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Coney Island Albino Python - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a lager brewed with spices. This is a Wit in Lager form, corriander and other common (Wit) spices were used.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-08-2008)
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Ratings: 339 | Reviews: 202 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, mint, herb, and pickle juice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, herb, and pickle juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of herb bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with odd but interesting mint and pickle juice qualities that I wasn't expecting.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

djrn2, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of rmalinowski4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear peach-golden color with a thin white head that recedes quickly and ends with a ringy collar. The nose carries a bit of light wheat and bread, and also a bit of odd spice that doesn't really fit. Seems like white pepper. The flavor carries some more of this character. White pepper and some other spice. Very strange. Bread and a bit of caramel in the background. The body is medium with light carbonation. Very strange beer, not a big fan.

Thorpe429, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

acurtis, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fennel and ginger in the nose along with some hints of malty sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of herbs, although these are not too overpowering because they are balanced by the underlying malts. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation; there are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The taste is quite unique and a refreshing change of pace, but this is definitely not a sessionable beer; however it might provide for some interesting pairings with Italian food.

metter98, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a whipped egg white head that leaves some squiggles of lace

Smell: Herbal menthol aroma, but careful sniffs can detect ginger, coriander and lilac

Taste: Herbal flavors jump out, with the ginger dominating and the combination of other herbs (fennel and coriander, in particular) produces a menthol flavor; there is also a lemony undertone that persists, underneath the spices, to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really interesting experiment, but I cannot say that I was seduced by this serpent

brentk56, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely blurry lemon peel containing multiple streams of bubbles whose destination is a bone white cap that looks decent enough. That said, I've seen much better chunks of foam and better looking lace. A few scattered scraps of sudsiness is about it.

The nose is enjoyable because CIAP smells like a witbier with a twist. That was almost certainly the goal when the brewers decided to add crushed fennel and ginger to the classic duo of coriander and orange peel. All but the fennel are noted.

How one feels about Albino Python's flavor is dependent on how one feels about spiced beer in general and witbier in particular. Although it uses several unconventional spices, this lager isn't that freaky-deaky and should be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of adventure.

Warrior, Saaz and Summit hops contribute very little flavor (with the possible exception of the lemongrassy Saaz) due to the steamrolling effects of the spices. Ginger and coriander are nicely represented, there's a tantalizing twist of orange peel, and I'm still struggling to locate the anise-like notes of the fennel seed.

The malts taste exclusively pale. The beer's bright cleanliness is impressive, but I've always been partial to fruity ale yeast esters. No need to change things, though, especially since white lagers aren't exactly a dime-a-dozen.

The mouthfeel is closer to light than medium. It gains a silky airiness from torrified wheat and a softness from flaked oats. My first impression is that it was too light, but I've come to appreciate how lean and mean it is with respect to thirst quenching drinkability.

Coney Island Albino Python, like the creature for which it was named, is an exotic beast that retains enough of the characteristics of its breed to inspire both wonder and a safe sort of familiarity. Given a chance, it just might put a stranglehold on your palate as well.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

kjkinsey, Jun 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fizzy, pale yellow body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Very aromatic nose here, smelling of pale malts and spicy hops but mainly displaying notes of ginger, peppercorn medley, cloves, citrus zest, flowers, and with a particularly strong note of fresh fennel.

Taste: Pale, pilsnery maltiness with a hint of tangy wheat and a light sweetness. Faint graininess. My my, they really emptied out the spice cabinet here, there's flavors of ginger, cloves, lemongrass, cracked peppercorns, and a strong, licoricey fennel taste. Spicy hops with a restrained bitterness. Finishes rather crisp, with a lingering licorice and ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Somewhat fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant, spicy lager that's plenty tasty, though I could use a tad lighter carbonation.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A white lager beer,hmm somethin different.Poured into a pilsner all head and foam even with a gentle pour,it took forver to finally come down to pour more.After a long wait a lemony yellow color emerged with a spritzy-like look to it.aromas were a little faint just some toasted grain and mineral with a hint of ginger.At the beginning the flavors are light and toasty and pretty pleasent even a hint of lemon comes thru but man that finish is a little harsh,big ginger and fennel hit hard and kinda ruins the beer and its drinkibility.This beer is off kilter in a bad way,Iam not sure how old it is and its from a brewery that I respect,very odd.

oberon, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +13%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Friday after-work special...hmmm...hot chick and snake - check, crazy horned clown imagery - check, BA Magazine endorsement - check. Let's get rockin'!

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which disappears in an instant, leaving a few specks of lace around the glass. It smells of sweet citrus, soft peppercorn, and a bit of coriander. The taste is white pepper, white grain, lemon, ginger, leafy hops, and a bit of alcohol as it warms. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight and a bit fruity, and it finishes dry, the warming spices slowly sinking back in.

Not really to style at all, but that's not Shmaltz's fault. A stand-up fruity, spicy lager, and one that doesn't do you in after a couple glasses.

biboergosum, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, golden-yellow color with a good sized, white, foamy head that left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled somewhat funky and spicy.

T - It tasted spicy and sour with a sweet candy flavor like licorice.

M - It was fizzy, sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Leave it to He'Brew to come out with a completely unique beer. Interesting flavor that really surpried me.

zeff80, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's interesting that this is labeled as a "white lager with spices", because that's really what it is. I thought it was a witbier, but it was missing something - and yet it had something all to itself.

It offers the appearance of a witbier, that's for sure. The head retention and lacing aren't great, but OK.

The aroma lacks yeasty fruitiness, but it does offer spices atop a mildly sweet and gently wheatish malt base. Ginger is clear - and not a normal witbier spice - but there's more to it. Coriander makes a play as well, but again, there's still something more...

And that follows into the flavor. It's dry, citrusy, a touch tart, and spicy. The malt acts almost as a magic carpet for the spices to ride upon. They're not overdone, but they're certainly present and playful. I thought that they might build on the palate by the end of the glass, but they didn't. It's superbly balanced with a delicate malt base, a restrained, firm bitterness, and playful spices.

It's interesting and refreshing, and easily drinkable. Medium-light bodied, gently crisp, and zesty with spice. It's unique, and probably the best balanced beer from Shmaltz. Worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy quickly fleeing carbonation white thin head with a murky golden orange carob of color. No lacing whatsoever, head was barely even there. Aroma sharp pine/herb/spice driven nose with a hint of citrus peel. A spicy barrage of flavors, fennel celery like flavor with citrus peel and rose water this is a complex wit lager. It actually reminds me of Philly Brewing Fleur de Leigh. A dry bitterness reigns in the fnish leaving spice on the palate, mouthfeel is coated with spice lighter bodied with a restrained carbonation. Drinkability is decent I didn't know what to think of this hybrid wit/lager, but those freaks in Coney Island sure are creative.

WVbeergeek, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.35/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, lemon, wheat, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is fruity and very spicy up front with flavors of ginger, clove, coriander, lemons, and oranges. There's a strong backbone of wheat but a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild and there doesn't seem to be much of a balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness but there's a slickness to it as well, light body, very high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, does not go down too easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I just did not like very much about this beer but I suppose if someone liked the taste this would be a pretty drinkable beer.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the new Coney Island Craft Lagers line from the Shmaltz Brewing Company. The bottle describes it as a white Lager brewed with spices.

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light straw colored gold with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Retention is just OK, with some fizzy foam around the edges that leaves just a few spotty hints of lacing. A bit of yeast eventually accumulates on the bottom. The aroma is quite inviting, with a big nose of spice and fruit. A lively mix of coriander, ginger, and clove meets notes of orange and lemon zest.

The taste profile is very similar to the aroma, with zippy spices and citrus that are well supported by a backbone of caramel malt sweetness. There is also a fairly well done hop profile in the finish that lets things end with a bit of an attitude. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a fresh, crisp feel and poppy carbonation. It was very hard to pick up any sense of that 6% ABV anywhere.

I think that this "White Lager" style turned out fairly well for the most part, with the crisp nature and hoppy profile of an American Lager mixing well with the full flavored zesty nature of a Hefe or Witbier. Drinkibility was very nice. I paired this up with some barbecued chicken, grilled sausage, and corn on the cob for a perfect Summer afternoon meal.

Kegatron, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +13%

Slatetank, May 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-hazy effervescent pale straw color with 4+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. below average lacing & head retention

Lemons & lemon zest, white pepper & coriander

T: Lemony hops, lemon zest, grapefruit & tart wheat. Hints of pineapple, passion fruit, & white grape juice as this warms along with pears & lemons & a slight tartness. Finishes with coriander, lemons, tartness & nice crispness

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation, but a nice crispness that screams Drink ME!in the summer heat!

Through the roof drinkability, one of the best American Pale Wheats out there. Would love to see this in sixers & or cans

russpowell, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big fizzy head fades semi quickly over clear golden yellow straw color.

Nose light toasty lager, light spices, light crisp and sweet lager aromas, light fruits banana, spices like a winter or pumpkin ale.

Taste spices, too many spices, light toasty sweet lager, light fruit, banana, orange peel, clove, coriander, finishes drier and spices galore, like drinking a pumpkin ale without the sweet malts or pumpkin to balance, overspiced lager essentially.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not great, spices are way too overpowering for what it is, no malt or pumpkin or sweetness, or something heavier to balance the heavy spices.

jlindros, Jun 07, 2011
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Coney Island Albino Python from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.