Headless Man Amber Alt | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Headless Man Amber AltHeadless Man Amber Alt

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2002

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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 125
Reviews by grynder33:
Photo of grynder33
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, faint malt aroma , little or no head, slight malt sweetness along with the taste of yeast or some adjunct, rather thin on the palate. I think I had this on tap once and it was a little better, but for the time being, I'm going to pass on the bottles.

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

Appearance: very clear amber pour with a medium head.

Smell: not overly exciting. a little malty and some earthy notes including a hint of woodiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with an easy mouthfeel. light hops, somewhat malty. a dryish finish. taste fades quite quick at the end.

Drinkability: ummm, not a great beer that offers a hell of a lot but yet it is an easy drinker that goes down not half bad. make sense? i didn't think so. im up in the air over this one.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal carbonation yet decent white foam with minimal retention. Color is…well…old amber… Creamy-sweet nose with a big floral/lemon element. Tastes sweet, almost cloying with touches of whiskey, caramel, and sugar in the raw. Laid back but well hopped. Bitter, floral finish. Clean, drinkable, and very enjoyable. Doesn’t seem to fit too well in the style but I’m no Alt expert so what the hay, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of blackearth
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquor's in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into the perfect pint glass, it shows a nice amber color and a puffy white head. The aroma is malty and bready. Has a medium body and crisp mouthfeel. Toasted sweet caramel flavors with a low amount of bitterness in the finish. Good drinkability. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but tasty brew.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a lightly hazy amber/red with a fizzy half inch of head and lots of active bubbles. Aromas start off with lightly toasty caramel malts. Nutty aromas alongside some fruit aspects as well. Herbal hops in the background. Pretty nice overall.

First sip brings nice caramel malt upfront along with some nutty undertones. Toasted grains flow into a nice grassy, herbal hoppiness that carries a touch of bitterness with it on the way down. Finishes clean and a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a plenty of carbonation. An easy drinking alt that ends up being quite refreshing too. Overall, Headless Man is a tasty brew from Tyranena and one of my favorites from the regular lineup.

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Photo of sponberg
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange-amber with a head that quickly dissipates to a thin bead. Well named. Absolutely mouthwatering aroma - toasty sweet Munich malt with some hazelnut and noble hops. You don't like the smell of this I don't know what to tell you.

This is SO well integrated - just perfectly balanced between a nutty, toasty, slightly caramelly maltiness, a gentle bitterness, noble hop flavors (there's Hallertau in here somewhere)... all there, all complimenting each other. As it warms a bit of fruitiness (apricots?) and a hint of grain appears. Finishes with a toasty nutty maltiness and an earthy, slightly floral hoppiness. Medium bodied and eminently quaffable.

Not overdone in any way and all the better for it - just a solid, good tasting Alt. Thanks to BA KeffKrenner for the bottle!

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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 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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber appearance, nice head of sustainable 1/4 inch foam after about 30 seconds. Simple lace, slipping strings on the glass. Malty aroma, candied apple and malted milk with slight esters. Mouthfeel is shy of medium but sub creamy. Flavor is well-tempered and laid out, sort of unfolding like a ball of caramel rolling down a caramel hill. Looked for more hopping, just a slight sense of pepper and a nut skin sense give an impression of bittering. A very pleasant beer in drinkability, I just get more snap from some Alts and there's a bit of ragged texture here at the end of the glass that takes away from its initial smoothness.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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

I might be a little partial since this beer is brewed in Lake Mills only a couple miles from where I live. Pretty good beer. Good flavor throughout. Light head that dissipated quickly.

All of the Tyranena beers have good names, artwork and stories on the bottles and this one is no different. I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap, purchased at one of the many beers stores we visited in Minneapolis, poured into a SA pint. No dating.

A: Pours a glowing fire amber. Decent head forms and holds a bit. Good lacing.

S: Pleasantly sweet malts, smooth a bit bready. Light, non acidic, fruits lend a bit more sweetness. Bananas, strawberries, plums.

T/M: Nice sweetness between the malts and fruits. Hops and malts are nicely balanced with a nod toward the malts. Carbonation is decently high and seems to help dry things out a bit. Body is medium and very smooth.

D: Pretty complex for a 5% brew. Drinkable and low ABV.

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange in color with a chunky beige head.
Nose is bready; both crusty and doughy. Some german hop grassy spice is noted.
It has a bittersweet caramel/toasted malt taste evened out with a fairly persuasive hop companionship. Slight toffee and earthy flavors accompany the mix, with a subtle edge of husky grain, almond skin and dark fruit. Smooth lagered mellowness. There's a trace of hard water, but that too is eased-off compared to other Tyranena brews (Lake Mills has notoriously hard water. While it works in harmony with bitterness in the Porter, Brown Ale, Pale Ale and IPA, its a less atractive quality in a lager or lagered ale...so it's a good thing that it is tempered here). A quick, lightly bitter, grassy hop snap closes the door.
It is quite refreshing, and easy to drink. Medium build, medium carbonation.
Quite a solid altbier. I am glad to have it around, as it is my beer of choice in just about any situation. I likely drink this more than any other single beer, as it is my "go-to" session brew.

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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 Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Tyranena "Legendary" sampler 12-pack for the 4th. Good way to try a few of their brews I've yet to try and enjoy the ones I know I love.

Pours a medium/dark amber-orange with a finger of off-white head that fades to a soapy film. Nose starts off with a blast of metallic-copper-rust, grainy malt, caramel and toasted nuts. If there's such a thing as a "Nut Bomb" this is it. Nuttier than most nut browns I've tried, along with loads of bready/caramel sweet malt and a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated on the tongue but silky smooth in the mouth. This is a hell of a drinker - plenty of flavor, light-bodied, refreshing. Again, this beer is nut-rageous, so if that's not your thing, well, you've been warned. Otherwise, seek this one out. Another winner from Lake Mills.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Headless Man pours a clear copper body with deep orange highlights beneath a creamy head of tan that holds well and leaves some very nice walls of tiny lace about the glass.

Sweetish caramelish malt is found in the nose along with a hint of leafy and grassy hops. It's very clean and welcoming.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gentle crispness due to a very fine, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is just a touch richer than the nose suggests, but it's basically the same. The sweetness of the malt appears at the tip of the tongue, and then it warms to reveal it's caramelish, lightly toasty, and even somewhat honeyish side. A brisk bitterness rises across the middle, and grassy and leafy hops become apparent, lingering into a long-lasting, very dry finish. It's not overly sweet up-front, and not overly bitter at the back - in fact it's balanced perfectly to reveal all of its components.

Quite enjoyable! A very clean, well-brewed ale that exemplifies the altbier style nicely. Well done!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours a clear watery amber into a "Between the Buns" pint glass, small beige head with very little lacing

smell: toasted malt, grainy, light altbier rust factor that i always seem to detect, nutty, light caramel...nothing too special here

taste: pretty good alt...lightly metallic, an american amber - altbier hybrid from the taste of it, caramel apple, nutty character, toasted malt, dry grain, slightly doughy

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body

drinkability: sessionable

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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 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 tempest
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove for about $2. The beer has a tall light tan head with a hazy amber-red body. The flavor is akin to a typical, dry red ale with a fair share of hops. The malt provide a mild toffee and dried date. The hops quickly kick in after the malt with grapefruit and orange rind flavor that offers a nice balance to the barley. Oddly enough, the aroma remind me of a sugar cookie with dark bread notes, no hint of hops. All in all, a decent and dry amber that about as hoppy as your average pale ale, but with richer malt character. The overall feel is almost astringent with the combination of hop bitterness and dry malts, but it's otherwise very drinkable.

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

Got this one from Sebtije, cheers Seb! Review based on notes

Pours amber/caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bicuitty malt & that's it

T: Biscuitty malt & leafy hops up front. A bit of toffee & mmore leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with more biscuitty maly, leafy hops & some citrus hops, almost pulled a 4.0

Light/medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks fairly easy, a pretty good Alt, but I expected more from these guys

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