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Gerst Amber | Yazoo Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States | website

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by sommersb on 03-25-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
244
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
36.84%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 244
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this one. I haven't really hit any good Yazoo beers yet, a couple decent ones I think, and a few bad ones, so let's see if this can break the curse.

Ug, screw cap, already losing points. A super aggressive pour yields just a small fizzy head covering that disappears very quickly... really?!?! This is already starting really bad. The color is a very clear orange apple juice color, barely even resembling what could be called amber.

Nose brings some toasty reddish amber malts, bready cracker like malts, dried yeast aroma, hint of caramel, light Munich or Victory like cracker malts, and a light herbal maybe grassy hop like.

Taste continues where the aroma left off, with light bready toasty reddish malts, cracker flavors, some reddish Munich or Victory bready like malts again. A light dry yeasty flavor with a very dry cracker flavor, probably American Ale yeast (1056), which I've used a few times in my beers and got the same dry cracker like taste. A light fruity taste as well which is different, although the hops bring a light herbal taste, little earthy too, and bit fruity. Finish is dry and crackery, light fruity herbal hops with a hint of bitterness, and grainy feel.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, lower carb.

Overall bleh. Not really an amber ale taste, bready and cracker tasting, herbal earthy hops that barely bitter it and just add meh flavors, over dried finish with a cracker taste, and not really enjoyable. This continues the streak of bad Yazoo beers. I really think the brewery just pumps out cheap beer... or maybe they only bottle the lame ones. Don't know but still haven't found a good one.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Jcorn
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this. Clean & easy drinking ale with some nice flavor too.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small off white head quickly dies with much lacing and that goes away after not to long a span of time on this clear lightish copper colored beer.

A very light sweet lightly roasted caramel malt aroma.

A light roasted caramel malt taste that borders on sweet and yet bitter with it's slight hops touches coming through.

A light dry aftertaste with some slight sweet caramel notes on this medium bodied beer.

This is a light caramel beer, kinda like a washed out Amber Bock or Shiner Bock.

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Photo of lcdawg
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy amber, not surprisingly, with a minimal head of carbonation and little retention at all.

Nose is chewy grains -- malty and toasty. Pretty standard amber ale.

Taste is, again, toasty and grainy, with a tinge/hint of citrus hops at finish. Overall, a sturdy and session-worthy ale, but not a game-changer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mlockman
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.43/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Gerst Amber from Yazoo Brewing Company
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