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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

454 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.8%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours light copper with a nice white head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings forward a pretty good amount of biscuit malt as well as some light hops. Good bready flavors throughout. Light to medium body with good carbonation. In the end, a nice craft example of the style and drinks quite well. Very good for what it is.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy light amber in color with a finger high head that faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible in the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of sweet caramel and toffee malts in the nose along with some hints of apples.
T: The taste is similar to the nose; there are lots of malty flavors, but a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops comes out of nowhere to balance these out and add some complexity.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some dryness from the hops. It has a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer wasn't that difficult to consume. I might considering trying this again because it had tons of hops for a lager, which seems rather unique.

metter98, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent, though unspectacular, head that leaves plenty of squiggles and shards of lace

Smell: Nice interplay between the caramel malt and the rather earthy hops; smells more like an English pale ale than a lager

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of caramel malt that moves in a slightly herbal direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy hop bitterness shines through and provides a satisfying counterpoint to the somewhat sweet malt base

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not a big lager fan and, while I can tolerate a Sam Adams if nothing else is available, this is a very nice beer that I would seek out

brentk56, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Arouse! your liquid curiosities... Amaze! your oral sensibilities... Indulge! your inner beer freak..."

--Coney Island Lager neck label


Flawless tangelo with honey colored trim. The three finger crown is a quality affair and is a wonderful shade of orange-infused alabaster. It displays quite a bit of character as it melts, leaving patchy lace in its wake. The appearance gives me a sneaking suspicion that this won't be your classic pilsener (despite the use of 'Czech pilsner yeast').

The nose is made up of an interesting conglomeration of scents. With 6 hop varieties in play (and 8 malts) it's hard pick out any single contributor. I smell faintly buttery caramel and hops that are fruity and earthy at once. My guess is that ingredients were chosen from both sides of the Atlantic. I'm not sure what else this beer could have been called, but a pilsener it ain't.

Coney Island Lager tastes like an English pale ale to me. Never mind that it's a lager. I wonder if the brewery's penchant for using so many types of malt and hops is responsible for a lack of certainly when it's time to pick a style (if that's even important to most people) and a lack of focus when it comes to the flavor profile. It could also credibly be called an amber lager, an all-malt lager or even an oktoberfest.

The maltiness is significantly toasted and caramel-like, with a modest amount of sweetness attempting to stand firm in the face of a more than modest amount of tea leaf-like, citrus peel, spicy, earthy hoppiness. My impression is that once the now delicious hops fade (in another few months), the flavor profile will be less than wonderful. Unless you like buttery lagers, that is.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn nice. It's lagery smooth and decently mouthfilling with a faint stickiness on the finish. I don't even mind the generous amount of carbonation since it lends a certain 'mouth party' atmosphere to a beer that isn't as exciting as its label would suggest.

Coney Island Lager is the first in a series of 'sideshow inspired' lagers from Shmaltz. That's certainly an interesting theme for a brewery to pick. A portion of the proceeds go to Coney Island USA, an organization founded to 'defend the honor of lost forms of American popular arts and culture'. Although it isn't outstanding beer, I'm glad I gave it a go and I'm glad I could contribute a little something to a worthy cause.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color lager with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of lightly caramelized malt is quite enjoyable. Taste of biscuit malt is very refreshing with limited complexity. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation as well. Well brewed and easily drinkable which I bet was the goal of this one.

Phyl21ca, May 12, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought the brewery (or contract brewery) seems more of a gimmic than a serious contender, all their beers are quite nice. The various malts used in this beer give a complex sweetness, a meaty-ness to the malt base, and a balance of cereal grains. The various hops certainly give enough bitterness to balance the malts, while contributing an herbal, tea-like, grassy flavor that becomes soft and pleasant. Fruity esters of peaches, apples, grapes, and oranges give the beer a much needed spiciness and shadows the grain flavors throughout the finish. Lingers with the tea / herbal flavors with a crisp, dry-malt, refreshing note.

Being heavily involved in architecture and urban design, I appreciate the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer go toward the stabilization and preservation of Coney Island.

BEERchitect, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Texasfan549, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one in my Easter Bif, and was surprised as I had never scene this one from Smaltz before, but since I have really liked most everything I have tried from them, I figured it was sure to be another winner and proceeded to check it out with piqued interest. Poured this one out into a pint glass and a nice dark amber colored lager appeared in front of me. Very clear with almost no haze visible in it what so ever, I was able to see ample amounts of carbonation coming up through the bottom of the glass. This served to reinforce the nice white frothy pillow that had formed on the top of it. A good-sized three finger high head of lace was on top that quickly fizzed out and just left behind a thin film with only a touch of side glass lace.

The aroma was striking me as odd when I leaned in, but no so much really in a bad way, but rather just a touch different then what I was expecting. It had a big malt character to it, with lots of wet grass, and earthy, musky smells coming through on it, however, if you looked inside a little deeper, what you found was a very nice, and light citrus note. This was coming across almost like lemon or very light grapefruit but was definitely there, as was a nice touch of caramel like sugary notes to compliment it nicely. The flavor was very similar, except a little bit heavier on the hops. This was a highly drinkable session ale for me, and I am not sure what the percentage is here, but it cannot be that high. Really a very nice drinker with a nice light body and a smooth creamy finish with more then adequate carbonation. The flavor was light enough to not really overpower in one direction or the other, but at the same time, it also had more then enough going for it to keep you interested throughout. Nice bready malts popping up for me first, really earthy grainy like flavor, but this was soon passed up by a nice bright spot of floral hops. Notes of grapefruit very noticeable now as well as a good touch of grass like flavor as well. Really nicely balanced. Not sure what to call the style, other then a nice American lager. A touch sweet on the finish, before drying out and getting you ready for the next sip.

Overall not a bad session lager at all, really quite good actually and went very well with dinner. I was very happy with the way this one turned out, and it was nice to see that they could put together a quality session ale as well as some of the bigger offerings they make. I would recommend giving this one a try. Also as a side, growing up in Jersey, the label brought back some fun memories, really interesting little beer here, and definitely worth a further look.

mikesgroove, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kjkinsey, May 02, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GRG1313, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger off white head on a clear copper body. 3.5

S: aroma is fairly light. What is there is mostly Czech hop spiciness and caramel malts. 3

T: malt presence moves toward a Dunkel or so with mostly caramel malts. Hops provide a spicey and bittering note. 3.5

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. 3.5

Overall: this one is hard to characterize. What I know is that it isn't memorable and the aroma is almost non existent. 3.5

kylehay2004, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, orangey-copper body with a full, frothy off-white head. Tiny-bubbled effervescence.

Smell: Mild, toasty caramel maltiness with a touch of graininess. Bright Saaz noble hop bouquet with further notes of grass, citrus, and floral to enjoy as well.

Taste: Light caramel and pale maltiness with a slight toastiness and sweetness. Lemony, grassy, even herbal hop flavors with a medium bitterness is fast on the malt's heels, though. Hint of orange. Floral, fruity finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: That being said, I defy any person with a soul to not enjoy this Vienna.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

oberon, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
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
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With such a creepy label, I had to try one.

A - Poured out a burgandy color with flecks of orange and red. It had a foamy, off-white head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and sweet malt.

T - It tasted of spicy hops and sweet caramel malts. It had a citrusy flavor from the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. It doesn't taste like a Czech Pilsener from the Czech Republic, because it has those West Coast hops. Still it is a very good lager.

zeff80, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange hue, with two fingers of dense soapy beige head, which renders some drooping curtains of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bready caramel malt, a bit of orchard fruit, and leafy hops. The taste is bready, biscuity caramel malt, crisp fleshy fruit - pears and apples, and spicy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body decently weighty, smooth, and surprisingly creamy. It finishes fairly sweet, the "8 malts' asserting their dominance, offset increasingly so by the "6 hops".

A pretty hefty lager, enjoyable for its near-balance, and lovely intensity.

biboergosum, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On-tap at Stanton Public, NYC. 25 July 2008

Clear amber. Average head. Fair retention. limited lacing - may be the glass. Menu lists Brooklyn as the point of origination? Brooklyn Brewery? Seems odd. Must be Sixpoint or Greenpoint... no, definitely Greenpoint - they contract Sixpoint don't they? Great nose. Hoppy. Malty. Caramel and toast with citrus and leafy hops. A touch of marmalade perhaps. Not over-done. Medium bodied. Standard carb but with a bit of a dextrinous edge to the malt. Very nice beer. A great introductory beer. More hops appear in the flavor, but the malt remains the dominant entity. Citrus rind dryness. Firm bitterness. Finishes malty and hoppy with a bit of spiciness and some delicate earthiness leaving you ready for another sip. Fairly impressive for a kind of standard style brew.

NeroFiddled, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops, lager yeast and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of floral hops and then quickly transitions into hearty malt character with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. I found it to be very nicely balanced and the taste grew on me the more I drank it. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, this beer seems to be a lager that's trying to be an IPA and it combined the best qualities of both styles. This is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a traditional amber lager, semi clouded nice khaki tan head forms minimal lacing between sips. Aroma fruity caramel malt notes, slightly spicy with a floral edge. Flavor has a dry back end with a bunch of upfront sweetness interesting blend, there are competing flavors here that don't seem to agree with each other spicy malts dry yeast strain American hop bitterness from teh cascades. I don't know, it's not my favorite. Mouthfeel is light bodied dry bitter harshness, carbonation is a bit spritzy making the mouthfeel rougher than it has to be. Drinkability overall for me, leaves me in confusion. Not an average style, I question the flavors I'm getting whether or not they work together...I'm going to try their hoppy pale lager.

WVbeergeek, Sep 25, 2010
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Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.