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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 137 | 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 roblowther
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy gold with active bubbles and no head. The smell is lemons, slight pepper, and sharp hops. The taste is lemmons, farmyard funk, and slight malt. It's slightly slippery and a bit thin. This one makes for very easy drinking. Its very balanced. You could make an afternoon of it & I intend to.

Photo of berkey
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gearing up for Summer by mixing some lighter beers into the rotation. Had this one on tap at The Hopyard in San Ramon.

Body is pale and very clean though a shade more hazy than many other beers i the style. Head is dense and white with mediocre retention. Lacing is very good.

Malts dominate the initial aroma. Very bready. Hops are mellow but definitely present. Mild fruitiness buried deeper in there.

Pleasant bread malt flavors continue on first sip and the slightly bitter hops are more present than on the nose. Very good balance. Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Thicker than most Pilsners. Drinkability (as it should be in this style) is amazing. Had a second while typing this up. Possibly my favorite low ABV beer this year.

Photo of jsh420
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear golden with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smell - i dont know whats up with this one but this one smelled fishy at first - yuck - then that went away as the beer warmed replaced by grains and grassy hops - but fishy at first gets this one knocked down

taste reminded me alot of GI honkers nice and bitter with a bready sweet finish

mouthfeel was good as well - light crisp with plent of carbonation

drinkablity is good - but for the money i would drink a honkers instead

Photo of Magpie14
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: bubbly bright gold and banana yellow stirred with a few pieces of straw. Bleach white foamy cap with a string or two of lacing.

S: traditional pilsner hops with a whiff of wet cardboard backed with subtle water logged grains and roasted barley smells

T: much like the smell. Flavors could stand to have a kick in the pants, kind of light on taste for the style. Otherwise, it has a commendable clean, crisp, and sharp appeal in good pilsner order. Sweet honeyed malts set aback with noble hops making a nice showing on the palate

M: aims to please and does so with a light crisp body. Even has a very gentle spiciness on the tongue

D: a no-nonsense brew. A solid pilsner

Photo of atpben
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had this at the Houston Flying Saucer on tap. Poured into a pint glass. Apears a nice thick golden color with a one inch head. Lot of bready and biscuity malts and some hops in the aroma. I was hoping for a bigger hop bite but it is still great to drink. Lot of malt presence which provides a sweet dry enjoyable finish. Paired nicely with some brat. Will try again.

Photo of david131
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear, bright yellow with a bunch of streams of carbonation that give way to a massive eggshell white head. Looks pretty nice for the style.

S- Bready with a little bit of light fruit aromas. Nice and crisp smelling with an apparent, but not sharp hop presence.

T- Nice and light with some bread and light fruit flavors. Crisp, smooth, and not harsh like I have come to expect from most pilseners.

M- Smooth and crisp. The carbonation level keeps things lively, but not out of control.

D- A great session beer. Not all that unique, which may cause this to be a bit forgettable, but it is enjoyable for what it is.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It poured golden yellow. It was clear, and it had a two finger white head. There was a high level of carbonation.

It had a malt scent. It had a slight bit of bitter hop fragrance.

It was crisp. There was a slight taste of malt and hops. It was lite bodied with a very smooth finish.

Very drinkable. I enjoyed it a lot.

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

Tap @ Clocktower Cellar in Mammoth. Poured clear yellow-gold with a short, puffy white head. Average lacing. Floral, sweet grass and lemon peel aroma blended with the pilsner grain and hops. Well carbonated mouthfeel without stickiness. Clean, lemony-citrus taste throughout, strong yeast and grassy hops as well. Pleasant cereal grain flavor towards the finish. Sweet, dry finish. A very, very good pilsner

Photo of BigJim5021
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been digging on Victory's Prima Pils as of late, so I figured I would try out a pils from yet another great brewery.

Pours a pale orange with a big white head. The ring goes the distance and there's lacing out the wazoo.

Aroma is a bit subdued. Sweet malts are about all that I'm picking up.

The flavor is good, if not somewhat subdued itself. Hop bitterness is lower than expected, but maybe Prima Pils has got me spoiled. The malts are the main players in this puppy, but they definitely make for pleasant drinking.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as crisp as I like in a pils, but carbonation is good.

The drinkability on Scrimshaw is high overall given the abv and the easy-going nature of the brew. $11.29 for a sixer is too high, but overall, North Coast has crafted a pretty tasty pilsener.

Photo of aeminter
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Straw gold in color, slight effervescence, clear, two fingers of white foamy head that drops down to ever present membrane.

Smells slightly sulfury, pilsner hops, nice sweet malts and a slight cereal grain quality.

Typical pilsner bitterness, sweet dry finish with lingering hop palate, highly carbonated and medium body.

Have to say, this and Prima Pilz are the two best pilsners I've had.

Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle at Trader Joe's in Upland, CA.

A- yellowish golden body. Pillowy white airy head. Very good retention. Good lacing.

S- grainy and grassy, both very soft. Nothing astringent.

T- Very soft overall. Crazy smooth in terms of flavor. Slight grainy sweetness at the end. Hops are diminished in this (might just be an older bottle) but they are at least detectable in terms of balance.

M- very good. No overly-carbonic bite.

D- Solid easy drinking beer. A fresher sample would probably be even more tasty with just a touch more hops to it.

Photo of marcpal
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Stubby 12oz bottle served at Stuff Yer Face, New Brunswick. Served with long pilsener glass.

This is my first foray into North Coast and I don't know why. If this is a sign, hell, I need to get me some more North Coast beers.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10.

A: Very bright clear pale yellow body with a fairly robust foam head. Plenty of life on the lacing. Lasted throughout.

S: Mild noble hops flavor balanced with the sweetness of European malts. Smells of fresh spring basil leaves with a musky earthiness. Classic aromas for the style.

T: Very tasty. The caramel base is balanced quite well with the spices. Some fruit flavors with the earthiness create one hell of a complex beer from a very mild and easy drinker. One of the tastiest pilseners I've had in a while. This goes high on the list for taste with Prima and Pikeland.

M: Somewhat resinous for a pils, almost to the extent of a pale ale or something with more layered hops. Still intensely refreshing.

D: Perfectly crisp and cleansing. Marvelous companion to a spicy stromboli. As mentioned, I have ignored North Coast as a brewery and have heard many good things. I have a feeling these claims are founded. Well done pils.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Medium golden-yellow in color and quite clear. Great bright white head that retained and laced very nicely.

S: Bright hoppy aroma up front with a moderate, pale malt smell in the background. A subtle sweetness comes through as well.

T: An interesting tango of light, sweet and almost fruity malt and crisp hop earthiness. I was expecting more hop presence, but the malty sweetness is a nice change of pace.

M: Lighter mouthfeel, but not thin. A bit lower carbonation than I was expecting, but it wasn't detrimental to the feel. Has a wet, almost juicy aftertaste.

D: An easy beer to curl up with on a hot day or after a hard day's work.

I appreciate beers that respect their style, yet still manage to stand out from the pack. Scrimshaw's calling card (for me) was the sweeter, almost fruity malt presence that stood up to the hop flavors. I would definitely try this as a stepping stone beer for a few of my friends.

Photo of theghost3
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Appearance is deep golden with a one-finger bubbly white head. Reminds me of champagne. Some lacing.

Smell is mainly yeast, lemon, apple & some grassy notes. The taste has yeast & citrus notes. The hops are more apparent in this pilsener than most I've had. Mouthfeel is acidic, crisp.

This is a drinkable pilsener that goes great with spicy food & has a surprising hoppiness to it.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden body, one finger head.

S- A veritable boquet of hop aromas. Obvious, yet subtle to nose.

T- A fleeting hop note pops up before the slightly grainy malt sweetness dominates. Some more hop flavor shows up at mid point. Finish is clean and semi-dry.

M- Slightly low carbonation, otherwise good body for a pils.

D- The smooth, approachable finish kept me coming back.

Aside from not quite meeting my hop expectations, it was very enjoyable with good balance throughout.

Photo of maskednegator
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Head fades quickly. Golden, completely translucent.
Smell: Citrus, hint of yeast.
Taste: Hoppier than some pale ales I've tried. Thin maltiness, lack of typical pilsner sourness. Would pair well with a shrimp burrito.
Mouthfeel: Fuller-bodied, much creamier than appearance would indicate.
Drinkability: I could make it through a six pack.

Verdict: Would definitely buy again, but unlikely to make it into heavy rotation.

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The bottles were not dusty and old looking, so I decided to take a chance.

The pilsner poured a clear gold to very light, shiny bronze color; not a great deal of head for a pilsner.

It smelled of faint noble hops and malts. It was not very distinctive.

The taste was a very short-lived hop bitterness that settled to a slight sweetness on the tongue. Some biscuity malt is present. This one tastes fresh.

Well carbonated with a heavier body than usually expected for a pilsner style.

This is a good interpretation of a pilsner, but hardly the best available. It is a delicate beer that should have a freshness date. It is too costly a six pack to chance the freshness.

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt and some sweetness in the nose. A good hop bitterness that balances out the nose.
T: Follows the nose. A good toasted and biscuit malt flavor that is a little sweet. A good balance of hop bitterness. Some fruity hop flavors as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A crisp snap that is refreshing. Easy and smooth to drink. Something I can drink all day.

A good Pilsener. Something I usually have around. Nothing extreme, but very enjoyable.

Photo of treyrab
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one last night to finish out the round of beers. Had it poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a very fizzy yellow with a one finger white head. Not much in the look at all: a pretty familiar looking pilsner, clear, golden yellow and thin looking.

S: Smell is sweet for a pilsener. Sweet cereal grains, pale 2-row, and surprisingly not much in the hop category. I was expecting some spicy Saaz, but nope.

T: Taste is equally as sweet as the smell. This is not a light and crisp pilsener like I was looking for. All in all, it is too sweet with cereal grains and no spicy hops.

Overall, I would recommend this if you have never had it, but I will not be getting it again.

Photo of mwa423
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy with a very small head but lacing that stays throughout the glass.

S - Very fruity pilsner smell, a slight berry smell that I can't place

T - Taste is very typical of a pilsner, though with hints of copper and blueberry. Overall enjoyable but nothing particularly special.

M - Mouthfeel is rich and enjoyable. Overall this could be an easy session for when one isn't inclined to drink anything too harsh on the palate.

Photo of webbcreative
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feb 22, 2009
Hazy golden color with one finger head. smells tart, like green apples. taste...tart like green apples.pretty sweet finish, and not as tart in the end. All in all this isnt a bad pilsner, although not one of my favorite styles, i could drink this again.

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

Clear light golden color with a slight haze, some action, and minimal white head.

Grainy malt smell with some esters in the aroma.

Mild grain malt taste with a buttery background.

Light bodied, flat buttery feel, with lively almost flat carbonation.

Good session starter, could be a session beer if one likes the flat background.

Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, poured it into my Bitburger pilsner glass, and it almost bubbled over. Massive ivory head on top the straw yellow, hint of amber pour. Damn, even some yeasties on the bottom.

Malty quaff, even hints of orange. A very smooth, almost creamy body to it. One top notch pilsner, I can agree and see why it rates so well on ba. At an easy 4.4%, this is truly a nice session brew.

Ran about $10 a sixer - ain't cheap though.

Photo of farrago
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Generous, if delicate, bone white head, thickness complemented by sticky lacing. Light brass orange color, fading to yellow where glass tapers off. Lowkey persistence in the nose, with sourdough, wild yeasts and wet straw, lemon oil and rock salt, becomes more herbaceous as it warms, however, the citrus scents never get past a barely audible mutter. Light-bodied to watery, minimal palate presence, leans heavily on the bitterness and sour grassiness to remind you it's there. The carbonation not helping, keeps the flavors from settling in and elevate texture of Pellegrino thing. Pretzel dough, rye bread, the malts appear to offer naught but a softening effect on the overall texture. As it finishes there's a moment of pink grapefruit and orange citrus but it's totally dry. It either has to be a lot crisper or offer more flavor diversity to excel in its category.

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

Bought at a small package store in Westchester, New York.

Appearance is a light yellow with a thin white head, looks like a pilnser to me ! The smell also has a lightness to it along with a very faint citrus element. Upon sipping it, it tastes like some fresh baked bread, not bad. Mouthfeel is great for a pilsner, with more pleasure involved than most others in this style. Drinkability is most certainly here; 1. it is a pilsner 2. it is a very good pilsner.

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.