Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
blutt59 (6136) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, clear to hazy yellow, good hoppy almost pale ale flavor and nose, smooth bodied with good finish, nice lager
obguthr (4371) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honeycomb, hay, dandelion aroma. Cloudy amber, floaties, thin head. Dry dandelion, honey on the edges. Grassy finish. Light to medium body, fizzy. Flavorful lager, good hop presence for the style, pretty good.
alexsdad06 (6567) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have biscuity malt, grass, light citrus, very mild spicy hops, decent, clean lager that would probably work with food.
CacheManyHose (331) - HONG KONG - JAN 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at Americanos. Clear orange-amber, thick fluffy white head. Smells and tastes like a relatively standard lager though taste has some more florals and dry, bitter hop. Body is medium, fluffy, has a small citrus/pepper kick. Not especially interesting or even that hoppy.
HKdIPA (388) - HONG KONG - JAN 30, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Americanos. Slightly hazy bright orange pour with big foamy head. Aroma is very faintly hoppy (very faintly). Taste is as promised - hoppy (but not that hoppy) lager. A bit plasticky hop flavor. Not as good as other hoppy lagers like Clown Shoes' one or Sam Adams IPL. Not bad but wouldn't get again.
hayduke (3558) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a big foamy white head and good lacing. Nose of caramel malts and citrus. Medium in body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor begins withy citrus ands some brett, and moves to an earthy finish. Quite good.
onceblind (5154) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy golden with a thin white cap. Clean lagery aroma with a dose of lemon and biscuit. Smooth and mellow semisweet flavor of blonde biscuitiness and a little lemon citrus tone and bright clean lager finish.
AdamT (228) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into Snifter. Golden hue, great clarity with 2 finger thick frothy white head. Good lacing. Strong citrus hop, lemon peel, light malt, floral aromas. There was some funky smell that I couldn’t quite pinpoint, medicinal aroma maybe? Bland watery taste up front but then it leads into a light citrus and floral taste. Crisp carbonation on the palate.
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. This is David’s slingshot hoppy american lager in bottle. Just poured it and a definite brett presence in the nose. Color is an orange/gold Flavor is fruity hops, heavy brett with a medicinal character, tropical fruit underneath, mild acidity. Pretty good for a lager that seems to be unintentionally infected with brett. Call it a happy accident.