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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,502 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 38
Gots: 94 | 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 mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw-gold color. Small airy white head reduces to a film.

Smell: Ill-defined citrus and hops. Pretty minimal.

Taste: Light citrus and malty floral flavors. Hop background comes to the front towards the finish, and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, and smooth. Carbonation is tingly and a bit more intense than I usually like.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a low ABV.

Overall this is a nice and generally refreshing pilsner. A bit hoppier and more carbonated than I would like, however, and the taste wasn't the most interesting. It's certainly worth trying, though I probably won't get this again (it's too expensive!).

mithrascruor, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured hazy gold with a thin head that dropped quickly. Biscuity aroma, hops and grain. Taste is smooth and easygoing. Less carbonated and crisp than a traditional European Pilsner, but not over-hopped like so many American Micro Pilsners. Bitter finish, a little watery.

An odd, ill-defined brew. Not bad but not great.

alexskovan, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of danielharper
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Orange color, clear, with thick bubbly white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong citrus aroma, very sweet, slight hoppiness.

T: Crisp, clean, sweet, with a mild orangey taste. Finishes dry but smooth.

M: Thin, watery, slight carbonation. As expected for the style.

D: Pretty drinkable. A fine example of a German Pilsener.

danielharper, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of sinistermadman
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light gold in color with a respectable head.

Smell: Nice malty aroma. Quite a natural or grainy nose.

Taste benefits from some tasty authentic malts. Malt profile is balanced well with a slight tinge from the hops. Hop bitterness is brief, but well proportioned. Nice flavor,and well balanced.

Mouthfeel holds its own, but is not great. Considering the state of other domestic pilseners this is excellent. Light body and very drinkable. Slightly dry finish, but very clean. This would make a good summer beer. Recommended.

sinistermadman, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of golden honey , with a decent whiter head - nose of oatmeal , mild hops , bubblegum , salt , dried bananas , and barley – taste of citrus hopps , lemon zest , slightly sweet , and honey - body refreshing , and slightly acidic , with medium carbonation – aftertaste of lemon zest , and hops , dry and clean

stephendr, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear light amber color with a bright white huge head that lasts forever. Separated layers of lace coat the glass.

Light crisp malts start off, and come with a light touch of honey. Grassy hops sit in the background.

Clean grains give off a sweet and creamy tone, while the herb-like hops add a little bit of bitterness, but aren't too harsh. The medium body and robust carbonation give a fizzy but smooth feel with each swig. A little bit of lemon twang can be tasted here and there. The finish has a little bit of lingering hop flavor.

A tasty little Pilsner. Crisp hops and sweet malts. This one would probably go well on a hot day.

BeerSox, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an efferevescent bronze with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. This beer looks fantastic in Paulaner Pils glass! Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Herbal & soapy hops

T: Citric hops, grainyness (that works) & honey malt up front. Herbal hops & malt sweetness follos as this warms. Finishes bready, slightly dry, with lemony hops & a fantastic crispness

MF: Medium bodied, perfectly balanced& excellent carbonation

Great drinkability, easy to session due to the low abv, yet full of great pils flavor. Had this before & it didn't impress me. I think finally came across some that's fresh (no packaging dates to verify this). Maybe a little pricey @$7.99 a sixer, but worth a look, I'd say this compares favorably with many german & czech competitors

russpowell, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange yellow with a medium white head. The head,though small,leaves very good lacing. The smell has floral and sweet malt along with a "bisquity" aroma. The taste is crisp with floral,sweet malt, hops, and bread yeast. A real good pilsner with flavor and body. The m/f is light and the flavors mix very well. A damn good beer that could be an everyday summer brew.

jmz62565, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed golden straw color with a small white head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Crisp grainy malt aroma, herbal hops in the background.

Light, crisp grainy malt taste upfront. A light hop bitterness follows with a mild herbal hop flavor. Finishes dry with a bland aftertaste.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

A decent all around pilsner. Thirst quenching.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of JWFokker
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scrimshaw Pilsner, brewed by North Coast Brewing Co. of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout fame, is a very solid German Pilsener. It pours a nice hazy gold with a big creamy head that eventually settles down leaving a fair bit of hazing. It's got a hoppy nose with a bit of citrus and floral notes. The flavor is even better. It's got a dry, slightly sweet malty flavor up front before the hops come in and really makes itself known in the finish. It's definitely got a crisp hop flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin as is expected of a Pilsener. No complaints here. It's a very drinkable, well balanced beer. One of the few I'd call truly refreshing.

JWFokker, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Scrimshaw is the name given to handiwork created by whalers made from the byproducts (bones, teeth, etc) of harvesting marine mammals. Ok, the beer pours a golden color with a bright hue. A somewhat hazy appearance a good foam at the start but does dissipate over time.

The nose is grainy even for a pilsner. The malt is limited with not much pilsner essence, more of a US feel. Some lighter sulfur esters as well. Hops are light but some earthy and citrus notes are detectable.

The taste is similar to the smell. A more US feel and a grainy taste and I would have liked more pilsner taste come out. But I digress, the hop bitterness is good with a nice bite. There is a light finishing hop that is blended with the bittering hops, but the spicy citrus finishes the beer nicely. There is a dry finish with a sweeter almost honey like flavor at the end.

The body is light with a dry finish that isn't too chalky. A somewhat higher carbonation feel but helps with the bitterness taste. Overall a easy beer that has a crisp finish. But I would suggest to not drink it from a whales hollowed out bones.

Oxymoron, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber colr with a huge high head the slowly comes down with some, very little lace. Smell is earthy, maybe some caramel in there, corn even. Taste was very malt, with a slight dry hop finish. Some nuttiness maybe. Perfectly carbonated, and an easy drinker. Could probaly do a few of these, though I wouldn't really seek it out. Good pilsner though.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with an ever so lightly hazy, orangish tinged, full gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, dirty white colored head. Wow and interesting hop aroma is on this Pilsner; it is actually citrusy, like a sweet lemon pie filling. Dry, lightly toasted malt aromatics come through & especially lead towards the end of the aroma. The dominant character up front though is that sweet lemon-like citrus note.

Dry up front, yet it does have a lightly sweet maltiness to it that becomes more noticeable towards the finish where it accentuates a sweet citrus note. This has a solid bitterness to it as well that at times is subservient to the other flavor notes, but ultimately is the strongest finisher. Light and refreshing on the palate, but this beer seems to be missing what I need in a great Pilsner. More malt would certainly help quite a bit, and the hops, while at a nice level, seem to be a bit too one dimensional. This beer needs a bit more flavor for me to actually want to purchase this one again.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Body was clouded with a chill haze. Butterscotch orange/yellow in color. One finger of white head settled to a slim collar.

Smell was very mild and it took some warming befor I could discern a buttery aroma. Vaguely floral hops and with even more warmth -- grapes. Welch's grape juice. This aroma was completely unexpected but very present.

Taste was creamy. Mineral. Mild malts. Where were the noble hops? Rather un-pilsner-like. Perhaps this was an old bottle but this beer was rather bland.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin bodied. Very minimal carbonation was present. Some zestiness when held in the mouth. I would try this again only if I could determine the freshness.

Cresant, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a minimal, delicately white head. Much more cloudy than most pilsners. Aroma is rather subdued, with clean, slightly salty and vegetal hops backed by some spicy dextrine malts. Not terribly appetizing. On the palate, way too sweet on the mid-palate before a drier, vegetal finish comes in. This beer is just OK. Drinkable, unoffensive, but not the flavor party I was hoping for.

geexploitation, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden yellow clear body with a white film of head that breaks apart but last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The note of pale malt has a sulfury hop hint but the smell if pretty clean overall.

T- The taste of dry pale malt is crisp and fresh with a hint of dry honey malt adding some depth. There is a spicy hop finish that has a light sulfur note which dries it out a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture and a fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a nice balance of malt and hops with some interesting depth to the malt. It would be nice to have a bit more flavor or depth to the hops to make them a bit more interesting.

rhoadsrage, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- straw in color, produces a two finger white head, retent is good and lacing is decent. Head settles to ring, but lacing as well as foam ring seem to diappear with 1/4 of the brew to go.

S- crisp, sweet, clean, spicy, floral

T- sweet malt gives way quickly to a herbal tea like bitterness, bittersweet spicy flavor at finish and in aftertaste.

M- light body, carbonated well, overall smooth with some powdery like coarseness at times.

D- very drinkable, some good flavor in there, i'd have another down the road if i were curious another than that, I'm happy saying that i tried it.

tonistruth, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Clear and golden, with a modest, bubbly head. Lots of streamers and some lacing as the glass progresses.

S: Light malt aromas. Biscuits, mostly, and very subtle citrus aromas. Doesn't try to overdo anything, which is very wise in this case. Smells very light and refreshing.

T: Nice carbonation, light hop citrics. Malts provide a light, slightly sweet flavor. Everything here is very light and unassuming, but not muted or watered-down. Great pilsner character--light, but with very distinct flavors.

M: Light, refreshing--even ephemeral. I almost don't notice it departing.

D: Very easy to drink. It's well-crafted, slips past the palate and tongue with laid-back charm.

BlackJeremiah, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby served in a pils glass. It pours a lightly-hazed golden/yellow with light carbonation and an inch of white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The aroma is pleasant with lemony, almost perfumy hops and a touch of grape. The flavor disappoints, however, with little more than minty or piney hops that don't impart much bitterness on top of a light, almost prickly body that leaves a short finish. Definitely some room for improvement on this one.

mmmbeer, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of scooter231
2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like dirty orange juice, perhaps a mimosa gone wrong. Little head, little lacing. Murky. Scary. Nose is not so icky. Lemon, malts, but something is off in here. Taste is reminiscent of spoiled fruit and rotting garbage. There's still some good in there but you have to sift through the sludge to get there. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Drinkability is... not so much. This beer and I did not get along.

scooter231, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of walleye
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle, poured light honey, with a off white head. aroma, yeast , hops, malts, lemon, citrus, sugar. flavor, weak, got some citrus, a little sweetness kind of tasted like very weak lemonaide. was a clean finish and easy to drink. a little on the watery side

walleye, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a neat bottle with an ingraving of whales on a big whale tooth (I read on the website that this art of engraving on tooth or bone is called scrimshaw, and that's where the beer gets it's name) over an attractive shade of royal blue. A firm white 1 finger head caps a yellow-gold dandelion brew with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Large amounts of icy lacing coat the glass. I really like the look of this one.

This had one of the most hopped noses I've ever experienced in a pils. The aroma is citrus with flowery undertones. The malts are subdued, but I'm picking up a faint hard crusty bread smell.

Wow. That's pretty damn good! The taste is more powerful than the relitively light nose. Very grapefuity and tart. In a blind taste test, I would probably be fooled if you told me that this was a pale ale or a weakish IPA! I does however have a clean and clear malty taste that is indicitive of a pils. I'd still be fooled though.

Mouth feel is light and refreshing, but a bit thin for me. It's carbonated, but not overly tingly or bubbly. Although it is a bit on the watery side, I would not hold that against it given the style ...or the fact that it's summer. My beer was gone in less than 10 min, so I'll have to try a few more of these soon!

This is a great easy drinking pils for the hot days of summer. IMO its EXTREMELY sessionable (I could chug this baby no problem, but why waste such tasty beer?), but it's a bit on the uncomplicated side, and that makes it slightly less interesting to me. As much as I like it, it could be better if they gave it a bit more depth of character and a fuller mouthfeel.

pmcadamis, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, cider colored brew with a moderate, short lived white head that produces no real lacing.

The aroma is biscuity with floral and citrus tones.

The taste is along the same lines, biscuits and herbal hops, nicely balanced, with a slightly dry citrus aftertaste.

Light bodied, decently carbonated, easy to drink and refreshing.

whynot44, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scrimshaw Pilsner pours a golden color with a thick fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. At first I got a whiff of malt, followed by some mildly floral hops. Crisp and nicely balanced malt and hop flavor. I could drink this all night, definitely sessionable. Recommended.

Drew966, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent golden with white head the recedes quickly. Aroma is mostly floral hops, not bitter, but lots of hop flavor with a good malt flavor. Medium-light body. This would make a good session beer, plenty of flavor with low alcohol content. This is an above average beer, worth trying.

Dizzy, Aug 25, 2006
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.