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: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well the years have passed since my first experience with Tyranena and this beer deserved to be revisited.

I'll be brief....this is much better from the tap or growler than in the bottles I have had recently. Fresh this is outstanding....perhaps not as bitter as some but I prefer it that way...it is clean and clear looking....and has a clean, but smooth drinkability.

The taste has subtle bready and caramel notes. HIGHLY enjoyable to drink and one that would be a standby of mine if I lived in the area. One of the the better alts I have had.

My first experience with this brewery is a good one...dark golen in color..pretty clear which this style should be...a nice creamy white lace....GREAT nose...grains/malt...and a herbal hop smell as well....the taste is nice...clean maltiness accented by a dry herbal hop finish....maybe a little too hopped up for my liking but I am still getting to know this style...definitely finishes on a dry note...a pretty nice little brew....thanks to Cokes via BigHugey for the beer..=4.1-Bottle

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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 tavernjef
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a super nice surprise this was. I wasn't expecting such a great beer on this one, but thats fine with me.
Color is clear amber, getting close to copper with a creamy foam of off-white hue and is an inch high. Smell is faint at first, but gets deeper for some reason as you go in, a very nice sweet malt with a super nice sourdough bread with nuts, bagel-like, quite nice. The flavor is quite nice as well, very lightly sweet and creamy smooth with bread tones and caramel malt. Feel is really nice as well, lightly creamy and buttery with super calming smoothness and a bit of chewyness with a slightly bread dough drying in the finish. More please, one very nice, smooth, drinkable brew.
Thanks jeffboo!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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 steveh
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -- Great, coppery walnut color with a thick, light tan head.

S -- Good, rich maltiness without being overly sweet smelling, mild hops back.

T -- Mellow hops up front followed by complex maltiness. Toastiness with a bit of roastiness that's out of character, but isn't overly distracting. The balance is to malt in this, but the hops are a great accent.

M -- light-medium bodied with a smooth mouth-feel and lightly dry finish.

D -- Very good. I hadn't had this beer in a while and received a bottle in trade, I'll be hunting down more!

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Photo of sponberg
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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 pweis909
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber with a largish head that dissipates when you are done admiring the looks of the beer and ready to start drinking (it laced my glass).

The aroma of this beer promises malt and caramel and the flavor delivers it with gusto. Malty sweet, and smooth swallows. No bitter bite, but bittered to balance.

Easy to drink a few of these.

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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 Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a perfect copper shade with a thin tan head. A hugely sweet caramel maltiness is dominant on the nose. Pretty nice. Taste is predominantly malt. (This is definitely not on the high side of the spectrum for hop rates in an alt.) It has a really nice clean malty taste. Different from a malty bock taste though. This is more toasty and non complex. Very mellow tasting, as it should be from the extended cold lagering that this ale undergoes. And if anything, the hops that are used add a touch of dryness to the finish.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summertime Ale "Stange". Bottled on 09MAR09.

A - Clear and bubbly orange-amber color with a long-lasting, sudsy bone-colored head. Some lacing on the glass. The foam stayed until the beer was gone!

S - Robust malty aroma flowing out on the pour. Toasty amber and pale malts with a mild caramel hint hiding in the back. Medium hop level with it predominantly floral and noble smelling.

T - Floral and slightly peppery, the noble hops are tasted much more than smelled. Their presence overshadows the malt but the backbone is still there. Toasty amber but lacking that caramel hint. Clean, dry finish with low bitterness.

M - Smooth and crisp, it's a refreshing, medium-bodied beer with a mild carbonation bite to the finish. Dry and very lightly bitter on the finish.

D - Brewed for drinkability, this beer has the flavor of an ale with the mouthfeel of a lager while being complex yet session-able. Very tasty and drinkable, I would partake in this beer any time it's available. It's a great example of a Dusseldorf-alt beer.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good all around brew thanks to scoobydank as an extra.

Pours a deep amber in color. Moderate carbonation and lacing shows up as well. Smells of great malts: caramel, some subtle fruits, some toasted bread. Taste brings forth a good hop presence. Somewhat spicy and a good compliment to the brew. Mostly about the malts. Nice silky, refreshing mouthfeel. A good session brew if I do say so myself.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with a low off-white and short lived head which did leave tracings on the glass.

The aroma contained a bit of chocolate and a slightly grassy hop presence. Some caramel was notable as was a bit of estery fruit. The aroma had a nutty and toasty component as well.

The flavor was moderately bitter with a slightly grassy and lightly citrusy character. The bittering was held in check by a well achieved level of maltiness. The malt had a bit of caramel with a nutty and lightly toasty impression.

The finish was dry, but not overly so, with lasting flavor of hop The body was medium with a lower than expected level of carbonation. The beer was very smooth to drink. A nice altbier.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks afatty!

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Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This medium bodied alt style brew presents with a rich copper color and creamy off-white head. German yeast and bready hops control the aroma. The creamy body and sweet malts are balanced very well by a strong, but not overpowering hop presence. Quite a good beer.

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Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stange. pours a deep amber color with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

aroma is malty, with notes of caramel and roasted malts, alongside a base of an earthy character. a light spiced feel is woven in and around the malts, giving the brew a bit of balance. overall, a rather simple profile in the nose.

taste is malty, with the same notes of caramel and a bit of roasted malts.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes smooth with residual malts. great texture and finish.

drinkability is good. this brew is not too heavy or bold, but smooth and refined. nicely crafted. altbier is a style that is often overlooked, and Tyranena has done a solid job at creating a good example of one. cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 dstc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty copper color with a decent off-white head. The head falls fairly quickly to just about nothing. Lace is very thin on the glass.

I like the smell. It's a bit tinny but the sweet malts are pleasant.

Nice malt taste that dries up and leaves a slight sour quality that quickly vanishes and finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with a bite.

I liked this one. I can see having a few of these.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lacy white head and a nice pale amber color. Citrusy and nut aromas are most evident. Sweetness is very prevalent in the taste with a nice hop bite near the finish. Finish itself is rather dry with a slight roasted character. Overall a pretty decent beer, but there are better out there.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 06 Apr 06 with 1816 on the bottle, poured into a pint glass

A—pours slightly hazed amber orange with a 1 inch sand colored fluffy white head that fades down quickly to a thin sheet, lacing is very thick

S—very sweet and malty, touch of caramel, candy sweetness is allover the nose in this one

T—sweet caramel, lightly bitter, some bready flavors, overall balance is very good and makes it very tasty

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a good session brew in this one, I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to brdc for this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice little creamy tannish head, nice carbonation, leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop, and some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, glad to get to try it out. Thanks Daniel.

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Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a thick off-white head. Aroma consists of roasted malt, caramel and hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Taste primarily consists of sweet caramel malt. Hop and malt balance are pretty nice. Dry, cleansing finish. Actually turned out to be a refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of drpimento
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good solid beer. Served with a nice full head and plenty of lace. Very nice reddish color. Mild aroma. Super balanced. Malty, caramely and a little dry. Definitely a session beer. Good body. Nice clean and easy finsih. Reminds me of their fighting finches mai bock.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy reddish copper color. Not much head formation but there is a resilient patch covering about half the top. Lots of dotted lace.

Aroma - a biscuity malt with lots of yummy toasted character.

Taste - almost an English style malt foundation. That biscuity, slightly buttery ESB-ness is what I taste first. Reminds me of a copper ale. Good toasted grain flavors on the swallow and a light balancing bitterness on the aftertaste. Not a show-stopper but a good solid flavor.

Mouthfeel - average body, maybe a tad lighter. Active carbonation.

Drinkability - good session pick, props to jj21 for this sample.

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Photo of trbergman
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear amber-orange with a half inch of light, airy foam that fades fast but leaves behind plenty of sticky lace.

S - Bready, biscuit-like, with a bit of toffee and some leafy hop character.

T - Sourdough toast, toffee, herbal-spicy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. Good balance and a clean finish. Has ample flavor without loads of alcohol or hops.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

D - This is an easy-to-drink, tasty, sessionable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing Company
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