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Slingshot American Craft Lager | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Slingshot American Craft LagerSlingshot American Craft Lager

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +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

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Photo of pat61
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Radome
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
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)

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Photo of Shippy
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; <1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: pilsner malt, a little bread and grain, noble hops;

T: follows the nose; finish is mildly bitter; aftertaste is slightly metallic;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation - tingly;

O: the metallic aftertaste is distracting;

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Photo of DrMullet
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow. Aroma is a combination of citrus and spice. Mild hop flavor with a citrus backbone. Well balanced and pleasant. Not over powering on the hops.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Slingshot is a nice drinkable lager. The beer poured a cloudy yellow with white head that is leaving some lacing. The scent is pretty non-descript. The taste starts more hop bitter then somewhat settles towards the end. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall is decent.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a pale orange gold color, very clear, and a thin white lacing ring.

S - Tropical fruit, lemon, and some spiciness.

T - Biscuity malt base throughout with tropical fruit over the top and a mild grapefruit citrus lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - Refreshing and well balanced, would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed almost clear gold producing 2 fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, white head that leaves a nice coating of webby lace. Aroma is fruity dried peach & lemon, white bready & biscuit malt with hints of sweet grain & grass. Taste is fronted by fruity peach, lemon, grass & floral notes balanced with pilsner & biscuit malt. Finishes with a hint of spice & pepper going a little dry & bitter which intensifies in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is pilsner malt, lemon, a mineral hint & bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little chewy, moderate carbonation, creamy, juicy & tongue coating with a peppery prickle.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +6.8%
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 -4.6%
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 +3.5%
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 +11.4%
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 +3%
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 -3.8%
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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