nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Alchemy. Hazy golden orange. Thin white head. Lemony sweet dry hops. The rye adds a certain depth to it. An interesting, refreshing medium bodied beer. The rye detracts from itís sessionability, making it feel fuller. Lemon bread, floral honey finish. OK, very forgettable.
JonR (40) - - FEB 5, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
Solid pilsner, nice combination of hops, an easy drink with food, light on the palate
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Adding rye to a hoppy beer, like a pale ale or an IPA, is a good idea because it imparts a nice spicy bite. But in a lager? Thatís the concept behind Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner. The rye doesnít make it a wholly unique-tasting beer, but itís enough to give it more flavor than your average lager.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Pure gold color; almost crystal clear but a slight haze to it; plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a large, bright white, foamy head which retains and laces about average.
Smell: Familiar lager aroma with a hint of rye and some lemon rind, otherwise not very aromatic.
Taste: Take a macro lager and subtract the adjuncts and replace them with some rye and thatís what you get with Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner. More clean-tasting than anything else, itís mildly bitter but with noticeable dry malt presence. The rye appears in the middle of the palate creating for a hint of spice and again in the aftertaste, along with the six other malts to give a biscuity/bready-like taste to the palate.
The label brags that it uses four different hops and is dry hopped, but itís still not what I would consider a hoppy or even bitter lager. Thereís enough hops in the beer to notice, but anyone expecting strong citrusy or piney notes should opt for the Sword Swallower instead. Thereís some lemonpeel and a hint of flowers to taste, but otherwise itís mild.
Drinkability: At 5.5% ABV, Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner is actually pretty big for even a pale American pilsner. Though the carbonation is clear, itís not overwhelming - making for a light, crisp mouthfeel. Itís not what I would consider a refreshing beer per se, especially considering the aftertaste is slightly dry with a bit of a chalky sensation. Still, itís a nice to find a craft lager that drinks like a lager without any gimmicks.
callmemickey (1835) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Pale golden-orange with a one finger white head. Quickly receded and left spotty lacing.
S: Bready with some soft herbal hops. Not the typical grassy/citric hop profile one expects from a german style pils.
T: Again, bready malts and soft herbal hop bitterness. In the end, the profile is a bit to rich and dense for my liking.
M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Lacking the crispness and refreshing character of traditional german pilseners.
O: Suffers a bit from the bulky body and lack of a refreshing finish. Not a bad beer by any means, just not what Iíd want to drink when reaching for a pils
fluffy (1046) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
while the description seems to emphasize the hops, i didnt really get an overtly hoppy flavor here. which is fine by me as im not into hop bombs. i think maybe the rye balanced it out, which im a big fan of. some toffee and butterscotch notes with a mild woody earthy note throughout. the finish is a bit off balanced and odd, but not unpleasant. id like to try this again sometime.
jmagnus87 (2027) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a lightly cloudy dark gold with a half finger of white head. Aroma of corn and light piney hops. Taste is light bitter. Pine hops and corn with a little bready malt. Light bodied with a slick texture. Lively carbonation and an average finish. Overall, not bad. Would be a great beer for drinking outside in the summer.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from my sister for my birthday. Brilliant orange pour with decent rocky white head. Grainy aromas with earthy grassy hop aromas. Flavours are slightly sweet with subtle hop finish. Nice easy drinking beer.
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very spicy aroma, rustic golden with a smaller white head limited retention and lacing... a little grassy... definite rye flavor, grassy, light sweetness... medium thin body...
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle (at 5.5%ABV per the Bottle): Aroma of pils malts, noble hops, and corn. Poured amber/gold in color with a small, creamy, white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Many medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, noble hops, and corn. Light to medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Malt, noble hop, corn finish is lightly dry.
PaulUnwin (85) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pilsner is not my thing and this is no exception. Tastes and looks like a Pilsner, which is no bad thing, itís just that Iím not keen on it!!