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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsener - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coney Island Mermaid PilsenerConey Island Mermaid Pilsener

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Nickls on 06-27-2009)
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Photo of brandon1981


4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 01:32:47 | More by brandon1981
Photo of dansmcd


4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Claer and golden in colour. Three fingers of glorious white fluffy head, one finger of which hung around to the very bottom of the glass. Tons of lace rings and sticky blobs of lace throughout.

S - Floral and fruity notes balanced with some sweet malt. A bit subdued.

T - Sweet and fruity. Honey, banana, bubblegum, spice, rye.

M - Full body, smooth, almost creamy. Im loving the addition of oats here.

O - This is a crackerjack pils if you ask me. Clean, smooth, delicious. Im going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 13:01:50 | More by dansmcd
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Delivered to me a light, clear, copper-hued body with a modest-sized, white head. Limited lacing on the way down.

Smell: Light maltiness embodied by a grainy, bready presence and rounded out with hints of caramel and piquant rye. Spicy-scented hops are simply whelming. A bit of time and warmth rouses a hint of buttery diacetyl on the nose and in the taste.

Taste: Lightly bready malts with an attention-grabbing snap of fresh rye grains. Lonely drip of lightly sweet caramel. Spicy, sparsely grassy hops with a small amount of bitterness. Little kick of diacetyl. Drying, loosely spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: CIMP presents a few tasty twists on the style without losing sight of the pilsner paradigm. Amply quaffable, says I!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 21:45:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm led to believe that there is Rye (grain) in this beer, thus making it a bit cloudy and adding to the distinctive taste.
Whatever is being done, it is delicious.
A deep yellow color almost gets to amber. Mine was chill-hazed but not because of any floating particles.
The smell was bracing, with a crisp hop aroma.
The taste was sweet with a hint of bitterness. Very smooth and easy-drinking.
One of the better pilsners that I've EVER tried.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 21:03:13 | More by MAB
Photo of ericlawton007


4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recently purchased their mix pack with not too much for expectations, and felt obligated to review this beer as it was perfect to drink after a day in the sun. Appearance is a little darker than what i would be used to for a pilsner. Good head to start, quickly diminishing. Smell the hops right off the bat, along with a peppery aroma which I would associate with the use of rye. Taste is balanced between peppery and fruity, with a crisp hop finish. With a relatively low APV from what Im used to, I find the drinkability outstanding. Quite a surprise and am looking forward to the coney island lager to see if this beer can be matched.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:52:53 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no stamped date. Poured into a Trois Pistoles snifter.

Appearance - Orange yellow cloudy body. One finger white head with decent retention and decent to good stick.

Smell - Very corny and musky. Plenty of fruity sweetness too. Best smelling german styled pilsner I've wafted so far.

Taste - Corny. Musky. Sharp taste that's well balanced by the mouthfeel. Suprisingly good for a pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and frothy. mama i'm coming home ozzyMedium to full bodied. Chewier than lots of stouts I've had.

Overall Drinkability - One of the best pilsners I've ever had. The mouthfeel is just incredible for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 04:08:55 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of zrab11


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Has a nice apricot color to it with a nice cream 2 fingered head. Good lacing

S- has a nice yeasty bready smell to it. also picking up some grasseyness

T- Nice rye malty flavor up front followed by some creamy honey and fruit flavors. ends with a nice crisp malty spiceness

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is my favorite pilsner to DATE.. i don't like pilsners that much. they are easy to drink but usally not much flavor. But wow did this have a great amount of flavor and it felt good and creamy in the mouth. Whether you like pilsners or not def. give this beer a try . It was great

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 17:55:46 | More by zrab11
Photo of russpowell


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes.

Pours a bubbly apricot with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready with some metallic notes & grassyness

T: Grainyness, rye spiceyness, grassyness & mineral hops up front. Breadyness with honey malt as this warms along faint pear notes. Finishes crisp, dry with a touch of pear & some rye spiceyness

MF:Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation

Extremely easy to drink, nice pils!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:00:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of woodychandler


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Betcha thought I was gonna say "CAN", dincha?!? Sike! Nope, I had a generous CouchSurfer who not only sprung for a short night out, but brought a 12-pack, to boot! Bee-yoo-tee-full!

From the bottle: "A dry-hopped Ameri[CAN] Rye Pilsner"; "Malts: Specialty 2-Row, Caramel Pils, Rye Ale, Crystal Rye, Vienna, Wheat, Flaked Oats. Hops: Warrior, Amarillo, Crystal, Fuggles. Dry-Hopped: Amarillo, Crystal."; "Mermaid Pilsner - Obey the siren song of the mythological Coney Island Mermaid. Four spicy hops flow into seven golden malts. Perfect as a momentary distraction, or equally enchanting as a parade towards deeper delights. When beer tastes this good and you don't have scurvy, you don't need a lime!" [Hear, hear!] "Proceeds help Coney Island USA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, fulfill its mission to defend the lost forms of Ameri[CAN] popular arts and culture, leading the renaissance in Brooklyn's historic Coney Island neighborhood."

I was wildly out of practice for pouring from a bottle, but since there were no lees of which to speak, I was OK. It was copacetic and I was suddenly inspired for a new beer! A finger-and-a half of off-white head floated above the beer like foam on the surf, hanging around until it reached the shore of my gaping mouth. I felt like Scylla and Charybdis awaiting Odysseus' men. In the meantime, I took a deep breath of the Aeolian Harp, taking in a Noble hop scent of grassy sweetness along with a mild peppery spiciness borne of the rye. My mouth need not have watered, given the nautical theme of the night, but it happened all the same. Color was a deep-gold with the slightest haze possible to obscure the mermaid's presence within. The nose belied the treasure that was to be unveiled. It was kind of bland in total. Was I afraid to dive in? Heck, no! I am retired member of Uncle Sugar's Canoe Club, aka the US Navy and I had my share of mermaids and other denizens of the deep. The label got it right, with a redhead sporting a starfish, numerous tattoos and a nice rack above and some swell scales down below. I hate when they shave off their scales! The initial mouthful was at once unexpected and welcome. I was met with an initial burst of minty hops and a medium mouthfeel followed by a peppery rye spiciness on the finish. Dang, there are only three of these in that 1/2-case! I wants me some more mermaid!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:56:10 | More by woodychandler
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very complex malt nose that boasts of rye and Vienna malts. It's also mildly bitter smelling with a touch of yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a smooth pilsner malt taste with a bit of Vienna malt roastedness and rye spice. The hops are present and provide a decent amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid pilsner. I like how it's complex, yet maintains a high level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 20:57:51 | More by WesWes
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was pale golden, almost like apple juice or dehydrated urine. About an inch of head. Healthy amount of lacing. Lots of film on the sides, which stayed throughout the pour.

Smelled of citrus and pine hops. Some light cereal malts in there, too, but citrus rules the day. A bit surprising for a pilsner.

Different taste than the nose, really a different taste than a pilsner. Watery, smooth start, which gave way to a very slight bitter finish.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Smooth feel with a non-descript, but somehow decent finish.

I really liked this beer, especially after having the Albino Python first. Still didn’t taste like a pilsner to me, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:50:13 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow body, fluffy white head with fine bubbles.

Aromas of sweet toasted Pilsner malt, a hint of earthy rye, caramel and grassy hops.

Flavors are closer to a standard Pilsner than one might expect given this beer's label. The rye leads to a more interesting malt character. Almost smoky with a nice earthy note, sulfur, and some caramel. Grassy, hay-like, spicy hops lend a satisfying bitter finish. Chalky, dry, briskly carbonated.

Mermaid Pilsner doesn't shatter the traditional Pilsner mold, but it does give us a a fresh look at the style. Recommended to any lager fan looking for something new.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:15:15 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of dedrinker


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden grain color with a small white-ish head.

Clean aromas and flavors of white bread, diacetyl and sulphur.

The diacetyl character is minimal and (I feel) lends an acceptable additional character.

Nice round medium body, somewhat smooth and velvety as far as a pilsner can go I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 06:10:55 | More by dedrinker
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was super pumped to find a mixer pack of the Coney Island offerings. Although I've had the Sword Swallower before, I was excited to try the other three offerings.

A - Pours a nice golden amber colour with a thin finger of fine bubbly white head whose retention is relentless, holding strong throughout.

S - Peppery spice, corn and bready malts, slight bitter rye on the finish with a hint of brown sugar.

T - Bitter citrus hops, pepper and rye on the finish. This one has some surprisingly noticeable hops, and the pepper rye lingers on the tongue long after you take your first sip. Bready malts also linger, making for a nice balance following the hops and pepper spice.

M - Nice and light, goes down smooth, bubbly on the palette.

D - This one is surprisingly delicious. I had no idea what to expect, but this offered a delicious abundance of flavours, covering bitter hops, spices, and bready malts. Perfectly balanced, and the perfect amount of carbonation, making for a tasty beverage and perfect for anyone seeking a flavourful pilsener. Also note that the bottle lists the ABV as 5.5%, not 5.0%.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 06:03:31 | More by andrenaline
Photo of marlinsfan4


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Coney Island mixed 12 pack. Pours a cloudy, light orange color.. some nice head to this one. Faint hop aroma. Taste is medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. I'm not a huge fan of pilseners but this one tastes pretty good, has the nice European hop taste to it and is nice and crisp. Finished clean, some nice hop taste and well balanced... enjoyed this one a lot. One of the better Pils I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 02:53:02 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - I gotta say it - the label has a nicely buxom redheaded cartoon-esque mermaid - what did you expect?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium straw colour, with two fingers of foamy, creamy white head, which leaves some random blips of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of sweet biscuity grain, and floral, fruity hops. The taste is spicy, bready grain, a bit a sweet honeyed fruit, and grassy, floral hops. The carbonation is even, and fairly restrained, the body a hefty medium weight, smooth and soft. It finishes quite dry and clean, the crispness quite faded.

A nice, robust, full-flavoured pilsener. An apparently freaky (in name only) way to start off a night that's sure to be full of displays of the concept.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:39:09 | More by biboergosum
Photo of MattyG85


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of white head fade into a thin white layer. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of yeast and lots of malts. Some caramel and wheat grains. Has some hints of rye and lemon zest. Also a strong presence of noble hops. Smells very malt driven.

Taste: Big flavor of malts. Some fruity sweetness and bread. A solid presence of noble hops provide some citrus lemon flavors with muted bitterness. Some light hints of rye spice throughout. On the maltier side but fairly balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Pils. Nice blend of malty sweetness and rye spice.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 06:17:32 | More by MattyG85
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a nice white cap. Off for the style.

S: Some rye bread, light pepper, floral notes and grains

T: A very nice, subtle graininess and sweet taste with floral hops, a light pepper and breadiness. Very tasty.

M: Good body, light, well carbonated

O: Well done and tasty twist on the style

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 04:54:32 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Not disrespectful, but it is piss yellow. That's the color. Semi cloudy with some bubbles. A minimal bubbly white head with some lacing.

S. Has almost a saison and lemon scent.

T. Lovely. Crisp and lagery. Not too bitter hops. Some celery and some very mild citrusy sweetness.

M. A bit of a sour aftertaste.

O. Very smooth and balanced pilsner. Easy to drink. Very nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:31:04 | More by Amalak
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Independent

A - Pours a golden yellow hue, fully translucent, with a finger or so of white foam, and a lil lace.

S - This has some of the malt characteristics of Pils, but the hop profile is way American-style pungent. I am on the fence as to this issue, straddling between traditionalism and progressive-fusion, as is this beer.

T - It tastes the same as it smells, in terms of the flavor dynamic being a mash-up of old and new world styles. In terms of specific flavor, it is very clean and a bit sweet, with a vaguely fruity character to the bittering hop. It is a strange take on a Pils, but a pretty good one. It is missing the 'sweaty' element of Pils, which I happen to enjoy, but that trait is likely not missed by many (such as my best friend who hates 'sweaty beer'.)

M - Clean, refreshing, lighter-bodied (though perhaps a bit heavy for Pils) and poundable.

D - It is a nice beer. Nothing I'd crave, but its certainly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 15:54:07 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of goblue3509


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orangish gold color with a slight head. The head leaves a little lace up and down the glass. The aroma has a grassy backbone with hints of ctirus over the top and a slight breadiness to it. The taste has a bready malt backbone with a citrus and floral hop bite to it and at the end a hint of rye spiciness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was a soild pilsner. The aroma was a little more interesting than most pils and the taste did the same for me. I would recommend this beer for a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 18:30:06 | More by goblue3509
Photo of JackieTH


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker shade of wheat-gold with a big bellowing head that left clinging lace as it settled.

Smells like a mildly earthy, grainy, toast, with a hint of toffee.

Taste is mild earthy, grain, mildly citric bitter, toasted bread, light toffee. Bitterness lingers a bit into the finish. Medium light body with ample carbonation. Nice, wet and refreshing brew with decent citric bitterness is perhaps the best way to describe this pilsner. Good. Flavorful. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:59:27 | More by JackieTH
Photo of Justin23060


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great "freak" side show artwork made me buy this mixed 12 pack. Poured golden straw with a white head that went as fast as it came. Has a nice malt smell that I find lacking in the lesser expensive pilsners. Taste is malt with just enough hop to bitter finishes crisp and dry but not astringent. On a personal note this is the type of pilsner that I classify in my mental list as "Old World" as apposed to "Lawn Mowing". I'd recommend it. Maybe I'll try the next one with a Coney dog.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:21:52 | More by Justin23060
Photo of u2carew


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big head that slowly settles. Clear golden color. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Toasted malts. Buttery.
T) Malty nose - quite sweet for a pilsener. Subtle caramel and toffee. Hints of earthy nuts. Astringent bitterness in the finish.
M) Smooth. Crisp. Light bodied. Dry in the finish.
O) Again a quite malty pilsener, not a bad thing but makes it different than that of old world varieties. I'd have another one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:09:44 | More by u2carew
Photo of david18

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this today at an outdoor restaurant/snack stand by the hudson river. Perfect beer for the perfect day. Not the best pilsner in the world but everything you want from this style. Light, easy drinker, tastes great cold. Not to carbonated but not flat. This is a perfect pilsner when it's pilsner time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 21:51:56 | More by david18
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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsener from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.