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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 38
Gots: 94 | 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 BeerBelcher
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was rather unimpressed with this pilsner. It was very malty, lacked much in the way of hop character, and tasted a bit cardboard-y to me.

I had this at a hotel bar during some recent travel. The bottle has no packaging or pull date, so I’m left to assume it was fresh from the brewery.

This beer poured an amber color in my pint glass with a pretty abundant head of large bubbles. Aroma was faintly of hops, but also had a fair amount of somewhat caramel-y maltiness. Flavor was disappointingly not bitter, and had strong malt and wet brown cardboard flavors. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

There are a lot of great beers out there, but I wouldn’t include this one among them based on this experience. Not recommended.

BeerBelcher, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of cbn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a thin persistent head with good carbonation.

Smell is sweet and sour, a bit like spoiled grain.

Very clean, crystal(?) malt flavors, subtle citrus hop finish.

Mineral hardness and abundant carbonation give a flinty mouthfeel, far from the softness of a true pilsner.

Quite drinkable, good beer, slightly off for the style.

cbn, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

liquid gold with a mountain of foam that adheres strongly to the glass walls. the head lasts a little while, but serves no staggering tenure in its lofty stature

clean pils malt aroma with some spicy hop.

not bitter at all; sweet and with some tealike hop flavor. the hops take on a spicy character, as well. a tasty german pils

bruachan, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a whim at one of the local Beerporiums, and I definitely don't regret it. It poured with little to no head and a nice dark straw color and smells a little bready with a hint of malts. The flavor is very smooth with a little malt bite but very little bitterness and a pleasantly unobtrusive aftertaste. It is a very drinkable beer with a very pleasant carbonation, and if it fit the budget I wouldn't mind drinking this one all night. Not exactly full-bodied and flavorful, but excels in drinkability and mouthfeel. A nice light beer perfect for a relaxing summer day.

TheTrevor, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden sunshine. This beer smells like a beer, it's a beery beer smell. A cross between Miller High Life and St. Pauli Girl. Tastes a little creamier and fuller than a european pilsner. I like it. It has a wide mouthfeel, a shot of hops, and well carbonated. If you like the North Coast offerings, you wont be dissapointed with this one.

Murchmac, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent pilsner, but far from the best I've had. Pours to a golden straw color, fairly hazy for the style. Not much carbonation to speak of. Decent head with a fairly weak retention and lacing.

The smell is ok. Smells like pilsner malt (surprise!) with a hint of sulfury lager yeast notes and floral hops. Notes of berries underlying, which actually is kind of a surprise for a lager.

The taste is actually quite good. Just a touch of malt sweetness with some bready, grainy pilsner malt. Finishes with a nice floral bouqet with very little bitterness.

Quite dry with a crisp carbonation. Has a clean finish with very little aftertaste. Pretty good. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. Kind of a departure from the pils I'm used to, but it's not bad. I would drink it again, but probably won't buy a whole sixer.

neonbrown82, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of AndoBrew
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app: slight haze golden normal beer nice full head with neat slow spaced bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass

smell: heavy thick smelling golden malt smells with a slight toasted/trash smell small spice, and some lil bits of floral hops.

taste: all the nose is also in the mouth. hops are more pronounced up front. there is a thickness maybe the butter flavor a bit in the malts and yeast. a bit boaring. and a bit of trash in it.

mf: to thick and coating

drinkable?: sure, not enjoyable but drinkable for sure.

AndoBrew, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle poured into pilsner glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a dark gold with not much carbonation and a two inch white and rocky bubbled head that fades into a ring halfway through leaving some lacing behind.

S: Smells a bit like Red Seal with a weird hoppy fruity sort of smell, not quite the grassy bready smell I was expecting but still nice.

T/MF: Tastes a bit like a watered down Red Seal: a bit of citrus kick and a sort of bland mouthfeel, sort of sits there and does not bubble like I was expecting. Finishes clean and is pretty light bodied, could drink a number of these.

A servicable german style pils which tastes a bit like an ale and it decent but there are better examples out there.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of kellyst
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark yellow. Nice, white fluffy head. Good lacing.

S: Light wift of sweet malt and some hops.

T: This is a pretty good pilsner. Medium bodied. Slightly grainy in the middle. Medium hop bitterness. Overall very well balanced. I had this one immediately after having a Left Hand Polestar Pilsner and the Scrimshaw is much better; well balanced and more flavorful.

D: Very high.

kellyst, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clear straw yellow, rather like a typical American lager, not impressive. Aroma is remarkably strong, overwhelmingly malty, with a whisper of citrus. Flavor is rich, malty, a touch of lemon or lime, not complex but very nice. Smooth, with a bit of a hoppy bite, it is a refreshing pilsener.

Cyberkedi, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

North Coast Brewing's Scrimshaw Pils pours a stiff pillowy head over
a clear light orange brew. Carbonation is extremely active, and the nose
is pils yeast and light barley malt. The flavor is that light barley malt with
herbal hop and citrus notes up front with a more herbal/grassy hop finish.
The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and light- every little thing in this pils seems
to be balanced just perfectly. An awesome pilsner!

shadow1961, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've come to shy away from Pilsners and the like lately but I thought I'd give this one a try. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy, yellow-orange golden color with a thin bubbly head that has lots of carbonation rising from the depths of the glass. Smell is primarily malt, a slight sweetness of lighter grains and subtle hints of honey and a slight skunkiness; the hopping is pretty nondistinct. The taste is very similar to the nose with the difference being that the skunkiness of the beer is much more pronounced and there is a slight hop presence in the form of a finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish and slightly mouth burning carbonation. Drinkability of this beer is hurt by the skunkiness. I suspect that the single beer I have is probably far past the "best by" date although since there isn't a date on the bottle it’s hard to determine. Overall, another disappointing Pils.

gmfessen, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of sierra11b
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden yellow. I couldn't pick-up much on the nose except maybe slight bread and hops. A decent, refreshing Pilsner. I like it!

I thought something was missing in the taste, though... I know Pilsners are relatively mild as they are one of my favorite types of beers. But at least most pilsners have more hops or at least notes of something else that separates them from others. Notes of citrus and grass for example. At least those are the types of Pilsners I'm drawn to drink. This one seemed too bland for my tastes. Perhaps i've been spoiled by the Eagle Pride Pilsner of my local brewpub and other solid examples? I must be more of a traditional Pils kind of guy...

sierra11b, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured up a golden straw colour, but had a bit of chill haze to it and actually appeared to be a bit cloudy. Perhaps it was just the chill haze. Smell was slightly bready with some very mild spicy hop aromas. Everything in the smell was very gentle and mild. Pleasant. Taste, to was quite mild and "soft", I guess you could say. Some may call this lifeless and dull, but every now and then, I rather enjoy a beer that is less than 10% abv and doesn't taste like pine resin and grapefruit juice. Mouthfeel is very slightly "fuller" than your average pilsener which I wasn't really a fan of. Other than that, this was fairly drinkable.

SilentSabre, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a slight orange hue. Head rises an inch or so and slowly settles back down.

Aromas are moderately hoppy with a hint of sweetness tucked in there for balance.

Taste is smooth and lightly sweet. A bit of hopw rollls in midsip and ushers in a light and dry finish.

This is one simple and easy drinking beer yet it holds such simple complexities it makes it very fun to drink.

gpcollen1, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale gold with and exceptionally formed head that holds steady for what seems to be an eternity. Lacing is uniform and copious.

Strong hay characteristic blends with subtler floral hop notes. Biscuit-y aromas flit in and out of detection.

Absolute biscuit all the way with gentle hop accents at the close. Grassy notes linger on well after the finish. Refreshing and relatively clean.

Mouthfeel lacks the crispness I expect from a pilsner and almost seems flat at points. The beer's weakest area by far.

Despite the lackluster mouthfeel I enjoy the taste enough that I would order this beer if I saw it on tap but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to buy it retail again.

malcontent, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of scott
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this offering, even though it doesn't best represent the style, it is traditional and well-balanced. Clarity is its strong point, and the nose is clean. Refreshing and easy to drink. I would drink this again, mostly if I wasn't paying for it. Recommended.

scott, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of HotterThanHell
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Pilsner is definitely an American take on the style. Compared with a traditional German Pils, say Hoepfner or Spaten, it is very hoppy in both aroma and taste.

Although it breaks with tradition, I still enjoyed the beer very much. In terms of color it was a cloudy, white pillow infused gold with a very little head retention with just a bit of lacing.

The beer feels a little watery when first consumed but as you swallow the hops fill in those gaps. A bit strange on my first sip because I didn't expect it to finish so strong after such a weak beginning.

Not citrus style hops, not sure what they are using, a bit more Piney like perhaps Simcoe on both the aroma and taste.

I like this beer quite a bit, but don't think that you are getting a German style or Traditional Pilsner because your not.

HotterThanHell, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden/orange color with a pillowy, white, one-finger head.It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and barley.

T - It tasted of corn. It was bittersweet and slightly hoppy. There was a noticeable grain taste, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good american pilsner. Nice hops.

zeff80, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very American version of a pilsner. The hops are a little bigger than normal and very fruity as opposed to spicy and earthy. There’s a mellow pale malt backbone that doesn’t match a Euro pils’s flavor, but is nice nevertheless. Basically a light and hoppy beer for the summer, maybe a lawnmower beer with hops.

tempest, May 22, 2007
Photo of thagens
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light golden color with about half an inch of white head.

S: Kind of fruity. Very pleasant.

T: Full of flavor but almost no bitterness. Again kind of fruity. Pretty clean tasting.

M: Good level of carbonation. Refreshing.

D: I enjoyed this quite a bit. The low level of bitterness would make this a great session beer.

thagens, May 17, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer cold poured into a snifter. The beer is a bright yet slightly hazy gold in the glass. A bleached white surface layer forms and quickly fades to an edge layer. Aroma is grainy and some herbal hops but relatively mild. First sip reveals an average body with fine crisp carbonation. flavor is again grainy malt and some caramel. The beer is clean and slightly sweet with limited herbal hops. No hint of ABV anywhere. Easy drinker, clean and simple. Not bad.

sulldaddy, May 16, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clean hazy amberry yellow. nice dense white fluffy head. sticking around.

scent is nice, a little nutty and citrusy; tad floral too.

malty and very light, nutty flavor lingers. very smooth and clean. slightly tart, extremely drinkable.

I think the nuttier flavor and less sweetness makes this more drinkable than other pilseners I've had.

henrysunset, May 07, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A murky yellow, orange beer with a thin head.

Smell is light malty and light, with a very moderate lemony smell.

Taste of a light malt backbone with lemon and hard candy (Napoleon candy). This beer is so light, but not in a pilsener way, more like a light blond beer. For sure it has nothing to do with a German pilsener. The yeast give very little character and is quite clean. Hardly any bitter in the beer and aftertaste is dry and refreshing.

Absumaster, May 05, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is what I expect a good pilsner to taste like! Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pilsner glass. The beer pours a pale gold, forming a fluffy white head, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is of light hops, and a little grain. The taste is a nice balance of hop flavoring, and malt thickness. Only a slight grainy flavor. Smooth light mouthfeel. I dont usually drink lighter beers, but when I do, this is they way I want them to taste. Very light and refreshing. A great offering from North Coast. Definitely worth a try.

beeragent, Apr 14, 2007
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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