Fisherman's Brew | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's BrewFisherman's Brew

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of Kanyon22
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured all of the 12oz. into my Shiner tumbler glass. I've been kinda looking to try the other brews from Cape ann for some time, i've only had the fisherman ale last summer and found it to be a great kolsch. Oh well on to their Amber Lager. Oh on a side note bought this in January and as the seasonal had the pumpkin stout here's hoping the flavors have held up since its been around for 5 or so months I'm guessing. Wish the company would tell what seasonal was in it, not just a generic title called seasonal brew. I would of never brought this variety pack home.

A: Pours a well carbonated Amber orange color with a white big soapy bubbled head here. Also transparent. Don't know why but was expecting a more bold red lager on this one, but appearence isn't why we came to he table here.

S: Kinda boring has a grain, German mustiness with a tart wheat kinda smell going on. Kinda smells like a munich helles here, not much caramel or sweetness going on. No hops at all must be from the age on this one.

T: Hum, um well, lets take another sip here, Actually kinda complex. First your hit with smooth cleanness with a quick hop bite. Then it transfer to a sweet Irish Red kinda flavor which I find has toasted malts with a sweet licorice notes with in. Then your palate gets hit with an ample amount of earthy hop character in the back end. I would rename it an Irish Red Lager here.

M: I'm leaning towards the lighter side of medium here, with a drying sensation throughout.

D: Kinda low for me was hoping for more of a traditional American amber here but was giving a sorta mishmash of styles, but overall the beer did its job with easy. A nice safe lager here which gives you more the the big guys, but not more than anything you could ever remember.

I'm hoping that time has not been kind to this beer at all cause I kinda had high hopes for this one, but if I come across a fresh bottle will definitely give it another far shot.

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Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: It pours a pleasant amber color with little bit of haze to it. On top is a thick frothy head that does have decent head retention.

Aroma: The malts are first in line for this one a grainy sweeetness with the slightest bit of pine in the back. The hops do release a citric aroma.

Taste: A mouthfeel that is crisp but it has quite the malty back bone. In the hop area a solid citrus bite. Overall a decently balanced beer.

Notes: A straight forward and solid amber lager a good to one pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of tchenery
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amberish colored brew, but honestly not as amber as I expected. Not much head on this beer from bottle pour either.

Smells very appropriate, very subtle toasty malt aromas.

A slightly bitter lager, I like it. It's not as upfront sweet as some of them are, but the gentle lagery sweetness is still there.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry but with a full body.

Nice overall brew, very drinkable.

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Photo of cpolking
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/copper in color with a slightly sweet, fruit, aroma, like a biscuit coated in dark-fruit jam. The taste is malt forward, very sweet and fruity. It has large bubbles yet still feels slightly under-carbonated in the mouth. Overall I am not very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with ruby and sienna streaks. Half a finger of off white head with decent retention and little lacing

S - Nose of carmalized malts and some light, fruity esters. Hints of toasted bread.

T&M - Thick and full bodied. Heavy malt influence with caramel and bread notes. Fruity esters with just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is present but feels a bit light.

D - I generally prefer a lager with more "zing", but this is a nice offering that goes down smooth, certainly some amber ale influence here.

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

Cloudy-honey-iced-tea color and a head that vanished after, oh, five seconds. How did that happen? The edges are unusually light, too. Nice aroma of typical lager hoppiness with a touch of lemon and a smooth streak of malt: not too heavy, but definitely anxious to bust out of the glass. Less malt up front in the taste than expected, however; present but not dominant, and well balanced with a light pinch from the hops. Overall this is one of the better red lagers I can recall. Refreshing and flighty; non-demanding and simple. Good for the weekday rotation.

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Photo of IHC
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I recently took a trip to the cape ann brewing company we had several beers but my favorite was the fishermans brew. With a nice mouth feel and good body, I found it easily drinkable. It did not have a big head but I dont believe this detracted from the taste. I prefer my beers a bit more hoppy though and would have liked to taste a bit more hops. Overall though the beer compliment the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and the experience itself was very fun. The bartender was also the brewer and we we're able to pick his brain a bit which was also a big plus for us new homebrewers

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber-like copper with a small but respectable white head with a red tinge, leaving behind some nice lacing.

S: Musty malt and bit of hops.

T: Big malty flavor up front combined with an almost fruity and citrus taste, perhaps caused by the hoppy bite at the end.

M: Kind of thin, but has a good smoothness to it.

D: Low ABV and solid taste, a nice offering from Cape Ann.

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

Appearance: A light, reddish-orange color with a nice head that broke up mid-way through the beer.

Smell: Sharp citrus aromas with hints of spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This one tastes easy on the carbonation. But still pleasantly crisp. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: This beer is very easy and also a pleasure to drink. I blew through a 6-pack in no time (but I do that with most). Thanks to the brewer. I'll probably make this one a regular.

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Photo of Stimack
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I know I have had this brew before nut never reviewed it. Brew poured to a nice orange color with a good sized off white head that broke down to leave a sheet of foam on top and a nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma good, nice toasted malt with a good amount of sweet caramel and seem to have a slight biscuit scent. Hops are there but are very muted. The flavor is all malt in my book. Similar to the aroma the toasted and caramel come out. Those flavors are nice, just seems to me that there should be more of a hop bite at the tail end and that is what I think is missing. Now with that being said I am not sure on the age of this brew, they could have fallen out I suppose - just a little more bite would be welcome. The carbonation here is good and that does help at the end, gives it a slight prickling feel. This brew drinks quite easy but for me this brew misses the bulls-eye, but I must say that the red lager style is not one of my favorites.

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Fisherman's Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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