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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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455 Ratings

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Ratings: 455
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 cadenwhitaker
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I'm a sucker for advertising, but I think their logo is awesome. Does that impact my rating of this beer? I'm not sure.

I find this beer, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. This is a great beer drinking beer. Not hoppy, just malty, sweet and tasty. I tend to use this beer for parties because it doesn't come expecting a hardcore beer drinker's palate (like a hopslam might) and the logo is great.

cadenwhitaker, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, no freshness info to be had. Pours pretty clear, orange tinged amber, light tan head, lose frothy and gauzy, this one leaves nice webs of lacing. Light whole wheat Bready nose. Pleasant enough stuff. Nicely balanced with soft, drying hops coming on late. Nothing hugely special going on here, just balanced, smooth, drinkable, sessionable stuff.

Billolick, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with some golden highlighting. Nice looking topper with some decent, if patchy, lacing. Interesting appearance for a normally staid style of beer.

Diacetyl and sweet caramel on the nose, some toasted grain, and fruity aromas are most notable. Alongside these, the hops are mellow, earthy, and a little grassy. All over the place is the phrase that comes to my mind.

Malty more than hoppy, but not unbalanced really. Very clean, classic lager profile, that slips in some caramel sweetness, herbal bitterness, and hard minerals.

Good mouthfeel that doesn't fill you up too much but doesn't skimp on ingredients. A little stickiness, but the otherwise overarching carbonation actually helps to clean that up a bit.

Pretty spunky little lager - I could drink a couple before getting bored. Better than the average for this rather pedestrian style.

Perhaps not as exciting as a day at the amusement park, it's worth a shot. A truly great Amber Ale (is that an oxymoron?) should be sessionable and interesting; Coney Island really only brings the interesting.

BretSikkink, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of auburngrad82
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Nice amber color and tan head but the head doesn't stick around and there's not much in the way of lacing.

Average smell but the taste is pretty nice for a lager, but comes across as a little flat.

As far as a lager, it's better than most.

auburngrad82, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz'er, this Lager was an orangey-brown, with a solid, multi-fingered, frothy-foamy head. Displayed nice lacing and a film that stuck around for the long haul.

More of an aroma than I go into a lager expecting. A nice, "bright" smell. Malty, but well balanced with hops. Flowers and citrus on top of caramel.

A solid nutty and grainy malt backbone with hints of caramel has some pilsner hop character built on top. Earthy citrus, leaving behind slight bittering. Some nuttiness and a light, non-filmy hop taste stick around. Very solid flavor.

Good carbonation. Crisp feel, towards medium on spectrum of body, but still light. Goes down smooth. A pretty tasty, quaffable lager.

TheMistler, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes,

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Metallic & herbal hop, plus some breadyness

T: Toasty malt, caramel, grainyness & slight metallic hoppyness up front. Dryness, slight cooked cereal flavor & breadyness as this warms. Finishes astringent & dry

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, not a bad attempt at the style

russpowell, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of BeerIsland
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this 22 oz bottle at Rick's in Alexandria; I've had a few of Jeremy's beers and have always thought they were pretty drinkable. I poured it into my standard 12 oz pils tasting glass; maybe not aggressively enough, there was a little head and that didn't last long. Left a sort of a scut in the middle. It smells nice, but faint. It's a hazy golden brown. I think the Coney Island is a decent tasting beer, a little bitier than the aroma would indicate. Aside from the tongue bubbles, it seems well balanced, with a perky, long lasting finish. After sitting a bit, it's a little less gassy, better. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to develop any more character. I'm thinking this bottle might be a little old.

Actually, this beer sort of reminds me of the Czech Amber I brewed with a fellow years back. I won 2 cases of homebrew at a private school auction (one of the dads was a dedicated homebrewer) and he gave me a recipe "fake book". I really wanted a hefty Czech type pils so I picked a complicated, whole grain recipe.

On the appointed day, I drove out to help with the brewing. I hadn't gotten near a home brewer or home brew set up in 15 years. He had a neat, outside farmhouse brewery and got us ready to go. Finally sensing my anticipation, he asked me what I wanted to drink. I said what ever he was having which, since it was the middle of the summer, was hoping it would be some exotic and glorious pilsner from the cellar. Well, it turned out to be homebrew barley wine mixed half and half with Coors Light. Go figure.

So I was brewing again! Well, it all came back to me, only worse. With the 2 of us, applying constant agitations and administrations, it was SIX hours till we pitched the yeast and had a chance to stand back. Sheeesh! As I blew out of the driveway, I felt like I was re-escaping all the sticky horrors I remembered.

Well, the farmhouse wasn't air conditioned and the fermentation was fast (so I heard over the phone, I wasn't going near the place again until it was pickup time) and the maker thought it might not be exactly what I was anticipating. And he was right; it was sort of an ale lager hybrid, kind of what I drinking now. Well, the Czech Amber Lager Ale is all gone but I still have, 10 years later, one bottle of the second case, oddly enough an extract barleywine. I like the Coney a little more now, on second thought.

BeerIsland, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lightly hazed, lightly ruby-oranged, amber with a lid of tight, fizzy, light sand.

This one gives some light caramel sweetness, and some light toastedness, along with an above average amount of red-green apple fruitiness, and some, lightly vegetal, lightly lemony, herbal hops. Medium bodied and pretty average feeling.

I was not too impressed by this one. This, my third, Coney Island offering leaves me wondering a bit about these wacky labels and caps. May give it shot next batch that comes out, but this one was not very appealing.

Slynger, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Appearance: Pours an orange/golden color, clear and clean looking. Has a bubbly, frothy tan head which is about an inch high. The head takes some decent time to dissipate, and it leaves some nice looking lacing on the glass.

On a side note, the Shmaltz Coney Island line has some of the best bottle labels I've ever seen, and the Beer Freak clown guy is awesome!

Smell: This beer has a strong hops, malt, and citrus (especially orange) smell up front. There is also some caramel and a slight mixture of a woodsy and flowery scent.

Taste: This beer has a taste on the sweeter side, with just the right amount of bitter hops to compliment it. The cirtus from the smell is here, along with some caramel, breadiness, and a slight flowery taste. Overall the taste is very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Neither watery or overly thick, but has an excellent consistancy somewhere in the middle. Very smooth on the palate, and not overly carbonated. Aftertaste is very similar to the taste, with a touch more bitterness.

Drinkability: This is an excellent lager, and one of my personal favorites. The refreshing taste of this beer never gets old, and I can't think of many beers better then this one to enjoy after a long day at work. During a meal this beer will succeed both in quenching your thirst and not filling you up. I love red lagers, and if you do too you need to try this one. Like it says on the label: "Indulge your inner Beer Freak!"

Goregazm, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Grimbergen chalice, yeah, wrong glass, but I like it.

Amber beer with a half finger head that kills to nothing quick, minor sea foam lacing on the glass initially. Smell is sweet malts, carmal on the tongue, sharp carbonation, crisp. Easy to drink.

ballewblake, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of deaconsmith
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.-this is a outstanding lager.at 40* in a thick glass mug it had a peachy amber color and was very clear in the light.the head was very nice, about a inch and a half thick with a very good retention and lacing.

S.-the first smell was flowery/citrus' and a unusually strong hops aroma for a lager.over all a mild blend.

T.- this lager could almost pass for a wheat ale. yummy hoppy taste with a hint of weat and citrus. very well balanced and a definate signature twist im sure.

M.-the mouth feel @ 40* is really good..awsome in fact..very refreshing ..smooth and alive. feels good on the throat.

D.-a good drinkability..in fact you should definatly pick up a second one..

i was kind of reluctant on this one but it was a pleasant supprise. i recomend it

deaconsmith, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hmm, so Schmaltz has swayed from branding themselves exclusively as the Jew brew. Not that there's anything wrong with He'brew as a brand, but the creepy guy on the Coney Island bottles is a lot cooler. And what's better, the profits from this here brew are going to preserve Coney Island, which from what I gather is now the pet cause of WMFU-types. Sweet.

Pours APA orange brown, very lightly hazy with a nice big white head.

It smells like a very nice hop profile when I hold the bottle up to my nose but then when I pour it it smells like a firm pilsener. The hops are still there, but man that's a weird shift (and it happened in two separate glasses, too). Still, the hop profile be VERY firm for a pils. It's managed well against a much more traditional Czech malt.

Tastes pretty much like a traditional Czech pils. (Not much like a red). The hops are bit more varied and American-tasting than you might find in, say, Urquell or Prima Pils. This is a nice change, but it's also lacking that wonderful dryness that a really great Pils tends to have, and this complexity of the hop also blots out the malt profile just a smidge. Still, very tasty and nicely balanced. But not quite an elite beer.

mynie, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Peruvian lager glass.

A vigorous pour unleashes a crystal clear, golden-orange body with a sluggish carbonation level. The head builds to a half inch before quickly dissipating to a wispy patch of foam and a ring of large bubbles. Not much in the way of lacing. The aroma is above average, heavy on the caramel/amber malts and balanced by a slight floral hop presence. A strange, soap-like note lingers in the background.

The flavor is quite good, with a malty burst of sweet caramel and toffee that gets immediately balanced by bitter hops. The hop note is piney and resinous, and rides the back of the palate for quite some time. For a lager, this packs some serious flavor, and it's a welcome change from the lackluster lager offerings I've come across. The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, refreshing, and all of the above. A joy to consume (a bit less overbearing than Schmaltz's Sword Swallower Steel Hop Lager), and at $4.99 for 22 oz., I'll be sure to revisit this gem.

wagenvolks, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of bashiba
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice clean amber color with a lightly sticky off white head.

The smell is light with a bit of floral hops and some nice lightly toasted malts.

The flavor is light and malty, some nice bread and caramel malt flavors with a lightly minty and grassy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with lots of carbonation.

Easy to drink solid amber lager.

bashiba, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of doubleipa
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half inch, off-white head. Clear body. Moderate malt, light bread, light hoppiness, light yeast aroma. Intial flavor was moderately sweet and a little bitter. Texture was initially watery, but then dry on the tongue later. Interting beer. Could be a real good session beer.

doubleipa, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of cactusjuggalo
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well done red lager. I am new to most of the schmaltz brewing stuff but if all of there brews are like this, i am a big fan. Poured a gold color with a nice reddish hue to it. The head sticks around with you as does the carbonation but not in a bad way. Smell is pretty interesting the malt is pretty present in the aroma. Malt is also quite present in the taste with just enough hops coming through. For the bizzare make up of this beer i was quite surpised by the quality. A good solid brew worth the money...

cactusjuggalo, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a handsome golden/amber color, smallish beige head settles into a foamy ring around the beer, small patches of lacing, and lots of bubbles rising up through the center of the glass. Some grassy hop aromas, bready, and a touch of lemon. Incredibly balanced taste, just the right amount of bittering hops, and a rich caramel malt taste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, without seeming watery at all...some nice lingering hoppy bitterness. You could drink these all day, or at least, I could. Very versatile beer, and something I'd have again in a heartbeat. Tasty!!

corey0212, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always impressed by Schmaltz's offerings, which I always see but rarely pick up. This brew pours a nice light amber with a good sudsy white head with great retention. Aroma is nice and malty, dry sweet bread and toast. Taste has a bit of sweetness from a the malt and a nice citrusy kick, which I think come from the hops, but there's not much bitterness to accompany it. Taste comes in very smooth and light, highly drinkable.

A nice offering and easy drinking beer, but there's not a lot here to set it off from any other peers.

saintwarrick, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Ben4881
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coney Island Lager
Shmaltz Brewing Company

Thank you to drxandy for the trade, great brew!

A murky, translucent amber color pours out of the bottle. Hints of orange and yellow highlights shine through when held to the light. A billowing off-white head with an orange-yellow shade erupts with decent retention. Decent lacing sticks to the glass throughout the experience.

Malt is the main attraction in the smell. Sweet caramel notes are prevalent. Also, there is a very slight, subtle sour odor that creeps in as well. However, the overall feel is sweet malty goodness.

As in the smell, the sweet caramel malt flavor takes hold up front. The caramel flavor is very strong and sweet. That flavor backs off, slightly, to allow a subtle, clean, and crisp hop flavor to dry out the finish. Along with the hop flavor is a subtle suggestion of alcohol, it's not strong, but it is detectable. A slight bitterness remains in the aftertaste, but the caramel malt flavor outweighs it, taking away from the dryness.

Coney Island has a medium to light body with limited carbonation, despite the massive head.

Outstanding drinkability: great balance and not too heavy. The low 5.5% ABV means one can enjoy more than one, the bomber is an excellent dosage.

Ben4881, Aug 05, 2008
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 Seanibus
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a light head. The aroma is grainy, but a bit sour for my taste. The flavor is sweet, slightly smoky and grainy, with a bit of bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin given the color and promise of the pour. This is a tasty beer, but a bit unusual to be truly refreshing or highly drinkable.

Seanibus, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this cool looking bomber with my brother-in-law . This is actually a great lager and I would believe that it is made with quality in mind. It was balanced, sessionable, and good looking. However I think because of the "czech pilsner yeast" it has a minerally bite involved that I simply do not enjoy. There's really not much I can say other than that and unfortunately it isn't in front of me to do a thorough review, but I was convinced that it was a quality american lager, just not something I would spend the money to get again.

joshwlt, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coney Island Lager pours an amber color with a thick off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is quite a nice aroma, lots of malt and a nice amount of hops. Very flavorful for a lager, lots of caramel like malt flavors and a nice hop flavor are present. The body is light as is appropriate. Quite tasty.

Drew966, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear copper hue with a one finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Very subtle aromas. Really all that's detectable is a little bit of sugary caramel.

Again, very subtle flavors. A little bit of grain is present, coated by a light creaminess. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Clean finish.

There really isn't too much to this beer, but it's pretty refreshing. I doubt the brewers were trying to make anything extreme. Though, this does come from the same brewing company that makes the 10+ %ABV Jewbelalation series. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a small head that quickly recedes to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Has a nice hoppy and toasted malt aroma. You have to catch it immediately after the pour as it seems to die off quickly.

I have not had a lager that I really enjoyed until I drank this beer. Has a nice malt profile with an American hop kick.

The body is lighter than what I expected. Finishes crisp and clean. Carbonation is abundant without being harsh.

A great lager. Very refreshing even though it has a more dynamic flavor profile than what is typical for most lagers I have sampled. A bit expensive so that limits sessionability.

morimech, Jul 15, 2008
Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.