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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,668 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 166 | 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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Ratings: 1,668 | Reviews: 667
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.

Photo of TheRowan
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very small head with active carbonation. Golden wheat in the field color. Not as clear as other pills and has a haze to it.
S: Floral, sweet, bitter clean
T: Full flavored and clean. Very simple flavors but all right on. Sweet at the end.
M: Very active in the mouth.
D: Very tasty. A great summer beer but might be a little overpriced here in Vermont.

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

a very mild pilsner. with a small head unless agitated... then nicely lacy. nose fruitier than most. prodominently apple and honey. palate is not particularly pollen or earthy bitter. a brighter pils with not much bitterness in the finish. i tad sweet but nothing that would diminish the beer really. not very clean in taste... or well i guess a better word to use is astringent. a good go to for a very mild american pils.

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

A clear, light straw and honey colored brew. White, millet-y head, rocky and puffy on top. Okay retention. Spotty but decent good spider web lacing.

A rather sweet nose, light malts, white bread dough. Citrus - sweet orange. Some floral hops, and the teensiest bit of sharp grassy nose tingle the nostrils a bit. A bright nose, but a touch maltier than I generally look for in a pils.

Sweet light malts to the taste as well. Crisper grains, dry biscuit complement the sweet notes. Citrus, also, though now there is a hint of lemon to go with the sweeter orange. Crisp finish, with some nice drying. A bit grassy.

Prickly initially. Medium bodied, somewhat bready but also quite crisp. A rather nice, certainly drinkable pils with a nice feel. It leans a bit more heavily towards the malt than I'd prefer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear straw/gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky stark white head with fair retention settling to a quarter inch. Laced in thin rings. Decanted continually.

S: Wet grains and a hint of cirtus.

T: Slightly sweet doiughy malts. A hint of lemon. Mild biter to balance. Clean and crisp in the finish.

M: Light boody. Nicely balanced carbonation. Well blended flavors are light and fleeting

D: Solid pils. Very drikable and won't dissappoint.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from draft a an earthy yellow with a
strong head. The carbonation is lively and
easily seen.

S: Malty with hints of grass/lemon

T: Strong malt flavors with hints of citrus.
The grainy/grassy flavors are the supporting
cast in this pils.

M: Heavy as pilsners go with a lot of body and
a little filmy after swallowing.

D: A drinkable pils but not as crisp and clean
as I prefer a pils to be. The malty flavor
wasn't strongly supported and the heaviness
is not a summer time draw, I'll try it again
in the fall.

Photo of roblowther
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,668 ratings.