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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island LagerConey Island Lager

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457 Ratings

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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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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

CousinSuzy, Oct 25, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59%

michaelfcasey, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of donniecuffs
1.73/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Dark amber color, with little head retention after the initial foam.

S: Subtle hints of spice, but not a big bouquet of hops or fruitiness at all.

T: I rated some other beers made by this brewery low in this category because of the strangeness or fierceness of the flavor. This one gets low marks because of its non-existence. Just like the nose; subtle spice, which gets mildly sour at the finish.

M: Mildly carbonated and medium bodied.

D: One and done.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of JayS2629
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I hated this beer. Sorry to dump on all the good reviews.

A- Beautiful bright and festive red! Nice white head with medium rings of lace.

S- Faint caramel and honey with grapefruit and toasty malts.

T- Sharp and bitter with citrus and honey. Overpowering grapefruit bitterness and cloying honey character. Hints of spice.

M- Heavy and creamy. Thick and over carbonated.

D- I had to force this one down sip by sip.

JayS2629, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jonathaniler
2/5  rDev -45.4%

jonathaniler, May 19, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – The Coney Island Lager is almost red with an orangish hue and not much of a head.

Smell – It sure doesn’t smell like lager. There’s a really cheap, soda-pop kind of aroma to this one coupled with a hint of medicine cabinet. I can barely pick up some nasty grain but other than that it doesn’t even smell like beer.

Taste – Egad, this is horrid. It is so sweet I feel like I’m chewing a piece of Juicy Fruit gum. There aren’t any hops in here, which is understandable, but the lack of grain and a good malt base is depressing.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with a fizzle of carbonation.

Sinkability – A stain on the Coney Island name.

RoyalT, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of zachturner39
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

zachturner39, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Dark amber, a shade or two darker than a Vienna lager and with a reddish tint. Head retention is moderately good, leaving a spotty lace on the glass.

Smell - Not much aroma, even at warmer temperatures. A metallic smell is noticeable along with notes of lightly toasted malt.

Taste - Caramel and toasted malts, burnt toast, mineral water. The finish begins toffee-like before eventually giving way to the spicy bitterness of hops. The aftertaste is slightly harsh. For a beer boasting 14 different ingredients, there's not much going on here. It's certainly not bad, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with semi-crisp carbonation. Not far off from a pale ale in body.

Notes - At almost $5 per 22 oz bottle, I can't see any reason to seek this out.

largadeer, Jan 24, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a small off white head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted caramel and toffee malts.

The flavor is sweet toffee and caramel malts with a grassy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation and a syrupy sweet texture.

Overall, I didn't care for it too much. Reminded me of an amped up Dos Equis.

Beaver13, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of lostinfla
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Ok, went back and read the other reviews and found that I must have had an ancient bottle, or one stored in those Florida sun!
Bottle into a glass beer stein. Cloudy medium dark pour, much darker than any other lager I have had to date. Head was quite stiff and held up well. Aroma was very unusual as I picked up a very raw yeasty smell that combined with the malty aroma. Closest thing I can recall to the smell is the commercial no alcohol "Malta " stuff sold in the supermarkets here in Florida.
Mouth feel was a bit creamy and the taste was yeasty malt. Mild bitterness at the finish with a lingering malt aftertaste.
Either this was a bad bottle or I'm just not a fan....

lostinfla, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of tapman
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Less than one finger head of off white foam, low levels of carbonation strings and a rudy orange in color.

A little bread, a little white toast, some sweet, fruity notes and a little caramel/butterscotch, but only a little.

Very toasty, but like white toast made from Wonderbread. Also some darker,roasty, astringent notes that attempt to balance the moderate bitterness but comes out tasting a little sour in the finish. Pretty bland.

A little watery. Maybe a little more carbonation?

8 malts? 6 hops? The Czech Pilsner yeast I can understand as it is clean and does not support the hop bitterness at all in my opinion. They sell these for $20 bucks a 12 pack around Chicago. Por que?

tapman, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of CortexBomb
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium orange pour with a 1 inch white head on top. Smell is malts and caramel, biscuits, and a strong hop profile, much more strong than standard for the style.

Taste starts out surprisingly bitter (grapefruit) and then segues into a smooth malty underbody. A spicy bite is present as well. There is also a somewhat astringent back of the tongue bitter which became more pronounced as the beer warmed, and which hurt the overall taste score.

The mouthfeel is average for the style, drinkability, not bad, but the astringency means this is unlikely to be a rebuy.

The bottom line: A decent take on the Czech PIlsener style. Nothing particularly remarkable though.

CortexBomb, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of John_Henry
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a good golden beer, with a reasonable head that soon diminishes.

S: Not much smell, but nothing unpleasant either.

T: Nice, I think sums it up well. Nice, as in nothing exciting, but better than your average mass produced lagers. The hops are a lot more present than your average Lager, but not especially distinctive, just more present, In no way too bitter though. Good balance with a little nod to the malt.

M: As most Lagers, a little sharp for my palette.

O: I drink a fair bit of Lager, and have since I was young. I am however more inclined towards Ale. I was really quite excited to dry this Coney Island Lager, and was hoping it would sway me towards Lagers. However, whilst I enjoyed it, It was nothing to get excited about at all. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it, but if it was reasonably priced on tap and there was nothing in the way of Ale, I'd tuck in. If you are used to drinking bud and the likes this may be a revolution, but if you've tried a few other beers, this will probably be nothing other than mediocre.

Overall there are much better beers out there, and this was sadly disappointing.

John_Henry, Mar 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

shade13, Sep 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

OldTime, Apr 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

PhatAtUT, Aug 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

AlexBananas, Jan 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Skelton, Jan 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

swungomonkey, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Ranz
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my Charlie Sheen pint glass, it pours a nice copper orange with a nice head. After the head clears a bit, it retains in funny-looking clumps. The bottle certainly gets some points.

S: Not much on the nose, but it aerates some nice malt. Overall, not too much here to note.

T: Clean and crisp with a subtle malt backbone. Nothing too crazy here, but it's drinkable.

M: Light-bodied, the CL is clean, dissipating quickly.

O: Not bad by any means, but it doesn't do anything new or interesting.

Ranz, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of DawnL
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint, 6oz bottle.

Orange head dissipates to lace in less than a minute. Deep amber/brown hue - very dark for a lager - it looks more like a glass of iced tea.

Sweet malt with slight hop citrus character - something a little sulfuric on the nose.

The palate was rather bland - which is surprising. Bread notes more apparent as I leave the beer to sit and warm a bit. Sour back end with no real finish.

Very watery consistency. Refreshing, but dull. No bite of effervescence.

Drinkable - not horrible - I would buy again but would not actively seek out this beer.

According to the label - "Schmaltz Brewing Co. invites you to witness the delectable alchemy of 8 malts, 6 hops & Czech pilsner yeast."

DawnL, Jul 18, 2009
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Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.