.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass

A-light burnt orange color with a 2 finger off white head that stayed around for awhile before fading

S-some malt with some doughy bread and some fruits, maybe fruitcake

T- some smoky malt with a slight dark fruit finish

M-light carbonation leaving it a little watery

O-its ok, not anything I would go out of my way to get, but definitely wouldn't turn one down

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

Trying the Headless Amber Alt from Tyranena. The beer is v ery interesting....at least for me. The beer is clear rich amber in color and the decent carbonation forms a nice thin head which seems to be lacing nicely. The smell is sweet belgium malt/sugar. The taste includes an earthy zest, almost comes across with a coffee bean zest. There is definite malt and hint of sweetness. The mouthfeel is good, at 5% ABV, it has a huge flavor, and would be a good session beer if you like malty/earthy/peat/coffee tones.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Amberish colour and a small head. Neutral aroma. Lots of caramel, little bitterness. Low carbonation. Not so drinkable. A tad of complexity, caramel,coffee grounds, chocolate, and some spice, but need more complexity. Good ideas not well executed.

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Photo of JLeege
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured into a stange.

Appearance- Pours a sunset orange, with a small, and fairly quickly dissipating head.

Smell- Caramel, toffee, a touch of campfire smoke, and a bit doughy.

Taste- Caramel and toffee again at the start. Toasted bread, with some subtle jumbled dark fruits, and a slight popcorn taste towards the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation, very smooth.

Overall- I think it is a very solid altbier, haven’t had one in years, and this was pretty enjoyable, and you could definitely session this. I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 4.0/4.5/4.5/3.5/4.5

A: Crystal clear red-orange body with a finger of coarse, creamy off-white head. Ok retention, light lace. Attractive.

S: Intense, aromatic nose of nuts, fruit (grape in particular), toffee, and molasses. A touch of spicy, herbal hops. Luscious maltiness. Great.

T: Follows the nose – robust, sweet, nutty maltiness dominates, with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Delicious.

M: Fairly light bodied with light, soft carbonation. Ok.

O: This was probably the best Altbier I’ve ever had: it was simple, rich, balanced, and utterly enjoyable. I could see making this a regular in my fridge if I lived in Wisconsin, as it would be a perfect spring or fall choice – flavorful enough to hold one’s interest, crisp enough to drink several. For the summer it was a trifle heavy, but still a terrific beer. By far the best I’ve had from Tyranena.


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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-orange in color. Head is a thin soapy sheen that leaves no lacing.

Aroma is slightly smokey dark grain bitterness up front. Then an odd mix of chocolate, caramel and oxidized mineral character takes over. Unusual.

Taste is grainy malt sweetness with a touch of citrus fruit up front. Then the chocolate makes an appearance with the addition of dry woody tannins. Finishes with more of the unusual oxidized mineral character and earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Slightly sticky.

Overall a drinkable malty session beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty copper color with a light soap ring of a head and some yeasty sediment.

The nose is light and toasty malt with a touch of sourness.

The flavor follow the nose quite closely with a nice toasted and bready malt flavor up front with just a hint of sourness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a lingering tartness in the finish.

Its ok overall, clearly a bit flawed with the lingering sourness, but it almost adds a little something that would otherwise be missing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

again i have to give huge thanks to dave for all of these fantastic tyreanna extras. i never would have guessed i would be able to try all of these. muchas gracias.

The pour was standard fare, light amber in color with copious amounts of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout. Nice white head on top, maybe an inch and a half before settling down to coat the inside of the glass for a minute. Interesting aroma, mix of grains, light bready malts, and a touch of a grassy, herbal hoppiness. Nothing crazy here but nicely balanced. Same could be said for the flavor, nice pale taste, light bready notes balancing a herbal sort of hop. Lightly sweet with a decent amount of carbonation, this one could go down like water.

Overall not bad. I am not really sure one would look for this one in any way, but you really cannot complain too much about it

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Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean amber, with full head (contrary to the name, hah!). Nice bicycle-spoke lacing.

Nose is buttery bread, biscuity. Very nice.

Taste is smooth toast and honey. Sweet and malty, but not overbearingly so.

Overall, I give this one props as a fine session ale, enjoyable and well balanced.

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Photo of TCMike
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It produced a one finger light tan head, which quickly dissipated. It was a medium caramel/honey color.
The aroma was of malts, honey, and bread.
The taste was of bread, slight honey sweetness, mild malts, and just barely a hint of hops.
It has a lower medium mouth-feel, and low carbonation.
It is tasty, and easy drinking, but not a beer to rave about.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally, my first Altbier! This one pours a cloudy dark amber in color with a white lacing around the glass. The aromas are very sweet. I'm picking up a lot of malt with light yeast. There is also some dark fruit apparent. The taste too is of sweet maltiness. It has a little fruityness to it but they're hard to define. It's kind of like a potpourri. It drinks medium in body and isn't too bad. It isn't too good either. This seems like a wannabe Belgian. It definitely doesn't seem German. This one is average at best. I'll have to try the Uerige Sticke next.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a couple thick foamy fingers of shiny off-white head. There's a rich and frothy look to the retention here, leaving back robust soapy lacing that coats the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy, with some green citric hops. Notes of caramel and bread mix in with the fruitier character here to add an earthy tanginess to the nose.

The taste is similar, being sweet and tangy up front with caramel and bread. Earthy hops initially balance this out well but then come off a bit too strong in the finish, leaving back a dry gritty bitterness that sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp crispness that mostly stays easy and smooth on the palate. The overall feel definitely helps here.

I liked the mellow blend fruit and sweetness here and the body helped keep this approachable but the hop profile just seemed to come get in the way a bit too much, leaving this with an unbalanced feel overall. This is an interesting Alt for sure. I'd be willing to give it another look sometime.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Another beer thanks to my brother's random buying habits. (Lovin' it.) It pours a sunrise russet-amber topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild toffee, very light buttery biscuits, light greens, and a hint of orange peel. It's all meek and ineffective. The taste holds notes of grass, wheat, light orange peel, very light buttery biscuits, and greens. With all the meekness, this beer must be inheriting a larger portion of the Earth than others. Not only is it mild, though, but it's overly grassy and leafy, with nothing else going on. Kinda odd, if you ask me. The body is a straight medium, with a just-under-moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a sad beer, one that just doesn't seem to accomplish anything but disappointing.

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Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 221 ratings