Mermaid Pilsner | Coney Island Brewing Company

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Mermaid PilsnerMermaid Pilsner

Brewed by:
Coney Island Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 HamdenHector
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: a little restrained, but still nice; bready, grassy, grainy;

T: a little DMS; otherwise, follows the nose; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated;

O: easy drinking, but not very interesting;

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Photo of Hodgson
4.71/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is really good, perhaps the best U.S.-brewed lager I've had. The taste profile is just right, with a creamy yeast background and fresh, appetizing malt and hop taste.

Superior to the bigger brother Sam Adams Lager IMO.

This may end by replacing the latter as the go-to craft lager of America.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Currito Cantina, Terminal A, Newark.
Pale gold under tight white. 4
Dim saltines. 3.5
Sweet flaky pastry matls, a hint of apricot, touch of flowers, then grass and spice and a tight bitter end. Opens into grapefruit. 4
Crisp, light, clean. 4

Pretty much what an IPL should be: sturdy malts, Cascade bite, snappy. Spice is rye, which is intriguing but ultimately doesn’t make much impact. Just a shame that the nose never shows up. 4

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a bubbly golden yellow with a two finger, satin white head. No lacing. Modestest head retention.

Smell: Quite hoppy for the style (But I like it). Theres a dank, musky, tropical hop aroma upfront, reminiscent of grapefruit and wet pine needles. Dry notes of floral pilsner malt in the background.

Taste: Tropical, juicy and hoppy. Dank notes of grapefruit and musky pine resin upfront. Sweet notes of caramel, vanilla beans, orange juice and biscuits midpalate, almost like an orange creamsicle flavor. Finish is sweet and malty with more notes of caramel and vanilla, even some notes of coconut. Not really dry or bitter enough on the finish like a classic German Pilsener.

Feel: Very light. Modest carbonation. Easily drinkable. Sweet and slightly dry.

Overall Comments: Not too shabby, actually quite good. This beer doesn't necessarily have any flaws or negative attributes, but if you gave this to me blind I would never be able to tell this was a german pilsener, it tastes like an east coast IPA. If you're looking for a more classic, drier and more authentic take on the German Pilsener style, stay away from this, but if you are just looking for an easy drinking, nicely hopped and tropical beer this one is a winner if you can get it fresh.

A pale ale masquerading around as a German Pilsener, but what the hell, It's a great beer. Would purchase again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at T.G.I. Fridays in West Orange. Pours a clear, golden hue with ample frothing. Smell reminiscent of mellow pines and hops. Similar flavor profile with good drinkability. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before January 2016 damn I need to drink these ticks a bit faster!

A - Good yellow color a bit darker for the style with a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to nice lacing.
S - Cereal grains and sweet malts mostly. Some hop presence but it seems a bit faded.
T - Quite nice actually the hops mended great with the sweet malt body and just the slightest bit of biscuit taste. Finish is clean with no skunk.
M - Quite smooth light to medium body its a touch heavy but it goes down easy enough.

Overall again I am impressed with these new beers released from Coney Island!

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Photo of generallee
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. The label has a nice easy to read freshness date and a brief description of the beer.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden color with good clarity and some visible carbonation flowing up to an average inch thick head of foam. The head fades slowly and leaves a little bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is mostly bready and sweet with some light cereal grain mixed in. The hops add of touch of herbal and citrus notes as well.

Taste / Palate: It has a solid foundation of bready and biscuity maltiness with a touch of spice. The hops add there expected herbal bitterness and citrusy brightness. The feel and palate is solid and full for the style. Overall it is a bit heavy in both malt and hops for the style but it is still a very enjoyable Pilsner.

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

Syrupy-gold looking with slow-rising bubbles and two thick fingers of dense and lasting white head. Heavy malt profile, sweet and bready, with floral hops behind. Lighter tasting than expected. Sweet malt and a creamy mouthfeel stand out most, with a slight touch of rye spice and just a little hop flavor and bitterness behind, and little bite or crispness to speak of. It's not super traditional, but definitely refreshing.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with almost a finger of head. The nose has the essence of pilsner malt. The flavor profile is standard for the style with a touch of floral sweetness and a nice dry finish.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: December 23, 2015... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsener...OCCASION: prepping for Episode VII with Episode II--patience in viewing... APPEARANCE: glistening gold body that displays a cascade of bubbles... snow-white head measures two fingers, with a coral ring topping off a half-inch sustained spongy base--attractive... AROMA: Saaz and rye form an immediate, sharp cheese, aromatic flowers, and subtle pepper... the requisite biscuit is smooth and alluring, fresh and balanced...PALATE: a rather flat, slightly textured sip; mild body; dry and beefy at the finish, with a diminishing return at the throat....sessionable but on the watery side...TASTE: the initial flirtation of flowery hops gives way to a less developed, weak malt is moderately flavorful...a thin profile that only reflects the rye with some undercurrents of pepper, with apple and pear making a light, late appearance..OVERALL: the flavor does not deliver what the aroma portends...unfamiliar with Coney Island, I am not encouraged by this attempt, but at least the beer is drinkable, low in ABV, and attractive in a few aspects...

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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 BrewAskew
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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Mermaid Pilsner from Coney Island Brewing Company
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