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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island LagerConey Island Lager

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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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3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

22oz. bottle

Clear, but surprisingly dark in color. A light amber tone. Modest, off white head. Decent lacing, no legs.

Scent was pretty mild, sweet - pine like. Caramel.

Taste was sweet initially, followed by a nice, grassy bitterness. Wheat bread in the middle, not a lot else.

Meidum in body, very smooth. Low to medium carbonation, could pick up and it wouldn't hurt. Medium dry, not as crisp as it needs to be.

Easy to drink, but far from impressive.

, Jul 07, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

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 Hullabaloo2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Aroma - Very little in the aroma. Slight crisp malt sweetness.

Appearance - Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. Head is about 1/4 finger. Very clear.

Flavor - Nice malt flavor with some hop bitterness. No apparent DMS or sulfur that I often detect in lagers. This does not have a very complex flavor, but it is clean and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Light body, but not watery. Medium carbonation. Again, nice balance. Not sweet, but not too dry. Clean finish.

Overall Impression - I generally drink IPA's, Imperial Stouts, and Belgian's. In general I've avoided lagers for a long time. I'm trying to get over the stigma I've put on the lager side. With that I have to say while it's not as complex as I am used to it has a very nice flavor, and it is very drinkable. There is just enough hop flavor to tie it back with more familiar and loved beers, but it is still distinctly a lager. This would be a great beer on a hot day, and at 5.5% ABV I think I could put a couple of these bombers down.

Hullabaloo2, Jul 01, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a clear amber color with a medium lived whitish head. Smell is lightly grassy and pale maltiness. Taste is perhaps a bit hoppy for a lager, malty, medium bodied and a full flavored nice lager. Perhaps a touch lemony as well. Not offensive, is easy drinking, and pretty solid for what it is.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Freshie
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Part of my ACBF schwag collection 2008.

Poured into a 20oz lager glass.

Clear caramel hues and frothy white head are visible.

Aroma of toasted malts and candy sugar. Some raw yeast.

Interesting dynamic of malt and hop. Very in balance. Almost in unison with each other. Hops is grassy. Malt is toasty, like in other European lager styles. But the hop bite makes this clearly American craft. Some yeast in the after taste.

Very tasty and refreshing. Brew this in a six pack and this will become a regular of mine.

Freshie, Jun 27, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Here's the thing you need to consider with this review: i don't drink a lot of lagers because i don't really like lagers. Still, the variety of malts and hops as well as the yeast strain really intrigued me to try and get into the Coney Island Lager. You know what? It totally worked.

The beer pours a rich light brown, it's got a really rich malt flavor that i loved, with a hint of sweetness, but it wasn't sticky. It still had an awesome clean feel in the mouth, and the hops had some good variety but weren't overwhelming. I loved that because I really wanted to taste those malts.

Now, I normally don't trust my nose that much, but my buddy sharing this beer with me didn't smell much of anything either, which was pretty surprising considering the flavors going on. Didn't hinder my experience in the slightest though. I definitely enjoyed this beer and look forward to having more in the future.

eveninghawk, Jun 26, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

A - golden amber when held up to light, but mostly amber looking head on. Not much of a head

S - bit of fruity hoppiness with a good malt presence. Inviting

T - more hoppy than the aroma lets on, but the malt is still highly present. The American Amber part of the style seems a pretty apt description here. Pretty good.

M - pretty full body for a lager with good carbonation

D - enjoyable, but I think the 22 oz of this will be enough. As I said, it's pretty heavy for a lager, but either way it's nice going down. Worth a shot if you're looking for a lager that's slightly different.

ruckzuck, Jun 22, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +21.9%

A- somewhere between amber and dark golden, turns a deep burnt orange up to the light bulb, and a little hazy. nice big clumpy orangish-beige head leaves a ton of lace and given the ingredients it's no wonder this looks like a pale ale.

S- extremely fruity and fragrant, like everything in the citrus family and their flowers. mostly bitter orange, tangerine, tangelo, etc. with a blood orange tartness and sweet heavy aroma of fermenting canned mandarin oranges. a melange of various hops is also noticeable but is totally outweighed by the h-o-p's.

T- significant bitterness right off the bat and that bitter orange flavor carries over nicely with caramel english tasting malts, grapefruit, and honey. very nice malt sweetness is nudged out by the impressive hop flavor, leaning the scales a little toward the bitter side. as it warms, the malt flavor becomes a little more complex and i get the toasted, pale, and caramel, and a slight rye flavor that may or may not be some spicy malted wheat. some old leather and redwood as well, i would have called this an ale if i didn't know better. the hop and malt flavors are very straight up until that lager crispness shows itself in the superbly balanced finish.

MF- medium bodied and refreshing. carbonation is on the low side but with the consistency of a very light juice, this doesn't need much aide down-washing.

D- all the flavors i love from an ale are put into a lager with a really clean taste and an unoffensive finish despite the loads of hops. honestly i never would have expected this flavor profile. this is my first beer from schmaltz and i am definitely gonna seek out some more of their offerings.

hustlesworth, Jun 19, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Double-deuce bomber clad in wacky Shmaltz style, declares the ingredients to include a "Delectable alchemy of 8 malts, 6 hops, and Czech pilsner yeast." Hmm. When poured into a weizen glass, the cartoony pop art-bearing vessel yields a bell-clear pale copper body with a lively trickle of active carbonation supporting a two-fingers-thick crown that slowly reduces to a finger and retains, leaving a nice spattery set of ringed lacing on the glass.

Minty, pungently fragrant hops and a rich malty note greet the nose in fine style. Subsequent sniffs and even a few big snorts simply evoke 'more hops' (is that pine?) and 'more malt' (hey, there's molasses!). There's a lot here to assess...

Deliciously malty, and fullish in body, the beer is really quite refreshing and soothing with cool, minty hops. Rich flavors of toasted sunflower seeds, pine nuts, semi-sweet caramel, dry toast with clover honey, and a new, earthy hop-element add to the beer's warming evolution. Molasses appears near the end, draped in warm honey, countered nicely with just a touch of piney hop bitterness.

Wow. Nice lager!

cvstrickland, Jun 19, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

Aroma is strong and malty with just a whisper of fruit - banana on second examination. Color is a dark honey-amber, not like your typical lager, and with a nice thick off-white head that sticks around for a bit. Flavor is smooth, malty with a fair amount of hoppy bitterness and a trace of fruit. Hop flavor dominates the aftertaste. This is rather different from what I expect when drinking a lager.

Cyberkedi, Jun 19, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pilsener glass. Light amber with lots of bubble columns. The aroma showcases an unusual hoppiness for a lager; sweeter citrus fruit comes through alongside the more classic earthy Saaz. The flavor has a nice maltiness that is part caramel and part cookie. The hops are mostly leafy and herbal but some of the citrus from the smell is detectable. Body is heftier than expected for the style, but this is still a very drinkable beer.

illidurit, Jun 18, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -18.4%

Appearance- Nice, clear, deep amber colored body with a fairly huge head. Head slowly fades leaving decent lacing.

Smell- Nice malt sweetness with some just a hint of hops with sweet caramel malty notes. As it warms it does start exhibiting some canned corn aroma.

Taste- Starts off slightly metallic with some malt sweetness and a nice mix of bittering and flavoring hops. Also, noticable notes of a breadiness and maltiness.

Mouthfeel- for the style, the body is a bit heavy. Chewy even. Good CO2 level.

Drinkability-Not great, not wretched.

theopholis, Jun 16, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Really digging this beer. Only downside is that it may have just started to turn. Just a tad cardboard flavor going on. Poured a rich copper color. Thin white head that dissolved nearly immediately. Nose is malty but not much else.

Flavor is rich malts with just the slightest hint of sulfur. Toasted biscuits and French bread. Hops are mildly sprucey but balance out nicely with the malts. Hop flavor linger around the tongue well after each sip. Light mouthfeel. Very nice beer to have on a summer day. Would not mind getting my hands on a few more bottles of these.

MuddyFeet, Jun 03, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

05/18/08- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, not sure of the freshness. Poured into a pilsner style glass.

Appearance- Fuzzy amber colored pour with a full inch plus head on the pour. Slowly fades leaving decent lace patchwork.

Smell- Moslty sweet caramel malty notes with a bit of bread yeast and a tiny whiff of hops.

Taste- This one starts off very bready and very malty. Seems to fade during consumption. Hops are present, but really play second fiddle to the malt. Decent caramel flavor...not as sweet as the scent would tell you.

Mouthfeel- Solid and thick with a chewy texture. Light hop remnents in the aftertaste with higher carbonation.

Drinkability- Overall a good lager to try. Very much within the style.

GClarkage, May 19, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

rich golden amber in color with off white head

aromas of light sweet malt, faint breadiness, and slight apple

good bready flavors with slight yeast notes, mild fruitiness, caramel coating undertones, good dry hops on the finish and slight lemony hops, and I swear I get some banana in there

Very nice and medium bodied for a lager, not too big, but certainly not a light yellow fizz beer. good balance with the malt and every sip gets better and better.

A great lager, and with 8 malts and 6 hops what's not to like. smooth, enticing, and develops quite nicely. Longer finish than most lagers have too.

bitterthebetter, May 18, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a pint glass, hazy amber with a thin but alluring head--good retention. Very nice nose, caramel malt, pine and maybe fig. Flavor is less distinct, but a good balance of caramel malt & mild hop spiciness,with a clean finish. Medium carbonation goes down easy. A refreshing and enjoyable beverage.

Rzzzzz, May 15, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Normally when I see a "lager" beer without any other description, I expect a straw (golden at best) color. This pours light amber and also has a very good head. Spotty lace on the glass. Slight chill haze.

A well-balanced ale smell--dry malt and mild hop. Nothing extreme here.

A solidly balanced taste as well. Up front is a "round" lighter malt flavor of neutral grains with enough toasted (crystal?) to give this good character. The hop shows up mid-taste and lasts through the swallow. The aftertaste is short lived but pleasant. The body resembles an ale--full and without any crispness. It's not unappealing, just surprising.

If I were blindfolded I would swear that this is an ale. I would happily serve this to my beer geek friends and tell them it is a mild American amber.

smcolw, May 10, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

I got this single bottle somewhere is New Jersey, and poured it into an oversized pint glass.
Appearance: A white head that was good sized toped off a brown translucent body. There was no lace, but the retention was very good.
Smell: Aroma lacked in substance, but spicy hops were the most noticeable.
Taste: Absence of malt, very spicy noble hops.
Mouthfeel: Rigid and crisp.
Drinkability: If you in the mood for a hoppy lager, this is you beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, May 03, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a clear copperish dark amber with nice off-white head, ok retention, and some lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, and honey. Tastes of lemon and sweet caramel with a firm bread and butter backbone and a slight alcohol, grapefruit, and pine finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sweet and malty smooth with a bitter, crisp finish. Low in ABV and easy to drink, nice to session for those who love malty sweetness and a crisp hop finish.

HopDerek, May 02, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured a golden amber color with a thin white head. A slightly spicy smell accompanied a caramel sweetness. Like an American Macro Lager on the nose, only a little more complex. There was a very nice balance of caramel malts and American hops, along with a certain spiciness to the flavor. It was a smooth beer for the type. Most of these Lagers just have so much bitterness and bit like other Lagers that I avoid them. This one put the L in lager.

barleywinefiend, Apr 28, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- A 1-1/2 finger off-white/tan head poured atop a deep, slightly hazy amber body. There was a light carbonation and the head left a good foamy stick.

S- It had a clean hoppy scent of citrus and floral tones. The malt was a little lacking. There was a slight hint of sweetness.

T- It had nice hop flavor and a little caramel and dough from the malts that came later as the beer warmed a bit.

S- The feel was slightly grainy with light carbonation.

D- It's a good, but not spectacular drinker. It was a little heavier than I expected keeping it from being a really sessionable beer.

GRPunk, Apr 27, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

I poured this amber lager into a pint glass. There is no "freshness" date. The bottle says that it is made with "8 malts, 6 hops, and Czech pilsner yeast." It also says that this is the favored beer among freaks...I guess I am a freak too.

A: I like the appearance, but I wish that the head would have stayed around for longer. It has a body that is a clear orange-amber color capped by a thick off-white bubbly head which recedes to a thin lace. It does leave lace on the glass.

S: Wonderful aromas. I smell strawberries, bananas, along with the sweet malty smell. It is very candy-like. Underneath there is a piney hop smell, with a crisp smell reminiscent of many types of lager, due to the "Czech pilsner yeast".

T: This is a very well-balanced beer. There is definitely more bitterness than usual for this style, but it does not take over. It is carefully balanced by a bread-like malt character. For all of its sweet enticing smell, this is hardly a sweet malty beer. The alcohol is there, warming the mouth, though it is only 5.5%. The flavor remains fairly consistent throughout, lingering mostly at the roof of the mouth.

M: This beer is full-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and smooth carbonation. What more could one ask for?

D: I think that this beer is extremely drinkable. It is hard to imagine a better beer in this category. The alcohol is tame and so I would be able to have a couple of bottles easily without passing out. I recommend this American amber lager highly.

MusicaleMike, Apr 21, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +19.2%

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Chimay chalice (2 pours). This beer pours a crystal clear copper with a light, creamy head that leaves just a slight lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is malty up front. Caramel and toffee sweetness come out followed by a slight buttery smell. There is also just a slight hint of grapefruit. The taste is sweet but has a descent hop bitterness at the finish. Caramel is pretty prevalent up front. There is grapefruit and other citrus that comes out from the hop presence. Brown sugar and molasses definitely come out also. The mouthfeel is good. Its medium bodied with just a slight carbonation. While this is my first experience with a Red Lager, it really isn't what I expected it to be. There is a lot more flavor than what I expect from most. This is a really good beer.

hwwty4, Apr 14, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $4.99...
Many other beers I've sampled from this brewery have been particularly impressive (espcially RIPA Lennys IPA), so had high hopes for this light-bodied lager...
Pours a clear, lucid, ruby-red, light-amber color with no head at all and very minor lacing...
Faint amber aroma present with a slight suggestion of caramel and vanilla...
Taste was rather light and watery and not too appealing in my opinion... this was probably the weakest sample I've tried from this brewery, and it was kind of surprising to me that a brewery which I know can produce superb stuff managed to let loose with a mediocore sample like this one...
Loose, watery mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability due to the modest ABV...
Decent, but certainly not above-and-beyond...

dsa7783, Mar 29, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

A: Clear amber with big creamy head.

S: Slight caramel tone and wood dashes and wee bit earthy.

T: Slightly hoppy, however smooth malty 2nd taste to create an interesting and complex quaf. Continues with slight woody sweetness.

M: Minor body and nice bubbles

D:Easy session brew

Brianmerrilyn, Mar 27, 2008
Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.