Slingshot American Craft Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Slingshot American Craft LagerSlingshot American Craft Lager

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Slatetank
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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..

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of jsausley
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Gusher. Possible infection.

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

Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Damn people are lazy just 1 review and 25 hads?

A - Pours a silght hazy bright yellow with a pillow of head around and inch that sticks around forever. Lacing is going to be stellar.
S - Grainy malt bill, sweeter malts, and some citrus hops but not as much as I would expect for a "hoppy" summer lager.
T - Wow is that harsh and grainy and the earthy hop bitterness really makes it sour like biting a lemon. Taste is somewhat balanced but I can't get over how floor cleaner tasting this is.
M - Medium bodied, Carbonated great but kind of undrinkable.

Overall I am pounding the rest since I don't drain pour but man is this beer bad. They took the skunky harsh graininess of a lager and tried to smooth it out with bitter herbal hops making for a harsh floor cleaner like hop experience. This might be the worst beer I ever had from these guys.

Pass if you can.

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a peachy golden orange with a whipped two-finger foam of bleached white microbubbles. Retention is sustained for quite awhile, with the layer of foam never going completely away. Lacing is on the light side of moderate but sticky.

Smell - Hops are definitely present, lending a citrus characteristic to the beer, but it still has the slight bitterness you would expect from a pale lager, as well as a good appearance by the grain bill.

Taste - I was a little worried with the hop-forward nature of the smell that this would be one of those LINOs (lagers in name only), with a huge hop presence that made it drink more like an IPA. However, that was not the case. The taste definitely had strong elements of citrus and juiciness, but it didn't overpower the subtle malted grain element that you expect that makes a lager so crisp and clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very clean finish that doesn't overpower the palate in spite of having a pretty flavorful aroma and taste profile.

Overall, this is the type of lager you give to your IPA-obsessed friend who doesn't get the virtues of the lager. It has the refreshing, drinkable characteristics of a lager, but the intoxicatingly aromatic nature of an IPA. I would definitely jump at the chance to drink this one again.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Are we finally getting some of those oft-praised hoppy lagers New Englanders are always talking about? Here's hoping... This stuff pours a clear pale brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon rind, grass, light mint, and a touch of white bread in the background. The taste finds that bread awash in a sea of soap, pine resin, and light moss. With a flavor this abrasive, it's no wonder David prevailed... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thoroughly fluid feel. Overall, this stuff just didn't sit well with me. It seems to me the hop combination didn't mesh at all, and the apparently delicate base just couldn't provide any answer to the carnage.

Photo of Atlas1
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hazy gold, white head, light hop flavor,

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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!

Photo of TX-Badger
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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. Finishes clean and crisp.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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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