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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Photo of hangh
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice slighly opaque golden colored beer with a very fine 1" head that dissapates into a little lacing after about a few minutes. A few carbonation bubbles but mostly it justs rests. Pretty average looking.

S - Mild smelling pilsener. Bready malt smells with some earthy undertones. It's not very strong or distinct but a very good example of the "pilsener" smell.

T - Again the beer is a very good example of the "pilsener" beer. It is pretty bready with its malts, a little sweet and has some earthy hops with a slight tart finish. It's very mild, but a very good well-rounded pilsener.

MF - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Carbonation holds pretty well.

D - Great drinkability. If I had to go out and wanted a pils, this would be one of the first I'd get. Since it's pretty available, that's a bonus.

Photo of NODAK
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is bright, strong. Euro-hops and citrus come to mind.

There's an initial tart citrus sensation when it first touches the tip of the tongue. The body and backbone of this beer is a citric taste which predominates the majority of the taste. Hop character is surprisingly very low. A good dose of grain on the finish. Clean finish, very little aftertaste.

Definitely a refreshing beer, I like it. I was surprised at the lack of hops, but it's forgiveable.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a stubby bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Hazy, creamy golden with a small, white soda head that seems to be hanging around a bit.

S: Pale and earthy with a balance of floral hops and biscuit malt.

T: Thick and creamy mouthfeel for a pilsener. Lemongrass and honey highlight the taste profile. Also detectable in there are green apple skin and carrot peel. Very complex for a beer of this style.

D: I really enjoyed this one. I wish I had bought a sixer because my store doesn't stock it anymore. May have to seek this one out again.

Value: In my opinion, one of the best things about this underrated brewery is the price of their beers- under 10 bucks a sixer.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass...

A: a 1 finger head of white bubbles atop a slightly hazy straw gold

S: aromas of sourdough bread, clean malt, and floral hop aromas of grass and lemon zest

T: bread dough flavors quickly reveal alot more lemon, which turns grassy, with a finish of french bread crust, lemon peel, and herbal spiciness

M: medium full-body for style with a low carbonation and clean and dry finish

Overall, i feel what this one might sacrifice in flavor makes up for with drinkability. It comes close to replicating the malt flavor of classic European pils such as golden pheasant and pinkus ur-pils, but could use some more bittering hop character.

Photo of maleman
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. light amber with thin creamy head that receded quickly.

S - nice, bready aroma.

T - malty with maybe a slight citrus finish...maybe apricots?

M - light bodied, average carbonation, very little aftertaste.

D - easy drinking. not an award-winning beer (IMO), but I could throw back several of these on a hot day.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden straw with a big fluff of white head that slowly dwindles to a skim, leaving gobs of lace.
Bready aroma backed with dry rosemary and lemongrass spiciness.
Bready again as it hits the tongue. But it drier here, with saltine crackers and hay as the driving features. Brisk, crisp, well-lagered feel. The hopping is modest, with a snappy dried herb and lemon oil cleansing bitterness.
Light-moderate in body, feeling a bit fuller due to lower than normal level of CO2. A touch more spritziness and this would be a killer pils. It's damn drinkable as it is.

Photo of dball
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered this one in a taproom and was vary pleased. This beer is solid, as one might expect from North Coast. It's is as good as any pilsner I've had. It drinks easy, has a hint of subtle fruit flavor, and smells very good. It also pours very nicely from the tap with a fluffy head. I'd pick this one again on draft and might pick it up as a favor for a host when a house guest.

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavy pilsner malts with good amounts of light citrus hops - orange peel mostly with hints of lighter lemon. Also present are mild amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light orange peel and lemon flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors fade a bit, allowing earthy hop flavors to make an appearance. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I remember this beer tasting crisper and having more hop influence from the bottle so I'll have to give it another shot at some point. Even as it is, it's a good beer and an easy-drinking one for the summer months.

Photo of detlefchef
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden peach color with fleeting and light suds.
Aromas of pickled cactus and cherry tomatoes

Flavors of grilled corn. Fellow tasters were gushing about the beer and I found it certainly very pleasant but wasn't on the koolaid like them.

Nice texture and clean, assertively bitter finish

Pairing: Tostada of grouper ceviche, pickled nopales, and cherry tomatoes

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold with a thin white fizzy head that dissipates to a white ring. No real lacing. A little haze? Some bubbles rising.

Nice clean malt and leafy hop aromas. Not super strong.

Not super strong flavored either. Missing a bit of the crispness I like. Nice solid malt, with some grass and light grain, and maybe even a little woodiness. Hop bitterness balances this nicely, with a malty lightly bitter finish -- a long finish. I liked this the more I drank it. The complexity comes out.

Lighter bodied -- could use more zip. Not enough carbonation here.

Overall, very very decent for the style. Not that the Germans have anything to worry about. You can put these down easily. It misses a bit in some areas of structure, but overall pretty decent.

Photo of mrgrinch
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A beautiful orange-to-yellow color on this mildly cloudy beer filled with a very active carbonation. The head is smooth and stiff and long-lasting. Did I already say that the carbonation is truly above average?

Smell - I notice a sweet, almost grassy smell.

Taste - This is my weakest category to try to describe. The taste is very pleasant and smooth. No extreme bite or aftertaste. Perhaps I would say an excellent balance of flavors. There is a hint of sweetness (is that malt?) and an equal hint of flowery grass (is that the hops?). It really tastes good!

Mouthfeel - This beer is not too heavy, but has a nice creamy body. Not a light beer certainly, but an easy drink, nonetheless. The carbonation is active but not overly so.

Drinkability - Another beer that is making my list of favorites. I would drink this again.

Photo of JeanO
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with this German Style Pils, but its a German style Pils. So, drinks easy, looks like a light yellow beer. Has a nice sweet nose and sweet grain taste. Nothing too exciting, but what do you want from this style of beer.
I think this is a nice intro to craft beer for those getting off the bud bus.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that retains OK, but leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some bready and biscuity malt upfront, along with floral and spicy hops, lemon, mineral and a little alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with biscuit and bread dough upfront, a little graininess, some lemon soap, cane sugar, and some hay. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is excellent. Overall a decent and impressively drinkable pilsner, but not particularly tasty or complex.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow with a two finger white ehad that looks a bit fizzy in texture. Retention is good and a great cloud and ring stay behind. Spots of fine lace exist at random.

S- Mostly light malt with some fruit. Malt is slightly caramel and bready. The fruit is tart cherries. The overall strength is just decent. Slight hop presence.

T- Very laid back and nice. Light bready, slightly nutty malt is in the forefront. The slightly sour cherry fruit aspect is a bit laid back and adds a nice element to the beer. Apricot is also fairly prevalent. Hops add a floral and grassy characteristic.

MF- Light body with good moderately high carbonation. It is fairly creamy and very smooth. A coat of grassy hops stays on the palate.

DB- Good price and very smooth flavor. I like the malt profile and the fruit aspect of this beer the most. Would be a great session beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of Chizoad
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good one that just never seems to get old. Top notch for the price.

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white head that settles down to about 1/2 finger pretty quickly. Not outstanding, but decent looking. Very muted nose, although warming the beer helps. Clean malts, no bitterness.

Pilsner sweetness up front, and when very cold not much else. Let the beer warm a little, and the bitterness that counterbalances the sugar appears perfectly at the end. Pretty light though, unlike Pilsner Urquell or Moonlight's Reality Czech.

Brilliant carbonation with body on the light side of medium, and one of the easiest drinkers around. I think the carbonation of this beer, with the tiny bright bubbles, is the best of any beer I have ever had. A standby.

Photo of wingman14
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium yellow with a frothy white head that fades quickly. Smell is malty, with some hop aroma, with a slightly sweet smell. The taste is crisp, very balanced, with nice depth to the flavor. Starts sweet with the malt, and finishes with a light hop flavor. Mouthfeel is almost medium, nice carbonation. This is an easy drinker, probably what comes to most peoples minds when they think of beer, but this has more depth and flavor. A very enjoyable pilsner, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of sadie23
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy iced tea color with a thin head and a few bubbles.Smells mildly sweet and floral. Taste is dry and malty with a tartness becoming more evident as it warms. It feels crisp with no lingering aftertaste. To me this tastes like a very good example of relatively generic beer. It's very drinkable and reminds me of time I spent in England. I would drink this again.

Photo of EvilGnome6
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin film of head on the top. Some bubbles rising to the top but no lacing as I drink the glass down.

S: Very faint smell of citrus and malt. A light, earthy undertone.

T: When I took my first sip, I expected to taste skunk. The light flavor that you're initially hit with is so often followed by the skunky twang of a macro brew in a clear bottle that I've become conditioned to it.

But there was none of that. Instead it was followed up by a remarkably smooth and clean balance of hops and malt. There's nothing outstanding here but it's remarkably smooth and refreshing.

There's a slight orange peel bitterness that builds a bit over time but it never becomes overwhelming.

M: Crisp and slightly dry.

D: Very high. An easy drinking session beer that would go well with an afternoon of mowing the lawn followed by an evening grilling up some eats.

Photo of association330
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours a wonderful golden color with a half-finger of white head. Settles to a thin cap with a bit of lacing. Considering the style, I would've liked a little better retention and lace.

S - Sweet and grainy pils malt, spicy/earthy noble hops

T - Nice noble hop character, balanced by a modest malt backbone. The hops really are the star in this brew, but unlike an IPA, they're balanced.

M - Crisp carbonation, medium-light body. Fits the style perfectly.

D - At 4.4%, this is a serious session beer candidate. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of jsprain1
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bit of a hazy straw color with a nice one finger eggshell head.
S- Smells of grassy hops, noble hops, a bit of grain, and a bit yeasty.
T- Taste has a bit of malt/grain but is highly focused on hops. A little bit less rounded than the smell for me.
M- Very crisp, very dry.
D- At 4.4 it's highly sessionable. A good beer, a well made pilsner, on par or a step above SA Noble Pils, though very similar.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with minimal head. Nice carbonation and decent lacing.
Nice hops on the smell, small malt background.
Taste is nice and balanced pilsner, good but not super unique. I like the dry finish.
Carbonation is a little much on the mouth.
I could buy this again on a warm weather day. Pilsners are always a bit light on taste for me but I do enjoy them in the summer.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug. The serving temperature was around 42 degrees.

A: nice pale yellow typical of the style with minimal head but a small amount of lacing.

S: pine and citrus with some faint hop notes, pleasant

T: slighty fruity with biscuit and hop notes at the end, much better than any mass produced pils

M: light to medium mouthfeel, pretty full for a pilsener

D: good beer, not spectacular, would drink again but only one or two at a time

Definitely recommend giving it a try.

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

Poured into pilsner glass. No freshness date.

Pours a medium gold with lots of bubbles and a soft white head that quickly fades. Hardly any lacing, but that's not unusual for a pilsner. Aroma is earthy grains, noble hops, and lemon zest. Crisp, cool, refreshing taste with a small amount of citrus flavor. Little bit of a hoppy bite with a mellow finish. More full-flavored and full-bodied than your average euro pils.

A good attempt at a lighter style, but I don't think I would put it in my top 5 pilsners. Definitely worth a try, though.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head that settles at a reasonable pace and leaves a little lacing.

Grassy aroma with light pale malt and a touch of hops.

Taste is again floral and grassy with a hint of hops, some malt and a lemony finish.

Light body with medium carbonation. Not gonna blow anyone away with this one but definitely sessionable and great for the hot days.

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.