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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coney Island LagerConey Island Lager

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439 Ratings

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%

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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Photo of TheSixthRing


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, leading to a sparse swirl of suds on the surface.

Smell - Sweet malt notes, backed by light floral and grassy hops.

Taste - Malty sweetness, with light bready touches. Touches of caramel. Mild grassy hop bite hits near mid-taste and rides into the finish. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, and it goes down with a wicked velvety smoothness.

Overall - A very smooth, very drinkable and enjoyable lager from Coney Island. The flavor won't blow you away, but it's good, and the smooth delivery makes it all the better. Does this come in sixers?

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:02:54 | More by TheSixthRing
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....

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:53:01 | More by lostinfla
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been sick of ales, and went looking for some high quality lagers, was recommended this by the owner of the craft beer store where i shop and was really blown away by the mellow, smooth, taste of this beer, just the right amount of hops and dryness adds a perfect compliment to the malty sweetness, although that flavor is also mild. a great addition to my list of good lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:26:36 | More by SteveB24
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fruity presence but the mouthfeel is a bit too flat for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 05:58:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light coppery amber with around two fingers of light butterscotch foam. Aroma is mellow, pilsner malt, a bit of toast, maybe a hint of green apple. Standard lager nose. Palate was malt galore, toasty bread sticks and some citrus pith. Nice hops to balance the malt with little discernable sweetness. Hops are a bit peppery, vegetal/herbal, perhaps a hint of rhubarb sourness. A metallic ting in the finish. I am an ale drinker by preference but this sort of malty, hoppy lager makes a nice change of pace. Could be a bit sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:29:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of stephens101


3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz. bomber bay and into a mug for a much anticipated beverage to accompany my weekend R&R.

A conquering tan head sits strong and patient atop this reddish brown brew.

Sweet malts and grass to the nose with a whiff of spent grain and resin after a short interregnum.

Sweet and fluid going down the hatch. A division of caramel malts are met head on with a battalion of hops to form a truce in the middle of the battlefield. Some platoons of apple and pear join up after the armistice.

Its smooth and peaceful sailin' from here on out with a cool wind bringing up the aft and no swells in sight. A great beer to celebrate your victories and reflect on your defeats with.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:26:33 | More by stephens101
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:19:15 | More by Hdredfern
Photo of archyquaffer


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a schooner glass. The colorful label art, featuring an evil clown with pierced ears and tattoos, advises that the beer is "ALIVE" and "Freak's Favorite Beer" or "Beer Freak's Favorite" (as you prefer). The beer is really attractive, with a hazy, reddish-golden-pale amber color and a thin off-white head that sticks to the glass.

With my poor nose I can detect sweet malt and underbearing floral, oily hops and cereal grains. The taste is very eye-opening, and quite unlike most of the western U.S. brews that I'm more used to. The hops are perhaps understated, allowing the sweetness and complexity of the malt to shine through, while still adding a nice citrusy and perhaps a cherry sort of aroma/taste. The mouthfeel is light to moderate, and the beer seems non-filling even though I just partook of an excellent meal. Lots of nice tastes/aromas in the burps.

This lager is very unique and quite tasty. It is a fairly hard beer to obtain around here, or I might drink it more.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:45:23 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of JMad


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper color with a thick off white head and lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. The aroma is crisp with some lemon, grain, grass and a hint of caramel. It tastes bitter up front with pine and lemon, with a hint of grain. It is nice and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is a really good beer that I would make a top choice if it was widely available.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:07:12 | More by JMad
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 10:44:40 | More by John_Henry
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coney Island Lager has a very thick, creamy, light beige head, lots of chunky and thick lacing around the glass, a semi-opaque amber appearance, and no apparent streaming bubbles. The aroma is of dank, fruity, bready malts with a touch of a hop zing. Taste is of sweet and sour malt, brown bread, citrus, and one encounters a hoppy undertaste, but the bitterness is low, overall. Lots of hop oil also comes across in the smell and flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Coney Island Lager finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a really nice, interesting beer. You should most certainly check it out.


Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 15:02:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber to red with a pretty good tan head and good lacing.

Nice malty and toffee like aromas, with a little bit of bready/doughy notes.

There's a good blend of biscuit, toast, toffee, grains, caramel, with a pretty good hoppy balance.

Dry and smooth going down, carbonation is ample, body is light, a very nice lager.

Great job again Schmaltz!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 00:10:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:19:44 | More by Ranz
Photo of M_C_Hampton


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 01:23:03 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of u2carew


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Cracked the top and the head came spilling out. Pours with a big head then settles rather quickly. Fairly clear body with some chill haze. Amber in color. Thin semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy with hints of fruit.
T) Dry grains. Slight astringency common to "reds". Noticeable malt tones - caramel, toffee. A subtle yet lingering hop bite in the finish and aftertaste, liken to black pepper.
S) Dry. Crisp. Medium-light body.
O) A decent brew. Not you normal run-of-the-mill lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:25:14 | More by u2carew
Photo of MikeyA

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 23:53:27 | More by MikeyA
Photo of Suds


3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the creepy Coney-island face on the front, this large bottle pours an amber color with a modest white head. Good clarity. The aroma has a little malt, with a touch of wood, smoke, and peppery spice. It's not a usual clean lager smell. The flavor is of light and amber malt, a bit of grain, and twigs...interesting. The beer is of medium body, with a lingering hop and malt mouthfeel. Better than average and interesting, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:35:37 | More by Suds
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a clean glass and received the following.

A. It pours a reddish gold with about two fingers of bubbly head. Crystal clear body sits there with a small cap of foam after a few minutes.

S. My allergies are acting up but i smell caramel toffee and bread crust. Very clean and cool aroma.

T. The taste leads with heavy lagerness and is composed of corn and maybe a little nuttiness. Not much going on in the flavor department.

M. Cool crisp and tingly with a funny aftertaste.

This might be a good beer in the right setting but overall nothing too spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:52:16 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of MortarPestle


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into mug

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent foamy head that provides minimal lacing.

Aroma: Bready with some herbal hops, metal (steel/copper).

Taste: Sweet toasted malt and mild caramel notes paired with citrus and herbal hops.

Texture: Smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent Lager to add to the rotation, but difficult to find here.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 17:33:40 | More by MortarPestle
Photo of JackieTH


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber-red with a light tan head. Fits of lace are left as the glass is drained.

Smell is earthy, grain, toffee.

Taste earthy spice, malt, light toffee, grain, light but pleasant bitterness.

Medium body, holds together well and presents the favors nicely being well carbonated.

This is a pleasantly crafted amber lager easy drinking but with enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:29:53 | More by JackieTH
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep auburn into a 1/2 liter stein with a thick slightly off white crown that left multiple rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Alot of yeast and bread dough aromas with mild caramel sweetness and even more mild leafy hops.Flavors are yeast driven with sweetish pizza dough,drunken fruit, and caramel notes with the hops being lighter than expected.This is a yeast assertive amber lager but it's pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:16:28 | More by oberon
Photo of MatthewWilde


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Dark burnt orange, pours a small white head, moderate internal carbonation, translucent

S: Very mild fragrance, very simple light citrus and lemon zest with traces of orange peel

T: Not incredibly fragrant, flavor is dominated by citrus and elements of tropical fruits and orange peel

M: Incredibly smooth and refreshing, light citrus aftertaste, not lingering or overpowering on the palate at all

O: An impressive lager, but that being said, not complex or intense in flavor or fragrance

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:25:17 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coney Island's "Lager" american amber @ 5.5% my last single 330 ml bottle from a brkn variety pack
A-served cold into a stein poured a nice golden brown , decent off white head with very minimal lacing
S-how a euro lager should smell Czech hops & Munich malts , earthy
T-crisp and clean tasting , good amount of hops and malt's , a well balanced brew
MF-pleasant on the palate , decent carbonation , medium to full bodied
Ov-glad this was the last/best of "the Shmaltz tasting" I tried and would recommend it

Cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 21:00:06 | More by LampertLand
Photo of BillH200174


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with thin, off-white head. Nose has sharp floral, slightly metallic hops, some butterscotch. Aroma is mild overall. Flavor is soft bread, very lightly sweet, mild buttery notes. Prominent bitter citrus-like hop background. Citrus and slightly floral resiny bitterness and a very mild tartness linger on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 16:07:11 | More by BillH200174
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice, clear dark amber color that produced a nice, thick, foamy off-white head that was retained nicely and settled into a thin spotty head.

The beer gave off a nice very malty aroma. I would have labeled it a German lager if I had gone into the beer blind, but it was robust with perhaps a slight hop to it.

The taste of the beer was really good and better than expected. Again, the taste was dominated by malts, Czech pils malts were the most dominate, with a nice, not too hoppy flavor thrown in, citrus perhaps. Toasty upfront with a nice dry finish.

The beer had a lighter feel to it and it was crisp and refreshing. This could be a lager that I keep in the beer fridge more often for regular consumption. Overall, this is a very good lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:54:29 | More by PhillyStyle
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Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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