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Slingshot American Craft Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 32.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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 Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is bright lemon and grapefruit.
The taste is balanced, some rye spice, a little bitterness in the end.
The texture is smooth.
An easy drinker with great aroma.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, date stamp of 1089A5, 13:10. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, persistent thin skin of white foam across the top and thick strands and fine sheets of lacing noted. Nice looking beer, but not clear like you would expect in a lager.

Smell: Upon first opening up and pouring, lots of aromatic fruity hops - peach / fresh cut tropical fruit. After airing a bit and warming up a tad, the peach goes away and is more subtle, replaced with some herbal and citrus notes.

Taste: Juicy with some hop flavors of mild grapefruit and unripened peach, maybe a hint of lemon as well. The malt backing does have a nice blend of malt, wheat, and rye to it. Nicely bready and complimentary to the hops. For the finish I'm not getting anything Noble hop in flavor, and instead get a tropical fruit/mild hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick - probably from the oats. A tiny bit of spiciness on the tongue, but not very much. Okay carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A very tasty and easy drinking beer, and I think this might pair well with some other foods, but.....if this is a lager I've missed it. This strikes me as an American Pale Ale. If was served this blind and was not told what it was, I doubt I ever would have guessed it was a lager. If there is some nuance brought by the lager yeast to this flavor profile, I'm not getting it. That being said, it's still a very tasty beer and something I wouldn't mind having another one of either now or in the future. So good drinkability, but not a good example of a lager.

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

Had this when I was home in Albany since they made beers with Coney Island in them I figured Schmaltz was a Brooklyn brewery not an Albany one. A light ale not too heavy not particular to my taste. Have had better beers by them

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
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

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of jsausley
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Slingshot American Craft Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.