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Coney Island Albino Python - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
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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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy orange with a fluffy white head that quickly recedes to a ring.

Smell - Very spicy upfront; ginger hits first, then coriander, a floral note, some pepper, and soft, sweet wheat malt.

Mouthfeel - Strongly carbonated, which helps scrub the strong spices away with each sip.

Taste - More ginger, mineal water, orange, and a clean spicy finish.

As promised, this beer is weird, but good.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:13:12 | More by
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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw/gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing and low carbonation.

N: Fennel, coriander and ginger.

T: Definite ginger and a herbaceous quality from the crushed fennel upfront. This is followed by lemongrass, coriander, clean grains and maybe some wheat characteristics.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and subtly prickly on the tongue.

O: This is a very unique tasting beer. Easy drinking, clean and great for warm weather. It tastes strange at first but the flavors grew on me very quickly. Schmaltz is quickly making me respect lagers a whole lot more with their Coney Island line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 22:04:23 | More by justintcoons
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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden yellow color with tons of carbonation in the glass resulting in a half inch of creamy white head.

S - Smells of fresh ginger maybe a bit of cinnamon and a bit of grassy lemon.

T - Not bad as others say it kind of tastes like a Witbier but with a bit of extra ginger or cinnamon flavor. To me it tastes kind of Christmas like spice. Lager hops and yeast are smooth.

M - Light to medium bodied. Smooth with carbonation.

Overall I liked this beer. It was very interesting to try a spiced lager rather than just a spiced ale. Would like to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:28:42 | More by DrDemento456
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3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice yellowy brown color with a 1 finger fizzy white head.

S-Has a herby spell with some hints of citrus and some malts

T- Witbier is the first thing that comes to mind when i sip this beer. Has nice grassy and ginger flavors. Also get the lemon and malts at the end.

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a interesting beer. Had interesting flavors and super drinkable. I actually kind of liked it. I would say this is a must try once.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 12:10:54 | More by zrab11


3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical tasting glass.

A: Pours a straw yellow, murky body, with a one finger white head and has very good retention. Carbonation levels are standard for style.

S: The aroma shows note of clove and orange. Medium to low levels of intensity.

T/M: The brew is smooth and clean, with a creamy aspect to the mouthfeel. Flavors are a bit low on the overall character, but still present. The lingering taste is a tad weak.

O: Overall not too impressed with this one, a lack of robust character, even for a light lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 16:08:55 | More by GDBEERMAN
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fizzy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Definitely a different kind of smell, with traces of coriander, citrus, and malt.

T: Tastes like a very malty Witbier: A good deal of malt, lemon, coriander, and even some ginger. There's a mild grassy quality lurking in there as well. An interestingly likable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is definitely an unusual kind of beer, but is oddly drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 12:08:22 | More by avalon07
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold in color with a 2 finger thick foamy white head that faded very slowly and left OK foamy lacing; when all is said and done it looks like a cup of piss or juice. Luckily the picture on the bottle cracked me up enough to not care that this beer resembled a cup of piss. Shmaltz Brewing has a great sense of humor to go along with their quality beers.

Smells of spices like pepper, coriander, cinnamon, brown sugar, light clove, lemon, citrus hops, pine cone, vegetable like lettuce and cabbage, funky yeast, grains and some sweet malt; a really odd nose that is complicated and quite earthy. It’s like a Belgian ale and wit beer were poured into a glass with some celery.

Tastes like a Belgian ale and wit beer were poured into a glass with some celery too. Then after, the initial vegetable taste the spices kick in with pepper, coriander, cinnamon, brown sugar, light clove, ginger, maybe some cumin or something like potpourri; then the malt sweetness and yeast coat the tongue, with zesty lemon, coriander, orange peel, funky yeast, herbs, grass, hay, licorice, some fruit like a sour apple or rotted pear, banana, and some grains or biscuit; this strange combination grew on me with each sip, and while this is in no way, shape or form a session beer, it is very different and I could see this going well with certain meals.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and smooth at the same time, with a medium body, high carbonation and a zesty dry finish that almost feels like everything evaporated.

Overall it was interesting and enjoyable, but more of a beer to experiment with and sample than to pound or session with. It’s worth a try for adventurous beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:26:18 | More by CHickman
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:49:07 | More by metter98
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Pale and cloudy with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Nice looking and makes me want to drink it! Looks refreshing...

Strong hints of citrus in the smell. Nothing special about the smell.

Tastes nice. A very faint hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Strong citrus flavor and something--possibly cloves?--that cuts the citrus and evens it out. This has a nice flavor.

Very good mouthfeel--foamy on a swish, not much bite. This is very nice.

Overall, I'm pleased with this beer and would have it again. I think it scored a B overall (I try not to look so as to keep independent, but I can't avoid it sometimes), but I think it deserves better (and since my average score is about a C, that's saying something).

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:47:57 | More by Kooz
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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thin yellow and mellow in appearance with thin head that lasts only a moment. Small hint of spice at first taste with a lingering sense of fruit but none of the flavors last very long. Refreshing but not memorable. It's light and I get the sense it would be great on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:21:18 | More by wowbagger
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:24:22 | More by jlindros
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:40:58 | More by Thorpe429
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden yellow with thin dissapating head. Smell of a light clean lager with spice and lemon. Taste of ginger is dominant with a little lemon thrown in, but light and subtle enough to make for a refreshing lager. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not bad, a little rough around the edges in the end with little hop lingering, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:53:47 | More by Bookseeb
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2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste like bud light lime on steroids. If you like the taste of lime in your beer, you should definelty try this, otherwise I would stay away. It had a lighter flavor, and would have a very drinkable quality if not for the lime and I actually think it could have been a decent tasting beer if they could dial back the lime-like flavor quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:11:06 | More by jerradep
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3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Orange/yellow color with a small white head. Kind of gives off the image of a mass produced light beer.

S: If I was blind folded and somebody put this beer up to my face, I would have guessed that somebody potpourri from Bed Bath and Beyond. It presents a flowery aroma of ginger, lemon, and citrus.

T: Malty with orange peel and lemon. Its light, crisp, and then a bit bitter on the finish.

M: Tastes like any ordinary light beer. Easy to drink.

O: I didn't know what to expect when I read "white lager brewed with spices." I wouldn't say this is a bad beer, but I wouldn't consider it to be a good one either. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a lower ABV bomber and is will to try a really different light beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:33:04 | More by RA1NMAN1205
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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a slightly hazy golden-bronze color with a bunch of sediment floating around and a half-inch head that dies quickly.

S: Tropical fruits, orange peel, coriander, and ginger.

T: The tropical fruitiness, orange peel, and ginger form a beautiful combination with pilsner malt and saaz hops lates.

M: It has a light and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: The ginger twist is a lovely addition and really makes this stand out.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:30:44 | More by bucklemyshoe
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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at the Yard House in Irvine.

A: Clear, dark golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass, and a few bubbles can be seen to rise lazily in the column.

S: Mild but bright with minty herbs, bread, and some banana.

T: Begins off-dry, with sharp pale malt and a thread of elevated sweetness that goes in and out of focus. Some clove spice and acidity add to the early intensity but stop short of stepping out of balance. Malt flavors decline in intensity during the middle, revealing some honey and rather artificial phenolics. The finish is dry with wheat most prominent, other earlier flavors fading slowly, but no discernible bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, palate-coating wheat and throat-burning acidity vie for the attention of the drinker, with moderate carbonation.

D: With a host of surprisingly intense flavors, this beer comes across as interesting, if a little amateurish in the way it is put together. Still, it is a fairly unique creation that does not lend itself to easy comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 05:34:48 | More by beagle75
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3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber. Hazy golden color with thin white head that has descent rentention and leaves creamy rings of lace. Strong aroma of clove and spice with orange and coriander, hints of lemon. The taste is of spice, cloves, orange peel, lemon, lemon grass, and mineral water. Hints of lavender and lime. A tart aftertaste. Well balanced, medium bodied, grainy and smooth. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:00:29 | More by JayS2629
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3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a fair amount of spiciness, notably cloves. Some orange and citrus are present as well. Reminicent of a wit.

Taste is a little strange. Citrus and clove to start. However, the body and finish dominate and stymie me just a little bit. It's an odd tartness (lime?) that I cannot quite describe, mixed with a substantial ginger presence. Very different. There's a small hop bitterness to finish it out. It's very unique.

All in all, pretty drinkable and different...and interesting inclusion in a style that's much maligned.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:10:50 | More by NODAK
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best-before on the bottle.

A - pours a cloudy, light amber with no head. No obvious carbonation. Lights up nicely when placed in front of a light-source

S - strong clove and spice on the nose, reminds somewhat of a winter warmer

T - clove impact right at the outset and lingering for a while, some light malts and a bit of grassy elements in the finish

M - very little carbonation yet has a bit of a sharp edge; coats the mouth

D - fairly drinkable, but it might be tough getting as much clove as this one gives out

A decent drink, but not something I'd go to for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:39:18 | More by DoktorZee
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Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Funky Label..probably gets funkier if you drink 3 or 4 bombers of this stuff.

Pours a very fizzy, very pale straw yellow. Tons of carbonation. Head starts impressive, but fizzles out quickey.

Lot's of lemen, lemongress on the nose. Hint of spice, soap, and pepper.

Quite honestly nose = taste in many ways. Slightly tart in a citrus way, sort of soapy which I found slightly offputting, but did have some interesting peppery spiciness in the finish.

Bit too carbonated for my palate. Add that to a thinnish feel and you get my score.

Certainly better crafted than say Moosehead. The slightly soapy taste would keep me from having another. Worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:19:10 | More by Shadman
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3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of spices and citrus. Taste is good, malts, ginger, coriander, some lemon and a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 16:26:43 | More by tone77
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3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cloudy yellowish tan color with a fair white head and decent lacing. The aroma has gingerbread and almond spice. Very nice. The flavor offers ginger and allspice with lemony highlights. It's well carbonated, very fine tingly stuff, medium-light bodied, crisp feeling and plenty drinkable. It sort of reminds me of some holiday spice brews. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 05:43:49 | More by Durge
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4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head of thick white foam of two fingers, but didn't last long, nice thick clinging lace. Color is a cloudy 7 on the SRM chart. Aromas of pepper, ginger, lemon, mustard, and lilac. Flavors of ginger, lemon, black pepper, oats and licorice. Lots of body in my mouth, nice finish of pepper. I really like the flavor of ginger and pepper, and will have to have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 20:30:03 | More by beerprovedwright
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/12/10

Poured into a pint glass. Frothy, 3 finger head. Crystal clear, straw colored body. Mild lacing.

Smell had hints of pepper, some notes of diacetyl and fruit. Light maltiness.

Taste had a mild pepper spiceness. Very light malt. Notes of fruity hops. Interesting, but weird flavor.

Mouthfeel had a light body with medium/high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Subtle flavors, no abv signs. Flavors were weird though.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:16:42 | More by riored4v
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