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He’Brew Slingshot American Craft Lager

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5494) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle. Golden bodied with a short white head. Fruity and malty notes in the nose with grains, bready notes and citrusy hops. Taste is peach, citrus, grains, sweet malt, lemon, bready malts and floral notes. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more fruit notes, grains, sweet malt, bread, light honeyed biscuit and floral hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2159) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2015
It’s got some hops. It’s got some malt. Actually there are several of each listed on the bottle, though it doesn’t seem all that complex. Pretty good for a lager but not exceptional.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1786) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes clean and crisp.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours gold with a slight white head. Aroma is citrus, and it hints at cat pee. Some mixed fruits seem to be in the background. Med body at least. Flavor is floral, light stone fruit, citrus, and rye spice. This is nifty stuff! Nicely, pleasingly bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mep3222 (792) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Does have some floral hop aromas and flavors but I primary get a malty lager that has the lager foot funk taste to it. Well made lager but I don’t really find anything special about this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Dutch’s. Pours a mostly clear lighter gold with a small white head. Notes of straw, pale and crackery and bready malts, light grass and lemon, and just a little spice. Light-bodied, with a smooth, malty, clean mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation. Really nice and smooth and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1354) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 20, 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6165) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottled, clear to hazy yellow, good hoppy almost pale ale flavor and nose, smooth bodied with good finish, nice lager

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4419) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2015
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6697) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2015
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.


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