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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner - Coney Island Brewing Company

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Coney Island Mermaid PilsnerConey Island Mermaid Pilsner

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 22.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coney Island Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Nickls on 06-27-2009

Mermaid Pilsner is a light-bodied, crisp-drinking, nicely hopped lager. A heavy-handed addition of rye malt adds a mild spiciness, which is balanced by a light, fruity, floral hop aroma.
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Photo of CNoj012
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear golden color with a nice bright white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smell is subtle, fruity and floral. Taste is the same with just a hint of bitterness. Feel is light and crisp. Very drinkable and refreshing. Overall there is nothing special about this beer, but it would be decent on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coney Island Brewing Co. "Mermaid Pilsner"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, notched Feb 2016 (on November 18 2015)

Notes: Fairly typical appearance. Clear gold body, bright white head, average retention/lacing. Aroma is floral, fruity (like a bowl of apples, cherries, pineapple... perhaps just "fruit salad"), mildly grassy, and spicy/woody like rye. Light-medium in body with a slightly elevated carbonation level. Crisp then smooth. The fruitiness remains, kind of like fruity pebbles, and there's a subtle sharpness and sweetness to it that leaves it remarkably drinkable. Smooth, mildly bitter finish. Interesting. Doesn't fit "pilsner", but I guess it's close enough, and a better sell than "blonde" or just "lager".

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Photo of Steelocation
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It came from a 12oz bottle with an expiration date of January, 2016. The bottle number is 022950350 and I poured it into a 12oz glass (pint shaped).

Appearance: golden color, semi-clear, with no head

Smell: toasty and herbal like

Taste: a bit hoppy and bitter

Mouth feel: crisp and light

Overall: Not a bad beer on a warm day. It's not heavy and it taste a little light but it does have a flavor (as opposed to light beer). Recommend this beer if you're going to an outdoor gathering in the summer time. Drinkable enough that you can have a few but recommend a different beer if you're trying to impress or bringing as a gift. Still, a good beer to have in your fridge for any guest who enjoys beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw to light golden color, a bit darker than your typical Pilsner. I got a big foam head out of it with creamy lacing that retained throughout. Faint fruity aroma, slightly citric in the nose. The taste is malt forward, bready and has a clean grain feel. Well balanced; there is a combination of fruity sweet finish and slightly bitter hops. Although the sweetness generally prevails, the herbal hops are felt in the mouthfeel and in the aftertaste. Light and smooth, simple but flavorful. A nice Pilsner that is easy and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of royalenfield
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsner is a beer I reach for when I don't want any surprises; this one didn't deliver any. Entirely competent, pleasant, easy-drinking beer, but I'm not likely to seek it out again (especially at $12 for a six-pack).

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice permanent head and good lacing. Typical color for style. Aroma is clean grains and floral spicy hops. Slight bit of butter in nose. Flavor is clean and crisp and exactly what you expect. Good stuff.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mermaid Pils came out on early 2014. I generally like their beers. The pils has a great golden color. Great carbonation. Bubbles rising for quite a while after I poured. Average head that dissipates quickly. Slightly hoppy but not bitter. Brewed with following hops: Warrior, Tettnang, Amarillo, Centennial. There is slight hint of fruit aroma but very pale. A cold glass goes down very smooth.

Shmaltz Brewing launched the Coney beer brand in 2007. The original Coney Island Brewing Company launched in 2007 and was bought by a division of the Boston Beer Company in 2013. Owner Jeremy Cowan sold the label in 2013 to Alchemy & Science, a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Co., which makes Sam Adams. The beer is currently brewed upstate through a contract with the old owner, Shmaltz, in Clifton Park, NY. Plans to open a brewery in Coney Island.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant gold into a pilsner glass producing a thin white foam collar. Light bread aromas and flavors in a crisp, dry effervescent beer. Very refreshing.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle the expires July 2015. Sampled on July 2, 2015. Just in the nick of time.

Yellow pour with a tremendous white foamy head. It looks like a Pilsener should.

The aroma is more subtle but I am getting pale malts, grass, farmland, and the slightest hint of crab apple.

Light or better body and simply refreshing.

Everything about this subtle. The taste brings out a nice pale German malt character with the toasty sweetness often accompanying Pilseners. Clean grassy finish. I could easily drink this in 80+ degree weather.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into glass. Yellow, bright white head. Not as hoppy as the label would lead you to believe, but easy drinking and the flavor is mild.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours deep golden with fluffy, white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, spices and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long, dry and spicy. Excellent Pilz.

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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's no wonder they know how to brew in Brooklyn... The water (from the Adirondacks) is great too. This Pilsner is no exception, beats even 6 Point
A: Over a coppery golden body, the head returns and laces with a swirl.
S: A stand out: Summer board walk wood sun-baked, fresh hogie rolls, "submarines we call them", sand, tar, taffy. Ie, yeast, white flour bags, sweet backbone, and hoppy, almost salty tang.
T: Follows the smell - all its notes of candy taffy, board walk sun-baked cedar, tar, and salt - with plenty of hop finish. Loving it.
F: light, refreshing, great August beer.
Must try it. Found it at my ferry stop bodega, pretty bottle too.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a Fairway in New York recently, having never had this before. I wasn't aware that this was from Shmaltz as it said "Coney Island Brewing Company" on the bottle and the design was different than the one pictured on here. Regardless of that, this was nicely enjoyable while being light enough to go down easily, but a notch below the offerings from Victory and Troegs.

Nice pour to this, as this beer had a muted golden hue, frothy head, and left several firm and thin rings of lacing as I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma at all but there was a strong herbal and grassy tone to this, which was a bit more muted in the taste. Crisp, with a slight metallic hop tone, this beer had a mild sharpness to it and a good amount of carbonation, which led it to go down relatively easily. This reminded me of the Southern Tier Hop Sun in the sense that there was a good balance here and this wasn't sour like some other examples of German Pilseners that I've had before.

The alcohol was light too that this would be a perfect session beer for these warmer months. There was just a hint of blood orange in the mothfeel, leading this to have a "wet" taste to it that lingered long after each sip was taken. Not overly complex, this was enjoyable without feeling watered-down. A good example of the style that just needed a bit more malty "bite" to bring it up to the next level.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pilsners are not what I usually reach for but I find this one pleasant and easy to drink. Very light, faint flavors of hops and malt (nothing to really grab your attention) with a touch of sweetness and moderate carbonation. There's nothing spectacular going on here, but also this beer does not strike any wrong notes. Great beer for relaxing and not thinking too much about beer.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no discernible dating anywhere on the bottle or label. Poured into a tall 12 oz pilsener glass. Got my hands on this thanks to a beer of the month club.

Appearance - Pretty standard for the style. Clean and transparent golden brassy body topped with a finger and a half of sudsy foam that dissipates over a few minutes, leaving sticky but sparse lacing.

Smell - Predominantly notes of light malt, cracker and some faint hop bitterness, with an underlying--almost hidden--grassy element. I sense perhaps a hint of sweetness, like flower nectar, as well.

Taste - I'm a little let down compared to the clues I was getting from the aroma. Was hoping to detect more of the rye they use, but it's a barely noticeable spiciness (which could just as easily be the Amarillo hops) along with the much more predominant sourdough and cracker taste from the light malts. Again, a hint of sweetness comes through, but is quickly dismissed by the lightly bitter finish, with some vegetal and grass qualities.

Mouthfeel - Light body and moderate carbonation, with a slightly creamy feel and a mostly dry finish.

Overall, a decent take on the style, but one I'm not likely to rush out to find again. There are simply better versions available, both American-made and (obviously) German-made.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Ruvo's, Port Jefferson NY. Good lasting foamy head, fairly dense. A mellow floral smell with ample malt and some grassiness in there. The flavor is especially alive with qualities more typical of an ale - some bready sweetness, some subtle hops. Not heavy at all though. The mouthfeel is wonderful on account of how well the flavors blend. Though this is a very distinct variation of a pilsener, the craftsmanship is just brilliant on its own terms. I couldn't recommend this more - a great, sessionable brew for any kind of weather.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, hint of grass, and a hint of citrus, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsner, but also has the body and aroma reminiscent of an ESB. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, hint of grass, hint of floral, and slight hops. Overall, decent aroma and blend.

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Photo of Giggy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great looking Pil. Golden colored and slightly cloudy. A very white head formed on top but didn't last. The aroma of this one is of malts, citrus hops, light caramel, and fresh grass. The flavor was a mild bready malt with a our finish. The rye stuck out. Very drinkable.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention. Clear, light golden body. Lacing is clear and also soapy white and sticky. Aroma mainly light fruity sweetness, light biscuit, hop freshness. Taste has a bit of light caramel and some pilsner malt, a touch of bitter hop presence balanced by a bit of sweet pineapple. Easy to drink, no off flavors.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy medium gold with amber hue. The bubbly of white head builds one and a half fingers high and dissipates fast. Little lacing.
It smells of caramel and citrus.
The taste up front is citrus, orange flavors, being met by a mild flowery hop flavor. The beer comes across much less sweet a the smell. The finish is bittersweet, very balanced.
This is a very refreshing and drinkable medium bodied beer. I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner from Coney Island Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.