1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.
very good

1,399 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 66 | 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)
View: Beers (23) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Scrimshaw Pilsner Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,399 | Reviews: 639 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sparkydoyle


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. deep straw color, slight white head.

Nose offers biscuit notes slight note of spent grain. Very light hop notes.

Taste is particularly enjoyable. Beer is slightly round and sweet for a pilsner, it seems to be closer to a Dortmunder lager in style, but exquisite anyway. Very elegant hop finish--slightly sweet with a slight snap of bitterness.

A polished and well-balanced lager. Great choice to serve to non-BA's. It won't alienate anyone, and beer fans will enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 22:47:13 | More by sparkydoyle
Photo of Kookiekwan


3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale orange and has a one finger head with little retention and no lacing. The aroma reminds me of sweet fruit with a hint of toasted malt. The lack of flavor is a surprise considering the great aroma. The beer is thin, crisp, and dry and very easy to drink.

Reflection: This beer is better than anything you can get from a big commercial brewery but I don't plan on picking up more of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:49:42 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly yellow with a touch of orange in the body; a small head and some lacing

Smell: Smells like a fresh baked loaf of bread with a bit of floral hops mixed in

Taste: A bit of sweetness on the tongue and some bitterness; the hoppiness never quite kicks in as you would expect from a German Pilsner

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light; nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing; a good session brew

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 01:50:01 | More by brentk56
Photo of JanM


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank my first glass of Scrimshaws after driving all day in a Camaro convertible from San Francisco to Fort Bragg. I was pretty thirsty, to say the least, and it probably makes my review a bit biased. The tap version of the beer has a very distinct bread taste, perhaps too distinct for some. It's almost like eating "knackebrod" as we say in Sweden. No large scale commerical brewer would go this far, but it gives the beer a strong personality.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2004 21:58:42 | More by JanM
Photo of avylover


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a bit darker than your average macro lager - a nice gold color with a minimal head and decent lacing. Aroma is very subtle, yet good. Slight citrus hop notes are in there as well as some caramel type maltiness...all very subtle.Taste is somewhat astringent, which i noticed in the ACME IPA as well.Personally I enjoy it, as it tastes like raw grain to me. Slight hoppy flavor profile and a fairly bitter finish make this a decent session brew. I would say it is no doubt an "American West Coast Style" pilsner, due to the bitteriness. light mouthfeel, almost 'fluffy', with decent drinkability.

Thanks to Tinus time for the $6 a CASE deal. round of applause for thid fine BA.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 00:17:35 | More by avylover
Photo of alexgash


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-straw body with a small white head.
Lean, sweetish malts—biscuity, with nice, spicy, flowery hops.
Taste starts out with modest cerealy malt. Light sweetness. Clean. Big hop bite comes in. Bitter, floral to citrus (grapefruit). I like the strong hop presencne. Light bodied, refreshing, snappy, and very drinkable. Not the best American pilsner I’ve had, but one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 21:49:03 | More by alexgash
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle and poured into a pils glass. Light golden color and a modest one finger head, bright white in color, that lingered briefly before subsiding.
Nose was sweet with the aromas of sweet grains and a lesser note of grassy hops. The taste pretty much kept in character with the nose. A light bready malt flavor and mild fruity sweetness started things off. Hayfield-inspired grassiness came through mid-palate and the taste trailed off with some minor bitterness in the finish. I was expecting a bit more bittering and a more pronounced, longer finish. The feel was light, semi-crisp and refreshing.
Overall, an okay pilsener. Nothing to get all excited about but not a dumper either.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 22:32:16 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of schrist275


3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very nice head, lasts long long time, beatiful head and color of golden bliss.. nice... very fruity smell... very nice... taste comes across a bit sour on the start but mellows out into a nice aftertaste that fills the mouth... not bad.. was expecting more from the flavor as everything else up to that reads crisp, dry and exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 19:09:39 | More by schrist275
Photo of Suds


3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a billowing, puff, white head. Nice malt-hop mix….floral, a bit peppery, with a little citrus. The aroma could have been a little more intense, with a more of a hop smell. Decent carbonation, with bubbles rising through the end of the glass. There’s a touch of malt in the foretaste, which fades by the finish. Clean, crisp end. Not bad, but not outstanding for a pilsner. It seems just a little ordinary and underdone. I’ve really started to appreciate pilsners in the past few years, and I’m looking for the flavors to really shine through…this one’s just a little too subdued.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 12:09:54 | More by Suds
Photo of beertaster13


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/orange with gold highlights, the head is decent, lacing will coat the glass. The smell is of nice blend of sweet toasted grain, lemon zest and slight pine hops. The taste is sweet and a caramel smooth maltiness with a nice citrus pine hop taste. Medium bodied and smooth. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 23:01:50 | More by beertaster13
Photo of misterscooter


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, don't ask me to describe a pilsner, eh. I usually despise them. Maybe this is brewed like a pilsner but if I didn't know otherwise, I'd'a thunk it wuz ein hefe-weizen. The smell is citrusy and spicy and you definitely smell lemon in there. It pours thin with no head at all and has a pale gold, almost straw color. Some carbonation can be seen. The taste is smooth and light with lime adding to the lemon and spice flavors. This beer has a good body to its taste and it sits well in the mouth. There is depth to this character, even if it is trying to fool you into thinking it is a pilsner. Pour me another.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 05:50:34 | More by misterscooter
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A straw color with orange highlights, light/fine carbonation and a a frothy white head. Aroma is subtle: malt, slightly skunky, and a light flowery hop background. Flavor has a light sweet start and a well-balanced crispness that follows. Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a light astringent hop finish.

IMHO: A well-balanced beer ? very drinkable. Sweet for a pilsner, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 01:12:40 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of Reidrover


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown short neck bottle served into a hard ,clear plastic pilsner glass while camping .
I like the look of this beer nice deep golden colour,slightly on the dark side for a typical pilsner,with a large creamy pure white head.
A very substancial aroma for a pilsner, a varied mix of malt and good hoppiness..some lemon like scent, too weird.
Taste..well i have to say its a strange taste for a pils, its got quite a bit of hop bitterness, but the hops appear to me to be cascade.,i also detected a slighly lemony taste this begins to taste like a pils/ american wheat cross..very odd .
It has a pretty nice feel on the palate, with a semi-dry finish.
Quite a drinkabke beer..but its far from being a pils..however I enjoyed it anyway and judged it from taste rather than style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 00:36:56 | More by Reidrover
Photo of RedDiamond


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was enjoying everything about this beer until I tasted it. I liked the bright sunny yellow color, the vigorous carbonation, and the fluffy white head. I liked the airy malty nose and the artful lace. I even enjoyed the sound of this beer. It was loud and effervescent. (So it’s come to this – I am listening to my beer. Please help me.)

But where was the flavor, the zest, the anything? All was drab and unexciting on the tongue. The flavor was restrained, uninspired. An old bottle perhaps? Maybe. But the floral essence of a bright pilsner never emerges and the malt profile, while not problematic, is ordinary and dull.

North Coast’s website suggests that Scrimshaw may actually be a top fermented cream ale. (They haven’t returned my emails.) It still has a full mouthfeel and possesses some admirable quaffability. But Scrimshaw is neither bottle conditioned nor freshness dated and its shelf life may be a limiting factor for casual consumers.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 22:10:53 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Crosling


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


A nice smeller. Notes of peach and lemon, with herbal and grassy hops and malt of pale types.

Very hoppy, especially considering its style and a mellow fruitiness throughout, mainly peach, pear and lemon. The hops are herbal, floral and well pronounced. The malts are toasted and biscuit-like. This is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 14:07:04 | More by Crosling
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of crusty, off-white foam on top of the brassy-gold, hyper-carbonated beer. Burnt crackers, corn syrup, pepper/spice in the nose. A tangy, fruity front. A fizzy, foamy, sweet middle. Roasty nuts in the end. Almost some milky chocolate in the aftertaste. It's a nice, sweet, roasty pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 23:47:24 | More by kbub6f
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear yellow with a fine white head. Head diminished to a quarter inch which lasted throughout the drink, leaving a light lacing on the glass. Nice controlled effervescence with lots of fine bubbles.

Smell: Crisp sweet malt with a hint of orange, very inviting.

Taste: Clean and crisp, yet with body. A wonderful balance of citrus and malt notes with a very light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. The beer has a good body, feeling substantial without being heavy. Very light aftertaste with no real coating of the tongue.

Drinkability: I want more! I got this pilsner in a sampler of summer brews and I will definitely be going back for more! The combination of a light, clean taste with a solid feel on the tongue makes this one a real keeper...

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 06:13:00 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of beerinator


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Yellow golden. Light head is diminishing. Clear beer.

Aroma: Sweet malt. The floral hop aroma is present to balance the sweetness. There is a hint of metallic smell to the aroma.

Taste: Sweet caramel from the beginning, leading to a crisp finish. The beer dries in the finish, but there is a slight bit of sharpness that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is solid but sharp. The sweetness seems just right, for a lager.

Notes: The quick finish, and the solid sweetness that is balanced by the dryness seems to make for an almost perfect summer time beer. This beer would be a perfect choice for an outdoor party, or just anytime that you might want a 'lighter' choice. One of my favorite American Brewed Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 13:17:14 | More by beerinator
Photo of hobbes2112


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Nothing exceptional about the appearance or smell of this Pilsener. Light straw colored/large white head delicate head. Crispy malt and faint yeast in the nose. Taste is clean and refreshing. More light malt with a surprisingly bitter hop finish. The hops really snuck up on me in this one, I couldn't detect them in the aroma at all.

I like the overall feel of this one and could pretty much drink them all day. The low alcohol makes this perfect as an afternoon break, or even session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 03:48:18 | More by hobbes2112
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never even heard of this one, but, it was worth trying. Poured a light orange color, cloudy with sediment at the bottom of the glass. Head was orange, tan, small with little lace retention. The aroma is citrusy, orange-like and fairly strong.

The taste is somewhat citrusy as well. Definitely fruity with a trace amount of hops. Being a pilsner, it is like the first ingredient on the list, watery. This is a good pilsner, however, one that I would recommend and try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 01:07:22 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Slightly cloudy pale yellow with an inch of creamy white head that has great retention. Not as clear as I expected from a pilsener.


Crisp and clean smelling with some sweet malt making it through the thick head. A mild herbal presence as well indicating some hops.


Much more bitter than I like. It's as if the aroma characteristic traded place with the flavor ones. Hops take priority here, with a weak malt backbone. Overall somewhat acrid, with a dry bitter puckering finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 18:01:55 | More by cbl2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimally hazed bright banana-amber with a fair amount of vigorous carbonation jumping off the bottom of the pint glass. The head is a shade darker than pure white and looks a little fluffysoft. A moderately thick film persists on top of the beer with a few scraps of lace clinging to the glass. The nose is of grain and hops, giving a good indication of what's to come.

Light on taste, even for the style. Cranking the flavor knob up a notch or three would help, since what I can appreciate is pretty good. It isn't a 'knock my socks off' kind of beer, but it does have a pleasant, fresh grain flavor that I find enjoyable. It's definitely easy drinking given the light body and the crisp finish.

Scrimshaw Pilsner is what a macro light beer would taste like if I was king of the world. Looking for a good lawnmower beer? I may have just found a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 23:33:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can a lager really look all that good? Tha being said it had a nice golden yellow body and a thin white head. Smell was much more malty than most macro pils you can get. Something a little buttery and bready about the smell. The taste was truly exceptional for a pils. Very complex taste full of yeasyu biscuit notes, slight charcol residue, grainy and slightly hoppy finish with just a bit of lemon. Mouthfeell was actually less carbonated than I expected, but not so thin that it took away from the crispness of the beer. A good effort from North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 00:01:24 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of surfmeister


2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellow/gold, clear, but a ONE finger head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing whatsoever
Smell: Mild, generic malt/hop aromas, nothing stands out
Taste: I could not distinguish anything about it's taste that placed it above your average macro
Mouthfeel: probably the most disappointing aspect, WATERY.
Drinkability: spend half the dough and by a sixer of PBR
I tried this beer three times before ripping it, I really tried to like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 21:04:52 | More by surfmeister
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent with some bitterness and a dry feel. The taste is good. It has a clean and refreshing pale malt flavor that is grainy and slightly malty. It has a crisp bite and low hopping; no skunkiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pilsner. It has good clean flavor and a low bodied smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 01:12:51 | More by WesWes
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.