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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island LagerConey Island Lager

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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 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.

NuclearDolphin, Dec 15, 2011
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.

elNopalero, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev +9.6%

asparkoflife, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +9.6%

HopStoopid120, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev +9.6%

hopmashian, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +9.6%

rhino54, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +9.6%

tzieser, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of MLasoski
4/5  rDev +9.6%

MLasoski, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mikennat
3/5  rDev -17.8%

mikennat, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tonyf55
4/5  rDev +9.6%

tonyf55, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This is really a tough one to review. It's solid in every way, shape, and form. It's a sweet red lager with a bit of hoppiness on the finish. It looks fine, laces fine, smells fine, and goes down easily. I'm not thrilled by it at all though. Especially considering the price it commands. I mean, it's alright, and is probably a solid choice on tap. Bottles though? I wouldn't bother.

shand, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was caramel amber. Maybe an inch of head. Nice amount of lacing on the top.
Lots of film on the sides of the glass.

Smelled of toasty malts. I want to say citrus hops in there, too, but that might have been wishful thinking.

Tasted of creamy roasty malts. Light caramel in there as well.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Smooth finish. Filled me up a bit too much for my liking.

A pretty good beer all-around and I really tried to downgrade it for some reason. Give it a try.

BucannonXC5, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows toffee, caramel, bready malt and faint citrus.
Similarly malty flavours, more caramel, bready malt, cardboard and soft toffee. Some spicy and piny hops are also present. Finishes with a sharp, slightly metallic bitterness.
Carbonation could be a little lower.

CrazyDavros, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Poured into a pilsener

A - Reddish, copper coloring, lightly brown, not much head or lacing

S - Sweet fruity esters, roasted caramel

T - Very sweet, the malts are also real sugary

M - Heavy and sticky, not really crisp or refreshing

O - I'll pass on this next time, really cool label though

DrewSnyc667, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
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 Justin23060
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color. Stiff off white head that sits around for a bit. Lots of sweet barley taste with enough hop to dry it out some. Not the biggest lager fan... but this is great stuff. Didn't have high hopes after trying their "Sword Swallower", but this offering has redeemed them a bit. I'd definitely get this again if it was a single and I didn't have to get the whole mixed 12 pack. Try it if you get the chance.

Justin23060, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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
Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red amber hue which leaves a rather frothy two finger bubble laden head,the smell is creaming soda,sweet malts and caramel,the mouthfeel is light bodied and sessionable with tastes of caramel candy,toffee,ripe berries and at the finish i get this weird but nice mix of the flowery hops along with the czech pilsner yeast and overall its a very different Amber/Red but easy enough to knock back cheers.

ADZA, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever beer review so bear with me if it isn't the greatest. I'll get better and will enjoy the practice!

Ap- nice amber color, pretty clear, 1/2 finger head dissapears quickly and almost vanishes to nothing. Good carbonation. Looks inviting.

Ar- Sweet and malty. Nutty, roasty.

T- malty and nutty. Kind of reminds me of an Oktoberfest with all the maltiness going on. Sweet in flavor.

M- well carbonated, crisp, pretty light/thin on the tongue.

O- Ok beer, not in love with it but I would drink another. Not really my style of beer but one of the better lagers I have had.

BeerNutz324, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of FrankyGee3
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
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 peensteen
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice medium amber/copper colour, one finger white head, good retention, some lace. Smell is malty, grassy hops, earthy with floral notes, graham cracker like quality. Taste is malty with some biscuit, lightly earthy, floral and grassy, not an overly complex beer but quite nice. Light-med carb, full feel, medium body. Good stuff, not great but it is enjoyable, straight forward and inoffensive.

peensteen, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of bluHatter
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangeish deep brown. A little head which disappears quickly, leaving just a little foam and lacing.

S: Yeast, scone, malt

T: Bitter, orange, amber malty sweet and a distinctly mellow and bitter finish like a lemon or grapefruit.

M: Gurgly carbonation that sticks to the throat. Nice carbonation in the mouth.

O: An easier-to-drink Coney Island. Very nice amber, with a bitter sweet tingle. I'd have it again, if only for the purely evil cheshire grin on the bottle.

bluHatter, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with two fingers of head with good retention. Pilsner yeast and grassy hops are evident in the nose. Flavor profile here is quite mild; 8 types of malt but none stand out, 6 types of hops but mostly grassy, earthy notes. This beer drinks similar to a pilsner with some added malt character. The yeast is prevalent here. Mouthfeel is rather light and smooth, very drinkable.

Lager drinkers this one's for you. Ale drinkers you'll probably want to avoid. Not a bad beer, but rather one dimensional and not really memorable.

tdm168, Sep 11, 2011
Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.