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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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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Photo of ppvora
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a lager glass.

Golden hue, but just a tad darker than pure gold.

A good 3 fingers of head...had to pause for it to settle before more beer could be poured. Virtually no remaining aeration though.

Aroma: very little. Based purely on aroma, there was little to write about this beer.

Taste: Some barley and hops. A subtle citrus and orange-like flavor in the background. A mildly hoppy beer. A good one to introduce someone to what pilsners are all about.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, this is one of my brother-in-law's favorite beers, so I picked up a bunch for Thanksgiving. It doesn't disappoint.
A - fairly persistent off-white head tops a slightly hazed golden body
S - herbal, earthy, grassy nose, pilsner malt and a bit biscuity
T - earthy, grassy, a bit nutty, pilsner malt, a bit herbal, finishes with a slightly spicy, peppery bite
M - lighter body, very effervescent, finishes clean and balanced but not as smooth as some of its German counterparts
O - very nice American brewed German Pilsner. It's easy to drink and ended up being a crowd pleaser. I'd get it again for that reason.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

I'm hoping this was an old bottle (no date). The flavor was bready and malty, with very little of the crisp, hoppy bite I look for in a Pils. I'm being generous with a 3.4 just because I do think this bottle was well past it's prime. I'll have this again when I see it on draft to see if my suspicion is correct.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scrimshaw Pilsner brewed by North Coast Brewing Co, with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is nice with some grains and malts. There is nothing over powering so far. The taste is nice with some malts and grains. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Scrimshaw Pilsner has a smooth finish. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color that is slightly darker than most pilsners. A big foam head disapates and leaves a thin lace which retains well but disappears towards the end.
Grassy in the nose, then the aroma becomes sweet; malty, sugars, and slight tropical fruit.
Sweet taste predominates mostly from the malts. There is a low hops presence that is just enough.
Light body, slightly creamy and very smooth. Very soft carbonation helps you focus on the flavors.
The key to this beer is its simplicity. Not complex but very flavorful. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

On tap, 8-31-2014. Boston shaker.
A: Deep gold, no head. Clear, with little effervescence.
S: Clean pilsner malt; slight noble hop aroma.
T: Sweetish arrival, clean slightly floral mid-palate (less sweet and less hoppy than Warsteiner or any of the Czech pilsners I've had)
M: Fairly low carb.; mid to lightweight.
O: Good, but not great. I like others better in the German pilsner category more, and like all Czech pilsners more. I would buy a six pack of it, though.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a golden straw with minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet light malt, a little fruitiness.

T: Fruity and floral hops, a nice note of apple, a little almost berry note, and a light malt sweetness with a clean finish. Not especially bitter.

M: Light body, fairly light on carbonation.

O: Very drinkable pilsener, especially at 4.4%. Could be a session champ.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Appearance: bright white head, no retention or lacing. Clear golden color.

Nose: Hops and clean wheat.

Taste: Clean and crisp with a slightly moldy or cheesy finish. That sounds weird, but I don't meant it to be off-putting, it is quite good.

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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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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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