Slingshot American Craft Lager
Shmaltz Brewing Company

Slingshot American Craft LagerSlingshot American Craft Lager
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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #253
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,005
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 13.09%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
299
From:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  66
SCORE
81
Good
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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 299
Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -0.8%
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 -8.4%
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 +1.7%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, floral notes and fresh cut grass. Sweet toasted caramel, some toffee with a nice bitter bite.

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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..

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. (revisited with rating tweaked in November 2016).

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.

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Photo of GoldHorde
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy yellow.

Toast, lemongrass, field grains.

Lemony hop bitterness, herbal, floral, toast.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking lager for a hot day.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Slingshot American Craft Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 299 ratings