Scrimshaw Pilsner | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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

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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore. Hallertauer and Tettnang hops, that impart a light bitterness that feels higher. Creamy, easy drinking above-average for the style.Nothing to look at, neutral aroma. Fresh, crisp but a bit drying. Abou right carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark gold color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt, earthy/herbal hops, and a bit of an off funky aroma. Taste is better with grainy/biscuit-like malt and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the funky aroma I picked up in the smell knocks the score down a bit.

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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 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 metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear pale yellow in color with a bright white head that quickly dissipated but left a thin layer of bubbles continually covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of biscuity and grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a slight bit of sweetness. Not much in the way of bitterness is detectable from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and also quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.27/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The same brewery that makes Old Rasputin makes this beer as well??? Oy vey. I have to say, I didn't like this at all. I hope I just got an old bottle or something. Picked up a single of this because of the cool looking label and I like pilseneres so it seemed like a good idea. Pours a yellow color with ZERO head.. and I mean zero, like I haven't seen anything like it.. no lacing either (obviously). Taste is kind of sour and doesn't have a good mouthfeel at all.. had this following a Prima Pils and the difference was very apparent. Would not prefer to try again, like I said I hope it was just a bad bottle I got.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good American rendition of a classic pilsner beer. Looks a stron straw to golden in color. Pours a loosely knit white head that fades. Smells sweetly and crisply malty with some toasy and bready aromas. Tastes tosty and mildly caramelly. Mild sweet malts are defined and well balanced with flavoring American hops. A little more citrusy (grapefruit) than I prefer in a Pils. Finishes sweet and clean. Mildly creamy through the body. Well balanced.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a recent whirlwind tour of the Pacific Northwest's finer beer destinations (ok, this one probably came from a grocery store mixed 6).

This beer pours a mildly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some ghoulish webbed lace around the glass as it slowly passes from sight.

It smells of baking bread, mostly of the sourdough variety, white pepper, fresh straw, and some sassy leafy, grassy hops. The taste is bready pale malt, a bit of gritty breakfast cereal, peppery lemongrass, herbal yeast, some sulfurous mineral notes, and earthy, leafy, and musty hops.

The carbonation is on the low side of things, just a pleasantly prickly frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, maybe a bit creamy, and yet crisp, which is a neat trick. It finishes off-dry, the tangy malt not to be denied, even though the clearly duffing hops still give it the ol' college try.

An interesting Pils, that's for sure - Continental influence, NoCal edge. In the end, the crispness factor keeps this offering afloat, rendering an enjoyable and flavourful lager. A nice change-up from all the heady IPAs that I acquired along with this on that trip Stateside.

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly yellow with a touch of orange in the body; a small head and some lacing

Smell: Smells like a fresh baked loaf of bread with a bit of floral hops mixed in

Taste: A bit of sweetness on the tongue and some bitterness; the hoppiness never quite kicks in as you would expect from a German Pilsner

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light; nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing; a good session brew

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at the Yardhouse in L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a quarter finger head of fair thickness, fair cream, and poor retention. Colour is quasitransparent dark yellow.

Sm: Barley. Malt. So light me broken nose can barely detect anything.

T: Full bodied simple clean malts, full barley, malt layering, hints of slight cream, soft (i.e. low hardness) water, and hints of fruit-affected malts (citrus, cherry, and some other light ester). Decently balanced and pretty well built. Not particularly subtle or complex. Enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a touch overcarbonated and sharp. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. Pairs well with food. Not remarkable, but good for the style. Worth a go for fans of the style.

Low B-

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Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tarnished gold in color with a good bit of haze. A three finger head forms and retains nicely, leaving behind sheets of lace.

Smell: Cereal grain and a touch of earthy hops. Slightly buttery. Not terribly impressive.

Taste & mouthfeel: A semi-sweet malt foundation, balanced reasonably well by herbal/earthy hops. Light-bodied, somewhat slick and not quite as crisp as I'd like. Herbal and grassy hop notes appear briefly in the clean finish.

Notes: A perfectly drinkable but fairly average American pils.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color pils with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of Noble hops is more dominant then expected with a clean malt profile. Taste is also a mix between clean and lightly sweet malt profile with some distinctive dry Noble hops. Full body with some good carbonation. A bit hoppier then I was expected but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden/orange color with a pillowy, white, one-finger head.It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and barley.

T - It tasted of corn. It was bittersweet and slightly hoppy. There was a noticeable grain taste, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good american pilsner. Nice hops.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, floral, grass, bread, honey, and floral earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and strength of malt, fruity esters, and light hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, floral, grass, biscuit, light pepper, honey, light nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, floral, grass, biscuit, light pepper, honey, light nuttiness, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity esters; with a fair amount of hop flavor; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a light creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice Pilsener. Definitely not as dry as most I have had; but has a nice balance of fairly unique flavors, and is very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves modest lace.

S - A light, musty aroma of herbal hops with some malt sweetness in the background. A hint of honey; well conditioned and clean.

T - Light, herbal hops up front with sweet, bready malt. Notes of graham crackers and some red apple flavor in the middle. Finishes with herbal hop character and light bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not too bad, that aroma is light and clean but the flavor is not quite as smooth. There is a hint of fruitiness and some husky, grainy qualities to the malt character that I didn't detect in the aroma. The hop character is a bit weak for my taste as well; I would like to see a bit more bitterness and aroma to balance this level of sweetness. Enjoyable, but there are certainly better pilsners out there to be found with little effort.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass,it would have been nice to see in a pilsner.Poured a nice yellow color with fluffy head,smell was fruity and slightly bread-like.First thing I noticed on the palate was the hoppiness,probably the most hoppy tasting pilsner I have tried.Taste was rounded out with some malt backround in the end,a real drinkable beer that I was somewhat impressed with.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright golden in color with a foamy, bright white head that holds quite well and leaves an excellent, full lace throughout the glass. The aroma expresses a good combination of grainy malt and mild, pleasant, and slightly floral hops. The body is medium-full, and combined with a median carbonation level it gives a soft, almost chewy mouthfeel. The flavor is a perfect melding of bready German pilsner malt and slightly spicy & gently floral hops. The finish, like the flavor and aroma before it, offers a intertwining malt & hop character that gently lingers. Only slightly dry, but clean and crisp. Very well balanced. Certainly not overly bitter. A great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and bready malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with a little bit of sweetness. There’s a good hops presence that provides some balance and there’s also a pretty hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, not much of a kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer if you want something mild. However, I normally look for something stronger and when I do want something mild, I typically won’t for a beer that’s as pricy as this one tends to be.

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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 mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Plain and buttery. Pretty forgettable at first acquaintance. Nice appearance with golden color and thin foamy cap. Pretty, even, like sunlight in the tall glass. Slight sandpapery texture in the mouth, and a light body. Pleasantly carbonated on the tongue.

Not too hoppy, especially for the style. A mellower Pilsener. Thoroughly drinkable, and pleasant enough for the low alcohol.

On tap at La Sirena in South Laguna Beach. It was $6 for 15 oz pour, at least they're honest about their "pint" glasses.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh, North Coast, you make it so easy sometimes.

Appearance: Pours out a pale yellow color with a crest of creamy, white foam on top.

Smell: Sweet, light biscuity maltiness accentuated by a floral hop aroma.

Taste: Starts with a mild (almost ale-like) toasty sweetness that develops into a soft citrus hop and residual grain flavor. Finish is dry and metallic.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Clean and crisp - the two C's that please.

Drinkability: Exciting stuff. For a pilsner.

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

Minimally hazed bright banana-amber with a fair amount of vigorous carbonation jumping off the bottom of the pint glass. The head is a shade darker than pure white and looks a little fluffysoft. A moderately thick film persists on top of the beer with a few scraps of lace clinging to the glass. The nose is of grain and hops, giving a good indication of what's to come.

Light on taste, even for the style. Cranking the flavor knob up a notch or three would help, since what I can appreciate is pretty good. It isn't a 'knock my socks off' kind of beer, but it does have a pleasant, fresh grain flavor that I find enjoyable. It's definitely easy drinking given the light body and the crisp finish.

Scrimshaw Pilsner is what a macro light beer would taste like if I was king of the world. Looking for a good lawnmower beer? I may have just found a pretty good one.

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Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an efferevescent bronze with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. This beer looks fantastic in Paulaner Pils glass! Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Herbal & soapy hops

T: Citric hops, grainyness (that works) & honey malt up front. Herbal hops & malt sweetness follos as this warms. Finishes bready, slightly dry, with lemony hops & a fantastic crispness

MF: Medium bodied, perfectly balanced& excellent carbonation

Great drinkability, easy to session due to the low abv, yet full of great pils flavor. Had this before & it didn't impress me. I think finally came across some that's fresh (no packaging dates to verify this). Maybe a little pricey @$7.99 a sixer, but worth a look, I'd say this compares favorably with many german & czech competitors

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber colr with a huge high head the slowly comes down with some, very little lace. Smell is earthy, maybe some caramel in there, corn even. Taste was very malt, with a slight dry hop finish. Some nuttiness maybe. Perfectly carbonated, and an easy drinker. Could probaly do a few of these, though I wouldn't really seek it out. Good pilsner though.

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