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Coney Island Freaktoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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483 Ratings

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.99%
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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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer gushed all over my sink when I opened it. Pours a hazy cranberry red with a 1 inch light red head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy patterns of lace line the glass on the drink down. A very interesting looking beer to say the least. Smell is of sweet malt, some berry, and some tomato juice. Taste is of malt and bitter chemicals. There is a very slight fruit/vegetable flavor in the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very interesting beer on paper but in reality it's pretty gross in my opinion.

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very similiar in bottle or on draft.

Pours a crazy cranberry red with a cool pink head.

Fresh nose of light berries and fruit with some sweet character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice, very well balanced and just feels good.

Flavors are balanced fruity/berry malts with light citrus bitter hops.

Great finish with all of beer qualities layered and coming through. Crazy looking but tastes very good.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I thought this was going to be blood red but it actually pours a strawberry color with a cotton candy head that sticks nicely and leaves a pink trail as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Not much in the aromatics department, the beer has a malty smell with a hint of herbaciousness

Taste: Starts out with a grainy malt flavor that moves in a slightly herbacious direction by mid-palate; at the same time, there are some resinous hop flavors that develop, too; after the swallow, the odd combination of flavors comes together to produce a somewhat sweet, somewhat herbacious melange

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A curious novelty that is easy to drink but not something to which I would return

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright raspberry red with a cotton candy pink crown of firmly creamy foam. What the hell? Schmaltz must have added something other than malt, hops, yeast and water to produce a look like this. Pomegranate juice? Red dye #40? This is the single most outlandish, freakish pour that I've seen yet. You got me guys.

If only the aroma had one tenth the chutzpah. Actually, it's hard to tell what the beer smells like because... I can't smell it! There's no way the correct style could even have been guessed at if it wasn't already known. Sorry, there's nothing here (literally). Move along.

At least the beer has flavor. It's best if I drink with closed eyes because the gaudy red color is coloring my impressions of the flavor profile. It's amazing what impact visual perception has on the other senses. Maybe 20% of the total score is about right after all. Hmmm, I wonder if this stuff is turning my tongue red. After checking a mirror... no, not really.

Freaktoberfest tastes *somewhat* like an Oktoberfest, but it's too bitter. Why in the world would anyone put Warrior, Cascade, Willamette, Hallertau and North Brewer hops in a beer of this style? These guys seem to be enamored with long lists of ingredients. It's too bad complexity isn't that easy to achieve or everyone would be doing it.

The unfortunate bottom line is that this freak fest just isn't very good craft beer. I'm all for pushing the boundaries and not brewing according to the style guidelines (on occasion), but when envelope pushing doesn't add up to anything worthwhile, you're left with... a bunch of misplaced envelopes.

Flavors include toasted bread covered with bittersweet cherry jam, tobacco and tea leaves. Sorry, since I *see* red, I *taste* red. Way too many hops. Waaay too many. Interestingly enough, I'm beginning to feel a little better about things in the bottom half of the bomber. The beer is either improving with warming or the evil 6.66% ABV is beginning to twist my taste buds along with my soul.

The mouthfeel gets it done in fine fashion. It's at least medium and has a smooth-edged feel that makes the beer easy to drink. A slightly less than average amount of bubbles works as well here as it usually does (personal opinion).

Maybe someone out there likes what Shmaltz Brewing hath wrought, who knows? As a less than well-brewed Oktoberfest, Freaktoberfest will set you back somewhere in the vicinity of $6.19. As a joke beer on Halloween... priceless!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this one at the store yesterday on my way home, as it was the last one left and I had yet to try it this year. Served cold, right out of my fridge and poured into a tall pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 10/21/2008.

The pour was one of the most interesting that I have seen in quite some time I have to admit. Kind of a freaky, blood tinted lager, funny as hell I have to admit. Very cloudy and hazy with a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice touches of lace about two inches high coming up and over the top and converging down into a thin layer that lasted throughout the session.

The aroma was quite pleasant to me. Nice sharp hop notes coming through with a good touch of citrus hops mixed in throughout and really providing a nice, biting note to the aroma. Some light touches of grain and a nice overall presence of bready malts all blending together well. There was a light fruit note to it, but I did not find it at all distracting. The flavor to me was a mix between a light IPA, a smooth marzen, and a touch of a fruit beer. Very interesting and well received I have to admit. Crisp and clean, with the big hop notes slicing through the profile first, and then diving off into the bready underbelly. This smoothed and finally came into a nice bout of light fruit notes, maybe it was cherry, but it was very light and I really think the strong citrus hops are what really needs to be notated here. Clean, dry finish left a long bitter taste in the mouth that left me ready for the next sip. Easy smooth session ability just capped what was an all around enjoyable experience for me.

In the end, I have to say I really liked this one. I found it to be a welcome change to what I have found around lately. An interesting take, a kind of a hybrid style. This one was something I would definitely want to get a hold of again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, red food dye body with a thin, thinning, pink head.

Smell: First and foremost, the nose is grainy, with secondary notes of gently toasted malts. Predominately spicy hop character with very minor notes of citrus.

Taste: Pale malts, a touch grainy, and then some sweet, toasted maltiness following close behind. Spicy hops, even a bit of citrusy grapefruit with a medium amount of bitterness present. Unfortunately, a slight strange and lingering astringency begins to creep into the taste. Drying to the end with a final 'pop' of graininess. And you're left with that odd taste, which I'll attribute to the dye, as I've gotten that when using stage blood orally for Halloween.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best oughta the Shmaltz bag.

Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
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 zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cranberry red color with a pink, bubbly, foamy, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, grasses and some dried fruit.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness, some spice and hops. It had a dried cherry flavor, too.

M - It was dry, crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. The color was amusing and unsettling at the same time.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

A surprise cap to this most recent Bliss tasting. It pours a mostly clear dark pink lemonade topped by a finger of pink-white foam. The nose comprises slightly toasted caramel, grapefruit rind, and grass. The taste focuses on the fruitier notes, including, in the back, a lingering mystery fruit that I just cannot put my finger on. This concoction, while not necessarily offensive, does not sit very well on my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a completely unappealing beer, even if there's nothing outright terrible about it. Boo this stuff.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, they got me! I was certainly not expecting a pinkish red liquid as I poured it into my glass and my head popped back and I actually stopped pouring to do a double take. Hmmm... weird for sure, but OK, I'm game. And I know they like their red fruits, pomegranite and what not, so...

The full pour delivered a cloudy pinkish red body beneath a short head of creamy pink foam. It looked like candy. The head retention was poor, however, and it dropped shortly to a thin pink collar. Not much lace was left behind. It looked like blood. Or a glass of fake blood at least. However this beer ends, regardless of taste, it has alcohol in it, and it would certainly make a good Halloween beer. That, of course, has nothing even remotely to do with the "October" in Oktoberfest, but whatever.

The nose was not really fruity, but more beer like. I could smell some hops and base malt. A bit of caramel as well. There was a bit of fruitiness, but that could have been from the yeast. Or even the hops. So.... hmmm... I think they've got me again!

I tasted it and the color made my brain want to believe that there was fruit in it, but I didn't find it. Not really. Especially if it's a lager. On the other hand, there is a kind of fruitiness to Vienna malts that could be present here. Nah, it's not quite the same. There is a bit of fruitiness upfront, but then after it crosses the middle of the tongue it's actually very much like a Maerzen. It's weird, but brilliant. I like it, and I think it might be pomegranite, but who knows? Maybe I'm just thinking that because they've done another beer with pomegranite... ? It does have the same kind of mildly chalky taste that I get when I eat pomegranite seeds. Nah, it's probably just citrusy hops that I'm tasting.

Anyway, I had fun with this beer, and I guess that's what they're after. Coney island is a weird place, and this is a weird beer, and it fits right in. It's freaky, to be sure, and I like it!

Photo of nickfl
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - One finger of... pink... head (not a good sign). The body is a slightly hazy, dark amber color. The head disappears quickly and leaves minor, disturbing lace on the glass.

S - Sweet and malty with lots of nondescript fruit and minor hops.

T - Brown, muddy malt flavors. Lots of toast and burnt caramel with dark medicinal cherries. More muddy malt in the finish it gets somewhat astringent towards the end.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer looks bad and tastes worse. Why would a seemingly legitimate microbrewery want to make a beer like this? It is awful and ends up as a drain pour, one of only two or three I have ever been forced to pour out. This should never have made it into a bottle.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap 10/1/09 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep bright red color, with a large reddish-orange head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. Then there's a decent hops bitterness that comes in. The malt character is on the thin side but provides a little bit of substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it might be freaky in appearance but aside from that the beer is just mediocre and there isn't much to it that makes the beer like an Oktoberfest. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it's only worth drinking one or two for the novelty of it.

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 WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy cranberry red (that almost looks like Hawaiian Punch) with a finger of pink head on top. Thin creamy retention that skims the top and solidly flares up, leaving some decent spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral hops and grainy smelling malts, as well as come citrus and another darker smelling fruit element that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste starts out with a rather assertive hop profile that punches through some deep bready sweetness, citric tang, and yes, an extra bit of a fruity beery taste in there. The overall profile comes off as sweet, tangy, and bready, with some light notes of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm carbonation and crisp feel.

Well I guess the worst part of this beer is the look but I can't really knock that since too much since it is more of a gimmick that's done for the Halloween season. Other than that, I found this to be a fairly tasty, crisp, and easy drinking affair. Not bad.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Pours a bright candy apple reddish color that's mostly clear with a light 1/2 finger rosy head.

Nose has lots of sweet malts, tons of caramel, toffee, candy apple candy, light earthy grassy hops, lots of reddish malts almost light barleywine like malts and sweetness, if it wasn't for the abv being low I'd almost expect this to be a barleywine.

Taste starts sweet, quite sweet, again almost barleywine like but without the booze. Tons of reddish malts, caramel, various crystal malt flavors, hint of toasty, and a light candy flavor. The hops are prevalent as well, spicy chewy hops with some bitterness, almost chewing on hop pellets bitterness. Finishes sweet and sticky with more bittering spicy hops and caramel malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, and a hint of booze.

overall not bad but not anywhere close to what I was expecting for the style. Too bitter, too sweet, too much caramel and reddish malts.

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Coney Island Freaktoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.