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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2002

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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of KI9A
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Super clear, copper. Some head, good lace windows.

S: toffee, bready, malts.

T: Follows smell, plus some piney hops up front, and at the back...wierd, but works.

M: Medium body. Some residual bitterness.

D: Not a session beer. Good, but a very good single beer to have, and enjoy.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a clear copper/deep amber with a minimal creamy head/lacing. bready caramel malts and some dark stone fruits in the aroma. taste is just a bit of sweetness from the caramelly malts and an underlying hop bitterness cleaning it out. finish has a bit of tea-like astringency to it. light/med bodied. maybe i'm spoiled from having german alts on tap before but this could have used a bit more malt sweetness/character and not have the astringent quality to it. also a bit more carbonation would have elevated the mouthfeel. still a very nice sessionable brew, a style i'd like to see more of.

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Photo of Fartknocker
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a sampler pack. Bottled date read 05AUG08.

Appearance is a copper or deep gold color. I don't know what I can add for smell or atase. There was not much of a defining characteristic for me. Although if you have ever had NG's ALT, this one (tyranena's) was better. Drinkability was pretty good.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper orange, two finger head and some lacing.

S- Malt, lightly sweet smelling.

T- Malt taste, hint of floral hops. Lightly flavored, nothing real strong here.

M- Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.

D- Pretty easy drinking, nothing great about this beer that makes me want to have it again. Not bad, not great.

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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 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 russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Tolann
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -Color is a wash of amber and muted brown. Head is nearly gone now shortly after the pour and just an off white halo remains. Cloudy, but not chunky with sediment.

S - Sweet and bready. There's more, but I'll have to come back at warmer temps...
ok spice is there. There's a lot going on as in the taste, but it's being harder to pick up. The smell is still being tamed by temperature.

T - sweetness, spice, malt, some roast. This taste is all over the place. Maybe some chocolate as well.

M - Kinda light to medium. Not a lot of carbonation. not a big aftertaste.

D - Its not something to drink all night. Have one early in the evening while you can appreciate it and its complexity. Almost drinks too fast and lets the details escape you.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a two finger head with a golden brown to light brown body. The head sticks around for awhile.

S - There are lot of grains and malts that standout. Some slight sweetness but nothing beyond that.

T - The malts and grains standout with some faint sweetness along with some bitterness.

M - The beer is somewhat smooth in the beginning but there is a bitter after taste that follows this beer.

D - This a pretty solid brew overall. For inexperienced drinkers this one maybe a little harder to drink because of the bitterness that is evident in this beer.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color, half finger head.

S- Sweet caramel with some hints of noble hop aroma.

T- Pleasant malty sweetness balanced out nicely by assertively spicy/earthy hops.

M- Too much "bite" in the carbonation, otherwise good.

D- Carbonation levels aside this goes down nicely.

It's nice to see a domestic brewer crank out a respectable Alt. Even though I felt the carbonation was a little high, it's still worth checking out.

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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 pwoods
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 iuhophead87
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The beer poured a burnt orange/amber color with an off white head. Head dissipated quickly and did leave some tracings on the glass.
S- At my first whiff I was very surprised to smell a dark chocolate aroma. OK. More of a burnt caramel but definitely sweeter smell than I expected. Along with the sweet smell a sourdough bread aroma was also present.
T/MF-A slightly creamy flavor. Not too chewy but a thicker doughy feel with a slight bitter and drier aftertaste.
D- Nothing outstanding but would drink again if offered to me. I don't think I would go out of the way for this beer. However, it was a very simple beer that I would recommend to those that like red/brown beers.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper body, thin cap of foam. Very bready aroma. A citrusy orange zest surfaces too.

Dense malt, nutty, bready again with mild astringency. Lightly spicy from the hops, which compliments with an almost rye like flavor. Medium carbonation and body. Easy to drink, i'd have a couple, no problem.

Paired this up with Jasper Hill bandage-wrapped cheddar.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic at first, but it contains caramelized malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is malty but not overly sweet with a little bit of smokiness and flavors of caramel, nuts and spices. There's a mild hops presence that brings in a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while but it's not the first one that I would choose in the style.

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Photo of Biggness
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerisheaven for this extra

This beer pours a dark cloudy amber with basically no head. The smell is of nuts and apricots. The taste is ok, I must admit I am not an altbier fan but this one is better than the other one I have tasted. Its kind of like you are going to get a big citrusy hop bite like a DIPA but it never happens and the flavor fades rather fast. Not the greatest after taste/mouthfeel after you swallow, and its a drinkable beer just not something I would go out of my way to attain. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Very nice off-white head w/good retention. Color is a brownish-amber, like brandy or cognac.

S-Toasted cereal and sweet malt. Chocolate. I am distinguishing minimal hop presence.

T-Lightly toasted chocolate malt, cereals, faint hops come out midway and caramel and specialty malts emerge before finish and linger on into the aftertaste. The hops remain in the background, but only slightly mellow out the sweet malt. There is more bitterness from the toasted malt than from hops.

M-Carbonation is somewhat light, but still sufficient. Body is light-to-medium.

D-Very drinkable, and a good summer session beer, but as a a tremendous fan of this brewery, this is the first one I'm not a big fan of.

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Photo of katan
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle

A- Pours a dark golden brown color with a little haze. Head is fairly pronounced with large white bubbles that slow disappear.

S- Roasted barley malts of chocolate and smoked types are the most dominant smells. Almost incredibly sweet smelling.

T- Starts with a subdued sugary sweetness that quickly disappears. Hops are not present. Not much balance here between the bitterness and the malts. Finishes with a chocolate malty sweetness that is reminiscent of the nose.

M- On the thick side, it coats the mouth easily. The moderate carbonation also is quite noticeable.

D- Easy to consume, it goes down smooth. I do feel the body of the beer would be a detriment in the long run, as it seems quite filling.

I will have to try this style more to sanity check this review, as I'm not sure I have a beer to test against yet.

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Photo of BgThang
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to homerbag for this

A -- clear copper color with a light mocha head.

S -- BIG malt nose without being overly sweet caramel, Cereal straight up!

T -- While there is some hop present in the taste, its like drinking liquid ceral. If you homebrew the mash grains you pour out if you could put a taste to them this is it. its nice!

M -- creamy mouth feel with some bitterness lingering as it clears your palate.

D -- Very nice. This is the first alt beer Ive ever had. I like it.

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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 DrDogbeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Maximum12 for this extra! Poured into a teardrop glass. Deep orange/brown color with a good amount of haze and thick head with an aggressive pour. Not much on the nose- perhaps some caramel and malt. Smooth full flavor. Good malt backbone with a lingering sweet finish. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. Not my favorite, but another fine beer from this brewery.

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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 wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a golden honey with not much head and no retention. Sticks a little bit, but not much.

Smell is fruity and malty. Caramel malts with a bit of honey and maple syrup.

Taste is smooth, medium sweet malt. A touch of hops with a nice toasty caramel backing. A very nice amber. Nutty brown sugar and light hop.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little thin. Gives a nice presence of sweet malt.

I like this one, it came through very well for the style and was memorable.

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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 Atron67
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a deep red with a crystal clear body, with a light off-white/ light tan head. the head slowly fell down to a thin layer with a light lacing left around the glass

S- strong malty and biscuit character. little strong on the biscuit character.

T- strong malt flavor again, good strong biscuit character again as expected by the nose. slowly lingers on the tongue as it fades. medium hops, decent, but a little sweet

M- medium body, high carbonation, lingers lightly on the tongue

D- solid amber beer.

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Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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