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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,539 Ratings

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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 TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fat squat North Coast 12oz bottle. The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow color, 3 finger foam. The smell is toasted malt, grainy malt, all malt. The taste is likewise strong with bisuit and toasted malt, a little bitterness but not much. Very tasty but I'd like a little more hops in it.

TurdFurgison, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is slightly cloudy with an orange hue. His head is pure white and has some very nice stamina starting out at an inch and maintaining to a quarter-inch.

S - Banana, peach, SweeTARTS candy, and possibly malt.

T - Sweet and malty, just like I like a pilsner. I'd like to add the sweetness is smooth, not overwhelming. This is a very flavorful pils. The aftertaste is a bit off with its 'old' flavor but all in all the taste is good.

M - The feel is frothy and thick. It has a smooth creaminess to it not common in most pilsners I've had in the past.

~ This is a solid brew. One I would recommend to my friends. It has a character and pizazz that most pilsners struggle to find.

cdkrenz, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice white and long-lasting head; leaves great lace.

The hop is present but soft--a nice blended aroma. This continues in the taste although the hop is far more pronounced. While the body is solid, the carbonation is bit higher than anticipated.

This is a superior pilsener, worth seeking out.

smcolw, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of AlphaFireX5
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: A very aggressive pour resulted in a frothy white 3cm head, which dissipated quickly to ~1cm with a light amount of stick. Less aggressive pours resulted in the 1cm head, which remained for quite some time. A pleasant slightly hazy, lightly golden color, this beer leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The distinct floral aroma of hops, with just a small touch of light malts.

Taste: Lightly carbonated, the taste confirms the smell; with a very distinct hop flavor and a light malt balance, this beer finishes crisp and clean, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Quite refreshing. The dry and bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Pretty decent drinkability, even for those not big on Pilsners.

Notes: This is not a beer to sit and ponder over, exploring different flavors and feelings. This is a beer to enjoy while eating, cooking, or hanging out. Definitely a good choice when you're looking for a flavorful beer without the heaviness of something better (better being opinion only, obviously).

AlphaFireX5, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering golden with stead carbonation and a decent fluffy white head that fades quickly. Smell is solid with a good earthy hop character and lightly sweet scent of bready malt. Great taste that is well balanced and has pretty big flavor for such a small beer. Light grain and light sweetness. Again, earthy hop presence and biscuity bread. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very refreshing. I could session this one with ease. Just an overall great beer that I wouldn't mind savoring again, maybe a little closer to the summer.

ncvbc, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale gold with a decent size 2 finger pillowy white head that was sticky and left a fairly good lacing.

S: fresh bread, some lemon grind, wet grains and a light floral grassy hop aroma.

T: For flavor there was sweet but dry tangerine flavor, citrus and some caramel toasted sweetness. The drink was crisp with a nice floral hopping and dry herbal fade on the tongue that ended quickly.

M: clean with soft carbonation and a light body.

D: Decent drinkable pilsner with some hoppiness keeps things interesting throughout the course of the drink

beerthulhu, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head atop a golden sunshine, pilsner yellow. Good center column of bubbling beneath a solid film o' foam. The aroma is a soft, herbal grass and mint note in the aroma. Along with the dry malt aromas as well. Clear palate helps creat definition between the super dry, toasted sweet malts with the herbal,grassy hops. The palae is dry and hoppy for this German pilsner. Very rich, malty finish for this pils. OK drinkability. Maybe a little bit better if it wasn't for the dry sweetness.

scruffwhor, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this "German Style Pilsener" was a perfectly clear, bright gold color with a pure white head. Poor retention and weak lacing. The aroma was mostly clean, pale malt and some hints of sweetness in floral hops. The flavors were at first very malty, with some dry grain notes hiding in the beginning as well. It then got more hoppy as it went on leading to a crisp finish. Nothing too deep about it but pleasant enough. The body was medium/light, the carbonation lively on the tongue and the mouthfeel a little prickly as a result. An OK beer, but one of the weaker offering from this world class brewery.

thekevlarkid, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- clear canary yellow with lots of bubbles and a puffy but reasonably firm off white head. an elegant looking beer poured into a pokal and a decent amount of drippy lace.

S- malty, citric, and very floral, hop aroma is very fresh. pale and lightly toasted malt, earthy raw grains, lemon peel, orange peel, sourdough bread, and citrus blossoms with maybe some lily sprinkled in. a very aromatic pils, like quality rice, makes a huge difference.

T- flavorful grain and fresh cereal taste like kix or special K with lemony, herbal, and floral hop flavor from start to finish but not much bitterness. a little grassy towards the end as the pale barley flavor fades away. flavorful and tasty but something seems to be missing. i'm not quite getting to the 3rd dimension. finish is clean with a slight pucker with lingering fresh husky flavors.

MF- standard here, crisp, light, fizzy, but not overly carbonated.

D- something i will seek out this summer, its absolutely refreshing even on a cold winters night.

hustlesworth, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Mellow Mushroom in downtown Augusta, GA.

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

Pours a bright golden straw, possessing a brilliant clarity. Shows off a finger-and-a-half of thick white foam, disappearing slowly and leaving some legs of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild, filled mostly with sweet notes of malted grain and a slight grassy hop presence.

Nice light body and mouthfeel, but possessing a fullness that prevents any thinness. Sweet malt flavor, along with a touch of biscuit, appear up front, with a very mild and balancing herbal hoppiness in the middle, moving to a slightly sweet, though mildly bitter finish.

An exceptionally drinkable brew and overall a nice pilsener, but nothing mind-blowing or extraordinary. A superb session beer, though a little more dry bitterness would be welcome.

superdedooperboy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of sloejams
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When fresh there's few beers that are as deliciously sessionable to me as a Scrimshaw. So alas I review it.

It pours a light straw color with a well-retained head in my Sam Adams Boston Lager pint glass. The aroma is a Noble hops, lemon zest and wheatgrass. The tastes starts with the ever slight sweetness of the malts and moves into a fine bitter hop bite. It's simple but delicious.

A go-to beer for many cuisines and many occasions. Fantastic.

sloejams, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden yellow with a small fizzy white head, average retention for the style, some lacing.

S: Mild noble hop character, pilsner malt, white bread.

T: Bready overall character from the malt, a rather mild taste, but it complements the hops well. Hops are grassy and are not overdone as in a lot of American made pils, nice balance of flavours.

M: To me it had too much carbonation even for a pils, though it wasn't a bad overall mouthfeel, it did make the flavour disappear at times. Light-bodied, spritzy, smooth feel.

D: A good beer from North Coast, I liked it, nice drinkable pilsner beer.

Halcyondays, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good lager though not much of a pilsner. I agree with another taster in that the beer seems more like an ale or lager than a pilsner. No biggie, still pretty darn enjoyable.
Nice head (at least an inch) and nice golden color that suggested its non-adjunct recipe.
The nose gained some hoppiness, as I drank more of the beer and as it warmed up.
The taste was smooth and moderately malted and hopped, yet still plenty flavorful. Not like a true pilsner, but still good.

I could've had quite a few of these tonight.

FacistCannonBall, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of lstokes
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More like an ale than a pilsner, but very, very drinkable either way--you could drink this all afternoon. Light grain smell, also yeast.

Tastes like pale malts, then moves into a spicier profile with a hint of citrus (grapefruit?) before finishing with hops. Carbonation is just right, with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

lstokes, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hearty off white head that has rather large bubbles. Not the fluffy white of some other pilsners. Faded fairly quickly back into the light amber/copper colored beer. This is clearly a shade or two darker than most pilsners. It reminds me a bit of Brooklyn pilsner in several ways. Some very nice patchy lacing. Tiny bubbles are evident

Aroma was very light and almost not there. Slight grain and a little yeast aroma.

Taste is quite nice and features some of the malt flavors more than most. The flavor is smooth front to back. A slight sweetness and a very subtle hop finish. I'd like to see a bit more of a hop finish.

Mouth feel is rather smooth. Carbonation is very subtle...

Very drinkable.

For this type of Pilsner, I'd rather have a Brooklyn. And this doesn't compare to a Victory Prima Pils.

Reagan1984, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw color with a thin and creamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Floral hops. Light grain. Yeast. Trace of lime.

T: Light and grainy upfront. Flavor profile skews spicy and herbal with a tang of citrus and hint of apricot. A touch of dry hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Clean and crisp. Coarse on the palate.

D: Imminently drinkable.

CaptainIPA, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with very little head and decent lacing.

Scent of lightly roasted malts and some sweet honey.

Taste of honey and slightly roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is very light and water, it has no body to it.

This beer was incredibly easy to drink, and if it were cheap, I would but it constantly. As it is though, I would not pay the price it sells.

paco1029384756, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Rootdog316
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color with a medium white head. Aroma is grassy, lightly floral, a touch spicy. The flavor is light - mild and well-balanced. Creamy mouthfeel, lightly fruity - almost apricots - with a dry but not crisp finish. For the most part it is enjoyable, but certainly not a favorite.

Rootdog316, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a small off-white head. Smell is yeasty, with a hint of hay, and an ever so slight whiff of sulfur. Taste is wonderful, light bready malt, with a taste of fresh cut grass in the finish. Fantastic bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation levels slightly high. Drinkability is off the charts, relatively low ABV, and light flavor make this a great beer to have when drinking more than one at a time! One of my favorite Pilsener's for sure.

tronester, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the Comet.
Very light gold in color on the pour. A little froth, but it's quickly gone before a second sip. Smell is slightly hoppy, but pretty floral and somewhat spicy. Taste is more of the spice, some lemon and some slight hops. This is absolutely wonderful on draft. Much better than I was expecting. Very good pilsener, maybe one of the better that I've had.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of andrewm190
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice beer to drink. Well done. Not much to talk about on the appearance, nor the smell, however. I would say that the taste is simple, balanced, and well done. A very solid pilsener, certainly worth the buy. North Coast brewing ompany scores well here. Delicious on the palate, and leaves you much inclined towards another.

andrewm190, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color pils with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of Noble hops is more dominant then expected with a clean malt profile. Taste is also a mix between clean and lightly sweet malt profile with some distinctive dry Noble hops. Full body with some good carbonation. A bit hoppier then I was expected but still very enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is pleasant, pours a nice light golden yellow, is clean and has fair/good carbonation and hence a good bright white head. Nose is light, malty, hops come through just about right to balance this pilsner. She tastes crisp and clean, slightly sweet and with a nice cracker flavor coming though. Mouthfeel is medium which imparts a good body. Overall this is a great beer and one I will be sampling again.


SickBrew, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and somewhat dull gold with some large chunks of yeast that settles quickly. A soft white head is medium in size and leaves some lacing as it drops,no bonus points for hang time here. The nose is subtly sweet and smells of fresh grains and some nice earthy aromas. This has good flavor for a Pils,grainy pale malts and some fresh dry hop flavors compliment each other nicely. Slight metallic flavors kept me from giving it a better grade. The body is light to medium with good carbonation and nice clean slightly drying finish. A good old easy drinkin Pils,I'll have another.

orangemoustache, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, crisp, tasty pilsner.

Bright straw-gold, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin top and leaving a little leace.

The aroma is bread, citrus (mostly lemon), grass, crackers, and a hint of honey.

The taste is as above with bread, toasted crackers, lemon, a hint of grapefruit, honey, and a little vanilla, esp. in the finish. It's very clean and easy to drink, zesty and fairly lively with strong, persistent character that stays interesting.

Offa, Sep 09, 2008
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.