closey22 (2032) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2015
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 crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Poured a nice clear golden color with a nice white head that had good retention and great lace. Aroma was fairly mild but did have nice bread malts and a slight hint of rye. Hops were mostly grassy. Flavor had good bread notes, there was a nice bitterness/spicy flavor which could have been the hops or rye or both. Had good balance and was easy to drink. A nice crisp finish. zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Has a bitter taste with a long hoppy finish. A crisp taste and clean finish, this is a good tasting, drinkable, solid brew. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is grain and grassy hops. Flavor is malty, grainy, spicy rye, with a hoppy bitter finish. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2010
bottle sampled as "The chosen spot"... is this even a pilsner? Sweet and malty with no lagery notes to speak of. In a blind tasting I would have called it a poorly made pale ale. Now I have to call it a really poorly made Pils.
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.
wxman (1841) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2012
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.
On tap at Global Brews. Pours a clear medium golden with a white head. Slight grassy aroma. Sweet malt taste, biscuity and grassy hop flavor. Refreshing and well balanced. Beaver (1830) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2015
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.
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. Finhead (1800) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
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.