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Coney Island Freaktoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island FreaktoberfestConey Island Freaktoberfest

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482 Ratings

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-29-2008

Freaktoberfest is a hauntingly complex, deep amber, pumpkin and espresso ale. Caramel aromas intermingle with hints of allspice and cinnamon. A roasted rich body is highlighted by Greenpoint’s own Cafe Grumpy’s specially selected espresso beans, and is finished with sweet pumpkin.

Malts: 2 Row, Flaked Oats, Flaked Rye, Kilned Coffee Malt
Hops: Tettnang
Special Ingredients: Pumpkin Puree, Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Espresso Beans

IBUs: 20
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Reviews by garuda:
Photo of garuda
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

"Indulge! Your inner beer freak," says the label. OK. Let's get freaky with some beer! Hey, it wouldn't be the first time for us.

Pours ... um, red, like red fruit punch with a bright, dark pink, creamy lace. Light grains, herbal, and a faint suggestion of sweetness in the nose. Very smooth and creamy up front, with a fluffy medium body. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing. Malty sweet, but not overbearing, with semi-sugary fruitiness that smacks of an '80s lunch-box cherry drink complete with the bendable straw glued to the side. Still, it remains lager-esque. It's clean overall, with a touch of sour bitterness, metallic, delicate herbal hop notes, and soft bready notes. Things get a bit abrasive and aggressive as things warm up. Leafy, pithy, grapefruit edges and faint minerals/salts. Malts get a bit more toasty, full and sweet too. Fruity esters become pronounced. Finish is powdery and dry, but cleans up fairly well.

Gimmicky or good? Both! Gotta hand it to Shmaltz. Their marketing is simply awesome. This is a fun, unique and tasty lager--that's all that really matters.

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I know this is just part of the marketing gimmick but I love the label art on this beer! The label has a short description of the beer which stats they used 6 malts 6hops and have a 6.66% ABV. (Nice touch!!!)

Appearance: The beer pours blood red and has clarity. It forms a one inch tall, pinkish head on top. It is light and soapy which makes for a quick fade to a light ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma is kind of candy sweet with a mix of muddled hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice mix of sweet candy like, bready and lightly toasted malts with a decent balance of hops. The hops offer an odd muddled mix of leafy, earthy and herbal spice notes with just a hint of citrus in there too. The palate has about a medium body with an average carbonation and mouth feel.

Notes: It's a little bit of a gimmicky beer and not a true Oktoberfest but it's still a decent and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Twifiter
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy beet red color, big frothy head sticks around. Floral citric hop oil aroma with a toasty maltiness on the side. Hop character is a bit chaotic but pleasant at the same time; herbal, citric zest, earthy, minty and woody. Maltiness drops some sweetness to battle it out for dominance though meets the hops half way and stops. Ending lands a little bitter sweet with a lot of linger hop oil flavor.

Rokken like Dokken, think way outside of the box for a fall seasonal. Not an O-fest and there are enough pumpkin spiced brews out there, make this your alt beer for the fall.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no visible freshness info, pours pomegranate blood orange red, with a pink 1/2" foam head, that does not stick around very long. But does leave some very fine lacing. Minor nose of orange peel and some earthy mustiness. Smooth and pretty tasty, notes of rye, fresh fruits and a decent malty finish. Shocking looking, decent drinking. Good Halloween party choice...otherwise I likely would pass it by

Photo of wer
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jondeelee
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring out a strange, cherry Jolly Rancher-like shade of red that immediately makes me wonder if some dye has been added, Freaktoberfest smells just as strange as it looks, immediately bursting with distinctly non-beer-like fruit esters such as pineapple, pear, and cherry, the latter smelling more like supersweet cherry candy the actual fruit. The beer in fact bears far more resemblance to a carnivalesque spritzy fruit soda--the kind you'd give to your kids. I can't say the smell is "average," since it's rather distinct and developed, but it sure ain't a smell I normally associate with beer.

On the tongue, the beer luckily calms down and starts actually resembling a beer. At least somewhat. First flavors on the tongue are a good combination of sugary malts, which bring in several distinct fruit flavors such as apricot, pineapple, lychee nut, pear, and cherry soda. The pineapple and cherry flavors seem most prominent here, and somewhat take over the beverage. I have had beers with both of these flavors--all naturally from the malts--but they're far more pronounced here than in anything else I've tried, except for perhaps a kriek. Some toast and biscuit flavors do translate from the malts, but what flavor isn't taken over by pineapple and cherry seems to come mainly from the hops, which add grapefruit, lemon, and lime to the mix, once again making the beer bear more than passing resemblance to a fruity spritzer. The aftertaste is cherry, pineapple, and grapefruit hops, and lingers for a little while, the sugars thankfully dying off more quickly than the hops, so the very end of the aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is certainly a beer that lives up to its name, being a wild freakshow of a beverage that is sure to take you on a wild ride. I can't say the result is "good," since I think the beer moves too far down the track in favor of funky fruit esters, and the pineapple and cherry notes border on cloying, but it is most certainly a unique beverage that is worth trying at least once--though you might want to share with a friend, just in case.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Wow, by far the most red beer color I've seen. Pours a deep reddish amber with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six finger pink head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is fairly hop forward with a mix of herbal and earthy hops up front. Big hint of spicy pine resin. A little bit of citrus with hints of orange and grapefruit. Good hints of bready and musty malts with some caramel, toffee, biscuit, and cracker. Also some light hints of a cherry or raspberry like fruit. Pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose leads, herbal hops upfront with a strong malt base following. A nice mix of hops up front with some herbal, grassy, and piney hops. A little citrus orange and grapefruit. Fairly spicy and dank. Light undercurrents of cherry which I guess is where the color comes from. Strong malt base with notes of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. A pretty well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat spicy. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid brew. A nice mix of herbal hops and malts.

Photo of far333
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Great label. Pours the color of a cherry cough drop with a pink soapy low head. Big aroma of grapefruit hops and spiciness.

Initial flavor of orange rind hops, some sweet malt, cinnamon and a soapy, fruity linger that slowly turns to a piney bitter. Finishes a bit rough, slightly astringent, again reminiscent of a medicinal cough drop.

Full mouthfeel with a bubbly, tingly finish. Below average drinkability, I couldn't finish the bomber and endure the medicinal flavor.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep blood red orange juice accent, a pink tingedhead forms thick above the body this is a unique looking brew. Aroma has tart fruit smells blended with a unique cherry skin earthy quality. I don't know what fruits created this freaky lager, but it's interesting. Aroma has a faint citrus quality with herbal hops in the background, now let's taste this amazingly different brew. Earthy minty quality brings hops and dry bitter slightly sweet malt tones like an okotberfest with a bit more earthiness. Mouthfeel is interesting with a light to medium bodied carbonation flowing through each sip. Drinkability overall is a bit rough I don't know about this style or beer, why the color why the flavors it's a bit harsh in every regard.

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a point glass.
Pours with a striking red head over a redder than usual, clear liquid. The head is creamy in appearance and feel, and has excellent durability.

Sweet malty aroma. Flavor starts sweet but quickly turns balanced. Fruity and mildly tart. A red age with hint of a lambic.

A great looking and fine tasting red. Recommended.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of richkrull
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI.

Wow! I can't believe the cherry red color this beer poured out of the bottle. I was not expecting that. It had an average amount of fluffy pink head on it. Smell is not too great. Taste is alright but the aftertaste is not so great. Bitter but a little off. Average mouthfeel and drinkability. I'd try it again, but I couldn't drink too many of them.

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, so the color is a gimmick, but it's not bad beer. Red, pure red, without knowing one might have to guess it's a fruit beer, likely raspberry. It forms a pink head that has decent retention, with light but constant bubbling activity keeping it but not terribly strong. Lacing is light, but it's pretty good.
I'm all for hoppy beers, but I'd actually like more balance and softness from the malts in an Oktoberfest. There's quite the variety of hops in here, but the subtleties get lost a bit. They can be picked out, but with difficulty. There is some bread and a grains note, and there is almost a cherry-like sweetness beneath the hops, but it really is like a fruit punch. Hops go herbal on the end and remain lightly pithy throughout without getting too harsh.
The feel is the best part of this beer, as it's lightly crisp but gets pretty lush as it rolls on the tongue. The body is pretty much even medium, leaning slightly toward lighter. The creamy smoothness goes into the finish while the crispness, though light, doesn't back off either.

Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a blood red with a 1.5 finger pink head. Was not expecting that. Opaque with a hazy look to it. Some visible carbonation. Head becomes a film after a few minutes leaving no real lacing.

S: Musty malts, a hint of sweetness and fruit. Sort of earthy. Yeasty overtones.

T: More bitter than I though it would be with a fruity background. Cherry and currants mostly. Almost a sour like quality. Interesting beer that doesnt fit into any category. I find it to be quite pleasant.

M: Light bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp finish. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall a great alternative in this season. Blood red, unique taste, drinkable. Tough time of the year to compete in beers with more fruit of a flavor.

Photo of RDW
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of caddybuyer
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized wine glass

A-WOW, what is this? Reminds me of Faygo Cherry Cream soda (remember that stuff?) Slightly veiled strawberry color with a huge pink head. Unearthly. I don't know how to rate this appearance but I'll give is some points for a cool factor.

S-Not picking up much here...mostly grainy with a bit of malt and hop in the background.

T-A bit strange. Sweetness up front with some malts and a mild hop bitterness. You have to close your eyes and focus on the taste rather than be influenced by the strange color. Overall this is not as bad a beer as some of the reviews would make you think.

M-Pretty decent mouthfeel, well balanced overall medium density with a tiny leaning toward the chewy side.

D-I don't think I'll grab another bomber when I kick this, and I wouldn't go out and buy another for the beer alone, but I might for its sheer novelty value.

Go out and buy one, just to see that freaky color, and crack it open after trick or treat

Photo of biboergosum
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, with 6 malts, 6 hops, 6.66% ABV, echoing Shmaltz's Jewbelation metrics, with a nod to the Number of the Beast, from a four-pack, now in stacks in better local liquor stores...and with a shout out to BA on the label!

This beer pours a clear, Koolaid-esque medium cherry colour, with one finger of foamy, creamy pale pink head, which leaves a small ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. Sure puts the 'red' in red lager, I suppose. It smells of bready caramel malt, a bit of nougat, and spicy floral hops. The taste is sweet bready grain, sour citrus, herbal hops, and a slight alcohol edge. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and a tad zingy. It finishes with a bit of sugary malt, and more bitter herbal hops.

My imagination seems driven to conjure up cough syrup analogies, which aren't entirely apt. Overall, an underwhelming red lager, the overly-evident shtick adding nothing beyond saleability for upcoming Hallowe'en parties.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coney Island- Freaktoberfest

A- Pours a weird blood red with a fluffy pink head. Light lacing.
S- Light sugary sweet malt. Hints of shortbread.
T- Again sweet, caramel malt with hints of food dye/ coloring, maybe I'm just imagining this?! Slightly buttery.
M- Sweet, creamy, and buttery but flavors fizzle and it just seems sorta empty.

Overall- Average at best, being red and pink with a 6.66% abv I think this is more of a gimick beer. Pick up a bomber for novelty sake, its tolerable.

Photo of tastybeer
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is extremely red for your typical Oktoberfest 'style,' or even your typical red/amber lager. After a sniff and a sip I have no idea why. I'm inclined to think its food coloring? Well, with the deceptive and unexplainable color aside, this is enjoyable in a typical, slightly hoppier way (than your averagely hopped red lager). Aroma is harder to pick apart than I expected. Its very light. Soft grains and very light hops are all I can pick up. Taste is pleasant, and you actually notice the hops vs. in the aroma. It also has a nice malt hop balance. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. There are some syrupy qualities which blend nicely with the dry bitterness. Very easy to drink also.

Not bad. Not extravagant but enjoyable. I would appreciate a bigger nose for sure.

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Coney Island Freaktoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.