Chad9976 (1248) - 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 (2732) - 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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, orange-copper color; modest light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Crackly pale ale malts, cereal grains, and a spicy/herbal hop character in the aroma; a touch coarse. Medium body; medium-high carbonation; following the nose, the approach is rough here: excess CO2, sharp bitterness and (seemingly) some tannic qualities from the malt; the flavor’s endearing once one gets past that, showing some really nice cereal grains, spicy hop flavor, and toasty Pils malt; plenty tasty going on here, but a muddled and sharp mouthfeel isn’t helping. Lasting toasty finish: modest dryness, lingering mineral bitterness and cereal grains.
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft Atm GMT with andrew, Brendan and serete. Plural is respecto anverso with thin white lacing. Aroma is serete lagery Malta and fruit. Mouthfeel is carbonated with bitterness and fruity hops. Thankyou top Kyle estúpido droid forma turning ok españolea corrector Ron!
PaulUnwin (86) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazy appearance, aroma of bread, lightly bitter, light body, average carbonation, tastes pretty much like similar lagers of this style.
mkel07 (3722) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Lively in the glass with a big thick head and a hazy deep orange colour. Looks very much like an IPA. Biscuity malt invades the nose with traces of pine needles in the background. Clean in the mouth. Too many of these and you would end up looking like the dude on the label.
BucannonXC5 (935) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was caramel amber. Maybe an inch of head. Nice amount of lacing on the top.
Lots of film on the sides of the glass.
Smelled of toasty malts. I want to say citrus hops in there, too, but that might have been wishful thinking.
Tasted of creamy roasty malts.
Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Smooth finish. Filled me up a bit too much for my liking.
A pretty good beer all-around and I really tried to downgrade it for some reason. Give it a try.
Davros (2029) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows toffee, caramel, bready malt and faint citrus.
Similarly malty flavours, more caramel, bready malt, cardboard and soft toffee. Some spicy and piny hops are also present. Finishes with a sharp, slightly metallic bitterness.
Carbonation could be a little lower.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tawny in color, with a nice white head. Solid hop aroma, very earthy. Crisp malt smell, very fresh draught. Smooth, nice bit and a classic Vienna style lager.
Hans12 (5) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2011 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured into a pilsner glass. golden amber color. pretty subtle aroma, mostly malt, some skunk, a little metal. good malt taste. dry clean finish with lingering hop bitterness. Nothing over the top. nicely balanced refreshing beer. lots of flavor but subtle.