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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 misterscooter
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, don't ask me to describe a pilsner, eh. I usually despise them. Maybe this is brewed like a pilsner but if I didn't know otherwise, I'd'a thunk it wuz ein hefe-weizen. The smell is citrusy and spicy and you definitely smell lemon in there. It pours thin with no head at all and has a pale gold, almost straw color. Some carbonation can be seen. The taste is smooth and light with lime adding to the lemon and spice flavors. This beer has a good body to its taste and it sits well in the mouth. There is depth to this character, even if it is trying to fool you into thinking it is a pilsner. Pour me another.

misterscooter, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A straw color with orange highlights, light/fine carbonation and a a frothy white head. Aroma is subtle: malt, slightly skunky, and a light flowery hop background. Flavor has a light sweet start and a well-balanced crispness that follows. Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a light astringent hop finish.

IMHO: A well-balanced beer ? very drinkable. Sweet for a pilsner, but enjoyable.

SeanChouffe, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown short neck bottle served into a hard ,clear plastic pilsner glass while camping .
I like the look of this beer nice deep golden colour,slightly on the dark side for a typical pilsner,with a large creamy pure white head.
A very substancial aroma for a pilsner, a varied mix of malt and good hoppiness..some lemon like scent, too weird.
Taste..well i have to say its a strange taste for a pils, its got quite a bit of hop bitterness, but the hops appear to me to be cascade.,i also detected a slighly lemony taste this begins to taste like a pils/ american wheat cross..very odd .
It has a pretty nice feel on the palate, with a semi-dry finish.
Quite a drinkabke beer..but its far from being a pils..however I enjoyed it anyway and judged it from taste rather than style.

Reidrover, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was enjoying everything about this beer until I tasted it. I liked the bright sunny yellow color, the vigorous carbonation, and the fluffy white head. I liked the airy malty nose and the artful lace. I even enjoyed the sound of this beer. It was loud and effervescent. (So it’s come to this – I am listening to my beer. Please help me.)

But where was the flavor, the zest, the anything? All was drab and unexciting on the tongue. The flavor was restrained, uninspired. An old bottle perhaps? Maybe. But the floral essence of a bright pilsner never emerges and the malt profile, while not problematic, is ordinary and dull.

North Coast’s website suggests that Scrimshaw may actually be a top fermented cream ale. (They haven’t returned my emails.) It still has a full mouthfeel and possesses some admirable quaffability. But Scrimshaw is neither bottle conditioned nor freshness dated and its shelf life may be a limiting factor for casual consumers.

RedDiamond, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


A nice smeller. Notes of peach and lemon, with herbal and grassy hops and malt of pale types.

Very hoppy, especially considering its style and a mellow fruitiness throughout, mainly peach, pear and lemon. The hops are herbal, floral and well pronounced. The malts are toasted and biscuit-like. This is a great example of the style.

Crosling, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of crusty, off-white foam on top of the brassy-gold, hyper-carbonated beer. Burnt crackers, corn syrup, pepper/spice in the nose. A tangy, fruity front. A fizzy, foamy, sweet middle. Roasty nuts in the end. Almost some milky chocolate in the aftertaste. It's a nice, sweet, roasty pils.

kbub6f, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear yellow with a fine white head. Head diminished to a quarter inch which lasted throughout the drink, leaving a light lacing on the glass. Nice controlled effervescence with lots of fine bubbles.

Smell: Crisp sweet malt with a hint of orange, very inviting.

Taste: Clean and crisp, yet with body. A wonderful balance of citrus and malt notes with a very light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. The beer has a good body, feeling substantial without being heavy. Very light aftertaste with no real coating of the tongue.

Drinkability: I want more! I got this pilsner in a sampler of summer brews and I will definitely be going back for more! The combination of a light, clean taste with a solid feel on the tongue makes this one a real keeper...

RedwoodGeorge, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of beerinator
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Yellow golden. Light head is diminishing. Clear beer.

Aroma: Sweet malt. The floral hop aroma is present to balance the sweetness. There is a hint of metallic smell to the aroma.

Taste: Sweet caramel from the beginning, leading to a crisp finish. The beer dries in the finish, but there is a slight bit of sharpness that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is solid but sharp. The sweetness seems just right, for a lager.

Notes: The quick finish, and the solid sweetness that is balanced by the dryness seems to make for an almost perfect summer time beer. This beer would be a perfect choice for an outdoor party, or just anytime that you might want a 'lighter' choice. One of my favorite American Brewed Pilsners.

beerinator, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Nothing exceptional about the appearance or smell of this Pilsener. Light straw colored/large white head delicate head. Crispy malt and faint yeast in the nose. Taste is clean and refreshing. More light malt with a surprisingly bitter hop finish. The hops really snuck up on me in this one, I couldn't detect them in the aroma at all.

I like the overall feel of this one and could pretty much drink them all day. The low alcohol makes this perfect as an afternoon break, or even session beer.

hobbes2112, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never even heard of this one, but, it was worth trying. Poured a light orange color, cloudy with sediment at the bottom of the glass. Head was orange, tan, small with little lace retention. The aroma is citrusy, orange-like and fairly strong.

The taste is somewhat citrusy as well. Definitely fruity with a trace amount of hops. Being a pilsner, it is like the first ingredient on the list, watery. This is a good pilsner, however, one that I would recommend and try again.

abcsofbeer, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of cbl2
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Slightly cloudy pale yellow with an inch of creamy white head that has great retention. Not as clear as I expected from a pilsener.


Crisp and clean smelling with some sweet malt making it through the thick head. A mild herbal presence as well indicating some hops.


Much more bitter than I like. It's as if the aroma characteristic traded place with the flavor ones. Hops take priority here, with a weak malt backbone. Overall somewhat acrid, with a dry bitter puckering finish.

cbl2, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimally hazed bright banana-amber with a fair amount of vigorous carbonation jumping off the bottom of the pint glass. The head is a shade darker than pure white and looks a little fluffysoft. A moderately thick film persists on top of the beer with a few scraps of lace clinging to the glass. The nose is of grain and hops, giving a good indication of what's to come.

Light on taste, even for the style. Cranking the flavor knob up a notch or three would help, since what I can appreciate is pretty good. It isn't a 'knock my socks off' kind of beer, but it does have a pleasant, fresh grain flavor that I find enjoyable. It's definitely easy drinking given the light body and the crisp finish.

Scrimshaw Pilsner is what a macro light beer would taste like if I was king of the world. Looking for a good lawnmower beer? I may have just found a pretty good one.

BuckeyeNation, May 30, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can a lager really look all that good? Tha being said it had a nice golden yellow body and a thin white head. Smell was much more malty than most macro pils you can get. Something a little buttery and bready about the smell. The taste was truly exceptional for a pils. Very complex taste full of yeasyu biscuit notes, slight charcol residue, grainy and slightly hoppy finish with just a bit of lemon. Mouthfeell was actually less carbonated than I expected, but not so thin that it took away from the crispness of the beer. A good effort from North Coast.

GreatPondBrewer, May 24, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellow/gold, clear, but a ONE finger head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing whatsoever
Smell: Mild, generic malt/hop aromas, nothing stands out
Taste: I could not distinguish anything about it's taste that placed it above your average macro
Mouthfeel: probably the most disappointing aspect, WATERY.
Drinkability: spend half the dough and by a sixer of PBR
I tried this beer three times before ripping it, I really tried to like it.

surfmeister, May 12, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent with some bitterness and a dry feel. The taste is good. It has a clean and refreshing pale malt flavor that is grainy and slightly malty. It has a crisp bite and low hopping; no skunkiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pilsner. It has good clean flavor and a low bodied smooth finish.

WesWes, May 08, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful yellow-gold with an ample, white, chunky head and plenty of carbonation. While the head dissipates at an average pace, the lace just will not stop 'til the bottom. Smells mild and bready with a hop crispness that lets you know this is a PNW beer for sure. The taste is likewise pure PNW, with a solid bready underlayer that lays a fine foundation for the floral, herbal (not too bitter) hop finish that is as dry and refreshing as I could want. Mouthfeel is thin-ish, but it's already 80 plus here in Reno, so I'll not complain. Drinkability is formidable. New summer session brew? I think so. Yet another fine effort from North Coast.

MobBarley, May 06, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a good solid pils. no need for an in depth review. its golden, well carbonated, it has a nice grainy malt matched with a nice bittering hoppiness. its crisp and clean, everything a pils hould be. top notch summer drinking and a fine all around beer. deadly in its drinkability.

DESTRO, May 03, 2004
Photo of maxpower
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden-straw color with a good fizzy white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing, light grassy and flowery aromas. Bready and grainy mild sweetness turns hoppy and bitter with some dryness in the finish. Light bodied with a soft but crisp carbonated mouthfeel, very clean and crisp, very nice.

maxpower, May 01, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden color with bronze highlights and a moderate creamy white head. The smell is a little stronger on the malts with a grainy precense but I do detect a floral hop characteristic. The taste is very similar to the smell. The flavors mix well and are almost too smooth. They seem too refined and don't have that rough edge that I would like to taste in a german pilsner. The finish is very dry. Goes down easy enough though. This could definitely be a transition beer for macro drinkers but it seems too underwhelming for me (ie-it needs more skunkiness, rawness)

granger10, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear golden yellow with a thin white head and a little lacing down the glass. The smell was lite on the hops, a little heavier on the malt and very little bit of skunkiness? The taste was medium bodied and crisp with a bitter hop bite up front that mellowed out in the end. The malt backbone was solid and very "German Tasting" if that makes any sense. The mouthfeel was pleasant with perfect carbonation and the hops really made this one sit well. I could drink more of this than most beers. It's really tough (in my opinion) to find a great Pilsner.... well, more than just one great Pilsner beer right now (ie. Prima Pils). Maybe I'm not looking in the right places. But this is a solid offering and is probably really nice on tap at a cookout or with seafood.

Gasp100, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a great-looking light and crisp gold color. The head wasn't much to speak of, but the lacing is nice and plentiful.

The smell is snappy and floral. The taste is quite good, light all the way through but not without flavor. The flavor itself is of well-blended hops and a light touch of golden malt, leaving a touch of citrus afterwards.

Overall, this is really nice. I need to get more of this stuff.

watermelonman, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co. The bottle states water, barley, hops, yeast and “that’s all.” What no love?

Perfectly clear with a deep yellow golden color. Nice white head dissipates down to a sticky skin on the top of the beer.

The aroma is very clean, with traces of hops.

Very nice tasting brew extremely clean and well balanced. Sweet almost honey malts are quickly followed up by a snappy hops bite. Clean clear finish, not very much aftertaste at all. Very light bodied, with a very effervescent mouthfeel. Light and tasty, an easy session brew.

jackndan, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly cloudy gold brew.

Smell is lots of malt and a crisp mild citrus hop scent. There is also a tea smell.

Taste is snappy crisp, has a slight tartness. Mild malt and hops tastes. Very clean finish. About all I say about it, simple yet effective.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very Drinkable.

Zorro, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of stodbrew
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden/yellow color. Very bright, clear beer. The aroma is somewhat lacking. There's nothing really there. A very slight hop nose. The flavor is a nice balance of malt and hops. It has a slight bitterness and a nice, soft hop flavor on the finish. It also has a slightly sweet flavor that kind of detracts from the hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin. A good session beer, overall.

stodbrew, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite slammer style brews. Nothing complicated, but solidly crafted, I love to start the end of the day with a Scrimshaw, or have a glass while I'm getting dinner ready. The color is a light, buttery golden. Not alot of head, but I'm happy to drink this without a glass, and am not into over-analyzing this style. Aromas are yeasty and malty, reminding me of fresh baked bread. Flavors are clean and feature a rubust grain profile, especially malt, some rye like flavors, and just a spattering of hop to focus the beer. Ah so easy to drink. This is a Good choice for all levels of beer drinkers.

moulefrite, Feb 22, 2004
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.