Slingshot American Craft Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-29-2013

Take aim at Shmaltz’s newest year-round offering, an American Craft Lager thoughtfully created to stand up to the big beer Goliaths of the world. Boasting a bright, citrusy hop aroma, supported by touches of wheat and rye, Slingshot is guaranteed to strike the craft beer bullseye every time.

Slingshot pours a bright straw color with a thin white head and light lacing. The aroma features juicy, tropical fruit notes of peach, lemon and red grapefruit with the light spice accent of noble hops. The polished malt bill is mainly 2-row pale malt with portions of Vienna and a touch of wheat and rye to add a delicate balance to the spice and fruit. It is medium in body with a smooth refreshing mouthfeel to make Slingshot a well-balanced, easy drinking American craft lager.
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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow in color, with a bit of haze. White head on top.

S: Light pale malt aroma with a surprisingly high amount of hop aroma. Grapefruit, peach, orange, and tropical fruits

T: Lots of hop flavor. Citrus and tropical fruit dominate, fairly clean finish.

M: Medium light in feel, with a moderately hjgh carbonation.

O: Overall it is a very tasty beer, however I don't think there is anything standing out as a lager style... Why not just ferment with a clean ale yeast, and trim weeks of production time. (515 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at D&T in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger, dense white head forms with good retention and lace. A nice looking lager.
S: Fairly simple in the nose, but all the more enjoyable for me. Bready malts, biscuits and light grains. Grassy, even grapefruit bitterness lingers. Though not over barring. Simple and really well balanced.
T: Like the nose, simple and well balanced. Malts up front. Bready, biscuit, cracker like malts. Grassy and grapefruit bitterness again in the finish. Very nice.
M/D: A slightly heftier body than I was expecting. Though perfectly crisp, smooth and dry. A really easy drinking lager. I need to pick more up when I see it. Very moreish.

Really nice and enjoyable. Simple, but again very moreish. A really well made lager and one I will not pass up in the future. (846 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice medium gold beer that is clear. The head is a white foam that dissipates very quickly. The appearance is good but nothing to run naked screaming through the woods for.

The beer smell is a nice light citrus with the pungent Czech Saaz. However, the pale malts seem to be the strongest notes that make it. The malts have a sweet and slightly caramel note to the m. There also appears to be some oat creaminess.

The taste is pretty good. Citrus notes with the Saaz bitterness with a stronger malt taste. The malts are also sweet with the oat flavor coming out pretty creamy. There also seems to be a slight metallic finish at the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty good with a nice refreshing finish to it. The beer has a nice body that isn't too heavy and light enough to enjoy. The beer has a pretty smooth feel to it that is wonderful. Overall, a great beer with a great body.

Overall, this as pretty good and refreshing lager. Definitely worth it and a nice decent beer for the hot weather. (1,012 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cut from the classic Germanic lager cloth, Shmaltz's lager employs quality ingredient and technique over that of cheapness or blandness.

Its strikingly brilliant gold color sheds a cottony white froth and a host of floral and malty aromatics. Honey, toasted bread and light pecan fade in and out of the hop's bouquet of orchard blossoms and mild grassiness.

Honey and a sweetness that's just shy of caramel reward the palate with fresh bread, toasted grain and delicate nutty character. But as the sweetness relaxes, the hops turn herbal and grassy, and away from the fruity, floral tastes. As esters of apple, lemon and melon contribute to the moderate lager taste, its sulfur flavors assist the fruit and give a crisp taste.

Lightly peppery in finish, the beer's herbal hop presence carries an herbal spice along with notions of mint and sassafras. Crisp, clean and refreshing, the medium-bodied lager continues to deliver malt complexities and hop balance deep in taste and well after. (993 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some specks of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose along with notes of mangos and hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of floral hops and spicy rye with some hints of mangos. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPL is quite flavorful, and the spicy rye adds an interesting twist.

Serving type: bottle (730 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is citrus, very light hop resin and a hint of malts. The flavor is citrus, light grapefruit, a good hint of hop resin, malts and a mildly bitter finish. (158 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

excellent lager with plenty of hop flavor with a refined quality that is pleasant to the olfactory as well as the taste buds
I enjoyed this chilled from the bottle in a willybecker.

The color is golden with light haze and thick white head with fine bead and slow rising bubbles are visible with lace that clings with very good retention. The smell is very good with light citrus from the hops with mild herbal arom aand moderately malty smell. The feel is excellent with a light body and mild bitterness and resinous texture with moderate carbonation level and low sweetness with finish that is semi-dry.

The flavor has mild herbal hops up front with a light lemongrass with green tea-like quality and mild malt breadiness with light yeast flavor that supports and emphasizes the malt with light fruity accent but generally clean with hint of spice in the hop flavor late in the taste with subtle mineral element mid palate and perhaps celery or grass accent with slight pear skin sweetness and floral hop quality continues into the long semi-dry yet lightly bitter finish. Overall based on my enjoyment level and subtlety this is an outstanding beer -hoppy enough to not be bland yet still retains lager characteristics enough that is not an IPL or session IPA in disguise. This has noble hop flavors that are refined and expressive without becoming sharp or harsh (1,369 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/24/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, wheat, cracker, rye bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, wheat, cracker, rye bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, light pine, wheat, cracker, rye bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy pale lager style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,689 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the Hebrews are quite tasty, so there were high hopes for this one when I saw it on the shelves of the local Central Market.

Pours a dark straw color with a thin head. Not much foam. Looks like any other ordinary lager on the market; maybe a tad bit darker in color. The nose, though, is where it begins to separate itself from the macros out there. Rich and malty with distinct lemon scent as well. The taste is full-bodied, with strong maltiness blending well with peach and apricot flavors. Some faint clove and undistinguished spice. Moutfeel is rich and smooth, but it finishes crispy and clean. Very nice.

Pour this beer cold and let it warm up a bit to really get a sense for its overall complexity. American macros can't hold a candle to rich, expertly crafted lagers like this. Well done. (819 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw in color. Light citrusy hop nose. The maltiness comes through in the flavor profile but this offering is by no means a malt bomb or full-bodied. There us a decent hop finish as well.

Refreshing and very drinkable but nothing special. (245 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus juice, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (584 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, but yet hearty enough. Finishes clean and crisp. (158 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Nice frothing, faint haziness in the yellow golden hue. Light and fresh citrus hop aroma and flavor, faint rustic bread tones from the rye and wheat. Slightly light but very refreshing with and good dose of crispness. A bit more body for a lighter colored lager but it is expected with the rye. Easy drinking, a great option for knocking back a few. (394 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mild flavors all around, hint of wheat, rye, and spicy citrus hops. I wouldn't mind if something stood out to provide a little more character. Easy drinking and enjoyable though. (178 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. A hazy lemon yellow brew with a huge frothy white head threatening to gush over the sides of my glass.

This beer is almost certainly infected with brettanomyces, intentionally or not. I'm going to assume the latter based on the complete absence of mention on the label. They did mention the Palestinians though, and the IRA, which is awkward at best. WTF? In any event, the beer ... Right off the bat the aroma yields a unique tropical banana vibe ... Pineapple, unripe peach, yellow grapefruit. The hops are refusing to yield completely to the funk.

On the palate is a pretty potent bretty funk, massive lemon and powdery dried limes, unripe pears. Very tart and refreshing. Infection or no, the hops remain discernible, quite weedy and compounding the dry tannic astringency. Wonderful citrus juice undercurrent throughout. Not as fizzy on the palate as expected. Medium bodied and smooth. Some peppery rye spice manages to put in an appearance. All this adds up to a dry fruity finish.

Sneaky surprise or serendipitous mistake? Either way I'm not complaining. This would have been horrifying years back. In this era we're all fawning. (1,169 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Looks really interesting, I do like a well done hoppy lager, and now "American" lager rather than "summer" lager, can't be too old, yet no date on the bottle, shame on you Schmaltz.

Pours a great fluffy fizzy almost creamy 1+ finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy fluffy lacing, very clear honey orange color with stream of lacing coming up the center.

Nose brings great floral grassy like hops, a big noble style but seems stronger and American like, lemony too, lemongrass, and a big Brett like character, a nice Brett but not sure if it's supposed to be there, or I'm getting it from something else, a mild musty dank lemony Brett like aroma, not really funky, maybe a bit, a little dank resinous fresh hop note too, and mild soft lager note underneath it seems like.

Taste confirms Brett, or at least a big time farmhouse saison yeast somewhere in there, a lemony mild farmhouse funk, big grassy lemony notes, and quite floral. Mild toasty like malts, lager malts, soft lager base as well, with a nice crispness esp on the finish. The hops are nice too, floral and grassy, again noble hop hints, but an American spicy and dank resinous character, with a little fruity note as well, some citrus fruit, that turns a little tangerine like with more lemon and juicy fruits. Fair bitterness, with no increase on the finish, in fact as it dries on the finish and gets crisp, mild bitterness, floral and grassy mostly, a little citrus and fruit, and faint Brett funk and lemony flavors. Also a faint spicy rye component blends well with the Brett lemony funk and grassy floral hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice soft lager feel, nice carb.

Overall, well if the Brett was on purpose this is very tasty and well done, if not on purpose, then a decent beer to start but infection! As it mentions a lot about the beer, including almost all the ingredients, it says nothing about Brett, I'm going to assume it was an accident. Which is unfortunate because it makes this beer very tasty! I'll still give it notes based on the beer itself. So as awesome as it is, the overall has to get smashed due to infection. (2,112 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.6%

anyone else pick up a ton of brett in the nose and taste of this? is it intentional or infected? either way, the way this brett dries up the beer, helps it carbonate up to high heaven, and plays with the hops in this is nothing short of a wonderful surprise for a single bottle i picked up for under two bucks just to try. its got a light copper color to it and plenty of body. the brett waters up my mouth and shocks me at first smell. nowhere does it mention that, but its here plain as day. the hops are awesome too, so vibrant and fresh and right up front of the whole thing. grain contributes just a little honey sweetness at first, but the yeast cleans that up, leaving the finish for the hops. citra is there, but so might be something like a nelson sauv. it has that tropicality and lush juiciness associated with the new zealand strains and its downright delicious. the saaz hops are readily apparent as well. with the possible exception of the death of a contract brewer, this is the best beer i have had from these guys, whether or not the brett was intentional, we may never know, but it works! (1,106 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark gold color. Modest head but it leaves a blanket of lace.

Earthy with a bit of plastic to the nose.

A bit of band-aid to the taste. I detect some Belgian style sourness. But the finish is mostly bitter with a sour cream kicker. Decent body with elevated carbonation. (281 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of the current He'Brew mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse windy-day cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, rather pastry-like pale and caramel malts, biscuity honey, a bit of neutered lemon and orange citrus, and subdued grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more assertive in its grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, the malt still quite sweet and bakery-fresh in its doughy caramel goodness, with a touch of stoney minerality, and sort of edgy grassy, herbal, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, just a wan frothiness lolling about, the body an adequately solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, a few meddling hop esters shot on sight, with a certain sense of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, that sweet, and not as complicated as the label's ingredient list might indicate maltiness showing its persistence, amongst a mildly yeasty and muddled bitter hop counterpoint.

As I now see echoed elsewhere here, this does seem much more like a scaled-down (on the hop side) IPA, than a crisp, hoppy lager - there are examples of such out there for comparison's sake. Anyway, agreeable enough, for the one serving, as the lack of proper balancing hops would probably get the best of me, and send me clamouring into the embrace of my next, maybe not quite so vetted conquest. (1,474 characters)

Photo of jsausley
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured by Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, NC into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear with yellow and gold tints, mostly transparent, some bubbling from carbonation. Very mediocre coloring that could easily be a light domestic, however bonus points for its thick 1-1.5" head and lacing around the glass.

S: Faint with slight hints of lemon, pepper, hops and yeast. Nothing spectacular - smells like a low IBU IPA instead of a rich and fulfilling lager.

T: Quite flavorful for what it is. I expected a fairly light beer that didn't have a lot of grunt but it was surprisingly flavorful. Crispy and sharp hops flavor covers a pale malty base with significant bittering, probably a 40-50 IBU beer (guessing). There are hints of pepper, citrus and pear. Somewhat light and easy to drink.

M: Standard, medium carbonation, not very silky or smooth - light and airy mouthfeel,

O: Not a bad brew. Wouldn't buy it again unless I really didn't have a better option, but it wasn't unenjoyable. (986 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice lacing 7 head retention

S: Wet grass & cereal, almost has some funky aspects

T: Follows the now, wet hay notes & spelt & peppery notes up front. More wet hay as this warms, some lemony & grainy notes; a little soapyness. Finishes with peppery rye, grassiness & wet hay, but crisp

MF: Medium bodied firm carbonation, nice balance for the style.

Drinks easy, but kind of an odd beer that is not entirely true to style. Well worth a try (514 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden/maize color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, wheat, sweet malt, slight pale malt, pine, and a hint of metallic aromas. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of wheat, slight metallic notes, hops, and pine. Overall, great appearance, but aroma and body have metallic notes that are not favorable. Otherwise, a simple, but decent example of an American Pale Lager. (546 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ouncer

Cloudy. dull golden in color. Eggshell head, moderate in size and going to a thicker collar anddecent looking scattered bits of lace.

Oranges/citrus on the nose

More lite citrus/oranges on the palate with some piney hop presence.
Dry with a moderate lager snap in the finish.

Pretty tasty, quite refreshing. I'm thinking this would be a pretty good warm weather swigger. Lager with a respectable citric hop bite. Hmmm...not bad stuff.. (450 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Body is hazy apricot color with a small head that soon reduces to a ring. Lacing is on the light side.

Smell: Hops are prominent and contribute both grassy and citrus qualities.
Taste: Quite hoppy and fruity for a lager; more than a little similar to an APA. Does have the crisp and clean qualities of a fine lager.

Feel: Light bodied with crisp moderate carbonation. Clean, dry finish.

Overall: an exceptionally hoppy with no loss of drinkability and a clean lager finish. Should appeal to anyone who likes an APA. Refreshing and recommended. (610 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

REVIEWING: avid’s Slingshot Hoppy Summer Lager

I have LOVED every single offering that I have had from the Hebrew Chosen Beer styles since I began drinking these crafty Shmaltz Brewing Company beers .

My expectations were dealt a blow as I expected a hop wallop due the namesake "David's Slingshot" - so either way I guess I was clearly dealt a blow. Seemed awfully "wheaty/blonde" to me - which is the style of summer ales. Expected the crisp edge of an otherwise smooth lager.

This is the bottom of the Hebrew Beers for my preference. However, my indifference here is not entirely the fault of Shmaltz as I do not generally like beers styled as "summer beers" nor do I favor "wheaty" beers.

A: Golden, crisp and clear - as expected in a clean lager
S: Domestically musky, slight citrus edge
T: Wheaty, grainy
M: Thicker body than expected, grainy

Won't be having this one again - but 'summer beer' fans may LOVE it. (930 characters)

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Slingshot American Craft Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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