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Coney Island Freaktoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coney Island FreaktoberfestConey Island Freaktoberfest

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453 Ratings

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 21.05%

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of beernmetal


4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is, hands down, my favorite beer of all time. I encountered it a few years ago back home in Atlanta at a place called The Porter. It has a lovely blood red color and a pinkish foam that I've never seen in any other beer I've ever had. It has hints of apple, orange, and a floral print somewhere from what I tasted. At 6.66% ABV, it's a devilishly delightful drink. It's a little thin in your mouth, which doesn't really make a lot of sense considering the flavor you get. Also, the smell, doesn't really hit you as hard as I think it should, but those two things are minor compared to the beautiful flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 21:41:16 | More by beernmetal
Photo of donbet69

New York

3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was able to buy a bottle of this and did just because I had to pour it into a glass and see it with my own 2 eyes.

The appearance is a site to see red beer with a pink head awesome.

The taste on the other hand is nothing to brag about. It was drinkable, I will only have it this once.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 22:02:17 | More by donbet69
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep red in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts with a hint of dark fruit (plum).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and grainy malts with some hints of dark fruit (plum and fig). That is followed by an earthy hops and a touch of rye spiciness. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer seems like it is much higher in alcohol than it is since the alcohol is not well hidden at all. Not the easiest beer in this style to drink. This might be a better beer for drinking with some roasted pork than after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:59:13 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber with a pinkish hued slowly fading medium head. Aroma and Taste of toasted barley, some caramel malt, yeast bready notes with some fruity esters, some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. Finishes with some toasted barley, malt, yeast a bit of fruity flavor and light bitterness. Overall not withstanding the pink head an ok drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:09:00 | More by Samp01
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no apparent freshness date, although I'm pretty sure this is a fall 2012 release, so it has been chillin in the bottle for about six months now. Was going to get the 4 pack on sale, but decided to buy a single bottle instead. My second beer by Shmaltz, the other being Shmaltz Coney Island Lager, which I don't remember enjoying so much, but that's another story. The Shmaltz Coney Island Freaktoberfest sounds like an intriguing beer, and I am excited to be trying it now! Gets me in the mood for Halloween early.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - An absolutely beautiful, stunning, blood red ruby color hue to that body, but most impressive is the finger and a half of authentic strawberry pink colored foamy head, with very decent retention. One of the most beautiful / truly unique looking beers I've ever beheld. Lots of thick scattered lacing.

S - Judging by the appearance, I would be expecting a luscious tropical strawberry smell, but instead there is only a faint subdued cherry / dark fruitiness, bubblegum malts, and a faint hoppiness. So far, it doesn't remind me at all of the standard autumn seasonal pumpkin / cinnamon spice beers, which I'll go ahead and say is a good thing.

T - Taste isn't as tame as I was expecting; spicy bitter hops overpower most of the fruity bubblegum malts that I thought I could smell in the nose. Even after chillin in the bottle for six months, this beer still packs a hell of a hop punch. Spicy hop bitterness outdoes the malt profile for sure, which is a surprise when compared to the nose, but that bubblegum yeast is still very highly present.

M - Sticky and resinous. Hoppy and malty. A balanced aftertaste, even if it is a little too hop forward.

Overall, an impressive beer, and an impressive seasonal. One I would gladly pick up again fresh next Halloween season. Not nearly as good or memorable as the Great Lakes Nosferatu, but a very notable autumn beer. Glad I got to try a single 12 oz. bottle, I probably wouldn't wanna pay full price for a lousy 4 pack.

Shmaltz Coney Island Freaktoberfest ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 05:20:18 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of beeragent


3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - pours a medium blood red with a 1/2 inch pink head. Medium lace on the glass.

S - bready malt aroma along with a hint of berry.

T - caramel malt, slighty bready, and a slight berry sweetness throughout. Hop bitterness is more noticeable in the finish.

M - medium bodied. Average carbonation. Clean finish.

O - interesting appearance for an Oktoberfest seasonal but it fits better for the Halloween theme. Not as flavorful or as big a malt profile as the usual Oktoberfest seasonal, but the berry addition makes it a very unique beer, especially being characterized as an amber/red lager. Great beer, and if in the mood for an amber lager, this would be high on the list!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:11:40 | More by beeragent
Photo of RWLawman

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Blood red, which is pretty cool for a "Freaktoberfest" beer. No head or lacing to speak of.

S - Fruity, like raspberry or some kind of berry, with some malts and general sweetness.

T - Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Almost too sweet, but still tasty. Raspberry, malts, slightest hint of a metallic taste on the back.

M - Average mouthfeel. not watery, but not thick. Sessionable.

O - Pretty good beer. Not something that I will go out of my way to find. This is certainly not an Oktoberfest beer, which it is SORT of advertised as. It is categorized on this site as a red/amber lager. In that, this is an above average red, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:35:38 | More by RWLawman
Photo of DenverLogan


3.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle...poured in chalice.
OK...we have a raspberry color...different! I won't distract this from a score. I've had a purple beer in Belgium that tasted fine!
Big slightly red head of various size bubbles.
Aroma of amber malts, bread, fresh mowed grass, slight Italian spices, strawberry.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Whoa...got beer ingredients plus...mild malts, peppercorns, melon rind, bitter hops, sangria. Overall a tasty brew with fun color and aroma. Should it taste like an Octoberfest...well, on the label it says it's not that style...it's a Freaktoberfest beer. I'm OK with that. It seems like many reviewers take away because of the color, lack of imperial taste, or the like...might have been good to try this brew without seeing it's color, then rating it in comparison. This is an example of why I believe the appearance should be of much less significance than the aroma and, especially, the taste. The proof is in the pudding and even with probably a few more months of aging than is appropriate, this beer taste good, not imperially great, but I don't find anything significantly wrong and it has good body, flavors and tastes. Also great to pour at a blind tasting!!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:27:10 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Schmaltz Brewery, Freaktoberfest is an interesting and tasty beer treat!

Pours blood red and perfectly clear, head is a bit on the pink side and lacing is not bad at all.

Caramel malts, grains, sweet toasty malts, and a little fruit make up the aroma.

Taste wise it’s not too far off from a Marzen or Octoberfest. Nice caramel malts and toasty, bready malts make up the bulk of the flavor. Hop bitterness is present in a balancing way, but isn’t the main attribute. It grows some as it warms though.

Body is lager-y and pretty easy drinking, yet full and right on the money for a marzen or Octoberfest style beer.

I think it’s another very interesting beer from Schmaltz, one of my favorite US breweries!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 00:50:01 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of garuda


2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Blood red, hazed body with a pink head that has good retention and lacing. Certainly not typical of style, but they got what they were going for.

S/T - Heavy on the metallic/blood aroma. Its still there in the taste but not as bad. some grainy malt sweetness, hint of raspberry, light bitterness. Even a bit boozy.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, mostly smooth.

O - Once I notice the blood off-flavor in a beer, its hard to get past. Lacks the clean taste and feel that a lager should have.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 13:15:06 | More by garuda
Photo of DavidST


3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a red color with a very light haze, looks almost like koolaid, and a pint foamy head which has good retention. The smells are mostly malty, some biscuit, caramel, fruit, grass. The feel is medium. The taste is good enough, a little syrup sweetness, some biscuit, but then more bitterness than expected, perhaps some rye.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:40:18 | More by DavidST
Photo of smcolw


3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, the appearance really does freak me out. It pours out of the bottle as a bright, nearly neon, red color. The head is pink. Did they do this with food coloring. Lasting head with some chunky lace. The broth is nearly clear. I'm not exactly sure how to rate this.

More malt than hop, but it smells like a typical beer. Well balanced.

Decent bitterness for a beer that one would presume to be an Octoberfest. Round start of lightly toasted malt. The finish is peppery bitterness. The body leans toward watery, but the carbonation is low.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 20:25:02 | More by smcolw
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Reddish copper body, 1 1/2" reddish white head

S- Pommegranet, cranberries, apple cidar, wine, cinnamon, metal, bready malts

T- Cranberries, apple cider, wine, bready malts, metal, slit alcohol

M- medium body, crisp cider like carbonation

O- So unique, it's like a cider/wine mets a marzen and has a baby. It's never too sweet, the bready malts and cranberry bitterness keep that in check. Not really an example of the style, but an awesome off beat brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 06:18:35 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear ruby red with a pink, 2 finger head. Obviously artificial. Great retention with fair, sticky lacing, but the artificial coloring puts me off it's appearance.

Smell - Notes of grain, caramel and a touch of spice.

Taste - Grain upfront, peppery spice, honey and with a hint of citrus hops in the back end. Subtle mint notes creep in at the finish, and linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a soft, well-rounded carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Not a bad brew; actually, pretty good. Not a fan of the artificial coloring, but it's not a deal breaker.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:14:29 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Pink head, fluffy with good retention. Oily, soapy lacing. Ruby red body. Aroma of sweet maltiness, candi like sugars, hop bitterness and maybe some raspberry. Taste has a nice malt sweetness, some resinous grapefruit bitterness. Not really getting any fruit on the taste, maybe the color was fooling me. Anywho, interesting looking beer, very drinkable with a nice taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 07:14:03 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a cherry red amber with an appropriate one finger light pink head with good retention and lacing. Subdued aroma of light biscuit malt, fruit and nonidentifiable vegetables. Flavor is bready malt, grassy hops, dark and light fruit finishing spicy with a sharp and somewhat acrid hop bitterness. An unusually flavored lager, but no identifiable ingredient for the oddness. Medium bodied. Odd, but certainly fun to drink, it lives up to its presentation and label art. The finish is a bit unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 04:26:12 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark red in color. It poured with a finger high dark pink head that consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is a little malty and has notes of bitterness. The finish has spicy notes of rye.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some dryness.
O: It seems that this beer would go well with meats because it is a little malty and has some spices and dryness to cut through the food.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 18:28:14 | More by metter98
Photo of hardy008


1.88/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bright red with a small pink head with good retention and lacing. This is one seriously weird looking beer. Smells like grain, with some sweetness. Not much else.

Tastes sweet with grain and some herbs. It surprises me how bland this beer is. Also has an artificial taste which is hard to describe. One thing is certain, I don't like it.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Just not a good beer. The whole gimmick is the label art, and the color of the beer inside. A failure of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:34:45 | More by hardy008
Photo of One2Remeber


2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 4-pack on Halloween in Chicago. First time having Coney Island.

A: Pours red (literally artificial coloring red). Disappointed already. Red thin head fades quickly. Hazy body.

S: Raspberry snow cone overshadows thick, German malts (victory, toasted bread).

T/M: Weird. All German malts but not pronounced due to some syrupy artificial taste.

O: Disappointed this is my first beer from Coney Island. I have heard positive reviews of the brewery but this beer is a gimmick. Not amused. For a seasonal red lager Freaktoberfest misses crisp, clean flavors of Munich malts while showcasing a rich lager yeast. If the style is brewed for amusement to please circus folk this is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:53:40 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating(but apparently from last year). Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, nuttiness, and light earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, raisin, toast, toffee, apple, molasses, biscuit, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, pear, raisin, toast, molasses, biscuit, earth, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; almost zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest style. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; very smooth to drink. This is fairly on par with the style as well. Definitely an enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:53:52 | More by superspak
Photo of obrike


3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a single as part of a mix sixer at World Market in Round Rock.

Quite a looker...especially for Halloween. A good red/brown hybrid with a big fluffy pinkish head. Certainly out of the norm. Not much lacing, but a fun beer to look at.

Getting some spicey malts, alcohol, maybe a bit of dark fruits. Not very pronounced though...does start getting better as it warms though.

Interesting, not too much going on with the taste. Malt forward for sure, but a pretty bare palate for the first half of the beer. Again, once it warms a bit, the spicey sweet malt comes out a bit...maybe some cinamon thrown in and dark grapes? Almost doppelbock-esqe, but way too subdued.
Pretty thin mouthfeel and it actually doesn't hide the booze very well. This is a one and done beer for me I'm afraid.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 00:00:03 | More by obrike
Photo of Vashtar


3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a foodcolored, almost fluorescent joke. Even the head was red

Smells like beer mixed with Kool Aid

The taste is actually really deep an int the beer is too hoppy for a lager and it has a bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is thick but slippery, like mucus.

Overall, I'm never buying a Coney Island beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:06:30 | More by Vashtar
Photo of socon67

New York

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours red with a pick colored foam. Its supposed to look this way, but I found it not the best way to see your beer. Slight carbonation and rings of lcaing.

S - Smells of caramel malt, and fruit. Has almost a cherry smell, which is only more of a mtach ofr its reddish color.

T - Tastes like a sweet amber lager. Has some malty notes, but there is some sweet flavors of berries. Finishes with a bready yeast flavor.

M - Light feel, and noted carbonation. Has a feel similar to a Sam Adams Lager. Easily a beer you could have a few of.

O - Fun beer for Halloween but not one that stands out. Perfect to spice up a party with a good and flavorful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 02:10:05 | More by socon67
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to give this one a shot for fun!

A - Pours a dark red/maroon, with a quickly dissipating pinkish red head! Gimmicky? Sure. But I'm a sucker for anything horror/Halloween-themed.

S - Smell mostly of caramel malts, and subtle dark fruit notes. Scents are somewhat faint, but pleasant nonetheless.

T - Taste is of bready caramel malts, subtle dark fruits, and balancing spicy hops w/a hint of roastiness. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but not overbearing.

M - Medium body, with medium carbonation. Pretty balanced and satisfying overall in this area.

O - Overall, this is a solid, tasty beer, gimmick or no gimmick. Would be a great choice for a Halloween party or similar occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 07:39:19 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of acevenom


3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear dark red with a thick, moderately quickly dissipating pink head. I detect a moderate amount of tiny bubbles visible in the beer. It definitely looks gimmicky, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I pick up some bready and some caramel malts in the aroma. There are some earthy and floral hops. There's some mild fruity aroma, which might explain the color. The taste definitely excites more than the nose as the hops come through pretty well. There are earthy, floral, and piney hop notes that are very forward. There is a solid bready and caramel malt backbone. There's some citrus and some mild cherry notes. The hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp with solid drinkability. This is a very good beer despite the gimmick. It would inspire some conversation if consumed at a Halloween party.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 20:03:38 | More by acevenom
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Coney Island Freaktoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.