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Coney Island Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island LagerConey Island Lager

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449 Ratings

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | 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 MaltyGoodness


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass. A very pretty beer, but doesn't look like a pilsner.

Very faint aroma of malt with maybe a hint of hops.

Very light taste. A hint of malt, medium bitterness, and a bit of hop flavor, Very clean and dry. A thirst quencher for a summer day at the park.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

Easy enough to drink, this one is meant to slug down and not put too much thought into it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 22:12:52 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear deep amber body with a thick yellowish off-white head that last a good bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a pretty clean smell but the note of green pine hops with a faint grapefruit zest note increases as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a soft toasted malt flavor with a dry caramel malt note and a hint if biscuit coming through as it warms. There is a sulfury dry Noble hop bite finish with some pine resin flavors lingering after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight clean finish.

D- The malt is a bit soft in the smell but has some nice flavor. There is a good complexity to the grain bill with some big bitterness at the finish. It sounds exciting but I just found this beer a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 21:04:16 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citrusy hop atop a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a solid doughy malt and a light and utilitarian balancing hop. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a very well balanced and easy drinking beer. However, the beer drank more like a Vienna Lager than a pils.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 20:13:30 | More by plaid75
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, served in a pilsner glass.

A - clear, light amber color with a 1"+ tan head that settled to a ring, leaving some rings of lace.

S - somewhat sour, hoppy aroma.

T - very tasty beer, bitter hop and malt flavors are well balanced with a dry, bitter finish.

M - medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

D - Coney Island website has abv at 5.5%, which makes for high drinkability provided you're drinking responsibly.

Final Note: cool bottle label.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 19:35:55 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of aforbes10


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from City Wide in South Bend. Pours orange to terracotta. Lacy, doily-like head is khaki to off-white in color. Looks surprizingly dark for what i was expecting. Smells buttery and tangy, notes of lemons and brussel sprouts(!) Taste is more bitter than expected, like an APA. Slightly sweet malty flavor with distinct hop bite. Not too crazy, but admittedly unusual in its presentation. Medium bodied. A good drinker, but nothing special, i dont think.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 12:00:28 | More by aforbes10
Photo of nortmand


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear with a deep caramel color and a lacy white head.

Nice caramel malts in the aroma. A bit of hop there and maybe roast.

Light astringency in the flavor, more caramel a bit of bitterness. Pretty standard.

Not really a Czech pilsener, pretty thin, all the character is wrapped up in the caramel.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 23:16:50 | More by nortmand
Photo of brewcrew76


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

A - Pours a clear honey orange, light copper with 3 fingers of frothy head that leaves streaks of lacing everywhere.

S - Smells like the bready caramel from a vienna lager and the spicy noble hops from a german pilsner (6 hops and 8 malts according to the label). A nice combonation.

T - Toasted bread, caramel, a touch of buttery sweetness and spicy, earthy, tea like hops. Quite buttery but it plays well with the hops instead of being unpleasant.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Nice.

D - Based on the description on the bottle I thought this beer might be a bit of a mess but I was pleasantly surprised. I will look for other beers in this series.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 17:24:34 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of jkrich


4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Without a doubt one of the most eye-catching labels I have encountered.
The lager poured a deep orange, copper color with a slight off white head.
The smell exploded from the bottle upon opening. Certainly some northwest hop in this one. The smell almost reminds me of an aromatic pale ale.
The initial taste reminded me of an amber lager with a dominant malt taste upfront with a slight hoppy and tangy aftertaste. Despite eight malts, the beer is never cloying even as it warms. I suppose with six hops, it shouldn't be inappropriately sweet.
Heavy and chewy on the tongue with noticeable carbonation.
This is certainly an extravagant beer with the different malts and hops. It does not taste like a "czech pilsner' but it is refreshing.
I don't believe this would make a regular rotation in my fridge, but I certainly enjoyed. At $4.99 per 22 oz. bottle, a little pricy for my beer budget.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 23:16:01 | More by jkrich
Photo of msubulldog25


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (festooned with a freakish grinning clown face that may have given me pre-pubescent nightmares...and still might...) into my Abita standard pint glass. Still, one of the best label designs I've come across recently...

ABV: 5.5% per the website coneyislandlager.com

A: Pours a strikingly non-pilsner-ish shade of auburn/orange. Perfectly clear with a moderate amount of steadily rising carbonation. Just a half-finger or so of bubbly, slightly frothy off-white head, gently fading to a thin, creamy film. A few gobs of sticky lace.

S: Pure bready malt, a very 'pilsner' smell for certain. Smells true to the style and retains a grassy & herbal hop note that is roiled up with every swirl.

T: More maltiness, lightly toasted graininess, a medley of cereal flavors with a generous dose of hops. Hops are quite herbal and mildly spicy, striking a nice balance. Hops are spicy and a little piney, definitive of the Cascade hops used throughout.

M: One of the more intense/full mouthfeels from a pilsner; feels much thicker and substantial than the 5.5% ABV it holds. Light to moderate carbonation. Despite a bitter hop backbone, stays sweeter and relatively clean in the finish.

D: Perhaps not the typical pilsner, but quite drinkable. Enjoyable flavor, plenty of both hops and malts (label says there 6 hops and 8 malts in this beer). Jeremy Cowan, you've again broken the mold on what to expect from certain styles. While this may not be the most drinkable, smoothest pilsner I've ever had, it's definitely one I'd have again and will recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 05:21:11 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of kirok1999


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of lagers but my retailer told me this was aggressively hopped so I thought I'd give it a try.
Pours a clear light gold with a rising white head and decent lacing.
Smell is a very hoppy nose with a slightly spicy, herbal lager backbone.
Taste is pretty nice, hoppy, earthy and spicy. The hops really make the brew, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is a little thin as you would expect from a lager/pilsner. Very easy to drink and the alcohol was not noticable at all.
This label should be on a T-shirt!!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:15:39 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Reidrover


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

have no idea how this 22 oz bottle made its way to a small grocery store in Salem,Oregon. Lovely looking lager, dark copper with a large tan head. Great laceing throught the galss. Aroma I wasnt so pleased with, its sort of malty/nutty but with some off putting "cheesy sock" thing going on. Nice taste to strong on the malts, dark and semi-bitter, with a great zing of grassy/sherberty hops near the end. Pleasant hop aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel to this one, smooth under the well done carbonation. I thought this wasnt a Czech pils but a very drinkable Vienna, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 20:15:36 | More by Reidrover
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With such a creepy label, I had to try one.

A - Poured out a burgandy color with flecks of orange and red. It had a foamy, off-white head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and sweet malt.

T - It tasted of spicy hops and sweet caramel malts. It had a citrusy flavor from the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. It doesn't taste like a Czech Pilsener from the Czech Republic, because it has those West Coast hops. Still it is a very good lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 00:50:53 | More by zeff80
Photo of shadow1961


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coney Island Lager pours a huge stiff head over a clear dark
tea colored brew. The nose is some kind of citrusy American
hops and barley malt. The flavor is huge sweetish malt with
caramel, pine and citrus notes and more citrus hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel is smooth and round, yet crisp and balanced.
This beer isn't strictly true to the Pilsner style- with this blend of
malts and American hops it's downright loud and excessive-
very much in keeping with the location it is named for. It's just
too big- I think that's why I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 17:28:54 | More by shadow1961
Photo of bort11


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

I have to admit, the label is what sold me on this one. That grinning circus freak could not be resisted.
22 oz bottle poured into a 24 oz mug. Off white head that stands just under a finger's width. Recedes to a filmy lace on the surface. Soapy looking drink markers left on the glass. Color is a clear red-amber.
Smell has a slight floral hops presentation. Taste is a blend of caramel malts and orange blossom like hops. A bit of a citrus zest in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a clean medium body.
I kind of with this came in a smaller bottle. Towards the end, I was getting a little tired of it. Still glad I sampled.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 04:26:05 | More by bort11
Photo of merlin48


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

22 oz bottle pours a clear orange amber body with a healthy almond head that is creamy and well retained. Some patchy lace left on the glass. Aroma of spicy hops, toasted caramel and fruity pear esters. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is a nice balance of earthy spicy hop bitterness and toasty caramel maltiness. A hint of red apple in the middle. Very approachable but not a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 13:59:49 | More by merlin48
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Nice deep gold, good head at first, fades somewhat quickly though.

Smell: Bready, some grassy notes.

Taste: If you handed me a glass of this, I would immediately say "English Pale Ale or IPA". Some caramel sweetness, then tea-like bitterness.

Drinkability: Not hard to drink but not my favorite flavor combination.

I picked this up since I liked Lenny's RIPA, but was pretty disappointed by this beer. It's definitely nowhere near a Czech pilsner so that amplifies my disappointment. I just don't like the tea-like hop flavors of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 23:39:05 | More by Mdog
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Arouse! your liquid curiosities... Amaze! your oral sensibilities... Indulge! your inner beer freak..."

--Coney Island Lager neck label

Flawless tangelo with honey colored trim. The three finger crown is a quality affair and is a wonderful shade of orange-infused alabaster. It displays quite a bit of character as it melts, leaving patchy lace in its wake. The appearance gives me a sneaking suspicion that this won't be your classic pilsener (despite the use of 'Czech pilsner yeast').

The nose is made up of an interesting conglomeration of scents. With 6 hop varieties in play (and 8 malts) it's hard pick out any single contributor. I smell faintly buttery caramel and hops that are fruity and earthy at once. My guess is that ingredients were chosen from both sides of the Atlantic. I'm not sure what else this beer could have been called, but a pilsener it ain't.

Coney Island Lager tastes like an English pale ale to me. Never mind that it's a lager. I wonder if the brewery's penchant for using so many types of malt and hops is responsible for a lack of certainly when it's time to pick a style (if that's even important to most people) and a lack of focus when it comes to the flavor profile. It could also credibly be called an amber lager, an all-malt lager or even an oktoberfest.

The maltiness is significantly toasted and caramel-like, with a modest amount of sweetness attempting to stand firm in the face of a more than modest amount of tea leaf-like, citrus peel, spicy, earthy hoppiness. My impression is that once the now delicious hops fade (in another few months), the flavor profile will be less than wonderful. Unless you like buttery lagers, that is.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn nice. It's lagery smooth and decently mouthfilling with a faint stickiness on the finish. I don't even mind the generous amount of carbonation since it lends a certain 'mouth party' atmosphere to a beer that isn't as exciting as its label would suggest.

Coney Island Lager is the first in a series of 'sideshow inspired' lagers from Shmaltz. That's certainly an interesting theme for a brewery to pick. A portion of the proceeds go to Coney Island USA, an organization founded to 'defend the honor of lost forms of American popular arts and culture'. Although it isn't outstanding beer, I'm glad I gave it a go and I'm glad I could contribute a little something to a worthy cause.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 13:00:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ams4k


3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great label and a worthy cause (save Coney Island!). But the beer is too sweet for my money -- all malt backbone, chewy and bready without a noticeable hop edge. Good color, great bottle, and fun to drink anyway. If you're not a hophead like me, you might love it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 20:34:44 | More by ams4k
Photo of BBM

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber color with a thin white head. A slightly spicy smell accompanied a caramel sweetness.

The taste reminded me much of a steam beer. There was a very nice balance of caramel malts and American hops, along with a certain spiciness to the flavor. It is an incredibly smooth beer, and an incredibly easy drinker. I'm always a little gun shy about American lagers but this one was really quite good. If I can find a six pack of this I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2007 20:00:02 | More by BBM
Photo of Bighuge


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

Copper. Crystal, clear copper. Head is somewhat fizzy. About an inch. Dirty white/off white/ivory white. Something along those lines. Lace is spotty. Decent nose of carmelized malts and burnt sugar and earthy hops. Medium bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Quenching. Easy going maltiness on the palate. Fairly sweet overall, though there is a bitterness that is noticeable. Caramel and toffee the flavors of note. A little spiciness. And a bit of a dryness on the finish. Overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 03:32:06 | More by Bighuge
Photo of tavernjef


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking color as it sits a beautiful light shade of bronzed gold with a slight chill haze to its body. Small lavish capping of foam sits briefly before sliding to a beefy skimming and lots of tiny speckled lacing spewn across the glass.

Aroma is dulled pale malt, muddled sweetness of potato and bread dough. Partial low tones of grassy toasted hops and a flinting of spice to its pale nature.

Flavors are simple, natural, and wholesome; kinda crisp and toasty in the front, bit of sweet in the middle, quite low ended and even going as it makes a subtle turn into the finish with a touch of grassy Saaz-like hop spice. A late kick of stale pretzeled dough remains as if fades off quickly.

Body is light/medium, crisp, yet dullish in tone for flavors and subtle snappy carbonation that gives a smooth ring to the palate as its easily smackable and a tiny bit more tasty then you realize.

Its no knock out of the park, but it has a well-crafted nature that suits it well and is comfortable for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 00:46:53 | More by tavernjef
Photo of auntfloyd

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a US pint glass.

Pours a clear, light amber color, with a small amount of pale head.

The nose is on the sweet side for a lager, faintly bready as well. The taste is fairly sweet as well, with malts dominating at first, followed by a more subdued hops flavor.

The mouthfeel was fairly light and smooth, and drinkability was pretty high.

This is a nice lager. It's definitely not like a 'traditional' American craft lager though, as others have said, it definitely has more of a Pils thing going for it. All in all, quite nice. I just wish this came in smaller bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 20:15:26 | More by auntfloyd
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have a clear case of a purchase made for the label art. Love that cool circus freak. A Schmltz fan, but never a lager lover, I bought it to look at that awesome design. So be it.

Clear amber color. Nice bubbles above.

Slightly sweet nose, minor hops, but there. Largely quiet.

Taste: smooth, clean, and watery. Just like a good lager should be. Hops dance happily on the tongue, before disappearing. Eight malts make for smoothness and creamy-tivity, with a lasting tingle on the palate.
Quite tasty.
Hail freaks, geeks, barkers, and carnies!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 09:26:18 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of adowney523


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber. Clear and amber with little white head that quickly fades.

Smell hints at sweet notes of caramel, lighter fruits, and grainy malt.

Tastes quite caramel sweet with some spicy zest to back it up. Hop bitterness is subtle.

Fairly light-bodied but very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 00:37:03 | More by adowney523
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Coney Island Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.