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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Ratings: 1,680 | Reviews: 669
Photo of Mikeb8
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite summer time beer. Light and crisp perfection.

Photo of Batemanjeremym
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't too impressed. Tastes like a European pilsner

Photo of heytomcat
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best of the style

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best American pils to ever pass my lips

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Photo of Shadow10185
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer from north coast. A little too bitter for my taste but they have a great wheat beer I prefer over this brew.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great pilsner! Crisp and lagery without bing oversweet.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of MNJR
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of loubar
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of DMACH
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer. Golden color pure white head when poured from tap at Silver cow. Refreshing change to all the Ipa out there . Very sessionable

Photo of canton1956
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit cloying on the palate

Photo of jimchuck69
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

Photo of bnjmntrb
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

well placed lighter pull with a bright smack and a clean finish.

Photo of honkey
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of robgutie
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Delightful on a warm day.

Photo of ppvora
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

Photo of moundbz
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

basic, good cold, chug-gable beer

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of RyanK252
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.