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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

1,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 122 | 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 BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried from a bottle at the Local Taphouse. At first thought it had been poorly stored/aged too much but a fellow BA who had it fresh in CA noted very similar characters so I'm determining this review valid. Will try this beer again and reevaluate regardless.

Pours a dark orange colour - slightly too dark for a pils - with nice off-white head, fluffy on top and retaining well. Slight haze, no visible bead.

Smell is quite malty with a slight stone fruit tang on the front, and then light cereal grain coming out at the back, puffed rice with cinnamon and honey. Too sweet, really; needs more hops.

Taste is very sweet and grainy. Cereal with puffed rice, corn and lots of honey sweetness. Touch of wet cardboard as well, making me think this is a bit old. Too sweet, and has a slight adjuncty taste to it. Most of the bitterness on the back is due to carbonation rather than distinct hop presence. Sorry North Coast but I'm not enjoying this.

Decent body, too dry and snappy at the back from the fizz. Have had more interesting and pleasantly textured beer.

Yeah, finding this slightly deficient mostly in the pilsener stakes. The hop character is just not assertive enough and as a result a weird adjuncty grain note comes through instead.

Photo of Digitallama
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MrTopher
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Clear golden color, close to straw, light cream colored head that disappears and leaves a mild lacing on the glass.

S – Nice floral, earthy, and citrus notes, some malt also, there is a bit of yeast also.

T – Dry malty flavor with some layers of bitterness, some mild sweetness from the malt also a nice earth.

M – Medium body and good carbonation.

O – Decent pilsner, much better than anything from BMC.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass.

3.0 A: Clear golden wheat color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is just shy of average and just the slightest touch of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Nose is pretty boring, even for the style, but it is pleasant enough. Grainy and lightly biscuity malts with a touch of neutral sweetness. Very faint floral hoppiness.

3.0 T: Slightly more interesting that the nose, but still not a lot of flavor. Clean grainy malts with a soft balancing bitterness and the slightest bit of earthy hops.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Really easy to drink.

3.5 D: This beer would be really easy to pound one after another. It's super clean and easy to drink, but the downside is that there isn't much going on.

Photo of ficknish
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear. Very pale golden. Light head.

S - Light grassy hops. Earthy. Very slight sweetness.

T - Grassy bitterness. Earth funk. Yeast. Faint malt sweetness.

M - Crisp and clean. Short bitter aftertaste.

O - Not bad. Kinda boring. Easy to drink. Not much going on. Like I said, drinkable.

Photo of JMWEB2
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly darker yellow than typical pils. Nice thin head remains, and leaves some lacing.

B: A little hops, mostly a grainy/ bready smell.

T: Wow, somewhat sweeter than I expected, I'm getting some citrus maybe lemon, and also some honey. The noble hop bitterness is there as well. Malts stand out well.

M: Clean and crisp, light body, and very refreshing.

O: This was a pleasure, I had a tough time finding this beer for some reason, and it was well worth the wait. Great Pils North Coast!!

Photo of Crundy
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: clear amber color, a good amount of carbonation visible, light cream colored head

smell: orange citrus, slight malt aroma, grassy hop, yeast

Taste: barley malt flavor, very little bitterness, sweet citrus flavor, slight hop flavor

Mouth feel: very nice bite, light bodied

overall: very good beer, very drinkable. it balances the flavors well and doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste. good all around beer.

Photo of Valmor88
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale clear golden color. Small white head that fades quickly.

S: Very grainy and malty, but also has a spicy hop aroma.

T: Exactly what I'd want from a pilsener. Sweet and malty, with lots of carbonation up front. No hops really come through, but not in a bad way.

M: Light bodied with very high carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scrimshaw has a thin-to-medium, slightly off-white head and a hazy, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with a nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is very bready, with a lovely citrus aspect (lemons?) to it. Taste is likewise bready, biscuity, lemony, and it has a wonderful hop prickliness as well. The body is surprisingly full, and Scrimshaw finishing crisp, refreshing, easy drinking, and mostly dry. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I rate it very highly.


Photo of DCon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $2.25 (normally $4.50 but get an employee discount). Tapped from the AWESOME White/Black Whale shaped Tap Handle into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has a KEG DATE of SEP 20, 2011.

Aroma- Grainy and has the best Pils malt aroma possible. Has a strong flower like aroma as well. This was great!

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has good retention. Has a light golden color body that has no haze whatsoever. Thick lacing in forms of bubbles are left on the glass.

Flavor- Tons of malt and sweetness storm the mouth from the get-go. Finishes with a crisp feel but no bitterness at all... Wish there was but thats why every brew is different!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes clean/crisp. Easy one.

Overall Impression- A very typical Pilsner but with an awesome Aroma! Very clean, refreshing, and finishes crisp! I've had many times and will again (when I'm in the mood). Another good one from North Coast Brewing Co.

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

A: Not quite as golden as a pilsner should look like, more of a copper shade. Still, some good lacing and a finger of foam.

S: Earthy, lemon-y, a hint of sulfur.

T: This beer really hits that lemon-y note that I enjoy in German pilsners, the malts are fairly standard, reminds me of Wheat Thins. Hints of corn at the end. Pretty good.

M: Could have been more effervescent, this beer is just a tad too heavy to be refreshing. Still a decent quaff.

O: An enjoyable pilsner, who's to say if this was old or fresh due to lack of bottling date (still...).

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear gold body. Thin white head. Thin silk lace.

Smell - Candy sweet. Smells faintly like pixie stix.

Taste - Earthy, musky corn. Bone dry finish. No off flavors whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Good, medium body. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Moderate effervescence. Slight sticky texture that washes clean in the finish.

Overall Drinkability - Greatness for the style. Best pilsner I've had.

Photo of codfeast
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Bronze, off white rocky head, solid lacing.

S: Yeast, grains, wheat, earth.

T: Big malty start, hints of cereal, slight hop finish.

M: Medium body and carbination. Smooth, with a nice dry feel at the end.

O: A bit dark and heavy for the style. missing some of the "crispness" found in others.
That being said still refreshing and tasty.

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.