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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 66 | 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 bort11


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all the talk lately about hot weather and lagers, I thought I would join the group.
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bold white frothy head, had to really take my time pouring this one. It leaves a satisfying lace on the glass. Very active carbonation, bubbles dance the entire time. Color is a clear golden yellow. Smell is biscuity and floral with a slight lemon note, a very nice blend. Taste is bready malt up front but finishes with more floral and lemon. It's nice to have a pilsner with some hops characteristics. Mouthfeel is very crisp with the carbonation. A light to medium body. Finishes dry. This is most definately a hot weather beer, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 05:00:28 | More by bort11
Photo of kgotcher


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured heartily in to pilsner glass.

Frothy white 1 finger head with retention that is very good for pilsner. Very active carbonation. Pale color with slightly orange hue. Amazing head retention even after couple minutes.

Nice big aroma with lots of orange peel. Citrusy and fruity almost tropical.

Flavor is slightly on the malty side with very mild hops. Has a very nice citrus flavor that is of lemons and orange on top of a nice sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation, refreshing. Clean finish.

Overall and amazing beer. Great complexity of flavor and aroma unlike any in this catagorie I have had before. One of my alltime favorite Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 01:25:16 | More by kgotcher
Photo of allengarvin


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber-gold with a finger's worth of creamy froth. Light aroma, with some spicy hoppiness and faintly sweet grains. Clean, bready maltiness is most prominant, with modest bitterness. Simple finish, malt taking on a crackeriness at the end. Crisp texture, light bodied.

Fits the profile of a continental pils better than German, with a delicious malt profile and hops that are pleasant but not too bitter. Quite a drinkable beer, in any case.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 01:18:50 | More by allengarvin
Photo of BeerAmbassador


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy white head about two fingers thick. Nice yellow straw color with a few floaties.

Smell is floral hops and bready malt and yeast, pleasant but not overpowering.

The taste is true to the pilsner style but much more laid back than the Chezc-style pilsners. Not as much of a hop character.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, more so than the appearence led me to belive, it looked like it might be a little on the grainy side based on the head.

Overall I really like this beer when I am looking for an easy drinking lager. A local brew pub sells quite a bit of this and it is usually my lager choice there when I dont feel like an ale. Although this is not nearly as complex as Budvar or Urquell it is a really nice American style pilsner for a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 00:23:28 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of Illinick


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, golden yellow with a bit of straw colored hue to it. Sticky head that sticks around nicely and lacing that clings to the glass.
S: Faint pale and grainy malts with a slight citrus peel, and citrus perfume smell. Some honey also.
T: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Follows the nose with grainy sweet malts, some honey flavors, some slight sweet citrus hops, and a yeasty taste. Pretty straightforward.
MF: Medium Light that finishes semi dry.
Overall: A nice rendition of the style and quite refreshing. The drinkability is extremely high on this brew. I still haven't had a North Coast brew that I wasn't completely satisfied with. Another great brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 19:48:17 | More by Illinick
Photo of jockstrappy


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a bright white head that fades fast at first, and settles to a thin white collar. Aroma is sweet malts, with hints of grain, pear, and a slight hoppy note. Taste begins with some sweet malt, some hops are there, but not enough to overpower. Finish dry and clean mild malt aftertaste. Pretty carbonated compared to what I normally drink, but also very balanced. This beer goes down as smooth as anything I've ever had....perfect summer time beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 23:33:40 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of veech


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding example of a pilsener that has body and substance that most macrobrewers don't capture. It has a light, crisp, smooth finish that is very clean and tasty. It makes for an excellent warm weather session beer. The North Coast products have only been available in my area for a few months and I'm very glad to have them. I have enjoyed many styles of excellent beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 21:36:55 | More by veech
Photo of acrawf6


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy dark straw with white head.

Smell is initially grainy and cereal-like. Then it gets lighter and sweeter. Small citrus sweetness, like candy lemon drops or something.

Taste. Wow, carbonation really jumps right out, giving it a light refreshing taste. It is on the dryer side. malts are presnet, but light. Just a small citrus hop taste to it. but most of the taste is a grainy malt flavor. Aftertaste is dry as well with an oat taste to it.

Mouthfeel is good. Like i said before, lots of carbonation. body is light and refreshing, even has a small slickness to it. Nice balance.

Overall, a no frills beer. quite drinkable beer with nice flavors. seems like a nice one when you want a lighter beer with nice malt character.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 18:04:27 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Melchizedek


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly ambered gold. Head builds up quickly, white and foamy, then subsides into a substantial and durable lace. Very pretty.

Smell is grassy, floral, and assertive. Grain peeks through, but hops dominate - same goes in the mouth, as those floral notes and even a fruit-like tartness hit up front. After the initial hop hit, things settle into a nice earthy balance, a sort of grain-and-mineral-water base on top of which the hops float, with a honeysuckle-like finish where some sweetness finally shows through. Fairly substantial texture, with carbonation a bit muted, especially towards the bottom of the glass.

A definitely West-Coast interpretation of the style that holds on to some of what I've come to expect, but has a definite character of its own. Stands up better to pairing than some other pilsners I've tried - did very well with barbecued chicken, baked beans and boiled red potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 00:54:42 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of hanco005


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date that I could find, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours a dark honey yellow with a 1 ½ inch foamy bright white head that shows no sign of fading at first, but slowly makes its way down after 15 minutes or so, lacing is produced in layers

S—grainy and sweet, some candy tones, malty with a mild hop bitterness that fades in and out

T—not bad at all, the overall flavor is very mild, sweet, almost too much so as it tends to mask the hops

M—a bit thin, light bodied, good carbonation

D—not a bad pilsner at all, very mild and a good transition beer, perhaps, would also be good for a pool party.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 17:33:08 | More by hanco005
Photo of marcobrau


2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The is a pretty pilsner that pours with a lot of foam that leaves lace and a sustaining head...but looks can be deceiving. The nose has a decent bit of toasted grains, but the hops are lacking and mouthfeel is a little rough and grainy. I'm glad I tried it, as I like the other North Coast beers, but I'm just not impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 03:15:49 | More by marcobrau
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh, North Coast, you make it so easy sometimes.

Appearance: Pours out a pale yellow color with a crest of creamy, white foam on top.

Smell: Sweet, light biscuity maltiness accentuated by a floral hop aroma.

Taste: Starts with a mild (almost ale-like) toasty sweetness that develops into a soft citrus hop and residual grain flavor. Finish is dry and metallic.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Clean and crisp - the two C's that please.

Drinkability: Exciting stuff. For a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 03:00:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of andjusticeforale


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This really surprised me; it had a decent head on it; and man the smoothness of first taste; there was a nice twang from just the right amount of hops; so refershing; there was an iced tea aftertaste that invited you in to drink more and more.

This is not a huge heady brew to get your head around; but this is a tremendously drinkable beer with firm characteristics, a great mouthfeel and perfect carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 12:18:55 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of Liquids


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orangey yellow with an extremely thin scumy head. Smells light and slightly bready, faintly floral--german hops here? Not too spicy, but a little. Maybe I'm just hoping... Taste slightly booring, little hops. A similar malt profile to brooklyn pilsner. Overcarbonated, and has watery finish, but yes slightly spicy in the hop profile. Am I tasting an alcohol wash in this low abv of a beer? Yuck. If this is what most people think of from a german pilsner, no wonder most people don't care for them. This is okay, but I won't return. I can see a few people liking this, but there is far better out there, for a style that to me is so enchanting when done right.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 16:18:28 | More by Liquids
Photo of bgraney


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich gold with a white bubbly head.
Slightly fruity aroma and a definite yeast scent.
How a pilsner should taste, nothing overpowering but refreshing.
A little thin in the mouth but about right for the style.
On a hot day I could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 14:39:24 | More by bgraney
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faint aromas of dried fruit waft up from the clear light copper body of this brew. I sniff a little harder... cereal? Crushed grain? Hello, no hops?

On the palate, a soft, supple malt opens things up, with a sturdy bitterness mid-palate. There's a bit of grain/mash in the aftertaste. By mid-glass, the malt has moved up in prominence.

Scrimshaw drinks easily enough, pretty soft -- not nearly as spritzy as some Pilsners are wont to be -- simple and pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2006 18:13:21 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of IntriqKen


4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden straw color with a smallish white head made up of large, loose bubbles that died quickly to very fine lacing.
Aroma is lightly malt and lightly hops with nothing harsh anywhere.
Taste is initally sweet, then followed by a hoppy bite that finishes to a slight lemon citrus taste.
Aftertaste is slightly .... lightly sweet malt and lemon citrus with a nice drying and mouthcleaning on the swallow.
Mouthfeel is comfortable for this style...not too watery which is often the case and not too bubbly which I also find often.
Definately can drink these all summer long.
North Coast just continues to produce excellent brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 21:12:55 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into fat pint glass.
A good head, chunky, white and durable. Body was amber, not the golden yellow of pilsner, but it looked good.
Smell had spice, hops and some malt. A bit of lemon-grass, but it was a weak smell.
Taste had a pinch in it. A bite that was mellowed by the malt. Some spice, fruit (not quite lemon, but close). A bit oily.
Definitely better cold. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 17:48:35 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of sinistrsam


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker gold than I expected for a Pils. Clear and clean-looking with mild carbonation and a medium white head. The aroma was hoppy and malty, a little more intense than the Pilsners I'm used to. The taste was a combination of floral hops and sweet roasted malts. It wasn't terribly bitter but unfortunately wasn't as dry as I would have liked either; sweet up front, slightly watery and bland in the aftertaste. I was waiting for that crisp, dry hoppiness of a good European Pils, but got what I've come to expect from American interpretations of the style. I'm not saying that these attempts aren't good beers, they can be. My particular taste prefers the drier, hoppier Czech or German Munich-Lager styles. I am doing my best in my search of a good American Pils to rate what I taste objectively. That having been said, this was a decent attempt and a pretty drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 00:34:10 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of Redrover


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Fireside in Chicago. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a nice gold, with an small head, a bit of chill haze and intermittent lacing.

The smell is slightly faint, but I get some peppery hops and a bit of grass.

The taste is nicely balanced between some spicy hops and some slightly sweet malts. The taste is a bit grassy with a bit more bitterness late. Seems well integrated and made with quality ingredients.

The mouth is nicely crisp with a bit of a snap. Very easy drinker that goes great with mild food.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2006 21:58:43 | More by Redrover
Photo of evanackerman


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer pours a really beautiful golden color with a nice head, looks perfect for a pilsner, perhaps a bit more color than many.

smell is a bit faint but there is some noble hop characteristics, and graininess.

taste is at first a burst of noble hops followd by a dry graininess, the finish is a mild hop bitterness. not as much of a bready malt as i would have liked but still a good flavor.

mouthfeel is very nice, medium-light viscosity, ample carbonation.

drinkability is very high.

overall, a nice refreshing pilsner, not the most exceptional i've had but certainly something worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 19:42:37 | More by evanackerman
Photo of bditty187


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale gold in hue with a straw-yellow influence, the color is typical of the style and yet I am bored with it. It must be a personal thing. White head, sadly at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. There was no animation in the liquid either. Head retention was fair, the bubbles slowly faded to a thin cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and hardly noteworthy. I am not all that impressed with the appearance, it’s a yawner… and yet fitting for the style.

One stiff said everything I wanted it too. When I buy a Pilsner I want it to be like this. Noble hops offer some earthiness, vibrant grassy-hay aromas with a nice underbelly of citrus and flowers. The malt is secondary but noticeable, slightly grainy with a smattering of crackers and caramelized bread. Clean. Moderately high potency, I really like the nose. Inviting.

Damn tasty. Wonderful balance, the malt jumps to the forefront for a brief moment only to step back and allow the hops to shine. Juicy maltiness upfront but the hops arrive soon after with a bitter, citrusy vibe and some flowers. Grainy, husky, caramel notes near the finish with a kiss of sweetness; the finish is fruity and juicy with a dash of grass-hay. This is not the most complex Pilsner I have ever tasted but it is clearly well brewed. I really like it.

Medium in body, moderate (at best) carbonation, the mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

Low abv. Tasty. Super easy to drink. Session beer!! Hell yeah. I could drink a lot of these. I will drink a lot of these now that I can buy them in Council Bluffs, IA. Score! I’ve like about everything I’ve had from North Coast, add this to the list. I am sure this beer would kill with fish and chips or burgers or anything spicy. I am happy I finally tried this. Purchased in Council Bluffs, IA; I will buy more.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 15:45:25 | More by bditty187
Photo of Tupperwolf


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a stubby bottle into an English nonic a sun-colored, clear, appropriate-looking yellow. A thin head is present, as on most Pilsners, and rising bubbles are evident, keeping a thin film of eggshell white across the top.

Nice, slightly acidic-smelling hops and a bit of creamy malt behind - slight biscuitiness.

The flavor is subtle in its complexity; There's a lot of nice things combining here, a good balance between creaminess, citric fruitiness, and hop bitterings. An interesting slightly lemon-orange jazzes up the mealy malts.

Nice mouthfeel, of a significant body, with enough zest and smoothness combined to keep things interesting.

I love what American breweries are doing with pilseners, and this is another great example.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 22:25:31 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of blackie


3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a 1" white head that steadily recedes, leaving a decent amount of foam on top. The beer is a golden straw in color.

smell: Spicy noble hops upfront, with just a hint of light grain behind. Light sulfuric aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range. The body is a lighter medium.

taste: The flavor is pretty sparse, even for a pilsner. Light noble hops and pale malt flavors, with a light bitterness cleaning up the finish.

drinkability: Nothing off about this beer, but it lacks hop and malt character. Still, easy to drink. Could've been a good summer sipper, but I doub't I'll be revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 06:45:32 | More by blackie
Photo of tgbljb


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy deep golden color with virtually no head, however the thin ring left attractive lacing as the beer was consumed. Smell is fruity and lemony and very nice. Taste is of ripe summer fruit with a very pleasant sweetness. Finish is mainly malty with a very slight dryness present. An enjoyable brew. Very nice for a hot spring afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 21:17:33 | More by tgbljb
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.