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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsener - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island Mermaid PilsenerConey Island Mermaid Pilsener

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 06-27-2009)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color. It poured with patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very faint aromas of floral hops and bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy hops along with hints of honey. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice representation of the style that is quite malty and easy to drink.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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!

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones last night.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light golden with a well defined one finger bone white head that lasted for quite awhile.Bready aromas with underlying floral hops,a bit of toastiness as well.Sturdy in the mouth with a hefty maltiness to it,light sharpness from the rye and lightly toasted bread flavors withjust a light shot of leafy hops in the finish.I liked this pils,to me it's a little more "beefy" than most of the style,quite interesting.

Photo of biboergosum
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I think "pils", I think "mermaid"... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, sweetgrass, and a splash of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass allowed to express a bit of chlorophyll, and some mild citrus peel tossed in for good measure. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a nice pils, nothing to get worked up about, but an able choice if you're looking for a domestic example of the style.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, egg shell white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled of grains and rye. Not you typical pilsener aroma, but nice.

T - Despite the use of rye it delivers a strong grain and caramel flavor. The rye is muted with a nice spicy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a smooth finish.

O - This is a good pils. The rye is a nice touch.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed pale golden with a bright white head, fine speckled lacing spread. Aroma has a nice citrus/grassy hop profile with pale biscuit malts. Flavor is tasty a strong bitterness, malts fall a bit flat and things run a bit hop heavy pale malts are watery here with little body to stand up to hops and carbonation. Light bodied moderate carbonation nice drining summer beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WesWes
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Coney Island variety pack.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is bread and grass, with a strong amount of pilsner malt thrown in. The flavor is similar with a ton of lighter malts and a little bit of grass. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

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!

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

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Kramer's Books & Afterwards Cafe into a shaker pint.

An off white creamy looking head, with some thick retention given with about a centimeter cap. Some good staying power here. Very pale amber gold body a little murky and hazy, almost brown. While drinking the glass leaves a lot of creamy lacing. This is one weird looking pilsner, it seems also fairly dark.

Nose has next to nothing on it, mostly a biscuity graham cracker malt, and milky softness. Again... this is one weird pilsner.

Taste brings a nice mild hop more akin to a pale ale. Muted pulp like lemon, and then a very distinct juicy taste of melon and cantaloupe throughout the body and palate. Real huge juicy mouthfeel, with next to no crisp carbonation.

This is one weird beer for the style, but I have to admit it's refreshing and kind of summery. Not too bad things could be a lot worse.

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsener from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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