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Angler Black Lager - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep dark brown with heavy ruby highlights. A fizzy tan head foams up about .5 cm and fades to a spotty surface layer quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, caramel, some faint chocolate and a bit of smoke. Pretty nice nose and spot on for a schwarzbeer.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body with almost creamy texture, very soft on the palate. The carbonation is soft and gentle as well, so far this is a great beer, very easy drinkin.
Flavor starts with a bit of caramel and chocolate, rolls to roasted malt with a bit of molasses and then finishes with a bit of a drying roast malt finish. Almost an espresso roast flavor there. After the beer I had in the pub my expectations were not very high for this beer, but it turned out to be quite a winner IMO. I would definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:08:27 | More by sulldaddy
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psujesus

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 05:16:48 | More by psujesus
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dirtyjerk

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +22.3%

07-18-2013 18:27:30 | More by dirtyjerk
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came A dark brown that thins near the edges of my stupid plastic white fest cup.

Smells of light, pasty flour, a slight smoke and a faint, dark fruit with some sour strawberries.

Smells of light, pasty bread dough with a very slight sour, under ripe fruit that fades to some heavier dark fruits. Very subtle.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and smooth with a light, sparse carbonation.

Not bad. The delicacy of the flavor was appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2006 20:11:35 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very malty scent that is sweet with caramel malts and slightly dry from lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a grainy caramel malt flavor that is dry and a bit weak compared to the aroma. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has great aroma, and decent flavor; a fine sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 21:10:26 | More by WesWes
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, white/blue/gray on black label

Appearance: very dark (almost black) with ruby tingles against light, medium tan colored head, medium sticky lacing

Smell: burnt caramel

Taste: medium body, smooth mouthfeel, sweet dark roasted malt, molasses, minor hops in background

Notes: very drinkable abd pleasant

From the Barley Creek website: Angler Black Lager - German Swarzbier, Dark and delightful, this is an easy-drinking brew. Once a seasonal favorite now we brew it all the time as part of our variety case. Brewed with five different malts and three different hops, then pitched with Bavarian lager yeast. O.G. - 1052

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 04:17:39 | More by BeerBeing
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six-pack of this beer from the brewery. Pours a very dark brown (bordering on black), with a thin tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee…it’s got a very powerful roasted graininess, with a bread and nut character as well. Only slightly sweet in the front, and the beer dries out by the finish. It’s got a very light, almost too-thin body, but is very drinkable. The roasted, coffee-like sensations follow from the aroma all the way to the finish. The beer is slightly bitter, but hops definitely take a backseat to grain and malt. All in all, it’s a solidly good, well-made brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2004 17:02:21 | More by Suds
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

12-08-2013 19:58:59 | More by crowsnest
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep and rich brown/amber Bier, this one left very little, if any head for me to gaze into... The aroms were solid, complete with dark and rich maltiness, and perhaps some residual sweetness. The flavor was a touch lacking. Some hints of caramel in there, but not terribly smooth. It goes down very easily with something of a dry or even abrasive finish. Still, a fine offering, and something that I would not mind sitting down for a session with...

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 22:03:52 | More by goindownsouth
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Below you will see I had this on-tap and wrote a full review. I also brought home a bottle and I must say, it was better at the brewery. Unfortunately, I found this Schwarzbier to be very simple and straightforward. That is not a bad thing, but it is a bit unimpressive. The version I had on-tap at the brewery seemed to have more molasses and sweet caramel in the nose and mouth. This beer seems to be a bit burnt, like leftover ashes and carbon. The smell has a hint of dry stout black roasted malts but the taste is a bit thin, IMO, for the style; as is the mouthfeel. It is light in the stomach though and is certainly a drinkable beer!

Hope this helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 06:51:48 | More by Phatz
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DRyan

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:41:46 | More by DRyan
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with an average cream-colored head over medium to dark brown liquid with ruby highlights. Nose is roasted grains with some overtly coffeeish notes. Taste revealed a mouthfeel on the thin side of things, with noted grain dryness, some restrained fruitiness, slight hop bitterness and more coffee taste than there should be for this style of lager. A good and well-made brew...but not very true to style, it had more in common with a light-bodied porter than a German Dunkle.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 10:26:42 | More by beerluvr
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plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2008 22:00:42 | More by plaid75
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Goobastic

New York

3.5/5  rDev +7%

03-07-2012 11:53:00 | More by Goobastic
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 23:02:47 | More by tgbljb
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown with some burgandy highlights. Short 1/2" head falls quickly. A spot or two of lace develops during the session.

Smell: very soft roasted malts and a touch of smokiness.

Taste: roasted malts, hint of licorice, soft smokiness and a mild bitterness. Overall the flavor profile is a bit mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Light-medium in body. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: not bad a beer but not one I am craving to drink a few of them. Worth it to give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 17:00:19 | More by Gavage
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 13:36:22 | More by IronCitySteve
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kernalklink

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 17:19:39 | More by kernalklink
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark cola brown... appears almost black in low lighting, but light does pass through... with a slight head. Aromas of roasted coffee, nuts, butter and pretzels come through... Yes, I know pretzels sounds strange, but it's the doughy/buttery aroma that just reminds me of them.

Now for the taste... initially sweet, followed very quickly by a bitter, root-like, licorish and woody taste... like nut shells and chickory. Has an oily, buttery mouthfeel, with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Slight buttery taste in there as well. Notes of dark roasted coffee come through as well the more I drink.

Not bad, but I'm reviewing this from the bottle, and it makes me wish I took notes when I had it on-tap. I remember it being less buttery and less bitter, and superior overall. In other words, have it on-tap if you have the chance... both bottle selections I've had so far from Barley Creek have been inferior to the tap versions. (I'm basing my score on the bottles I took home... otherwise the taste would rate higher). Pairs very nicely with sausages... try it with the sausage platter at their brewpub... the beer brings out the caraway and other spices quite nicely in the sausage.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 21:53:47 | More by apintofknowledge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 18:18:59 | More by beerthulhu
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-23-2014 17:17:02 | More by JMS1512
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

01-20-2014 02:28:02 | More by IPAchris
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

06-25-2013 22:00:29 | More by petermethot
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 00:37:32 | More by hopdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured brown with ruby highlights. A small fizzy head quickly disappeared to nothing. It was highly carbonated.
Burnt coffee and caramel were present - but, after the first sip, the watery thinness became more apparent.
A bit bitter and a bit too "burnt", but fairly smooth - not very well-balanced, though. The dull thinness lingers.
Overall, it's not bad, but it could be a bit richer - It's like a watery lager with touches of coffee and caramel thrown in - a bit too thin for the style. I've had several of this type for the same price or even less.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 17:52:22 | More by jwc215
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Angler Black Lager from Barley Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.