Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,711 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 59
Gots: 210 | 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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Photo of bobvinson2002
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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!

Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow in color with the traditional giant, pitting head that laced the heck out of the glass.

Smell – Light grain and hop aroma highlight this Pils.

Taste – The hops are right on track here, but there’s a strange sweetness that doesn’t belong. There’s also a grainy balance that would be more at home in an American Pils than one that claims to be German.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is cheap and disappointing, and the traditional dryness is lost with the accompanying sweetness.

Drinkability – This lacks the smooth texture and hop dominance of a classic German Pils.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from draft a an earthy yellow with a
strong head. The carbonation is lively and
easily seen.

S: Malty with hints of grass/lemon

T: Strong malt flavors with hints of citrus.
The grainy/grassy flavors are the supporting
cast in this pils.

M: Heavy as pilsners go with a lot of body and
a little filmy after swallowing.

D: A drinkable pils but not as crisp and clean
as I prefer a pils to be. The malty flavor
wasn't strongly supported and the heaviness
is not a summer time draw, I'll try it again
in the fall.

Photo of sellmeagod
2.24/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a pilsner fan in general, but this is certainly not one to get excited about.

Boring pour with light coloration. Smells alright, but that's probably because there's almost nothing to smell.

Sure it's a 4.4 abv little wimp, but even then the taste is lacking. Watery is an understatement. It feels like drinking club soda. You can drink it quick, though.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This started out well, a very good-looking beer. Gold, thick white head, good lacing. Nice floral, outdoorsy aroma. The taste was pretty much all piney hops, way too much so. Not very crisp or refreshing. I've enjoyed other pilseners more. My wife, however, liked this beer a lot.

Photo of warnerry
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brown with only 1/2 a finger of very light colored head.

Smell is mild hops and malt with a nice slight yeast bready smell.

Taste is similar to smell, basic and clean.

Mouthfeel is very light with a slightly dry finish.

This is a great beer for a hot summer day. Nice example of the style.

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

This is a welcoming beer to my winter-weary taste buds. I love the Pilsner style of beer, and this one is "just right" in the hops and malt department for me. It pours beautifully, a light amber with a thick head and lingering laciness. Smells of summer to me. Taste is crisp, with just the right balance. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and leaves the palate dry and refreshed. I could enjoy this one on the deck this summer with a grilled burger and potato salad, or right now with a tasty Reuben sandwich and chips. Sooo much better than the mass-produced pilsners being offered in the U.S. these days. I'll be back for more!

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Slight hazy pale straw in colour with a creamy lace that does not want to dissipate.

Smell: A vivacious noble hop and light grain malt aroma perfume from this brew.

Taste: Malty none the less, noble hop (Hallertauer and Tettnang) in the bitterness and flavour. Runs clean, crisp and dry.

Notes: A choice American brewed pilsner with eight awards, as of 1998, for proof.

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow/light gold with an offwhite head that quickly drops into patchy lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malts dance a waltz with the floral hops and Granny Smith apple background. In the mouth, there is abundant fizzy carbonation and some moderate hop bite. Plenty of caramel malt sweetness in the taste, backed up with solid Munich maltiness. Fruity and floral hops are around to lend a delicate balance. Excellent finish is clean and dry. I could have a couple more of these, anytime. I enjoyed this one with pickled okra. A perfect session brew here.

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce, stubby brown bottle, put into stream of commerce w/o freshness dating. Pours the expected golden straw, clear, looks as a pilsner should. Nose is heavily rye and flowery, with spicy German hops. White slight head and leaves a decent amount of white lacing. This one seems to lack the hopped for crispness and snap of a fine example of the style. Its way too "mushy" in the center to garner higher marks. Middle of the road pilsner.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: grass, honey, toasted malt, and some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, very sweet with some light bitterness in the back

Overall: I am a person who prefers malts to hops and this is one of the maltier pilseners I have had in a while. With the low abv I could session this. I am glad I bought a six and will look for it again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is basic pilsener with a lot of lighter malts and some perfume notes from the hops.

The flavor is pilsner malt and a mix of hops. I get grass, flower and perfume notes from the hop bill in this beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Byeast
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very slightly hazed , goldenrod-yellow with a bubbly white head. Smell is of the malts , also some slightly spicy / herbal hop aromas. Taste is focused on the malts at first , pale malt , clean , hops provide a nice , crisp , straw and grass flavor that finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is light. A very drinkable German pilsener , not quite as much an effervecent showcase as many , but very drinkable and nice hop profile.

Photo of jakester
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw gold with tiny floaters. A small white bubbles head forms on top, falls pretty quickly to islands and a ring, with no real lacing.

Aroma is faint, lightly bready pils malt, and faint citrus hops. Really not much smell to speak of.

Flavor is light bready malt, some hop bitterness, and some light citrusy hops, kind of like lemons. It's not a bad flavor, but I've had better pilsners. Sweetness is pretty high. Aftertaste is short,bready, and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied, but sweet, if that makes any sense. Carbonation is low, which adds to the slight wateryness of this beer. Finish is on the this side.

I suppose this could be slightly aged. I can't tell because there's no readable date. There's a code inked on the bottom of the bottle reading "116 A-2 0831" August 31...what? There is nothing really "pilsnery" about this beer. It's ok, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of magictrokini
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Clocktower Cellar in Mammoth. Poured clear yellow-gold with a short, puffy white head. Average lacing. Floral, sweet grass and lemon peel aroma blended with the pilsner grain and hops. Well carbonated mouthfeel without stickiness. Clean, lemony-citrus taste throughout, strong yeast and grassy hops as well. Pleasant cereal grain flavor towards the finish. Sweet, dry finish. A very, very good pilsner

Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves lots of clunks of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Nice aroma of bready malts and wheat grains. Big hints of biscuit and crackers with some cereal grains. Some good hints of floral and spicy European hops. Also some hints of citrus lemon and orange. A pretty well balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the smell shows, a nice and light mix of malts, grain, and earthy hops. Bready malts with a taste of biscuit, crackers, and yeast. Cereal wheat grains. Light taste of lemon and orange coming through along with some mildly spicy Noble hops. Flavors are kind of laid back even for the style, but it tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Starts sweet and finishes fairly drying.

Overall: A decent lighter lager. Has some nice biscuit flavor and hop spice.

Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw colored, crystal clear, with a thin low white head. Fresh aroma that's initially bright and lemony zesty, but quickly becomes sweeter and maltier, with some cinnamon spice. Flavor is leaning toward sweet, but not approaching cloying. There are light hints of corn and biscuity malt, some lemon and spice. Flavor thickens up in the finish, and turns to mostly buttery corn. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, not very carbonated. Probably the most drinkable pilsner I've had due to the even flavors and lack of the sharp corn flavor that sometimes hangs in the back of the mouth.

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 Dizzy
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent golden with white head the recedes quickly. Aroma is mostly floral hops, not bitter, but lots of hop flavor with a good malt flavor. Medium-light body. This would make a good session beer, plenty of flavor with low alcohol content. This is an above average beer, worth trying.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pilsner poured, perfect delicate carbonation apparent. Smell, a little ever so nuanced lemon zest, very subtle. Taste, more of the same, but with a little bit more hop gusto than you might expect.

Mouthfeel diminishes as it goes on, becomes more typical pilsner. Drinkable on a hot summer dsy.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in 4 oz sampler

A - Clear hay with off white one finger good moderate lacing moderate head retention

S - Malt, hint of lemon

T - Wheat and malt backbone with hint of lemon and little hop bitterness. Where are the hops!

M - light body, moderate carbonation

O - good grass mowing beer but needs more hops

Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,711 ratings.