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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 154 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Photo of grapemaster
2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer poured out a decent color. Smell was light citrus.
Minimal carbonation, kinda like an afterthought.
Overall I wasn't happy with the beer. It reminded me of Blue Moon far too much. This I found disturbing because I was under the impression I was drinking a Pilsner, not a watered down wheat beer.

Photo of jnezda
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at a wine restaurant called The Vine in San Clemente CA. Trying a beer sight unseen at a wine place is not always the best idea but I will provide the blind test, prior to my knowledge of the style or brewer prior to my remarks. Good pour into a pint glass with a pale golden color that struck me right away as being the perfect color of a German Pils. Fine white head and visible carbonation that still left some lacing in the glass right down to the finish. Good aroma of slight hop characteristics with some good floral background. Beer was somewhat sweet with a good mouthfeel and great finish. This was a clean well balanced and flavor beer. Only after I came home and looked it up did I realize that this beer was another product out of North Coast Brewing Company. To date this place has not let me down and I just wish more of their products were available in Texas. Great showing for the style and definitely a beer I would enjoy again.

Photo of alleykatking
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

A- Nice golden straw yellow color. Hard pour gave me a good 2 finger fluffy white head that dies down after a little bit. No real lacing at all in this beer.

S- Nice earthy grassy smell to this. Some sweet malt undertone with a touch of slight bitterness in the nose. Nothing stand out but it is a good smelling beer.

T- Taste came as a little bit of a surprise for me. I was expecting a little more umph from what I smelled. Crisp grassy light hop bite in the front of this. Mild malt sweetness to the middle of the beer and ends with a grassy earthy taste again.

M- This is a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation to this is a little off but nothing that ruins the beer for me. Clean mouthfeel with light malts left on the palate.

D- This is a very drinkable pilsener that I enjoy. Good standout beer to introduce to the BMC crowd. Quite surprised this beer doesn't get more praise then what it does. Taste could be a little more but then again this style doesn't call for that.

Photo of Duttonic
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich, golden yellow in color. Half finger of head. Not cloudy.

S- Sweet aroma. Citrusy.

T- Sweet aftertaste, but not overpowering at all. Delicious.

M- Medium body, but perfect for a hot day.

D- I could drink this all day.

This is my 2nd favorite German Pilsener, behind Saint Arnold Summer Pils. Fantastic complexity and taste. I highly recommend Scrimshaw.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

...my 201st review.. Prost!

rimshaw Pilsner
North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: German Pilsener
ABV: 4.40 %


Darker golden than most Pils with noticeable head and retention.
Mild Pilsner malt aormas with typical Pils hop/malt funk/skunk that I put my finger on - Munich or Vienne malts maybe?
Taste is better than most German Pils IMHO, a bit more balanced and less skunky.
MF/body is smooth with balanced carbonation.
Drinkability is better than most Pils IMHO for my preference, nice work NCBC!

Photo of donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 4oz sampling glass at a North Coast promo.

A: Transparent gold with good carbonation, a thin head, and decent lacing.

S: Very subtle nose for a German pilsener. Was expecting more of a Noble hops presence.

T: Ditto the flavor, although the finish did leave dry evidence of some Noble hops.

M: Thin-bodied and decently-carbonated for a pilsener.

D: This would be very sessionable, if it only had a more pronounced flavor.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden pale yellow with minimal head. No lacing to speak of.

Fruit esters, faint malt sweetness. Taste follows the nose, mild bitter hops but nothing too out of ordinary. Mouthfeel is heavy for a pilsner, pretty substantial malt.

Not a bad pilsner. Would not buy again considering the superior Prim Pils is available for the same price. Worth trying once.

Photo of melagnus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Moderately aggressive pour produces white sudsy head of several fingers thick that slowly recedes to a dense two finger-thick depth. The Pale Straw (SRM 2) brilliantly clear hue has medium-high carbonic activity sprits to the top, helping maintain a thick head. I chose to serve it in a Pilsner Urquell glass, which might bring about a tad more carbonation. Lacing forms slightly on the side of the glass, though it doesn't have much sticking power.

Interestingly enough, when the beer warms up you really get more of an ester note of fruit. Grapefruit, orange and possibly passion fruit.

S - Phenols of crisp dry hops rise deep into the nose. A very slight citrusy zest comes through on the nose, though like Pilsners should be, this one is void of any fruity esters.

T/M - Interesting grapefruit taste comes through, which gives me a feeling as to them having used west coast hop varieties. The body is light, with a crisp dry finish. Bitterness is mild, which would give one the impression of a German/Bohemian Pilsner and not ones like those out of the north. Spice comes through as well via the hops in a very yummy manner. Carbonation tickles the palate

D/C - This beer comes in at 4.4% ABV, this beer comes across as a true Session Beer. In comparison to a lot of other Pilsners, this beer really shines through. As per its to-style aspects, I question it slightly. It seems to exhibit a higher than normal level of fruitiness, which almost verges upon esters and not phenolic. Either they upped the Saaz doses, or they're using some west coast strain of hops, which is probably more likely. They refer to this as a Pilsner-style beer, so this leads me to think that they've chosen to experiment a bit more. Bottom line is I love their Art and would have many more over the coarse of a long hot afternoon :)


Photo of Evocatus
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice light golden yellow body with a thin white head that thins rather quickly. Aroma is a sweet wheat smell with maybe a hint of citrus. Taste is similar to the smell; the hops are there, but the citrus gets more distinct after it warms. Nice and crisp with a good hop aftertaste. Taste and aroma could be more distinct/strong, but overall a good beer.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice clear looking pint of golden amber elixir. Just a bit darker than a standard pilsner.

Nice little bubbles percolating upwards.

A mild grainy and woody caramel cereal smell. Fairly weak aroma with some slight cooked veggie.

A grain forward brew, with just a slight sugary sweetness. Hops may be there, a bit metallic but not necessarily balanced. A good drinkble pils though, clean and delish.

Photo of KBomb
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly dull yellow color with 1 inch of head that doesn't stick around all that long. Slightly grassy smell, some bread, a subtle kiss of lemony hop. Clean bright flavors of malted barley and crisp mild bitterness. Fairly light bodied, a little on the dry side. Easy drinking.

Scrimshaw is a pleasant summer beer that doesn't have much to excite but is more than adequate for a little refreshment.

Photo of adamette
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased as a single for $1.89 from Cost Plus World Market in Mentor, Ohio yesterday into my DFH pint glass.

A Nice two inch off white head after a vigorous pour over a light brown, orange body that is translucent with visible carbonation rising up. A little bit better than average in that it is a bit darker than an average Pils, a look that I like better.

S Mild Pilsener smells of barley grains. The smell is not a strong one but it is consistent with the style.

T Nice barley centered pilsener taste of the barley malt without big sweet presense or significant hops. Nice, balanced Pils that offers more to taste than an average Pilsener.

M Appropriately thin to moderate with only that barley malt taste to beef it up. There is a nice smoothness (another quality that I like) so I have bumped up this rating to a "4.0"

D Really good as are most Pilseners that I have had.

Notes: North Coast again demonstrates its understanding of another beer style in a very good pilsener.

Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a goblet that left good sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly straw gold color.
s - clean pilsener metallic aroma with hints of hop and grain.
t - lemony and grassy.
m - very clean.
d - refreshing, easy-drinking beer. i'll be going back to this one when i want a great session beer.

Photo of meatyard
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazed, golden yellow with a 2-finger white head that leaves hardly any lacing.
The smell is faint, sweet malt and deep down a little, very little, lemon hop.
The taste is malt, somewhat sweet with no hop flavor or bitterness. Unbalanced on the malt side.
Mouthfeel is light and thin that started out with good carbonation but that fell off about half-way through.
Drinkability-Why when there are so many much better pilsners out there, especially those made within 30-45 minutes from me. This isn't awful just mostly bland.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a rising white head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of some light malts with a bready character.

Tastes is a malty backbone with a citrus hop zing. The flavors are pretty clean as they should be, and a little spice also shows up with the hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and well carbonated.

This is very drinkable.

Photo of gatorbreath
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6 Pack from my Fort.

App: Yellow/sunshine body with little to no head.

Smell: Nothing to astonishing to note. Standard sort of biscuity notes with not much bitterness to offset.

Taste/MF: Malty taste on the front end, not very full bodied, not even really medium bodied. Carbonation doesn't interfere. Some citrusy notes chasing the swallow overall a decent balanced taste.

Drinkability: Pretty decent brew. Very easy to drink if you are used to a small bodied beer. I enjoyed it but dont know if I'll be enjoying it. Ya dig?

Not full-bodied enough for a cold weather brew..just my opinion.

Photo of maddogruss
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a slightly clear, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with pretty decent retention and lacing.

S: A slightly bready, malty smell with some slight sour notes to it. Did not seem overly enticing.

T: The smell was completely different than what I tasted. A sweet, malty backbone with some orange zest that was very complimentary to the malts. The orange zest was more evident in the aftertaste, but was quite balancing.

M: A crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing mouthfeel that was very good on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer very enjoyable. A nice, cool, crisp beer that made me ready for the summer months. Very easy drinking beer.

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, bright yellow with ample carbonation leading to a thick, fluffy head

S- Lightly grainy and bready with a little bit of light citrus aroma. Not very hoppy.

T- Light, crisp hoppy taste with a faint sweet finish

M- Light, crisp and refreshing

D- Very drinkable, very good all around and does nothing wrong

Photo of froghop
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a pale yellow, above average carbonation, a small white head, and a little lacing.

smell is of grain, malt, a touch of citrus, and some hops in the back.

taste is crisp and tangy, some lemon, light grain, a little malt, and subtle hops, ends on the dry side with just a tad bit of bitterness.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark yellow with a large white head. Decent carbonation. The head hangs around a long time and laces just fine.

Smell: Corn

Taste: Some type of hops but not very strong, a bit bready, yeasty. This is a pretty good beer.

Drinkability: This beer has a nice flavor that is really easy to drink.

Photo of bcm119
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored with good clarity and a fine white lace that sticks around. Fresh grain/hay in the aroma. Slightly grainy pale malt character on a light, bubbly body. Hops are earthy, green, and subtle, with only a fleeting hint of lemon. Dry and minerally on the palate, with a clean finish that leaves a very slight graininess. A nice drinkable American pils; lacks the creamy depth and honey undertones of a good European pils.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - Pours a nice strong straw color almost hinting at light amber. It pours a nice dense 1 in. head that recedes fairly quickly and sticks a bit to the sides of the glass. It leaves a nice mat at the end. There is some faint lacing left as the beer runs down the glass.

S - Some nice grainy malts com rising up through the nose and at the back end some hop character but more malt.

T - Grains and nuts are immediately noticed there is a very smooth initial citrus flavor as well. There are some hints of coriander as well as pepper that pop up after the first sip. The back end also has some hop character.

M - Smooth and crisp at the same time. Well carbonated.

D - Refreshing, clean and crisp. Its also very dry!

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Light earthy nose. Flavor is lemon and hay with balancing hops. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes, I must admit, I overlook the beers of North Coast. Tonight, I have to my side a Scrimshaw Pils, which will show I haven't forgotten about this brewery. On to the beer:

Poured hard into a stange, this beer has a golden color, though drifting towards amber. Plenty of bubbles race through the glass, and the head is billowy and leaves rings of lacing Wood and hay are the dominant aromas, which is typical of the usual pilsner.

Light overall with a very soft body, but there is some flavor here. It seems more ale-like than lager, but I'm having a good time here regardless. There is some caramel, minerals, earth, with faint butterscotch and hay notes. Slightly fruity as each sip nears its end.

Not your typical pilsner. Less tradtional, but certainly worth trying. The low ABV is a nice bonus on top of that.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this as part of a late night session few days ago. Poured a golden straw color with medium head that faded quickly and left no lacing. Smelled of corn, earthy hops and light malts. Tasted malty with a light hop kick. Very smooth, just a little bit dry. Quite sessionable.

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.