Shmaltz Brewing Coney Island Human Blockhead

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IMG_3586I’ve written about the diversity of lager before, and the unfortunate dominance of mass market beer in the lager department. Shmaltz Brewing is taking the challenge, though, with their Coney Island line of lagers in a myriad of styles. Unfortunately, this particular iteration did not work for me and felt quite unbalanced compared to the basic Coney Island Lager or the Albino Python.

This poured a very dark cloudy reddish-brown with a big 1.5″ head: not at all reminiscent of your standard macro-lager. The nose was perhaps a bit too malty, though, and that sweetness persisted on the palate with cherries, banana, rootbeer, brown sugar and spice. This beer is like an overly-happy person who seems great at first glance but begins to wear on you at an exponential rate. The beer is pretty tasty on the first sip, but loses its charm with a few more. It’s too bad, but I still highly recommend Shmaltz’ other lager offerings.

$9/22oz @ Brewery Creek

Posted in: American Beer, Fair, Lagers


  1. Zak Davis
    October 1, 2009

    Hey there. This is Zak Davis from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Thanks so much for continuing to write about our beers. With 11 available throughout the course of the year, it would be over-ambitious for us to assume that everyone will like every beer. Bummer the Blockhead didn’t fit the bill, but still really happy that you’ve got others of our beers that are to your liking. Human Blockhead is a 10% abv. strong lager that was inspired by European Strong Lagers like EKU 28 and Samichlaus, as well as some domestic strong lagers. It’s a big, aggressive, malty beer, that can only be described appropriately by a picture of a dude hammering a nail into his face. Thanks again. Cheers! ~Zak

  2. Shea
    October 1, 2009


    Thanks for the comment. Even though I didn’t love this particular beer, I think you guys do a great job and I’m sure others would like this. And I’m always up for retasting things – palates vary day to day and with food!



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