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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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 219
Photo of cooch69
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured an amber-orange with some very light brown tones. It had a small head which broke up pretty fast.
Nose consists of caramel, biscuity malts and a faint herbal hoppiness.
Taste is biscuits soaked in caramel. It is semi sweet upfront but the finish brings out some dryness. There is a small amout of hoppiness waiting to be noticed at the very end.

All in all this brew was lighter side of medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation and a semi creamy texture.

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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 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 scaliasux
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber. Clear. Medium off white head with good retention.

Smell - Light sweet roasted malt aroma. A little yeast. No detectable hops.

Taste - Opens with a brief light malt taste then turns quite bitter. Burnt toast or dark chocolate bitter. Not much in the way of hops. Leaves something of an aftertaste. Has a watery character.

Mouthfeel - Medium and smooth.

Drinkability - I'm not crazy about this beer. It's something different and it has that trademark Tyranena fun about it, but I'm not sure I'd purchase this again. Maybe its the style.

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

Bottle into a small tasting nonic.

A: True to name, a nice clear amber color. Fizzy white head dissipates quickly into a slightly stick 2 mm ring.

S: Malty, slightly smoky. Very little hops nose. A bit plain, frankly. Perhaps the wrong glassware--I hope.

T: Definitely has hints of malty, slightly fruity lagered ale that distinguishes altbier. A slightly lemony hop beginning finishes with a fairly bitter kick, perhaps too hop-bitter for the style.

M: A little watery, not very carbonated, dry finish. Not really out of character, but not wow-ing me, either.

D: Pretty quaffable. I find German style beers improve by the second or third glass, and I can see this happening here. It's nice to see a bottled American Altbier around, precisely because I love drinking them over the long term. This one's fine. It scratches the itch, but doesn't blow me away.

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

Pours a clear, orange amber color with a frothy, two-finger head with nice retention. Aromas of toasted malt and floral hops with hints of caramel and raisins.

Opens with toasted grains and caramel malts. Floral hops come into play, followed by suggestions of vanilla and raisins. Slight interplay between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Finishes moderately dry. Thin bodied with minimal carbonation.

Highly sessionable, Headless Man is a smooth, well-balanced Altbier with a refreshing, thirst-quenching drinkability.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: fairly fine bubbles, and white head that left some lacing but not overly much, amber is an apt name for the beer, seems pretty good to style

S: strong malt aroma with a hint of spice, a little buttery...smells sweet as in what it will taste like

T: tastes ever so slightly oxidized and pretty grainy, herbal bitterness, not sweet as the noses suggested

M: pretty wet with a lot of carbonation that immediately goes into a pretty dry finish which seems overdone for the profile of the taste

D: unlike most beers from this company, i cannot really recommend this. it is not a bad beer but not overly exciting and the dry, bitter flavor is just a bit much for me and this style

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper orange, two finger head and some lacing.

Scents of fresh grain, biscuit malt, and a slightly sweet undertone.

The malts and grains standout with some faint sweetness along with some bitterness. The malty sweetness balanced out nicely by spicy/earthy hops.

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

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Photo of samie85
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed 4/25.

A-Pours a copper color with a one finger white head.

S-Herbal spiciness with some cinnamon and toasty/bready malt notes.

T-Sweet, toasty malt with earthy hops and finishes dry, herbal and bitter.

M-Medium bodied, slick and well carbonated.

D-Very easy drinking nice sipper from Tyranena.

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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 drizzam
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown twist top bottle into a clear pint glass.

A - The body of the Headless man Amber Alt is a hazy ruby highlighter amber in color, topped by an off white one finger head. The head recedes to a half finger cap fairly quickly and leaves some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet caramelized malt seems to be the predominant aroma, but not in an overwhelming or cloying way.

T & M - The taste certainly outperforms the nose. A caramelized malt body is in the forefront, followed by a bit of a spicy hop character toward the back end. Mouthfeel is thinnish, but not watery, and it feels a bit coarse on the tongue (from the carbonation perhaps).

D - This is a very drinkable brew. The excellent flavor followed by a low ABV makes this a brew you could session during the Summer months. An excellent brew from Tyranena.

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

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with some hints of orange haze. Nice foamy head white/ivory head that dissipates and does not lace on glass.

S: Toasted malts, some sweet toffee smell, bitter hops, and some earthy tones.

T: Hops give an early bite followed by the toasty malts and sweet molasses/toffee.

M: Highly Carbonated, crisp.

D: A nice red/amber ale for spring. I would drink this again, however I think there are better examples of this style of beer.

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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 CHSLBrew
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Slight haze to this darker amber brew. Tan head tops this beer, but recedes kind of quickly.

S-Toasty-choco maltiness with a straight-forward toffee.

T-Toasty malt with a bit of sweeter toffee, and a hint of slight fruitiness. Hop bitterness provides a little bit of balance, but the malts take the forefront. Finishes semi-sweet.

M-Medium-higher carbonation with a moderate body.

D-Meh. I like other alt beers I had, but I'm not sure how drinkable this one is on an overall experience.

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Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I poured two glassed of this at the same time, for me and my wife. One bottle poured a substantial head with heavy lacing. The other poured with a fizzy head that left no lacing. Dull copper in color with a slight haze.

S: A delicate balance of malts and hops. Lightly floral and a little pine.

T: "creamy" malts. A moderate amount of hop bitterness. Toast. Maybe a little caramel sweetness to it, but not much. Not overly flavorful, but this is a "clean-tasting" beer.

M: Medium body with heavier carbonation.

D: Good. Very drinkable, almost sessionable, though I believe this is more of a result of crafting this beer for mass appeal, more than anything else.

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Photo of Jae27
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in the Baraboo Wisconsin area for a Geology field trip.

Poured from bottle to standard pint glass.

A. Copper yellow/red with a nice white foamy head. There was no nucleation in the carbonation but was well carbonated. Awesome smoke when when opened. Clear with a slight hazing. Moderate lacing.

S. I had a cold when drinking this, so i couldn't get a good smell out of it.

T. Tastes most similar to an Oktoberfest or some moderately hopped amber lager. Most prominent notes are caramel malts in the body with a noble hop nose.

M. Light to moderate. Crisp for an ale.

This was not fantastic by any means but a nice good consistent beer. Its an "everyday" beer. Don't expect to impress people with this one. On par with leinenkugel's amber.

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Photo of tempest
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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 taylorhamrick
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy red color, maybe some orange, a little lighter than red, with a decent 1 cm head. It falls back kind of quickly leaving a bit of a ring which leaves only a bit of lacing. Decent looking. A little more clarity would be nice. The smell is pretty good. And interesting caramelly toastiness comes up front. Something is a little fruity, something is a little herbal and spicy - minty a bit, and something is a little leafy. The nice breadiness in here makes this one interesting. I really love the taste of altbiers - I think it's an amazing blend of what I like about German lagers and American ales. The malt body is really interesting too. It's like a nice nutty bready taste, with this minty sugar syrup poured on top of it. I really like it - it tastes fairly clean, with just a hint of fruity flavors. I like the graininess too, that isn't a flavor that comes out in other ale styles. The body is nice, medium full, a nice rush of carbonation, and a little bite in the finish. The drink is pretty good. Enjoyable, nice and light, a bit clean, the flavors are nice. I could probably drink quite a few of these - and I find that to be quite normal with the style.

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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 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 Tone
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hops, citrus, smoke, maybe caramel, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, earthy malt, and hints of smoke in the background. Overall, a pretty solid Altbier with good body and decent complexity.

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Photo of blackearth
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
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