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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

457 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 22
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hybrid mashup of styles between European tradition, a very unusual malt bill and hops that nod strongly at American craft.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-05-2007)
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

HairyToeKnuckles, Apr 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Rich opaque amber, with thick biege head, receding to a foam and leaving good lace. Then as the beer was drunk, the head reformed.

Aroma: Malty sweet, subtle fruit, dry hopping. Inviting. Somewhat like a darker oktoberfest style.

Taste: Wow. So much going on, lots of complexity, and a stunning marriage of flavours. Lots of malt, with the malty sweetness kept in check by grassy Saaz hops and a modest grapefruit bitterness from dry hopping with Cascade hops. Mixed fruit and lemon blend together with the malts to make a surprisingly soft, yet intensely flavourful profile that is complemented beautifully by the different hop flavours. The beer is also slightly spicy, and I also detected a very distant hint of coffee flavour. The finish accentuates the bitterness, with the soft fruity lemony malt harmony continuing.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied, soft, smooth.

Drinkability: Really easy to drink, very rewarding. There really is nothing to fault about this beer: it is truly outstanding.

lumikuuro, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
4.78/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've rarely been impressed with Smaltz beers and am not a big fan of lagers anyway, but I broke down and decided to give this one a try.
WOW...am I glad I did!
Exceptional lager.
Everything balanced from the smooth slightly sweet malts to the bisuity yeast to the citrus finishing hops...perfect balance.
Aftertaste is just clean and dry...no lingering 'anything' except maybe the desire for another one.
I'll be looking to buy more of this one...especially in the warmer months.

IntriqKen, Feb 02, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

tfsimpkins, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of FrankyGee3
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has gotten plenty of reviews, so I'll skip any in-depth analysis and explain why this is a favorite. It starts with the nose - delightfully roasty and nutty. One reviewer called it a carnival of flavors, and I agree. Yes, some clash a tiny bit with others, but the sheer complexity is a great sipping puzzle. Rolling it around thoughtfully on the tongue yields an ever-changing list of tastes. It's squarely in my Top 20 list if only because it is over the top in comparison to some other great beers that lack this complexity.

FrankyGee3, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of MikeyA
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I generally find lagers to be kind of plain. This one was fantastic. I randomly picked it up in a backwoods grocery store (22) and was happy I did. Had a really nice caramel-ly darkish flavor with a nice mouthfeel. Fantastic. Really good beer if you don't want something heavy but can't stand light, cheap tasting beer. I would love to have this out of a keg, since I heard it's even better that way.

MikeyA, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Goregazm
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

KILLER KLOWNS FROM...WELL, CALIFORNIA

Appearance: Pours an orange/golden color, clear and clean looking. Has a bubbly, frothy tan head which is about an inch high. The head takes some decent time to dissipate, and it leaves some nice looking lacing on the glass.

On a side note, the Shmaltz Coney Island line has some of the best bottle labels I've ever seen, and the Beer Freak clown guy is awesome!

Smell: This beer has a strong hops, malt, and citrus (especially orange) smell up front. There is also some caramel and a slight mixture of a woodsy and flowery scent.

Taste: This beer has a taste on the sweeter side, with just the right amount of bitter hops to compliment it. The cirtus from the smell is here, along with some caramel, breadiness, and a slight flowery taste. Overall the taste is very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Neither watery or overly thick, but has an excellent consistancy somewhere in the middle. Very smooth on the palate, and not overly carbonated. Aftertaste is very similar to the taste, with a touch more bitterness.

Drinkability: This is an excellent lager, and one of my personal favorites. The refreshing taste of this beer never gets old, and I can't think of many beers better then this one to enjoy after a long day at work. During a meal this beer will succeed both in quenching your thirst and not filling you up. I love red lagers, and if you do too you need to try this one. Like it says on the label: "Indulge your inner Beer Freak!"

Goregazm, Oct 19, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

WritersBlock, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Resrie, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

KrisAyers, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

JLapadura, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

gonzo71, Apr 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

dkline72, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

mfigueroa713, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

RoryOMoore, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Ryan1423, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Tivlavrie, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Hdredfern
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look, this is the beer you use to introduce your friends to the better beer world! This lager is the most refreshing, tasty, and satisfying lager I have ever had. This one has a perfect level of carbonation that balances out the mouthfeel perfectly. The taste is still a lager, which means not as flavorful as an ale or stout but this is much better than bud.

Hdredfern, Jun 08, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of off white head fades into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of malts with plenty of caramel. Some of the malts smell lightly toasted. Big presence of Pilsner yeast. Hints of nuts and maybe a little rye. Also some grassy hops. Fairly complex and full aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, pretty complex and bold for a American lager. Big carnival of malts with lots of caramel, toffee, and toasty bread. Strong presence of Pilsner yeast. Has some nutty characteristics and a little hint of spice. Also some grassy and herbal hops lingering in the background. Tastes great.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and slightly chewy.

Overall: A nicely complex and very tasty lager. Very bold flavor and nicely balanced. On of the better American lagers out there.

MattyG85, Sep 24, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- somewhere between amber and dark golden, turns a deep burnt orange up to the light bulb, and a little hazy. nice big clumpy orangish-beige head leaves a ton of lace and given the ingredients it's no wonder this looks like a pale ale.

S- extremely fruity and fragrant, like everything in the citrus family and their flowers. mostly bitter orange, tangerine, tangelo, etc. with a blood orange tartness and sweet heavy aroma of fermenting canned mandarin oranges. a melange of various hops is also noticeable but is totally outweighed by the h-o-p's.

T- significant bitterness right off the bat and that bitter orange flavor carries over nicely with caramel english tasting malts, grapefruit, and honey. very nice malt sweetness is nudged out by the impressive hop flavor, leaning the scales a little toward the bitter side. as it warms, the malt flavor becomes a little more complex and i get the toasted, pale, and caramel, and a slight rye flavor that may or may not be some spicy malted wheat. some old leather and redwood as well, i would have called this an ale if i didn't know better. the hop and malt flavors are very straight up until that lager crispness shows itself in the superbly balanced finish.

MF- medium bodied and refreshing. carbonation is on the low side but with the consistency of a very light juice, this doesn't need much aide down-washing.

D- all the flavors i love from an ale are put into a lager with a really clean taste and an unoffensive finish despite the loads of hops. honestly i never would have expected this flavor profile. this is my first beer from schmaltz and i am definitely gonna seek out some more of their offerings.

hustlesworth, Jun 19, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer the other night in a bomber. The appearance was very enticing - almost looked like ice tea during the summer. The smell was honey and citrus. The taste was very strong in honey which is odd that I don't see that mentioned in a lot of the reviews. Drinkability for this is very high and I wish I could get a better price for it than $4.99 a bomber. This beer would be fantastic during the summer.

beerman207, Mar 18, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Without a doubt one of the most eye-catching labels I have encountered.
The lager poured a deep orange, copper color with a slight off white head.
The smell exploded from the bottle upon opening. Certainly some northwest hop in this one. The smell almost reminds me of an aromatic pale ale.
The initial taste reminded me of an amber lager with a dominant malt taste upfront with a slight hoppy and tangy aftertaste. Despite eight malts, the beer is never cloying even as it warms. I suppose with six hops, it shouldn't be inappropriately sweet.
Heavy and chewy on the tongue with noticeable carbonation.
This is certainly an extravagant beer with the different malts and hops. It does not taste like a "czech pilsner' but it is refreshing.
I don't believe this would make a regular rotation in my fridge, but I certainly enjoyed. At $4.99 per 22 oz. bottle, a little pricy for my beer budget.

jkrich, Sep 12, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clover honey colored with a thick, rich, white, foamy head. Dissipated leaving some good lacing. Slightly hazy. No stream of carbonation.
S: caramel, malt, some floral hops, cereal grains, toffee, not a lot on the nose
T: lovely bitter hops up front but leaves an odd sweetness on the lips, very surprising slight maple syrup taste on the lips that is quite pleasant, clean finish upon swallowing with a lasting dryness, excellent balance
M: medium body with just enough carbonation, quite a filling beer though
O: While I gravitate toward ales, I really liked this lager. It has a wealth of interesting flavors, good balance of malt and hops, and a clean finish that sits satisfyingly on the stomach. I would buy again, especially on sale at Kroger for $3.75.

M_C_Hampton, Oct 26, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up in a 22 oz Bomber from Dan's Buyrite. Caught my eye for its bargain basement pricing and the Shmaltz reputation for quality. This beer is a lager but I did not drink it ice cold but more at the ale temp. Imbibed from a wine glass. Did not disappoint. Highly quaffable with a low abv (5.5). This beer had that je ne sais quois that just made you want more and more. Maybe it was the hypnotic stare of the clown on the bottle. Or maybe this is just one of the most drinkable amber lagers I've ever had. Less hoppy but more balanced than that Sam Adams stuff. Makes me want to go the Coney Island. Kudos to Shmaltz!

djamieson, Feb 13, 2008
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Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.