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Mermaid Pilsner, Shmaltz Brewing Company

Posted in Pilsner with tags , , , , on July 31, 2012 by bizzlepop

As a thank you to all of our fans, new and old alike, I’ve decided to do a review this evening on a beer that I have been saving for a special occasion; Mermaid Pilsner. Part of the Coney Island Craft Lagers line from Shmaltz Brewing Company, this beer first caught my eye in the “make your own 6 pack” section of my local beer store. The entire Coney Island line comes covered in original artwork from a combination of Shmaltz’s art directors and Brooklyn based tattoo artist Dave C. Wallin. The colorful drawings on each bottle depict characters from a carnival setting. As you might have already guessed (or noticed in the picture), this particular one depicts a mermaid. Genius!

Now on to the beer itself. Very light and crisp. I would have never guessed it was sitting at a solid 5.3% abv. It is more hoppy than I had anticipated, but that bitter taste doesn’t linger at all. It is actually a really nice contrast to some of the fruit infused beers I have been enjoying recently. It finishes off tasting like a good summer seasonal beer (similar to Sam Adam’s Summer), although it is in fact a year round offering. This would be the perfect beer to drink while attending a baseball game. Perhaps the cure to watching some of the recent Mets games? A late game pitching meltdown would go down much easier if it was being chased by a few pints of Mermaid. Overall, this beer seems to have the total package. Not too dark or heavy, goes down easy, and carries enough punch to get you in a good mental state quickly.

I was originally very excited to try, what i thought was, an actual Coney Island beer. After some research, I discovered Shmaltz is actually based out of San Francisco. What a letdown. Although, it turns out that the majority of their product is brewed in a facility in Saratoga Springs, NY. I guess that’s close enough. Either way, it’s a really solid beer. -BW

Final Rating-  (4 Pints)

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Zywiec

Posted in Pilsner with tags , , on July 18, 2011 by Steve

Zyweic – Brewed by Zyweic Brewery in….Zyweic, Poland. – 5.6% alcohol

Poland’s #1 Premium Beer

Interesting enough, reading up on the Zyweic Brewery, it is majority owned by the Dutch Heineken Group, and righfully so I suppose because I’m not a huge fan of Heineken….

My first thought when I tasted this brew was “Coors Original but in a different package”, but of I had no Coors Original to compare it to, so I’m just going to take my own word for it. It’s tasty though. No after taste (maybe slight), goes down smooth, very light, and it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. It’s an average beer. If I saw it a restaurant I may grab one, but I don’t know if I could drink a 6 pack of it (for the record, this test was done with a single 22oz. bottle).

It goes down quickly though. And speaking of Coors (I know, don’t start a sentence with ‘and’, shutup), Zyweic has a little logo that appears when its cold. Interesting…..Anyway, their Wikipedia page says it’s a pilsner, and I don’t really know the difference yet between the tastes of any of these so I’ll take their word for it. Overall, it doesn’t wow me. It’s alright, not terrible, not great. I’d drink it again, but I wouldn’t actively seek it out.

UPDATE!!

So here’s the thing. When I do these reviews, I drink it while taking notes like a little nerd on my phone (my girlfriend thinks it’s cute, bite me). I finished my notes before finishing this beer. Do NOT sleep on this beer. I bought a 22oz bottle and continued drinking it after my note taking. It’s pretty easy to drink but UNLIKE Coors, has more alcohol. Caught a quick buzz off of this one and I’m no lightweight. Definitely took me by surprise. My rating still stands tho:

Final Rating – (3 pints)