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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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very good

1,573 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,573
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 117 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-16-2001)
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Reviews by musicman575:
Photo of musicman575
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to food pairings, this is a very versatile pilsner. You can tell by the slightly darker color that Scrimshaw is a bit maltier than other pilsners. They kick the hops down a notch to bring this out too. Though I appreciate this balance, it's not quite what I look for in a pils.

I first tried Scrimshaw at Show Dogs in San Francisco. The girl working recommended I get it to compliment my pickled hot link (a surprisingly classy variation of our spicy friend).

musicman575, Sep 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
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

leantom, Aug 22, 2014
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.

oberon, Apr 22, 2003
Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

mojohawk21, Saturday at 02:15 AM
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of sellmeagod
2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

sellmeagod, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 27, 2008
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.

warnerry, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Lazaro, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of WuAnquo1
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Beerswag, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Jason, May 16, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

merlin48, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Billolick, Apr 09, 2005
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.

tigg924, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

aquazr1, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of KolbMarley
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

KolbMarley, Apr 09, 2014
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.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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