Slingshot American Craft Lager
Shmaltz Brewing Company

Slingshot American Craft LagerSlingshot American Craft Lager
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Lager - American
Ranked #224
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3.59 | pDev: 13.37%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Slingshot American Craft LagerSlingshot American Craft Lager
Notes: 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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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-hazy golden color with a mild transparency about it. Good sturdy finger's worth of white foamy head sliding off fairly quick. Not much lace.
The aroma had a nice clean bready maltiness flowing over some floral hops. Touch of white pepper on the back end.
The flavor was moderately sweet trying to blend in some floral hops and those white peppery hop particles in a semi-spicy sort of way. Touch of aftertaste of floral hops, white pepper and moreso biscuit-like than bready in this part.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Good bready malty and floral hop spiced finish.
Overall, pretty nice American lager worthy of coming back to, preferably with some food.

Feb 13, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this little beer. A nice mixture of hops and lager qualities. Hoppy nose. Also present in the flavor. Finished with a lager pedigree. Probably my favorite from a flight.

Feb 27, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light gold with a little haze, this brew had a foamy white head. The aroma has a fresh, bread, sweet, malt, flowery scent. The taste is hop forward, with sweetness. The body is full and satisfying. Nice, engaging, and better than expected.

Jan 21, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is mild hops. The taste is slightly hoppy with a small bite.

Jan 06, 2018
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange yellow with a large white head. Smells of sweet grain, not much else. Tastes of sweet grain with some earthiness and grass. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Oct 22, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts. Taste is citrus, malts, wheat, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer that I could easily crush several of.

Jul 25, 2017
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mikeinportc from New York

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear medium gold with quickly-dissipating white head.

Smells of bread dough, honey, floral (hops) w/ a tiny citrus edge.
(This is a single , with no apparent dating , so have no idea on freshness. *shrug* - still good)

Flavor pretty much follows nose, with pleasant bitterness on the finish. Feel is smooth/oily , probably due to the wheat & oats in the malt mix, with very fine, barely prickly carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable, solid, basic lager that I could drink all day.

May 25, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My second offering from this brewer I simply happened upon, and I am quite happy so far with the results...

What continues to impress me about these Shmaltz offerings is the unique look one gets when pouring these brews out of the bottle and into the glass. I'm not quite sure how to explain it, but the beer looks 'different' when compared to the many, many others I have poured through the years. For a lager, it reminds me of the bold, dark look of a Boston Lager, but a bit hazier. The head is a bright white with decent staying power and the lacing is impressive, indeed. The smell is a wheaty, yeasty blend that was missing something. That something I could tell when I tasted it. I also noted the wheaty and yeasty flavor, the hoppy character, but if it had be a tad sweeter I think it would have made a huge difference. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated but did have a watery sense that I noted right from the beginning. Overall, it was a very decent beer and probably one of the better lagers I've had in quite some time.

May 14, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a hazy pale amber with a fluffy white head.

Aroma is malty with a slight lager test note at the end.

Taste matches aroma with a definite hop bitterness running throughout.

Good sipper.

Mar 14, 2017
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ABabbidge from Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Opaque golden color with a thin lacing head.

S: Citrus hops and some light malt.

T: Similar to the nose, but the citrus is more pronounced. Taste is like lemongrass with some mild grapefruit. There is some malt but it is pretty light and clean .

F: Moderate body and carbonation. The citrus is very refreshing and not much bitterness.

O: One of the better lagers I have ever had. Not super light, but still refreshing and very drinkable. Will definitely have to consider bringing this to the lake with me over the summer.

Feb 27, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy with a honey verging on golden color; the head is rather modest for the style but it does leave a smattering of dots that fade away

Smell: Bready, with grassy tones and rye spice

Taste: Bready forward, with more than a hint of the biscuit; grassy, through the middle, with the rye spice mixing with the sweeter malt tones through the finish; the aftertaste is a tad phenolic

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The hop bill here is absolutely nuts, as is the use of rye and oats in a lager; interesting, but the finish puts me off a bit

Oct 01, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slingshot pours straw gold with a very light haze and rapidly rising bubbles under a persistent 1/2" white foam cap. Mild light grain and spicy hop aromas rise from the glass. Slingshot is rich and grainy up front with a snappy, crisp drying bitter finish with a light citrus background. The bitterness is herbal. The beer has a clean fermentation character with a trace of tartness and a light drying on the finish. The body is light with above average carbonation. Slingshot is light and very drinkable.

Aug 27, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Another from the latest beer club shipment, We get NY's Shmaltz but I have not had this one before.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue Blanche de Chambly stemmed pilsner.

a: Clear gold with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Light bread.

t: Follows the nose with a mild hop bite. Dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A good solid lager with above average bready malt flavor and body. Good summer refresher when you don't want watery notes in your beer, but satisfying enough anytime.

Aug 27, 2016
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happy4hoppybeer from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with creamy white head.Aromas of tropical fruit, some banana and malt sweetness. Some fruits and faint hops in the background come out on the tongue. Light body. Crisp, refreshing and drinkable lager.

Aug 27, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager is highly underrated. It has huge malty goodness that is way beyond what should be possible for this beer. Kudos.

It is partly cloudy and mildly fizzy. The aroma builds strongly as it warms, to a beautiful blend of hops, yeast and malts. Especially malts.

The taste is a revelation. Manna from heaven (that was old testament, wasn't it?). Very malty and nicely balanced. The aftertaste lingers nicely.

I wish I had more to drink, but I have only one. On the other hand, this lager might be harder to drink more than a couple of that most other lagers. Highly recommended, especially it you wanted something a bit more flavorful in a lager. Drink warmer than cooler for more enjoyment.

Aug 13, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jeremiah’s Tavern.

This one pours a dark-ish straw yellow, entirely clear, with a small head, and just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like sharp grassy and spicy hops, a soft grapefruit fruitiness, a little bit of pine, and a hint of sweet malt.

This is a really wonderful, easy drinking, but highly interesting lager. It’s easy enough to just put a few back without thinking much about it, but it’s also interesting enough to dissect. There’s a nice Noble hop-esque spicy and grassy hop flavor here, with some soft and sweet grapefruit flavor, and just enough sweet malt to prop this up nicely. It doesn’t have the bold hop character of something like an IPL, it’s definitely more balanced, and very drinkable.

This is lighter bodied, super crisp and drinkable.

I was honestly surprised at how good this one was, really nice and tasty stuff here.

May 31, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This seems more along the line of a Pale Ale as the malt is evident and diverse. Light caramel malt, some Pilsner malts, bready, oats, tea leaf and even nuts. Light hop bitterness, pine, grapefruit and even a touch of citrus rind.

Apr 15, 2016
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Samlover55 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bttle poured into BL glass/no date
L- hazy honey color, small bubbly head dissipating quickly
S- nice floral aroma
T- sweet malt, definite wheat notes, a nice hoppy linger with a yeasty finish
F- medium body creamy feel
O- interesting combo of sweet malt and hoppy lager, definitely sessionable

Mar 20, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden lager with a small white head.

Smells spicy with a strong rye scent. Slight sour from the rye and a big caramel and toasted grain aroma. Sweet toasted bread aroma. Scent of hay.

Starts out mildly sweet and a bit spicy. Stout bitter bite. Taste of rye and toasted grain. Slight bubblegum flavor. Taste of scorched sugar, but not quite caramel. Finishes clean like a Lager should.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty lager that is a bit different. If you think lagers all taste the same try this one, it is different. This is a beer I will buy again.

Mar 06, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with decent white head.

Smell: Citrus, hay,straw and some spiciness. A little on the mild side.

Taste: Citrusy orange hops are noticeable upfront, with some fruit, straw and hay underneath. Light pine and spice notes on the slightly bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation,light to medium body. Somewhat crisp and dry.

Overall: Solid, citrus-hopped Lager.

Mar 05, 2016
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Radome from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Medium straw color with just a bit of haze. Thick, fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S - Strong hops aromas are piney, herbal and slightly earthy. This is mixed with some grainy pilsner malt. Impression is very fresh and clean.

T - Balance of flavors are toward the hops: pine, and grapefruit. Low grainy and bready malt is in the background. No yeast or fruit notes, as expected for a lager. Unpleasant metallic note shows up as it warms.

F - Thin body is filled out by strong carbonation. Moderate to high hops burn. Alcohol in background.

O - A very good, highly drinkable lager that would stand in well for a West Coast IPA.

Feb 29, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with a orange blush from vienna malt. This one has a lot of ingredients in it. Hazy. Off white head that lasted and clung well. Nose is fragrant and breaddy with rye and wheat. Sweet lemon and some floral and pepper. Drinks surprisingly well. clean, breaddy and with a lemon flavor. Bold with rye it is very tasty and refreshing. Oats add lightness to the body. Not biting from carbonation but it's moderate. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers to show you lots of bread.

Feb 20, 2016
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally Schmaltz is available for sale in Oklahoma! Baruch Hashem!

Very attractive golden liquid with nice white head (and lots of Belgian lace).

Lots of piney and citrusy hop notes. Flavor is crisp, an interesting meeting place between a pilsner and an APA. A sweet start with a dry finish, with some spicy notes from the rye.

Medium-full, very smooth mouthfeel.

I like this one. It is worth seeking out.

(On a side note... I love the bottle art)

Feb 15, 2016
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Shippy from Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Pours a bright, clear yellow-gold with a white head of small bubbles. Aromas of peach, spice, wheat, and a hint of bubblegum. Taste starts with refreshing tropical notes with some wheat, followed by a bit of pepper and a slight, lingering bitterness. Feel is medium, with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid lager - good nose, decent flavors, light and drinkable.

Jan 25, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice head, really great retention - but carbonation level looks off, opaque and incredibly "orange" hue.

Nose is light, almost nothing there - some hints at malt, bit of bittering hops but that's it.

Flavor is okay but not "good". Malt character is more pronounced in it's sweet but that's about it. No real depth of any flavor here. It's a light flavored lager, with a decent body. But no hop profile, no real malt characteristics. It just doesn't taste like much of anything.

Feel is on the watery side, carbonation is okay but something just seems off. I'm not impressed here.

Jan 20, 2016
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