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:
Named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers, Scrimshaw is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Scrimshaw has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.

Added by kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of Pilsner beers, but this was a pleasant surprise.

Bottle poured into weizen. Two finger off-white head; heavy carbonation

Smells: grain, hop, and wet cereal

Taste: Dry, grainy, and toasty

Mouthfeel: perfect, not too watery.

Best pilsner I've had, alongside Czechvar.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves lots of clunks of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Nice aroma of bready malts and wheat grains. Big hints of biscuit and crackers with some cereal grains. Some good hints of floral and spicy European hops. Also some hints of citrus lemon and orange. A pretty well balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the smell shows, a nice and light mix of malts, grain, and earthy hops. Bready malts with a taste of biscuit, crackers, and yeast. Cereal wheat grains. Light taste of lemon and orange coming through along with some mildly spicy Noble hops. Flavors are kind of laid back even for the style, but it tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Starts sweet and finishes fairly drying.

Overall: A decent lighter lager. Has some nice biscuit flavor and hop spice.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this on sale at a local that's newly selling micro-brews. I can't recall if I've ever had this one before, maybe on a visit to the west coast.

No dating on the stubby brown bottle.

A -- Clear, deep golden color with a very dense, long-lasting, off-white head. Very Pils-like.

S -- Light graininess and mild DMS.

T -- Grainy, almost nutty character up front that folds into a slightly citric, lightly tart fruitiness. Finish is lightly bready with some mild, spicy hops in the aftertaste. Even some mild tart to sour character in the aftertaste with warming. Not lager-like, but not distracting.

M -- Mouthfeel is fleetingly soft & slick to crisp with a medium-light body.

O -- Not a bad drinker, nothing offensive and very refreshing on another hot day, but lacking in any real Pils character other than the look and some light bitterness in the aftertaste. At $7 a sixer, it wasn't a bad buy, anything more and I'd have probably felt ripped-off.

*Edit: Just reading at the N. Coast web site that this beer has won medals in the category "American Lager Ale." While I'm not sure of the BA's definition, if it's anything close to a Kölsch, and NC had labeled this beer as such, I'd have given it higher marks.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,991 ratings