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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

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1,603 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,603
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 44
Gots: 125 | 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 bditty187
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale gold in hue with a straw-yellow influence, the color is typical of the style and yet I am bored with it. It must be a personal thing. White head, sadly at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. There was no animation in the liquid either. Head retention was fair, the bubbles slowly faded to a thin cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and hardly noteworthy. I am not all that impressed with the appearance, it’s a yawner… and yet fitting for the style.

One stiff said everything I wanted it too. When I buy a Pilsner I want it to be like this. Noble hops offer some earthiness, vibrant grassy-hay aromas with a nice underbelly of citrus and flowers. The malt is secondary but noticeable, slightly grainy with a smattering of crackers and caramelized bread. Clean. Moderately high potency, I really like the nose. Inviting.

Damn tasty. Wonderful balance, the malt jumps to the forefront for a brief moment only to step back and allow the hops to shine. Juicy maltiness upfront but the hops arrive soon after with a bitter, citrusy vibe and some flowers. Grainy, husky, caramel notes near the finish with a kiss of sweetness; the finish is fruity and juicy with a dash of grass-hay. This is not the most complex Pilsner I have ever tasted but it is clearly well brewed. I really like it.

Medium in body, moderate (at best) carbonation, the mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

Low abv. Tasty. Super easy to drink. Session beer!! Hell yeah. I could drink a lot of these. I will drink a lot of these now that I can buy them in Council Bluffs, IA. Score! I’ve like about everything I’ve had from North Coast, add this to the list. I am sure this beer would kill with fish and chips or burgers or anything spicy. I am happy I finally tried this. Purchased in Council Bluffs, IA; I will buy more.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a stubby bottle into an English nonic a sun-colored, clear, appropriate-looking yellow. A thin head is present, as on most Pilsners, and rising bubbles are evident, keeping a thin film of eggshell white across the top.

Nice, slightly acidic-smelling hops and a bit of creamy malt behind - slight biscuitiness.

The flavor is subtle in its complexity; There's a lot of nice things combining here, a good balance between creaminess, citric fruitiness, and hop bitterings. An interesting slightly lemon-orange jazzes up the mealy malts.

Nice mouthfeel, of a significant body, with enough zest and smoothness combined to keep things interesting.

I love what American breweries are doing with pilseners, and this is another great example.

Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a 1" white head that steadily recedes, leaving a decent amount of foam on top. The beer is a golden straw in color.

smell: Spicy noble hops upfront, with just a hint of light grain behind. Light sulfuric aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range. The body is a lighter medium.

taste: The flavor is pretty sparse, even for a pilsner. Light noble hops and pale malt flavors, with a light bitterness cleaning up the finish.

drinkability: Nothing off about this beer, but it lacks hop and malt character. Still, easy to drink. Could've been a good summer sipper, but I doub't I'll be revisiting this one.

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

Poured a cloudy deep golden color with virtually no head, however the thin ring left attractive lacing as the beer was consumed. Smell is fruity and lemony and very nice. Taste is of ripe summer fruit with a very pleasant sweetness. Finish is mainly malty with a very slight dryness present. An enjoyable brew. Very nice for a hot spring afternoon.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz into traditional pint glass.

A - Clear golden straw color with 1 cm dense, but not rocky head that didn't stick around too long. Slight carbo bubbles and mild lacing effect.

S - Noble hops presence with a slight lemon zest.

T - Pure and simple, the way it should be. Notable hop presence, clean with a mild herbal spice and bitterness on the way down.

M - Light and crisp.

D - A nice, easy drinking pilsner. Certainly sessionable. Not the tops, but still pretty damn enjoyable.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy dark golden color. Thin head with decent retention and which leaves spots on top of the liquid the whole way down the glass to complement the thin lacing.

Hoppy nose with some pale malt.

Typical pilsner. Not bad. Crisp and refreshing. Enjoyable but nothing to yell about.

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not very pilsner like to me. This tastes quite a bit like watered down Pranqster. Quite fragrant but again, not very pils like. Watered down cider comes to mind. Pours nearly without a head into a weisse glass and the color is typical lager fare.
Not crisp at all, not carbonated enough... the six pack was fresh, too (no freshness date on the bottle but the place I got it from just got this in stock).
Nah, not for me.

Photo of nlmartin
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very good coppery yellow coloration with a creamy white head. The head was about 1 inch thick. There was very good head retention noted.

Smell: The beer has a good roasted barley smell. There is a nice floral hoppyness present.

Taste: The beer has a nice sweetly roasted barley taste. There is a good hop bittering to this beer. I wish that the taste quatient was higher on this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is a nice light bodied well carbonated beer. This is a very drinkable and sessionable beer. Overall not a bad little pilsner.

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

North Coast Scrimshaw
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a light golden and hazy yellow blend. Fluffy head off the first pour with a nice thin white lace on top. Random mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the pilsner glass. Awesome patterns of sticky lace cling to the glassware.

The nose is rather clean with faint whiffs of grains and imported hops.

Clean and refreshingly pleasing with a spicy hop profile. Excellent mouthfeel with an above average drinkability level. One of the better American interpretations of this style.

An underrated beer and extremely underrated style. North Coast has created an above average pilsner and certainly worth checking out.

Photo of Byeast
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very slightly hazed , goldenrod-yellow with a bubbly white head. Smell is of the malts , also some slightly spicy / herbal hop aromas. Taste is focused on the malts at first , pale malt , clean , hops provide a nice , crisp , straw and grass flavor that finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is light. A very drinkable German pilsener , not quite as much an effervecent showcase as many , but very drinkable and nice hop profile.

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

Appearance: Initially pours a clear golden yellow color with a quarter inch of creamy white foam on top. The head fell within a minute or so to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. There are some bubbles rising through the liquid, but this doesn’t do much to maintain the head. There is some light lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Sweet and slightly grainy malt are the first things you notice, but this exists with a notable floral hop presence. The malt seems to be more toasty as the beer warms up a bit. The hops become a lot more noticeable as the beer warms up further.

Taste: The malt is definitely the key player in this beer. The flavor profile starts out with some noticeable sweetness. The hops show up in the middle of the sampling as a soft and floral character that balances the malt and helps it across your palate. The hops play a big role in the development of the finish, and add a substantial bittering component…but the malt ends up winning out in the end to finish slightly sweet to linger.

Opinion: I really enjoy this Pilsner, and think that it rivals some of the best German brews. It has a smooth and uncomplicated malt profile, and the hopping is sufficient to balance the beer and add more complexity. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a foggy lager-like straw yellow with a hint of peach and a porous white head that left a little lace. Smells of coconut, cantaloupe and honey with a slight nip of dryness. Starts with a dry nip of earthy hops and then flows into a strong honey with a strange taste of roses and a hint of oranges. Finishes dry with a strawberry sweetness. After a few seconds, there’s a dry pasty marshmallow flavor lingering on my tongue. Mouth feel is medium with a small, sharp carbonation. The garden flower feel of this beer is really surprising, unique and deliciously drinkable.

Photo of jakester
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw gold with tiny floaters. A small white bubbles head forms on top, falls pretty quickly to islands and a ring, with no real lacing.

Aroma is faint, lightly bready pils malt, and faint citrus hops. Really not much smell to speak of.

Flavor is light bready malt, some hop bitterness, and some light citrusy hops, kind of like lemons. It's not a bad flavor, but I've had better pilsners. Sweetness is pretty high. Aftertaste is short,bready, and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied, but sweet, if that makes any sense. Carbonation is low, which adds to the slight wateryness of this beer. Finish is on the this side.

I suppose this could be slightly aged. I can't tell because there's no readable date. There's a code inked on the bottom of the bottle reading "116 A-2 0831" August 31...what? There is nothing really "pilsnery" about this beer. It's ok, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of MarcGetty
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly milkly golden color with a fair amount of carbonation and not too much head. Very little smell but what smell noticable is the typical bitter pilsner scent. Very smooth and pretty good tasting, one of the better pilsners I've had and much better then your huge American brewry pilsners. Goes down smooth with less then your average strong pilsner bitterness, quite drinkable.

Definitely worth a try or a six pack. If it is the only micro available, definitely get it!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Foggy off-yellow, pale off-white head. Pleasant aroma of lightly toasted wheat bread, and some left coast hops. Lemony, oily slick and a bit pasty—lemon tea and crisp hop flavorings. Bitter noble hops become predominately noticeable in the body; a touch and go feeling of some grounded black pepper on the palate. Decent carbonation, pretty well balanced, the nice herbal west coast hops round this one of nicely. North Coast once again delivers—this is a fine product.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scrimshaw is bright golden, with just a bit of haze. Carbonation is high. Head is large and thick. Aroma is of sweet, mildly grainy malt with an edge of herbal hop. Taste is of light bready malt with touches of grain. Plenty of noble hop flavor is the highlight here, not very bitter, but just bracing enough for my tastes. Drinkability is great, this is a session beer for sure.

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

appearance: pours into my cool pilsener flare glass. the three finger head has held for a good five min. now. champange like bubbles. lite golden straw color. looks promising. oh yeah nice lacing too.

smell: a mild but quality nose. different than those european pils's i've been drinking the last week. smells like lightly cut grass

taste: quality. Not hoppy like some pilseners, like Sudwerk. no, this is just a very quality malty base. no it's not to sweet, just a hair. creamy malt taste. I can see close minded hop heads giving this beer a 2. Of course this won't taste like anything after 3 double IPA's. It's hard to beat a quality pilsner like this when the time is right.

mouthfeel: incerdiably smooth and creamy. It just goes down great.

It's been a while since i've had this classic. So much better than the bland European pilsners that get sent here.

Photo of MarineHokie
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden color, small fizzy quickly fading white head leaves little lacing.

S - Slightly sweet bready/grainy aroma.

T - Round and grainy up front with a light citrus zing followed by a crisp fizzy finish. Very balanced.

M - Light body, mouthfilling roundness with a crisp finish.

D - Super drinkable. Great first beer for converts.

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

Pours a bright, luminous gold. Clear, crystal clear. Head is creamy and dense. Smells of herbal hops. Saaz?

Taste is grassy and peppery malt backbone. Nice hops. a bit of a metallic finish. A bit thin in the mouth. Crisp up front and then creamy. Damn good drinker. This may be a new regular summer beer for me.

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

This beer was a typical yellow pilsener color, with a thin layer of head. It didn't surprise me too much in appearance.

Aroma was of slight citrusy hops, with medium-bodied malts and a hint of spiciness. Pretty good.

Taste was smooth maltiness, fading into a slightly sweet, slightly citrusy aftertaste. Better than most lagers... I must say that I prefer ales. But this one was pretty good.

Mouthfeel was smooth, as mentioned above. Not too much carbonation, a nice body.

Drinkability was quite good. Not my favorite lager, but high up there. Thanks to GClarkage for the bottle.

Photo of jaluria
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A soft yellow color with plenty of white-colored head that seems to linger indefinitely. Plenty of carbonation that adds character and elegance to this beer's appearance. I detect grains and sugar with slight hints of alcohol and pine. The taste starts of with a subtle blend of malt and hops giving an almost fruit-inspired taste that finishes crisp and dry. This a refreshing beer with great smoothness and just the right amount of sweetness for this particular style. The low ABV and the excellent taste make this a highly drinkable beer. An excellent German Pilsener.

Photo of riversider76
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Nice head,but did'nt last long. Smell was sweet. Mouthfeel is light and crisp,with a good amount of carbination. Taste was refreshing. Good mix of malt and hops.Finish was dry. This is a light beer,but good flavored,and very drinkable. Sorry I only brought home one bottle!

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw colored, crystal clear, with a thin low white head. Fresh aroma that's initially bright and lemony zesty, but quickly becomes sweeter and maltier, with some cinnamon spice. Flavor is leaning toward sweet, but not approaching cloying. There are light hints of corn and biscuity malt, some lemon and spice. Flavor thickens up in the finish, and turns to mostly buttery corn. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, not very carbonated. Probably the most drinkable pilsner I've had due to the even flavors and lack of the sharp corn flavor that sometimes hangs in the back of the mouth.

Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours ever-so-slightly hazy yellow with brilliant white head. Smells of sweet grains. Taste of malt, then some kind of fruit character in the ballpark of apples, then finally, refreshing hops cleansing. This beer is very lively and light in the mouth. Extremely drinkable. Most definately a session beer.

Photo of hero27
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head actually holds really well for a pilsner..leaving thin sheets of lacing in it's wake. Golden yellow color, moderate carbonation. Aroma is light & floral. Soft & light on the palate, not as crisp as I would have predicted.

I could throw back quite a few of these on a hot summer day, but on the other hand, I could think of a lot of other beers I'd rather have to quench my thirst. A decent offering from North Coast.

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,603 ratings.