Coney Island Mermaid Pilsener

The other half and I headed to Manhattan and had to kill more time before dinner. We tried walking around the Village, but it was ridiculously hot. We stopped at a small bar that was mildly air-conditioned, and this was their featured bottle on sale. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mermaids, those mysterious aquatic lovelies, have popped up all over the world in legend since 1000 BC. No scientific evidence has ever surfaced to support their existence, but we’re not ones to argue with folklore. Mermaid Pilsner® is a light-bodied, crisp-drinking, nicely hopped lager. A heavy-handed addition of rye malt adds a mild spiciness, which is balanced by a light, fruity, floral hop aroma.”

Random: I really liked the label art on this bottle. It’s retro without being overdone.

This brew poured with a thin, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with light carbonation. The nose was pretty light, which was not unexpected for the style. There was some malt that was a bit sweet, but not much else. I was hoping to get some rye on the nose, but I definitely didn’t. The taste was a bit bigger with the first flavor present being spicy rye. Then, some bready malt and at the end of the sip, a little grassy hoppiness. The body was light with moderate to heavy carbonation. It had a long spicy finish from the rye. Even though I’m normally not a huge fan of the style, I really liked this one and definitely would have this one again. If you see it, the beer is definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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