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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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has been 815 days since my last sampling of “Scrimshaw”, and I think I am overdue for a review.

The color the prototypical “Pilsner” a sparkling gold color with a unboastful head, creamy in consistency, bright white in color and as it dissipates the resultant lace a fine coating upon the glass. The nose dominated by the malt, crisp and fresh, clean to the senses and pleasant as aromas go. Sweet malt start, the top skinny in its feel, finish has a boastful acidity, the hops as expected were pleasing and not overpowering, droughty long lasting aftertaste. A decent drinking beer, that satisfies the thirst and decent for a “Non-Ale”!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow-gold body, with a small but steady stream of microbubbles. Big foamy white head. Very good lacing. Aroma is floral and spicy hops, with some bread/biscuit notes. A soft, malty start similar to Czeckvar. Floral and spicy hops arrive promptly after that malt start, and remain to offer a nice tingle in the aftertaste. Smooth and surprising creamy. Not as crisp as typical pilsners, fuller mouthfeel, longer aftertaste, but still clean.

First time sampling this in many years, and better than I remembered.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifully clear golden color with lots of bubbles and an impressive white head. It has a nice pungent fruit and black peppery hop aroma along with faint grainy notes. Smells great! The taste repeats the smell’s contents with the bold hops as well as a nice smooth malt background. The taste is blended superbly and is quite bold for the style. This is a very nice representation of the style IMO. It’s light body and smooth yet crisp clean characteristics make this one tasty blend! A great pils! Cheers!

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Photo of Morris729
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a large creamy white head that eventually gives way to a nice sticky lace. Nose is a nice blend of sweet malts and floral hops. Taste is slightly bready with only a mild amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent quaffing material!

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks the classic pilsner part: pale golden with pure white head. It's the taste that got me. I've been kind of off lagers lately, but the flowery hop flavours are exceptionally balanced and well-placed. Fades well without any unpleasant bitterness. A winner all around.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy darkish gold. Aromatic and spicy herbal hops dominate the aroma with subdued malts as well. Lots of micro bubbles continuously renew the small off-white head. Lace is scant and broken. Taste begins with slightly sweet malt, which fade into bread flavors. At mid-taste, the hops begin to dominate, carrying through to the finish, which is crisp and dry. A bit off trail from the typical Pilsner, but very good, nonetheless.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice pilsner. It is not a Weihenstephaner, but then what is? This is a smooth and clean pils that starts easy and finishes even easier. North Coast makes some of the finest brews available. Prost!

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is there palest beer. Although the aroma and apperance was very promising, it lacked the flavor I was looking for in a pilsner. Although it had a crisp, clean taste and a mild dry finish, it just lacked the something, that would seperate it from other pilsners of it's type.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw / golden color with a decent white head, leaves a nice lace. On the nose the aromas where of malt, grainy, and slightly grassy. On the palate there is a nice malt-ness to it, slightly spicy, grainy, earthy, green apple peels and clean and crisp. The mouth feel is some-what chewy. The finish is slightly dry but clean and crisp though. A good pilsener...

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark straw color and formed a white head that left some lace. The aroma was of spice, malt and hops. The taste was of malt and hops. The finish has a slightly unusual bitter aspect to it. Interesting flavor for a pilsner

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Photo of Mark
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

While Pilsner beers are not what I seek out nowadays, I decided to try this on a warm day recently. That this beer is from the highly regarded and one of my favorites North Coast, I felt less guilty about "stepping back" if you will. This beer is a pale straw that had a nice bubbly head and lacing was pretty good. I liked the soft malty refreshing taste and there was just the right amount of hop presence for the style. Very refreshing for warm weather drinking.

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Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Slight hazy pale straw in colour with a creamy lace that does not want to dissipate.

Smell: A vivacious noble hop and light grain malt aroma perfume from this brew.

Taste: Malty none the less, noble hop (Hallertauer and Tettnang) in the bitterness and flavour. Runs clean, crisp and dry.

Notes: A choice American brewed pilsner with eight awards, as of 1998, for proof.

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brewery puts out some fine products, but this one seemed to fall short. Straw color with moderate carbonation, and little grain in the nose. Flavor was light, mild and slightly sweet. While I would take it any day over a macro-brew, the beer was not particularly notable. Would fall into the upper spectrum of my lawnmower beer category.

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Photo of Murph
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I got a bad bottle of this. Pours a golden straw color with an almost nonexistent head. Faint hop aroma with a slightly stronger grain smell. Light hop bitterness with a slightly sweet malt flavor. Overall somewhat of a bland taste. Sticky coating is left in the mouth, almost syrupy (sp.?) Not very drinkable. Now I should mention that this is probably one of my least favorite styles of beer. I will pick one up every now and then to test myself. This is not one of the better pilsners that I've had and even though I think that I might have gotten a bad bottle I still won't buy it again.

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Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is "American Pilsner" an oxymoron? In any event, this is one of the better examples of a beer style that I think is very hard for American concerns to brew. Most of 'em just don't have the delicate and yet full flavor of Pilsner Urquell or even Crystal. But this one almost does -- good golden color, nice white head, whiffs of hops and malt in the nose and on the palate, and crisp carbonation. I like it.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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