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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,460 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 36
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-16-2001)
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bgraney

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a rich gold with a white bubbly head.
Slightly fruity aroma and a definite yeast scent.
How a pilsner should taste, nothing overpowering but refreshing.
A little thin in the mouth but about right for the style.
On a hot day I could drink these all day.

06-14-2006 14:39:24 | More by bgraney
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Faint aromas of dried fruit waft up from the clear light copper body of this brew. I sniff a little harder... cereal? Crushed grain? Hello, no hops?

On the palate, a soft, supple malt opens things up, with a sturdy bitterness mid-palate. There's a bit of grain/mash in the aftertaste. By mid-glass, the malt has moved up in prominence.

Scrimshaw drinks easily enough, pretty soft -- not nearly as spritzy as some Pilsners are wont to be -- simple and pleasing.

06-01-2006 18:13:21 | More by VoodooBrew
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IntriqKen

California

4.4/5  rDev +17%

Golden straw color with a smallish white head made up of large, loose bubbles that died quickly to very fine lacing.
Aroma is lightly malt and lightly hops with nothing harsh anywhere.
Taste is initally sweet, then followed by a hoppy bite that finishes to a slight lemon citrus taste.
Aftertaste is slightly .... lightly sweet malt and lemon citrus with a nice drying and mouthcleaning on the swallow.
Mouthfeel is comfortable for this style...not too watery which is often the case and not too bubbly which I also find often.
Definately can drink these all summer long.
North Coast just continues to produce excellent brews.

05-26-2006 21:12:55 | More by IntriqKen
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into fat pint glass.
A good head, chunky, white and durable. Body was amber, not the golden yellow of pilsner, but it looked good.
Smell had spice, hops and some malt. A bit of lemon-grass, but it was a weak smell.
Taste had a pinch in it. A bite that was mellowed by the malt. Some spice, fruit (not quite lemon, but close). A bit oily.
Definitely better cold. Decent drinkability.

05-22-2006 17:48:35 | More by Mebuzzard
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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured a darker gold than I expected for a Pils. Clear and clean-looking with mild carbonation and a medium white head. The aroma was hoppy and malty, a little more intense than the Pilsners I'm used to. The taste was a combination of floral hops and sweet roasted malts. It wasn't terribly bitter but unfortunately wasn't as dry as I would have liked either; sweet up front, slightly watery and bland in the aftertaste. I was waiting for that crisp, dry hoppiness of a good European Pils, but got what I've come to expect from American interpretations of the style. I'm not saying that these attempts aren't good beers, they can be. My particular taste prefers the drier, hoppier Czech or German Munich-Lager styles. I am doing my best in my search of a good American Pils to rate what I taste objectively. That having been said, this was a decent attempt and a pretty drinkable beer.

05-16-2006 00:34:10 | More by sinistrsam
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Redrover

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

I had this one at the Fireside in Chicago. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a nice gold, with an small head, a bit of chill haze and intermittent lacing.

The smell is slightly faint, but I get some peppery hops and a bit of grass.

The taste is nicely balanced between some spicy hops and some slightly sweet malts. The taste is a bit grassy with a bit more bitterness late. Seems well integrated and made with quality ingredients.

The mouth is nicely crisp with a bit of a snap. Very easy drinker that goes great with mild food.

05-14-2006 21:58:43 | More by Redrover
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

beer pours a really beautiful golden color with a nice head, looks perfect for a pilsner, perhaps a bit more color than many.

smell is a bit faint but there is some noble hop characteristics, and graininess.

taste is at first a burst of noble hops followd by a dry graininess, the finish is a mild hop bitterness. not as much of a bready malt as i would have liked but still a good flavor.

mouthfeel is very nice, medium-light viscosity, ample carbonation.

drinkability is very high.

overall, a nice refreshing pilsner, not the most exceptional i've had but certainly something worth trying.

05-12-2006 19:42:37 | More by evanackerman
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Clear, pale gold in hue with a straw-yellow influence, the color is typical of the style and yet I am bored with it. It must be a personal thing. White head, sadly at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. There was no animation in the liquid either. Head retention was fair, the bubbles slowly faded to a thin cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and hardly noteworthy. I am not all that impressed with the appearance, it’s a yawner… and yet fitting for the style.

One stiff said everything I wanted it too. When I buy a Pilsner I want it to be like this. Noble hops offer some earthiness, vibrant grassy-hay aromas with a nice underbelly of citrus and flowers. The malt is secondary but noticeable, slightly grainy with a smattering of crackers and caramelized bread. Clean. Moderately high potency, I really like the nose. Inviting.

Damn tasty. Wonderful balance, the malt jumps to the forefront for a brief moment only to step back and allow the hops to shine. Juicy maltiness upfront but the hops arrive soon after with a bitter, citrusy vibe and some flowers. Grainy, husky, caramel notes near the finish with a kiss of sweetness; the finish is fruity and juicy with a dash of grass-hay. This is not the most complex Pilsner I have ever tasted but it is clearly well brewed. I really like it.

Medium in body, moderate (at best) carbonation, the mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

Low abv. Tasty. Super easy to drink. Session beer!! Hell yeah. I could drink a lot of these. I will drink a lot of these now that I can buy them in Council Bluffs, IA. Score! I’ve like about everything I’ve had from North Coast, add this to the list. I am sure this beer would kill with fish and chips or burgers or anything spicy. I am happy I finally tried this. Purchased in Council Bluffs, IA; I will buy more.

05-12-2006 15:45:25 | More by bditty187
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Tupperwolf

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours from a stubby bottle into an English nonic a sun-colored, clear, appropriate-looking yellow. A thin head is present, as on most Pilsners, and rising bubbles are evident, keeping a thin film of eggshell white across the top.

Nice, slightly acidic-smelling hops and a bit of creamy malt behind - slight biscuitiness.

The flavor is subtle in its complexity; There's a lot of nice things combining here, a good balance between creaminess, citric fruitiness, and hop bitterings. An interesting slightly lemon-orange jazzes up the mealy malts.

Nice mouthfeel, of a significant body, with enough zest and smoothness combined to keep things interesting.

I love what American breweries are doing with pilseners, and this is another great example.

05-04-2006 22:25:31 | More by Tupperwolf
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blackie

California

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

appearance: Pours a 1" white head that steadily recedes, leaving a decent amount of foam on top. The beer is a golden straw in color.

smell: Spicy noble hops upfront, with just a hint of light grain behind. Light sulfuric aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range. The body is a lighter medium.

taste: The flavor is pretty sparse, even for a pilsner. Light noble hops and pale malt flavors, with a light bitterness cleaning up the finish.

drinkability: Nothing off about this beer, but it lacks hop and malt character. Still, easy to drink. Could've been a good summer sipper, but I doub't I'll be revisiting this one.

05-03-2006 06:45:32 | More by blackie
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured a cloudy deep golden color with virtually no head, however the thin ring left attractive lacing as the beer was consumed. Smell is fruity and lemony and very nice. Taste is of ripe summer fruit with a very pleasant sweetness. Finish is mainly malty with a very slight dryness present. An enjoyable brew. Very nice for a hot spring afternoon.

04-30-2006 21:17:33 | More by tgbljb
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured 12 oz into traditional pint glass.

A - Clear golden straw color with 1 cm dense, but not rocky head that didn't stick around too long. Slight carbo bubbles and mild lacing effect.

S - Noble hops presence with a slight lemon zest.

T - Pure and simple, the way it should be. Notable hop presence, clean with a mild herbal spice and bitterness on the way down.

M - Light and crisp.

D - A nice, easy drinking pilsner. Certainly sessionable. Not the tops, but still pretty damn enjoyable.

04-20-2006 03:57:01 | More by gmcfarre
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

Hazy dark golden color. Thin head with decent retention and which leaves spots on top of the liquid the whole way down the glass to complement the thin lacing.

Hoppy nose with some pale malt.

Typical pilsner. Not bad. Crisp and refreshing. Enjoyable but nothing to yell about.

04-12-2006 22:27:29 | More by timtheenchanta
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ommegangpbr

New York

2.35/5  rDev -37.5%

Not very pilsner like to me. This tastes quite a bit like watered down Pranqster. Quite fragrant but again, not very pils like. Watered down cider comes to mind. Pours nearly without a head into a weisse glass and the color is typical lager fare.
Not crisp at all, not carbonated enough... the six pack was fresh, too (no freshness date on the bottle but the place I got it from just got this in stock).
Nah, not for me.

04-12-2006 01:19:26 | More by ommegangpbr
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very good coppery yellow coloration with a creamy white head. The head was about 1 inch thick. There was very good head retention noted.

Smell: The beer has a good roasted barley smell. There is a nice floral hoppyness present.

Taste: The beer has a nice sweetly roasted barley taste. There is a good hop bittering to this beer. I wish that the taste quatient was higher on this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is a nice light bodied well carbonated beer. This is a very drinkable and sessionable beer. Overall not a bad little pilsner.

03-27-2006 12:03:55 | More by nlmartin
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

North Coast Scrimshaw
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a light golden and hazy yellow blend. Fluffy head off the first pour with a nice thin white lace on top. Random mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the pilsner glass. Awesome patterns of sticky lace cling to the glassware.

The nose is rather clean with faint whiffs of grains and imported hops.

Clean and refreshingly pleasing with a spicy hop profile. Excellent mouthfeel with an above average drinkability level. One of the better American interpretations of this style.

An underrated beer and extremely underrated style. North Coast has created an above average pilsner and certainly worth checking out.

03-11-2006 02:20:16 | More by Hibernator
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Byeast

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured a very slightly hazed , goldenrod-yellow with a bubbly white head. Smell is of the malts , also some slightly spicy / herbal hop aromas. Taste is focused on the malts at first , pale malt , clean , hops provide a nice , crisp , straw and grass flavor that finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is light. A very drinkable German pilsener , not quite as much an effervecent showcase as many , but very drinkable and nice hop profile.

03-10-2006 22:40:51 | More by Byeast
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Initially pours a clear golden yellow color with a quarter inch of creamy white foam on top. The head fell within a minute or so to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. There are some bubbles rising through the liquid, but this doesn’t do much to maintain the head. There is some light lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Sweet and slightly grainy malt are the first things you notice, but this exists with a notable floral hop presence. The malt seems to be more toasty as the beer warms up a bit. The hops become a lot more noticeable as the beer warms up further.

Taste: The malt is definitely the key player in this beer. The flavor profile starts out with some noticeable sweetness. The hops show up in the middle of the sampling as a soft and floral character that balances the malt and helps it across your palate. The hops play a big role in the development of the finish, and add a substantial bittering component…but the malt ends up winning out in the end to finish slightly sweet to linger.

Opinion: I really enjoy this Pilsner, and think that it rivals some of the best German brews. It has a smooth and uncomplicated malt profile, and the hopping is sufficient to balance the beer and add more complexity. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

02-09-2006 23:27:26 | More by SkeeterHawk
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

This beer pours a foggy lager-like straw yellow with a hint of peach and a porous white head that left a little lace. Smells of coconut, cantaloupe and honey with a slight nip of dryness. Starts with a dry nip of earthy hops and then flows into a strong honey with a strange taste of roses and a hint of oranges. Finishes dry with a strawberry sweetness. After a few seconds, there’s a dry pasty marshmallow flavor lingering on my tongue. Mouth feel is medium with a small, sharp carbonation. The garden flower feel of this beer is really surprising, unique and deliciously drinkable.

02-04-2006 01:33:46 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw gold with tiny floaters. A small white bubbles head forms on top, falls pretty quickly to islands and a ring, with no real lacing.

Aroma is faint, lightly bready pils malt, and faint citrus hops. Really not much smell to speak of.

Flavor is light bready malt, some hop bitterness, and some light citrusy hops, kind of like lemons. It's not a bad flavor, but I've had better pilsners. Sweetness is pretty high. Aftertaste is short,bready, and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied, but sweet, if that makes any sense. Carbonation is low, which adds to the slight wateryness of this beer. Finish is on the this side.

I suppose this could be slightly aged. I can't tell because there's no readable date. There's a code inked on the bottom of the bottle reading "116 A-2 0831" August 31...what? There is nothing really "pilsnery" about this beer. It's ok, but nothing to write home about.

01-25-2006 17:02:57 | More by jakester
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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a slightly milkly golden color with a fair amount of carbonation and not too much head. Very little smell but what smell noticable is the typical bitter pilsner scent. Very smooth and pretty good tasting, one of the better pilsners I've had and much better then your huge American brewry pilsners. Goes down smooth with less then your average strong pilsner bitterness, quite drinkable.

Definitely worth a try or a six pack. If it is the only micro available, definitely get it!

01-22-2006 22:52:38 | More by MarcGetty
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

Foggy off-yellow, pale off-white head. Pleasant aroma of lightly toasted wheat bread, and some left coast hops. Lemony, oily slick and a bit pasty—lemon tea and crisp hop flavorings. Bitter noble hops become predominately noticeable in the body; a touch and go feeling of some grounded black pepper on the palate. Decent carbonation, pretty well balanced, the nice herbal west coast hops round this one of nicely. North Coast once again delivers—this is a fine product.

01-20-2006 03:37:34 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Scrimshaw is bright golden, with just a bit of haze. Carbonation is high. Head is large and thick. Aroma is of sweet, mildly grainy malt with an edge of herbal hop. Taste is of light bready malt with touches of grain. Plenty of noble hop flavor is the highlight here, not very bitter, but just bracing enough for my tastes. Drinkability is great, this is a session beer for sure.

01-14-2006 20:33:29 | More by Gagnonsux
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pjwilson

California

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

appearance: pours into my cool pilsener flare glass. the three finger head has held for a good five min. now. champange like bubbles. lite golden straw color. looks promising. oh yeah nice lacing too.

smell: a mild but quality nose. different than those european pils's i've been drinking the last week. smells like lightly cut grass

taste: quality. Not hoppy like some pilseners, like Sudwerk. no, this is just a very quality malty base. no it's not to sweet, just a hair. creamy malt taste. I can see close minded hop heads giving this beer a 2. Of course this won't taste like anything after 3 double IPA's. It's hard to beat a quality pilsner like this when the time is right.

mouthfeel: incerdiably smooth and creamy. It just goes down great.

It's been a while since i've had this classic. So much better than the bland European pilsners that get sent here.

01-04-2006 08:43:12 | More by pjwilson
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MarineHokie

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Clear golden color, small fizzy quickly fading white head leaves little lacing.

S - Slightly sweet bready/grainy aroma.

T - Round and grainy up front with a light citrus zing followed by a crisp fizzy finish. Very balanced.

M - Light body, mouthfilling roundness with a crisp finish.

D - Super drinkable. Great first beer for converts.

12-31-2005 21:07:48 | More by MarineHokie
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.