Mermaid Pilsner
Coney Island Brewing Company

Mermaid PilsnerMermaid Pilsner
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #352
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #40,984
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 12.15%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
383
From:
Coney Island Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
Mermaid PilsnerMermaid Pilsner
Notes: 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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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 383
Photo of Mrbob558
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a smooth, mild Pilesner. The bitterness I find in many Pilsners was not found here. As other reviewers have said, it was fine, nothing special.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into perfect pint
Bb March 2019
Pours a clear gold with thin white head and good retention
Toasted grain, orange, floral notes
Taste follows nose with robust toasted grain notes, followed by fruity orange jam, and the expected floral finish
The feel is medium bodied, crisp and creamy
Overall this us an enjoyable brew, that has a seemingly strong malt backbone for a Pils, and seemingly strong fruit/orange flavor

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10/20/12: Pours an orange honey color producing 2.5 fingers of moderately lasting, beige head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is biscuit malt, some lemon, grass and honey. Taste is pale and biscuit malt in a grass, floral and citrus hop background. Spicy, dry and nicely bitter.

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Photo of jfagella
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this one. Served very cold on a rooftop bar in NYC and it was very refreshing. Definitely an easy going drink, didn't have an excessive amount of alcohol/hoppiness/other flavors. I could have a bunch of these.. I just wish it was a little more interesting.

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Photo of moodenba
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle of Mermaid pilsner consumed in early February, 2018, 1 month after drink-by date. This Boston Beer brew was gently cooled, then poured into a pint glass. The beer is pale, with a fairly thin head. Most of the characteristics of this beer are not subtle, but that's not all bad. It has a mild beery aroma. The taste is fairly good, emphasizing the bitter hoppines that persists in the aftertaste. The malt is barely perceptible, but contributes to my enjoyment; this is not as bone-dry as many of the competing pilsners . I think this is a better than average beer, but not the taste treat I was looking for.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Houlihans in Parsippany, NJ.

Deep gold color and clear with a small white head. Subdued bready malts and grassy hops in the nose. A bit of spice added into the mix upon first sip, likely from the addition of rye malt in the mashbill. Medium-light bodied and a little sweet in the finish for a pils. Clean profile nonetheless. A very basic pilsner with no outstanding qualities that is light years away from its German counterparts. Easy drinking and refreshing enough though.

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Photo of EMH73
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a cap and leaves lots of lacing. Smells of grains, yeast and a mild citrus hop presence. Tastes of bread, grains, sweet malts, light pepper spice quality, grapefruit and floral notes. Light bodied, finishes slightly bitter, well carbonated with a slightly dry mouth feel.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the brewery.

A- Golden body. Creamy white head. Medium ring leaves spotty sheets.

S- Grainy and clean ferment. Spicy and herbal Euro hops. Tiny bit of pear pale fruits. Crackery pils grains.

T- Hoppier here by margins, seems like a tiny bit of tropical hint to it with the Euro spicy herbal hops. Very bready and crackery pale grains. Citrus too like lemon oil.

MF- Creamy and fluffy consistency. Medium high level of carbonation. Zesty and crisp feel. Light bitter ending.

Clean well fermented Pils with mostly Euro hops but a hint of American too.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden with a small head and fizzy appearance. The smell is grainy and moderately spicy. The flavor is pretty mild but with some nice bitterness and a refreshing finish. Light bodied and nicely carbonated.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Medium gold color and 1-2 finger head. Light to medium fizz has a malty sweetness to it....almost fruity but not citrus. The smell is hoppier than the taste. The finish is weird....Pilsner base but the whole fruity hop thing just makes this something of a hodgepodge. Don't think I'll go back to it

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Photo of CTHomer
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 12/11/2016 at Stevie D’s Tavern in East Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast, grain and a thin malt character. Then some malt sweetness quickly follows. The hops presence is very mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely a lot of better choices than this beer within the style.

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Photo of Hodgson
4.71/5  rDev +30.1%
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 +7.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -7.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +5%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.8%
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 -9.4%
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 -0.6%
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 +7.7%
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 -17.7%
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 +9.4%
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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Mermaid Pilsner from Coney Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 383 ratings