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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1443) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2015
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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2015
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 19, 2015
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5593) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2015
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2015
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4980) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Bottle: 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.... Really tasty...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1126) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike5326 (1275) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4627) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2015
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2237) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
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.


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