Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,605 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 44
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore. Hallertauer and Tettnang hops, that impart a light bitterness that feels higher. Creamy, easy drinking above-average for the style.Nothing to look at, neutral aroma. Fresh, crisp but a bit drying. Abou right carbonation.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark gold color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt, earthy/herbal hops, and a bit of an off funky aroma. Taste is better with grainy/biscuit-like malt and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the funky aroma I picked up in the smell knocks the score down a bit.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden straw color. Minimal white head that disappears quickly into the beer.

Nose features grainy malt, grass, and lemon. Hints of other fruits, maybe a pear.

Tastes is sweet on the tongue at first, buttery, finishing with grassy notes, very faint citrus hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a German Pilsener. It's balanced, but far from crisp and refreshing.

Overall, its an ok representation of a style that I enjoy on summer days.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear pale yellow in color with a bright white head that quickly dissipated but left a thin layer of bubbles continually covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of biscuity and grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a slight bit of sweetness. Not much in the way of bitterness is detectable from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and also quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly yellow with a touch of orange in the body; a small head and some lacing

Smell: Smells like a fresh baked loaf of bread with a bit of floral hops mixed in

Taste: A bit of sweetness on the tongue and some bitterness; the hoppiness never quite kicks in as you would expect from a German Pilsner

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light; nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing; a good session brew

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good American rendition of a classic pilsner beer. Looks a stron straw to golden in color. Pours a loosely knit white head that fades. Smells sweetly and crisply malty with some toasy and bready aromas. Tastes tosty and mildly caramelly. Mild sweet malts are defined and well balanced with flavoring American hops. A little more citrusy (grapefruit) than I prefer in a Pils. Finishes sweet and clean. Mildly creamy through the body. Well balanced.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color pils with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of Noble hops is more dominant then expected with a clean malt profile. Taste is also a mix between clean and lightly sweet malt profile with some distinctive dry Noble hops. Full body with some good carbonation. A bit hoppier then I was expected but still very enjoyable.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Minimally hazed bright banana-amber with a fair amount of vigorous carbonation jumping off the bottom of the pint glass. The head is a shade darker than pure white and looks a little fluffysoft. A moderately thick film persists on top of the beer with a few scraps of lace clinging to the glass. The nose is of grain and hops, giving a good indication of what's to come.

Light on taste, even for the style. Cranking the flavor knob up a notch or three would help, since what I can appreciate is pretty good. It isn't a 'knock my socks off' kind of beer, but it does have a pleasant, fresh grain flavor that I find enjoyable. It's definitely easy drinking given the light body and the crisp finish.

Scrimshaw Pilsner is what a macro light beer would taste like if I was king of the world. Looking for a good lawnmower beer? I may have just found a pretty good one.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber colr with a huge high head the slowly comes down with some, very little lace. Smell is earthy, maybe some caramel in there, corn even. Taste was very malt, with a slight dry hop finish. Some nuttiness maybe. Perfectly carbonated, and an easy drinker. Could probaly do a few of these, though I wouldn't really seek it out. Good pilsner though.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh, North Coast, you make it so easy sometimes.

Appearance: Pours out a pale yellow color with a crest of creamy, white foam on top.

Smell: Sweet, light biscuity maltiness accentuated by a floral hop aroma.

Taste: Starts with a mild (almost ale-like) toasty sweetness that develops into a soft citrus hop and residual grain flavor. Finish is dry and metallic.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Clean and crisp - the two C's that please.

Drinkability: Exciting stuff. For a pilsner.

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 largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tarnished gold in color with a good bit of haze. A three finger head forms and retains nicely, leaving behind sheets of lace.

Smell: Cereal grain and a touch of earthy hops. Slightly buttery. Not terribly impressive.

Taste & mouthfeel: A semi-sweet malt foundation, balanced reasonably well by herbal/earthy hops. Light-bodied, somewhat slick and not quite as crisp as I'd like. Herbal and grassy hop notes appear briefly in the clean finish.

Notes: A perfectly drinkable but fairly average American pils.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a recent whirlwind tour of the Pacific Northwest's finer beer destinations (ok, this one probably came from a grocery store mixed 6).

This beer pours a mildly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some ghoulish webbed lace around the glass as it slowly passes from sight.

It smells of baking bread, mostly of the sourdough variety, white pepper, fresh straw, and some sassy leafy, grassy hops. The taste is bready pale malt, a bit of gritty breakfast cereal, peppery lemongrass, herbal yeast, some sulfurous mineral notes, and earthy, leafy, and musty hops.

The carbonation is on the low side of things, just a pleasantly prickly frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, maybe a bit creamy, and yet crisp, which is a neat trick. It finishes off-dry, the tangy malt not to be denied, even though the clearly duffing hops still give it the ol' college try.

An interesting Pils, that's for sure - Continental influence, NoCal edge. In the end, the crispness factor keeps this offering afloat, rendering an enjoyable and flavourful lager. A nice change-up from all the heady IPAs that I acquired along with this on that trip Stateside.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Nothing like a new Bliss tasting to show you how many everyday beers you haven't tried before. This case-in-point pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, light wet hay, grass, and flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light twinge of lemon zest near the edges and finish. Not bad. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a very nice pilsner, one of the best American versions I've had in a while. Right on.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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