Yazoo Gerst Amber Ale

Yazoo Gerst Amber Ale

Rated 3.143 by BeerPals

Brewed by Yazoo Brewing Company

Nashville, TN, United States

Style:  Amber Ale

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11 International Bittering Units

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Now brewed by Yazoo Brewing Company in Nashville: Yazoo Gerst Amber 50% Pale malt 31% Vienna malt 12% Cara 20 malt 7% Flaked maize Bittered with Perle, flavor and aroma with Tettnanger OG: 11 Plato FG: 2.5 Plato IBUs: 11 SRM: 5.0 Fermented on the cool side with our house ale yeast, around 62 F for primary fermentation. The cool temperature restrains our house ale yeast, so that the beer is very clean, with a slight ester that we think pairs up well with the caramel flavors from the Cara 20 malt. So it's an ALE, but with the clean character of a typical lager, and without the slight sulfury notes some lager yeasts give. So where did we come up with the recipe? The Chandlers did not have any original recipe information, so we relied on descriptions from the time, plus some information on the recipe that Evansville Brewing used when the Chandlers introduced Gerst Amber back into Nashville in the 1990's. Most of the beers that the William Gerst Brewing Company would have made would have been lagers, likely in the German style, but they did produce some ales. As far as ingredients, we used mostly German malts, but with a small portion of flaked maize (corn). I can't be sure, but I would guess that some of these adjunct malts would have been used. So is it an exact replica? I'm not sure! I never tasted the original. But our MAIN intent was to make a beer to the satisfaction of the Chandler family, who have done the most the past twenty years to keep the Gerst brand alive in Nashville. It was actually a pleasure to go back and forth on the recipe with them over multiple batches, and I realized how much it means to them to get it just right, from the color to the finish to how tight the head on the beer is. So if they are happy, we're happy! And after a couple of fishbowls of Gerst Amber tomorrow at the Gerst Haus, I predict that there will be a lot of happy people!

ID: 10037 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank29173
Overall Percentile45.5
Style Rank533 of 1281
Style Percentile58.4
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.250
Weighted Score3.143
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 2.8 3 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Pours clear amber with a thick, bubbly parchment head. Aroma yields crisp malt and sweet, slightly tart apple. Flavor provides well-rounded malt, crisp and a little sweet, with zesty apple and some resiny hops. Texture offers fair body and lively, lasting fizz. This gerst down well.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    On tap @ The Casual Pint in Knoxville. True clear amber pour with a nice tight white head leaving copious amounts of draped lacing. Clean light sweet malt aroma, a touch of wet wheat and corn, decently hopped with a slight grassiness and pine/pineapple nose. Easy to drink - taste is lightly hopped, slightly sweetened malty amber brew - typical but clean and refreshing... and Fresh. Nice thirst quencher and session brew.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Excuse me I didn’t order the Yuengling? Amber color with a white head. Aroma contains some caramel and corn action. Flavor is slightly malty with some grassy notes. I gave Yuengling a 3.2 for providing a decent beer to the masses, Yazoo gets no such score I expect better. Overall decent.

  • N4PJX 13 reviews
    rated 4.0 20 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Gerst has a nice amber color and very nice smell. It is smooth and it goes well the any German Food.

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