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 Contagion
2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is a nice golden amber color to the beer. The body itself is clear and light passes through it easily. It formed a quarter inch head made of tiny bubbles that fades to a film on the top of the beer. There is no lacing on the glass at all.

The smell is a combination of malts and a hint of caramel. There is also a slight biscuit scent to it. You can also get a slight hint of hops. The taste is a mix of caramel malts and a slight burnt bread taste. A hint of grassy hops is also noticeable. The body is bitter and lives the same lingering bitter aftertaste after you've finished.

This is a medium to light bodied beer. There is a good level of carbonation that gives a little bite to the tongue.

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Photo of grynder33
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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 OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-ish orange color with a white head. In the aroma, somewhat skunky and a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweet skunky malt, just like it smells, A smooth malty mouthfeel and a dry malty aftertaste. OK, malty and kind of skunky, nothing really that great.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from December 2007, thanks to either Faro or eyncognito, I can't quite remember.

A: In my Unibroue tulip, this beer sits a gorgeous deep amber, mildly hazy, with a large, off-white head with excellent retention. A little lacework is left as the head recedes.

S: Rich, malty, bready, with caramel, honey, toffee and a little cream. Pretty awesome, really

T: Opens surprisingly bitter, with a husky, grainy astringency before a moderate sweetness kicks in. Nowhere close to as balanced or complex as the nose, this is actually a little disappointing. Mildly chalky mid palate. Finishes dry and astringent

M: Thin, watery and overcarbonated. This just might have been aged too long.

D: I'm not really enjoying this very much, though I'd love to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of storksonm
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber
S: Smells like a deep roast amber.
T: tastes kind of grainy with a bold roast barley to it little coffee taste to it.
M:rich but kind of bitter and grainy, not too hot on the grainy texture to it
D: Not the best amber or alt that I have, but the story behind it is pretty nice.

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Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts and describes two ancient formations at the bottom of a lake in Lake Mills, WI; a headless man and a turtle. No clear indication of when this beer was made, a date stamp on the bottom means nothing to me.

Appearance: Pours with little to no head, what is there falls quickly to nothing. The beer itself is a deep apricot amber color with a very slight chill haze and several stream of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Malty sweetness with slight earthy undertones.

Taste: The lagering process definitely makes this a smooth beer, no one single flavor stands above the rest. Starts with a hint of grassy hop flavor, followed by a very sligthly sweet caramel malt flavor. Finishes with a very small amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average to sligthly below average level of carbonation. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Overall, I think I could have a few of these. There just aren't any tremendous flavors to keep me here too long.

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Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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 AleWatcher
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bright orangey coppery color-- almost like a brand new penny that happens to be translucent. Off white head rises just under a finger, not even to the top of my pint glass before settling into a cap of bubbles. The nose is very mild.. but I smell the malt bill primarily and the slightest hints of overripened fruits-- like dark cherries. First sip I notice the mouthfeel and finish waaaay more than the flavor-- nice and creamy with plenty of carbonation helps this effortlessly along on its journey from my glass to my liver. The finish is really smooth and mellow, and really dry... Almost musty.

After 3 sips, there is almost nothing left of the head, and absolutely zero lacing.

I have paired this with some leftover chili that I needed to eat and the sweet malt really is pretty decent... And this brew also seems to highlight the coriander I used in the chili! This flavor seems to slightly remind me of an old lagunitas' ipa. Like if you found in the back of your fridge and said "huh, I can't remember the last time I bought that..." but went ahead and drank it anyway... Didn't you?

Honestly, this beer isn't that bad. I got it for free from a shop owner to taste and tell him my thoughts about
if he should carry it or not. I will be telling him no, don't carry it.

Really not a ton of complexity, just a simple beer to sip, and I'm glad to have tried it (for free), but there are more worthy brews to be had.

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Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was copper colored and had a slight haze. The sizzling, pithy head was off-white and faded slowly.

Smell was fresh grain. Juicy Fruit gum and metal.

Taste was rich, grainy malts. Well balanced with a light tartness.

Mouthfeel was active and mouth-filling carbonation. Medium to light body. Solid all around.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a bit of an off white head and some mild lacing. The nose brings forward some mild sweetness with a bit of caramel and bread. The taste doesn't bring much more--a bit of dough, caramel, and toffee. The body is light to medium with decent depth. Drinks okay, but not a terribly eventful beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced a good white colored head that left clumps of lacing here & there.

(S)- Caramel-like corn meal & hay.

(T)- Lightly nutty, with corn husk, honey-like malts, and a brief dryness.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. The dry finish tastes grassy at the end that is a little weird.

(D)- A decent beer with some basic flavors. Easy enough to drink & enjoy.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a beautiful honey amber color with a great two finger head that's got great retention and lacing.
S= like an adjunct lager... really nothing special.
T= smooth and creamy tasting. Really not anything special. A little spicy I guess but not much else. Interestin because I've never had the style but it tastes so usual.
M= crisp and refreshing.
D= good. Ill have many in a night no problem but not very interesting

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Photo of WJVII
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a burnt orange color with a slight tan head leaving minimal lacing. The smell of this brew is almost nonexistent. There was a slight roasted smell of malt and minimal hints of earthy tones. The taste is of mild hops and rich malts. There is a good balance leaving traces of the bitterness in your mouth. Medium body with mild carbonation. This brew is decent, but that's all. Not enough to merit going out and buying a sixer.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber color with light tan head that dissipates.

Smells of caramel, sweet malt, bready.

The taste follows the nose but is rather thin in flavor - a little watery.

Mouthfeel is decent. Nice active carbonation. lt/med. body.

Overall drinkable though one of the weaker Tyranena brews that I've had.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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 paco1029384756
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of grain, malts, and a hint of honey. Very basic scent, pretty average, but not unpleasant.

Taste of grain, and light malts. Too grainy for my taste with little malt backbone and not much else.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of richkrull
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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 chicano4craft
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber with a small white head.

Nose is mostly sweet. Toffee and a little cherry.

Smooth taste. Good carbonation. Sweet with a slight bitterness. Decent.

Nothing special but enjoyable. Easy drinking and refreshing. I wish I could describe the taste and smell better...but I don't get very much.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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 RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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 battlekow
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, crystal-clear reddish-gold. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: Malty and a little nutty.

Taste: Pretty malty, with a little bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Satisfyingly thick.

Drinkability: Oh, you could throw back about fifteen of these, but you still wouldn't get much character. An altbier is apparently an aged brown ale, but this is definitely amber/red territory.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While this beer didn't strike me as being incredibly on-style, it did impress me as being a very tasty amber ale.

Appearance was a sparkling copper red with an abudant white head (good).

Aroma was light and like a very good amber ale (Breckenridge Avalanche comes to mind).

Flavor was malty with a very lightly sweet and sour aftertaste. It was good.

Mouthfeel was light.

Overall, I would recommend this beer.

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