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Scrimshaw Pilsner | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 11-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
699
Ratings:
1,906
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
20.64%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
320
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 699 | Ratings: 1,906
Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle packaged on 01/19/16 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Golden yellow with a thick one finger white head that collapses very quickly.

Smell: Light fruit followed by a little spicy hops.

Taste: Well balanced malts up front followed by a very light, almost nonexistent, hop presence.

Feel: Light, crisp, refreshing, perfect for a hot summers day.

Overall: Would benefit from some more hops as the finish is a bit washed out.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic golden plisner with small but substantial head. Has a nice grassy scent. Taste is hearty, with lots of wheat and grass flavors. Well balanced between hops and malts. Overall, a very tasty and drinkable pilsner.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 25 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A bright golden color. Great clarity. A big head that sticks around for a while. Good stickage. A great looking beer.

Smell - Herbal. Fresh.

Taste - A fresh, herbal hop flavor. A touch tart. A mild malt sweetness. Balanced. Very tasty!

Mouth - Big carbonation. Slightly slick. Nice.

Overall - A crisp, full-bodied, delicious lager. This beer reminded me of a top-tier German Helles or Pilsner. I've said this before; it's too bad American industrial lagers don't taste like this.

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Photo of dar482
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a straw to light gold color, very clear.

The aroma offers light lemon, grains, a bit of dense light malt.

The flavor follows with that sweet lemon, some honey, light breadiness along with some grains, chewy crackers, a touch of sweetness, as it glides of the palate with a dry lager finish, while lingering with a bit of a lightly sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

355ml bottle from Brewdog Online Shop (£2.50):
Coming through with what turned out to be quite a standard pilsner taste, this one was a decidedly average beer that started slightly sweet & was followed up by some pleasant caramel & bread malts but never really done enough to fully grab my attention. There was a nice balance to what was quite an easy beer to drink & the moderate bitter finish rounded things off well, it's just not one that I thought was particularly interesting or memorable; a nice beer but definitely not one to hunt for.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Kibroms. Average appearance, grainy aroma, comes off kind of the lager side. Lightly hopped, mild bite at the end, could use a bit more hops. Overall, not too bad, but pales in comparison to its German ancestors.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Moderate floral, lightly spicy hops with a light grainy pilsner malt.

A: Golden color, totally clear, with a moderate head that has adequate retention.

T: Moderately crisp with a floral, slightly spicy hop note, coupled with a slight Pils malt sweetness. Moderate hop bitterness with a dry finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; moderately crisp and clean with a fair amount of floral and spicey hops with a dry finish.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

As some have already said it is crisp and dry and a bit harsh on the back end. I Like other offerings from North Coast more like the Cali Pale Ale and Red Seal. There are better pilsners out there

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Photo of jmd1978
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice golden color with white head dissipates quickly. Nose fruity, grass, bready malt, lemon peel. Taste peppery spice with lemon and hints of grapes and pear. Crisp clean finish. I enjoy pilsners but this one didn't wow me. Would drink again if no other option.

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Photo of BigGold
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at James' Beach, Venice, Cal., on draft into tumbler. As this brewery and this style are favorites, this beer had been on the must-try list for quite a while. Surprisingly pronounced malt aroma and flavor, but will still make my pilsener rotation when available.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color. Aroma is sour lemon and slightly bready. The taste is similar but without the same intensity of sour lemon. Feel is light and very crisp. I am not a pilsner guy, and the aroma initially turned me off, but this has grown on me.

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Photo of MACrist
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:A fairly clear, golden beer. A finger of white foamy head that settles down slowly to a thin layer. Small amount of medium bubbles rising. Spotty lacing.
AROMA: Lemony and bready...lemon biscuits. Smells a bit sweet and unusual against other Pilsners I've sampled.
TASTE: Lemony, nice bready malt, semi sweet, very mild bitterness on finish.
FEEL: Good level of carbonation, dry, medium thinnish body.
OVERALL: No off flavors, nice bit of lemon in the flavor and aroma, good body....different, but good.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden pale orange with a bright white head that did not last, some slight lacing, beer is clear.

A: Wheat, dry grass aroma, bready maltiness, slight lemon and peppery spice, nice aromas.

T: Follows the nose, wheat, dry grass, touch of lemon, earthy peppery spice, finish is slightly sweet with bready malts.

M: Light bodied with a dry crisp finish.

O: Not a big pilsner fan but I did enjoy this one for its flavor, light crisp mouthfeel, and drinkability, definitely going to enjoy this one more often.

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Photo of artdob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a lager fan, but am a huge North Coast fan, and always a fan of the beer journey. This beer pours like a great beer should - straw yellow with a commanding white head. The nose is dominant with bread and yeast, reminiscent of a Polish babka, and model aromas (in my opinion) of what a great Pilsner style beer should smell like. Taste and mouthfeel are first introduced to a good carbonation, bread notes follow, and the finish ends with a slight sourness. Finish is not too lengthy. Definitely a brew to serve chilled. Clean, crisp, and dry - true to the advert on the label. I even used about a quarter cup today as the main liquid base in my hummus recipe. Hitting the spot on a Memorial Day weekend as we are starting to turn the corner into summer in Southern California.

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Photo of Squire123
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one to try. Oh, I don't have a list or anything, our local distributor got some of these in and they were on the shelf. I have a fondness for Pislners generally and never pass one up. This one fits the mold, light color, firm malt base sharply accented with hops. very clean flavor that's better than the most recent German Pilsner I've had. Good effort and a good buy.

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Photo of FBarber
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gorgeous clear crisp golden color with a two finger white head. that slowly dissipates leaving a thin whitehead across the top.

Smell is subdued but there are notes of hops, sweet malts, and straw.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of a straw flavor initially finishing with a nice mild bitterness from the hops. the flavors are a bit mild - would like a bit more depth there.

Feel is crisp, pretty carbonated, but very nice.

Overall a great example of an american pilsener that is true to the style - in this case German.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a crisp, clean, American lager, nothing special though. To me it needs more hops to be a Pilsner. Honestly it's refreshing but really only slightly better than Miller Lite and very similar. I actually think a lot of people would have a hard time telling the difference in a blind tasting and for $10 a sixer I probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of selecter70
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draught. Nice clear medium gold pour with medium to little lace; nice for a pilsner I think. Toasty malt & hop aroma that shows in the taste. Nothing fancy, good light to medium mouthfeel. A definite awesome pilsner awaiting warm day imbibing!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden in color with a big, thick, pure white colored head atop of the beer.

Smell: Noble hops. A bit grainy.

Taste: A little bit of sweet malts in the front and some hops pulling through in the finish. A well balanced beer here.

Feel: Good, sharp carbonation. Just about what I'd like to see from a pilsener.

Good, true to style beer here. Nice quality, without all the bells and whistles.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a growler, then quickly to my beer glass.

Look: Deep golden color, thin head, not too many bubbles.
Smell: Seems 50/50 on the hops and malts to me. Standard beer smell. But still good.
Taste: I am new to this so I cannot pick up anything "special" or overpowering. Tastes what a "regular" beer should taste like. Much, much better than a Bud, Coors, Miller, etc...
Feel: Light/Medium feel. Crisp. not much aftertaste. Clean.

Overall: I like it. It is a great step up from the standards of the world, but not to specific about a distinct taste. It would be a good beer for the masses if you want to start that "craft beer" journey. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Kdubzz
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've only recently gotten into Pilsners, so I'll admit that I'm not well versed in the style, but boy is this thing delicious. About the most refreshing beer I've had (gotta throw Victory Pils in there too), while not sacrificing taste or nose.
Straw golden/yellow with a smallish white head that fades quickly. Smells hoppy and grassy with some breadiness at the end. Tastes along the same lines, crisp hops ending cleanly, biscuity malt sweetness to balance. It's got a medium-light mouthfeel, aside from the high carbonation.
Overall, it seems like some of the other reviewers on here are a bit underwhelmed, but I don't see why. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Clear pale yellow body, slight carbonation visible. Bubbly white head with very low retention.
S- Bready malts, yeast.
T- Bready malts, yeast and a slight hop note. Sligthly sweet with a clean crisp finish.
F- Fresh, clean.
O- This is how a pilsner should be, no bells and whistles, just fresh, easy drink.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear yellow/gold. Smell is faintly grassy. Light sweet malt taste. This is a light and refreshing pilsner. Very dry and crisp. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours all clear and golden with 2/3" of white head on it. Smell is neutral grain.

Taste is prickly carbonation, some 2 row, maybe cascade and a noble hop. Not too assertive, light beer tasting beer as they would say.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden pour. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and lacing.

Light nose of noble hops over biscuit with a hint of lemon.

Light body that has a texture of water. Perfect carbonation with a burst of middle effervescence and rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite good, but lacks the intensity and complexity to be outstanding. It begins pretty much as it ends. A light hop flavor over a light biscuit and mild bitterness. The finish is clean, dry and crisp.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,906 ratings.
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