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Messiah Bold by Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)

What a gorgeous day it was here in NJ.  It was around 68 degrees and sunny and with the house invaded by painters, I figured why not enjoy a beer outside, soaking up the sun, and reading about home brewing.

Beer #82 is Messiah Bold by Shmaltz Brewing Company (He’Brew).  I love how they mention that He’Brew is the Chosen Beer.  Messiah Bold is brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale.  It has an ABV of 5.6%.

Messiah Bold poured a dark brown with a thin white head.  The aroma was heavy on the roasted malts and little of anything else.  I took a sip, I thought to myself…hmmm…where is the taste?  It was more like water than beer  but as it warmed up a very light nutty flavor began to emerge along with bread like flavors.  I could not detect any hops in the smell or the taste.  Mouthfeel was really light, again, like water.  There was an ever so light carbonation to this beer.  It was quite easy to drink…but one was good enough for me.

This was dissappointing.  It did get slightly better as it warmed up (enough to drag it up from fail territory) but  to me it was like drinking brown slightly malt flavored water.  I think that will be the end of my drinking of beers from Shmaltz…for me, they are not the Chosen Beer.

Rating: D

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Coney Island Freaktoberfest by Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)

I woke up this morning feeling much better.  I could breathe and smell and taste.  All good things indeed.

Beer #80 is Coney Island Freaktoberfest by Shmaltz Brewing Company (He’Brew).  This is an American Amber/Red Lager.  The label noted it is brewed with 6 malts, 6 hops and an ABV of 6.66% and that it is a blood red lager.  Sounds like an evil brew not to be taken lightly.

Very interesting looking beer was the Freaktoberfest.  It poured a hazy shade of red, like a strawberry soda or Vick’s Cherry Nyquil (which tastes nothing like cherry).  The head was strange…it was pink.  Good thing it didn’t last long  as it was a bit odd to look at.  It was very weak in the aroma department, a bit of caramel malts and not a hint of hops anywhere.  The taste was a bit bready, and not a good bread at that.  It had a bit of hop bitterness near the end of the sip and finished off with a odd aftertaste.  It had a medium body with a bunch of carbonation, almost a bit too fizzy.  It was quite low on the drinkability scale for me, there was something about the appearance and the odd aftertaste that wasn’t at all appealing.

This was freaky beer…and not in a good way.  The best part of this beer was the label…period.  I guess I should give Shmaltz a bit of credit for trying something different, the whole freaky evil thing, but it just didn’t work for me.  I think it could work if they would just make this a bit tastier and not so nondescript.

Rating: D

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