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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,771
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 20.32%
Wants: 66
Gots: 242 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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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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Photo of Lukewarring
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: 3.75
smell 4.0
taste 3.25
mouthfeel 3.5
overall 3.5
Beautiful pour, if using a pilsner glass, the head starts right where the glass starts narrowing.
Smell: crisp, fruity, enticing
Flavor: mild, thicker than it appears, has a light beer taste with average flavors

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a bright, clear dark gold. It grows a nice, chunky pure white head. Rising to a solid finger, it drops down to a heavy, dense little pillow and shows chunky lacing in plentious patching.
A bit of steeliness and a light spiciness balances earth and a little herb. It could use a little more given that it's a German-inspired interpretation, but it's firm. The flavor brings out a sweeter, fruity sort of note and a bit of husky grains underneath.
The feel is right. This beer is light-bodied without lacking depth or being too thin. It's got a steady, even crispness the whole way through and a light creamy smoothness accompanying it well.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Excellent white foam. Beer is solid golden yellow with decent carbonation. I loved this overall and would've ranked it higher if it stayed fresh longer.

Smell: Sweet caramel, vanilla, banana, and bourbon. Very dessert-like for a pilsner. I also smell some oak.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More sweet caramel and a heavy dose of flowers. The best way to describe this would be to say it has the flower notes of an IPA without the pine and sweetness of an amber without the heavy mouthfeel. Extraordinary. Mouthfeel has a nice yeasty quality to it and enough body, but still has the balance of a lager.

Overall Drinkability: A great pilsner. I might not know this was a pilsner if I were blind-folded.

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

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a frothy ivory head that dissipates slowly in big bubbles, leaving spotty lacing.

Floral hops, grain, and cracker-like pilsner malt form the aroma, accompanied by a bit of mineral character. More bready than expected. Notes of diacetyl emerge late.

Light citrus and spicy hops are quickly overtaken by bready malt and yeast. There's a minerally note at the finish, which is fairly dry, but not as crisp as some. Cracker-like malt surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is a bit light, with fairly high carbonation. There's a subtle slickness.

The mineral character is slightly offputting. Overall,a fairly refreshing brew that could benefit from less bready malt character and no diacetyl.

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Photo of vkv822
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a foamy, dense white head.

Interesting aroma and flavor profile. Fairly sweet, malty upfront, with strong floral, grassy hops backing.

Medium body, foamy body.

A decent German style pilsner, nothing unpleasant, nor anything memorable. The malts seemed a bit different than a typical pilsner.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tap House and Grille in Hooksett, New Hampshire on July 12, 2013.

It pours pale to golden yellow with a short-lived white fizzy head. Great clarity.

Unlike other pilsners I am used to this has an aroma that boasts a more sweet, caramel-like note rather than grainy.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste is much like the nose with a slightly sweet and malty character. Maybe I have not had enough German pilsners and while I enjoyed it for what it was I thought it seemed a bit unusual for the style. But there's nothing wrong with adding your own touch to a brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got me a pilsner glass for this bottle of Scrimshaw.

Looks a little hazy. Gold in color with a fat cap of coarse white foam. Lacing sticks a little.

Gently grassy nose with dry lagered temperament. Very mild. Light crackery malts outshine a very faint hop element.

Crackery malts and grassy hops. Could be a little drier, still very dry. Almost has a citric quality. Extremely mild. The opposite of bold. Cereal grains and light Euro hops. Fairly crispy.

Nice and spritzy with a tightly-wound mouth of fine carbonation. Body has some oiliness; a little slick, a little fast.

There are more enjoyable craft German Pilseners, but Scrimshaw is respectable and drinkable. A solid choice for a summery lager six-pack.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Golden/amber color. Very slight chill haze. Three fingers of rocky white head retain very well. Lacing is foamy and spotty.

S: Token pilsner malt scent. Sweetish and bready/biscuity with a hint of toast. Slight grassy hops are more tame than expected.Very clean.

T: Sweet malts up front. Grainy and toasty. Perhaps even a light hint of caramel, unless my palate deceives me. Hops thankfully come in stronger than they did on the nose, lending a slightly aggressive spicy quality. Grainy and doughy in the drying finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Full and firm, slightly chewy. Ample carbonation.

O: This is not the most textbook example of the style, but it isn't bad. Sits just a little bit heavier on the palate than most pilsners.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much darker in hue than most Pilsner styles this holds a pear to yellow/orange coloring. The head was bubbly and thick yet ebbed away quickly.

A Little bit of barley malt with some cereal grain, the scent was pleasant but weak.

The Pilsner quality is found in the taste as a sweet barley malt, roasted kiln grain and tea leaf flavor comes out. Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing this is as advertised. Nothing complex but simply a quality tasting refresher.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Semi-cloudy yellow/orange, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Good deal of wheat/straw, slight hop presence, lemon and grass.

T-Starts with straw and wheat, sweet, tad lemon. Grass rounds it out. Little to no bitterness.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, not that crisp.

O-A refreshing pilsener, but it doesn't bring much to the tab;e.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold, with generous foam and good lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, honey, lemon, spice.

Taste: Bready malts, honey, spicy hops, with subtle hints of lemon and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, with spicy aftertaste.

The Verdict: Very good. A complex but well rounded pils that goes down smooth. A great summer time session beer.

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Photo of dungledauf
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle

Appearance: Light malt color with mild carbonation and 1 inch thick head that lasts

Smell: Light pilsner malt smell with subtle hop smell

Taste: Grainy malt balanced with hops. Very smooth.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied. Crisp and dry finish

Overall: Very happy I came across this beer. Very nice flavor and refreshing. My new favorite pilsner.

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Photo of nmann08
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden straw color. Minimal white head that disappears quickly into the beer.

Nose features grainy malt, grass, and lemon. Hints of other fruits, maybe a pear.

Tastes is sweet on the tongue at first, buttery, finishing with grassy notes, very faint citrus hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a German Pilsener. It's balanced, but far from crisp and refreshing.

Overall, its an ok representation of a style that I enjoy on summer days.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Pours a straw color that isn't completely opaque. The head features a nice layering of foam, about three fingers high in total. Texture-wise, it's bubbly and rocky, typical of the style.

S: There are a decent amount of grassy hops here, along with a touch of fruity esters. Nothing remarkable here, yet perfectly acceptable given the style in mind.

T: The first thing I notice on the palate are some hints of fruity esters. Afterwards, it shifts to a mildly hoppy finish. The hops here are grassy, earthy, lemony, and even a bit peppery. There's a really enjoyable balance to this one, all told.

M: Light on the palate, with sweeping carbonation. I'd reckon it could be a touch drier; then again, I like my pilsners bone-dry. Easy to drink as it should be.

O: Solid. There are few other pilsners I'd go for over this one, but I'd pick this over many others, too.

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Photo of SammyBrew
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: Poured into pint glass from bottle

Appearance: Pours a golden honey color, 1 inch head that dissipates within a couple minutes.

Smell: Nice clove aroma, not too overpowering

Taste: Buttery floral, grassy light citrus and hop

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, balanced and crisp

Overall: Excellent Pilsner, this is my 2nd 6 pack and could'nt wait to pick it up. It is a very balanced beer, light and easy to drink. I was a bigger fan of Kolsch beers, but this pilsner has made me re-evaluate my own palate, practically a perfect beer for me and for my everyday drinking.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.