Gerst Amber
Yazoo Brewing Company

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German Altbier
Ranked #169
Ranked #44,192
3.54 | pDev: 13.84%
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
Gerst AmberGerst Amber
Notes: Check out a piece of Nashville brewing history! Gerst Brewery was the original Nashville brewery, but never recovered after prohibition. We are excited to partner with the Chandler Family, owners of the Gerst Haus Restaurant, to bring this beer back right where it belongs – Nashville, Tennessee.

This is a very “clean” beer, with mostly German malts and a hint of flaked maize, remaining as true as possible to the original Gerst recipe.

11 IBUs
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Photo of detgfrsh
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of fluffy cream head. Roasted malt and herbal hop smell. Medium feel. Lightly roasted malt with a hint of noble hops. A good example of the style.

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Photo of jkblr
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz draft served cold at Gerst Haus Evansville in a shaker pint 4.5% ABV per menu. The beer pours brilliantly bright dark amber with khaki head. The aroma is mild with toasted malt and stone fruit. The taste is semisweet caramel with a heavy dose of adjunct (likely corn). The finish has only a touch of bitterness and has a noticeable oily/soapy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and undry in the finish. Overall, ok. This is only a altbeer in the sense that it would have been a traditional Americanized version many years ago. Ok with food, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

With a light amber color, it has flavors of light dried fruit and stale caramel, with a faint aroma of the two. The carbonation is crisp with an aftertaste of malty apple juice. In terms of pre-prohibition ales, this is a good option. Another good Pro-prohibition beer to try is the Hopski from Acoustic Ales Brewing in San Diego. Make sure to get it on draft, as it tastes much better than the bottle.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Clear amber color with just a hint of a head.
Aroma of caramel and bread.
Ditto on the taste. Caramel and bread. Big malt presence, little or no hops.
Medium-bodied. Very sweet.

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Photo of Crimson-RV
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle two finger head lasting a short time. taste mostly a sweet bread and nutty combo of malts with a mimimal hopps presence is substancially better on draft..

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at Buffalo Wings and Rings in Franklin, TN. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent was non descript. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink like a common amber ale. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's not too shabby.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little hard to tell what this was like fresh. Tastes a little oxidized at this point. Amber in color, good clarity, nice white head. Good carbonation. Nice malt aroma of bread and caramel. Toffee and caramel flavor. On the malty side with very little bitterness. No hop aroma or flavor. Well made just not anything spectacular.

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Photo of mshiner1
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was honestly pretty boring. Nothing to write home about. Not bad flavor but just tasted like nothing special. Probably won't want to buy it again.

Personal rating: 5/10

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

Super bready yeasty smell..

Not a lot going on with this one to me , its a easy drinker but honestly I'd rather just have a cheap macro if I want an easy drinker..

Local brew and I love yazoo but this one is just not my style.

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Photo of brunsojw
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, enjoyable brew. Not my favorite by any means, but I do love the history of this beer.

It is very crisp, clean, and lets the malts speak for themselves.

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Photo of Hugh37
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber; head dissipated quickly. "Old school beer" from the aroma right through to the taste. Has a great mouth feel with nice malt flavors. Easy drinking.

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Photo of waterski
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade. Poured from a 12pz bottle into a pint glass. Nice light amber color with two fingers of head which dissipated quickly. Has an "old school" beer aroma which follows through to the taste. Has a great mouth feel (stop-don't go there). Nice malt flavors with a bit of Euro water taste. I could have easily stolen this from my fathers beer fridge a couple decades ago. All day drinker.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a darkish amber with a small head, quickly reducing to a ring. A bit of malt in the nose. The same goes for the mouth - malt in the mouth, with a slight touch of bitterness - as an amber should.

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Photo of singletary
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a good malty smell to it. the first taste is of malts then a bit of bitterness, but not too much. A very smooth taste that a nice surprise. I would say a very nice not to fancy beer for your enjoyment.

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Photo of Squire
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright amber gold with light tan cap and moderate lacing

Aroma: Nice touches of toffee, caramely malt with little hop presence.

Taste: Good rich flavor here, nicely rounded with a hint of sweetness and hops playing a very diminished role. Darker malt flavor is evident without any roasted malt bitterness.

Texture: Medium.

Overall: An Amber Ale worthy of the name in color, flavor, texture and taste. No, I'm not saying flavor and taste can't be the same thing, rather here we have several flavor threads creating a fairly complex taste. I don't know why the same brewery makes Dos Perros and Gerst as both have a similar appeal and this one is clearly the winner of the two.

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Photo of mlockman
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really solid amber ale that I enjoyed much more than I expected to. No real complexity to speak of, as the palate and aroma were pretty straightforward, but the balance of hops and malt was really on-point.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in color with a lightly cloudy complexion. There's a fingernail of brilliant white resting on top. Aroma is of bready to coppery malt. I taste plenty of sourdough malt. The mouth is very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of stoutmanmcporter
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Poured semi-aggressively from a 12oz bottle into a large perfect pint glass. One finger of head quickly dissipated leaving only a small layer on top of the slightly opaque amber brew. Very pleasing color, but left little to no lacing as I enjoyed.

N- Slight nutty aroma. Not an extremely powerful scent, but that is possibly operator error given that I smoke cigarettes. (they pair very well with any style of beer)

T- Slightly sweet and nutty initially. Then a bitter/sour flavor presents itself after a few seconds. Not the worst tasting beer I've ever had and not the best, **BUT** I personally enjoy stouts and porters so take that into consideration.

F- Crisp and vivid mouthfeel. Medium bodied. In my opinion, the best part of this beer. (Other than the alcohol of course)

O- I was born and raised in Tennessee and Yazoo first caught my attention with Dos Perros, which I loved. Time after time, people told me to try Gerst, so I finally grabbed one in a pick 6. It may have possibly been over-hyped for me, but I think Yazoo has better beers. However, several of my friends disagree. If you get the chance, grab one and see what you think, because whether you like the beer or not, you're still drinking a beer. Cheers!

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Photo of johnsaxman
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A really easy-going beer and one of my early favorites, the Gerst would probably be my earliest recommendation for someone in Nashville looking to begin drinking beer for the first time. I would say it's responsible for keeping me interested in beer when I first started. It feels rich but smooth. It has a real classic look to it and the malty taste is really quite great. I would file it under the "dessert beers" category.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweet, nutty, with light fruity specialty malt character and a touch of floral hops.

Flavor is a little buttery. The fruity specialty malt and light citrus hop character become nutty and malty in the finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, amber copper coloring, with a halo of white head. Aromas of roasted caramel, subtle hops bitterness, toasted vanilla, and a cracker backbone. Flavors are sweet and smooth forward, with a blend of caramel and nutty sweetness, a cracker backbone, and subtle cream notes. Smooth, light bodied, with a crisp undertone. Sugary sweet aftertaste into a smooth, crisp finish.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to craft beers, so take this with a grain of salt. Im still trying to find something I like, and this beer is really tasty. Im not into hoppy beers...yet. I also cannot give you every detail and tasting note like many online, but this beer is not too watery, not too hoppy, not too malty. Just really good and drinkable. Could drink this year-round. If you are new to beers, give it a try!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yazoo "Gerst Amber Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle
$1.50 @ Trader Joes #664, Nashville, TN

Basic amber ale brewed for the Gerst Haus restaurants. The retro label is probably the most impressive thing about it as it's quite basic; yet surprisingly found all over town on draft! I guess it fits that Yuengling type of niche, a beer that's got just a little bit more than your average American adjunct lager. Not necessarily worth trying.

Notes: Clear copper body beneath a white head. Average head retention and lacing. Limited aroma. Golden caramel and lightly honeyish malt dominates, backed by leafy and lightly herbal hops with yeasty mineral and light fruit components. Better than an average amber but not by much.

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Photo of Redrover
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, I love the retro label on this stubby.

It is amber with an off-white head.

It has an aroma of grains and a bit of fruit. Not a ton there but there is nothing off or out of place.

It is solidly in the wheel house for an amber. It is slightly sweet and malty with some cracker notes. Hops are only distantly present and add some balance. Grains and red apple mid-glass.

The mouth is yeoman like.

I think they hit all the right notes for an old school alt.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this beer is literally all over the city, one of the only craft beers to appear just about everywhere, but it did very little for me, and i think i would call it the worst of the yazoo beers i had on my trip. its a generic amber ale, both thin and sweet, and therefore nothing special. for me it could have used more body and some hop balance, maybe some oats and some more bittering hops, but i dont think this is intended to wow anyone. fashioned as an every day craft beer approachable to all palates, i think its successful in that, and probably has converted its share of macro drinkers, but for me it seemed underwhelming, especially next to their red house ale, which is one of the better red beers i can recall. carbonated just fine but it feels too light for the flavors. i could see it working in a rare grilled steak context, but outside of crazy good red meat, its pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme...

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Gerst Amber from Yazoo Brewing Company
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