1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,546 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 41
Gots: 107 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Scrimshaw Pilsner Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,546 | Reviews: 647 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of redneckchugger
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass, straw pale, mounds or white head, very little lacing.
smells light, some slight citric notes for the hops, very delicate.
taste is light and refreshing, some hop biterness, clean malt flavors.
light mouthfeel, easily one of the most drinkable beers i have had to date, this is my new go to summer beer.

redneckchugger, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Light amber hue, half finger of head that dissipated quickly. High amount of carbonation.

S: Has slightly spicy nose, perhaps that is the smell of the saez which I believe are used in pilseners. Not a bad smell but not necessarily good either.

T & M: Really solid pilsener, malty but with a nice hop to it as well. Mouthfeel very nice as well, leaves crispness on the palate.

D: Definitely drinkable, could have a few of these. North Coast continues to impress.

elniko, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scrimshaw pours slightly hazy golden color with a bit of an amber tint to it, and a cap of fine white bubbles. Lightly grainy and toasted with some herbal floral and spicy hops. Same in the taste. Pleasantly bready, lightly toasted, bit of spicy bitterness. Mellow and lightly crisp, medium with a solid amount of lightly sharp, fresh carbonation. Pretty good for the style.

Slynger, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served a crisp yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was some Earthy hops slightly overpowering sweet malts. The taste was a nice balance of sweet malts and crisp hops. The beer is light, crisp and very Summery. This is a very decent Pilsner, one I would have again if the mood hit.

atsprings, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold color has a lot of particulates floating around. The bottle doesn't state that the beer is bottle conditioned, and I didn't see any yeast in the bottom. My guess is simply that it needs to have been better filtered. Very little carbonation going on. White head is good sized but doesn't retain well. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Quite clean with grass and a sweet malt note that smells of bananas and biscuits.

T: Very light flavor that is well done. Quite balanced, with a sweet and yeasty malt palate that is offset by a peppery bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz. A touch grainy.

D: The taste more than makes up for this beer's unattractive appearance. North Coast did a very nice job with the style. Low ABV makes it super drinkable. I would happily revisit this one.

Rayek, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore. Hallertauer and Tettnang hops, that impart a light bitterness that feels higher. Creamy, easy drinking above-average for the style.Nothing to look at, neutral aroma. Fresh, crisp but a bit drying. Abou right carbonation.

Sammy, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This started out well, a very good-looking beer. Gold, thick white head, good lacing. Nice floral, outdoorsy aroma. The taste was pretty much all piney hops, way too much so. Not very crisp or refreshing. I've enjoyed other pilseners more. My wife, however, liked this beer a lot.

lordofthewiens, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce stubby brown bottle with coded brewed-on information.

Pours transparent honey-gold with an inch or so of rapidly dissolving head. Leaves a good layer of foam and lacing. Smells grassy and a bit minty, with an unpleasant metallic & coppery edge. The light grainy flavor develops into honey notes in the center. Finishes with restrained hop dryness, mint, and copper overtones. Body is faintly heavy, a bit oily and viscous in the mouth. A yeoman-like effort.

dgallina, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a really nice two finger white head that sticks around forever. The aroma is slightly floral with some citrusy hops. The taste is a touch of malt with some faint citrus hops in the finish. Overall, Scrimshaw Pilsner is a pretty nice thirst quencher to enjoy on a hot summer day. Worth a shot.

cjgator3, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: It starts with a nice looking white creamy head but that soon falls to a almost transparent sheet across the surface of the beer. Lacing from the head is great though. I believe that the retention of the head on this brew could be due to this glass I'm using, just bout a pils glass yesterday, washed it today with soap and water and rinsed the hell out of it yet I believe there might still be some residue in it. Color is clear and golden yellow as can be expected.

Nose: Spicy, earthy, woody hops here. Notes of a strong malt backbone come out under the hops and support them. Simple clean aroma. Thats all I really want from a pils. Overall the nose is pretty damn good. Not much more to say about it than that.

Tongue: Nice spicy hop presence hits the palate and gives the brew a somewhat drying sensation in the finish. The taste is very clean. Malt flavor in this brew is that of cereal grains. Overall quite a nice taste, spicy hops, cereal grains and a bit of graininess backed by some malt sweetness. I really love the hop bitterness and flavor it leaves on the palate once it has been swallowed. Clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Crisp and clean in the mouth, with a somewhat drying finish(but only drying to the bitter receptors of the palate, the rest of the mouth is left quite refreshed and quenched.). The beer is light on the palate with spritzy carbonation. This is one I'll be glad to buy again, though I think I'll try to get my hands on some more before coming back to this one. Overall a great brew, one you should not pass up, definitely worth a try...however it is not going to be my "house pils" still searching for that....perhaps I'll give Prima Pils a second try.

becktone, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce stubby poured into a weizen glass yields a rich pale golden body with a couple of fingers of soft white head that retain at a foamy sheet and leave patchy lacing.

Smells of nice light-pale malts with a resinous buzz of evergreen, citrusy hops.

Taste is malty and somewhat grainy; the flavors are dried and crispened by herbal hops, but the drink continues to show a rich nutty, fruity character before yielding stubbornly to a clean, dry finish.

A very smooth drink with a substantial body for the style, the beer has nice carbonation and superb drinkability.

cvstrickland, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good summer-time find indeed.
It pours a golden, slight hazed, with balanced carbonation. The head is white,that maintains well, as does the lace.

The nose is crisp, slight hop and citric.

Taste carries that citric hop crispness. Malts balance it very well.

The mouth is left crisp, quenched and satisfied.
What can be said, very drinkable. With a lower abv. Anytime! Good job with this beer. Top shelf quality.

chilidog, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean, clear deep golden color. The head is thick and rich and bright white. There is a very steady and strong stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, seemingly coming from nowhere. Its quite a nice little sight to behold. I drink a lot of ales so this is something I definitely don't see a lot unless I venture over to the lager/pilsner side of things.

Smells clean, yeasty, grassy, some citrusy hops and definitely the earthy/musty smell that comes with the territory of beers with lager yeasts.

The pour is clean, the smell is clean and the taste follows suit accordingly. Its slightly dry in the finish and the taste itself is slightly citrusy and that of very light malt. Nothing over the top, just a refreshing beer with that nice carbonation that dances a bit on your tongue.

indiapaleale, May 30, 2008
Photo of deanhead
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice straw color to golden color, with an adequate head and a healthy stream of CO2 climbing up thru the beer. nice lingering lace around the glass.

Slightly sweet smelling, with accents of malt lingering on the nose.

Malty and bread-like tasting with a sweet and almost viscous tangy finish.

light bodied and refreshing.

Drinkable, but seems somewhat off, can't quite place it.

deanhead, May 13, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice medium golden color with a good foamy white head which left moderate lacing.

Smelled grassy with some mild citrus notes in there too.

Tasted somewhat of lemon, a little on the sweet side but not too much so.

Mouthfeel was wonderful. Nice and crisp with plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing, especially on a hot day.

I felt this was a very drinkable beer, just what I was looking for on this warm day in Vegas. I'll enjoy this one again for sure.

JBogan, May 10, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow color with thick white head. Excellent retention to the head and good lacing as well.

S - Grainy aroma that is a little too strong. Light floral hopa aroma as well.

T - Sweet maltiness up front with a stronger than expected hop finish. Hops are not strong by anymeans, but do provide a nice taste at the end.

M/D - Almost chewy feel in the mouth. Medium bodied and well carbonated. One of the better pilseners I have had.

ckeegan04, May 05, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of funny that I'm drinking this in Baltimore (Columbia). The last time I had this was at the pub in Ft. Bragg, at least 10 years ago.

The beer pours a rich gold color with decent head retention and fair lacing. On the nose, this really doesn't smell like a pilsner. There is a sweet smell of honey and straw; which is fine, but not what I expect in your typical pilsner. This beer is very light on the palate, but the flavors are pretty nice. It's a pleasant tasting beer, albeit pretty simple and one dimensional. There is decent cripness on the finish, and this would make a very nice beer on a warm afternoon. Alcohol is not noticeable at all and drinkability is pretty good.

I don't drink BMC, so for me this would be a lawnmower beer. It's crisp and refreshing, with decent flavor and low alcohol.

A nice beer from North Coast.

John_M, May 04, 2008
Photo of albern
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice pilsner beer, and quite a bit sweeter and more medium bodied than is characteristic for the style. The beer pours a nice golden color with a slightly frothy head that does retain. The smell is a very typical musty lager aroma, with a faint hint of hops. The taste is quite sweet for a pilsner. There is a lemony citrus flavor to this beer, and nice biscuity malt base, some slight hop tastes in the finish where things dry out a bit more. The aftertaste is a bit thin and insubstantial, and I knocked the beer down a point for that, but there is a slight creamy mouthfeel that more than compensates. This is a very drinkable pilsner worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, May 03, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an above average looking deep golden colour that has a bit of haziness to it. Head is fairly small in size and once settled in leaves small amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma is average at best, as it is quite faint: grainy, some floral hops and buttery notes are basically it here.

Flavour doesn't do much, if anything, more. Some grainy malt. Floral hops seem to be even more subdued here. That said, there is a bit more overall sweetness here, but even the buttery notes are held back to a slight note at the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and not as crisp as hoped for from the style.

I was disappointed by this one overall. North Coast generally puts out some good to very good stuff and the Scrimshaw just wasn't up to par with that or with the best from within the style. It just blends in as average amongst a sea of Pilsners.

SixpointJMH, May 01, 2008
Photo of Twerknasty
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit darker than any average pils. Smells of red apples, and yeasty background with malts. Hops actually dominate the palate, with a grassy style but not completely overwhelming the palate. The malts play a fairly good role on the background, which balances the beer. A good pils.

Twerknasty, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Scrimshaw is a real nice looking girl. She poured a light autumn fall color of orange with a solid two finger head in the pilsner glass. It leaves some sudsy lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma soft maltiness with some grain and some slight citrus hops. Faint yeast smell.

The taste is malty through the drink with a crisp clean finish of bitterness of the hops. In the mouth you are left with some malt on the tongue. One of the better American Pilsner's I have had. Another solid effort from North Coast.

cswhitehorse, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of ericj551
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scrimshaw Pilsner pours a crystal clear golden with a nice head. The aroma is sweet light malt and some graininess. The flavor is crisp and smooth with a nice light bitterness and hop flavor. This is definitely a nice session beer and could easily be a training wheels beer for a BMC drinker.

ericj551, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Agave in Belleville, IL.

A: Honey color, nice, puffy head. Good last ing lace.

S: slight hops, citrus.

T: Very nice balance. Malts up front, slight hops at the end.

M/D: Easy drinking, lower ABV makes this a beer that I can make a session. Does not have the typical sharp pils feel, but, it's nice none the less.

KI9A, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Honey colored with a rocky white head that leaves some of the thickest lacing I've seen from a pils. Lots of streaming bubble columns aid the retention.

Aroma has that classic pungent fresh grain character with zesty citrus from the hops. Quite lemony.

Flavor is citrusy but not tart as I would have expected. In fact it's a rather sweet citrus note without proper grainy malt to balance. Pilseners aren't typically robust but even this one tastes a little watery.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Plenty of carbonation and a semi-crisp finish.

illidurit, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach for three dollars during happy hour a few days ago, reviewed from my notes

A-Golden yellow color, one and a half inch white head that stuck around for a few minutes, some retention, small amounts of lacing

S-Light citrus with mostly lemon and oranges, grassy accents, skunkiness, floral aromas, grainy malt, and some faint hops

T-Weak flavor with not much going on, some malt at first that is followed by a small amount of hoppiness in the finish, could not taste any of the citrus characteristics until the beer warmed quite a bit, ingredients were balanced but just too faint, watered down and took no effort to get down

M-Crisp mouthfeel, thin to medium body, lots of carbonation, tasted a lot better cold, taste did not linger long at all

D-Could drink a few pints of this, goes down easy, very low ABV, not heavy at all, cannot taste any alcohol, smooth and refreshing

See this all the time at the store and have never tried it, decided to finally give it a go, not my favorite beer from North Coast but not bad for its style, might drink again

Floydster, Mar 29, 2008
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.