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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 43
Gots: 122 | 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 tronester
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a small off-white head. Smell is yeasty, with a hint of hay, and an ever so slight whiff of sulfur. Taste is wonderful, light bready malt, with a taste of fresh cut grass in the finish. Fantastic bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation levels slightly high. Drinkability is off the charts, relatively low ABV, and light flavor make this a great beer to have when drinking more than one at a time! One of my favorite Pilsener's for sure.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the Comet.
Very light gold in color on the pour. A little froth, but it's quickly gone before a second sip. Smell is slightly hoppy, but pretty floral and somewhat spicy. Taste is more of the spice, some lemon and some slight hops. This is absolutely wonderful on draft. Much better than I was expecting. Very good pilsener, maybe one of the better that I've had.

Photo of andrewm190
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice beer to drink. Well done. Not much to talk about on the appearance, nor the smell, however. I would say that the taste is simple, balanced, and well done. A very solid pilsener, certainly worth the buy. North Coast brewing ompany scores well here. Delicious on the palate, and leaves you much inclined towards another.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color pils with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of Noble hops is more dominant then expected with a clean malt profile. Taste is also a mix between clean and lightly sweet malt profile with some distinctive dry Noble hops. Full body with some good carbonation. A bit hoppier then I was expected but still very enjoyable.

Photo of SickBrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is pleasant, pours a nice light golden yellow, is clean and has fair/good carbonation and hence a good bright white head. Nose is light, malty, hops come through just about right to balance this pilsner. She tastes crisp and clean, slightly sweet and with a nice cracker flavor coming though. Mouthfeel is medium which imparts a good body. Overall this is a great beer and one I will be sampling again.


Photo of orangemoustache
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and somewhat dull gold with some large chunks of yeast that settles quickly. A soft white head is medium in size and leaves some lacing as it drops,no bonus points for hang time here. The nose is subtly sweet and smells of fresh grains and some nice earthy aromas. This has good flavor for a Pils,grainy pale malts and some fresh dry hop flavors compliment each other nicely. Slight metallic flavors kept me from giving it a better grade. The body is light to medium with good carbonation and nice clean slightly drying finish. A good old easy drinkin Pils,I'll have another.

Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, crisp, tasty pilsner.

Bright straw-gold, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin top and leaving a little leace.

The aroma is bread, citrus (mostly lemon), grass, crackers, and a hint of honey.

The taste is as above with bread, toasted crackers, lemon, a hint of grapefruit, honey, and a little vanilla, esp. in the finish. It's very clean and easy to drink, zesty and fairly lively with strong, persistent character that stays interesting.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear Gold in color with a tinge of orange. Bright white head fades fast to sheets.

S - Bread, yeast and a little hop floral on the end. Clean.

T - Very clean maltiness and well balanced with a mild hop finish. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Light easy on the palate, good carbonation.

D - This is what macros should strive for. You can have this anywhere with anything.

Photo of batty
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a not-quite transparent golden, tiny bubbles moving through the middle a bit, with an almost-white thick smooth head, could last a bit longer but nice lacing.

smell is relatively clean but nice sweet malt in there with a touch of hop, notable lack of DMS.

taste is all clean pilsner - nice sweet malt balanced with a nice dose of hops. once again, a very notable lack of DMS.. it's almost confusing. i keep going back and looking for it, but it's just not there.

mouthfeel is beautiful - a little less carbonated than a lot of pilsners, but plenty to leave a nice refreshing spark.

drinkability is perhaps the highest i've ever drank.. tastes great, goes down smooth, just a touch of hop on the clean finish just asks for another taste.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dense foam blooms after pouring the clear, brass beer into a pilsner glass. Upon examination, a slight haze is present as the carbonation puts on a good show. Sticky rings lace the glass, while the white head never leaves exposes the top of the beer.

A fair balance of malt and hops fill the olfactory, mixing with straw and a touch of grapefruit, ultimately allowing a bit of horse blanket aromas.

This whales tooth has strong grain flavors, with vanilla, and light flowery bitterness, followed by a long pleasant finish.

The body is a touch oily, and maybe a touch chewy, with perfect carbonation and no notice of the alcohol.

North Cost presents an excellent example of what a pilsner can be. This one is very refreshing, and worthy of sharing with the buddies. Scrimshaw certainly is a candidate for enticing the more timid over to the craft movement. Bring enough to accompany any activity during a warm Summer day

Photo of changeup45
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really good beer. To say I'm pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. The color is a brightish golden topped with a very nice frothy white head. There ends up being a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly malty with grassy and grainy notes with some fruitiness to it. This might be one of the best tasting Pilsners I've ever had. It is crisp, a little sweet with a great blend of malts and hops. A hint of a lemon zing is mixed in. Nothing seems out of place. Clean, smooth and very refreshing. This would be a great choice for an everyday beer you don't get sick of. A true winner!

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scrimshaw Pilsner is mild, sweet and appropriately dry for a pilsner. It's a highly drinkable beer that would be delicious any time.

The beer's appearance is nothing to speak of at any great length: a nice golden beer with a light head. The smell is similarly nondescript but without any bitterness, which I appreciate.

The taste is sweet and mildly citrus with very little bitterness. The finish is pleasantly dry. The beer has a velvety and easy feel. It adds up to a beer that is highly drinkable for me. I could sit outside at a picnic and drink this beer all afternoon. Scrimshaw is a good beer that is very easy to drink.

Edit: I had this beer on tap at North Coast's own taproom and the flavor came through a bit better this time for me.

Photo of nicdub
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice medium dark golden color, just what you would expect from a good pils.

Smell - Pleasant and light, bit of malt bit of hops

Taste - nice and crisp, sweet malt and a nice subtle hop at the end. Quality pils tatste, like Miller lite on steroids.

Mouthfeel - This is my kind of beer a nice carbonated zip, and very light.

Drinkability - Easy drinking great beer for anytime. ALL DAY LONG

Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried at the Stone 12th anniversary.

Pours a light gold. No head.

Smells like citrus. Citrus tasting, some nice earthy hop content. Did I mention the citrus-ness? Nice zesty mouthfeel.

A pleasant pilsener. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I can see how on a very hot day it's a welcome change of pace.

Photo of Goliath
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin bright white head. Some lacing.

Aroma is very weak. Fruity esters and some pale malt.

Taste is ok. Fruity and pale malt. Not much going on, but decent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Definitely sessionalbe and decent flavor, but just boring.

Photo of ljbrisson
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a striking honey golden color with about a finger-width white head which reduced to a film and lingered, while a few wisps of lacing stuck to the glass. Very active carbonation was entertaining to watch.

Aroma was yeasty, a little fruity. Some hops were detected. Not too bad.

Light-medium body with an abundance of carbonation. A little more harsh and weighty than I was expecting based on the aroma.

Taste was of yeast, fruity sweetness but a little subdued by a bit of breadiness, some hop bitterness toward the finish. The sharpness of the finish caught me off-guard. First time I have tried a pilsener so some of the flavors were difficult to identify.

This was on tap at The Desmond Hotel where my fiancee (heretofore known as "the wife") and I will be having our reception in October. I decided I must try it after wedding person at the hotel mentioned it in the list of beer available. I'm looking forward to having this along with the Yuengling and Sam Adams that will be available at our open bar.

Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, short, fat, 12-ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
A hefty pour yielded a lucid, clear, golden, sunshine hue with a moderate-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
North Coast usually churns out some high quality brews so I was curious to see what their German Pilsener was all about...
Corny, grainy aroma with slight hints of wheat and yeast...
Crisp, clean, refreshing taste, top-quality and a great American depiction of a classic German style...
Good mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...
Another great beer from this Californian brewery...

Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-golden color with a one finger head and a bit of lacing. Seems well carbonated.

The aroma is light and sweet with a decent hint of breadiness to it.

Taste is light and very bready upfront. A bit of hop bitterness. Smooth and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is dominated by some hop bitterness and breadiness. Goes down kind of rough though.

Drinkability is somewhat ok. I've had better pilseners though.

Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Trader Joe's, figuring it would be a good relief for this Carolina heat. It pours a nice golden straw color with a thin but steady head and nearly perfect clarity. Lacing also turns out pretty well. The nose has a tasty light spiciness amid a stronger grassy hop note.

Lots of flavor here, with a pale malt base and herbal, spicy hop accompaniment. The texture is also smooth and surprisingly creamy for the style. There is a good deal to like here. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of 1fastz28
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy orangeish hue, similar to alot of hefe's out there. Has a nice sized head that dissipates quickly, but the beer still has healthy carbonation. Smell is surprising, with it being a pilsner one would think that it would be more hoppy, but there is alot of malty sweetness that comes through, almost dominates. Taste is smooth, has a slight tanginess to it on the tounge, but then becomes smooth. pretty good beer all around.

Photo of theopholis
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, golden/amber body with a slight haze that continues to slowly effervesce. The head is white, frothy, 1 inch and settles down to a nice cap after just a couple of mintes. The is some lacing, but not much.

Smell - A clean, malty aroma with a subdued, but very nice hop profile. Some mild spicy herbal notes.

Taste - Not as much malt sweetness as the nose would lead you to think was in there. Starts of with some sour mash and mild toasted grains. The hops are present, but not quite as bitter as the style should have.

Mouthfeel - Medium body (for the style). Nice level of carbonation. It really gets to dancing over the toungue.

D - It's a so-so German Pils.

Photo of ffejherb
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into stange on 7/24/08

A - Golden/amber body with a slight haze and almost one finger of bone white head that retained well. Plenty of active carbonation is present throughout the body.

S - Spicy herbal and peppery hops with a good bit of diacetyl aroma. Malt is primarily toasted grains. Slight whiff of alcohol is in there as well.

T - Mild toasted grains and some spicy hops are at the forefront of this brew. While I was hoping for a bit more of a hop presence, the crisp bitterness typically found in a pils is replaced with moderate buttery flavor emerges in the finish.

M - Pretty light bodied with a thin, watery texture and lively carbonation. Overall, the mouthfeel is quite smooth. Finish is only mildly bitter at best.

D - Unfortunately, the buttery presence detracts from my overall enjoyment of this pils. It really hinders the crispness of this brew, in my opinion. It's not bad, but I don't think I'll go out of my way for another.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tarnished gold in color with a good bit of haze. A three finger head forms and retains nicely, leaving behind sheets of lace.

Smell: Cereal grain and a touch of earthy hops. Slightly buttery. Not terribly impressive.

Taste & mouthfeel: A semi-sweet malt foundation, balanced reasonably well by herbal/earthy hops. Light-bodied, somewhat slick and not quite as crisp as I'd like. Herbal and grassy hop notes appear briefly in the clean finish.

Notes: A perfectly drinkable but fairly average American pils.

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

Mid gold with a frothy head and a great brewery smell that makes this beer unique. This is well made pils with a crispness combined with a certain breadiness in the mid body. I could drink a bunch of these in the summer time. This does not taste like every other pilsner which is a selling point

Photo of Seanibus
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not one of North Coast's best, but nothing to be ashamed of either.

Pours a dull, hazy golden with a small but reasonably long-lived head and good streamers of carbonation coming up. Poor lacing, however.

The smell is strong, with a nice punch of pils grain and a slightly sour hop aroma. The flavor follows along, with a grainy character with a hint of floral hops. But the flavor has an unaccountable rough edge and a slight sourness, like the flowers are a bit overripe.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin, with less carbonation bite that I would have expected. This is not a bad beer, but there are better pilsners out there.

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.