Scrimshaw Pilsner | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev +7%

A: Pale yellow gold. Nice white (very white) tall head. Poured in a pilsner glass.

S: Lemon grass and not much else.

T: Same as nose as for the lemon grass. Also orange, oats, honey, sweet bread, wheat, and saltine crackers. Lovely flavor and easy to drink.

M: Light and very buttery. Easy drinking.

O: Awesome session ale. Tasty and easy at the same time.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- smells of hops and wheat, not much there. Appearance- Pours a traditional BMC golden yellow color with a small white head. Taste- Wheat, citrus and lemon grass, OK flavor Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. Overall- An average beer.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

This is my first beer from North Coast. Served from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a light to medium gold with a decent head that doesn't leave much lacing. Hops are very noticeable in the aroma, but there is a lack of malty or grainy notes. Taste is good, with hops out in front again. I would have preferred more of a grainy dryness here as I think it's more consistent with the style. Mouthfeel is decent if a bit thinner than I would have liked. Carbonation is significant and nicely refreshing. Overall, this is a decent warm weather beer, and while I would certainly drink it again if offered, it's not something I would go out of my way to get my hands on.

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Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

A very warm day is a good day for pilsners. Here goes:

A: Pours a clear gold (maybe a little coppery, though) with a three-fingered head that leaves some lacing. The head is nice and fluffy and the beer looks like a pilsner. Great. 4.5/5

S: Good. None of the corn smell that is present in many American adjunct lagers - this one is solid barley (maybe some wheat, too) and hops. The malt is rather mild and grainy, but the hops are readily apparent. I can smell lemon, grass, pepper and lighter spices - very European and not robust like in American beers. Some drawbacks, but good.

Overall, the smell is rather simple: grainy malt and lemony hops. This is great for a pilsner, however. 4/5

T: Taste follows the nose except the malt is more apparent. Can still detect lemon, grass and lighter spices from the hops, and the malt has a rather distinct grainy taste. Simple but good. 4/5

M: Very clean and crisp. Glides down the throat. Great. 4.5/5.0

O: Proof that beers don't have to be complex to be very good. 4.25/5.00

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, very slightly cloudy gold with a thick foamier white head. The head has minor retention and leaves a smidgen of lacing. The aroma is very good, with notes of a nice biscuit and fresh grass nature. The taste has similar components with just a light hint of sweetness on the finish. There is a nice crispness to the finish and good thin weight to the body. Very good, certainly

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Photo of popopine
4.79/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, just keep coming back to this one. Poured into a shorty. Has a lively pumpkin glow. Inviting for sure. But what really makes it special is the citrus aroma. It's outstanding with every sip (or gulp). Non of the mustyness that comes with many pills. And the taste is exceptional. Scrimshaw takes you on a nice bright flavor ride before pulling back to a clean satisfying finish. Could drink this one all the time -- wait, i do!

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Photo of NikyP
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Clean drinking and tasting pilsner. Minimal lacing, clear golden color and barley aroma. Just like a pilsner should be. I could drink this one all day. Carbonation was a little on the fizzy side, but did not detract from the experience.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze, a moderate effervescence and a thin finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with a good grainy character and a nice dose of noble hops. Hops are a little herbal but not strikingly so; I think this is quite a good example of the style.

Taste: lightly grainy malt character with a lot less hops than the aroma. Bitterness is quite low. Not bad, but I would have really liked the flavor to track a bit more with the aroma.

Mouthfeel: light body with a very good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Quite good for the style.

Overall: this is a nice, refreshing Pilsner. It's perhaps not as crisp as I'd like, but that is a bit more in-style to a German Pils rather than a Czech one.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, drank from a seidel. Drank at just above fridge temperature (45F?)

Appearance: Beautiful golden amber colour with plenty of luscious foamy white head. Visible carbonation. Probably couldn't get any better.

Smell: Sweet, delicious malt with lots of estery banana, berry, and other fruit flavours. A tasty and refreshing smelling floral hoppiness compliments the fruitiness. Amazing.

Taste: A little less prominent than the smell, but still solid. Light malt but complex hops. Very good example of the pilsner style.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and full feel, leaves a nice aftertaste, and no alcohol taste. Very smooth and satisfying, and refreshing as well.

Overall: Best pilsner I've had up to this point. Excellent session beer, tasty and refreshing especially in a warm summer evening. Very well priced as well.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear light golden body with a fantastic thick billowy white head.

Smell: Rich European Munich/Pilsner malt aroma and lovely floral hop smell.

Taste: Very bready with soft subtle flavor from the Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Full flavored yet light.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately full bodied yet very light and smooth.

Overall: Bordering more on Helles/Czech Pilsner territory than German Pilsner. More bready and floral than sharp and earthy. Listed as 4.7% ABV on North Coast Brewing website.

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Photo of Michael-Poppe
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So let me first start by saying this is not my "style" beer. I prefer IPAs Belgium trips/quads, basically intense and heavy beers. Problem is that after 4 or 5 I'm toasted. So occasionally I like drinking a lot of beer and find getting lower ABV so I can remember what I did the night before.

This is a fantastic beer very crisp and refreshing. I bartend and always recommend this for people looking for something on the lighter side (Kona Longboard Lager is another)

Easy drinking and golden color and wont leave you destroyed after a few. Has a nice finish but it leaves quickly.

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Photo of malvrich
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from brown bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a finger of frothy tight head. Dark gold color. Hazy. Good head retention and lacing. Lace pattern left all the way up the glass at the end.

S: Light smell of the hops with crisp bread at the back. Inviting carbonation rising.

T: Crisp bread/biscuit, hops seem almost an afterthought at first. I love the malt profile of this beer. Subtly grainy but very pronounced crackers/crusty bread. Maybe hard for the hops to keep up but they do come through on the finish as slightly piny. Hops are there but thankfully NC saw no need to have them overpower the biscuit and grain. Thankfully this does not strike me as sweet.

M: Silky, soapy. Carbonation is nice and tingly. Somehow a bit heavy for a pils.

O: Perhaps my current favorite. Definitely in my top 3! I love this and consider it a great representation of the style. The low ABV is also quite a plus to me. Perfect summer brew. I would drink these all the time if they weren't so damned expensive ($11/6).

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a flute. This is a deep golden yellow beer, nearly light orange, with a creamy white head resembling whipped cream that settles down quite quickly. Aroma is classic white bread-like pale malts predominantly, with a subdued stronger cereal note and noble hops notes, slightly floral and fruity. The cereals are stronger on the palate, and truth be told this is one of the best German pilseners I've had from a malt standpoint. There is a rich and sweet caramel-like maltiness along with the more expected cracker and sourdough bread notes (there must be a decent dose of crystal in this) and the hop flavors are really popping out as well ... I am getting some tangerine and orange in here, unripe stone fruit galore, faint brown spice (!), grass and fragrant hay ... The citrus is quite prominent in the finish. Body is thin as per the style but with a shade more chew than mass-produced adjunct lagers, and the carbonation is pleasingly toned down but still robust enough to remind you that you are drinking a pils. Finishes fruity yet dry and a little chalky, with a massive citric presence that lingers. Absolutely brilliant stuff. The green malts provide most of the heft but the hop flavor and bitterness keeps up admirably.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampling right now on 5/15/14. Ever tried this one before. Great looking label and brown bottle. Part of a 'Make your own 6' for $8.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy gold in color with a good almost 2-finger head that settled down to a think layer on top and sides of the glass. A great deal of lacing is seen, like most German Pilsners. The aroma is mostly of just grass and fresh bread. The taste is well...fantastic! Not overly complicated at all for the taste. Very refreshing and goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Very surprised as I wasn't sure of how this one would be overall but very pleased!

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Photo of Mojo
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into pilsner flute

A - slightly hazy light gold with a small head, minimal retention and bits of lacing.

S - mostly grass and bread

T - crisp and malty with a very dry finish which is similar to a wheat beer

M - pleasing with tons of carbonation, virtually no aftertaste

O - not my favorite, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of USAF77
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Pils Ive ever had. Not as malty as some but absolutely about as "refreshing" as a Pils could be. A nice pour to a very nice golden color. Some citrus and a bit of grass. A rich head and very nice retention that refuses to leave the glass. Nicely carbonated.

Not overly complicated but what sets it apart from others is i do believe this is the cleanest most refreshing Pils Ive ever had. Clean and sharp with just the right dryness. I love pils with food and this doesnt not dissapoint.

My other favorite Pils, Lagunitas, is breadier and more complicated owning a better after taste. I only bought this cause they were out of Lag's. On sale at $7.99 its a steal. Im loving it.

A very good Beer. No doubt.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky pale straw color. A white airy head slowly recedes, good retention. Impressive webbed lacing remains.

Aroma: Lots of straw, white pepper, dried grass.

Taste: A malty body is decorated in pepper, lemongrass, and subtle citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: A beer that has little to complain about.

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Photo of bobvinson2002
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If God himself were to drink a beer, it would be this one. It has the light, drinkable texture, all of the alcohol content, and no nasty aftertaste. I can drink this while i eat dinner, or I can come in after mowing my grass and this beer is absolutely amazing. I have had it semi warm and ice cold. Of course Ice cold is the best. The one thing that I truly admire about this beers flavor is that is goes great with any food you make. I truly love it best with a big plate of fried Cod, Fried chips and hush puppies!

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Photo of lostinfla
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Medium straw color with a bright fluffy head that lingered a while.
Carbonation was spot on for this style.
Beer has a fresh bread / yeasty smell with a very faint hop note.
Taste was as quite light and refreshing after my latest string of hoppy IPA's! Its smooth, clean and has virtually no bite at all.
This one is a great session beer that I will return to!

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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pokal glass, this beer pours a clear, pale, light to medium gold color. The fluffy looking white head is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured, eventually settling to a good 1/4 inch that sticks around for awhile, eventually settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with decent lacing. Aromas of pale malt sweetness along with a hint of floral hops. Has a mildly sweet malt flavor upfront along with German noble floral and slightly lemon hops. Has a crisp, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable in the way this style of beer should be. Very refreshing on this mild spring night. Not a very complex beer, but this style isn't supposed to be too complex so in that sense this beer is spot on for the style and quite good!


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Photo of Timothy_ShaneMcCarhty
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For the style this beer is amazing. North Coast rules. Acme pale and Old Ras are very good as well. I am the beer manager at a store located in MD and I recommend this beer all the time for anyone who drinks any style of beer. Surely a favorite to many.

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Photo of Paincane
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Gold colored pour with pillowy white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Grassy and bread aromas.
T: Biscuit, cracker and bread flavors with a low hop profile producing dry finish but little bitterness.
M: Well carbonated, light smooth mouthfeel.
O: Nice Pilsner.

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Photo of ranger7
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.

A: Nice foamy head - thick with good retention. Light gold with lots of tiny bubbles.

S: A bit soapy sweet, maybe some citrus.

T: Crisp and refreshing. A nice pilsner.

M: Thin and clean, and very drinkable.

O: Nice. Could use a bit more character, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy Orange color with a thin head with medium retention.
Light aroma of White Bread, orange and lemon citrusy and herbal hops.
Refreshing and pleasant Pilsner with predominant relatively intense notes of herbal and orange-lime citrus. Hints of spiced lager yeast, grains and sweet pale malt. Dry, mildly bitter and slightly acid aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Good pilsner, it just lacked a bit more bittering hops.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark gold yellow and clear color with very thin lace/film on top. Not very thick lace down the glass, just some specks here and there.
Smells bready and malty and heavy at first, with some undertones of hops and bitterness in there. There is something off, maybe it just doesn't smell as strongly as it should. A little watery, but what aroma is there, is good.
Taste is good, very grain and bread like. Refreshing on the malt side, and nice hop flavors at the end. Not too big on the hop though, just a little bit to bitter and crisp it up. Good, but nothing to write home about.
Nice mouthfeel, a little creamy and nice carbonation.

Overall, I'm partial to Czech pilsners and this one is very much more German in style. It is good, but just very safe. Drinkable, that's for sure. Overall, an ok session beer, maybe on a summer afternoon. But not one to run back to any time soon.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,891 ratings.
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