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Coney Island Albino Python - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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345 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 16
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:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-08-2008

This is a lager brewed with spices. This is a Wit in Lager form, corriander and other common (Wit) spices were used.
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Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had non-stop carbonation with a gold color to it; good, bubbly, white head with minimal lace. Good citrusy? scent to it.

This had a nice malt taste that blended nicely with wheat and some fruitiness to it. Just like the look, it was well carbonated. Refreshing beer.

Photo of beerindex
1.25/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Let me preface this by saying that I have tried every He'brew beer (except for the pre-9 Jewbelations) released to date, and found each to be worthy of at least a B, and in several cases, an A. Hell, the Messiah Bold is one of my favorite all time beers. Coney Island, also run but Schmaltz, doesn't seem to compare. After being seriously disappointed by Freaktoberfest and Swordswallower, I decided to try my very last Coney Island beer, hoping that it would be in league with the Genesis 10:10 or the Rejewvenator. Sadly, it was not. This, like the other two Coney Island brews I've tried, was awful, and a complete waste of money. I tossed it after a half-bottle.

Pours a sick-man pale yellow with a thick white head of foam that takes a rather long time to dissipate, leaving a decent lace. As to the smell, I pick up a bit of lemon, some other fruits, and wheat. Neither look nor smell were strengths, but they were far better than taste.

Too strong of a wheat taste (even for the style), which was countered only by using an abusive amount of ginger made this an unpleasant drinking experience. It wasn't so much complex as it was indecent, creating challenge on in determining how much of a bottle one may tolerate.

Ultimately, it was money poorly spent. But, having tossed half a bottle, I can safely say I'd not have it again, even on somebody else's dime.

I really wish they'd expand the He'brew line instead of this Coney Island junk.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold color with a thick, soapy large-bubbled white head. Nice retention and decent enough lacing.

Whoa! Smells like a 7-up mixed with a ginger ale. Very sweet and soda-esque. Hints of tropical fruit and a little bit of coriander notes as well.

Hmmm, I'm going to say this must have ginger in it. Citrus peel hop flavors with a very light malt profile, really lets the spices do their thing...not sure if that is a good thing or not in this case. Unique, fo sho. I might try this again sometime...tastes like it might be tasty on draft.

Photo of oberon
2.72/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of froghop
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy yellow with a thin egg-shell head, and some lacing.

smell is of spice, some wheat, and a touch of citrus.

taste is of ginger, spice, appricot, wheat, and light hops.

overall too much ginger (maybe a spice beer) for my liking but still drinkable.

Photo of Offa
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't sure what this was gong to be like but I didn't care for it and it does seem rather like a wheat ale although called a "white lager," the meaning of which is obscure.

Slightly hazy yellow straw, it has a huge white head slowly shrinking to a thin, wispy top and leaving a hint of weak lace.

The aroma is fruit, a lot of pear, with some grain, and a bit like a Belgian witbier.

TYhe taste is a but unusual but with wheat-ale or witbier elements. It tastes mostly of pear and Squirt soda pop (mixed lemon-grapefruit soda pop flavour), with the Squirt taking over more, but a bit more bitter. It ends up being quite grapefruti but more in a bitter version of Squirt than the usual grapefruit character I normally encounter. It's also otherwise lacking and it's pretty one-dimensional.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a boring, slightly hazy light golden colour with a minimal to mid-range sized head atop the liquid and spotty residue markings on the glass. Very average.

The aroma is a wealth of spice: orange, coriander, lemon, some honey perhaps and other general spice. Nice stuff. It sort of reminded me a bit of a gruit, with a bit of an herbal tea vibe to it.

The flavour is more of the same, with a sweetness from what seems to be honey blending well with the fruit flavours and the spices. Perhaps a touch of ginger? Different but familiar at the same time. Again, I was very much reminded of a gruit here. Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing overall.

I surprisingly dug this one. I say surprisingly because it was chilled quite a bit coming out of the fridge and the first few sips were fairly run of the mill and unimpressive, with not much aroma or flavour at all coming through. Once it warmed up that all changed and a ton of stuff came popping out of this one. So...let this beer warm up a bit before enjoying. It'll make all the difference in the world. A nice second offering from me after being let down by the Blockhead. This one works for sure.

Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront fennil and anise aroma.

The taste was initially dominated by the fennil, but slowly gave to the zest and fruity wheat malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an interesting and uniquely flavored wheat ale.

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

A: Poured a cloudy and murky, lemon peel color with a slight 1 finger fizzy/sudsy head that was eggshell white and quickly dispersed. There was a great deal of yeast sediment that was fairly large in size that lied suspended within the drink while a light-medium carbonation was present.

S: spicy and fruity with apple pie, lemon meringue, fresh pears and cinnamon being most notable. I really liked the smoothness and overall blending of the spices here. There was a nice spicy hopping with some Hawaiian fruit punch aroma as well. Overall, the aroma was quite strange in combination, but somehow blended beautifully together and just seemed right.

T: The flavor yielded a huge tropical fruitiness and spiciness of pineapples, kiwi fruit, and white grapes. Sweet oranges, cinnamon sprinkled applesauce hints were also noted as well a light lemon meringue pie tartness. The beer finishes with a nice spicy display of sharp hoppiness and tangerines. Once again a wide varied and somewhat strange individual flavors, but somehow just works together rather nicely.

M: very light, extremely smooth with almost no carbonation detected. Nice overall but just seems tolack the character of the nose and flavor.

D: Nice drinkability a tad to spicy for multiples but quite the strange and unique experience overall that justifies a resample and definitely worth a try.

4 4 3.5 3.5

Photo of PatrickJR
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy, very pale yellow. It's quite close to being white. Massive 4+ fingers of head foam up and take several minutes to subside. Decent lacing.

S - Tons of spice going on here. In the forefront is something that I'd previously identified as nutmeg, but after reading about this brew on the website it becomes clearer that I am actually smelling an interesting combination of ginger and fennel with some orange peel in the background. Mild citrus contributions from the wheat are noted also.

T - First the ginger hits, and when combined with the wheat almost tastes like a household cleaner. As the ginger subsides the fennel really grabs hold mid to late palate offering it's signature anise-like flavor. Near the end there's a near saltiness about the brew, but the fennel provides a unique and harsh bitterness that overrides any and all other aspects of Albino Python. I'm not getting much wheat malt and no orange peel at all.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate to high carbonation. Sometimes the carbonation becomes a bit too excessive and accentuates the spices in an over-the-top way.

D - Albino Python isn't a bad brew, but there's not much there beyond the two most prominent spices. The utter palate smack of ginger and fennel sip after sip is making this bomber a bit of a chore to get there. Shmaltz is on to something here though, I just wish they could've deepened the malt character on this beer so there would SOMETHING for the spices to play off of.

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy yellow straw color with some decent streams of carbonation. The head is modest, but covered the full surface of the beer. About what you would expect for the style.

S- Slightly spicy and herbal with some vegetable notes. I get a little bit of banana in there as well. Very strange and unique, but not all that aromatic.

T- Very sweet and fruity. The aroma did not prepare me for this at all. I also get some floral notes and vanilla. Maybe a bit too sweet.

M- A little thin, but also a bit creamy. A bit dry on the tail end. Pretty clean and a tad dry on the tail end.

D- Sweet, fruity, and interesting. Would be nice for a spring evening. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not blown away.

Photo of mempath
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

the label got me...but a rather pleasant, very drinkable brew. got the 22oz bottle.

a- light foggy straw. reminds me of some belgian ales. no lacing. very watery.

s-the most disappointing aspect. not bad at all, but compared to all other points, this is not the selling point. not sure what i am catching here...something very citrusy, but not like one of those monstrosities put out by the macrobreweries. i can't help but think grapefruit.

t-very pleasant, citrus-fruity but in hints. the spices come upfront: yep, the coriander as mentioned before. and just right. i don't know why, but i get 'sage' (not that i've eaten it). i think this would go well with grilled fish. a beer for spring and summer.

m-refreshing as i inhale and get a good all-around sense of this. rather thin, but a good thing in certain situations. not much aftertaste. it's hard to judge the mouthfeel, because it's over by the time you swallow it.

d-very drinkable. highest points next to taste. i just wish it had some heft and staying power, but then, the alcohol level takes care of that. it's a recommended brew on most counts. i could slam through quite of few of these before i realized the consequences. but all in all, it's not a challenging, thought-provoking brew. nice 'spicebill' for sure...at least the proceeds (i believe) go to an effort to save pop culture icons like coney island.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy straw yellow coloor. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated. Light lacing in broken rings. Decanted continually.

S: Esters and sweet spices quickly gave way to fennel seed bite.

T: Very consistent with smell; sweeter ginger and cordoman first followed by fennel. Bittering hops were very sublte with a citrus note. Foundation of wheat and pale malts lingers.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Beer is smooth and silky after it decants and warms a bit.

D: Unique for the style as they definitley unleashed the spice rack. Frankly, its drinkability dimished as I tired of the spices.

Photo of tigg924
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright yellow, cloudy, small head,

Smell: lemon, orange, and coriander jump out

Taste: just like the smell plus a bit of cloves

Mouthfeel: sweet, smooth, medium body, borderline syrupy

Drinkability: This is a very pleasant wheat ale. I love the sweetness that goes along with the wheat. If the ABV was not as high, I could session this

Photo of Bung
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Poured quite clean golden, some sediment. Large white foamy head. Floral aromas, some hop, mild spice of some sort. Kind of pale, kind of white ale flavors of citrus with a small almount of sweetness, malt and sugar. I can't put my finger on the spices, coriander and ginger maybe, but rather nondescript. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Light bodied, but filling from the carbonation. Seemed drinkable until I realized I still had half of it left. Not quite sure what to make of this one....

Photo of WillieMoe
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a strong, opaque, yellow color,with a finger of fizzy head. Seems to have a great deal of carbonation.

Has sort of a bit of a pilsnery scent. Saaz hops, perhaps? There are also the aromas of several spices, the most prominent of which is ginger. I did not seem to whiff any of the coriander or citrus that others seem to have smelled.

The spice hit me mostly in the back of each sip, rather than up front. The spices really start to get going as this one warms. The mix of spices were quite unique, but combined with the fizziness, was not really to my liking. It went down fairly smooth, but didn't seem to have enough balance. I could not seemyself drinking a bunch of these in a row.

Overall, not one of my favorites from Scmaltz, but I wouldn't dissuade anyone from trying it,as is an interesting brew to say the least.

Photo of TexIndy
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber that I brought back from my Indy trip into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a hazy straw color with a huge carb geyser in the center. Good sticky white lace. It had a huge fizzy white head that slowly settled to a constant carb fed 1/4 inch foam.

The aroma was unique. It was heavy on the ginger - made it smell like a ginger ale. Got a little of the coriander and the orange peel but they were being shoved in the back by the ginger. I love ginger in food and the smell of ginger when cooking but I've never liked the smell or taste of ginger ale so this doesn't bode well. I do love fennel so was curious to smell and taste that but it never really showed up - disappointing. The taste was too heavy on the ginger ale for me. I might have liked it if it was a supporting player but it was the star attraction here. I ended up finishing it but it was a struggle the last few gulps.

Overall, a miss for me due to the ginger ale aspect. But I can see this being a good beer if you do like ginger ale. One and done. Can only recommend if you love ginger ale. If not, avoid and try one of their other beers. One thing I did like is that they say the proceeds from this series are going to support the real Coney Island which is cool.

Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-14-09

Pours a slightly yeasty golden yellow, with a filmy white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is slightly malty, with lots of grassy hops. Slightly skunky, in a good pilsner way.

Wow. There is alot more going on then the smell would lead you to believe. Lots of spice at first, very aromatic clove, and lemon peel, and a little pine. The finish is fruity hoppy, with a very dry and pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great, fizzy to go with the hops and thick to help the flavors.

Drinkability is good, a very flavorful and different beer.

Overall, I'm quite surprised. The bottle lists it as a "white lager", and that's about what it tastes like.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shmaltz- Coney Island Albino Python

A- Hazy bright yellow with a thick white head. Decent lacing.
S- Grapefruit and ginger root with lemon and licorice.
T- Light touches of black licorice, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, and clove. Unique tasting.
M- Light and citrusy. Crisp up front. Spicy/ gingery body and a thick sweet finish.

Overall- Very odd tasting. Not horrible but just unique. The licorice, ginger, clove, citrus aroma doesn't do it for me.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.4/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent head, both on the label and in the glass. Pours a cloudy golden-yellow, with some sunshine-dust gathering in the lower quarters. There is a steady march of bubbles up the sides, forming inverted honey-comb or perhaps bubble wrap mountains on the sides of the glass... constantly replenishing itself. A rich, billowy cloud rises up and over the glass, but doesn't spill out. As it drops down, some residue clings to the sides...
And then the aroma. Fresh ginger root for sure, giving way to a lemon-coriander note. Spices seem to override the wheat-doughy notes of the malting. No real hop notes to speak of in the aroma.
Then it hits. At first the expected ginger, some lemon, but the finish is PUMP IT UP! styling spritz I used on my first mohawk. If you can imagine a finish of hair-salon-ginger-ale, that's it. But it's not bad. Certainly a drier ginger ale. The connection of hair salon wasn't too difficult for me, as the memory of my dad shaking his head at my first 8-inch mohawk... as he helped me make it stand up. The faint sweetness is that of honey, but overall impression is fairly dry, lightly citrus... and hair salon.
Decently high carbonation accompanies the medium body. It starts to wobble as I headbang though, and I end up tearing it down before the show even ends. It was good while it lasted, and left a dryness with a spiced ginger, lemon tinge in the back of the throat.
The homemade ginger ale that we made a few months ago... wait a second... if I mixed two parts ginger ale with one part homebrewed dry apple cider... This is totally it. Pretty drinkable stuff, and the bands were really good. The cymbals of the appleseed cast made me decide on A custom, and I've had them for years now.
Worth picking up for a try. Stay away from the hair salon and styling spritz... maybe you'll make better associations than I did.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/14/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a bubbly, foamy white head. Aroma of licorice, candy gumdrops, orange and lemon fruits. Quite sweet. Hmm, this really tastes like licorice (or Twizzlers) and gumdrops with a slight hint of mint. Lots of cherry, lemon, orange sugary notes. Very sugary and sweet. Interesting beer and certainly not what comes to mind when I see that it's a spice/herb/vegetable! Fairly drinkable and decent though.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured about half of a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer defines light straw color. I mean it's almost Bud-light in hue. Pretty big-bubbled head rises to about two fingers and settles slowly. Not a lot of lacing.

Wow the aroma of this beer is big on citrus and spice. Not a hoppy citrus, but more of an orange-spice tea or something. Also some grassy and earthy wheat notes in the nose. The taste is earthy with wheat malt, definitely citrusy in nature, and has a nice grassy herbal coriander flavor that is very nice. Ginger is also evident.

Light bodied, very carbonated and eminently drinkable.

This would be a great beer for a hot summer day, but I don't care that it's December, this is a tasty beer!

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the third wheat Camaradas offered last night, and the only one in the bottle. I've enjoyed most of Schmaltz's brews and was ready to add another wheat, (American Pale W. Ale) to my list.

A: Poured a cloudy yeasty yellow. Many upward rising streams of bubbles with white-out cap. Very little lacing beyond a few bits that disolved quickly.

S: The nose gave off a bouqet of sweet spices and esters along with a nice compliment of yeast.

T: The flavor followed the nose with the spices, cardamon and corriander first. The mixture of hops was low key on the pallet, Saaz comes to mind with a citrus addition. I got ginger as I focused intently on the spice rack thrown into this creation. Orange peel along with pale malts are the last flavors presented that gives it a refreshing delivery.

M: Medium moving to lighter, has a smooth character which grows as the beer warms.

D: This is a varied take on the style and quite enjoyable for those inclined to experiment and venture away form their safe zone. As the lable on the bottle indicates, be careful what you whish for and be prepared to be suprised and refreshed at the same point.

Photo of auburngrad82
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice, slightly cloudy yellow with a white head.

S- The smell is very nice, with lots of spicy overtones.

T- Coriander is the first thing you notice about Albino Python, then you get hints of lemon, ginger, and even a little hint of pepper. Plenty of hops are evident, giving the beer a wonderful, spicy flavor.

M- A little on the thin side but there is plenty of carbonation and it's still all about the spices.

D- A really nice white ale. I'm always pleasantly surprised when my wife brings home a Schmaltz beer and this one didn't disappoint.

Coney Island Albino Python from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.