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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 78 | 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 acrawf6


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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


2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +17%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

04-30-2006 21:17:33 | More by tgbljb
Photo of gmcfarre


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured 12 oz into traditional pint glass.

A - Clear golden straw color with 1 cm dense, but not rocky head that didn't stick around too long. Slight carbo bubbles and mild lacing effect.

S - Noble hops presence with a slight lemon zest.

T - Pure and simple, the way it should be. Notable hop presence, clean with a mild herbal spice and bitterness on the way down.

M - Light and crisp.

D - A nice, easy drinking pilsner. Certainly sessionable. Not the tops, but still pretty damn enjoyable.

04-20-2006 03:57:01 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

Hazy dark golden color. Thin head with decent retention and which leaves spots on top of the liquid the whole way down the glass to complement the thin lacing.

Hoppy nose with some pale malt.

Typical pilsner. Not bad. Crisp and refreshing. Enjoyable but nothing to yell about.

04-12-2006 22:27:29 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

2.35/5  rDev -37.5%

Not very pilsner like to me. This tastes quite a bit like watered down Pranqster. Quite fragrant but again, not very pils like. Watered down cider comes to mind. Pours nearly without a head into a weisse glass and the color is typical lager fare.
Not crisp at all, not carbonated enough... the six pack was fresh, too (no freshness date on the bottle but the place I got it from just got this in stock).
Nah, not for me.

04-12-2006 01:19:26 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of nlmartin


3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very good coppery yellow coloration with a creamy white head. The head was about 1 inch thick. There was very good head retention noted.

Smell: The beer has a good roasted barley smell. There is a nice floral hoppyness present.

Taste: The beer has a nice sweetly roasted barley taste. There is a good hop bittering to this beer. I wish that the taste quatient was higher on this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is a nice light bodied well carbonated beer. This is a very drinkable and sessionable beer. Overall not a bad little pilsner.

03-27-2006 12:03:55 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Hibernator


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

North Coast Scrimshaw
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a light golden and hazy yellow blend. Fluffy head off the first pour with a nice thin white lace on top. Random mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the pilsner glass. Awesome patterns of sticky lace cling to the glassware.

The nose is rather clean with faint whiffs of grains and imported hops.

Clean and refreshingly pleasing with a spicy hop profile. Excellent mouthfeel with an above average drinkability level. One of the better American interpretations of this style.

An underrated beer and extremely underrated style. North Coast has created an above average pilsner and certainly worth checking out.

03-11-2006 02:20:16 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Byeast


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured a very slightly hazed , goldenrod-yellow with a bubbly white head. Smell is of the malts , also some slightly spicy / herbal hop aromas. Taste is focused on the malts at first , pale malt , clean , hops provide a nice , crisp , straw and grass flavor that finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is light. A very drinkable German pilsener , not quite as much an effervecent showcase as many , but very drinkable and nice hop profile.

03-10-2006 22:40:51 | More by Byeast
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Initially pours a clear golden yellow color with a quarter inch of creamy white foam on top. The head fell within a minute or so to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. There are some bubbles rising through the liquid, but this doesn’t do much to maintain the head. There is some light lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Sweet and slightly grainy malt are the first things you notice, but this exists with a notable floral hop presence. The malt seems to be more toasty as the beer warms up a bit. The hops become a lot more noticeable as the beer warms up further.

Taste: The malt is definitely the key player in this beer. The flavor profile starts out with some noticeable sweetness. The hops show up in the middle of the sampling as a soft and floral character that balances the malt and helps it across your palate. The hops play a big role in the development of the finish, and add a substantial bittering component…but the malt ends up winning out in the end to finish slightly sweet to linger.

Opinion: I really enjoy this Pilsner, and think that it rivals some of the best German brews. It has a smooth and uncomplicated malt profile, and the hopping is sufficient to balance the beer and add more complexity. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

02-09-2006 23:27:26 | More by SkeeterHawk
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.