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Angler Black Lager - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Angler Black LagerAngler Black Lager

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-12-2006)
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Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Dark Brown in color almost black, with a nice tan head at the top and left some lacing around the glass, just a tiny.

S: The nose was probably the best part of the beer, some good chocolate notes, some dark roasted malts and some brown sugar as well.

T: The nose is present in the taste, but the taste is rather subtle and quite boring, some chocolate on the front and some slight roastyness on the tail end.

M: Light bodied, slight carbonation a little sticky on the end.

O:This beer was well balanced but nothing to really go crazy over, this beer was not so complex but didn't taste bad.

07-30-2014 21:14:18 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-23-2014 17:17:02 | More by JMS1512
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.3%

04-29-2014 11:42:34 | More by djrn2
Photo of Goldndomer


3/5  rDev -8.3%

02-10-2014 02:20:32 | More by Goldndomer
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

01-20-2014 02:28:02 | More by IPAchris
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

12-08-2013 19:58:59 | More by crowsnest
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

07-18-2013 18:27:30 | More by dirtyjerk
Photo of petermethot

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

06-25-2013 22:00:29 | More by petermethot
Photo of DRyan


3.65/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into a nonic at 50 degrees
Full review at http://lownobudgetreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/barley-creek-brewing-company-tannersville-pa-navigator-angler-and-antler/ (Ryan's Reviews)

ANGLER is a great example of a lager that actually maintains some pretty deep and interestingly complex flavor profiles, even though it is a lager… and that impressed me immensely! ANGLER pours a deep near-black brown with a creamy light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves nearly no lacing, but this is to be expected with a lager. The scent rising out of the nonic is all coffee and roasted malt, big smoky scents without smelling like a smoked beer, a lot more depth to it than I was anticipating from this lager.

Taking that first taste, I think: this is a lager I could actually… like. It has some of the flavors you’d expect from what I’m smelling – coffee, roasty, deep flavors akin somewhat with a stout – yet it also has that dry crispness I expect from a lager, and a very mild hoppiness on the exit, just enough to remind you that there are some hops in the beer. The lagering process has made the flavor profile a lot more one-dimensional than it would be if it were an ale, which is not necessarily a bad thing; not everyone is into big flavors and not everyone will appreciate the complexities of a Russian Imperial Stout. ANGLER would be a great stepping-stone for someone working their way out of AAL and into better beers, darker beers.

ANGLER looks thick, until you hold it up to the light and see how thin it really is. The beer is meager and zesty in its body; while from across the room it looks like a stout, drinking ANGLER makes its lager heritage extremely obvious. That lager body makes ANGLER a very easily drinkable beer.

05-15-2013 00:41:46 | More by DRyan
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

03-29-2012 01:47:50 | More by hockenbeer
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +7%

03-07-2012 11:53:00 | More by Goobastic
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

03-04-2012 19:43:59 | More by ncworster
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

12-07-2011 00:02:11 | More by JohneHoodlum
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

2.73/5  rDev -16.5%

Absolutely nothing memorable about this beer. I had the barleywine earlier in my sitting and it wasn't bad....probably should have had this much thinner beer first. Minimal head, little nose, taste very watery. Coloration was nice, and I probably could have drank a few gallons of it. But water is cheaper...

05-03-2011 15:56:58 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of psujesus


4.2/5  rDev +28.4%

had this on tap at the brewpub on 11/18/09

first black lager ive had, very delicious, a beautiful black color poured from the tap, more bitter than sweet, flavors of roasted malts, caramel and yummy molasses, i couldn't really get a lock on the smell for some reason, a nice medium body to it

i'd say this is a very drinkable beer, i would have ordered another one but opted for their IPA instead

12-01-2009 05:16:48 | More by psujesus
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.8/5  rDev -14.4%

Reviewed on 07/03/2009. On tap at the brewpub. This beer pours brown with a ring of white head. The aroma is of generic sweet roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with lots of malt and an almost sour finish (infected?). I found this to be drinkable but quite dull.

07-14-2009 17:35:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -17.4%

Appearance is the beers strong point, though it looks like pepsi If light passes thru.. Smell is mildly roasted malt, not much else. Very light and barely noticable. Flavor is, similarly, not very impressive. It's got a crispness to it but the bitterness in it isn't very pleasing. Sort of burnt tasting and feeling but not in the good way some beers are. Mouth is thin and the aftertaste is unpleasant. Overall I wouldn't ever get it again, but it's not the worst thing in the world.

02-15-2009 18:19:49 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of hopdog


3.23/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toasted nuts, light chocolate, and I was getting some caramel. Tastes of toasted nuts and even lighter chocolate. Just a trace of coffee too.

Notes from 1/10/07

11-23-2008 00:37:32 | More by hopdog
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.38/5  rDev +3.4%

Picked up a mix and match 6-pack at Barley Creek.

A: Poured a dark brown color, pretty close to black color. Left a very thin, brown/tan head.

S: A good mixture of chocolate, coffee, caramel and nuts.

T: At first, the beer came across as beeing rather sweet, with flavors of chocolate and coffee standing out the most. Nothing overly robust. The beer, seems to dry up a bit after initial tasting.

M: Was definitely a light body beer, almost too thin, thinner then expected.

D: This was my first experience with a Schwarzbier. It didn't overly impress me but at the same time, it didn't disappoint.

07-10-2008 13:36:22 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Pours a dark mahogany red with only a slight sudsy dirty white head that quickly vanished.

S: a really sweet malt flavor with some complex caramel lacing, dark chocolate and sour malt.

T: For flavor there was soft roasted grains, bitter chocolate, and a light smokiness. There was also a decent nuttiness to the flavor with some dried fruit detected (raisins). A big caramel flavor that came off tasting more like a brown ale then a black lager.

M: The mouthful was thin, with little/no carbonation with a slight dark roasted malt coating on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was average as well the overall enjoyment of this beer.

02-17-2008 18:18:59 | More by beerthulhu
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +7%

Poured a deep amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel aroma with a hint of burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a husky grain, with a drying utilitarian hop.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty brew, however not all that authentic stylewise.

01-05-2008 22:00:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of matty


3/5  rDev -8.3%

Prune juice colored lager with almost non-existent aroma and taste.I think if I try really hard I can taste a smidge of chocolate.Very watery in both taste and mouthfeel.Not very impressive.I would drink it again if it was offered free but I would not pay another dime for this!

11-01-2007 05:43:23 | More by matty
Photo of tgbljb


3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a very deep brown color with miniscule tannish head. Rapidly disappeared with no lacing.
Smell is of over ripe fruit( very similar to the brown ale) and not overly pleasant.
Taste is better than the smell, mostly because it has virtually no taste at all.
In the finish I can detect a bit of chocolate, but very little.
Not much of a beer, easy to drink because the flavor is lacking.

06-28-2007 23:02:47 | More by tgbljb
Photo of steamingheap


2.7/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown "cola" color. Thin, short lasting head.

Aroma - There was a roasted chocolate smell that was mixed with a surprising tart aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Continuing the surprise was the tart aspect jumping in to dominate the initial portion of the flavor profile. And the middle portion... A roasted flavor crept in at the end before blending back into a tart-roasted aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The tart flavor takes away from the roasted flavors that are trying to come out. Even without the tart flavor, it seems as if this beer was thin and light on flavor. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one but I wouldn't be opposed to another bottle if I were presented with one.

02-22-2007 03:07:31 | More by steamingheap
Photo of kernalklink


3.3/5  rDev +0.9%

I'm a big fan of the schwarzbier style, this particular one being a watered down version of the normal european offering. It poured somewhat lighter than others I've had, but its body and carbonation were spot on. What was missing was the flavor- very evident malt and balanced hops, with a hint of dried fruits, but all of these were very delicate and subdued, more than i normally look for in this style. Good drinkability, but i'll stick to their IPA.

11-06-2006 17:19:39 | More by kernalklink
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Angler Black Lager from Barley Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.