ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
On tap in Portland (Burnside and 12th NE - don’t know the name of the place). A fine beer if you are tired, pissed and thirsty because Higgins closed earlier than they said they would. Like a nice mellow pale with a bit of extra sweetness. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2009
Tap at the rake and bottle from utobeer at home with ang. The tap is infinitly superiour. Alround rating: Caramlt balanced with citrusy fresh american hop, id have thought it an american pale ale by style. Alround excellent very drinkable stuff. troopie (2387) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Draught. Poured red with medium head, Grassy and malty aroma. Sweet, but not too sweet malt tast, with a lekker hop finish. Great on a hot day. DialSquare (5113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
From an old rating note - bomber. Nice lager. Light caramel aroma. Smooth. Well-balanced. Slight nuttiness with some dark fruits. All I’ve got other than a score. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Shmaltz Brewing Company--Coney Island Lagers--Coney Island Lager--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 30 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) Pale Lager. Rich creamy lacy off white head. Clear rich amber gold color. Sediment hint. Malty mild hop front. Mellow sweet mildly creamy malty smooth rich caramel body. Cloying malt mild hop spice end. 8 Malts 6 Hops Typical Complicated Formulation detracts from flavor. Sampled 9/13/2009. 2 @ $4.99 Each.
nearbeer (5523) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bomber. Big malty aroma of caramel, molasses and dry wood. Flavor is the same with more of the earthy malt on the front, joined by some lightly bitter pecan and light cocoa, and then just enough light citrus and woody hop to dry the finish. Deep copper with a long lasting film of creamy bubbles. Medium bodied, sweet, and smooth. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Pours light copper with a nice white head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings forward a pretty good amount of biscuit malt as well as some light hops. Good bready flavors throughout. Light to medium body with good carbonation. In the end, a nice craft example of the style and drinks quite well. Very good for what it is.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-24-2010 mkel07 (6218) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2011
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. ChadPolenz (1846) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
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.
Clear yellow orange color with pillowy white lacing. This beer has a beautiful bread and milky aroma without the metallic presence that lingers in many lager style beers. The flavor is toasty and clean with a slight hay feel and maybe just a vague metallic hint. Very mild hop feel along with a slight lactose feel. Overall, one of the best lagers to hit my mouth. I could sit and drink this beer in hot weather but could also have this beer on a chillier day.