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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,628
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 141 | 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 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
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: One finger, fizzy white head sits atop a hazy, pale gold body. Head dies down to a thin film with a sticky crown after a minute or two. Leaves nice, thick lacing left on the glass walls.

Smell: A bit of funk and lager yeast right off the bat, followed by tart citrus (quite a bit of it actually) and fresh, woody hops.

Taste: Doughy malts, citrus, lager yeast, and some crisp hop bitterness. I'm now tasting some noodles. Malt and citric hops hang around in the aftertaste. Well balanced and pretty flavorful, but seems to be missing a little something (sour).

Mouthfeel: Creamier and a bit flatter than I'm used to. Other than that, it feels pretty well balanced. A tad heavier in body, but still light overall. Doesn't finish as clean as I'd like.

Drinkability: Lacking a sourness I was looking for, but otherwise large in flavor. I could definitely fill up on these, but I may get a bit bored. Also, heavier than you'd think for a pils.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a hazy golden with a large white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

The nose is very bready with some floral hops and spiciness in the background. The taste is more of the same with some earthy flavours added. A mild bitterness is present throughout.

The body is thicker than I expected, but there is a lot of carbonation, which I did expect. Drinkability is average; I could have a few in a sitting.

I think this would make a nice transitional beer from BMC to a pale wheat ale or even a pale ale. It looks like BMC but adds more to the table.

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

pours a vibrant light gold with hints of orange and just a tinge of haze. Ample bubbles race toward the surface. A fair one-finger head of a frothy eggshell white recalls meringue before fading to a light collar depositing a bit of lacing here and there.

a hint of citrus, a hint of muskmelon, oily hops and woody hops. Unfortunately timid aroma, even for a light pils.

Subtle but pleasant taste on the whole. grain up front. light biscuit malting mixed with herbal and oily hops. a light lemon citrus zest and a bit of lemongrass, hay, and straw. A hint nutty and a bit of fruit - apricot and banana.

Motuhfeel is a bit thicker than I was expecting. lacking that crisp pop I was anticipating. Ample carbonation and a pleasantly drying bitter finish help keep the mouthfeel afloat.

I was hoping for more from this one. Not bad, and a fair take on the style, but not really one I'll make a point of getting again. Some interesting stuff going on, but not quite the complexity or crisp bite that I was hoping for. I wouldn't turn it down if it were the only pilsner option, and I was really craving a pilsner... but the chance of those two coinciding is fairly slim.

Photo of Jekster
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer is a deep golden yellow with slight orange highlights. There is a slight chill haze to the beer and a beautiful snowy white pure head.

Smell: This beer smells of rich bready malt. There is a slight caramel sweetness light a light soda or flat coke. Grains definitely are the dominate aroma in this beverage.

Taste: This beer taste of apricots and fresh milled grain. There is a slight hop bitterness but primarily it's a two note wonder with a battle between dried apricots and grain.

Mouthfeel: This beer has more body that I expect and fairly high carbonation. The carbonation is biting on the front of the tongue and is definitely felt after the swallow.

Drinkability: I could kick back a few of these, but it is honestly not as light or crisp as I would expect from a Pilsner.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I was really expecting more from this beer. The beer though lack is complexity and truly lacks in the crisp fresh feeling I want from a nice Pils. I would say it's worth a try if you can find a single bottle. However, if you have to get a six pack look for another Pils out there.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.27/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The same brewery that makes Old Rasputin makes this beer as well??? Oy vey. I have to say, I didn't like this at all. I hope I just got an old bottle or something. Picked up a single of this because of the cool looking label and I like pilseneres so it seemed like a good idea. Pours a yellow color with ZERO head.. and I mean zero, like I haven't seen anything like it.. no lacing either (obviously). Taste is kind of sour and doesn't have a good mouthfeel at all.. had this following a Prima Pils and the difference was very apparent. Would not prefer to try again, like I said I hope it was just a bad bottle I got.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful golden blonde Pilsener

S- Lots of sweet, biscuit-like Pilsener malt on top of some buttery and citric flavors

T- Pretty balanced malt:hop ration for a Pilsener. No incredible flavors here, but I am thoroughly satisfied

M- Slightly viscous with lots of small-bubbled carbonation

D- If it didn't drink well, this beer would be more of a looker than a drinker

Photo of yeastsipper
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at the brewery

I said I would never take notes at a bar, but dammit, I was by myself and felt like it.

The Scrimshaw gives off a great head with some sticky lacing. Very full bodied appearance.

The smell is the highlight here. Big hops smells, but completely different from the pine/citrus of the PNW hops. The hops are very earthy, for lack of a better term and balance nicely with the roasted barley.

The taste is quite dry and exhibits a lot of roasted malt and grassy/earthy flavors. I enjoyed the flavor.

The one negative for this beer is the aftertaste. The beer does not finish cleanly.

I have not been a big fan of pilsners as they most remind me of the BMC days. Scrimshaw has a lot of flavor and while it is not complex, per se, it has some things going on. This is a damn solid beer and one I will pick up when the weather gets warmer. Great value as well.

Photo of HalfFull
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden straw in color with a thin head, settling to a light cap in short order. Okay it took a couple minutes.

Nose is heavy and thick, bready. Hop notes are present but muted beneath the breadiness.

Taste is somewhat rich for the style and without the crisp tang I would expect. Has a buttery feel typical of many North Coast brews and finishes dry. A touch of citrus reveals itself on the finish however.

The creamy feel and sweetness of the beer kills any more refined Pils malt flavor involved however. It's present but subdued to say the least. In the end an orangey sweetness overtakes and limits drinkability. A bit drying and harsh in a raw grain sense.

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz. brown stubby bottle into a 16oz pint glass. It has a hazy golden yellow color with just enough head to fill the glass to the rim. Small bits of lacing are left behind.

Aroma is subtle but pleasant with fresh grain and light citrus.

Flavor is, again, mild but I appreciate it more as I get to know it. Sweetness from the pils malts balance nicely with the hops (saaz?) to create a very enjoyable and refreshing kind of beer. Citrus and spice from the hops are great.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style with medium-light body and good levels of carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good as this would make an excellent session beer.

I picked this up because the weather was unseasonably warm and a pilsner sounded just right. I can't say I was disappointed with this one, however, it doesn't quite stack up to victory prima pils.

Photo of HeroJH
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice flavorful Pilsner. Good and malty and doesn't have the skunky-ness of some imports of the same style.

A- normal gold straw with white head. Big bubbles in foam.

S- Malty for a pilsner, and a slight hint of bittering hops.

T- Smooth and malty with a nice light bitter finish.

M- coating and dry.

D- Great beer for activities and hot weather. Quenching yet flavorful for the style. Aftertaste is clean and not too long lasting, so you can keep reaching for another.

Photo of beveritt
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is blue and depicts ivory carved with the picture of a whale, aka scrimshaw. No description and no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 2 fingers of off white head. This settles slowly to just a thin layer of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing. Lacing is excellent throughout the drink. The beer itself is the color of light honey, completely clear, and has a small amount of activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Hops like fresh mown hay, with a solid undertone of caramel malt.

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet malt flavor, with a biscuity backbone. Noticeable saccharin off flavor the finish, like the difference between a diet soda and a regular.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Most everything about this beer was exceptional, with the exception of the oh so important taste. Not sure exactly what the off flavor was, but it was enough to ruin this beer for me.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fat squat North Coast 12oz bottle. The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow color, 3 finger foam. The smell is toasted malt, grainy malt, all malt. The taste is likewise strong with bisuit and toasted malt, a little bitterness but not much. Very tasty but I'd like a little more hops in it.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is slightly cloudy with an orange hue. His head is pure white and has some very nice stamina starting out at an inch and maintaining to a quarter-inch.

S - Banana, peach, SweeTARTS candy, and possibly malt.

T - Sweet and malty, just like I like a pilsner. I'd like to add the sweetness is smooth, not overwhelming. This is a very flavorful pils. The aftertaste is a bit off with its 'old' flavor but all in all the taste is good.

M - The feel is frothy and thick. It has a smooth creaminess to it not common in most pilsners I've had in the past.

~ This is a solid brew. One I would recommend to my friends. It has a character and pizazz that most pilsners struggle to find.

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

Nice white and long-lasting head; leaves great lace.

The hop is present but soft--a nice blended aroma. This continues in the taste although the hop is far more pronounced. While the body is solid, the carbonation is bit higher than anticipated.

This is a superior pilsener, worth seeking out.

Photo of AlphaFireX5
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: A very aggressive pour resulted in a frothy white 3cm head, which dissipated quickly to ~1cm with a light amount of stick. Less aggressive pours resulted in the 1cm head, which remained for quite some time. A pleasant slightly hazy, lightly golden color, this beer leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The distinct floral aroma of hops, with just a small touch of light malts.

Taste: Lightly carbonated, the taste confirms the smell; with a very distinct hop flavor and a light malt balance, this beer finishes crisp and clean, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Quite refreshing. The dry and bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Pretty decent drinkability, even for those not big on Pilsners.

Notes: This is not a beer to sit and ponder over, exploring different flavors and feelings. This is a beer to enjoy while eating, cooking, or hanging out. Definitely a good choice when you're looking for a flavorful beer without the heaviness of something better (better being opinion only, obviously).

Photo of ncvbc
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering golden with stead carbonation and a decent fluffy white head that fades quickly. Smell is solid with a good earthy hop character and lightly sweet scent of bready malt. Great taste that is well balanced and has pretty big flavor for such a small beer. Light grain and light sweetness. Again, earthy hop presence and biscuity bread. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very refreshing. I could session this one with ease. Just an overall great beer that I wouldn't mind savoring again, maybe a little closer to the summer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale gold with a decent size 2 finger pillowy white head that was sticky and left a fairly good lacing.

S: fresh bread, some lemon grind, wet grains and a light floral grassy hop aroma.

T: For flavor there was sweet but dry tangerine flavor, citrus and some caramel toasted sweetness. The drink was crisp with a nice floral hopping and dry herbal fade on the tongue that ended quickly.

M: clean with soft carbonation and a light body.

D: Decent drinkable pilsner with some hoppiness keeps things interesting throughout the course of the drink

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

Two fingers of head atop a golden sunshine, pilsner yellow. Good center column of bubbling beneath a solid film o' foam. The aroma is a soft, herbal grass and mint note in the aroma. Along with the dry malt aromas as well. Clear palate helps creat definition between the super dry, toasted sweet malts with the herbal,grassy hops. The palae is dry and hoppy for this German pilsner. Very rich, malty finish for this pils. OK drinkability. Maybe a little bit better if it wasn't for the dry sweetness.

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

Out of a bottle this "German Style Pilsener" was a perfectly clear, bright gold color with a pure white head. Poor retention and weak lacing. The aroma was mostly clean, pale malt and some hints of sweetness in floral hops. The flavors were at first very malty, with some dry grain notes hiding in the beginning as well. It then got more hoppy as it went on leading to a crisp finish. Nothing too deep about it but pleasant enough. The body was medium/light, the carbonation lively on the tongue and the mouthfeel a little prickly as a result. An OK beer, but one of the weaker offering from this world class brewery.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- clear canary yellow with lots of bubbles and a puffy but reasonably firm off white head. an elegant looking beer poured into a pokal and a decent amount of drippy lace.

S- malty, citric, and very floral, hop aroma is very fresh. pale and lightly toasted malt, earthy raw grains, lemon peel, orange peel, sourdough bread, and citrus blossoms with maybe some lily sprinkled in. a very aromatic pils, like quality rice, makes a huge difference.

T- flavorful grain and fresh cereal taste like kix or special K with lemony, herbal, and floral hop flavor from start to finish but not much bitterness. a little grassy towards the end as the pale barley flavor fades away. flavorful and tasty but something seems to be missing. i'm not quite getting to the 3rd dimension. finish is clean with a slight pucker with lingering fresh husky flavors.

MF- standard here, crisp, light, fizzy, but not overly carbonated.

D- something i will seek out this summer, its absolutely refreshing even on a cold winters night.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Mellow Mushroom in downtown Augusta, GA.

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

Pours a bright golden straw, possessing a brilliant clarity. Shows off a finger-and-a-half of thick white foam, disappearing slowly and leaving some legs of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild, filled mostly with sweet notes of malted grain and a slight grassy hop presence.

Nice light body and mouthfeel, but possessing a fullness that prevents any thinness. Sweet malt flavor, along with a touch of biscuit, appear up front, with a very mild and balancing herbal hoppiness in the middle, moving to a slightly sweet, though mildly bitter finish.

An exceptionally drinkable brew and overall a nice pilsener, but nothing mind-blowing or extraordinary. A superb session beer, though a little more dry bitterness would be welcome.

Photo of sloejams
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When fresh there's few beers that are as deliciously sessionable to me as a Scrimshaw. So alas I review it.

It pours a light straw color with a well-retained head in my Sam Adams Boston Lager pint glass. The aroma is a Noble hops, lemon zest and wheatgrass. The tastes starts with the ever slight sweetness of the malts and moves into a fine bitter hop bite. It's simple but delicious.

A go-to beer for many cuisines and many occasions. Fantastic.

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.