Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,712
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 aidman
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not usually a Pilsner man: I usually find them too watery and bland. This one, however, is completely the opposite. It's certainly a beer I look forward to during the summer

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

Pale gold/hay color with white bubbly head that fades to a thin mist. Aroma of sweet grain, some hops. Smells fresh. Tastes of cereal, little pine, little grass, little bread. Light bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing and nicely flavored.

Photo of Tjansen84
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good summer pilsner At dinner

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Just tried it in the Wynn in Vegas, draught, excellent food beer. Refreshing, clean and satisfying.

Photo of Vondy08
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pairs great with most meals

Photo of pallison123
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyable session beer. Nothing offensive but not hoppy enough for me to truly call it a 'pilsner'.

Photo of kculrich
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, hard pour into a cold pilsner. Clear and clean, a little darker than I expect from a pils, with a modest foam head that subsides to scant lacing. Smells sharp and astringent, pleasantly so, and yeasty. Taste of straw and crackers and very faintly of something citrus. Nice pilsner-typical body, sharp, almost sour, with just the right carbonation to complement it. Overall: nothing sweet here - crisp, clean, refreshing, very close to my ideal of what an American pils should be.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big pilsner lover but this is a decent one. Decent brew from this Cali beer that is easy for me to get.

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.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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