troopie (2414) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Draught. Poured clear dark yellow with thick lasting head. Good malty aroma, hay and spring grass with a tiny citrusy note. Medium bodied, medium flavour with a lasting hop finish. Lekker on a hot day Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel, FL. Pours up deep gold with off white head. The aroma is fresh grains, toffee and spiciness. The taste begins and continues with yummy spices, rye and then picking up malty grains, toffee and then a mix of caramel malts and lager-y yeast creating a butterscotch type feel. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
way better than expected. pours a clear golden with a big soapy white head. light perfume, grass, hay, and cooked vegtables in the nose. flavor has some toast, sweet dough. creamy, with a nice bitter grassy bite. enjoyed this quite a bit on this 93 degree day. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
[Tap] Pours a bright golden color with a nice cap of white head. Grassy nose features fresh, crisp hops and clean grains. The taste is surprisingly true to style for a North German pilsner. Grassy bitterness is mixed with an touch of astringency. Lively carbonation. The rye malt provided a nice kick that blended well with the hop profile. Tasty and unique. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
12oz bottle from Pick’s 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.
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.
TimE (6074) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 5, 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.
spicy, clean, well hopped , well balanced refreshing. Hits all the right notes. joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Clean, crisp pilsener that is lightly unfiltered resulting in a beautiful swirling head. Spicy, peppery and pure tasting. hainer (20) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
Excellent golden amber pils. The boldness of the rye enhances the spiciness. Bitter hops give hints of coriander and citrus. The stable mouthfeel lingers. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 20, 2012
12oz bottle, received gratis from the brewery. Thanks, folks! I think I’ve tried this once before in a previous incarnation and, as with a number of their other lagers, it was pretty coarse. Current version is an improvement. Pours a brilliantly clear, deep golden color headed towards orange land; fine-bubbled white head with solid lacing. Mineral and fruity aroma, with a juicy orange note that’s dropped off slightly from it’s presence in a bottle from a week ago (that one just popped with fresh oranges); Pils malt well expressed, touch of spicy hops, nicely crisp. Medium body; medium-high to high CO2; a nice sharp jolt of carbonation at the tip of the tongue; rounded mouthfeel, showing mineral and fruity bitterness, just a touch of assertive rye (nothing coarse like earlier versions as I remember them); a solid, assertive, rounded lager with a pillowy Pils-malt middle. First bottle was even better, so drink up. Toasty, dry finish, with just enough lingering mineral bitterness.