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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 106 | 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)
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Photo of czfreeman
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this tonight at Mellow Mushroom. Good pils appearance, light golden, moderate head retention. Smells a little hoppy for a German pils. Flavors are good, light creamy, but as mentioned a little on the hoppy side for me. I like this beer, drank well. For a German Pils though, a little too sticky and hoppy and not creamy and malty enough, side by side with a Paulaner Pils for example will explain what I'm saying...notheless a highly drinkable session beer.

czfreeman, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of riboflavin88
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottom line, this is a session beer. Very drinkable and crisp. In fact, I drank it while the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII!! Anyway, it pours a clear golden color, small-medium head, with a small amount of lace. Good carbonation throughout the drink, which made it very drinkable and great with food. Typical Pilsner taste, perhaps a little milder, but definitely worth stocking your fridge with. Although it's January in Chicago, I can imagine drinking this beer in June-July while flipping burgers on the grill! Definitely buy this one!

riboflavin88, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold pour with a nice thick bright white head and significant lacing as I drink. Smell is fresh, clean, slightly malty and a bit more hoppy. Taste is smooth, clean, with a mild hop flavor. There isn't a big bitter bite, like in a lot of pilsners, but it is simple and refreshing. A touch of hops and sweetness in the finish. A great easy drinking session beer. I really like this one, even though its not exactly what I'd expect in a pilsner.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of AlesALot
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle.
Poored a straw to gold color. Tall foamy white head.
Faint hop aroma.
Little to no malt flavor with some citrus notes that quickly fade. The carbonic bite overpoweres anything else that might be here. Almost an Alka-Seltzer taste on the finish but still drinkable. Very high dollar for the beer in my opinion. I'm not a Pils guy and this has convinced me to stay of that persuassion. If you're thinking of this one, you can get a Miller Lite for 25% of the money.

AlesALot, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle consumed at The Swamp Tavern in Spokane, WA, for $3.50.

Poured a copper color with an inch of white foam that dropped after a couple of minutes, leaving a minor, though not unimpressive, amount of lace. A foamy collar stayed atop the beer.

The nose wasn't overly memorable, but was unobjectionable, with mild, bready malts and subdued, peppery hops.

The taste was pretty much like the nose. While true to the style, it did nothing to wow me, starting out as a mild, peppery hoppiness paired with an equally mild, biscuity malt flavor. There was a slight dryness at the swallow.

Mouthfeel was perhaps slightly thick for the style, but not to an alarming degree. Body was medium.

A decent beer that would be alright for session drinking but otherwise unmemorable. If this was on-tap, I'd view it as a safe session pitcher to share with less adventurous friends.

woemad, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $1.40... poured into a goblet.

Good 1" head and spotty lacing... Beer is light straw gold with only a little hop/chill haze.

Aroma is very clean pale malts and spicy hops.

Again very clean palate and good bitterness/malt balance. Pale malts and noble hops bounce back and forth on my tongue.. clean and crisp.. light hops and subtle graininess finish. Bright carbonation and perfect body for the style..

I overlook Scrimshaw all the time opting for Blue Paddle.. while both are good American made pilsners.. Scrimshaw has it beat for sure.. This brew is a no-brainer if you are trying to get a macro friend to try a good beer.

Edit: Wow.. this really is pretty good... reminds me a lot of Paulaner Pils.

JohnGalt1, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I normally don't prefer too much of the lighter stuff, but this one is pretty good actually. It's smooth and even and extremely drinkable. Bottom line. I'd say this beer is more of the kind that you would get a case of for a party or the weekend and just relax and drink. It doesn't have the type of characteristics or personality that would make it a unique or interesting brew to check out.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and bready malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with a little bit of sweetness. There’s a good hops presence that provides some balance and there’s also a pretty hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, not much of a kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer if you want something mild. However, I normally look for something stronger and when I do want something mild, I typically won’t for a beer that’s as pricy as this one tends to be.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of scout19d3
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aThis pilsner arrived with a clear golden-yellow color. A fast rising white head that disappeared rather quickly formed atop. Quite animated.

It rather lacked an aroma; there was no strong presentation.

The taste was surprising! Clean, crisp with a very balanced flavor. There was a hint of something after the first swallow that was very refreshing. A tang or bite that was pleasant without overwhelming the experience.

The feel was light and smooth, but still the bite was there. Very enjoyable.

On the drinkability scale, this pilsner scores very high with me. I could easily settle on this pint after pint. I've already recommended it to my friends.

scout19d3, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass:

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that becomes patchy. Some spotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is clean - some restrained grassy and grainy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain and mild grassy, oily hops. Balanced, clean and crisp. Light-bodied.

It's an easy drinking pils. I would have liked to see a touch more hop presence, but not bad as it is. It does have a nice, refreshing quality to it.

jwc215, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with small fizzy white head that disappears quickly for the most part but leaves a small amount present on top for a while. Aroma is of bready malt, fruit, and hops which are citrusy and slightly fruity. Taste is slightly sweet at the front quickly giving way to hops. The hops are slightly spicy and are fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and it is an easy drinker. Decent pilsner that would be a nice session beer in the summer.

hckyfn9999, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear and see-through look. Bright and sunny yellow. Icy film on top; no head. Some snowy lace. Dark golden yellow.

The smell is a bitter German malt lager smell. There is a bitter pale aroma (even though it's a lager) and bitter beechwood hops. Has a "wet" malt aroma. Bitter is the word here. Also a little pungent.

There is a pale malt flavor with some strong bitter hops. The hops, however, aren't much for character. There is a fruity (orange? lemon?) flowery aftertaste. A bite comes at the end.

Feels bubbly and fizzy, like champagne. It's a sipper. Once the bubbles go away it feels dry. Not an amazing beer. A bit simple. Has a decent flavor with some frut, but too spiky for this Advocate to love.

williamherbert, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was rather unimpressed with this pilsner. It was very malty, lacked much in the way of hop character, and tasted a bit cardboard-y to me.

I had this at a hotel bar during some recent travel. The bottle has no packaging or pull date, so I’m left to assume it was fresh from the brewery.

This beer poured an amber color in my pint glass with a pretty abundant head of large bubbles. Aroma was faintly of hops, but also had a fair amount of somewhat caramel-y maltiness. Flavor was disappointingly not bitter, and had strong malt and wet brown cardboard flavors. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

There are a lot of great beers out there, but I wouldn’t include this one among them based on this experience. Not recommended.

BeerBelcher, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of cbn
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a thin persistent head with good carbonation.

Smell is sweet and sour, a bit like spoiled grain.

Very clean, crystal(?) malt flavors, subtle citrus hop finish.

Mineral hardness and abundant carbonation give a flinty mouthfeel, far from the softness of a true pilsner.

Quite drinkable, good beer, slightly off for the style.

cbn, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

liquid gold with a mountain of foam that adheres strongly to the glass walls. the head lasts a little while, but serves no staggering tenure in its lofty stature

clean pils malt aroma with some spicy hop.

not bitter at all; sweet and with some tealike hop flavor. the hops take on a spicy character, as well. a tasty german pils

bruachan, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a whim at one of the local Beerporiums, and I definitely don't regret it. It poured with little to no head and a nice dark straw color and smells a little bready with a hint of malts. The flavor is very smooth with a little malt bite but very little bitterness and a pleasantly unobtrusive aftertaste. It is a very drinkable beer with a very pleasant carbonation, and if it fit the budget I wouldn't mind drinking this one all night. Not exactly full-bodied and flavorful, but excels in drinkability and mouthfeel. A nice light beer perfect for a relaxing summer day.

TheTrevor, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden sunshine. This beer smells like a beer, it's a beery beer smell. A cross between Miller High Life and St. Pauli Girl. Tastes a little creamier and fuller than a european pilsner. I like it. It has a wide mouthfeel, a shot of hops, and well carbonated. If you like the North Coast offerings, you wont be dissapointed with this one.

Murchmac, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent pilsner, but far from the best I've had. Pours to a golden straw color, fairly hazy for the style. Not much carbonation to speak of. Decent head with a fairly weak retention and lacing.

The smell is ok. Smells like pilsner malt (surprise!) with a hint of sulfury lager yeast notes and floral hops. Notes of berries underlying, which actually is kind of a surprise for a lager.

The taste is actually quite good. Just a touch of malt sweetness with some bready, grainy pilsner malt. Finishes with a nice floral bouqet with very little bitterness.

Quite dry with a crisp carbonation. Has a clean finish with very little aftertaste. Pretty good. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. Kind of a departure from the pils I'm used to, but it's not bad. I would drink it again, but probably won't buy a whole sixer.

neonbrown82, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of AndoBrew
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app: slight haze golden normal beer nice full head with neat slow spaced bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass

smell: heavy thick smelling golden malt smells with a slight toasted/trash smell small spice, and some lil bits of floral hops.

taste: all the nose is also in the mouth. hops are more pronounced up front. there is a thickness maybe the butter flavor a bit in the malts and yeast. a bit boaring. and a bit of trash in it.

mf: to thick and coating

drinkable?: sure, not enjoyable but drinkable for sure.

AndoBrew, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle poured into pilsner glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a dark gold with not much carbonation and a two inch white and rocky bubbled head that fades into a ring halfway through leaving some lacing behind.

S: Smells a bit like Red Seal with a weird hoppy fruity sort of smell, not quite the grassy bready smell I was expecting but still nice.

T/MF: Tastes a bit like a watered down Red Seal: a bit of citrus kick and a sort of bland mouthfeel, sort of sits there and does not bubble like I was expecting. Finishes clean and is pretty light bodied, could drink a number of these.

A servicable german style pils which tastes a bit like an ale and it decent but there are better examples out there.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of kellyst
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark yellow. Nice, white fluffy head. Good lacing.

S: Light wift of sweet malt and some hops.

T: This is a pretty good pilsner. Medium bodied. Slightly grainy in the middle. Medium hop bitterness. Overall very well balanced. I had this one immediately after having a Left Hand Polestar Pilsner and the Scrimshaw is much better; well balanced and more flavorful.

D: Very high.

kellyst, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clear straw yellow, rather like a typical American lager, not impressive. Aroma is remarkably strong, overwhelmingly malty, with a whisper of citrus. Flavor is rich, malty, a touch of lemon or lime, not complex but very nice. Smooth, with a bit of a hoppy bite, it is a refreshing pilsener.

Cyberkedi, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

North Coast Brewing's Scrimshaw Pils pours a stiff pillowy head over
a clear light orange brew. Carbonation is extremely active, and the nose
is pils yeast and light barley malt. The flavor is that light barley malt with
herbal hop and citrus notes up front with a more herbal/grassy hop finish.
The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and light- every little thing in this pils seems
to be balanced just perfectly. An awesome pilsner!

shadow1961, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've come to shy away from Pilsners and the like lately but I thought I'd give this one a try. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy, yellow-orange golden color with a thin bubbly head that has lots of carbonation rising from the depths of the glass. Smell is primarily malt, a slight sweetness of lighter grains and subtle hints of honey and a slight skunkiness; the hopping is pretty nondistinct. The taste is very similar to the nose with the difference being that the skunkiness of the beer is much more pronounced and there is a slight hop presence in the form of a finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish and slightly mouth burning carbonation. Drinkability of this beer is hurt by the skunkiness. I suspect that the single beer I have is probably far past the "best by" date although since there isn't a date on the bottle it’s hard to determine. Overall, another disappointing Pils.

gmfessen, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of sierra11b
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden yellow. I couldn't pick-up much on the nose except maybe slight bread and hops. A decent, refreshing Pilsner. I like it!

I thought something was missing in the taste, though... I know Pilsners are relatively mild as they are one of my favorite types of beers. But at least most pilsners have more hops or at least notes of something else that separates them from others. Notes of citrus and grass for example. At least those are the types of Pilsners I'm drawn to drink. This one seemed too bland for my tastes. Perhaps i've been spoiled by the Eagle Pride Pilsner of my local brewpub and other solid examples? I must be more of a traditional Pils kind of guy...

sierra11b, Aug 08, 2007
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.