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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 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.

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.

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.

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...

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Freshie
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eveninghawk
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of illidurit
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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