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Scrimshaw Pilsner | North Coast Brewing Co.

688 Reviews
Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium golden amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles cascading up through the brew to produce a billowy white head of foam. The head is a little on the thicker side, fading over about a 4 min time frame and leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite strong of caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with a little bit of a peach and apricot smell. Along with these aromas comes some nice grainy notes as well as a little bit of some grapefruit citrus hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat drier bready and cracker taste mixed with some lighter caramel flavors. The caramel fades a bit as the taste moves on but is replaced by some of the peach and apricot fruit smells that were in the nose. These fruit however later fade, again drying out the flavor a bit. With a light hop taste consisting of some earthy and herbal flavors coming at the very end, one is left with a drier and crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the crisp and refreshing nature of the brew the feel is spot on and makes for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – A rather nice drinker overall that makes for a rather good summer brew.

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Photo of aidman
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not usually a Pilsner man: I usually find them too watery and bland. This one, however, is completely the opposite. It's certainly a beer I look forward to during the summer

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Photo of JRed
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold/hay color with white bubbly head that fades to a thin mist. Aroma of sweet grain, some hops. Smells fresh. Tastes of cereal, little pine, little grass, little bread. Light bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing and nicely flavored.

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Photo of kculrich
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, hard pour into a cold pilsner. Clear and clean, a little darker than I expect from a pils, with a modest foam head that subsides to scant lacing. Smells sharp and astringent, pleasantly so, and yeasty. Taste of straw and crackers and very faintly of something citrus. Nice pilsner-typical body, sharp, almost sour, with just the right carbonation to complement it. Overall: nothing sweet here - crisp, clean, refreshing, very close to my ideal of what an American pils should be.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-weak head but nice color
-smell of a pleasant ale
-starts to taste like smell but becomes plain
-feels good and refreshing just doesn't have the taste to go along with it
-average pilsner

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lite gold pour (16oz draft) with white head. Baked bread with hint of floral notes; bready with a little floral finish. Lite, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a nice lite way to start the day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is one of the better widely available pilseners made in the united states i think. its super refreshing and bright, but its got a little body too it, nothing watery about it at all, and has a ton of flavor, nothing adjunct about it, with just a little sweetness in the middle before the more bready or crackery malts come in, fresh and sturdy for the style. hops are light, enough bitter to balance a higher sweetness, but not real intense at all. some grassy notes, really fresh this is fantastic. a great beer with greasy food like pizza and wings, not filling at all, and more than just a palate cleanser. i havent been the hugest fan of north coast over the years, never really thought they stood out much, but this one is awesome, and im not usually too excited about pilsener. delicious, different, worth buying for sure. this may become a go to for me. sessionable forever at this abv too.

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Photo of MNJR
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A disappointing beer from North Coast, a normally great brewery. I have had this a few times over the last few years, and it's always the same: a little flat; flavors that don't belong (a bit sour with funky vegetables); watery; unpleasant aftertaste; and very reminiscent of macro beers costing half the price. There are so many better pilsners than this.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is clean and mildly flowery, sweet, and grainy. The body is very clear and pale amber in color with a frothy, eggshell-white head. There is more malt in the flavor than hops. The malt is smooth, sweet, and bready; the hops are only mildly bitter and add a hint of spiciness and floweriness. The body is medium-light with moderate, frothy carbonation and a good bite.

The mild hop bitterness and malt sweetness work well together, though the latter is unexpectedly prominent. The body isn't overly light and crisp but rather softly fizzy with just enough bite to be refreshing. Pleasant and satisfying.

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Photo of loubar
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Pours clear gold with a lasting off white head. Some noble hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Slightly sweet, with a graham cracker malt base. Clean, slightly floral mid-palate with mild hop bitterness. Fresh, crisp, refreshing and tasty. Love the low carb, low ABV. A very well crafted Pilsner.

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Photo of jimchuck69
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My tastebuds love this and I'm no expert but I LOVE this. Crisp. Bubbly. Clean finish. Slight dryness. I hate flowery. I hate hoppy. I hate CRAFT for the most part. XLNT. BRAVO.

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Photo of honkey
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale Yellow, fizzy white head. The appearance to me is the worst part of this beer, although it is still far better than most American brewer's attempts at a German Pils. The Germans pride themselves on brewing the lightest color pils possible. This is just a bit too dark and the head did not last as well as I would like.

Aroma: Subtle hay, spicy hop aroma, slight bit of grass.

Taste: Lightly spicy hops, slight mint, followed by sweet hay. Very clean fermentation profile. This is a very good example of a German Style Pils brewed in America. Personally, I would like just a little more hop flavor, but that is just personal preference.

Feel: Very good mouthfeel, crisp, clean, no lingering effects.

Overall: I've tried four different American brewed German Pilsners in the last 2 days and this is BY FAR my favorite of the 4. I honestly did not expect to be nearly as amazed with this beer as I am. I would even say that it is one of the better German style pils available even including German brewers. I am shocked by the average review rating, but I think this has a lot to do with BA being biased towards specialty beers and tending to overlook more subtle beers or not appreciating how difficult it is to brew a beer to such a high degree of excellence as this.

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Photo of ppvora
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a lager glass.

Golden hue, but just a tad darker than pure gold.

A good 3 fingers of head...had to pause for it to settle before more beer could be poured. Virtually no remaining aeration though.

Aroma: very little. Based purely on aroma, there was little to write about this beer.

Taste: Some barley and hops. A subtle citrus and orange-like flavor in the background. A mildly hoppy beer. A good one to introduce someone to what pilsners are all about.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, this is one of my brother-in-law's favorite beers, so I picked up a bunch for Thanksgiving. It doesn't disappoint.
A - fairly persistent off-white head tops a slightly hazed golden body
S - herbal, earthy, grassy nose, pilsner malt and a bit biscuity
T - earthy, grassy, a bit nutty, pilsner malt, a bit herbal, finishes with a slightly spicy, peppery bite
M - lighter body, very effervescent, finishes clean and balanced but not as smooth as some of its German counterparts
O - very nice American brewed German Pilsner. It's easy to drink and ended up being a crowd pleaser. I'd get it again for that reason.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

I'm hoping this was an old bottle (no date). The flavor was bready and malty, with very little of the crisp, hoppy bite I look for in a Pils. I'm being generous with a 3.4 just because I do think this bottle was well past it's prime. I'll have this again when I see it on draft to see if my suspicion is correct.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scrimshaw Pilsner brewed by North Coast Brewing Co, with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is nice with some grains and malts. There is nothing over powering so far. The taste is nice with some malts and grains. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Scrimshaw Pilsner has a smooth finish. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color that is slightly darker than most pilsners. A big foam head disapates and leaves a thin lace which retains well but disappears towards the end.
Grassy in the nose, then the aroma becomes sweet; malty, sugars, and slight tropical fruit.
Sweet taste predominates mostly from the malts. There is a low hops presence that is just enough.
Light body, slightly creamy and very smooth. Very soft carbonation helps you focus on the flavors.
The key to this beer is its simplicity. Not complex but very flavorful. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

On tap, 8-31-2014. Boston shaker.
A: Deep gold, no head. Clear, with little effervescence.
S: Clean pilsner malt; slight noble hop aroma.
T: Sweetish arrival, clean slightly floral mid-palate (less sweet and less hoppy than Warsteiner or any of the Czech pilsners I've had)
M: Fairly low carb.; mid to lightweight.
O: Good, but not great. I like others better in the German pilsner category more, and like all Czech pilsners more. I would buy a six pack of it, though.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a golden straw with minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet light malt, a little fruitiness.

T: Fruity and floral hops, a nice note of apple, a little almost berry note, and a light malt sweetness with a clean finish. Not especially bitter.

M: Light body, fairly light on carbonation.

O: Very drinkable pilsener, especially at 4.4%. Could be a session champ.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Appearance: bright white head, no retention or lacing. Clear golden color.

Nose: Hops and clean wheat.

Taste: Clean and crisp with a slightly moldy or cheesy finish. That sounds weird, but I don't meant it to be off-putting, it is quite good.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev +7%

A: Pale yellow gold. Nice white (very white) tall head. Poured in a pilsner glass.

S: Lemon grass and not much else.

T: Same as nose as for the lemon grass. Also orange, oats, honey, sweet bread, wheat, and saltine crackers. Lovely flavor and easy to drink.

M: Light and very buttery. Easy drinking.

O: Awesome session ale. Tasty and easy at the same time.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- smells of hops and wheat, not much there. Appearance- Pours a traditional BMC golden yellow color with a small white head. Taste- Wheat, citrus and lemon grass, OK flavor Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. Overall- An average beer.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

This is my first beer from North Coast. Served from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a light to medium gold with a decent head that doesn't leave much lacing. Hops are very noticeable in the aroma, but there is a lack of malty or grainy notes. Taste is good, with hops out in front again. I would have preferred more of a grainy dryness here as I think it's more consistent with the style. Mouthfeel is decent if a bit thinner than I would have liked. Carbonation is significant and nicely refreshing. Overall, this is a decent warm weather beer, and while I would certainly drink it again if offered, it's not something I would go out of my way to get my hands on.

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Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

A very warm day is a good day for pilsners. Here goes:

A: Pours a clear gold (maybe a little coppery, though) with a three-fingered head that leaves some lacing. The head is nice and fluffy and the beer looks like a pilsner. Great. 4.5/5

S: Good. None of the corn smell that is present in many American adjunct lagers - this one is solid barley (maybe some wheat, too) and hops. The malt is rather mild and grainy, but the hops are readily apparent. I can smell lemon, grass, pepper and lighter spices - very European and not robust like in American beers. Some drawbacks, but good.

Overall, the smell is rather simple: grainy malt and lemony hops. This is great for a pilsner, however. 4/5

T: Taste follows the nose except the malt is more apparent. Can still detect lemon, grass and lighter spices from the hops, and the malt has a rather distinct grainy taste. Simple but good. 4/5

M: Very clean and crisp. Glides down the throat. Great. 4.5/5.0

O: Proof that beers don't have to be complex to be very good. 4.25/5.00

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, very slightly cloudy gold with a thick foamier white head. The head has minor retention and leaves a smidgen of lacing. The aroma is very good, with notes of a nice biscuit and fresh grass nature. The taste has similar components with just a light hint of sweetness on the finish. There is a nice crispness to the finish and good thin weight to the body. Very good, certainly

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