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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,576 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,576
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 117 | 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 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
Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear Gold in color with a tinge of orange. Bright white head fades fast to sheets.

S - Bread, yeast and a little hop floral on the end. Clean.

T - Very clean maltiness and well balanced with a mild hop finish. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Light easy on the palate, good carbonation.

D - This is what macros should strive for. You can have this anywhere with anything.

ectomorph, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of batty
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a not-quite transparent golden, tiny bubbles moving through the middle a bit, with an almost-white thick smooth head, could last a bit longer but nice lacing.

smell is relatively clean but nice sweet malt in there with a touch of hop, notable lack of DMS.

taste is all clean pilsner - nice sweet malt balanced with a nice dose of hops. once again, a very notable lack of DMS.. it's almost confusing. i keep going back and looking for it, but it's just not there.

mouthfeel is beautiful - a little less carbonated than a lot of pilsners, but plenty to leave a nice refreshing spark.

drinkability is perhaps the highest i've ever drank.. tastes great, goes down smooth, just a touch of hop on the clean finish just asks for another taste.

batty, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dense foam blooms after pouring the clear, brass beer into a pilsner glass. Upon examination, a slight haze is present as the carbonation puts on a good show. Sticky rings lace the glass, while the white head never leaves exposes the top of the beer.

A fair balance of malt and hops fill the olfactory, mixing with straw and a touch of grapefruit, ultimately allowing a bit of horse blanket aromas.

This whales tooth has strong grain flavors, with vanilla, and light flowery bitterness, followed by a long pleasant finish.

The body is a touch oily, and maybe a touch chewy, with perfect carbonation and no notice of the alcohol.

North Cost presents an excellent example of what a pilsner can be. This one is very refreshing, and worthy of sharing with the buddies. Scrimshaw certainly is a candidate for enticing the more timid over to the craft movement. Bring enough to accompany any activity during a warm Summer day

SLeffler27, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really good beer. To say I'm pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. The color is a brightish golden topped with a very nice frothy white head. There ends up being a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly malty with grassy and grainy notes with some fruitiness to it. This might be one of the best tasting Pilsners I've ever had. It is crisp, a little sweet with a great blend of malts and hops. A hint of a lemon zing is mixed in. Nothing seems out of place. Clean, smooth and very refreshing. This would be a great choice for an everyday beer you don't get sick of. A true winner!

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scrimshaw Pilsner is mild, sweet and appropriately dry for a pilsner. It's a highly drinkable beer that would be delicious any time.

The beer's appearance is nothing to speak of at any great length: a nice golden beer with a light head. The smell is similarly nondescript but without any bitterness, which I appreciate.

The taste is sweet and mildly citrus with very little bitterness. The finish is pleasantly dry. The beer has a velvety and easy feel. It adds up to a beer that is highly drinkable for me. I could sit outside at a picnic and drink this beer all afternoon. Scrimshaw is a good beer that is very easy to drink.

Edit: I had this beer on tap at North Coast's own taproom and the flavor came through a bit better this time for me.

popery, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of nicdub
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice medium dark golden color, just what you would expect from a good pils.

Smell - Pleasant and light, bit of malt bit of hops

Taste - nice and crisp, sweet malt and a nice subtle hop at the end. Quality pils tatste, like Miller lite on steroids.

Mouthfeel - This is my kind of beer a nice carbonated zip, and very light.

Drinkability - Easy drinking great beer for anytime. ALL DAY LONG

nicdub, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried at the Stone 12th anniversary.

Pours a light gold. No head.

Smells like citrus. Citrus tasting, some nice earthy hop content. Did I mention the citrus-ness? Nice zesty mouthfeel.

A pleasant pilsener. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I can see how on a very hot day it's a welcome change of pace.

Overlord, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin bright white head. Some lacing.

Aroma is very weak. Fruity esters and some pale malt.

Taste is ok. Fruity and pale malt. Not much going on, but decent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Definitely sessionalbe and decent flavor, but just boring.

Goliath, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a striking honey golden color with about a finger-width white head which reduced to a film and lingered, while a few wisps of lacing stuck to the glass. Very active carbonation was entertaining to watch.

Aroma was yeasty, a little fruity. Some hops were detected. Not too bad.

Light-medium body with an abundance of carbonation. A little more harsh and weighty than I was expecting based on the aroma.

Taste was of yeast, fruity sweetness but a little subdued by a bit of breadiness, some hop bitterness toward the finish. The sharpness of the finish caught me off-guard. First time I have tried a pilsener so some of the flavors were difficult to identify.

This was on tap at The Desmond Hotel where my fiancee (heretofore known as "the wife") and I will be having our reception in October. I decided I must try it after wedding person at the hotel mentioned it in the list of beer available. I'm looking forward to having this along with the Yuengling and Sam Adams that will be available at our open bar.

ljbrisson, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, short, fat, 12-ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
A hefty pour yielded a lucid, clear, golden, sunshine hue with a moderate-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
North Coast usually churns out some high quality brews so I was curious to see what their German Pilsener was all about...
Corny, grainy aroma with slight hints of wheat and yeast...
Crisp, clean, refreshing taste, top-quality and a great American depiction of a classic German style...
Good mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...
Another great beer from this Californian brewery...

dsa7783, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-golden color with a one finger head and a bit of lacing. Seems well carbonated.

The aroma is light and sweet with a decent hint of breadiness to it.

Taste is light and very bready upfront. A bit of hop bitterness. Smooth and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is dominated by some hop bitterness and breadiness. Goes down kind of rough though.

Drinkability is somewhat ok. I've had better pilseners though.

Brad007, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Trader Joe's, figuring it would be a good relief for this Carolina heat. It pours a nice golden straw color with a thin but steady head and nearly perfect clarity. Lacing also turns out pretty well. The nose has a tasty light spiciness amid a stronger grassy hop note.

Lots of flavor here, with a pale malt base and herbal, spicy hop accompaniment. The texture is also smooth and surprisingly creamy for the style. There is a good deal to like here. Definitely worth trying.

daliandragon, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy orangeish hue, similar to alot of hefe's out there. Has a nice sized head that dissipates quickly, but the beer still has healthy carbonation. Smell is surprising, with it being a pilsner one would think that it would be more hoppy, but there is alot of malty sweetness that comes through, almost dominates. Taste is smooth, has a slight tanginess to it on the tounge, but then becomes smooth. pretty good beer all around.

1fastz28, Jul 28, 2008
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.