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

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Added by kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours all clear and golden with 2/3" of white head on it. Smell is neutral grain.

Taste is prickly carbonation, some 2 row, maybe cascade and a noble hop. Not too assertive, light beer tasting beer as they would say.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden pour. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and lacing.

Light nose of noble hops over biscuit with a hint of lemon.

Light body that has a texture of water. Perfect carbonation with a burst of middle effervescence and rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite good, but lacks the intensity and complexity to be outstanding. It begins pretty much as it ends. A light hop flavor over a light biscuit and mild bitterness. The finish is clean, dry and crisp.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear and golden, thick foam capped head. Smell is clean and malty. Taste is exactly as expected, bready pilsner. Feel is light and crisp, very refreshing. If someone asked what a pilsner was, I would hand them a Scrimshaw. Well done.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap because I didn't want another high abv IPA and the restaurant had few tap choices. I should not have ordered it as I really don't like pilsners very much. This seemed fairly typical of the style.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Bev Mart $2.49. Poured into a pilsner glass. Light golden color, light mouthfeel, high carbonation, mild taste, overall a refreshing beer to drink.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured a brigh golden. Nice head. Aroma is of honey and sweeter grains. Very soft hoppiness. Flavor was a bit too sweet for me. Would enjoy more noble hop character. Honey, dough and bread. Hints of floral flavor. Lighter bodied. I wish it was drier. Not as good as I was hoping.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along with all the ales and monster brews i always seem to have on hand I like to get a quality pilsener or lager now and again. A well made one, like this one, is one of the most refreshing drinks ever invented.

This one poured into my pilsener glass and built a nice one inch head. The color is typical yellow. Totally transparent. Nice. The aroma is faint and clean. It has a mild straw smell. Also nice.

The taste is right were it should be. It's a mild balance of malts, yeast and hops. The finish is perfectly clean and sweet. This is the refreshing drink you want a pils to be. Right down the middle. No Americanization a la trying too hard or macrobrewing. Recommended.

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at a liquor store as a single bottle. Poured it into a regular pint glass.

L: This beer is darkish for a pilsner, but still pretty golden.

S: Some bread crust and a heavy vegetal scent. This beer smells....really, really weird.

T: None of the strange smell comes through. Not a lot of taste, just some slightly sweet malt and a little yeast. Very, very dry.

F: Pretty thick mouthfeel, given the style. Pleasant surprise, I hate watery beer.

Overall: Despite a weird smell, this is pretty delicious. No really obvious standout flavors, but no off flavors either. I could see myself putting a few of these back at a barbecue, and at only 4.7% ABV, I wouldn't be all too worse for wear. I just might have to pick up a sixxer of it.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best pilsner I've ever had. I can't find any faults. It has delicious bready, cracker-like malt flavors, balanced by nice, crisp hops. I can drink these all day. Enough complexity to be interesting, but not at the expense of drinkability.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a bit of initial haze. Clears quickly leaving good clarity. 1+ finger of dense off-white head. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma is mildly floral hops with an underlying spiciness. Some doughy maltiness. A bit muted all around.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Spicy notes more at the fore than the floral notes. Doughy, chewy malt. A bit of lemon and pepper.

Feel is dry and crisp. Medium body with medium carbonation.

A very fine pilsener. Easy drinking.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours pale gold with a slight haze, 1” white foam cap. S: light grain, Pils malt, and some spice
T: The palate is rich and malty with some light spice flavors.
F: Light body to a little more, above average carbonation to high. There is a sharp carbonic bite – the carbonation is a little harsh.
O: The Scrimshaw Pilsner has a clean, dry finish and I find it quite drinkable

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Photo of Chickenshack
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had had it a few times over the years and it was always solid. Was thinking it would be a good session lager but as I got a few in the grassy peppery bark of the hops started to overwhelm the palate. Still clean with a light body, pale golden color, enough breadiness to keep from being bland and watery, crisp carbonation. A great beer but looking doesn't replace expensive imports as a top notch session lager.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium golden amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles cascading up through the brew to produce a billowy white head of foam. The head is a little on the thicker side, fading over about a 4 min time frame and leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite strong of caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with a little bit of a peach and apricot smell. Along with these aromas comes some nice grainy notes as well as a little bit of some grapefruit citrus hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat drier bready and cracker taste mixed with some lighter caramel flavors. The caramel fades a bit as the taste moves on but is replaced by some of the peach and apricot fruit smells that were in the nose. These fruit however later fade, again drying out the flavor a bit. With a light hop taste consisting of some earthy and herbal flavors coming at the very end, one is left with a drier and crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the crisp and refreshing nature of the brew the feel is spot on and makes for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – A rather nice drinker overall that makes for a rather good summer brew.

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Photo of aidman
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not usually a Pilsner man: I usually find them too watery and bland. This one, however, is completely the opposite. It's certainly a beer I look forward to during the summer

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Photo of JRed
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold/hay color with white bubbly head that fades to a thin mist. Aroma of sweet grain, some hops. Smells fresh. Tastes of cereal, little pine, little grass, little bread. Light bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing and nicely flavored.

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Photo of kculrich
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, hard pour into a cold pilsner. Clear and clean, a little darker than I expect from a pils, with a modest foam head that subsides to scant lacing. Smells sharp and astringent, pleasantly so, and yeasty. Taste of straw and crackers and very faintly of something citrus. Nice pilsner-typical body, sharp, almost sour, with just the right carbonation to complement it. Overall: nothing sweet here - crisp, clean, refreshing, very close to my ideal of what an American pils should be.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-weak head but nice color
-smell of a pleasant ale
-starts to taste like smell but becomes plain
-feels good and refreshing just doesn't have the taste to go along with it
-average pilsner

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lite gold pour (16oz draft) with white head. Baked bread with hint of floral notes; bready with a little floral finish. Lite, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a nice lite way to start the day.

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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 MNJR
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A disappointing beer from North Coast, a normally great brewery. I have had this a few times over the last few years, and it's always the same: a little flat; flavors that don't belong (a bit sour with funky vegetables); watery; unpleasant aftertaste; and very reminiscent of macro beers costing half the price. There are so many better pilsners than this.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is clean and mildly flowery, sweet, and grainy. The body is very clear and pale amber in color with a frothy, eggshell-white head. There is more malt in the flavor than hops. The malt is smooth, sweet, and bready; the hops are only mildly bitter and add a hint of spiciness and floweriness. The body is medium-light with moderate, frothy carbonation and a good bite.

The mild hop bitterness and malt sweetness work well together, though the latter is unexpectedly prominent. The body isn't overly light and crisp but rather softly fizzy with just enough bite to be refreshing. Pleasant and satisfying.

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a clear amber with a medium head that poofs. nose; yeast, cracker malt, & light grassy hops. taste; clean pilsner grain, light lemon pith, hops, white bread, & gum. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. very clean, simple, & serviceable, but a bit too simple for me.

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Photo of loubar
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Pours clear gold with a lasting off white head. Some noble hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Slightly sweet, with a graham cracker malt base. Clean, slightly floral mid-palate with mild hop bitterness. Fresh, crisp, refreshing and tasty. Love the low carb, low ABV. A very well crafted Pilsner.

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Photo of jimchuck69
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My tastebuds love this and I'm no expert but I LOVE this. Crisp. Bubbly. Clean finish. Slight dryness. I hate flowery. I hate hoppy. I hate CRAFT for the most part. XLNT. BRAVO.

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Photo of honkey
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale Yellow, fizzy white head. The appearance to me is the worst part of this beer, although it is still far better than most American brewer's attempts at a German Pils. The Germans pride themselves on brewing the lightest color pils possible. This is just a bit too dark and the head did not last as well as I would like.

Aroma: Subtle hay, spicy hop aroma, slight bit of grass.

Taste: Lightly spicy hops, slight mint, followed by sweet hay. Very clean fermentation profile. This is a very good example of a German Style Pils brewed in America. Personally, I would like just a little more hop flavor, but that is just personal preference.

Feel: Very good mouthfeel, crisp, clean, no lingering effects.

Overall: I've tried four different American brewed German Pilsners in the last 2 days and this is BY FAR my favorite of the 4. I honestly did not expect to be nearly as amazed with this beer as I am. I would even say that it is one of the better German style pils available even including German brewers. I am shocked by the average review rating, but I think this has a lot to do with BA being biased towards specialty beers and tending to overlook more subtle beers or not appreciating how difficult it is to brew a beer to such a high degree of excellence as this.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,923 ratings.
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