Beer: Mermaid Pilsner
Brewery: Schmaltz Brewing Company
Style: German Pilsner
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Mel’s Burger, Morningside Heights
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Secondary Consumer(s): Lisa, Architect Extraordinaire
Sight: Cloudy blonde body. Where’s that famed fluffy Pilsner head?
Smell: Some citrus and wheat aromas. Faint waft of Munich malts.
Flavor: It has a generic wheat flavor, with a brief hop note at the end. There’s bit of a sweet spice in it, too, maybe honey and clove.
Feel: Thin, almost creamy, with full carbonation.
Concluding Remarks: Coming off a high from finishing my last final EVER, this beer was not one worth celebrating with, sadly. While a fan of supporting local businesses, I would have rather taken the hour-long subway down to Coney Island and picked up some Russian Baltikas than spend $7 on Schmaltz Brewery’s Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner.
While all in all a balanced brew, it’s like the hop and malt characters cancel each other out and leave behind a fine, albeit boring beer. As the first German-style American Pilsner of the month, it has set a very low bar.