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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 38
Gots: 95 | 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 daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Trader Joe's, figuring it would be a good relief for this Carolina heat. It pours a nice golden straw color with a thin but steady head and nearly perfect clarity. Lacing also turns out pretty well. The nose has a tasty light spiciness amid a stronger grassy hop note.

Lots of flavor here, with a pale malt base and herbal, spicy hop accompaniment. The texture is also smooth and surprisingly creamy for the style. There is a good deal to like here. Definitely worth trying.

daliandragon, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy orangeish hue, similar to alot of hefe's out there. Has a nice sized head that dissipates quickly, but the beer still has healthy carbonation. Smell is surprising, with it being a pilsner one would think that it would be more hoppy, but there is alot of malty sweetness that comes through, almost dominates. Taste is smooth, has a slight tanginess to it on the tounge, but then becomes smooth. pretty good beer all around.

1fastz28, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of theopholis
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, golden/amber body with a slight haze that continues to slowly effervesce. The head is white, frothy, 1 inch and settles down to a nice cap after just a couple of mintes. The is some lacing, but not much.

Smell - A clean, malty aroma with a subdued, but very nice hop profile. Some mild spicy herbal notes.

Taste - Not as much malt sweetness as the nose would lead you to think was in there. Starts of with some sour mash and mild toasted grains. The hops are present, but not quite as bitter as the style should have.

Mouthfeel - Medium body (for the style). Nice level of carbonation. It really gets to dancing over the toungue.

D - It's a so-so German Pils.

theopholis, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into stange on 7/24/08

A - Golden/amber body with a slight haze and almost one finger of bone white head that retained well. Plenty of active carbonation is present throughout the body.

S - Spicy herbal and peppery hops with a good bit of diacetyl aroma. Malt is primarily toasted grains. Slight whiff of alcohol is in there as well.

T - Mild toasted grains and some spicy hops are at the forefront of this brew. While I was hoping for a bit more of a hop presence, the crisp bitterness typically found in a pils is replaced with moderate buttery flavor emerges in the finish.

M - Pretty light bodied with a thin, watery texture and lively carbonation. Overall, the mouthfeel is quite smooth. Finish is only mildly bitter at best.

D - Unfortunately, the buttery presence detracts from my overall enjoyment of this pils. It really hinders the crispness of this brew, in my opinion. It's not bad, but I don't think I'll go out of my way for another.

ffejherb, Jul 25, 2008
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.

largadeer, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid gold with a frothy head and a great brewery smell that makes this beer unique. This is well made pils with a crispness combined with a certain breadiness in the mid body. I could drink a bunch of these in the summer time. This does not taste like every other pilsner which is a selling point

canucklehead, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not one of North Coast's best, but nothing to be ashamed of either.

Pours a dull, hazy golden with a small but reasonably long-lived head and good streamers of carbonation coming up. Poor lacing, however.

The smell is strong, with a nice punch of pils grain and a slightly sour hop aroma. The flavor follows along, with a grainy character with a hint of floral hops. But the flavor has an unaccountable rough edge and a slight sourness, like the flowers are a bit overripe.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin, with less carbonation bite that I would have expected. This is not a bad beer, but there are better pilsners out there.

Seanibus, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of redneckchugger
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass, straw pale, mounds or white head, very little lacing.
smells light, some slight citric notes for the hops, very delicate.
taste is light and refreshing, some hop biterness, clean malt flavors.
light mouthfeel, easily one of the most drinkable beers i have had to date, this is my new go to summer beer.

redneckchugger, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Light amber hue, half finger of head that dissipated quickly. High amount of carbonation.

S: Has slightly spicy nose, perhaps that is the smell of the saez which I believe are used in pilseners. Not a bad smell but not necessarily good either.

T & M: Really solid pilsener, malty but with a nice hop to it as well. Mouthfeel very nice as well, leaves crispness on the palate.

D: Definitely drinkable, could have a few of these. North Coast continues to impress.

elniko, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scrimshaw pours slightly hazy golden color with a bit of an amber tint to it, and a cap of fine white bubbles. Lightly grainy and toasted with some herbal floral and spicy hops. Same in the taste. Pleasantly bready, lightly toasted, bit of spicy bitterness. Mellow and lightly crisp, medium with a solid amount of lightly sharp, fresh carbonation. Pretty good for the style.

Slynger, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served a crisp yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was some Earthy hops slightly overpowering sweet malts. The taste was a nice balance of sweet malts and crisp hops. The beer is light, crisp and very Summery. This is a very decent Pilsner, one I would have again if the mood hit.

atsprings, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold color has a lot of particulates floating around. The bottle doesn't state that the beer is bottle conditioned, and I didn't see any yeast in the bottom. My guess is simply that it needs to have been better filtered. Very little carbonation going on. White head is good sized but doesn't retain well. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Quite clean with grass and a sweet malt note that smells of bananas and biscuits.

T: Very light flavor that is well done. Quite balanced, with a sweet and yeasty malt palate that is offset by a peppery bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz. A touch grainy.

D: The taste more than makes up for this beer's unattractive appearance. North Coast did a very nice job with the style. Low ABV makes it super drinkable. I would happily revisit this one.

Rayek, Jul 07, 2008
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.

Sammy, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This started out well, a very good-looking beer. Gold, thick white head, good lacing. Nice floral, outdoorsy aroma. The taste was pretty much all piney hops, way too much so. Not very crisp or refreshing. I've enjoyed other pilseners more. My wife, however, liked this beer a lot.

lordofthewiens, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce stubby brown bottle with coded brewed-on information.

Pours transparent honey-gold with an inch or so of rapidly dissolving head. Leaves a good layer of foam and lacing. Smells grassy and a bit minty, with an unpleasant metallic & coppery edge. The light grainy flavor develops into honey notes in the center. Finishes with restrained hop dryness, mint, and copper overtones. Body is faintly heavy, a bit oily and viscous in the mouth. A yeoman-like effort.

dgallina, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a really nice two finger white head that sticks around forever. The aroma is slightly floral with some citrusy hops. The taste is a touch of malt with some faint citrus hops in the finish. Overall, Scrimshaw Pilsner is a pretty nice thirst quencher to enjoy on a hot summer day. Worth a shot.

cjgator3, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: It starts with a nice looking white creamy head but that soon falls to a almost transparent sheet across the surface of the beer. Lacing from the head is great though. I believe that the retention of the head on this brew could be due to this glass I'm using, just bout a pils glass yesterday, washed it today with soap and water and rinsed the hell out of it yet I believe there might still be some residue in it. Color is clear and golden yellow as can be expected.

Nose: Spicy, earthy, woody hops here. Notes of a strong malt backbone come out under the hops and support them. Simple clean aroma. Thats all I really want from a pils. Overall the nose is pretty damn good. Not much more to say about it than that.

Tongue: Nice spicy hop presence hits the palate and gives the brew a somewhat drying sensation in the finish. The taste is very clean. Malt flavor in this brew is that of cereal grains. Overall quite a nice taste, spicy hops, cereal grains and a bit of graininess backed by some malt sweetness. I really love the hop bitterness and flavor it leaves on the palate once it has been swallowed. Clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Crisp and clean in the mouth, with a somewhat drying finish(but only drying to the bitter receptors of the palate, the rest of the mouth is left quite refreshed and quenched.). The beer is light on the palate with spritzy carbonation. This is one I'll be glad to buy again, though I think I'll try to get my hands on some more before coming back to this one. Overall a great brew, one you should not pass up, definitely worth a try...however it is not going to be my "house pils" still searching for that....perhaps I'll give Prima Pils a second try.

becktone, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce stubby poured into a weizen glass yields a rich pale golden body with a couple of fingers of soft white head that retain at a foamy sheet and leave patchy lacing.

Smells of nice light-pale malts with a resinous buzz of evergreen, citrusy hops.

Taste is malty and somewhat grainy; the flavors are dried and crispened by herbal hops, but the drink continues to show a rich nutty, fruity character before yielding stubbornly to a clean, dry finish.

A very smooth drink with a substantial body for the style, the beer has nice carbonation and superb drinkability.

cvstrickland, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good summer-time find indeed.
It pours a golden, slight hazed, with balanced carbonation. The head is white,that maintains well, as does the lace.

The nose is crisp, slight hop and citric.

Taste carries that citric hop crispness. Malts balance it very well.

The mouth is left crisp, quenched and satisfied.
What can be said, very drinkable. With a lower abv. Anytime! Good job with this beer. Top shelf quality.

chilidog, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean, clear deep golden color. The head is thick and rich and bright white. There is a very steady and strong stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, seemingly coming from nowhere. Its quite a nice little sight to behold. I drink a lot of ales so this is something I definitely don't see a lot unless I venture over to the lager/pilsner side of things.

Smells clean, yeasty, grassy, some citrusy hops and definitely the earthy/musty smell that comes with the territory of beers with lager yeasts.

The pour is clean, the smell is clean and the taste follows suit accordingly. Its slightly dry in the finish and the taste itself is slightly citrusy and that of very light malt. Nothing over the top, just a refreshing beer with that nice carbonation that dances a bit on your tongue.

indiapaleale, May 30, 2008
Photo of deanhead
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice straw color to golden color, with an adequate head and a healthy stream of CO2 climbing up thru the beer. nice lingering lace around the glass.

Slightly sweet smelling, with accents of malt lingering on the nose.

Malty and bread-like tasting with a sweet and almost viscous tangy finish.

light bodied and refreshing.

Drinkable, but seems somewhat off, can't quite place it.

deanhead, May 13, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice medium golden color with a good foamy white head which left moderate lacing.

Smelled grassy with some mild citrus notes in there too.

Tasted somewhat of lemon, a little on the sweet side but not too much so.

Mouthfeel was wonderful. Nice and crisp with plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing, especially on a hot day.

I felt this was a very drinkable beer, just what I was looking for on this warm day in Vegas. I'll enjoy this one again for sure.

JBogan, May 10, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow color with thick white head. Excellent retention to the head and good lacing as well.

S - Grainy aroma that is a little too strong. Light floral hopa aroma as well.

T - Sweet maltiness up front with a stronger than expected hop finish. Hops are not strong by anymeans, but do provide a nice taste at the end.

M/D - Almost chewy feel in the mouth. Medium bodied and well carbonated. One of the better pilseners I have had.

ckeegan04, May 05, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of funny that I'm drinking this in Baltimore (Columbia). The last time I had this was at the pub in Ft. Bragg, at least 10 years ago.

The beer pours a rich gold color with decent head retention and fair lacing. On the nose, this really doesn't smell like a pilsner. There is a sweet smell of honey and straw; which is fine, but not what I expect in your typical pilsner. This beer is very light on the palate, but the flavors are pretty nice. It's a pleasant tasting beer, albeit pretty simple and one dimensional. There is decent cripness on the finish, and this would make a very nice beer on a warm afternoon. Alcohol is not noticeable at all and drinkability is pretty good.

I don't drink BMC, so for me this would be a lawnmower beer. It's crisp and refreshing, with decent flavor and low alcohol.

A nice beer from North Coast.

John_M, May 04, 2008
Photo of albern
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice pilsner beer, and quite a bit sweeter and more medium bodied than is characteristic for the style. The beer pours a nice golden color with a slightly frothy head that does retain. The smell is a very typical musty lager aroma, with a faint hint of hops. The taste is quite sweet for a pilsner. There is a lemony citrus flavor to this beer, and nice biscuity malt base, some slight hop tastes in the finish where things dry out a bit more. The aftertaste is a bit thin and insubstantial, and I knocked the beer down a point for that, but there is a slight creamy mouthfeel that more than compensates. This is a very drinkable pilsner worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, May 03, 2008
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.