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Coney Island Freaktoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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 tzieser
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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1/5  rDev -69.1%

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5/5  rDev +54.3%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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1/5  rDev -69.1%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug

Appearance: one of the best labels I've seen in a while. A classic Halloween theme with the Joker grinning at me. It really is blood red! Opaque with a pink 2 finger head that lies there like a corpse.

Smell: malts and cherries (or is that food coloring I'm smelling?)

Taste: Malts come through with a scythe. Cherries bring in an unusual sweetness I wasn't expecting. But I like it. Smooth finish. Freaky lager goodness.

Mouthfeel: medium. Great carbonation; creamy on the tongue.

Overall: Bloody good brew. Wouldn't drink all year, but it's a fun seasonal. Perfect for a Halloween party. Schmaltz is right up there with Stone for creative labels.

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

I originally was going to drink this for Halloween. Then we got the really bad storms, and we abandoned our house for a week. Since then I found this in the back of the fridge and decided to pour it while watching my daughter.

I poured this into a pint glass, and I got about two fingers of foam from the pour. This beer is the color of cranberry juice, which is weird for a beer. I understand that this comes from the food coloring. You would hope that this will not affect the chemistry/flavor.

I don't get much off the top. I get a tiny bit of fruity sweetness.

The flavor is weird. You get some strong lager flavor, but then there is a strange bitterness in the front of my mouth. There is supposed to be six hops and six grains, but there is definitely confusion on the pallatte. This is the least balanced beer that I have ever had.

This was not a good experience. Unfortunately this will have to be a drain pour. I haven't experienced that in months.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - fully murky blood read, tall pink head retained well, was not expecting the blood, nice touch
S - toasty malt with a fruity almost tomato like aroma ... that could be my imagination but that's what I get
T - raw grainy malt with leafy metallic dry hop flavours with a fruity background
M - medium creamy body, fairly prickly feel that dominates
O - a fun and unique take, not the tastiest amber or oktoberfest or whatever its supposed to be, but points for doing their own thing

Photo of divineaudio
1.4/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pint glass.

a - pours bright red with a finger's worth of pink foam on top. head quickly calms to a thin film. leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

s - tomato juice, or maybe a bloody mary.

t - sugary sweet malt with an herbal bitterness on the back of the tongue. tastes like someone dry hopped a bottle of faygo redpop.

m - medium with too much carbonation.

o - drainpour. strictly a novelty for the halloween season. try a single bottle before you buy more, because $10 for a 4pk isn't cheap, and this beer is definitely not worth that price.

Photo of shand
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Halloween time! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

It sure looks the part for a Halloween beer! When they say blood-red, they aren't kidding. I wasn't aware that blood was supposed to be so sweet though, this lager smells very sweet and tastes the part too. The mouthfeel is alright, but overall, this is just too sweet to be a regular. It's a nice novelty for the season, but I wouldn't get more than a single.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yé, it's Halloween! Drink creepy beer.

First taste of this brewery. Served into Taps Magazine snifter.

A- Oh my goodness. Well they done scared me with the cherry red. Head is pretty dense and pink like a strawberry milkshake. How can this be so red? Artificial colouring?

S- Fruity malt. Maybe it's the color suggesting it though. A bit like a mix of red licorice and caramel.

T- Tastes like it smells but better. Earthy, wet dead leaf backbone with sweet cherry lollipop up front. Bit of a dirty medicinal after-taste. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M- Medium carbonation. Light bodied but not too thin. Dry finish.

O- Okay to drink for Halloween but I definitely don't plan on having this again.

Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a murky dark red almost cranberry in color with a huge (3-4 finger) frothy pink head that had good retention and some really good lacing that was left sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma was of a toasted bread malt, a citrus hop and a mild sweet yeast with notes of caramel, orange and a nice dose of cherries.

It tasted malty sweet with a hint of orange at first then became ever so lightly bitter with a nice fruity finish that left the flavor lasting an average duration preceding the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet lightly dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall an interesting take on a traditional brew, very tasty and refreshingly different.

Photo of bluHatter
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blood red with a big bold bubbly head that leaves fairly nice lacing. It really does look like a glass of blood, though. Vamps should get a kick out of this stuff.

S: Strawberry, cherry, cream. Smells very dessert-y.

T: Lots of bitter. So much bitterness that the other flavors are really difficult to pull out of it. Eventually there is some floral hops, a little tang.

M: Very dry. It seems to evaporate off of your tongue as soon as it touches it. Real nice carbonation, just the right amount.

O: I guess I hadn't read the bottle before I poured, because I had no idea it would be blood red. Then I read this: "6 Malts. 6 Hops. 6.66% Alc. Blood red lager" ... Nice touch. I think this beer is perfect for a Halloween party. It has an exceptionally sinister presentation and is still a really tasty beer to sip.

Photo of JackieTH
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap as part of Old Chicago's Halloween mini-tour.

Poured a hazy red reminiscent of watermelon juice if there us such a thing. A big cap of pinkish foam settled slowly.

Smell was slightly malty with some sweetness, but overall very light. Taste was, again, quite mild. I don't get any fruit and the beer's color well I was ready to taste cherries, but..not. There was a light sweet malt, floral notes, a wee bit of pumpkin-eske spice.

There simply wasn't enough going on here to make me interested, besides the freakish color.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Um, what. Pours bloody red...okay, not quite blood red. Slightly hazy cherry red with a fine pink head at a quarter inch. Retains as a lacing.

Smells of caramel and molasses malts, on the richer side, with some mild floral hops.

Tastes floral hoppy with some caramel malts and a bit of spiced pumpkin sweetness.

Moderate body on the fuller side with some soft carbonation in the cheeks and over the roof of the mouth.

Fairly interesting and decent brew. Not stellar, but worth trying at least once for the novelty and presentation. Would be a fun beer to break out at a halloween party.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of NickRivers
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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~!

Photo of chugalug06
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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.

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