Chad9976 (1443) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2015 Shmaltz is a brewery known for making beers that defy style categories, but usually those are big, multifaceted brews. In the case of their newly re-branded “Slingshot American Craft Lager” (formerly known as “David’s Slingshot”), they’re blurring the line between premium lager and IPL. I suppose if there were a lager equivalent of a pale ale that’s how you’d classify this. Disirregardless, this is a more-than-solid lager with a fairly complex palette, a good dosing of hops, and easy drinkability.
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Shmaltz tasting room sampler glass. It was bottled on 3/30/15 and a six-pack cost $10 ($1.67 per bottle or $0.14 per ounce).
Appearance: Pure golden color, slightly pale. Near crystal clarity with visible carbonation. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Clean, light citrusy aroma (especially lemon); slightly spicy or herbal. No lager scent; all hops.
Taste: If you were drinking this blind it’d be easy to mistake it for a session IPA or a pale ale. Hops are at the center of attention here: citrusy and fruity at first (lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine) but quickly take on a spicy/herbal sensation. It’s reminiscent of an Old World-style pilsner. There’s mild malty sweetness but it’s not a malty lager by any means. I do enjoy the spicy flavor imparted by the rye and Noble hops with the wheat giving it a slightly starchy, cracker-like character. A faint bitter bite as it goes down, but it’s also accompanied by even more genuine hop flavor. A well-balanced brew to be sure and impressive palette for a lager. Probably an ideal transition beer for craft beer newbies, too.
Drinkability: The thing about lagers is that they should be crisp and quaffable and that’s what He’Brew Slingshot American Craft Lager is. The body is light-to-medium with a refreshing quality while in the mouth. It finishes quite clean with just a slightly dry aftertaste. At 5.3% ABV (formerly 5.5%) it’s certainly tempting to session this brew (especially in the summer). Now if only this beer were available in cans!
nuplastikk (5093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan body. Frothy, respectable off-white head. India Pale Lager all the way. Very clean body, nice smooth lager tones. Nice hop balance, some depth there. Incorporates the rye and wheat pretty well. Unique, well crafted. Good.
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours golden with a thick off-white head and a citrus and tropical fruit aroma. There is a medium-bodied pale malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.
Suttree (5593) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve pretty much given up on the Hi-grav stuff this brewery, but I figured this was safe. It actually wasn’t bad, to be honest. Bready malt and a dry peppery finish. A bit heavy for the abv, I thought.
dmac (4743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Spirits Middletown. Poured a slightly hazed gold body with a smaller and a tight foamy bright white head. Aroma and flavor are crisp and clean grain and grape with some biscuit and cereal. Smooth body, medium mouthfeel that is almost creamy but the strong carbonation doesnt let it be.
Patrickctenchi (4980) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, yellow- gold with a short white head.
Grapefruit, sour grain malt scent.
Lemon, barley malt, grapefruit flavour...
Bright and hoppy, citrus, malt, grapefruit-peel....
Luvystypotables (1126) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of fruit, pineapple, citrus and hops. Pours a clear golden color with not much of a head. Light body with a taste of hops and fruit with a crisp dry finish.
mike5326 (1275) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color, small white head. Medium dry hoped aroma. Medium body with a pale ale flavor and a fairly clean finish.
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cheap (4627) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Neutral aroma from a vintage estate 2$ bottle, reminds me of apa in many respects. Medium bitter hops with a somewhat lager ale combo. Yes, I can taste some Vienna in thar.
SDalkoholic (2237) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sprout’s: Created a thick development of white fizzy foam head which quickly retreated almost like a macro lager would have done. Liquid appeared a murky gold in color. Nose is fragrant with zesty hops and grassy malts. The drink was quenching with a light flavor of oats, hay, and grain and makes this beer taste like an American wheat.