Fisherman's Brew | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's BrewFisherman's Brew

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Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of frykid
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed it from the tap, poured into pint glass

nice amber color. good, malt taste; hops was good, not too strong

overall - a good drinking beer; I would get this again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think that I picked this up during one of my many forays up to New England. I have a number of friends up there & it usually does not take much to get me to come up, especially for a weekend.

From the CAN: "Amber Lager"; "Fisherman's Brew is an American Amber Lager, brewed by the docks of America's oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts, from the finest 2-row barley imported from Munich, Belgium and England. At 5.5% ABV and a well balanced 30 IBU's [sic], this smooth lager offers a roasty malt flavor followed by a dry, hoppy finish."

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN by giving me a spray across my fingertips. I CANducted a gentle Glug, followed by an in-glass swirl, which raised a brief finger of tawny head before falling back to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a malty sweetness, kind of like freshly mown hay and lightly roasted barley. I was reminded of Grape-Nuts, actually. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very malty with notes of caramel, a light nuttiness and a toasted breadiness. Finish was likewise sweet with a lingering taste of mown grass or hay and toasted bread. It was at the upper limit of what I CAN tolerate in terms of sweetness. I did not dislike it, but neither was it going to replace my local Yuengling Lager.

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Photo of kculrich
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can into a cool teardrop glass - decent foamy head subsides quickly leaving minimal lacing. L: clear, copper, light, big-bubbled carbonation. S: malt and malt again, citrus and... peanut butter? Really? T: I was recently reading another reviewer explaining how some beer tasted like cat pee and how that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. So. The dominant taste is somewhat-sweet malt, followed quickly by cat pee and peanut butter. First reaction is to retrieve the can and look for a date - none found. But you know what? It's not bad. A little off-putting, maybe, but I bought a six-pack and damned if I won't drink the whole thing. F: nice mouthfeel, creamy-smooth with light carbonation, it's best feature and, here, it really makes a big difference in the beer's drinkability, what with the peanut butter and cat pee which, incidentally, becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. O: It really wasn't bad. How enthusiastic does that sound? It would be better really, really cold.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer in Boston, it was fairly light and had a good amber taste. Not the greatest beer in the world but cheap good beer to enjoy with dinner.

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Photo of Samp01
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of light caramel malt some grains and light fruity notes. Taste same as aroma with mild bitter notes. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is light caramel malt and grains, light bitterness and fruity notes, and a mild nutty ending. Overall not a very robust brew in flavor and aroma, just an ok brew.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy light orange/gold with two fingers of foamy white head a slight touch of lacing.

The smell has candy-like aroma that has a touch of cane sugar with a bread dough. There is also a slight toffee aroma in the background that is quite faint but comes out just slightly in the nose.

The taste is mostly malts at first with a hint of maple and sweet peanut brittle flavor that seems to land on the front part of the tongue and the move backward till there is a slight bitterness that comes out late.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and nicely drinkable. There is the standard smooth feel that is easy going down and leaves just a slight after taste that hangs a bit longer then is needed but does not take anything off the experience.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear orangish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thinf film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness with some lighter notes of toasted malts and hints of light fruit (apple).

T: Overall a fairly sweet malty brew with moderate notes of toasted, caramel, and toffee notes. Very light amounts of earthy and spicy hop bitterness in the finish that fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with some hints of smoothness.

O: Easy to drink but nothing really stands out about this beer - fairly sweet and malty. Not likely to be one that I would grab again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an undated 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 9, 2012. It pours a medium to dark amber that could also be classified as golden bronze with a smallish head that fades after a few moments. The aroma oozes sweetness with dark malts, nuts, and a low profile hop ester. The body is medium and smooth. The taste is of sweet caramel upfront with a low to medium bitterness taking up the tail. The bitterness seems to evolve as the beer warms. This was an easy to drink, likable beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a copper amber color with a foamy head, dissapears quick with some lacing.
Really nice malty dried fruit aromas...almost "bock" like. Taste is just like it smells..malty, dried fruit and bock flavors. Its actually really nice.
Heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and good aftertaste. Slightly macro tease, but overall a nice brew.

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Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a sturdy, well made, no-frills amber lager that is similar in stature and yet more approachable than a Sam Adams Boston Lager. Beautiful, clear, amber color, warm malt flavors and a slight hoppy finish are a fitting tribute to the storied fishermen of "Glostah". Overall, this is a nice beer and deserves a spot in any New England beer collection.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this overall beer. Pours a decent looking clear amber with only a 1/4 inch of head that quickly turns to nothing. Smells of caramel, grain and a touch of grain. Pretty much yuengling lager only less skunky grain but not much better. Overall it's a pretty nice amber mostly lager beer but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Pours a nice amber with subtle red hues.  Very good clarity with a fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.  There's 1/2 fingers width of off white colored head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing and leaves no appreciable lacing.  Aromas of sweet malts including caramel and sweet bread, a hint of spice and a floral character.  Quite good for the style.  Taste follows the nose with a sweet character of caramel malts, a bready presence, and a decent amount of spice.  Again, for the style, this is quite good.  Medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation and a crisp feel.  A rather unremarkable mouthfeel, but drinkability is good.  Overall,  a good example of a style that never really lights the world on fire.  A sessionable beer, and a reasonable selection if you are looking for a crisp refreshing beer with more flavor than your average lager.  

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer as part of my Amazing Clubs beer of the month my wife got me for Christmas of 2011. This was in the March Collection.

A - Pours and amber almost copper tone with a sliver of white head. Decent stick to the glass that quickly disappears.

S - Nothing overpowering - a bit of fresh bread, some malty notes.

T - This is a crisp and refreshing american lager. Its well balanced with a malty and rich flavor with a twang of hoppiness for the finish.

O - This beer is solid. Not spectacular, not bad...Solid. I would get it again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fishermen Brew poured a amber color, with not much head. There was a nice malty smell, with hints of something sweet, maybe cinnamon. The taste is malty, with a hoppy harsh finish. It takes like a fancy yuengling, it does blend nicely, but still has a harshness with the after taste. It is a bit of a harsh beer, but from other beers of this style it is easier to drink then them. Overall I found this a very enjoyable beer, especially having much yuengling, this is a very nice step up.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber red without very much head. What little there was, was white and very thin. Smells of honey sweet flowers. Taste is malty sweet hardly hopped, very smooth. Slightly bitter at the finish. Drunk from a Chimay chalice, which may have influenced the experience.

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Photo of jb413
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber pour. Some rising bubbles, a small off-white, large bubble head with little retention. Some good lacing on the way down.

S - Lightly toasted maltiness.

T - Good malty profile in the front. Smooth and slightly sweet. A bit of hop bitterness underlies and brings a solid finish. A good mix of sweet, bitter, and some earthy notes as well.

MF - Smooth with good carbonation. Light-medium in the body, a pretty easy drinker. Good feel overall.

O - A well-done, tasty amber. Would buy again.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper and amber in color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down at all.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel, toasted malts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of malty sweetness in the initial taste; there is a slight amount of bitterness and flavors of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty and has associated sweetness, but this doesn’t really get in the way of the drinkability.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Jasper whites summer shack in dedham. Served in a chilled pint glass. Cold.

A. Head killed with chilled glass. Brown topaz body.

S. Pine grass

T. Nutty and a very nice piney floral balance

M. Medium

D. Okay. I would drink this again

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Photo of Sensaray
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours small off white head with a murky light brown red body.

Smells grainy bready sweet, little hops.

Has nice flavors with a mix of english hops, grains, yeast, bread, some caramel sweetness. Decent bitter finish. Drinkable.

Smooth light medium body.

Overall decent easy drinking amber lager.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours more amber than red. When held up to the light, there is only an orange hue. A very thin head is unremarkable at best. Laces well, but do I really care about how much lacing any beer leaves?

S-Smell is a bit earthy and caramel malts. Pretty mild and somewhat difficult to describe. Well, I guess that means its time to drink.

T-This beer is very similar to the nose but a bit more attractive. A bunch of sweet caramel malts and a hit of cracker. Sweet is not the best way to describe it, but I struggle to find a better simple description. Would love a little hop balance. But for a lager, not bad.

M-Lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Not much aftertaste or a drying quality.

O/D-Brewed close to home. But this is one of those lower-tier six-pack beers for me. I could spend the same amount of money and get an Ipswich sixer, or even a Finest Kind IPA or some Leatherlips. Just not cutting it.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber and somewhat cloudy. A small and disappointing one-finger head but it leaves foam all over thr sides of the glass as you drink it down.

Some slightly sweet malt in the nose, but it's barely detectable.

Medium bodied, malty and spicy. Bready with some brown sugar sweetness, but its quickly balanced out with spicy and slightly bitter hops that lend to a dry and refreshing finish that leaves you craving more. A good session beer.

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Photo of ranger60
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Did not expect to be impressed with this beer, when the bartender advised it was in the same style as Yuengling. but I loved the tast he gave me, and ended up drinking more...

Appearance: Reddish, copper color. Cleimed to be unfiltered; slightly less than transparent; no sediment. Moderate head.
Smell: Malty, sweet
Taste: Sweet and malty but mildly hoppy. Had good flavor and aftertaste, and this was after switching over from stouts...
Mouthfeel: Good; mild carbonation. Was served very cold
Drinkability: Very easily drinkable

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Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, tawny colour with a short, slightly rocky cap. Good head retention with a bit of clumpy lace. Aromas of malt, brown sugar, bread, slight fruitiness. Caramel and mild citrus in the flavour, mild to moderate bitterness, a bit toasty and bready, light floral hops. The texture was alright, but a little coarse. Dry, medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation. Decent overall, some nice flavours with good balance.

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Photo of KajII
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured a hazy medium amber with a very small off white fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had no lacing to speak of. The aroma was very light of roasted bread malts, a flowery hop and a leathery yeast with hints of caramel and dried fruit. It tasted sweetly bitter and a little acidic from start to finish with the end having a mild notes of caramel and a slight hint of some fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and oily in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a nice tasting and refreshing brew.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at Durgin Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Pours a cloudy honey color with a minor head and almost no lacing. Nice aroma of hoppiness with a touch of citrus, not too overwhelming but certinly present.

Sweet and slightly spicy in taste, very enjoyable. Average mouthfeel of a lager, good drinkability. A very good session beer. Also my girlfriend's instant favorite this weekend.

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