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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 79 | 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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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a clear dark gold color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt, earthy/herbal hops, and a bit of an off funky aroma. Taste is better with grainy/biscuit-like malt and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the funky aroma I picked up in the smell knocks the score down a bit.

09-30-2011 17:03:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of mentaltraveller


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a good, crisp beer. It pours as i would expect-- straw color, loose head. It smells like dried fruit and hops.The taste is all dried apricot. While this is not bad, it is not what I was expecting, and I am not sure I would drink this one too much. The mouthfeel is perfect for a lager-- crisp and refreshing, with a clean finish.

09-29-2011 16:23:04 | More by mentaltraveller
Photo of BlastBeats


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: pale straw color.. clear, filtered body below an ideal fluffy white head.

Smell: floral hops with a very subtle spiciness.

Taste: this pilsener has a very pronounced apricot flavor. Soft grain, German hops, and a light malt backbone. Finishes very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp and suitable to the style.

Overall: this was a good change of pace.. I don't drink pilseners routinely, so it was nice to enjoy a crisp, clean, and refreshing beer.

09-29-2011 08:13:37 | More by BlastBeats
Photo of argock


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: More amber highlights but still golden with pretty rocky white head leaving ample lacing.

S: Bready maltiness with a touch of herbal, noble hopping. The maltiness smells slightly sweet but not fruity.

T: A very solid sessionable lager with a big sweetbread maltiness coupled with light-to-moderate bitterness and a nice sharp hops bite in the finish. A little sweeter than most German pilseners I would say though.

M: Exceedingly smooth with crisp but not overdone carbonation. Body is much more than you would expect with 4.4% ABV.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot more than I expected I would. North Coast is definitely an underrated brewery. Scrimshaw Pilsner is a really nice session lager which could really challenge the top tier with a little less residual sweetness. Great beer nontheless.

09-25-2011 01:30:18 | More by argock
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours a mostly clear golden-orange color with a finger of creamy white head.

S: Tangy citrus, cereal grains, apricot, and light banana.

T: Light oatiness, apricot, medicinal notes, guava, and a touch of banana.

M: Medium-light and spritzy.

O: It's crisp and drinkable but isn't the most flavorful pilsner.

09-20-2011 21:49:07 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of NeutroMan


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

On-tap at Hub51
Reviewed from notes dated 14 September 2011

Clear light amber color with a thin white head that left rings of sticky lace all the way down. Visibly carbonated - a blizzard of bubbles rush up from the bottom. Smells like clean malts and not much else. Taste is better, as a floral bouquet of hops start to come through. Buttery diacetyl is quite refreshing. A well-made American pils.

09-18-2011 19:46:48 | More by NeutroMan
Photo of WoodBrew


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

It's Saturday afternoon...just got done with my responsibilities for the day....and it is time to start relaxing. The first beer today is a North Coast Scrimshaw...and it was a great lead off. The appeance is great for a pilsner....golden clear great carbonation thin white head that is lacing. The smell is typical of most pilsners but seems much fresher. There is malt, hop, grain. The taste is very easy for a pilsner and quite good....probably the best pils I have had in a while...and possibly ever. The mouthfeel is smoot like butter and very easy to drink. Worth a try!!!

09-17-2011 18:50:13 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Nice looking pilsner, good head and lacing, clear, with a light tan to orange color.

Smell wasn't that strong but wasn't bad. Grainy with some floral and hoppy notes.

Tasted pretty good. There's a nice floral hops flavor, accented by a light fruitiness and a grainy backbone.

Light, well carbonated, and easy to drink. Overall it was a nice pilsner that went down easy and I'd certainly try it again.

09-04-2011 15:22:33 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

On tap at Ole Bridge Pub

This beer has a bit of a bite to it, partly due to the hops, partly the carbonation. This helps it stand out above the pack of pilseners. I love pilseners, so it doesn't necessarily have to stand out to please me. That being said, it doesn't go down nearly as smooth as other pilseners (part of the reason I love them), so I don't always go for this one, but it is a good beer and worth trying.

09-04-2011 04:52:54 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of micromaniac129


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

A straw color beer with a tall dense head greet you when you pour into a glass. The head leaves some spotty lacing in it's wake. Its an aggressively carbonated beer.

Sweet malts greet you first followed by a rather pronounced sharp hop aroma.

Munich malts come through here nicely, but not the hops. Hops are quite lean in taste. Theres a nice grassy taste on finish.

Mouthfeel, well it's a bit watery and washed out.

Overall, it's drinkable and really isn't that bad. In fact it really is a good beer but doesn't stand up to the brewery discription or style in general. For me, the thin smooth soft flavor and feel are the sticking points.

09-03-2011 13:10:41 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ADZA


3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours a clear golden straw hue which leaves a fluffy two finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is fresh cut grass,lemon zest and a touch of caramel,the mouthfeel is nice and silky smooth with perfect carbonation and has tastes of floral hops,lemon/lime zest,white grapes,a touch of candy and finished with a crisp dry grassy hop finish and overall better than most macroswill but there is better versions of this style out there and i would not revisit anytime soon cheers.

09-01-2011 13:45:02 | More by ADZA
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

A: Clear yellow with a white head, thin ring of retention.

S: Nice floral hop aroma.

T: Nice floral hopping and bitterness with a hint of tartness (acidulated malt?). Perhaps more of a Kolsch than a Pils?

M: Light to moderate body is very clean and crisp.

D: An easy drinker with some flavour.

09-01-2011 04:18:18 | More by Derek
Photo of Dave128


3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Enjoyed a pitcher of this for pint night at pazzos pizza in Lexington ky.

A - darker than your average pilsner. Orange Amber in color with a decent head that lasts a while.

S - grainy. Not too impressive. Can't really detect any noble hops but there is a grassy metallic smell.

T - similar to smell. Bready and grassy. Pretty decent bitterness in the finish, but not much hop flavor.

M - really good. Medium body with perfect amount of carbonation.

O - Pretty average. Nothing special by any means.. needs more noble hop flavor.

08-31-2011 23:08:07 | More by Dave128
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Station Burger’s in San Diego, Calif. Light head, lacing and film. Color was orange amber.

Smelled grains, bread and malts, nothing too exciting.

Pretty similar to the smell with grains, bread and malts. There was a hop kick to it at the end.

Moderate carbonation. A slightly bitter taste that stayed on my tongue long after the glass was finished.

Just an okay pilsner in my opining. For sure a big disappointment.

08-23-2011 02:25:29 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a pilsner glass out of a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: A strongly yellowish yet golden color that is slightly darker than a Czech-style pilsner, at least. Pours a tiny head that maintains throughout.

Smell: Not much, to be honest: some hops, a grainy, malty smell reminiscent of cereal grains and tinge of lager yeast thrown in.

Taste: Who cares about the smell here, it's ALL about the taste on this one. More full-bodied tasting than your average lager, this contains tastes of cereal, wheat, honey and citrus flavors. The hops, always North Coast's forte, provide a slightly bitter experience here. The yeast is good enough to allow it to a have a funky, wet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink, of course, but not watery like other pilsners that I've tried. It contains a thick, malty taste, significant carbonation, and a bitter yet fruity bit to it that makes it very enjoyable to drink.

Overall: Seriously! I'm yet to cross a beer brewed by North Coast that isn't worth my money. Even though I'm a bigger fan of ales, this beer contains the nice, light funkiness of lagers and the thick malty body of ales. As a session brew, it's crowd pleaser for sure, yet a slightly complex beer that beer geeks can enjoy as well.

08-16-2011 03:09:39 | More by magictacosinus
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a recent whirlwind tour of the Pacific Northwest's finer beer destinations (ok, this one probably came from a grocery store mixed 6).

This beer pours a mildly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some ghoulish webbed lace around the glass as it slowly passes from sight.

It smells of baking bread, mostly of the sourdough variety, white pepper, fresh straw, and some sassy leafy, grassy hops. The taste is bready pale malt, a bit of gritty breakfast cereal, peppery lemongrass, herbal yeast, some sulfurous mineral notes, and earthy, leafy, and musty hops.

The carbonation is on the low side of things, just a pleasantly prickly frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, maybe a bit creamy, and yet crisp, which is a neat trick. It finishes off-dry, the tangy malt not to be denied, even though the clearly duffing hops still give it the ol' college try.

An interesting Pils, that's for sure - Continental influence, NoCal edge. In the end, the crispness factor keeps this offering afloat, rendering an enjoyable and flavourful lager. A nice change-up from all the heady IPAs that I acquired along with this on that trip Stateside.

08-10-2011 02:30:24 | More by biboergosum
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

On-tap in Lodi.

A: Served a glowing yellow with a thin long lasting fizzy white head that left good sheets of lacing down the pint glass.
S: Herbal smelling, light and clean, with a touch of grain.
T: Sweet with light grassy and herbal flavors. I get notes of lemon and honey along with the lightly bitter hops and fresh cracked grain. Very clean tasting.
M: Tingly carbonation made of tiny bubbles. Clean, light body and a drying, refreshing, and textured mouthfeel.
O: Super easy to drink and really refreshing and clean. I would definitely get thing again.

08-05-2011 15:43:17 | More by scottfrie
Photo of HopHead84


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%


On tap at High Dive.

A: Transparent yellow (very light) with a finger of white foam. Scattered lacing is left on the glass.

S: Malt is redolent of bread, grain, and cracker. Hops are grassy with a touch of floral character. There's a hint of sulfur as well.

T: Lightly sweet grainy malt with a little bread. A low noble hop bitterness is evident, with accompanying grassy notes. The finish is crisp and clean with a slight increase in bitterness.

M: Light in body with high carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A decent malt leaning Pilsner. It would be more enjoyable with a stronger hop presence, but it's not bad by any means.

08-03-2011 21:10:35 | More by HopHead84
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Scrimshaw Pilsner is a very light-coloured beer although it has a fairly a vibrant shine and thick, slightly icy complexion. Its head isn't very dense, more like the frost that builds on a car's windshield in the wintertime and, unlike the scrimshaws, fails to leave any delicate engravings of its own.

The aroma has a lot of cracker and biscuit character, enough so to make me start to crave cheese. In contrast to so many American offerings, you wouldn't necessarily know at all that hops were used. Although a continental European style, this example has so much of that biscuity, cracker malt character that it strikes me as an English ale (minus any esters).

But regardless of what kind of character that bouquet has, it at least has a good deal of it, which is more than can be said of most pilsners, especially North American renditions. While the hoppiness is indeed limited to a mildly grassy, lightly pungent bitterness, the malts stand tall and confident, with a strongly bready flavour that is wholesome and clean.

I appreciate all this abundance of maltiness - especially in a style so often racked with adjuncts or cowardly emasculated - but a little more hop presence wouldn't have hurt. A little more zest (and a few more bubbles) would have probably brought some animation to this otherwise damp and heavy beer; this is surprisingly filling and thick for a 4.4% pilsner.

Scrimshaw Pilsner is nothing at all like most bastardized American examples you'll find in the corner store fridge, but despite its clean, confident, wholesome maltiness, it's not quite on the same level as the best micro (and especially German) examples either. Still, if you're not picky and just looking for a simple, easy drinking beer, this will do you no wrong.

07-28-2011 01:47:51 | More by biegaman
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Clear and golden in color with a thin off white head.

S: Not picking up that fresh, grassy hop aroma I've come to expect in a pils. Instead, I'm met by an aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread. Interesting.

T: Bready malts, yeast and a very slight touch of hops. The hops were a little too faint for me. I feel like maybe this wasn't the freshest bottle. I'd like to try this again a bit more fresh.

07-27-2011 04:21:56 | More by notchucknorris
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

A: Pours a bright orange with fine bubbled carbonation and a white head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet malty and wheat smell. Flat, one-note, and clean. Kind of reminds me of the smell of a rainy day.

T: Lightly roasted barley and some kettle corn sweetness, Dry toast and apricot. A pretty full flavored pilsner.

M: Really well balanced with the carbonation and body. Refreshing enough to be a summer beer without being too light.

O: Really great pilsner. One of the best I've had. A nice drinker that I will look for later.

07-24-2011 22:22:56 | More by Jemonster
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: A light golden body with a fluffy inch head. Good retention, minimal lacing.

Smell: The european hops, yeast and malted barley grain malt are notably characterized.

Taste: All elements of this beer make an equal presence with a great malty taste to coincide with the the delicious hops and grain flavors.

Mouthfeel: This one comes across rich and almost creamy with a crisp, clean, and light body that doesn't compromise flavor. A definite recommendation is presented here.

07-23-2011 19:37:43 | More by Forb
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a bottle into glass

A: Pours a darker gold, light-cider color. 1 finger white head that minimizes and hugs the edges of the glass. Active carbonation stream flowing to top from bottom.

S: Tamed hops with some sweet character. Grain and bready notes come to the nose. Very tamed and earthy. I wouldn't expect much more from a pilsner.

T: Very subtle hops, malted barley, some fruity earth tones. Very clean taste. Nothing extreme, just well balanced for a pilsner. Sweet and dry finish.

M: The best part of this beer. Mouth coating is nice with crisp taste. Not overpowering with carbonation. The finish is great. Dry finish.

07-22-2011 02:40:56 | More by cagocubs
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice golden straw color with a decent 1 finger clean white head. The beer settles a nice transparent and lightly bubbly look. The aroma is very mild but crisp. There are some slight hints of malt alone with a bready note. The taste is very clean and crisp. There is a good malt front with a very faint bitter hop finish. There is also a dryness to the after taste, but at the ABV not likely from alcohol content. This is a very well made and balanced brew. Nothing over powering but that is what the style calls for and this is a good example.

07-15-2011 00:42:26 | More by WJVII
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Creamy white head, creating a well in the middle as it falls to a 1/4 inch. Pilsner gold, with slow and steady carbonation bubbling from beneath. Awesome looking beer, great lace rings to follow.

Grainy with faint hops - nothing distinguishing, but for a pilsner there probably shouldn't be.

Like a mass of grains in the mouth, sitting firmly on the tongue, leaving a reminder of malt, but otherwise fading away quickly. Very light hops - just enough to provide a barely noticable floral and bitter citrus hint.

Exceptionally smooth, leaving a bit of stickiness behind.

So easy to drink, settling on the tongue and beyond - highly sessionable given the ABV.

07-12-2011 01:58:13 | More by mdcrouser
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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