hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2012
bottle 9/12/11 at azwine.
golden orange with a soapy whitish head. clear.
lager/sulfur notes in the aroma along with loads of spiciness, cooked orange and honey.
the flavor is the same but i don’t pick up a lot of pilsner grain. it is a touch sweet which keeps it from being crisp or clean. reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2012
355ml bottle pours a hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that retains well and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is grainy malts and light citrus and herbal hops. Taste is quite malty sweet with some light citrus and herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is grainy, but there is enough carbonation to please the palate. Medium bodied. This is certainly a different take on a pilsner and worth trying at least once. Zaphod13 (41) - Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
Draught. Hazy/cloudy golden with a thin head. Smells a bit citrusy. Very clean and crisp taste, dry on the finish. Interesting but not great.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2012
Draught at Fette Sau, Brooklyn. Clear golden/amber - white head. Toasted. Bread. Hay. Light candlewax. Citrus. Straw notes. Light eggs. Nice freshness. Aurelius (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Hazy, apricot colored, thin head. Very muted aroma (on tap). Muddled, slightly briny and starchy. Musky, Bohemian spoiled fruit notes. Medium light body, stale fruit finish. A bumbling brew - it’s easier to say what this beer is not rather than to actually describe it. In a nutshell, it’s not good. On tap, Momo’s.
joebudzjoe (677) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Clean, crisp pilsener that is lightly unfiltered resulting in a beautiful swirling head. Spicy, peppery and pure tasting. TimE (6273) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2012
spicy, clean, well hopped , well balanced refreshing. Hits all the right notes. nuplastikk (6512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
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 it’s sessionability, making it feel fuller. Lemon bread, floral honey finish. OK, very forgettable. JonR (41) - - FEB 5, 2012
Solid pilsner, nice combination of hops, an easy drink with food, light on the palate ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2012
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.