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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,396 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,396
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 30
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 Xadoor


2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the new beers on tap at my favourite watering hole, so I had to give it a try. It appeared a light golden colour in the glass with a thin white layer of foam across the top. No too much of an aroma detectable. It certainly looked like it was going to be a nice refreshing beer to drink on a hot Houston day. The taste, however, was not what I was expecting. It had an odd earthy, grainy, burnt wood flavour that just didn't seem to fit. Mouthfeel was a little thin with a slightly dry finish. Perhaps it tastes better in the bottle then from the tap, but its probably not a beer that I'll order again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2005 13:43:06 | More by Xadoor
Photo of rajendra82


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

The 12 oz. stubby bottle this micro brewed Pilsner came in proclaimed its adherence to Reinheitsgebot, without actually uttering the word, by stating: Water, Barley, Hops, Yeast & That’s All.

The look was classic Pilsner, with a pale clear yellow body, high level of carbonation, and a smallish white head. The brewer did not say bottle conditioned, but the carbonation looked natural to me. The aroma was pleasantly hoppy without being overbearingly so. Grassy, crisp, and little grainy, the aroma did a good job drawing me in.

The taste was clean, with neither the malt, nor the hops being clearly dominant, and a little lemon twist like tang. An embodiment of subtle refreshment, the beer did not attempt to break out of the quintessential mission statement of the style. It did however feel slightly blander than other American micro brewed Pilsners.

An above average Pilsner, made better by the fact that it is fresher stateside than the imports.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 04:42:54 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

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

small brown bottle from one of my fave breweries... no freshness date...

gold with slight amber hue, half a finger of head sustained, amply carbonated, perfectly clear and crisp looking

malt and bread, like a euro pils but a little less pronounced, a touch of honey, solid pils nose

taste etc...
nice hop flavor and dry finish, refreshing, full enough to have body but not heavy enough to be a detriment to the style, a little yeast in the throat

a solid euro tasting pils, nothing extraordinary but solid. worth picking up for a BBQ if it is available near you.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 02:47:59 | More by Ego
Photo of palliko


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light, cloudy yellow with ivory (get it – scrimshaw?) foam and nice, long lived lace. Aroma is of sweet grainy malts and hops that caress the nose. Initially the taste has aromatic grapefruit hops complimented by bold malt. Finish is a fresh, cleansed palate experience. Well crafted Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 14:30:55 | More by palliko
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scrimshaw Pilsner

Purchased at Isaac Newton's.

Appearance- sligth hazy yellow with a frothy head.
Smell- light hay and grass with a slight corn aroma.
Taste- actually quite good. Light hops and malt with a little bread as well.

Overall- a tasty Pilsner to help cool off or wash down the veggie nacho's on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 13:29:55 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good American rendition of a classic pilsner beer. Looks a stron straw to golden in color. Pours a loosely knit white head that fades. Smells sweetly and crisply malty with some toasy and bready aromas. Tastes tosty and mildly caramelly. Mild sweet malts are defined and well balanced with flavoring American hops. A little more citrusy (grapefruit) than I prefer in a Pils. Finishes sweet and clean. Mildly creamy through the body. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 12:29:38 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Hunter


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a clear, deep amber. Fast-dissolving foamy head of large white bubbles. Minimal carbonation, no lacing.

Clean, slightly soapy scent. What's this? A pilsner with no skunk aroma? Am I dreaming? Here I was thinking pilsners could not be bottled without it. nothing but malt and light hops. Doesn't get any better for the style.

Tongue is scoured by the carbonation on initial tasting, clearing the stage for fresh hops. Malt comes through as the hops fade, in turn fading in the aftertaste to give the hops room for one last appearance. Mouthfeel is light but still heavier than your average pilsner.

this brew seems lodged somewhere between a definite pilsner and an amber, but it's lovely nonetheless. Bare bones brew and delightfully so. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 20:26:24 | More by Hunter
Photo of mynie


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour. A wonderful hazy gold with a nice, retentive head.

Simple malt-hop nose. Slight hints of grain. The lack of complexity actually serves this scent. You get to explore the rich, simple odor. Nice.

Not quite as tasty as its smell would lead you to believe. Simple malt to hop profile, grain upfront, a little sweet in the middle, a little bitter in the back.

This is a fine pilsner and one hell of a session beer. Another grand example of it's style from the folks at North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 00:47:44 | More by mynie
Photo of GClarkage


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle which is undated. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden pour...maybe just a tad of cloudyness? Nice creamy white head and average lacing.

Smell- Hmmm, maybe a tad bitter hops smell with a nice grain scent.

Taste- Wow, this one is kinda fruity. Has a nice crisp and clean grain and hop flavor, but also with maybe, just maybe, a few different fruity flavors as well. Maybe it's in the hops?

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level.

Drinkability- Hmmm, one of my favorite pils to date. Had a different flavor than most of them. May snag a sixer of this for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 00:06:52 | More by GClarkage
Photo of palma

New York

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

Straw color body with a small white foamy head.
Spicy hops in the aroma. Grainy and grassy notes as well.
Clean hop flavor upfront. Followed by a juicy fruity flavor. What a refreshing brew. Afterwards, a light sweet maltiness settles on the palate. Nice. The taste is not shockingly flavorful, though it is satisfying. I like a pilsner like this as long as it is easy to drink and man this one is.
Great carbonation. Lively but not harsh at all.
Smoother than most pilsners. I was surprised how easy this went down.
Get some MF!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 20:37:58 | More by palma
Photo of karst


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast has me very interested in their offerings. This pale straw Pilsner is named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers. A beautiful pils white head the fell and a nice collar supported by beading. Aromatic spicy-hops give a pleasant nose. Scrimshaw is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the European tradition from Munich and Klages malts at 4.4% ABV, Hallertauer and Tettnang hops provide 22 IBU's. Scrimshaw has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish. Its a nice Pils, if that is what you like.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 02:43:12 | More by karst
Photo of tavernjef


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

Typical Pilsner light golden hay color, thin and crispy pale white head of foam scarcely remains for any duration. Less then moderate lacing in thin strings.

Solid aroma of Hallertauer and Noble hops bringing a nice crispy grassyness and keeps a slender sweet malt backing with slight hints of fresh grains.

Flavors are about the same with a nice crispened snap to its appeal. Lightly sweet with a moderation of hopping adding some grassyness and a high point middle of grain action girth. Levels out quickly though as it flys right off the finish leaving tiny notes of high grain earthy sourness and tin. Some trickling sweetness and hop grass returns very late in the back end quarters of the palate.

Feel is OK for a Pilsner, nice holding carbonation thats crisp right from the get go yet doesn't display any real staying power or length. The body is just shy of medium, but overall is quick to disperse. Finish lingers lightly with dry grainyness and watery deposits inbetween.

Goes down easily enough, but doesn't maintain a whole lot of interest beyond one or two glassfulls.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 17:10:04 | More by tavernjef
Photo of ElGordo


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a pretty, half-inch, stark white head. Aroma of fresh floral hops and nice German yeast, with notes of sweet fruit (strawberry?), honey, and a touch of sweet malt. Sweetness continues on the palate, with a honey-tinged malty base accented by subtle notes of those floral hops. Mellow finish leaves a lingering sweetness. Nice medium body becomes a bit foamy at times, but is good for the style. An excellent session beer, perfect for an 80-degree day in April.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 01:16:15 | More by ElGordo
Photo of unklesyd


4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was terrific. Behind the Rogue Morimoto Imperial, one of the best pils.

I would agree that the color is a darker shade than the standard, and that the head was minimal.

Nice aromas of nobles, light malt, hints of fresh cut grass.

Taste was extrodinarily complex. It was neither a bland lager, nor an overly spicy brew. It mingled well with some lemons that I had eaten earlier (in Starburst form).

My first 5 for mouthfeel: this was light without feeling watery. The beer rested well in the throat and palate after the sips were down.

Easily drinkable in a variety of circumstances, and a very good brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 02:05:22 | More by unklesyd
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

12 ounce, stubby brown bottle, put into stream of commerce w/o freshness dating. Pours the expected golden straw, clear, looks as a pilsner should. Nose is heavily rye and flowery, with spicy German hops. White slight head and leaves a decent amount of white lacing. This one seems to lack the hopped for crispness and snap of a fine example of the style. Its way too "mushy" in the center to garner higher marks. Middle of the road pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 19:30:10 | More by Billolick
Photo of usualpulp


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - nice clear golden color, with a thick white head, and good carbonation.

smell - this beer has a nice smell to it, definate hop tones, some grain . nothing out of the ordinary or different than most pilsners.

taste - this beer is full of flavor, nice hop bite, grassy notes, light grain flavors, very nice tasting pilsner .

mouthfeel - good mouthfeel, left with a big hop bite after each sip, the beer might be slightly over carbonated, but its nothing that really hurts the beer.

drinkability - overall this is one good pilsner, excellent anytime of year.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 02:37:40 | More by usualpulp
Photo of mgdeth


4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light golden color, with a good white head. Some beer lace.

Smell - Clean, crisp. It has that characteristic lager small, and maybe just a hint of hops.

Taste - Even cleaner and crisper. It is a greast thing to drink a pilsner that is not skunked. This is a great beer to start you macro drinkin' buddies on. It is not too imposing, but the flavor is so very good.

Mouthfeel - Light on the palate, but not watery. I dream about tasting beers like this.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable. This stuff is so smooth it's scary. It finishes clean. Truly an excellent pilsner.

Comments - This is the best pilsner I've ever had. Have you had too many skunked pilsners in green bottles? This is the beer for you. All hail the folks at North Coast Brewing!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 03:10:56 | More by mgdeth
Photo of unit555


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ultimately, everythign that came out of this North Coast sampler was excellent but this one took me the longest to start enjoying. It just wasn't what I expected when I opened the first bottle.

The gold color is very dark but the clarity was good and the head seemed to last well into the glass. The smell was prominent and rich in both malt and hops.

The taste initially put me off. Reminded me more of a lager than a pilsner. I definitely started to warm up to it as I worked my way through the six pack.

Approach this beer with an open mind to avoid potential disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 12:53:25 | More by unit555
Photo of rowew


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

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. No freshness info. "Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, & that's all."

Appearance: Pours bright gold with a slight haze. Thin head that leaves a bit of lace as it goes down.

Smell: Light malty smell with hops that shine through nicely.

Taste: Nice malty body with a medium body and good level of carbonation. Hops add a nice bitterness to the finish - all in all well balanced. Also has some biscuit flavors mixed all.

Overall impression: Nice tasty pils - well balanced and very drinkable. Much better than many pilsners I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 01:30:16 | More by rowew
Photo of freed


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

Classy logo sporting easily recognizable North Coast font. Pours a beautiful crystal-clear but deep golden hue. Relatively active carbonation keeps it interesting to look at, and restocks the thin but perpetual head.

Smell demands attention as soon as you pour it. Rich pale malt smell edged with faint noble hops. The aroma is what you'd want from a pilsner but only seem to find in those brewed across the pond (in either direction - SE Asia or Europe).

The taste is quite robust. Sweet and almost chewy malts, mild nutty finish. Slight bitterness dries the mouth after swallowing. Mouth is left a tad too sweet, but not offensive. Drinks well and would be perfect with most meals.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 23:58:08 | More by freed
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United Kingdom (England)

1.95/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tap@North Coast. Started off with this one, probably a good one to start of at the North Coast Pub. Pretty much a bland lager, had some odd burnt flavours though, malty. Sorry to slam it as the reviews are quite high here, but i just didn't get into it at all. Thin and kinda boring.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2005 11:23:36 | More by rastaman
Photo of JackStraw22


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

Deep golden body, moderate white head, not much retention. I mostly noticed the fruity hops aroma, some orange/citrus. There was a smell that reminded me of old pennies when I first poured this, but it seems to have gone away and be replaced by the malt. This is a very refreshing beer. It has a light sweetness, sugary, a little lemon taste. Some hoppy bitterness at the end balances it nicely. This would be great on a hot summer day. The drinkability is great, I could go for a bunch.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 02:38:59 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of sparkydoyle


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. deep straw color, slight white head.

Nose offers biscuit notes slight note of spent grain. Very light hop notes.

Taste is particularly enjoyable. Beer is slightly round and sweet for a pilsner, it seems to be closer to a Dortmunder lager in style, but exquisite anyway. Very elegant hop finish--slightly sweet with a slight snap of bitterness.

A polished and well-balanced lager. Great choice to serve to non-BA's. It won't alienate anyone, and beer fans will enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 22:47:13 | More by sparkydoyle
Photo of Kookiekwan


3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale orange and has a one finger head with little retention and no lacing. The aroma reminds me of sweet fruit with a hint of toasted malt. The lack of flavor is a surprise considering the great aroma. The beer is thin, crisp, and dry and very easy to drink.

Reflection: This beer is better than anything you can get from a big commercial brewery but I don't plan on picking up more of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:49:42 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Mostly yellow with a touch of orange in the body; a small head and some lacing

Smell: Smells like a fresh baked loaf of bread with a bit of floral hops mixed in

Taste: A bit of sweetness on the tongue and some bitterness; the hoppiness never quite kicks in as you would expect from a German Pilsner

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light; nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing; a good session brew

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 01:50:01 | More by brentk56
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.