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 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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Photo of mjw2808
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkish amber with a small head that didnt leave much lacing. The smell is heavy of caramel malt and a grassy hint to it. The taste is also kindof grassy and earthy with strong notes of caramel and little hops. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I wouldnt buy this beer on a regular basis, but its not bad at all.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/31/2009- from notes.

A buddy and fellow BA 46and2 brought a quarter keg of this to our New Years Eve party as a suprise.

Served in a pint glass.

A- A hazy burnt orange topped off with a fluffy two finger off white head that hung around for a while. Pretty good lacing.

S- Pretty muted, a little sweet and a little grassy.

T- Some roasty caramel sweetness, a little grassy and a little spicy bite at the finish that suprised me.

M- Medium bodied, pretty smooth. Not too carbinated and crisp.

D- I could see this being a good summer session brew. It went over great with the macro crowd that was at the party.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark gold with some light tan head. It smelled like toasted barley and copper and banana hops, with creamy yeast. It tasted like roasted barley and nutty malt, with copper hops and bready yeast and a bit of lemon and banana. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a decent amber lager. It had a clean scent and taste with nice body. It was very easy to drink, although a bit plain. Not my style, but it wasn't offensive at all.

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Photo of TLove
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a glass tumbler.

Tingly, farm-ale taste that has a prevailing sourness to it from start to finish. A hazy color with overpowering carbonation and a resounding, lace-ridden off-white head.

Subtly grassy, sweet malt with some sour amber maltiness. A bit harsh finish on the back end despite the smooth boozy malt base.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Red-amber body with a good, 1-finger, frothy, barely-off-white head, with pretty good retention.

S/T: A generally toasted grain character, and distinctly berry-flavored. Hops were subtle, barely there, but complementing well enough, giving the fruit a little roundness.

M: Modest to unimpressive. Definitely could have been fuller.

D: It is very sweet and was extremely easy to drink. I let it sit for quite a while, and it never unveiled any greater flavor depth. At least it looked good.

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

Served on-tap at Bukowski's Tavern (Boston, MA) in a clear pint glass for $5.50.

A: Clear amber-honey with thin cap of bubbly off-white head that leaves a few lacy shadows.

S: Pretty subdued light grain husk with kiss of herbal, grassy hops

T: Refreshing but not a lot else to say. Crisp, lightly toasted malt with a splash of grassy, hops, a little husky with a sweet biscuit character overall.

M: The carbonation is lively and adds to the crispness. Body is medium and has good heft for the style.

D: A fine amber lager which is solid but a little unspectacular. Hits the spot for a fresh brew on a warmer-than-average day.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The lager appears a clear rust color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramelized malts, toasted bread/grain, grassy hops, slightly fruity. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation and a crisp clean finish. Worth trying.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a diluted caramel malt with a balancing grassy hop.

The taste was balanced and muted with a bland malt and utilitarian hop. Tasted very much like Yuengling.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall an uneventful amber.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was at the Beehive in the South End on a Thursday night, and the only real local craft beer they had on tap was Fisherman's Brew. I decided to give it a try. Served in a 20oz dimpled mug for $7.50. With light behind the glass, it had a red hue like a stop sign. Fairly large head formed. Smelled like a hint of pepper. Nice and deep malty flavor, with a healthy dose of hops at the end. The thing that impressed me about this lager was how fresh it tasted, like it just came from the brewery. Very smooth going down and a clean finish. Well balanced and well brewed. Liked it enough that I ordered a second.

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Photo of adamb02155
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light reddish orange, not a big head when poured. Color looks nice, not a lot of carbonation present though.

S - Slightly sweet smelling, not very strong smell at all.

T - Malty and sweet, with a little bit of bite.

M - Despite the lack of visual carbonation, this had a nice crisp bite to it.

D - Not the most flavorful beer, but easy to drink and definitely a good beer. Not my favorite amber, but far far from the worst.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a huge fluffy head and sticky foam.
Smells of mild, dark malts, almost a rye note and a slight herbal spice.
Taste matches the smell almost perfectly. It's bubbly and slightly thin but what I would expect for a red lager. Easy to drink as the alcohol is not noticable at all but it's a bit bubbly.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle.

a) poured a dark amber/brown with a thick fluffy white head that dissipated quickly leaving small amounts of lace

s and t) quite balanced with some hops and some malts. ended bitter but also had a bit of something sweeter like caramel.

mf) medium, well carbonated.

d) good. pretty boring, but certainly not offensive. It's a "fisherman's brew" and I would think that a fisherman could easily drink several of these sitting in the hot sun. i haven't had many amber ales, but this is definitely a decent one. not worth going out of my way for.

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Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: copper amber, medium carbonation, small head, clear

Smell: malt and hops..some yeast nothing overpowering

Taste: toasted malt, small caramel, hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, moderately bitter

Drinkability: I find this to be a very average amber. The taste really does not distinguish itself from anything I have had in the past. I will have this at parties, but not search it out.

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Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice rustic-tasting farm ale-style brew that I am more than happy to see available outside of the north shore now. Nicely tapped ale with some sour-conditioning, hazy appearance & musty flavors. A nice dark brown pour with tan-white head that while soon dissipated, left lace throughout. Quality glassware & care by the Beehive staff definitely provided a beer properly that I thoroughly enjoyed. Nice subtle smoky malt & rustic grains with sour & bitter left a hearty quality that led me for more. Indeed

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head that settles in a rocky fashion, leaving some chunky lace after each sip.

Malty (crystal) aroma. Adequate hop to provide balance, but this smells closer to a cross between a Mild and a Scotch ale.

Solid toasty malt flavor up front. Stronger hop finish than I expected. Provides good balance. A rich beer, but with good carbonation.

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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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