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Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

376 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-10-2008)
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 22 oz Bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A-Unfiltered medium amber with a very thin head that settles to almost nothing. Not terribly impressive looking.

S-Clean citrus zesty smell, almost rind like.

T-Sweet citrus malts start the taste, then twangy hops kick in Tht finish lasts forever and leaves a lingering bitter hop note on the tongue. This is very nice.

M-Medium mouthfeel. Well balanced overall.

D- This is a very drinkable brew, and one which I would definately buy again. Lager? I guess, but this one definately tastes and drinks like an ale.

05-26-2009 00:27:35 | More by caddybuyer
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BMoney575

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

Sampled on 5-15-09

Pours a very pale and cloudy orange color, with a thiny and filmy head and small bits of lacing.

Smell is all grassy and earthy hops, very light and bitter.

Taste is liquid hops. Immense bitterness and grassy hop flavors dominate. The malt is almost completely absent, except for a slight breadiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, but sharp carbonation doesn't help the bitterness.

Drinkability is poor, the flavors are just too much.

Overall, the style says it all. Hop lager.

05-15-2009 23:38:49 | More by BMoney575
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pale amber pour with little to no head with
patchy lacing.

S: Good hops, very floral overtones with your
supporting cast of malt, grain, etc. very
understated. Though the hops are distinct
they are not strong.

T: Good hop bite; lightly floral nothing over
powering. Interesting hybrid of lager and
IPA? Not necessarily my flavor but I'll try
anything five or six times.

M: The mouthfeel is clean with a crispness to it
which is nice and a bit of this beer's
savings grace.

D: Good body allows for the brew to go down
smooth and refrehing. I like the composition
but the character leaves a bit to be desired.

05-14-2009 03:16:12 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a hazy yellow amber with white head that sticks to the glass pretty well.

Aroma is barely noticeable, slight graininess, bit of metallic hops. Definitly getting the noble/English hops in here. Bit of a macro euro lager in here.
Enough flavor in here though, for sure. I'm getting some sweet pineapple, some apricot and other herbal notes. It's got some unique flavors in there, but nothing amazing. Bit chewy, and the metallic notes are kind of a turnoff. It's a bit thick and resinous for a lager, it reminds me of a stone pale ale or something. If it was a blind tasting, i wouldnt call this a lager, its neither clean, nor quenching like I expected. It's coating and high alhpa bitterness that makes me thirsty for a sip of water to cut through it.

05-06-2009 00:18:43 | More by SurlyDuff
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

I picked up this 22 oz bomber for a good price at Green's in Atlanta a couple weeks ago. I'm usually a fan of the Shmaltz guys quirky offerings. This one pours a hazy medium orange body with a skimpy offwhite head that leaves some scattered lacing.

Aroma has some grainy malt and sharp resinous hop notes of pine and lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is light medium with solid carbonation. An earthy hop bitterness is a bit distracting.

Taste is bitter hops. Earthy, pine, and lemon rind notes dominate. No significant malt presence emerges to offer any balance. Finishes dry and bitter.

Label proclaims this is a "Steel Hop Lager". I'm not cure what that means but I'm not a big fan of the hops used here and I certainly could have appreciated a bit more of a malt balance. Not one that I would visit again.

03-22-2009 01:32:46 | More by merlin48
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Spitzer's Corner in NYC.

Pours a hazed, light copper color. Topped by a fluffy, white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer while clinging to the side of the glass, leaving good lace. The aroma is hoppy. There are peppery and leafy notes with a bit of citrus. There's also the undertone of fruity sweetness.

Mild breadiness upfront gives way to a lightly sweet character. The malty backbone continues to be prevalent through to the center, but is overtaken bit the hoppy finish, which has notes of citrus and pepper. The sweetness becomes more prevalent overall as the beer warms. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated.

A tad sweet overall, but nicely hoppy.

03-15-2009 20:15:05 | More by EPICAC
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Labeled as a steelhop lager.

A: Poured a clear, tangerine orange with a sudsy, off white head, 1 finger high while displaying only a modeate retention dissolving to a sparse bubbly topping. Visible carbonation was very light and found the coloring to be pretty orangey for a lager. Left a weak splotchy lacing.

A: a fresh lemony/orange peel aroma moderate in strength, and considered fairly strong per style. Certainly seems to be living up to its title of steelhop lager thus far.

T: The initial flavor was tart and citric with sour oranges and a decent flowery hopping which left a dry, pine needle hop fade. The hopping overall was moderately strong, especially considering the style but faded rather quickly off the tongue and didn't find it to be particularly exciting. Dry sour orange peels with a flowery hopping best sums this up. The 8 different hops only muddles the flavor up taking away from any distinquishable character or flavor and seems to break the adage of too many spices or chefs hand in the pot. This proably would of faired much better and tasted better if 3 key hops were used, the others were just wasted effort and had not contributing factor.

M: yielded a light viscosity with a slight carbonation leaving a tingle and a dry flowery coating behind.

D: Drinkability was only marginally above average as well all around enjoyment. Worth a drink, but not necessarily repeat material.

03-07-2009 13:03:26 | More by beerthulhu
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AgingWarrior

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured a cloudy golden color into my Duvel tulip glass. Nice finger of foamy white head.

Smells like grain and malt.

Taste is malty on the first hit on the tongue, the finish is funky. Hard to describe, but it wasn't particularly pleasant.

Medium carbonation, light in body.

Easy to drink, but I really didn't want to finish the 22oz bottle. I wouldn't drink this one again. Very disappointed in this offering.

03-07-2009 01:50:05 | More by AgingWarrior
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xxHelderxx

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured it into a snifter, probably not the best glassware choice but I just got it and would drink water out of it because its so sweet hahaha.

A rather aggressive pour resulted in a pretty thin head that faded quickly. Minimal lacing after my first few sips.

The color is a dark golden honey with a few wisps of small bubbles trickling through it.

The nose is rather boring. Malts are present and detectable, along with some spiciness, but other than that nothing is jumping out at me.

Taste is a lot better than the nose on this one. Starts off well balanced with the malts again making their presence known. It remains nicely balanced and smooth right until the finish where the hops character of this brew comes on pretty strong and leaves you with a nice sour/dryish taste on the tongue.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very nice. Smooth as silk, no carbonation sting or overbearing dryness. The transition from the balanced intro to the nice spicy end note is very enjoyable.

This beer is drinkable for sure. I could have a couple in one night and not think twice about it. While there could be a lot more going on in the scent department, and a bit lacking in taste, its still a well balanced and drinkable beer.

Not sure I would buy it again, but I would recommend it to a lager fan.

02-17-2009 02:41:52 | More by xxHelderxx
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SRossman

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Great golden color. About halfway between a pilsner and amber.

Definitely a full flavored lager. Not the most complex but it offers a very nice malt body and modest hop presence that makes for a very balanced, highly drinkable beer. The kind of brew you could put down all night. Not sure which hop varietals went in but I think I can taste saaz, which normally would turn me off but it works for me here.

02-10-2009 23:30:03 | More by SRossman
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twbrewer

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

A-Poured a yellowish/gold color very little head,pretty plain looking.

S-Interesting,pungent hop aroma and nice malts noticed.Had a very light metallic/bitter scent.

T-At first it was just like the smell,even the metallic part but as it warmed the hops and malts became sweeter and the bitterness faded away.

M-Medium bodied lager with a dry hoppy finish.

D-At first I didn't like where this was going but as it warmed it became a pleasant drinking beer.I would make this purchase again.

01-20-2009 02:02:05 | More by twbrewer
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +25%

A - Very faintly hazy straw/gold with a big sticky head of foam. Forms excellent rings of lace.

S - Lots of hops - citrus/grapefruit in the forefront. Bit of sharp honey/maltiness.

T - Light grainy body with a big, indeed steely hop. Grapefruitiness is muted and bitterness takes over with a bit of a chalky and pine edge. Quite dry with some up front acidity. Long quite bitter finish.

M - Fairly light body with a lively carbonation.

D - Interesting and very drinkable brew. Not as "juicy" a hop as a typical AIPA, but has it's own brand of hoppy depth.

01-14-2009 20:20:44 | More by allergictomacros
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

Shmaltz- Coney Island Sword Swalllower

A- Bright hazy yellow with a big thick soapy white head. Small ringed lacing.
S- Lemony, orange peel, pineapple,and a metallic twang?!
T- Sweet lemony/ pineapple tartness with a metallic touch. Cascade hops push through and give a decent piney hop bitterness.
M- Sweet and fruity up front with a decent hoppy bitterness. As it warms a juicy hoppier flavor and feel come out.

Overall- Sweet up front hoppy bitter in the end. Let it warm up a bit.

01-11-2009 18:58:28 | More by NJpadreFan
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.13/5  rDev -40.2%

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet sugary fruity biscuity malts and honey with some grassy metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and a little fruit followed by a big metallic, burnt plastic bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and kind of watery.

Overall, not very pleasant. Treacly sweetness with odd bitterness didn't jibe well. It does get a little better as it warms and I get through the bottle.

01-10-2009 07:13:15 | More by Beaver13
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Reviewed on 9/9/08. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of light fruits (some citrus, raspberry) and stale wheat. Flavor starts off a little shaky with lots of stale wheat, but then it gets a bit fruitier and citrusier with some light citrusy hops. Dry, wheaty finish. This beer has some nice flavor, but I'd like just a little more! Still, pretty tasty.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

12-26-2008 17:12:15 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours golden with a thin, white, creamy head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of citrus/resin. Nice, though a tad muted. Some grain in the back.

The taste is lemony citrus - hoppy with a firm malt backbone. Some wheat tang mixes in, in an interesting way. Sweet, spicy and bitter all in the balance.

A nicely hopped lager. An interesting, different brew.

12-21-2008 05:14:27 | More by jwc215
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%

22 oz. into Duvel tulip on 12/7/2008

Full-finger eggshell-colored, doughy head topping a pineapple-honey body with a bit of haze and fair carbonation. Lacing is sparse to moderate. Not a bad package at all.

Wow - the grain really stands out - raw, stewed pale malt and maybe some caramel in there. Hop presence is slightly Germanic...a little piney silage. Well-balanced across the board - a little fruity ester, too. Softens with a little warmth.

This is straightforward and even-handed. Saaz-ish pine and silage hops provide poignant bitterness up against soft tones of boiled malt. A little husky on the back end...light but there's a little complexity after a while.

I like the palate feel of this quite a bit...the upfront hop bite gets a crash mat from the heavy malt presence. Finish is a little tight but still enjoyable.

Solid lager - crisp and clean (no caffeine) and a good, moderately innovative effort for sessionability.

12-09-2008 18:20:17 | More by IBUnit63
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

Apricot mixed with a shot of pineapple juice. Several streams of incredibly slow moving bubbles can be seen rising within the liquid, to bump into the underside of a wonderful looking crown of alabaster colored foam. Thick sheets of shotgun-blasted lace show that stickability is on the high side.

Too bad the nose isn't as impressive as the ingredients list. Any beer that contains eight different hops (Warrior, Northern Brewer, Palisade, Crystal, Fuggles, Goldings, Cascade and Amarillo) should smell better and more distinctive than this. I get slightly sweet pale malt and a hint of herbal-earthiness.

Sword Swallower has a little more going on with respect to flavor. Whether it's enough to earn a 4.0 is doubtful at the moment. Let's see what the rest of the bomber has to say for itself. So far, I like Albino Python better when it comes to Coney Island Freak Beer. Having said that, I'd much rather date a blonde who can swallow a sword(!) than a brunette who cavorts with snakes.

Pale and wheat malts dominate. The toastedness of the Vienna is appreciated and there may even be a slight spiciness from the rye malt. Balance reigns supreme until the finish. That's when the hops assert themselves, although it's more in bitterness than in flavor. Since CISS tastes English in some indefinable way, perhaps Fuggles and Goldings were added with a heavier hand. Orange and lemon zest appear late and almost result in a flavor score increase.

The body/mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible. If big lagers are done right, they're unmatched in terms of sensory... er... sensuousness. This one is both firm and smooth, like a polished gemstone. Who knew that Sword Swallower would be such a delight to swallow?

This Schmaltz Brewing Company American pale lager is clearly well-brewed beer. However, my enthusiasm is kept in check by the abscence of a major flavor hook. More Crystal, Cascade or Amarillo (better yet, all three) is the obvious fix.

12-01-2008 15:31:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a fresh citrus hop and a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant citric and herbal hop with a slightly sweet and doughy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and highly drinkable lager, considering the hefty ABV.

11-22-2008 00:56:32 | More by plaid75
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

22 ouncer, no freshness info, which would be great for this style beer. Pours clear lighter amber, under a long lasting off white head and leaving prodigious amounts of sheeting and scattered lace, Fresh hop nose, minty and piney.Flavorful, hoppy and thoroughly enjoyable quaffer. Clean and refreshing, well crafted and highly enjoyable. A pleasant surprise.

11-14-2008 22:17:49 | More by Billolick
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GClarkage

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

11/13/08- Purchased at Ledgers, in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep yellow, almost amber colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head which quickly evaporates leaving some decent streaks and light patches of lace.

Smell- Mild grainy notes a bit of yeasty must and some grassy and woodsy hop notes.

Taste- Quite reminescent of the nose. Sweet roasted malt backing with a lingering grain presence (a good one). Hops are here and fairly intense. Maybe a bit of a lemon splash of taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, mild bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Kinda reminds me of a hoppy Anchor Steam. Not quite up to that standard, but a decent tasting lager here.

11-14-2008 15:30:25 | More by GClarkage
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a rich straw gold with a slight haze. A vigorous pour yields a frothy two finger ivory head that lingered for a surprising while before fading to a thick ring that left beautiful chunky lacing.

smells like a solid lager with some neutral malts and a hint of spice. Grassy hops and some lemon and mint come through as well. Smells fresh and a bit stronger than an average lager.

taste definitely speaks to the hop labeling. Crisp, spicy, green and fruity hops dance, taking center stage and leaving the malt in the background. The malt presence is minimal yet present, giving a touch of balance to the spicy and herbal hop notes.

mouthfeel is light with some fairly spicy carbonation. A hint of slickness that carries the slight hop bitterness is welcome and balances the carbonation slightly.

Definitely a hoppy lager, which caught me off guard. It presents itself as a lager, but has a relatively large amount of hop character. It's a relatively neutral hopping, tending toward the green and herbal side, which is pleasant. I'm generally not a huge lager fan, but the hops made this one interesting with a ton of character, almost reminiscent of a hoppy pilsner. Definitely interesting and worth a shot. I'd consider drinking one again.

11-12-2008 19:24:12 | More by djeucalyptus
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gearbike

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

The most complex thing about this beer is the label. Orange golden color with a slight dissipating head. Nice refreshing lager smell. Big cereal type malty taste but in a light to medium body. A bit effervesce lemon zing with some carbonation. Has a funky aftertaste not sure but possibly from the hops. Not a bad beer but I have come to expect so much more from Hebrew. In the end it is still a nice lager.

11-10-2008 00:11:18 | More by gearbike
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Jangles

California

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a Double Deuce bottle with a pretty creative label into an Imperial pint glass (what else, really?).

A: Light amber, fairly hazy. Unimpressive head that disappeared immediately.

S: Fairly hoppy for a lager.

T: Hoppy, almost too much so for what I was expecting from a lager, but I'm an ale and stout drinker.

M: Drinkable, through and through.

D: Quite drinkable, but not sessionable. The 6.80 ABV and the bitterness make it a nice beer with a meal, but I'm not going to be relaxing at home and quaffing these.

A friend bought me this and several other selections as a thank you for taking him to numerous Angels games this season. He bought it based on the name and label, even though we are both serious beer folks. It was amusing, but I probably will not buy it again.

11-04-2008 11:30:43 | More by Jangles
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

A: Poured into a pint glass from the 22 oz bomber. Body is bright, slightly murky, light-golden with a 1-finger ivory head. Nice lacing left behind.

S: First impression is grassy hops. Also plenty of malt underneath, however -- grainy, bready, maybe even biscuity malt scents.

T: Follows the nose, more or less. There's bready malt with a touch of sweetness finished by a nice dry herbal or grassy bitter hoppiness, with a touch of spice to it. Reminds me in some ways of a pilsner, though it's a tad bit too much lingering sweetness for that style, I think.

M: On the lighter end of the scale, heft-wise. Good carbonation feel to it.

D: Very good. Went down pretty easily and paired nicely with Indian food with a little spice -- light in body so it wouldn't overwhelm the food, but with a decent, pils-like palate-cleansing dry bitterness at the finish to prep you for that next bite.

Notes: As far as style goes, I'd say this one resides somewhere between "Imperial Lager" and "American Pilsner" due to the ABV, grassy hops, bright golden color and pils-like malt. Worth checking out.

10-29-2008 14:04:23 | More by Kendo
Coney Island Sword Swallower from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.