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Coney Island Freaktoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island FreaktoberfestConey Island Freaktoberfest

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461 Ratings

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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 TheHoppiest


3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a ghoulish 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. At 6.66% alcohol, this blood-red brew topped with three fingers of fleshy pink foam has a delightfully frightful appearance.

Very little aroma; hints of malt and whiffs of hops, but really, there's hardly any nose.

Starts bitter, with dandelion, arugula and oak leaves. Toffee struggles to break through mid-sip, but the malts peter out giving way to herbaceous hops.

Medium-bodied, with a bitter-greens feel on the tongue and a dry finish, this is a drier feel than most lagers I've had.

A decent, if not slightly bitter lager, this is enjoyable enough as a freak show, but not the kind of brew you'd want to drink every day. The biggest attraction of this beer, sad to say, is the sizzle; the crazy cool label, the blood-red brew (dyed, I've heard, with beets) and the awsome cap, second only to Ayinger's Oktoberfest label. Hmm, since beer, of course, isn't bought based upon the label, cap or color, this is more of a party beer, not a serious consumption beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:21:12 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of NickRivers


3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a dark red with three fingers of foamy pink head. Smells mostly of cherries and red raspberries. Some medium sweet malt, as well as a floral hop presence.

T&M - Tastes pretty good, nothing incredible. hits sweet and builds a tart, cherry & berry crispness then finishes with light alcohol burn, some bready malt and earthy hop bitterness. Its not half bad really, I would buy a sixer for sure.

O - An interesting experience. If the pour would have been bolder and hadn't overflowed I might have giving the appearance a 5. At first I couldn't imagine drinking this for Fall, but soon realized theres no other way i'd have it. Its light and heavy, simple, yet complex. Its definitely a Halloween inspired beer, just like everything else they do. Try it, and don't be afraid to buy a six pack, I would, however its unavailable in my area. RIP Steve Jobs! Cheers~!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 07:02:52 | More by NickRivers
Photo of chugalug06


2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This brew pours a monster PINK soapy/foamy head. You cannot pour this one in one try. Brew is blood red. I think Schmaltz hit THEIR style for this one...

S - Big tomato scent... not sure. This one smells like veggies.

T - Not too bad! Very unique. Light, not too much going on. Goes down fairly easy.

M - Perfect carbonation, but there's some funky bitterness going on.

O - This would be a nice tailgating brew with a splash of vodka... Interesting. All over the board, hard to rate... Drinking many of these would produce a KILLER hangover.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:20:17 | More by chugalug06
Photo of jondeelee


3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:56:35 | More by jondeelee
Photo of antlerwrestler19


2.08/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours bright ruby red almost like a cloudy cherry koolaid with a strawberry cream colored head that fades leaving some lacing. The smell is a bit fruity like cranberries and raspberries but fades off into a grainy corny maltiness. The taste is almost insulting, the sweet fruitiness one would expect from a beer of this color hardly comes forward before it is overtaken by a grainy body that brings forth a harsh chemical-like flavor that rests on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is pretty basic - slight carbonation to a light/medium bodied beer. Still can't get over the weird chemical tinge that is residing at the back of my mouth. "Gimmicky or Good? BOTH!" is written on the bottle and I beg to differ, just gimmicky, not good - not sure what they were thinking on this one.


Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 02:14:45 | More by antlerwrestler19
Photo of Sp8ctre


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

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A - Pours ruby red with a finger or so of pinkish head with decent retention

S - Fruity, sweet a little malty and slight hops

T - A little sweet and tartness followed by a nice hop flavor in the finish. Not overly hoppy which I enjoy.

M - Medium body, strong carbonation with a smooth finish

O - Strange looking, but not too bad overall. I like the strong carbonation and medium hops finish. Bought on recommendation of store clerk and I liked the label…

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 20:11:08 | More by Sp8ctre
Photo of jsprain1


2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- It pours kool-aid red, maybe a touch garnet. Head is one finger, pink, and leaves good lacing. Odd, but I guess it was the point.
S- Smell is crackery, slghtly bready. There is a grainy note to it. For Octoberfest... Meh.
T- There is not that nice caramel/nuttiness in most octoberfests. It's bready, crackery, slightly papery. Odd.
M- Decent body. Smooth carbonation but there is an odd lingering texture on the tongue.
O- I get that it's supposed to be a different beer. Different is good if the quality backs it up. This one did not do it for me. Probably wouldn't drink again unless it was my only option.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 23:54:27 | More by jsprain1
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright red color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of pink, creamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma, but not much other than that.

T: Tasted of a good deal of malt, an unpleasant burnt quality, and a little fruit. This isn't the worst flavor I've ever tasted, but it is harsh and somewhat unbalanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is simply not a very appetizing beer. It has some good qualities, but it misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 13:05:24 | More by avalon07
Photo of ChanChan


1.95/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer on tap at where else-- Yeah the Blue Palms, yada-yada-yada!

Appearance: Dark red but not bright red closer to a brown than to a burgundy.

Aroma: Not much there just a faint smell of grain, no hops whatsoever.

Taste: Wow! This beer reminds me of a Budweiser Chelada. It feels like it in the palate too. It has a taste of burnt sugar and some artificial flavors that I can not pin-point.

Drinkability: I could not finish this beer.

Overall: I did not enjoy this beer at all. It was a chore to drink the few ounces I did. Not my kind of beer I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 04:09:45 | More by ChanChan
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 03:11:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, ruby red with 1/2" of strawberry head. Great retention. Smells of bready malt and lager yeast along with something sweet reminiscent of fruit punch. Taste is bready malt; bready, earthy malt, and faint yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This is a nice beer. The appearance is intriguing and the taste is surprisingly complex. I'm having a hard time figuring out how they got the beer such a ruby red without affecting the flavor profile...freaky to say the least. Worth checking out!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:19:06 | More by tdm168
Photo of dbossman


3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ok, so this is a deep red colored beer with a huge, pink, foamy head; the lacing is great; I won't judge the beer's color on style because it's obviously just part of the gimmick and instead grade the beer on the other elements of appearance, and frankly this beer looks pretty good

S: It's hard not to think there is a sweet fruity quality here because of the redness of the beer (it really looks like a kriek) but actually it's a sweet bready aroma with a grainy undertone; some mild herbal hop undertones--lots of sweet bread though

T: Interesting beer--pretty malty and bready--some roasty malts and also some hop bitterness (more than I expected from the aromas); some boozy qualities but mostly roasted malts with even subtle chocolate and coffee undertones

F: nice medium body; actually even a little chewy--especially on the back end

O: Well, this is a weird looking beer and of course it is gimmicky but it's also really tasty; I like this stuff

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 17:26:40 | More by dbossman
Photo of raznug


4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a deep ruby color with an inch of reddish white head that dissipates very slowly.
Smell: It smells of wheat malt and yeast kind of what I would expect from hefeweizen it has me intrigued.
Taste: It tastes very balanced the malt doesn’t over power the hops. No one flavor stands out this is a very tasty brew. It isn’t a wow that’s good beer but a very solid beer none the less.
Mouthfeel: It is a very smooth drinking beer not too heavy not too light.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:10:41 | More by raznug
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wait, San Fransisco?

Anyway, pours a devilish red color with little to no head. It's indeed freaky looking.

Smell is rather boring, some malt and barley with little to no hops. Taste is rather bland as well. For something deemed 'feaktoberfest,' this is an incredibly timid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 20:52:16 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of nrbw23


2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy bright red color with a pink head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing. Does not look like a beer at all.

S- Smell is pretty weak. A touch of breadiness, and a touch of yeast. Not really anything here.

T- Sweet malts, herbal hops, and some yeast. Nothing crazy or over the top. A bit sugary and syrup like. A very light bitterness too.

M- Medium in body and light in carbonation.

O- Picked this one up blind. I guess by the name and the season it would be some sort of Marzen. Nope, not even close and not very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 10:44:53 | More by nrbw23
Photo of jlindros


3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:51:35 | More by jlindros
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright red, with a pink head. If I didn't know what it was, I would say it looked like a kriek. The head sticks around for a while and leave behind some sticky lacing on the glass. Malty cereal grain aromas, the smell reminds me of when I brew beer. Little bit of hop bitterness after a toasty malt flavor on the palate. It kind of reminds me of a hoppy brown ale if it weren't for the color. Not my favorite offering from this brewery, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:02:07 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of bum732


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

S: Herbal hops with a slight toasty malt. Slight floralness, toasty graininess.

L: Hazy beet red, creamy salmon pink head. Good retention.

T: Clean toasty malt with a medium-low spicy hoppiness. Finishes semi-dry with some residual spiciness. Mellow clean sugary maltiness.

M: Medium low body, medium high carbonation. Slight astringency.

Interesting, malt and hops are a little out of whack. I can appreciate the novelty though, and i applaud Shmaltz, especially the color.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:00:43 | More by bum732
Photo of KarlHungus


2.42/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy amber color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice sticky lacing. The taste and aroma are of a generic caramel malt character that can be found in many other bad/boring beers. There is no depth in either the flavor or aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with inappropriately low carbonation, and a sticky texture. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:40:43 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of azdback


3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Light red in color, clear appearance. Head is barely one finger of bright white and a bit creamy. Lace is barely sticking, but does a bit.

Smell is great. The malt bill of a black IPA. Very nice. There is also just a bit of yeast in the nose.

Taste is very malty, but in a great way. Pretty sweet from those same barley grains that make it smell the way it does. I am also getting some rye.

Mouth is a bit thin. This doesn't stand up to the end.

Overall I must say how much I was surprised by this. I was talked into this by the guy at the bottle shop. When I got home I read the reviews and was pissed that I was talked into a shitty beer. That was six or seven months ago. I finally cracked it tonight and didn't think is was bad at all. Maybe time did this one good. A must check out for the morbid Halloween crowd.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 06:27:32 | More by azdback
Photo of McNealc31


3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The smell is fresh and fruity. Hops dominate the flavor, but they aren't overpowering. Some sweet malt in there, too. Outstanding lacing, even if it is pink foam. Smooth and crisp without being the slightest bit watery.

It doesn't taste as complex as the 6 malts and 6 hops would expect you to believe, but it's a fun, unique, tasty, and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:33:46 | More by McNealc31
Photo of TastyTaste


3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is frightfully red, I am sure hoping that they used beets in the mash instead of food coloring. White, thin head disappears into pink clouding. Smell is cloyingly sweet maltiness, and a slight chemical tinge. The taste is better than the smell, very solidly malty and slightly grainy. Not the worst beer if you get past the smell and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 23:56:13 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of TMoney2591


2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 19:24:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of schoolboy


4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK,I usually shop high end stuff and this had very outrageous packaging, so it caught my eye. It immediately seemsed kind of gimicky, and it is. This should be Rob Zombie's favorite.

It is a kind of creamy, robust lager. It is smooth and well balanced. There is some kind of fruit taste, but not from yeast. The color is a crazy red, including the head. Hey, I'm not drinking beer, I'm drinking pop. Red pop. Not really enough going on here to justify the price unless novelty is worth a big premium (halloween and you want to drink something unique).

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:22:19 | More by schoolboy
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?! I don't appreciate it when beers are given names that make them sound like a different style than they actually are. I bought this thinking it was an Oktoberfest and it came out looking like someone bottled a bad day at the hospital. Upon further reviewing, my opinion is slightly increasing. The aroma is very light with malts. The taste has some sour malts and maybe some fruit, but that could just be my eyes forcing a taste association. It has a bit of a twang and makes the center of my tongue tingle. Will I get this again, not likely.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:58:31 | More by DesMoinesMike
Coney Island Freaktoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.