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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 30
Gots: 66 | 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 MiScusi


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle at Trader Joe's in Upland, CA.

A- yellowish golden body. Pillowy white airy head. Very good retention. Good lacing.

S- grainy and grassy, both very soft. Nothing astringent.

T- Very soft overall. Crazy smooth in terms of flavor. Slight grainy sweetness at the end. Hops are diminished in this (might just be an older bottle) but they are at least detectable in terms of balance.

M- very good. No overly-carbonic bite.

D- Solid easy drinking beer. A fresher sample would probably be even more tasty with just a touch more hops to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 20:23:39 | More by MiScusi
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Stubby 12oz bottle served at Stuff Yer Face, New Brunswick. Served with long pilsener glass.

This is my first foray into North Coast and I don't know why. If this is a sign, hell, I need to get me some more North Coast beers.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10.

A: Very bright clear pale yellow body with a fairly robust foam head. Plenty of life on the lacing. Lasted throughout.

S: Mild noble hops flavor balanced with the sweetness of European malts. Smells of fresh spring basil leaves with a musky earthiness. Classic aromas for the style.

T: Very tasty. The caramel base is balanced quite well with the spices. Some fruit flavors with the earthiness create one hell of a complex beer from a very mild and easy drinker. One of the tastiest pilseners I've had in a while. This goes high on the list for taste with Prima and Pikeland.

M: Somewhat resinous for a pils, almost to the extent of a pale ale or something with more layered hops. Still intensely refreshing.

D: Perfectly crisp and cleansing. Marvelous companion to a spicy stromboli. As mentioned, I have ignored North Coast as a brewery and have heard many good things. I have a feeling these claims are founded. Well done pils.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 18:54:40 | More by marcpal
Photo of PirateUlf73


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Medium golden-yellow in color and quite clear. Great bright white head that retained and laced very nicely.

S: Bright hoppy aroma up front with a moderate, pale malt smell in the background. A subtle sweetness comes through as well.

T: An interesting tango of light, sweet and almost fruity malt and crisp hop earthiness. I was expecting more hop presence, but the malty sweetness is a nice change of pace.

M: Lighter mouthfeel, but not thin. A bit lower carbonation than I was expecting, but it wasn't detrimental to the feel. Has a wet, almost juicy aftertaste.

D: An easy beer to curl up with on a hot day or after a hard day's work.

I appreciate beers that respect their style, yet still manage to stand out from the pack. Scrimshaw's calling card (for me) was the sweeter, almost fruity malt presence that stood up to the hop flavors. I would definitely try this as a stepping stone beer for a few of my friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 06:02:23 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of theghost3


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Appearance is deep golden with a one-finger bubbly white head. Reminds me of champagne. Some lacing.

Smell is mainly yeast, lemon, apple & some grassy notes. The taste has yeast & citrus notes. The hops are more apparent in this pilsener than most I've had. Mouthfeel is acidic, crisp.

This is a drinkable pilsener that goes great with spicy food & has a surprising hoppiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 03:02:45 | More by theghost3
Photo of Pauly2X


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden body, one finger head.

S- A veritable boquet of hop aromas. Obvious, yet subtle to nose.

T- A fleeting hop note pops up before the slightly grainy malt sweetness dominates. Some more hop flavor shows up at mid point. Finish is clean and semi-dry.

M- Slightly low carbonation, otherwise good body for a pils.

D- The smooth, approachable finish kept me coming back.

Aside from not quite meeting my hop expectations, it was very enjoyable with good balance throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 19:30:43 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of maskednegator


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Head fades quickly. Golden, completely translucent.
Smell: Citrus, hint of yeast.
Taste: Hoppier than some pale ales I've tried. Thin maltiness, lack of typical pilsner sourness. Would pair well with a shrimp burrito.
Mouthfeel: Fuller-bodied, much creamier than appearance would indicate.
Drinkability: I could make it through a six pack.

Verdict: Would definitely buy again, but unlikely to make it into heavy rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 18:25:10 | More by maskednegator
Photo of jkrich


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The bottles were not dusty and old looking, so I decided to take a chance.

The pilsner poured a clear gold to very light, shiny bronze color; not a great deal of head for a pilsner.

It smelled of faint noble hops and malts. It was not very distinctive.

The taste was a very short-lived hop bitterness that settled to a slight sweetness on the tongue. Some biscuity malt is present. This one tastes fresh.

Well carbonated with a heavier body than usually expected for a pilsner style.

This is a good interpretation of a pilsner, but hardly the best available. It is a delicate beer that should have a freshness date. It is too costly a six pack to chance the freshness.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 00:13:07 | More by jkrich
Photo of champ103


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt and some sweetness in the nose. A good hop bitterness that balances out the nose.
T: Follows the nose. A good toasted and biscuit malt flavor that is a little sweet. A good balance of hop bitterness. Some fruity hop flavors as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A crisp snap that is refreshing. Easy and smooth to drink. Something I can drink all day.

A good Pilsener. Something I usually have around. Nothing extreme, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 03:30:27 | More by champ103
Photo of treyrab


3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one last night to finish out the round of beers. Had it poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a very fizzy yellow with a one finger white head. Not much in the look at all: a pretty familiar looking pilsner, clear, golden yellow and thin looking.

S: Smell is sweet for a pilsener. Sweet cereal grains, pale 2-row, and surprisingly not much in the hop category. I was expecting some spicy Saaz, but nope.

T: Taste is equally as sweet as the smell. This is not a light and crisp pilsener like I was looking for. All in all, it is too sweet with cereal grains and no spicy hops.

Overall, I would recommend this if you have never had it, but I will not be getting it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 01:19:01 | More by treyrab
Photo of mwa423


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy with a very small head but lacing that stays throughout the glass.

S - Very fruity pilsner smell, a slight berry smell that I can't place

T - Taste is very typical of a pilsner, though with hints of copper and blueberry. Overall enjoyable but nothing particularly special.

M - Mouthfeel is rich and enjoyable. Overall this could be an easy session for when one isn't inclined to drink anything too harsh on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 00:12:55 | More by mwa423
Photo of webbcreative


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feb 22, 2009
Hazy golden color with one finger head. smells tart, like green apples. taste...tart like green apples.pretty sweet finish, and not as tart in the end. All in all this isnt a bad pilsner, although not one of my favorite styles, i could drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:26:31 | More by webbcreative
Photo of Troyone


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light golden color with a slight haze, some action, and minimal white head.

Grainy malt smell with some esters in the aroma.

Mild grain malt taste with a buttery background.

Light bodied, flat buttery feel, with lively almost flat carbonation.

Good session starter, could be a session beer if one likes the flat background.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:20:19 | More by Troyone
Photo of Vancer


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, poured it into my Bitburger pilsner glass, and it almost bubbled over. Massive ivory head on top the straw yellow, hint of amber pour. Damn, even some yeasties on the bottom.

Malty quaff, even hints of orange. A very smooth, almost creamy body to it. One top notch pilsner, I can agree and see why it rates so well on ba. At an easy 4.4%, this is truly a nice session brew.

Ran about $10 a sixer - ain't cheap though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 22:48:01 | More by Vancer
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Generous, if delicate, bone white head, thickness complemented by sticky lacing. Light brass orange color, fading to yellow where glass tapers off. Lowkey persistence in the nose, with sourdough, wild yeasts and wet straw, lemon oil and rock salt, becomes more herbaceous as it warms, however, the citrus scents never get past a barely audible mutter. Light-bodied to watery, minimal palate presence, leans heavily on the bitterness and sour grassiness to remind you it's there. The carbonation not helping, keeps the flavors from settling in and elevate texture of Pellegrino thing. Pretzel dough, rye bread, the malts appear to offer naught but a softening effect on the overall texture. As it finishes there's a moment of pink grapefruit and orange citrus but it's totally dry. It either has to be a lot crisper or offer more flavor diversity to excel in its category.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:47:20 | More by farrago
Photo of mltobin


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a small package store in Westchester, New York.

Appearance is a light yellow with a thin white head, looks like a pilnser to me ! The smell also has a lightness to it along with a very faint citrus element. Upon sipping it, it tastes like some fresh baked bread, not bad. Mouthfeel is great for a pilsner, with more pleasure involved than most others in this style. Drinkability is most certainly here; 1. it is a pilsner 2. it is a very good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 01:06:33 | More by mltobin
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: One finger, fizzy white head sits atop a hazy, pale gold body. Head dies down to a thin film with a sticky crown after a minute or two. Leaves nice, thick lacing left on the glass walls.

Smell: A bit of funk and lager yeast right off the bat, followed by tart citrus (quite a bit of it actually) and fresh, woody hops.

Taste: Doughy malts, citrus, lager yeast, and some crisp hop bitterness. I'm now tasting some noodles. Malt and citric hops hang around in the aftertaste. Well balanced and pretty flavorful, but seems to be missing a little something (sour).

Mouthfeel: Creamier and a bit flatter than I'm used to. Other than that, it feels pretty well balanced. A tad heavier in body, but still light overall. Doesn't finish as clean as I'd like.

Drinkability: Lacking a sourness I was looking for, but otherwise large in flavor. I could definitely fill up on these, but I may get a bit bored. Also, heavier than you'd think for a pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 20:51:05 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of CityBoy1986


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a hazy golden with a large white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

The nose is very bready with some floral hops and spiciness in the background. The taste is more of the same with some earthy flavours added. A mild bitterness is present throughout.

The body is thicker than I expected, but there is a lot of carbonation, which I did expect. Drinkability is average; I could have a few in a sitting.

I think this would make a nice transitional beer from BMC to a pale wheat ale or even a pale ale. It looks like BMC but adds more to the table.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 01:18:53 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a vibrant light gold with hints of orange and just a tinge of haze. Ample bubbles race toward the surface. A fair one-finger head of a frothy eggshell white recalls meringue before fading to a light collar depositing a bit of lacing here and there.

a hint of citrus, a hint of muskmelon, oily hops and woody hops. Unfortunately timid aroma, even for a light pils.

Subtle but pleasant taste on the whole. grain up front. light biscuit malting mixed with herbal and oily hops. a light lemon citrus zest and a bit of lemongrass, hay, and straw. A hint nutty and a bit of fruit - apricot and banana.

Motuhfeel is a bit thicker than I was expecting. lacking that crisp pop I was anticipating. Ample carbonation and a pleasantly drying bitter finish help keep the mouthfeel afloat.

I was hoping for more from this one. Not bad, and a fair take on the style, but not really one I'll make a point of getting again. Some interesting stuff going on, but not quite the complexity or crisp bite that I was hoping for. I wouldn't turn it down if it were the only pilsner option, and I was really craving a pilsner... but the chance of those two coinciding is fairly slim.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 07:33:50 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of Jekster


2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer is a deep golden yellow with slight orange highlights. There is a slight chill haze to the beer and a beautiful snowy white pure head.

Smell: This beer smells of rich bready malt. There is a slight caramel sweetness light a light soda or flat coke. Grains definitely are the dominate aroma in this beverage.

Taste: This beer taste of apricots and fresh milled grain. There is a slight hop bitterness but primarily it's a two note wonder with a battle between dried apricots and grain.

Mouthfeel: This beer has more body that I expect and fairly high carbonation. The carbonation is biting on the front of the tongue and is definitely felt after the swallow.

Drinkability: I could kick back a few of these, but it is honestly not as light or crisp as I would expect from a Pilsner.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I was really expecting more from this beer. The beer though lack is complexity and truly lacks in the crisp fresh feeling I want from a nice Pils. I would say it's worth a try if you can find a single bottle. However, if you have to get a six pack look for another Pils out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:15:39 | More by Jekster
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The same brewery that makes Old Rasputin makes this beer as well??? Oy vey. I have to say, I didn't like this at all. I hope I just got an old bottle or something. Picked up a single of this because of the cool looking label and I like pilseneres so it seemed like a good idea. Pours a yellow color with ZERO head.. and I mean zero, like I haven't seen anything like it.. no lacing either (obviously). Taste is kind of sour and doesn't have a good mouthfeel at all.. had this following a Prima Pils and the difference was very apparent. Would not prefer to try again, like I said I hope it was just a bad bottle I got.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 00:38:03 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful golden blonde Pilsener

S- Lots of sweet, biscuit-like Pilsener malt on top of some buttery and citric flavors

T- Pretty balanced malt:hop ration for a Pilsener. No incredible flavors here, but I am thoroughly satisfied

M- Slightly viscous with lots of small-bubbled carbonation

D- If it didn't drink well, this beer would be more of a looker than a drinker

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:07:18 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of yeastsipper


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at the brewery

I said I would never take notes at a bar, but dammit, I was by myself and felt like it.

The Scrimshaw gives off a great head with some sticky lacing. Very full bodied appearance.

The smell is the highlight here. Big hops smells, but completely different from the pine/citrus of the PNW hops. The hops are very earthy, for lack of a better term and balance nicely with the roasted barley.

The taste is quite dry and exhibits a lot of roasted malt and grassy/earthy flavors. I enjoyed the flavor.

The one negative for this beer is the aftertaste. The beer does not finish cleanly.

I have not been a big fan of pilsners as they most remind me of the BMC days. Scrimshaw has a lot of flavor and while it is not complex, per se, it has some things going on. This is a damn solid beer and one I will pick up when the weather gets warmer. Great value as well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 08:23:39 | More by yeastsipper
Photo of HalfFull


2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden straw in color with a thin head, settling to a light cap in short order. Okay it took a couple minutes.

Nose is heavy and thick, bready. Hop notes are present but muted beneath the breadiness.

Taste is somewhat rich for the style and without the crisp tang I would expect. Has a buttery feel typical of many North Coast brews and finishes dry. A touch of citrus reveals itself on the finish however.

The creamy feel and sweetness of the beer kills any more refined Pils malt flavor involved however. It's present but subdued to say the least. In the end an orangey sweetness overtakes and limits drinkability. A bit drying and harsh in a raw grain sense.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 08:21:53 | More by HalfFull
Photo of GilGarp


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz. brown stubby bottle into a 16oz pint glass. It has a hazy golden yellow color with just enough head to fill the glass to the rim. Small bits of lacing are left behind.

Aroma is subtle but pleasant with fresh grain and light citrus.

Flavor is, again, mild but I appreciate it more as I get to know it. Sweetness from the pils malts balance nicely with the hops (saaz?) to create a very enjoyable and refreshing kind of beer. Citrus and spice from the hops are great.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style with medium-light body and good levels of carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good as this would make an excellent session beer.

I picked this up because the weather was unseasonably warm and a pilsner sounded just right. I can't say I was disappointed with this one, however, it doesn't quite stack up to victory prima pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:37:58 | More by GilGarp
Photo of HeroJH


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice flavorful Pilsner. Good and malty and doesn't have the skunky-ness of some imports of the same style.

A- normal gold straw with white head. Big bubbles in foam.

S- Malty for a pilsner, and a slight hint of bittering hops.

T- Smooth and malty with a nice light bitter finish.

M- coating and dry.

D- Great beer for activities and hot weather. Quenching yet flavorful for the style. Aftertaste is clean and not too long lasting, so you can keep reaching for another.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 22:21:21 | More by HeroJH
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.