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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%
 
 
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Photo of LXIXME
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 Josiah2729
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Amber red with minimal head and no lacing. Clear with medium effervescence.

Smell: Smells of sweet toasty malted grain

Taste: Sweet grains with slight hop bite, smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light texture

This beer came highly recommended. I enjoyed it and I think it is a great easy drinking brew.

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Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet...a little creamy perhaps....with some bread there as well. Pretty nice.

Pours a clear amber color in the glass as anybody would expect. Nothing too outstanding there.

The taste makes this a real easy drinker. Quite delicious. Has a predominant grain sweetness on the body along with a bready component to it. The finish is pretty heavy on the fresh grain all the way through...hops are pretty much completely absent on this one. Again, just a real easy drinking beer. In fact, it could be a good gateway beer to craft beer.

I haven't always been a huge fan of Yazoo, but I think this beer was done pretty well.

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Photo of jlindros
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 facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice clean light amber color with 2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated. smells bready, grassy, and a sweet smell of malts, earth notes, and a hint of raspberry.
a very average tasting bready amber ale with a wheat like after taste. barely any sweet flavor and very bland compared to the scents.

very low amount of carbonation, light body, .. really not much else.

a very nice looking pour with some nice complex smells, however it falls short in every other aspect. kind of a disappointment.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Red-amber with a two finger off white head. Decent retention and lacing.
S- Smell is fairly muted with some light caramel and floral aromas. A bit muddled and non-descript but, not offensive.
T- The first taste is toasted wheat bread with a light buttery note. Fairly sweet with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. There is a slight tinny undertone.
M- Carbonation is aggressively high, too much so in fact. Body is medium, maybe a little light.
O- It's an ok beer, but I've come to expect better from Yazoo. Not offensive, but not memorable.

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Photo of Merkur
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a slight amount of light red foam on top.

Beer smells very malty and hints of sweet caramel.

Beer tastes malty on the first part of the sip, followed by a bready and slightly caramel aftertaste.

A bit carbonated, but very easy drinking.

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Photo of TomAtoMusic
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear and deep amber hue with about a finger of white, creamy head that left a small bit of lacing on the glass as it dissipated.

S: Rather muted, with some floral, caramel, and malty notes. It gives a pleasant fragrance that pairs well with the flavor.

T: Very smooth, not a bitter beer in the least. I tasted a very slight caramel, but more noticeably a delightful malty bread taste with a noticeable bit of sweetness.

M: medium/light bodied with just a hint of the carbonation and a very soft and smooth aftertaste/feel. Comfortable, pleasant, and clean.

O: A very pleasant beer that is incredibly easy to drink, if you prefer malty flavors with virtually no hoppy bitterness that I could detect. Definitely glad I got a growler full to take home!

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Photo of John1985
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while since Yazoo took over the brewing of it. The staff at Mount Juliet beer company where I purchased it said it was a lager beer.

It poured an dark amber (almost a brown) with a good one inch head that slowly dissipated. Malt dominated the aroma. Taste was clearly a malt fest of flavors of sweet malt and caramel but not cloying. Dry finish with low bitterness. Not really crisp but very drinkable, balanced and pleasant. Gerst was light-bodied enough to go well with food (pizza) and was very sessionable. This would be a great bridge beer for relatives not sold on craft beer.

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Photo of sommersb
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Yazoo's version of the Gerst Amber beer, for the Gerst Haus restaurant. The Gerst family owned Nashville's William Gerst Brewing Co., which opened in 1890 and closed in 1954. The restaurant has had other out of town breweries contract brew their house beer for years, but have now brought it back to a local brewer in Yazoo.

This beer is difficult to pin to a particular style. I think it falls somewhere between an Amber Ale and a Cream Ale, based on the color, IBUs and ABV.

My serving was from a growler fill at the Yazoo taproom, poured into a Yazoo pint glass.

A: Head is creamy, white-colored with 2 fingers of height. Immediately evident are lots of streaming bubbles from the bottom of the glass - carbonation is very lively. Color of the beer is a clear, sparking amber.

S: Crisp, floral aroma, not very strong. Some caramel and bready smells from the malts. Also get some lemon character and sweetness from the grains. The hops lend a soft herbal smell.

T: Malty but light, with a slight sweetness. Bitterness is low. Nice bread taste from the malts. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

M: As seen in the appearance, the carbonation is high. Medium-light body with a somewhat dry, but not bitter, aftertaste. Finishes very clean.

O: Very refreshing; great as a session beer. I can see this being a perfect house beer for the Gerst Haus, served in their large "fishbowl" style glasses. Now I just need some bratwurst and sauerkraut!

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