skmikeg (1671) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cleat golden with a half finger white head with nice lacing. Aroma is pils malts, grassy hops, pine, rye, and bready malts. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a slightly dry, semi bitter, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice pils.
coldbrewky (1665) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle via Beer World: Rye dominant with the familiar dry tang tone throughout. Decent amber in the glass. Poor nose. The six other types of malt are lost to me since they were in mediocre amount to change anything. It wasn’t the siren song that intrigued me, it was that word Pilsener......which this is pretty darn far from.
guzzler67 (1647) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear, light gold appearance with a large white head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of grain fields dotted with floral hops. Metallic taste up front gives way to toasted malts and mild sweetness. Spicy, herbal hops make only a modest impression. Light bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leading to a short lived finish.
ChadPolenz (1622) - Lakeland, Florida, 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? That’s the concept behind Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner. The rye doesn’t make it a wholly unique-tasting beer, but it’s 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 that’s what you get with Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner. More clean-tasting than anything else, it’s 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 it’s still not what I would consider a hoppy or even bitter lager. There’s enough hops in the beer to notice, but anyone expecting strong citrusy or piney notes should opt for the Sword Swallower instead. There’s some lemonpeel and a hint of flowers to taste, but otherwise it’s 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, it’s not overwhelming - making for a light, crisp mouthfeel. It’s 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, it’s a nice to find a craft lager that drinks like a lager without any gimmicks.
Beaver (1610) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet malt, a little vegetal, with some earthy metallic bitterness.
The flavor is some sweet bready malts with grassy noble hop bitterness in the finish. A little rye comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.
Overall, an OK pils.
Finhead (1556) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light golden pour with white head. It has a mostly bready malt aroma with some faint hop notes. The taste is crisp and mildly sweet followed by a slightly bitter finish. The texture is a little watery.
StueyD (1555) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A mid gold coloured beer with a weak white head. A light lemony hop aroma with a background in of light malt. Dry mouthfeel. The taste starts off with a light refreshing lemony flavour, with a hint of floral hop, this is then followed by a smooth, cereal malt flavour that sweetens the taste to a light and well balanced finish. Draught @ The 3 Monkeys, New York.
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at my farewell to NY party at Blind Tiger. Clear gold pour with standard white head. Has a blend of diacetyl, farts, and wheat. Buttery and slightly grainy finish. Damn, this sucks.
closey22 (1523) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden with thin foamy white head; aroma is slight malt; flava grainy dry hint of hops; feels light crisp fizzy; finished dry slightly tangy grainy
kassner (1513) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mad mex golden color cloudy and a bit sour and fruity like a Koelsh but with some zing and more hops. very refreshing and unique for a pilsner. Modest head and some lacoiung