Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island LagerConey Island Lager

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468 Ratings

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 16 | 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 hippityhophead24
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a standard transparent amber color with one finger of white foam that sticks around for about a minute, texturally medium bodied and gently carbonated. Smells of Czech-hopping spiciness + earth tones over a cracker / light biscuit malt, flavor presents hop forward as well. I get a hit of the Czech spice on toast that bleeds into orange peels and a nice extended resinous finish. Pretty good, but not as memorable as most of Shmaltz's other products IMO.

Photo of muskiesman
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of sweisel80
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of electtodefer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to @LaitueGonflable, purchased in Australia.

Pours a slightly hazed, but not particularly cloudy amber hue, with a fine, but certainly filmy and insubstantial head of white. Light, fluid body, but fine carbonation, where it exists. it actually looks a little flat and dead. But the colour is nice enough.

Considering the fanfare they give to the number and variety of hops used in the beer, the nose is exceedingly generic. It has the broad strokes of grainy malt and moderated bitter hoppiness, but no really exciting flavours that jump out individually. The malt is more forward, and tends toward generic, multigrain bread characters, leaving it a bit flat and unexciting overall.

Taste is also pretty generic. Thin body is noticeable from the start, which would work reasonably well with a touch of bright, fresh hop character, but instead we get that flat, grainy malt, a touch of sweet lemon on the back, and a dry empty finish that makes the palate feel like it's petering out to nothingness.

Pretty disappointing brew, to be honest. I've found the Coney Island branding to be genuinely substandard to the He'Brew branded beers, and this is no exception. Worst of all, while this could be a reasonable session brew, the 5.5% ABV puts it slightly out of that range. It's a shame.

Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1013th Review on BA
Bottle to Lager glass

No bottle date

Purchased for $3.00 at El Cerrito Liquor

App- Very similar to the dunkelweiss from Kuhnhenn I reviewed last night with a nice creamy 1 finger fast receding head. A nice bit of open cling and stick.

Smell- Smells a bit like a American Strong Ale with the malt bill and boldness. Add into this a bit more Pilsner yeast and some lemon.

Taste- A bit of a really weird mish mash. I get a large amount of sweetness and a little bit of dish soap. Moving along I get a bit of lemon and peanut. Just doesnt really work for me.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. A residual dish soap, lemon, caramel flavor. Works with the thickness but not overall flavor.

Drink- I will outwardly admit. I drank this a few years ago, never reviewed it and am only drinking this for the style tick. I can say with the yeast and pils and malts. Not really a good combo for me.

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of HighballurRollby
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying the octoberfest one, I opted to try out their lager. Always looked cool on the shelf with its fun labeling of sorts. I enjoyed the other beer from them alot, so I was looking very forward to this one.

I liked the look of the orangish amber color this gave off in the glass. It seemed to lighten up toward the top with a decent head that retained quite a bit. The beer has some hoppy character to it, I can smell it all over the nose. its very aromatic imo. The taste was mirror to the smell and I felt a rush of hops about halfway and up to the finish. Also I get some toasty bread in the their up front and continues in the background of the mouthful. I feel like I'm drinking a pale ale, which obviously this is an amber ale. I'd give the hop character similar or a little stronger to that of a sierra nevada. It definetly stays on my pallet for a while. This isn't to take away from the beer, although I think I prefer the hops taste to take a more conservative role in a beer. All in all, this beer is decent, I'd drink it again, but I think I'd stick to just a pint or so and move on to something else.

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Hazy dark amber color that has a clearer and more orange like look at the bottom on the glass. Pours a fluffy 3 finger width head that takes a while to deflate.

Smell - There's some grassy hops in here as well as some yeasty notes. I can also smell some caramel and sweet malty notes. It's got that slight grassy/earthy Pilsner smell, but not in an offensive sort of way.

Taste - True to it's word on the bottle description, it is truly a hybrid of sorts. Surprisingly sweet grassy and hoppy flavors, along with some rich Pilsner yeastiness.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty heavily bodied for an Amber ale, and there's a slight thickness as well. However, the carbonation is pretty mild and it feels very refreshing to drink.

Overall - This is one of the better Amber Ales I've had. It's a beer that is perfect for any occasion, thanks to it's easy drinkability and flavor. It's a well rounded beer that gets the job done.

Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Step right up, step right up!

This pours a tan-amber color with a lot of foam. There’s a nice maltiness to it’s aroma followed by a mellow hop sting. The malt strikes at first sip, a lightly toasted biscuit, finishing with a bitter hoppy sting—contrasted by a honey sweetness to it. Yum! Is this their take on a pilsner? The pilsner yeast flavor contributes to it, in a way that makes this go down all too easily.

*Postscript: Apparently it's not a pilsner. Maybe it's the lagering but I definitely picked up on hints of a pilsner-like yeast flavor profile.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.