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Coney Island Freaktoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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 pmcadamis
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Let me first say that this bomber has some of the coolest packaging that I've ever seen. I actually picked up this bottle (even though it was a little pricey) based on the cool label alone. What the fudge!?! Hold the phone! This is frickin' PURPLE! I was not expecting that at all. This looks like a fruity lambic, and has a big two finger PINK head and lace! I'm glad I'm not drinking this in public...some might question my sexuality. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

S - This is sweet, but not really malty. It reminds me of one of those gooey puffed chicks that you eat at Easter. The kind that expand and explode in the microwave. This smells like ooey-gooey thick candy...like congealed wet cotton candy.

T - This is a nasty combination of sweet gooey Halloween and Easter candy, Hawaiian Tropic punch (with that little red-headed bastard cartoon character), a brown ale, fresh mint springs, Bubba Yum, lots of citrus hops, and some sort of colorful martini that my wife would order out at the bars. Blech.

M - If I can isolate the mouthfeel from the flavor, its actualy quite good. Medium bodied with a good deal of dextriny stickiness, moderate carbonation, and an oddly dry finish.

D - The sad, sad thing is that you can tell that underneath the stupid purple color and the horrid fruit punch flavor there is actually a solid well built beer. I mean, you can tell from the mouthfeel and hoppy dry finish that the fruit has ruined what could have been a good beer. Its like seeing a toothless meth-addicted streetwalker and being able to imagine the pretty, young, happy, and successful girl she would have been if she had stayed away from that shit.

pmcadamis, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of krukster
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had in a 22oz bottle at Max's in Baltimore.

A - Wow almost a reddish/maybe pink grapefruitish color when I poured this beer into a pint glass

S - Very fruity smell

T - Almost like a fruit punch with a hint of hoppiness. One of the oddest taste beers that I've had in a long time

D - I guess you could have more than one, but isn't really a session beer. Wasn't great, wasn't horrible, but definately different. Cool lokking bottle though.

krukster, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy bright reddish color. Poured an off-white white finger head that faded. Very little lacing. Decandted steadily.

S: Sweet toasted malts, subtle hop spice note.

T: Pretty much like the smell; sweet bready malts and hops. Also cherry a flavor. Flavor becomes more complex as it warms; big toasted malts, some fruits, alcohol.

M: Medium body. Good caronation balance.

D: OK, but clearly a beer that big malts and abv would limit.

Haybeerman, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Billolick, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/12/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Freakish blood orange colored pour. Off white, almost pink semi creamy looking 1/2 inch head. Leaves very minimal lace spotting.

Smell- Odd mish mash of grain, hops with no fruit, just an odd harsh hop nose if that makes sence. A toasted malty background.

Taste- Actually kinda nice toasty biscuit flavor way in the back. More hops than imagined in thsi type of beer. But, like in the nose, they are very undefined. No woodsy flavor, no fruityness, just bitter and there. Also there are some herbal/medicinal notes as well that linger through the entire beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Quite dry in the finish with a pretty bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Different for sure and possibly worth trying if you like your lagers hoppy. Novelty beer that was fun to try.

GClarkage, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of scottoale
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can see why they named this brew "Freaktoberfest", it kinda freaked me out upon the pour. The 22oz. bomber pours out pomegranate-blood orange red, with a very pink 1/2" foam head. Amply carbonated, the head dwindles to a ring and some patchy lace...pretty cool looking (and strange) lager here.

Very faint in the nose at first, mostly a musty earthiness and then a grainy malt character with hops adding some presence. Pretty subtle overall.

The taste shines through a bit more, with pale grainy malts and slightly citric to grassy hops in a nice balance that finishes fairly crisp. Just a subtle sweetness in the start that fades to a crisp bitterness and a very slight musty after taste. Medium bodied lager with the alcohol well masked, an interesting easy to drink brew that truly looks like some kinda fruit punch. Cool stuff.

scottoale, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coney Island Freaktoberfest pours a finger of pink foam over a cloudy
ruby colored brew. Carbonation is lively, and the nose is barley malt
and spicy hops. Wild color aside, the flavors here are pretty standard
for a darker lager- sweetish toasty malts up front, spicy hops off the back-
I'm thinking it might be some combination of Saaz and some American hops.
Little bit of grass, little bit of grapefruit rind in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is round
but with a bit of crispness from the hops, with a bit of lacing in the glass. Alcohol
seems to be a bit elevated, but it only makes itself felt in a bit of a warming action.
In the end, the only thing freaky about this brew is the crazy kool-aid tropical punch
color- otherwise, not a bad little lager.

shadow1961, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Coney Island Freaktoberfest is a cool scary looking Halloween beer as it pours the color of a carbonated version of cranberry juice. The lacing was minimal and the head was 1-2 fingers.

The smell was a subdued fruit, probably raspberry & cranberry. The taste was tart, kind of like an over alcoholic cape cod. It was highly carbonated and left weird lager like aftertaste.

Overall I probably will never purchase this again. It had an odd taste all the way through and wasn't that enjoyable.

cswhitehorse, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a half liter mug pours a bright almost blood red with almost no head. Aroma is some sweet malts and slight caramel. The taste was certainly more along the lines of an Amber than an Oktoberfest, but was still somewhat enjoyable. The beer was crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. This is no doubt a gimmick beer, but even with that being said, I guess I would possibly try it again next year.

atsprings, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright red, almost liike a red cream soda. decent head

doesn't really smell too strong of anything, but it smells of an oktoberfest. maltiness and a bit of spice.

taste is smooth like a Marzen, but really nothing special.

We bought this for the nostalgia of halloween, but probably won't buy it again.

naterock, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Gotta give it pretty high marks here I have to admit its the most interesting beer I have ever seen pours a cloudy blood red color no real head.

S-Alcohol and cherrys with a slight spice note.

T-Same as the nose really kind of one of those beers you look your friends and go "eh, its not bad"

M-Good caronation medium body

D-Once a year on halloween I could see having one

SpecialK088, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of WheresMyPint
4.45/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I heard this was a fun beer and picked up a 22oz bomber in Newton, MA. Cracked it open tonight expecting lost souls to come flying out, wailing in misery, but it never did happen. All that was released was a perky looking Lager and some interesting smells. I poured this brew into a Tumbler and prepared the sacrifice.

Appearance: After a nice poor...A hazy ruby and about one finger of pink fluffy head. I knew it was coming so I was not shocked or appaled, although that may have been what Shmaltz was going for. The head dissipated quickly but left a nice rim of lace. With a little bit of agitation, a small head returns and looks cool.

Smell: A little bit of fruit and malty sweetness. Also, toasted Strawberry Poptart.

Taste: A little bitter for what I would have expected, but still sweet and tasty. As it warms up, I taste a lot more of the malt. I might say it warms up nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation but it feels sticky as it wanders my palate. It's got a chewy body that goes down well.

Drinkability: Overall, this is a very fun beer to share with friends and family. It goes beyond the norm and isn't that part of letting your freak flag fly? I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes Red or Amber Lagers and I'd recommend this beer to anyone that just needs a damn change. Pick this up if you can and try it for yourself!

WheresMyPint, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a really bright red color, like a red wine spritzer or something. Very unexpected, but fitting to the name of the beer. Not much carbonation, but there is a thin head that has a pink hue to it.
Smell is very faint. Maybe a slight bit of a lambic smell. Very subtle.
Taste is not incredibly strong either. A bit of malt, maybe, and a bitter tinge at the end.
Mouthfeel is good. A very smooth drink.
Drinkability is not good. This beer does not have a ton of taste or anything. Slightly strange, don't really know where they are going with this beer. Not worth a try.

BDIMike, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I ordered this 22oz'er at the bar, the bartender waited around as I poured, explaining that he had heard about how the beer "poured weird." I didn't know what to expect, and I certainly had not counted on how red it was. Poured like sparkling rose wine, if a tad darker. Pink hued, soda-y head displayed pretty good lacing. Yes, this beer gets style points.

There is definitely berry to the aroma, which I guess gives a hint as to where the color comes from. Not sure what kind or how many. When the whiff combined with the detectable sweet, caramel malt notes I thought of a (maybe artificial) strawberry pound cake. The hops contributed a sharpness that brought raspberry to mind.

The taste of berries is surprisingly and thankfully slight. Chocolate and caramel malts give way to a boatload of grassy hops. Bittering palate remains for a while.

Medium carbonation, medium body. The hop resins (overdone, in my opinion) probably contributed to a somewhat slippery mouthfeel.

An interesting or "freaky" take indeed. It is kinda tasty, and I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be seeking it out in the future by any means.

TheMistler, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

zeff80, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a strawberry kool-aid red with a thin pink head.

Aroma of light malt, piney hops, and a medicinal berry note. Similar to a cough medicine.

Hoppy bitterness upfront with a hint of berry. Finish is dry and lightly malted. 6.66% is well hidden with no beastly presence.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

The bitterness overpowers any potential fruit or hops that might be present. This one puts really puts the red into red lager. I wonder if I'll pee orange later...

Monkeyknife, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

far333, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of mangledorf
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring this fruity, blood-looking beer, I was the opposite of delighted.
The only remaining quality is that it's liquid for when you're thirsty.
My friend described this beer as wine mixed with beer. Maybe that's harsh. But this beer is even so a real novelty. No point trying it unless you've got no other choice.

mangledorf, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

As others have said this is definitely more a red ale than an Oktoberfest. I'm also not a fan of dyed beer- just another adjunct, and one that serves no purpose and contributes a bit of an acrid taste. Pours bright red with a pink head and leaves some lacing. Smells malty and a bit grainy with a strangely fruity and acrid overlay. Perhaps rhubarb? Tastes of that fruity acrid bitterness. Typical red dye flavor, and that ruins the rest of it for me. Couldn't finish this.

Georgiabeer, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

NJpadreFan, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of babaracas
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up because the word octoberfest was in there somewhere. Pours a clear dye job red with pink head and clumps of lacing. It looks like one of those malternative+caffeine "beers." Smell: luckily it smells like it should: sweet malts... caramel, munich or something similar. Taste: upfront there is an astringent medicinal nastiness. Malts underneath, but it's hard to get to them. Threw it back into the fridge, a little better colder, but still too much medicinal taste for me...and a little too much alcohol present for the <7% abv.

babaracas, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
This was a very peculiar beer... Not sure what style to label it exactly... Somewhere in between an Octoberfest and an American Amber seems about right...
Appearance: As mentioned before, the theme here is blood... Pours dark-pink, foamy and thick...
Smell: Obvious malts detected along with slight fruit essences...
Taste: Thick, creamy flavor... Hinted at ambers and grains, rich malts, slightly sweet... Definitely a different type of brew...
Mouthfeel was surprisingly thick and rich...
Decent level of drinkability considering your'e drinking a blood-red substance...

dsa7783, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a blood red color with a light pink colored head. I am not going to bitch about the color of this beer, I actually think it is quite fitting for a Halloween themed beer.

S- Not much going on in the aroma. There are some hints of malt, but not much.

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty subpar. There is some grainy malt with a pretty weird slightly bitter aftertaste that I find to be somewhat offensive.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I am not a huge fan of the taste of this beer. It has an odd aftertaste and the alcohol sticks out far too much for a beer under 7% ABV. Interesting concept for a holiday themed beer, but they need to go back to the drawing board on the flavor.

cjgator3, Oct 15, 2008
Coney Island Freaktoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.