Coney Island Lager | Coney Island Brewing Company

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Coney Island LagerConey Island Lager

Brewed by:
Coney Island Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer inspired by The Playground of the World. Classically brewed to pair perfectly with whatever amuses you.

Coney Island Lager is a dry-hopped, classic American lager, melding a complex malty backbone with expressive hop notes for a refreshingly balanced experience.

Malts: 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Maris Otter, Flaked Barley, Malted Wheat, Munich Malt, Vienna Malt, Caramunich

Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Tettnang, Saaz

ABV: 5.5%

IBU: 25

Added by Todd on 06-05-2007

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I like the earthly, peppery hops in this beverage, the brew is a too malty, sip and aftertaste, for me. There is a bit of a copper/metaly finish which also turned me off. Not a bad drink, but not something I'd go to regularly. May be a better experience with food.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at 2 different places during a recent visit to NYC. One time it was in bottles and another time on tap. Both tasted differently. The tap version was way too malty for my liking. But the bottle version was A-OK and a rather decent tasting lager.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a pilsner glass producing a 3” pillowy, lacy white foam collar over an amber column with a slight haze. S: Light spicy malts with a light earthy spicy hop aroma. T: This is a malt driven beer with fresh bread flavors and a moderate bitter hop accent on the finish. F: Clean, crisp, creamy smooth, medium body and medium carbonation. O: An excellent lager that has me craving Middle European deli food.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper, small head, good lacing. Sweet on the nose, A bready aroma takes over throughout. Lightly toasted malt taste, sweet on the tongue, balanced by a low to moderate hops presence that provides a biting and semi dry finish. Light and crisp. A pleasant drink.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Deep amber color; translucent. Large 3 finger cream-colored head when poured; dies down quickly leaving an uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Lots of medium bubbles.

Smell - Interesting very malty aroma. Slightly nutty.

Taste - Begins with a very nice malty flavor, followed by a smooth medium hoppy flavor with a mildly dry finish. Nice and refreshing. Full flavored for a lager.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation, somewhat effervescent. Nice.

Overall - Very nice lager, flavorful. I enjoyed it and would gladly have another. While it did not blow me away, it was a very solid basic craft beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, leading to a sparse swirl of suds on the surface.

Smell - Sweet malt notes, backed by light floral and grassy hops.

Taste - Malty sweetness, with light bready touches. Touches of caramel. Mild grassy hop bite hits near mid-taste and rides into the finish. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, and it goes down with a wicked velvety smoothness.

Overall - A very smooth, very drinkable and enjoyable lager from Coney Island. The flavor won't blow you away, but it's good, and the smooth delivery makes it all the better. Does this come in sixers?

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Photo of lostinfla
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Ok, went back and read the other reviews and found that I must have had an ancient bottle, or one stored in those Florida sun!
Bottle into a glass beer stein. Cloudy medium dark pour, much darker than any other lager I have had to date. Head was quite stiff and held up well. Aroma was very unusual as I picked up a very raw yeasty smell that combined with the malty aroma. Closest thing I can recall to the smell is the commercial no alcohol "Malta " stuff sold in the supermarkets here in Florida.
Mouth feel was a bit creamy and the taste was yeasty malt. Mild bitterness at the finish with a lingering malt aftertaste.
Either this was a bad bottle or I'm just not a fan....

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Photo of SteveB24
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been sick of ales, and went looking for some high quality lagers, was recommended this by the owner of the craft beer store where i shop and was really blown away by the mellow, smooth, taste of this beer, just the right amount of hops and dryness adds a perfect compliment to the malty sweetness, although that flavor is also mild. a great addition to my list of good lagers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and grassy 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 with a nice fruity presence but the mouthfeel is a bit too flat for my liking.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light coppery amber with around two fingers of light butterscotch foam. Aroma is mellow, pilsner malt, a bit of toast, maybe a hint of green apple. Standard lager nose. Palate was malt galore, toasty bread sticks and some citrus pith. Nice hops to balance the malt with little discernable sweetness. Hops are a bit peppery, vegetal/herbal, perhaps a hint of rhubarb sourness. A metallic ting in the finish. I am an ale drinker by preference but this sort of malty, hoppy lager makes a nice change of pace. Could be a bit sweeter.

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Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz. bomber bay and into a mug for a much anticipated beverage to accompany my weekend R&R.

A conquering tan head sits strong and patient atop this reddish brown brew.

Sweet malts and grass to the nose with a whiff of spent grain and resin after a short interregnum.

Sweet and fluid going down the hatch. A division of caramel malts are met head on with a battalion of hops to form a truce in the middle of the battlefield. Some platoons of apple and pear join up after the armistice.

Its smooth and peaceful sailin' from here on out with a cool wind bringing up the aft and no swells in sight. A great beer to celebrate your victories and reflect on your defeats with.

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Photo of Hdredfern
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look, this is the beer you use to introduce your friends to the better beer world! This lager is the most refreshing, tasty, and satisfying lager I have ever had. This one has a perfect level of carbonation that balances out the mouthfeel perfectly. The taste is still a lager, which means not as flavorful as an ale or stout but this is much better than bud.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a schooner glass. The colorful label art, featuring an evil clown with pierced ears and tattoos, advises that the beer is "ALIVE" and "Freak's Favorite Beer" or "Beer Freak's Favorite" (as you prefer). The beer is really attractive, with a hazy, reddish-golden-pale amber color and a thin off-white head that sticks to the glass.

With my poor nose I can detect sweet malt and underbearing floral, oily hops and cereal grains. The taste is very eye-opening, and quite unlike most of the western U.S. brews that I'm more used to. The hops are perhaps understated, allowing the sweetness and complexity of the malt to shine through, while still adding a nice citrusy and perhaps a cherry sort of aroma/taste. The mouthfeel is light to moderate, and the beer seems non-filling even though I just partook of an excellent meal. Lots of nice tastes/aromas in the burps.

This lager is very unique and quite tasty. It is a fairly hard beer to obtain around here, or I might drink it more.

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Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper color with a thick off white head and lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. The aroma is crisp with some lemon, grain, grass and a hint of caramel. It tastes bitter up front with pine and lemon, with a hint of grain. It is nice and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is a really good beer that I would make a top choice if it was widely available.

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Photo of John_Henry
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a good golden beer, with a reasonable head that soon diminishes.

S: Not much smell, but nothing unpleasant either.

T: Nice, I think sums it up well. Nice, as in nothing exciting, but better than your average mass produced lagers. The hops are a lot more present than your average Lager, but not especially distinctive, just more present, In no way too bitter though. Good balance with a little nod to the malt.

M: As most Lagers, a little sharp for my palette.

O: I drink a fair bit of Lager, and have since I was young. I am however more inclined towards Ale. I was really quite excited to dry this Coney Island Lager, and was hoping it would sway me towards Lagers. However, whilst I enjoyed it, It was nothing to get excited about at all. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it, but if it was reasonably priced on tap and there was nothing in the way of Ale, I'd tuck in. If you are used to drinking bud and the likes this may be a revolution, but if you've tried a few other beers, this will probably be nothing other than mediocre.

Overall there are much better beers out there, and this was sadly disappointing.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coney Island Lager has a very thick, creamy, light beige head, lots of chunky and thick lacing around the glass, a semi-opaque amber appearance, and no apparent streaming bubbles. The aroma is of dank, fruity, bready malts with a touch of a hop zing. Taste is of sweet and sour malt, brown bread, citrus, and one encounters a hoppy undertaste, but the bitterness is low, overall. Lots of hop oil also comes across in the smell and flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Coney Island Lager finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a really nice, interesting beer. You should most certainly check it out.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber to red with a pretty good tan head and good lacing.

Nice malty and toffee like aromas, with a little bit of bready/doughy notes.

There's a good blend of biscuit, toast, toffee, grains, caramel, with a pretty good hoppy balance.

Dry and smooth going down, carbonation is ample, body is light, a very nice lager.

Great job again Schmaltz!

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Photo of Ranz
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my Charlie Sheen pint glass, it pours a nice copper orange with a nice head. After the head clears a bit, it retains in funny-looking clumps. The bottle certainly gets some points.

S: Not much on the nose, but it aerates some nice malt. Overall, not too much here to note.

T: Clean and crisp with a subtle malt backbone. Nothing too crazy here, but it's drinkable.

M: Light-bodied, the CL is clean, dissipating quickly.

O: Not bad by any means, but it doesn't do anything new or interesting.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clover honey colored with a thick, rich, white, foamy head. Dissipated leaving some good lacing. Slightly hazy. No stream of carbonation.
S: caramel, malt, some floral hops, cereal grains, toffee, not a lot on the nose
T: lovely bitter hops up front but leaves an odd sweetness on the lips, very surprising slight maple syrup taste on the lips that is quite pleasant, clean finish upon swallowing with a lasting dryness, excellent balance
M: medium body with just enough carbonation, quite a filling beer though
O: While I gravitate toward ales, I really liked this lager. It has a wealth of interesting flavors, good balance of malt and hops, and a clean finish that sits satisfyingly on the stomach. I would buy again, especially on sale at Kroger for $3.75.

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Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Cracked the top and the head came spilling out. Pours with a big head then settles rather quickly. Fairly clear body with some chill haze. Amber in color. Thin semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy with hints of fruit.
T) Dry grains. Slight astringency common to "reds". Noticeable malt tones - caramel, toffee. A subtle yet lingering hop bite in the finish and aftertaste, liken to black pepper.
S) Dry. Crisp. Medium-light body.
O) A decent brew. Not you normal run-of-the-mill lager.

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Photo of MikeyA
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I generally find lagers to be kind of plain. This one was fantastic. I randomly picked it up in a backwoods grocery store (22) and was happy I did. Had a really nice caramel-ly darkish flavor with a nice mouthfeel. Fantastic. Really good beer if you don't want something heavy but can't stand light, cheap tasting beer. I would love to have this out of a keg, since I heard it's even better that way.

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Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the creepy Coney-island face on the front, this large bottle pours an amber color with a modest white head. Good clarity. The aroma has a little malt, with a touch of wood, smoke, and peppery spice. It's not a usual clean lager smell. The flavor is of light and amber malt, a bit of grain, and twigs...interesting. The beer is of medium body, with a lingering hop and malt mouthfeel. Better than average and interesting, but not great.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a clean glass and received the following.

A. It pours a reddish gold with about two fingers of bubbly head. Crystal clear body sits there with a small cap of foam after a few minutes.

S. My allergies are acting up but i smell caramel toffee and bread crust. Very clean and cool aroma.

T. The taste leads with heavy lagerness and is composed of corn and maybe a little nuttiness. Not much going on in the flavor department.

M. Cool crisp and tingly with a funny aftertaste.

This might be a good beer in the right setting but overall nothing too spectacular.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into mug

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent foamy head that provides minimal lacing.

Aroma: Bready with some herbal hops, metal (steel/copper).

Taste: Sweet toasted malt and mild caramel notes paired with citrus and herbal hops.

Texture: Smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent Lager to add to the rotation, but difficult to find here.

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Photo of BeerDog
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap this beer has a distinct caramel (almost burnt caramel) taste that is delicious! I took home some of the bottled version and tasted a much different beer. The bottle had only a hint of caramel. Still enjoyable, but a point lower overall due to the loss of flavor compared to tap.

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Coney Island Lager from Coney Island Brewing Company
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