Scrimshaw Pilsner | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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

Style: German Pilsner

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 AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice Pilsener that was golden-hued and had a fine white head and decent lacing. The aromas are of bready yeast and light malting. Very little hopping noted in the smell.

The flavor is clearly bready and yeasty, but balanced enough as to not be overpowering. The feel is a bit thin, but the crisp finish keeps this dimension in bounds. A very drinkable and refreshing Pilsener.

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Photo of proc
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Pils. Pours out to a pastel golden color in the glass with a moderate head. Aroma is that of baking bread, light yeast and light fruit. The taste shows off a nice use of hops which for most beers are lacking in this style. The balance is good though as the malt to hop presence is good without either overpowering. Nice finish and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scrimshaw has yellow/orange color with some haze to it. It doesn't pour out with much head and musters but a bare covering of bubbles on the surface.

The aroma is of slight malt, but nothing major comes through.

Taste - somewhat simple malt base. Doesn't remind too much of a pils, but it's great nonetheless. An orange citrus flavor there, too. A token bit of hops for balance, nothing more. Pleasant finish, no hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is smooth and in step with a well-done carbonation level.

Drinkability - not a show-stopper, but an all-around great selection. Easily could take good care of a sixer of these.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow in color with the traditional giant, pitting head that laced the heck out of the glass.

Smell – Light grain and hop aroma highlight this Pils.

Taste – The hops are right on track here, but there’s a strange sweetness that doesn’t belong. There’s also a grainy balance that would be more at home in an American Pils than one that claims to be German.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is cheap and disappointing, and the traditional dryness is lost with the accompanying sweetness.

Drinkability – This lacks the smooth texture and hop dominance of a classic German Pils.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Mild malt and trace of apple? There is an appealing scent that is just too subtle for me to name in there as well. Hints of spice as well. The closest I could come was powdered sugar, but that just doesn’t make any sense.
Appearance: Painfully clear, so pale that I’m afraid it won’t have any backbone. Formed a respectable head of tiny white bubbles that quickly faded into a weak ring but carbonation lasted well into the beer.
Flavor: The balance is on the malt, which is technically out of style for a pilsner. There is only the smallest hint of hops deep in the aftertaste, but there is enough to keep the malt from being unpleasantly syrupy.
Mouthfeel: For the light taste, a hefty mouthfeel, which, again, is out of style here. No hop pucker at all.
Overall Impression: This beer tastes great! My only beef is that it just doesn’t say “pilsner” to me. Maybe closer to a Dortmunder Export in style? If you are in the “style smyle” camp, I can only say this beer is good, but fairly bland. I also found it fairly filling, which counts against drinkability. I love North Coast beers, but this one just didn’t float my boat.

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Photo of MJR
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a mostly clear pale gold topped with small white head that quickly fades away, leaving only a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is well balanced between the freshly mown hay and bready maltiness and sharp, slighty herbal and earthy hops. Faint touches of honey and mustiness too. That balance carries over into the flavor, with a firm bitterness holding the biscuity malt in check. Quite a bit of dryness towards the finish, which serves to add some length. The body seems a touch thicker than desired, but bumping up the carbonation a bit would help that. This is a solid brew, and one that I could quaff on a regular basis during the warmer months.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My kind of pilsner....nice munich malt backbone....a nice otuch of herbal/spicy hops...pours a light gold color....nice white head that rims the glass....nose is spicy more than anything....mouthfeel is more creamy than crisp....body is firm and about medium...flavor is really balanced nicely between the predomiant munich malt and spicy/herbal hops...this slid down the hatch very quickly...not a big fan of Pilsners but I do favor German Style Pilsners and this is a good example....I would buy this again if looking for a pilsner

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Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold color, large white foamy head. Aroma is grassy, grainy and slightly sweet. Malty and mildly hoppy. Light and refreshing, Good hop to malt flavor. Somewhat fruity (orange). Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of Jon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with a sizeable white head and active carbonation present. Nose is doughy with earthy hops and lemon zest and other citrus present. Flavor is diverse with notes of herbal hops, sweet, bready malt, citrus and a super clean, dry finish. Mouhtfeel is quite smooth at first, but subsequently turns watery and underattenuated, which is perhaps the sole drawback to this pilsner. Scrimshaw is refreshing and very drinkable. German in nature with some definite West Coast US characteristics. Nice stuff.

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Photo of putnam
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, crusty gold-colored liquid with a protein-rich head that walks all over the glass.
On the nose it's loaded with decadent, sticky, dark-green buds and murky, tea-like malt fragrances. This is obviously a high-quality beer, loaded with choice ingredients. Chewy texture for a "pilsener" with lazy, toasted malt richness that succumbs to a vegetal, raw spinach-like bitterness in the mid-palate leaving a dry, metallic impression. I'm impressed with the cloth this is cut from, but there seems to be a lack of dynamism. Perhaps this sample was accidentally pasteurized.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This pilsner poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled but left lace on the glass. The smell was mild: malty with a trace of hops. The taste was mildly sweet with fruity, herbal hops. Other flavors included citrus, caramel, and grapefruit (hops). The mouthfeel was smooth with a puckering, tangy finish but a sweet aftertaste. The body was medium with low carbonation feel. This was a pretty good pilsner, but with quite a few additional flavors that I would not normally associate with a pilsner.

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Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly hazy bright golden colour. a few flecks of sediment float around in the glass. a snow white head is supported by ample carbonation. pleasing aroma of sour dough malts and grassy, herbal hoppiness. rather light bodied, but with creamy smooth mouthfeel. biscuit like malt flavours abound. a just right tinge of hebal hop bitterness rounds out the taste profile in the finish. extremely easy drinking with enough taste to mimick true european pilseners. a nice beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.41/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 19 June 2002. I am writing this reveiw from my notes. I admit that I'm not a big fan of pilseners. However, I actually happen to like Victory Prima Pils and Dogfish Head Prescription Pils. This beer is nowhere close to either of these. It would pass as an OK lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, but slightly hazy. Nice bone white head. Carbonation level seems moderate from viewing. Nice noble hop aroma on the nose (seems like Saaz). Hay and a subtle pils maltiness as well. Onto the flavor....Pils and biscuit like malt properties lay the backbone. Grassy, herbal hop tones are present througout. The bitterness is substanial and pleasing. Pretty solid taste. Body is a little better than medium. Carbonation seems about right. Not too bad.

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Photo of Realale
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightest haze to the pure gold color. Very fine tight 1/2" head settles to a thin cap.

Nose is earthy noble hop with a touch of orange over biscuity malt. Very well-balanced and appealing.

Crisp and quite hoppy initially. Settles into better balance. Finish is long and refreshingly bitter without being obtrusive. Simply a top-notch pilsner, regardless of where its from, and one of the very best domestic versions of the style I can remember trying.

Thanks to MJR for bringing this one back from his vacation for me!

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Photo of nomad
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden pilsener color, with a tiny fuzziness to its transparency. Did not display much of a head. Smelled of soft fruit, some florals. Mostly, it had a good grainy scent highlighted by an ounce-of-sweet pale malt. Overall, inviting with a nice mix and subtle blend for a pilsener (never though I'd ever say that!).

Taste was first of light, sweet fruit. Then came a light bitter that was barely citric, but still tasted of good German Pilz kind of hops. All was undergirded by a strong pale malt flavor (for a pilsener), that combined with good light bread notes too - sourdough-ish. Toward the end more salty and rough bitterness came on, like American types of hops.

Had a moderate dry finish, just enough, and a nice ease to the mouthfeel - watery but moderately thick, different but good. This beer is nice for a style that’s been commercially destroyed. I'd never thought I would respect a pilsener this much that I didn't drink in Prague. Hmmm.... memories....

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy yellowish gold with a nice white-ish head, good carbonation, and spotty lace. Light earthy hop aroma with grainy notes. Grainy malt flavor with a good degree of hoppiness to balance. Light-medium bodied with a light dry and bitter finish.

Good but very pricey for a Pils; I prefer this over their Wheat beer for summer drinking.

Per N.C.B.Co. website: Munich and Klages malts. Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. 22 IBU

Note: this beer was #33 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

Bronze Medal - 2000 Great American Beer Festival, Denver *
Silver Medal - 1996 Great American Beer Festival, Denver *
Bronze Medal - 1994 Great American Beer Festival, Denver *
Gold Medal - 1992 Great American Beer Festival, Denver *
* American Lager Ale/Cream Ale

($6.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of UnionMade
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darkish gold, with a pretty decent fluffy white head.
Aroma is lagery clean and mildly hoppy, with a slightly american feel to it. The hops don't quite have that spicy tang I expect with a good pilsner.
Flavor is a little strange. It starts off malty and light, with good effervescence and mouthfeel, traveling into a hoppy finish, but I don't think the hops feel clean enough. A touch of bready flavor in the aftertaste. A pretty decent pilsner, but maybe my expectations were a little too high.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, yellowish golden color. Off-white head that leaves lace.
Aroma of light, grainy malt and earthy hops. Slight notes of yeast and fruit.

Taste is light and nicely balanced. Sweet malts and a relatively crisp hop bite. Clean and smooth. Finishes well.

Mouthfeel is good, but just a touch off.
Refreshing and drinkable.

Overall, a good pilsener. Not as much character as some, but light, tastey, and refreshing.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint style glass

Pours a great golden color. A great white head that disappears too fast.
The scent is grainy with a slight hop bite. Not much malt.

The flavor is grain and grassy. Some mild hop fruitiness but with no bite just a teasing pop. There is a malt finish for balance. A simple brew. Very tasty, just not too much too report.

It is smooth and it has a great mouthfeel. A very enjoyable simple pilsner. Can I have another?

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a thick white head that dissipated quickly.
The aroma is of white bread and a light maltiness.
The taste is very nice with a fine carbonation that allows the very dry, light malt flavors to blend perfectly with the delicate hopiness.
Finishes with a bit of bitterness but it is very smooth.
Overall this is a very good beer to drink on a hot day and i would definetly buy this one again.

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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Smell is very faint (or my old nose isn't what it used to be) and hard to discern. Taste is smooth, with a medium to full body. Very slight bitter aftertaste that was fine. Mouthfeel was well-rounded, with a drinkabilty that was good, especially after a nice summer's walk.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a bright yellow pilsner color with a fluffy white head. The aroma was light with sweet malt and very mild hops. Taste is straight forward pilsner, malt, somewhat sweet and fruity, into an alcohol flavor, finishes crisp, mild hops, with little after taste, although a little acidic.

Not a huge pilsner fan, this one isn’t bad though. As it got warmer, it definitely had a more acidic metal taste to it though, so I liked it more straight from the fridge.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange hue with a white decent sized foaming head, which leaves a healthy amount of trickled lace around my glass. Aroma contains primarily biscuit malt, a citrus tone to it, along with mild floral tones ties it together very nicely. What a great little sipper this beer is with the rush of sweet all grain malt profile slight fruit tones thrown in with a background of nuttiness and the delicate bitterness brought on by the hops. Mouthfeel is light but not thin by any means nice amount of carbonation very smooth perfectly constructed beer. Doesn't completely strike me as a pilsner not much Saaz floating around here, but this one gets my approval. Drinkability is addicting I want another one, definitely the type of beer a could by a case of and use it as a summer sipper.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this becuase I liked the cover. Hey I'm honest aren't I? Very cool Sperm Whale and dorsal fin on the front. Kind of like being from old Nantucket.....there's a poem in here somewhere.
Anyway it poured golden and left a beautiful head that stayed about half way to the finish.
I smelled fruit and hops but just a good pilsner should, not too hoppy.
The taste had a little citrus but was over come with the clean bite from this pilsner. I enjoyed this and will not hesitate to buy it again.

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,030 ratings