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 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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Photo of Indybeer
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, with a small head. Some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and hops, with a faint floral nose. Good carbonation, almost a fruitness that comes through, with mild bitterness in the finish. An over all enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pure gold with a snowy white head and some sticky, if spotty lace. A fragrant floral whole hop aroma awaits you and slowly fades as you drink. There's not a lot of malty character to discuss...even for a Pilsner. There's a mild grainy sweetness and just the faintest herbal quality to be aware of. I would have preferred more assertive hop flavors instead of this weak acidic citrus and mild metallic bitterness. Not a bad American Pilsner, it just doesn't compare well to most Czech and German varieties

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Photo of stirgy
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear golden color and the aroma has a pleasant grainy bitterness. Some sweetness there, too.
This is a decent and dry pilsner. Finishes clean and is very crisp. Good malt character with an easy drinkability. I think there are better pilsners out there, but this is a nice and satisfying American version.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unlike most BAs I have a predisposition for pilsners but the good US microbrewed ones are few and far between. This is at the top of the heap. Brilliant gold with ample head and lace. Delicate, fragrant aroma of flowers and lemon bread. Surprisingly malty for a pilsner although this isn't too far from the Czech version. Tons of flavor. The hops are certainly there but subdued until the very end, when they linger on the tongue and coax you into taking another sip. Soft, cushy mouthfeel. Between that and the head, I am guessing there's some wheat in the recipe. I can't imagine anyone, be it the most intrepid imperial stout loving Beergeek, or the most timid macroswilling bargain-beer-buyer, not finding something to enjoy about this beer. I've had it on tap but I am currently enjoying the bottle more.

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Photo of beernut7
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The art-work on this bottle is some of the nicest I have seen in a while. What is inside is almost as impressive. Pours a hazy straw color with a quick thin lace. The aroma is sharp and hints of toasted malt. The body is smooth and takes the edge off an aggressive bitterness and a little floral spice. The finish brings up a delicate malt, but a good amount of bitter carries the brew all the way from rim to base.

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

This pilsner poured a nice pale straw color, with a small head that stuck around for a while. Very attractive looking for the style, with very noticeable bands of active carbonation. The mild hoppy scent had a subtle floral bouquet, with a touch of malt. The Scrimshaw had a nice crisp taste, and had a bit of an added sweetness that I didn't expect. Smooth, slightly bitter, and refreshing. The visible carbonation didn't quite prodce the fizziness desired on the tongue, but the medium to lighter body was appealing. Very easy drinking, I could easily sit back and enjoy several. I think I would have appreciated a bit more bitterness to give it more of a kick, but it had all the characteristics of a good pilsner. I love the name, too. Scrimshaw's a pretty cool word, and a pretty good beer.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks close to perfect for a pilsner. Clean, golden yellow. Decent head when first poured, but not much sticks around. Wonderful aroma for a pilsner. Smells refreshing. Tastes pretty good. Crisp and clean, but a scoots in my mouth a little too much. Semi-bitter aftertaste at first, but it smooths out to a pleasant lingering.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ElGuapo
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a crystal clear golden yellow color with a large pillow of white foam on top. Grass, pale malts and grains are in your nose after a good whiff of this brew.

A very crisp carbonation starts this beer off right. It has a pretty light body, but there is no flavor missing. Lots of grass combined with floral hops to merge well with a grainy mass of pale malts. Cereal comes in the aftertaste like wheat cheerios. It is not very complex or amazingly interesting, but it is a good old pils. It is a great drinker, and probably anyone could drink quite a few. It is refreshing till the last drop. This would be an excellent beer to have with almost any food, or to just hang out and take a few down.

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

Nice white head that only lasted for a bit. Smell was not very strong and very faint. Color was a cloudy-ish yellow. The taste was a bit different than the usual Pilsner. Grassy/Nutty flavor that. It seemed heavier than most Pilsners I have had. A nice drinking beer though.

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Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-opaque medium gold color (odd that its murky) with a great pale head of 1/4 of an inch of persistant creamy bubbles. Decent cross-lacing in a tall Pilsner glass. Bright and grassy hop aromas, in the noble vein (Tetnang influenced?), but with associated bready and yeasty notes. Flavor is straightforward, sweet malts may be a touch overdone, but lending a soft initial flavor with no off characters. Delicate apple impressions. A decently crisp hop attenuation at the close and a light feel to the finish. Perhaps slightly malt-laden for a Pilsner but a well done and highly drinkable beer, here.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle with a fluffy white head sitting on clear light golden liquid. Nose is crisp maltiness, grassiness & some flowery hoppiness. Taste is first malty sweetness that lingers on the palate a bit followed by a restrained hop bitterness. Finishes up neither here nor there...I was expecting just a bit more in the hop department...just an average Pilsener.

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Photo of optikon44
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a single finger deep foamy head that dissipates in about a minute. A good number of mid-sized bubbles line the glass and stream upward. The color is a somewhat cloudy golden yellow. Pleasant toasty malt smell with noticeable citrusy hops. Tastes fruity and sweet to start, moves into some toasty malt, but is then overtaken by an unpleasant alcohol quality. Medium to full bodied, this beer is pretty "in your face." It's kind of rough with a lot of hoppy bitterness. Overall, this "pilsner style" brew doesn't seem to be properly balanced and as such won't find it's way back into my refrigerator.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours very golden with a weak head. The nose is also weak with definite hop tones. The taste is strong and aggressive with hints of the north coast signature flavor that lies at varying strengths in all their beer I have tasted. The finish is hops also but is clean. The mouthfeel is fluffy and rather enjoyable.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +16.9%
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 +7.1%
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 +11.1%
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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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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