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Scrimshaw Pilsner | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze, a moderate effervescence and a thin finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with a good grainy character and a nice dose of noble hops. Hops are a little herbal but not strikingly so; I think this is quite a good example of the style.

Taste: lightly grainy malt character with a lot less hops than the aroma. Bitterness is quite low. Not bad, but I would have really liked the flavor to track a bit more with the aroma.

Mouthfeel: light body with a very good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Quite good for the style.

Overall: this is a nice, refreshing Pilsner. It's perhaps not as crisp as I'd like, but that is a bit more in-style to a German Pils rather than a Czech one.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, drank from a seidel. Drank at just above fridge temperature (45F?)

Appearance: Beautiful golden amber colour with plenty of luscious foamy white head. Visible carbonation. Probably couldn't get any better.

Smell: Sweet, delicious malt with lots of estery banana, berry, and other fruit flavours. A tasty and refreshing smelling floral hoppiness compliments the fruitiness. Amazing.

Taste: A little less prominent than the smell, but still solid. Light malt but complex hops. Very good example of the pilsner style.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and full feel, leaves a nice aftertaste, and no alcohol taste. Very smooth and satisfying, and refreshing as well.

Overall: Best pilsner I've had up to this point. Excellent session beer, tasty and refreshing especially in a warm summer evening. Very well priced as well.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear light golden body with a fantastic thick billowy white head.

Smell: Rich European Munich/Pilsner malt aroma and lovely floral hop smell.

Taste: Very bready with soft subtle flavor from the Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Full flavored yet light.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately full bodied yet very light and smooth.

Overall: Bordering more on Helles/Czech Pilsner territory than German Pilsner. More bready and floral than sharp and earthy. Listed as 4.7% ABV on North Coast Brewing website.

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Photo of Michael-Poppe
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So let me first start by saying this is not my "style" beer. I prefer IPAs Belgium trips/quads, basically intense and heavy beers. Problem is that after 4 or 5 I'm toasted. So occasionally I like drinking a lot of beer and find getting lower ABV so I can remember what I did the night before.

This is a fantastic beer very crisp and refreshing. I bartend and always recommend this for people looking for something on the lighter side (Kona Longboard Lager is another)

Easy drinking and golden color and wont leave you destroyed after a few. Has a nice finish but it leaves quickly.

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Photo of malvrich
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from brown bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a finger of frothy tight head. Dark gold color. Hazy. Good head retention and lacing. Lace pattern left all the way up the glass at the end.

S: Light smell of the hops with crisp bread at the back. Inviting carbonation rising.

T: Crisp bread/biscuit, hops seem almost an afterthought at first. I love the malt profile of this beer. Subtly grainy but very pronounced crackers/crusty bread. Maybe hard for the hops to keep up but they do come through on the finish as slightly piny. Hops are there but thankfully NC saw no need to have them overpower the biscuit and grain. Thankfully this does not strike me as sweet.

M: Silky, soapy. Carbonation is nice and tingly. Somehow a bit heavy for a pils.

O: Perhaps my current favorite. Definitely in my top 3! I love this and consider it a great representation of the style. The low ABV is also quite a plus to me. Perfect summer brew. I would drink these all the time if they weren't so damned expensive ($11/6).

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a flute. This is a deep golden yellow beer, nearly light orange, with a creamy white head resembling whipped cream that settles down quite quickly. Aroma is classic white bread-like pale malts predominantly, with a subdued stronger cereal note and noble hops notes, slightly floral and fruity. The cereals are stronger on the palate, and truth be told this is one of the best German pilseners I've had from a malt standpoint. There is a rich and sweet caramel-like maltiness along with the more expected cracker and sourdough bread notes (there must be a decent dose of crystal in this) and the hop flavors are really popping out as well ... I am getting some tangerine and orange in here, unripe stone fruit galore, faint brown spice (!), grass and fragrant hay ... The citrus is quite prominent in the finish. Body is thin as per the style but with a shade more chew than mass-produced adjunct lagers, and the carbonation is pleasingly toned down but still robust enough to remind you that you are drinking a pils. Finishes fruity yet dry and a little chalky, with a massive citric presence that lingers. Absolutely brilliant stuff. The green malts provide most of the heft but the hop flavor and bitterness keeps up admirably.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampling right now on 5/15/14. Ever tried this one before. Great looking label and brown bottle. Part of a 'Make your own 6' for $8.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy gold in color with a good almost 2-finger head that settled down to a think layer on top and sides of the glass. A great deal of lacing is seen, like most German Pilsners. The aroma is mostly of just grass and fresh bread. The taste is well...fantastic! Not overly complicated at all for the taste. Very refreshing and goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Very surprised as I wasn't sure of how this one would be overall but very pleased!

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Photo of Mojo
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into pilsner flute

A - slightly hazy light gold with a small head, minimal retention and bits of lacing.

S - mostly grass and bread

T - crisp and malty with a very dry finish which is similar to a wheat beer

M - pleasing with tons of carbonation, virtually no aftertaste

O - not my favorite, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of USAF77
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Pils Ive ever had. Not as malty as some but absolutely about as "refreshing" as a Pils could be. A nice pour to a very nice golden color. Some citrus and a bit of grass. A rich head and very nice retention that refuses to leave the glass. Nicely carbonated.

Not overly complicated but what sets it apart from others is i do believe this is the cleanest most refreshing Pils Ive ever had. Clean and sharp with just the right dryness. I love pils with food and this doesnt not dissapoint.

My other favorite Pils, Lagunitas, is breadier and more complicated owning a better after taste. I only bought this cause they were out of Lag's. On sale at $7.99 its a steal. Im loving it.

A very good Beer. No doubt.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky pale straw color. A white airy head slowly recedes, good retention. Impressive webbed lacing remains.

Aroma: Lots of straw, white pepper, dried grass.

Taste: A malty body is decorated in pepper, lemongrass, and subtle citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: A beer that has little to complain about.

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Photo of bobvinson2002
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If God himself were to drink a beer, it would be this one. It has the light, drinkable texture, all of the alcohol content, and no nasty aftertaste. I can drink this while i eat dinner, or I can come in after mowing my grass and this beer is absolutely amazing. I have had it semi warm and ice cold. Of course Ice cold is the best. The one thing that I truly admire about this beers flavor is that is goes great with any food you make. I truly love it best with a big plate of fried Cod, Fried chips and hush puppies!

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Photo of lostinfla
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Medium straw color with a bright fluffy head that lingered a while.
Carbonation was spot on for this style.
Beer has a fresh bread / yeasty smell with a very faint hop note.
Taste was as quite light and refreshing after my latest string of hoppy IPA's! Its smooth, clean and has virtually no bite at all.
This one is a great session beer that I will return to!

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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pokal glass, this beer pours a clear, pale, light to medium gold color. The fluffy looking white head is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured, eventually settling to a good 1/4 inch that sticks around for awhile, eventually settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with decent lacing. Aromas of pale malt sweetness along with a hint of floral hops. Has a mildly sweet malt flavor upfront along with German noble floral and slightly lemon hops. Has a crisp, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable in the way this style of beer should be. Very refreshing on this mild spring night. Not a very complex beer, but this style isn't supposed to be too complex so in that sense this beer is spot on for the style and quite good!


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Photo of Timothy_ShaneMcCarhty
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For the style this beer is amazing. North Coast rules. Acme pale and Old Ras are very good as well. I am the beer manager at a store located in MD and I recommend this beer all the time for anyone who drinks any style of beer. Surely a favorite to many.

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Photo of Paincane
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Gold colored pour with pillowy white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Grassy and bread aromas.
T: Biscuit, cracker and bread flavors with a low hop profile producing dry finish but little bitterness.
M: Well carbonated, light smooth mouthfeel.
O: Nice Pilsner.

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Photo of ranger7
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.

A: Nice foamy head - thick with good retention. Light gold with lots of tiny bubbles.

S: A bit soapy sweet, maybe some citrus.

T: Crisp and refreshing. A nice pilsner.

M: Thin and clean, and very drinkable.

O: Nice. Could use a bit more character, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy Orange color with a thin head with medium retention.
Light aroma of White Bread, orange and lemon citrusy and herbal hops.
Refreshing and pleasant Pilsner with predominant relatively intense notes of herbal and orange-lime citrus. Hints of spiced lager yeast, grains and sweet pale malt. Dry, mildly bitter and slightly acid aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Good pilsner, it just lacked a bit more bittering hops.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark gold yellow and clear color with very thin lace/film on top. Not very thick lace down the glass, just some specks here and there.
Smells bready and malty and heavy at first, with some undertones of hops and bitterness in there. There is something off, maybe it just doesn't smell as strongly as it should. A little watery, but what aroma is there, is good.
Taste is good, very grain and bread like. Refreshing on the malt side, and nice hop flavors at the end. Not too big on the hop though, just a little bit to bitter and crisp it up. Good, but nothing to write home about.
Nice mouthfeel, a little creamy and nice carbonation.

Overall, I'm partial to Czech pilsners and this one is very much more German in style. It is good, but just very safe. Drinkable, that's for sure. Overall, an ok session beer, maybe on a summer afternoon. But not one to run back to any time soon.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a welcoming beer to my winter-weary taste buds. I love the Pilsner style of beer, and this one is "just right" in the hops and malt department for me. It pours beautifully, a light amber with a thick head and lingering laciness. Smells of summer to me. Taste is crisp, with just the right balance. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and leaves the palate dry and refreshed. I could enjoy this one on the deck this summer with a grilled burger and potato salad, or right now with a tasty Reuben sandwich and chips. Sooo much better than the mass-produced pilsners being offered in the U.S. these days. I'll be back for more!

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is an expensive beer in my region by the six-pack -- but not when I purchased a single offered in a mixer sixer! All IPA and no play make beer drinkers a dull palate'd crew. Here in the deep midwinter is my attempt to re-acquaint myself with something pils-worthy, inspired and ready to remind me what I love about summer besides absence of cold.

Pouring a rich 1-1/2 inch head topping of loose bubbles lost in tinier ones. Color is bright, "warm as yellow" (™ Innocence Mission) in my weizen glass. The lemon note hit me right away. Comfort of herb telling sugary sweetness to take a hike. Mouthfeel didn't notice the lack of carbonation's persistence as it was savoring this evocation of summer, in denial of today's winter chill. I find myself reaching for peanuts at the ball game or something salty. Herbal lingering on the palate and a dry finish. Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play TODAY~

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Photo of Landar
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma 10/12
Light graham cracker and mild floral aroma.
Pale malt sweetness comes through as it warms.
A slight sulfer smell starts to manifest as the nose lingers.

Appearance 3/3
Light gold with medium carbonation bubbles.
Creamy, long lasting white head that sticks smoothly to the sides of the glass.

Flavor 16/20
Dominant German noble hops bitterness upfront with a strong backup of sweet pale malts coming through.
A prominent level backdrop of sulfur in the water profile is consistent at all temperatures.
Dry finish.
Lingering noble hops as it goes down with a bitter noble aftertaste. The pale malt sweetness lingers on the tongue even after the hops have started to fade.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium body with medium carbonation that goes down easily with a dryness that exemplifies the style.

Overall Impression 7/10
Crisp, clean beer that highlights the Gernam noble hops with a pleasant sulfate water profile which servers to enhance and complement the noble hops flavor. The pale malt sweetness is well within acceptable levels and is pleasant to taste, but a slight reduction in the malt profile would serve to better accentuate and distract less from the noble hops.


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Photo of hosehead83
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a nice 2-inch cap of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, floral note
Taste-Pale malt, subtle hop and lemon notes. Crisp, pleasant nad refreshing. A very nice take on the style.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love everything brewed by North Coast, and I had to try this.

Pours a straw yellow, with a one finger head that falls fast to almost no bubbles. Looks like most pilsners I've had.

Smell is sort of muted but its sweet bread, faint bitter hops, very clean as far as I can tell, just a basic beer smell.

Taste is very clean, crisp, light, refreshing. Light hop aroma and taste. Starts with a semi-sweet tone and continues to a slight bitter finish, very dry. Very smooth flavor profile, this is one of the better pilsners out there. It flat out beats everything BMC and holds its own against german pilsners.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a dry mouthfeel , very good for the style.

I like this pilsner and would love to introduce it to people that drink budweiser and the like. Perhaps they could understand that there is better beer out there to be had besides the big names, and this one works for just that. Cheers~

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Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strangely it looks a bit flat. Low head, almost no fizz, there's still some retention.
Smells floral, summer-fruity, grainy, and lightly malty.
Sweet grains in the beginning, biscuit, light malts. Fruitiness follows, with some citrus providing a nice crispness and ripe peach/apricot. Caramel notes, and hints of vanilla. Big floral notes, and the hops bring a milder herbal character, still fresh and green. Bitterness is mild, a tiny bit metallic, and close to a nice German pilsener roughness.
Carbonation is there, not absent as it seemed in the beginning, but it's lower than others in its style.
This was nice a nice pilsener, not 100% true to it's style, but it's normal considering it's an American craft beer. A great adaptation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bistro B in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dense foamy white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer fairly evenly and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and cereal grain malts with lighter aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and cereal grain malts with just a hint of honey-like sweetness. There are very light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and it pairs well with most foods - I enjoyed it with some Tapas personally and it matched well with many different flavors in the dishes. The beer has a very low ABV and is quite sessionable.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.