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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,539 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 106 | 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 KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a semi-hazy golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grassy hops and pale malt. There is a hint of sulfur in the background. The taste is similar to the aroma. Nothing in the taste or aroma really shines, but nothing is out of whack either. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too high for my liking. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are much better pilsners out there on both sides of the pond.

KarlHungus, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My problem with American beer in Australia: Here, it's more expensive than in America, so I don't buy it, thinking I can get it when I'm there instead. In America, I think "Oh, I could get the Scrimshaw Pilsener, but I can get that in Australia, so why not get something else".

This bottle, however, I purchased in Australia when I realised that I was in an annoying infinite loop. And for $6 a bottle, sure, it's more than you'd pay, but I figure it's good to lend some support to the importers who go out of their way to get this stuff.

Pours a brassy golden colour, with a filmy head of just-off-white, that dissipates to a collar. Carbonation is evident, and it has a pleasantly rich body to it—the carbonation seems blissfully languid. Looks good.

Nose is grainy and crisp, but missing the hop character I really like in a good pilsener. Here, the cereal grain character is extremely pronounced, and it's really quite confronting. It's a classic pilsener note, but I expect some freshness, some greenness, heck even that metallic green-bottle Euro twang to give it some balance.

Taste is similar. Crisp and faint entry, with minimal hop character, followed by a welling, rather sweet grain finish. Mild seltzer water bitterness on the back, but it doesn't do nearly enough to clean up. Again, it has some very classic German notes, but it seems tame by comparison. And when an American brewery doing a German style seems like the conservative version, something seems wrong to me.

An average pils. It does very little to discriminate itself from other generic pilseners, and while it does a reasonable job at emulating a style, that doesn't necessarily make it a particularly good beer.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of adman08
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, pale straw color with a good amount of fluffy white head that leaves some lacing.
S-Clear noble hop aroma with a bit of malt.
T-Crisp hop flavor with a good malt balance.
M-Refreshing with a decent malt body for a lighter/lower alcohol beer.
Overall, excellent for the style. The aroma is right on as is the flavor.

adman08, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Amalak
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
a. Gold and clear, very bubbly, some head and lace.
S. Malty and yeast scent.
t. It has a malty lagers taste, like a descent american macro. Has an apple taste to it. Kind of bland.
m. Carbonated heavily.
O. It just doesn't have much flavor.

Amalak, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Scrimshaw pours a beautiful golden color with a light and airy head. The head has wonderful retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is not quite as exciting as I had hoped for with the pilsner malt dominating the aroma. There are some grassy and floral hops in there as well, but there are further in the background.

More hops make it into the flavor, but I still find this beer a bit lacking in that humulus lupulus department. There is a definite floral and grassy character, but also some graininess. The malt sweetness is classic pilsner malt and while the malt and bitterness are fairly balanced, the lack of hop flavor almost makes it seem sweeter than it is.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is dry overall, with some dry grass notes that linger on my palate after I swallow.

Scrimshaw is a decent and refreshing craft beer that has some nice flavors and would go well on a hot and humid day like today. Unfortunately it does not measure up to many of the other fine American craft brewed versions of the style. I would have to say that this is one I will pass up any time in favor of something like a Prima Pils or Noble Pils.

zoso1967, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale gold colour with a small and shortlasted white head.

Mild pils and pale malt aroma with a hint of hops but nothing special.

Crisp malt with a touch of sweetness in the finish. Grainy. Mild bitterness and a touch of hop character. Nothing amazing.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very crisp.

A decent pilsner but it lacks a touch of depth and bitterness. The graininess is also a little over the top for my tastes.

dgilks, May 29, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark for what I'm used to as a pilsner. straw-amber color, good clarity, good carbonation, bone (or tooth) white head and excellent retention. To style not so much, gut looks good.

lager yeast in the smell. smells similar to industrial lager. perhaps a little more pungent, very clean smelling beer.

malty start into a slightly acid crisp finish. very moderate bitterness. Aftertastes of refreshing lager yeast and the grain flavor of pilsner malt. Good beer. A little bland I would say, even for a pilsner. I am used to some more noticeable hop content. But good beer. Aftertastes is nice, fruity and tart to the tongue.

the range and smoothness in the mouthfeel is notable.

I have been drinking a lot of pilsners, mostly American, and this one is highly accessible, but almost a bit bland. All about the yeast, being the dominant flavor and smell. Good brew.

mlazzaro, May 26, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bought a single of this for $2.09.

Appearance: Beautiful deep golden body with intense and consistent carbonation forming a fluffy bone-white head of two finger width, which fades slowly to a full cap of foam, and leaves behind fantastic lacing on the glass. Classic looking pilsner.

Smell: Standard pilsner smells with a twist. I pick up balanced notes of pils malt and some grainy sweetness, with some spicy/floral hops taking the background. What throws me for a curve are the citrusy/lemon notes here, which seem out of place for this beer. Still, very well done and appetizing. Clean on the nose overall.

Taste: Very refreshing and clean. Sweet and almost buttery pils malts first hit the tongue and dominate the taste, but this is washed by notes of lemon, maybe a little too dominant, especially as the beer warms. Notes of bread and biscuit in the finish with some spicy and floral hops. A pretty well-done pilsner, except for the exaggerated lemon notes; I also wished that the European-style hop flavors would have been more prominent.

Mouthfeel: As expected for a pilsner, clean and crisp as well as dry in the finish. Very refreshing. Lingering notes of lemon and bread stick on the palate for a while.

Overall: A good American pilsner, but I think it could be better if maybe the citrus notes were turned down and the spicy/floral hops kicked up a few notches. This is still a good, easy-drinking beer though, and one I could see myself drinking frequently in the summer months.

Groomsy, May 26, 2011
Photo of karait95
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Excellent looking, an intense brilliant yellow color is full by little bubbles with a big white head that dissipates slowly leaving good traces behind on the glass, the carbonation is constant and uniform, there is always a well formed layer on top of the liquid.

S: It is not bad just it is the simpler part of this beer, you can sense a malty, not very complex, aroma with little of sweetness inside.

T: Really nice flavor malty with little hops, as not toasted the flavor is clear.

M: Very good mouth-feel a little sweet at the beginning changing to some bitterness at the end, with good not to dry finish that last some good time.

karait95, May 21, 2011
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow-orange in color with nice clarity (lots of carbonation bubbles racing up towards the head). Beer is topped by a one finger layer of frothy white foam. Pretty good head retention for a pils.

The aroma has all the qualities that a pilsner aroma should have. Crisp and clean with faint grassy hops and toasted grain in the nose.

More of the same in the taste. You get a nice zip on the front end from the hops and the carbonation. Followed up by the lager smoothness and drinkability. Finish is clean and somewhat dry.

Thin to medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is just a touch on the high side for me.

An above average pils overall. Up there with some of the better ones like Stoudts Pils, but not quite a Prima Pils...what is?

Morey's Bottom Line: I could see myself grabbing a sixer of this stuff on a hot summer day. I wish the alcohol was just a touch higher though.

Morey, May 19, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pure clear sunshine yellow with an bountiful inch of head.

S - Lemon zest, touch of yeast, noble hops, and a touch of harsh grain.

T - This pilsner is more sweet than bitter leading with a buttery sweetness, touch of sour lemons, and finishing with a bit of grain. Not very bitter with hops but they are there.

M - Light to medium. Pilsners are pretty easy drinking.

Overall I am glad to find another North cost beer this far across the map and this is a very easy drinking one.

DrDemento456, May 06, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy. Yellow/gold, honey colored. Very small bright white head. Litlle retention and only a small bit of lacing. I was a little disappointed.

Smell - A few piny hops. Earthy with some butter hints. A touch of grain. Similar to wheat. Smells a bit yeasty. Notes of lemon citrus.

Taste - Nice bit of bitterness. The yeasty tones come through strong. Some toast. Slight bit of lemon citrus. Thirst quenching. After a few minutes, the lemon becomes even more prevalent and defines the taste. Somewhat sour even.

Mouthfeel - Medium/light mouthfeel. Crisp, refreshing. Nicely dry. Leaves plenty of flavor on the palate. Smooth.

This is a solid Pilsner. Not a straight forward Pilsner. Has a lot of Wheat beer characteristics only with out the heavy spiciness. A certain refresher for the hot days of Summer. Easily drinkable. Got a little too sweet and sour for me after a bit, but it was still tolerable. Almost like I was sucking on a "lemon drop."

Shrews629, May 04, 2011
Photo of mjurney
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Light golden color, slight haze. Lots of small bubble rising up to the top. Frothy head that stick round for a while. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Spicy hops, lemony, zesty. There some sweet pale malts.

Taste:
Pale malts, crackers, a little biscuits. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, spicy, grassy, lemony. Finish is very crisp and clean. Light bodied, refreshing, clean, crisp, a little dryness in the aftertaste, nice carbonation.

Verdict:
Well made German style pilsner. Simple, sessionable, very good!!

mjurney, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brew with about one finger of head that sticks around for quite some time. Smells crisp and grainy with hints of spice and citrus. Fresh, grassy flavor with sweet citrus. Never seen this one before in this area, but will definitely drink again if I see it.

keeganfrank, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold colour with a average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is just a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/bread, lemons, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains mixed with light hops and corn. There are also notes of lemons and the beer finishes with a refreshing grainy and spicy aftertaste.

Overall - This is an excellent example of a highly drinkable pils. The taste was very refreshing and it would be a perfect warm weather beer.

spinrsx, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger head that has poor retention. The color of the head is white and it is foamy, creamy, and bubbly. The color of the beer is medium straw color with yellow hues. There is effervescence in the beer and it is clear. The head left no lacing.

Nose: A light hops, foral, malty, and bready. There are notes of phenols and light toast.

Taste: A very light malt, crisp hops and a slight floral note.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. This is a very crisp clean easy drinking beer for a very hot day.

colts9016, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No freshness dating found.

A= Pours a slightly hazy yellowish orange color with a small white head that holds steady retention as a skin and some spotty lacing.

S= Smells interesting. It has a typical macro "beer" smell to it but then an overlying sweetness. Tons of sweetness to it. The sweetness is ugly. No hops detected in the nose.

T= The taste isn't quite as bad as the smell. I got a basic beer taste with just a touch of sweetness that's over the top. It's sort an unfermented wort sweetness. Tastes a lot like I just pulled a sip off of the lauter. Interesting. Grainy and husky tasting. Again no hop bitterness.

M= About average. Maybe a little low on the carbonation making its flavor stick to my tongue a little longer than usual.

O= Not a fan of this beer I'm sorry to say. Overly sweet in an unfermented sort of way. I prolly won't buy this again.

jjanega08, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of thebeerisgood
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light citrus, slight toasty aroma.

Appearance: Pale, golden with a light white head.

Taste: Light citrus and sweet toasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, finishes dry.

Drinkability: This is a beer that entices you to work outside all day just to quench your thirst with one of these. At 4.4% ABV, you can enjoy a few quite easily.

Notes: With Pilsner like this, there is certainly no reason to drink beer from Miller, Budweiser, Coors, etc. Unlike some of the aforementioned mega-breweries, North Coast brews this with just four ingredients; Water, Yeast, Barley (Munich Malt) and Hops (Hallertauer & Tettnang). When introducing people to the world of craft beer, I often start with this.

Grade: B+

thebeerisgood, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter. This pilsener is an instant classic of its style and is arguably the best American made craft pilsener that is widely available...Prima Pils is solid, and a slightly different style, but this is one is still probably superior to that.

Golden body with a big head that doesn't give up. Good lager yeast funk with a super clean and crisp taste and a good hop balance, just the way it should be. Nice low abv makes it a perfect session pils. Mouthfeel is incredilbe...so full...and delicious.

This is a wonderful beer. I love it. Highly recommended if you want to see what a real pilsener ought to taste like vs Miller-Bud etc.

chicagoabbot, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light goldfish yellow with a nice big white head that falls pretty quickly to a blanket. Nice lacing. Smells of pale malt with some definate fruitiness. I'm not getting a ton of complexity but as a pilsner that isn't out of the the ordinary. The taste is the same lightly sweet with some fruitiness though it is balanced with a nice lightly crisp hop presence. Finishes a little sweet then a dry aftertaste. Body is light carbonation is medium and nicely put together making for a smooth easy drinking brew. Overall this is a tasty refreshing light bodied brew. Summer time is made for this beer.

ThirstyBird, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: lazy, dull gold with a fluffy white head. large carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S: chalky, earthy mild assertive hop bitterness. spicy.

T: definitely a german hop profile. bitterness, but of the mellow noble variety. a touch of biscuity sweetness in the finish.

M: not too hard, not too soft. right down the middle route on this light body.

D: a refreshing, mellow german style pils. not my favorite, but definitely worth a try.

Jimmys, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of urbanroutine
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I instantly fell in love with this blond, frothy, pilsner-style beer. I had it on tap at a pizzeria chain with a seriously respectable draught list (Brixx in Chapel Hill, NC). Scrimshaw has the best possible hop character as far as I am concerned--floral without being too aggressive or bitter. Some Belgian-style lacing on the glass. Dangerously drinkable. I've had it from a bottle since (okay, a few bottles), and it is just as great. I plan on making this the beer of Summer 2011, as it is important to have a plan.

urbanroutine, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at trader joes.

Poured a nice cloudy straw color. Not much head on it. Good tasting beer. Nice balance. Light mouthfeel and very smooth. This beer went down really easy, can't complain at all. This was a good beer overall. I liked it quite a bit.

richkrull, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at Blue Dog Tavern in Sherman Oaks, CA. Reviewed from notes.

Nice looking pure gold beer, clear with an ok looking head. Smells very fresh and has a nice hoppy twang to it but also balanced. Taste is very bright and somewhat floral and lightly fruity with a hint of balancing malt. Emphasis is on the hops here, which gives it a nice clean fresh taste. Eminently drinkable pils with a nice hop profile here. Recommended.

BucBasil, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

As a general rule I'm not a fan of Pilsners, but this one was actually quite good.

Pour: Yellow goldenrod in color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipated quickly and left traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of pale malts and yeast. A touch of floral hops as well.

Taste: Syrupy sweet front end that ties into a light to moderate hop bitterness. Slightly fruity undertones in the middle. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Slightly fuller than most pilsners, with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazingly drinkable and refreshing. Great session beer.

Final Notes: A solid, all-purpose pilsner. This would be a great beer to serve at parties. It's very sessionable and would also make for great summer refreshment. Overall, I'm impressed.

bagpiper2005, Mar 04, 2011
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.