ttoadee (649) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, with a thick white head. A buffet of malt in the nose followed with woody hops and alcohol. Coating biscuit malt in the middle with earthy hops added. Went great with tacos, plenty of hops to handle the spices. Nice addition to the definition of what a "Vienna" can taste like.
Theis (13404) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Rattle N Hum - Shared with Mette. Clear golden/amber - white head. Grainy. Hay straw. Light hoppy. Sweetness. Toasted. Plain.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice light toffee/caramel coloring with a solid white head. Smells sweet, almost like caramel candy. Some bitter maltiness in the flavor with some background toffee and caramel notes. Some strange bitterness, too, in the finish that smacks of hops, but almost seems like an oxidized flavor, too. It was present in all 3 of the ones I tried, so I don’t believe it was an "off" bottle. Interesting beer. I would try this one again, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
strongpieman (1499) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Caramel color, cloudy, decent head. Malty but musty aroma. Thick, carbonated, sharp finish. Overall okay, but not a favorite.
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bright amber with a medium off-white head. Nice toasty caramel flavour. Grassy hops with a metallic edge (are there noble hops in here?) More like a vienna than a lager, but a nice session beer regardless.
gam (3242) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour strong carbonation large frothy head aromas fruit caramel earthyness honey the flavours citric bitter medium ibu toffee earthy caramel certain smoothness goes down okay good sweetness rich malt taste the finish sweet and bitter goodness fair tasting vienna go well for a session
Sevenlee (1320) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a coppery brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet fruit with caramel. Taste is the same with a moderate bitterness. Not bad.
jeffhobo (94) - Nevada, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color with a thick off white head. Sugary caramel aroma. Not much complexity to the taste. It’s a good drinkable beer though.
Chad9976 (1180) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass.
Appearance: Dark copper to brown proper. Mostly hazy but some transparency to it. Forms a small, off white soapy head which doesn’t last very long or lace much.
Smell: Plenty of malts for a lager. Very similar to a marzen with hints of confectionary sweetness, but a noticeable lager aroma overall.
Taste: It’s rare that you can smell malts in a lager (aside from a doppelbock), so you can imagine how much that will come through in the taste. And indeed Coney Island Lager is quite malty. The bottle indicates it uses 8 different malts and 6 types of hops. They certainly work well together, creating for a slightly toasty, biscuity malt taste with accompanying bitterness. A light caramel flavor is present as well, mostly on the finish, and provides a good balance to the standard "beer" taste found here.
Drinkability: You could mistake Coney Island Lager for an ale due to the taste, but the actual drinkability is classic lager style. The fizziness makes the mouthfeel quite lively all the way through with a slight carbonation burn if drank too fast. The mouthfeel is thick than your average lager in conjunction with a perfectly medium bodied palate, but mostly clean in the aftertaste (although I would not describe this beer as being refreshing). The 5.5% ABV weight seems to fit that frame perfectly: more "pep" than your average lager, but nothing even approaching the stronger or imperial territories.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours a dark amber with a half finger of white head. Pretty subtle aroma. A little caramel malt with some skunk and metal shavings. Taste is about the same. Caramel and skunk. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Lively carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, it’s ok. Nothing I would buy again though.