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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,672 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 51
Gots: 168 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Ratings: 1,672 | Reviews: 667
Photo of Flamefighter
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle, hazy yellow with a short white head of less than an inch. Not sure just what the nose is but it is sort of fruity and the flavor although light is different than what I normally consider a pilsner. Would like to do a side by side with another well know pilsner.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured your average yellow color for a pils, small white head

S: Some light corn and light green hops

T: Pretty plain. Very light corn, some grassy hops, light booze

M: Somewhat plain. Carbonation is ok but nothing above average

D: Average drink for the style

Photo of plfahey
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-Medium yellow-gold, somewhat hazy. Moderate white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Cracker with biscuity undertones from Pils malt, laced with a bit of DMS. Light noble hop aroma. Just a hint of skunk.

Flavor-Bready and crackery malt up front, with moderately low hop bitterness throughout. Low noble hop flavor. Slight mineral character in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium high carbonation, somewhat crisp in the finish.

Not bad, but true pilsners are supposed to have somewhat of a hoppy snap to them, and this one just sort of fizzles out without much hop character at all.

Photo of adam42381
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold with orange highlights a 1 finger bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Almost no lacing at all.

Smell: Floral hops with malt and lemon zest in the background. Very faint aroma overall. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Bready malt up front followed by mild grains in the middle then ending with bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a fairly high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. You could knock back a couple of these if so desired.

Overall: Decent beer overall. There are far better pilsners out there so I wouldn't seek this one out; however, I wouldn't avoid it if better options aren't available.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is basic pilsener with a lot of lighter malts and some perfume notes from the hops.

The flavor is pilsner malt and a mix of hops. I get grass, flower and perfume notes from the hop bill in this beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Lillenk
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Pours very nicely and looks great in the glass. Nice head on this very golden clear beer.

Smell was good but not a whole lot going on.

Tastes like a true pilsner. A little bit of that musty taste left on the middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel was ok but again the musty flavor kind of lingers, but very easy to drink.

Photo of thagr81us
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. There was no apparent lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of slightly bitter malt, wheat, and rye. The flavor was of bitter malt, wheat, slight spice, and slight fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth brew. The aroma unfortunately was lacking bigtime as I had to almost hyperventilate to find anything in it. The flavor was also just okay as it was very light. I would have liked them to have made both the aroma and flavor a little more pronounced in this one, but hey, you can't win them all.

Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

This might not be everyone's idea of the best beer, but to me this beer was superb. It has a strong inviting wheat smell and pours a golden yellow with a great head on it. It has a medium body feel that's not too heavy or too light. It goes down well with a smooth delicious taste. Definetly a must try!

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a small white head and tons of carbonation. Smells of sweet malts and a little minimal hot aroma. Tastes very clean and malty and some little hop bitterness. A fairly average beer as far as taste. Average on mouthfeel and body. Drinkability isn't bad, very clean.

Photo of mjw06
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pinkish-amber color, small head, minimal lace, but a truly unique and beautiful color.

Slightly rosey floral on top of a smell so clean it smelled like detergent. No hyperbole, thats truly what it smelled like.

The taste mimics the smell at the beginning, starts off very clean and crisp with sharp floral notes that tickle the mid of the tongue. The brew however, finishes almost polar opposite to how it begins. A real "dirty" malty finish. Not just residual, but truly a taste that was somewhat indescribable though it wasn't unpleasant.

The mouth was pleasant, but I wanted a softer more full mouthfeel and I didn't get that here. A little to light and watery for my pilsner preference.

Great brew, fun and enjoyable, distinct notes in the taste but nothing that distracts it from being a refreshing pilsner. Try it out. I do take a little off the drinkability however, solely for the low ABV at 4.4%. Not cool.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a yellow straw with a nice thick, lacey head that sticks to glass. Malts and hops highlighted in taste. Sweet, grassy goodness is very well crafted against a wall of classic pilsner hops. Good feel. This one has a sweet, smoothe finish after a sticky feel that has good carbonation which produces a smoothe finish. This is a mainstay pilsner at my house. A must for anyone who likes the style.

Photo of confer
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright gold with minimal head but lots of carbonation.
S- Sweet smelling
T- Very clean with a little bit of hops.
MD- This is an extremely easy drinker. Very refreshing. A good pilsener is exactly what this is nothing extreme or getting in the way of the clear crisp taste.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a 0.3L Stiegl pilsener glass.
(Currently reading Moby Dick, so I had to try this one).

A: One of the few times I've seen a true gradient in color. Top: Hazy amber - Bottom: Clear straw. Two-inch solid head clings for dear life to the beer and the sides of the glass until the last drop. Can actually hear the crackle from the carbonation! One good-looking beer.

S: First thing that comes to mind is fresh-baked King's Hawaiian brand biscuits: sweet, chewy, yeasty, delicious...

T: Lots of flavor. Almost close to a good Dortmunder in complexity. Nice balance of malt and hops. Mild graininess, but not unpleasant.

M: Finishes dry. Crisp, clean, refreshing.

D: Excellent session beer. As refreshing as a Kölsch with the complexity of a Dortmunder, yet still quintessentially a German Pilsener.

Photo of littlesgtpepper
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the North Coast Brewery on 09/22/10 in a pint glass.

The head is foamy white and goes away fairly quickly. The color is a golden, straw color. Not much there.

Not much going on with the smell either. Some light grains and a very slight hop smell.

Fortunately, my taste expectations were dissolved upon tasting this beer. Athough this is a very light beer and there really isn't a whole lot happening here, what is happening is very good. Some grains, lemons, and an unexpected hop bitterness to give it a slight edge. Very drinkable and perfect for mowing the lawn and chillin' with the homies. It doesn't have that skunk flavor/smell associated with this style and lagers and even more of a hop presence.

Overall, a very nice example of a pilsner and quickly becoming one of my favorite standards.

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the B with souped up and Jlynn

A - Yellow with a tinge of orange. Small white head.

S - Smells like fresh loaf of bread sitting in your Grandma's window on a cool Fall day.

T - A very nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. An amazing german pilsner. Love the style and this beer. Only the second I've had from North coast. Between this solid offering and the Old Rasputin I might have to try some more. I've seen a bunch of comments about it being a bit weak in reviews. In my opinion it's very one done for the style. Very subtle and tasty... it's a pilsner not a barrel aged stout.

M - Crisp clean refreshing - perfect level of carbonation

D - Subtle, tasty, nothing harsh at all. This is a tasty beverage. I believe it defines drinkable.

Photo of musicman575
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to food pairings, this is a very versatile pilsner. You can tell by the slightly darker color that Scrimshaw is a bit maltier than other pilsners. They kick the hops down a notch to bring this out too. Though I appreciate this balance, it's not quite what I look for in a pils.

I first tried Scrimshaw at Show Dogs in San Francisco. The girl working recommended I get it to compliment my pickled hot link (a surprisingly classy variation of our spicy friend).

Photo of sellmeagod
2.24/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a pilsner fan in general, but this is certainly not one to get excited about.

Boring pour with light coloration. Smells alright, but that's probably because there's almost nothing to smell.

Sure it's a 4.4 abv little wimp, but even then the taste is lacking. Watery is an understatement. It feels like drinking club soda. You can drink it quick, though.

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.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.