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Coney Island Freaktoberfest by Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)
Märzen / Oktoberfest
6.66 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 06/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 6 16 4 7 2009
Whoa...freaky pour and color as its much like a kool aid or deep jello red. Reminds me of a stop light with its glow when up to a bright light. Very interesting...capping is an off pinkish hue thats firm, quick, and fizzyish. No lace really sticks to the glass. I give kudos for the freaked out color as I wasn't expecting that at all. I kind of like it actually.

Aroma unfortunately has no freakish quality to it, nor does it really have much quality to it at all other then a very slight fruity dryness of pear, starfruit, and red apple.

Flavor is nice with a subtlity that really carries nice nuances to fruit skins and dryish leafy hops. Kind of appley, but off in a strange dryness of mushy funk thats old pear, and dried apricot. It has a tender carbonation thats dry and semi peppy with a bit of hoppy spice. Its fruityness is simple and delicate with just enough length and stature to it and its dryness is unique and easy to grasp within its overall character.

Body is a fairly creamy, close to medium body. Clean, simple, delicately carbonated, fruity, dryish, tanged lightly with its malts and fruity stuff. Leafy hopped at the finish with an spicy airyness that's balanced in very well.

A strange beer to be sure with its outright bizarre and surprising color and non-aromatic scent, yet has a fun, lightly dancing array of fruity flavors that equal any easy drinking that would take place during warmer weather days.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 09/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 13 4 7 2008
Wow, what an insane red color this beer is; this is a bright, freakishly artificial read color. The head is a red stained, dark tan color and is initially a fat-two-fingers in height. The beer looks like cranberry juice. The beer smells like a malty lager though with toasted grain notes, ample biscuit character some caramelized malt notes and pretty much no hop character at all.

Lightly sweet tasting up front with a noticeable, clean bitterness that tends to linger on the palate after a sip. There is also a slightly herbal, astringent hop character that accentuates the perceived bitterness profile of this beer. This is malt focused though, it is just that the hop character stands out at first because I got no sense of it in the nose. Lots of toasted malt notes produce flavors of lightly browned saltine crackers, toasty biscuit flavors as well as some hearty, whole grain bread notes. Caramelized malt flavors add a touch of sweetness and accentuate something that is touch berry tasting.

As the beer warms up some light citrus hop notes become noticeable in the aroma; actually ruby-red grapefruit aromatics begin to play a fairly significant role in the nose. Now that I noticed those in the aroma the flavor starts to open up as well with some orange-zest flavors become noticeable. The hop character seems to switch roles with the malt and play the slightly more dominant role as this gets towards 60°F / 15.6°C.

Other than the freakish red color (their website would have you believe the color all comes from the malt choices), this is a good example of a malt focused Oktoberfest when drunk at 50°F / 10°C. Nothing particularly jumps out at in you in either the flavor or the aroma, but this is a pretty well balanced and put together beer. Very clean with lots of toasty, slightly caramelized malt notes make for a quaffable beer. Once the beer opens up it becomes a bit more interesting, but definitely starts to depart from the traditional Oktoberfest model. Though it can be a touch to astringent in its hop character at times. I would have loved to have seen the astringent hop character toned back a bit with more of a spicy / floral noble hop flavor (as opposed to the citrus character that does become noticeable) and aroma takings its place.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Price: $4.90 Served In: Tulip

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