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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsener - Coney Island Brewing Company

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coney Island Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Nickls on 06-27-2009

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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 78
Photo of Dbutera1282
2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's just ok, I've had worse

Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10/02/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice balance leaning to the hop side. Could stand a few on a hot day.

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

More hop aroma than taste but quite sessionable.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Tone
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Giggy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Amalak
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.

Photo of JackieTH
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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

Pouring from the bottle to a golden color with a slight amount of haze, this beer offers a good appearance with a while head of foam that emits an aroma that combines grassy elements with bread/biscuits and some citrus. A fair amount of lacing adorns your glass as you consume and the product earns some good points before even taking the first sip.

Tasting this beer reveals pilsner flavors, as expected, with tastes of biscuits, bread, light spice, and a touch of honey. Floral hops, grains, and rye can be tasted as well, with the rye more noticeable as the beer warms.

Shmaltz Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner is nice pilsner beer but it is quite different from the typical pilsner. The citrus in the nose and the rye are just some of the noticeable differences and if I didn’t already know I was drinking a pilsner, I likely wouldn’t have guessed. It has some elements of a pilsner, but they other ingredients and flavor sensations combine for a truly American creation.

Shmaltz Brewing has many interesting products and this one is right at home in the Shmaltz family. Try one for yourself and see what you think- but let the beer warm just a tad to bring out the rye flavor.

Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coney Island's "Mermaid Pilsner" @ 5.0% a single 330 ml bottle from a brkn variety pack
A-poured into a pilsner glass a yellow/gold with as small white head that leaves some lacing along the edge of the glass
S-bread smell , the hops are grassy , malts are grainy
T-grainy malt , with a slight bitter grassy finish
MF-medium body and carbonation , smooth , very clean
Ov-just above an average beer for me , pleasant enough , still not a winner yet from Shmaltz

cheers LampertLand

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 champ103
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a clear orange/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Bread/biscuit aromas. Grassy and floral hops. Grainy malts and a lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose with bread/biscuit even doughy flavors from the rye I assume. Grainy toasted malts and some grassy/bitter hops in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and and carbonation. Just a bit on the watery side. An easy and enjoyable quaff.

Not a bad Pilsener at all. Though not a world better either. Just an enjoyable lager. Nothing wrong with that.

Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, golden in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: grass, grain, honey, and meadow

Taste: grass, grain, honey, and meadow..rye does jump out as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: moderate-low carbonation, light bodied, sweet, very clean

Overall: An enjoyable German pils that I could see myself having a couple of. Nothing too style pushing, yet this one is tasty, especially as the rye shows when it warms a bit.

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

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Coney Island Mermaid Pilsener from Coney Island Brewing Company
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