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Scrimshaw Pilsner - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 38
Gots: 96 | 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 JMWEB2
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly darker yellow than typical pils. Nice thin head remains, and leaves some lacing.

B: A little hops, mostly a grainy/ bready smell.

T: Wow, somewhat sweeter than I expected, I'm getting some citrus maybe lemon, and also some honey. The noble hop bitterness is there as well. Malts stand out well.

M: Clean and crisp, light body, and very refreshing.

O: This was a pleasure, I had a tough time finding this beer for some reason, and it was well worth the wait. Great Pils North Coast!!

JMWEB2, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Crundy
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: clear amber color, a good amount of carbonation visible, light cream colored head

smell: orange citrus, slight malt aroma, grassy hop, yeast

Taste: barley malt flavor, very little bitterness, sweet citrus flavor, slight hop flavor

Mouth feel: very nice bite, light bodied

overall: very good beer, very drinkable. it balances the flavors well and doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste. good all around beer.

Crundy, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Valmor88
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale clear golden color. Small white head that fades quickly.

S: Very grainy and malty, but also has a spicy hop aroma.

T: Exactly what I'd want from a pilsener. Sweet and malty, with lots of carbonation up front. No hops really come through, but not in a bad way.

M: Light bodied with very high carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing beer.

Valmor88, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scrimshaw has a thin-to-medium, slightly off-white head and a hazy, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with a nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is very bready, with a lovely citrus aspect (lemons?) to it. Taste is likewise bready, biscuity, lemony, and it has a wonderful hop prickliness as well. The body is surprisingly full, and Scrimshaw finishing crisp, refreshing, easy drinking, and mostly dry. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I rate it very highly.


RonaldTheriot, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $2.25 (normally $4.50 but get an employee discount). Tapped from the AWESOME White/Black Whale shaped Tap Handle into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has a KEG DATE of SEP 20, 2011.

Aroma- Grainy and has the best Pils malt aroma possible. Has a strong flower like aroma as well. This was great!

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has good retention. Has a light golden color body that has no haze whatsoever. Thick lacing in forms of bubbles are left on the glass.

Flavor- Tons of malt and sweetness storm the mouth from the get-go. Finishes with a crisp feel but no bitterness at all... Wish there was but thats why every brew is different!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes clean/crisp. Easy one.

Overall Impression- A very typical Pilsner but with an awesome Aroma! Very clean, refreshing, and finishes crisp! I've had many times and will again (when I'm in the mood). Another good one from North Coast Brewing Co.

DCon, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of diamondc
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Not quite as golden as a pilsner should look like, more of a copper shade. Still, some good lacing and a finger of foam.

S: Earthy, lemon-y, a hint of sulfur.

T: This beer really hits that lemon-y note that I enjoy in German pilsners, the malts are fairly standard, reminds me of Wheat Thins. Hints of corn at the end. Pretty good.

M: Could have been more effervescent, this beer is just a tad too heavy to be refreshing. Still a decent quaff.

O: An enjoyable pilsner, who's to say if this was old or fresh due to lack of bottling date (still...).

diamondc, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear gold body. Thin white head. Thin silk lace.

Smell - Candy sweet. Smells faintly like pixie stix.

Taste - Earthy, musky corn. Bone dry finish. No off flavors whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Good, medium body. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Moderate effervescence. Slight sticky texture that washes clean in the finish.

Overall Drinkability - Greatness for the style. Best pilsner I've had.

ZenAgnostic, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Bronze, off white rocky head, solid lacing.

S: Yeast, grains, wheat, earth.

T: Big malty start, hints of cereal, slight hop finish.

M: Medium body and carbination. Smooth, with a nice dry feel at the end.

O: A bit dark and heavy for the style. missing some of the "crispness" found in others.
That being said still refreshing and tasty.

codfeast, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of bierfreundlich
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear yellow-orange hue with medium, frothy white head with a variety of bubble sizes.

S - Smells like pastry dough and biscuit with an almost savory smell. Mellow hop aroma.

T - Lots of malty flavor, spicy but mellow hops (maybe Saaz?).

M - Medium carbonation and a bit dry with a minimal residual sweetness.

O - Definitely a good pilsner for what it is.

bierfreundlich, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mentaltraveller, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of BlastBeats
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BlastBeats, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

argock, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

NeutroMan, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!!

WoodBrew, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

TheRealBigC, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

micromaniac129, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

ADZA, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Derek, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Dave128
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dave128, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BucannonXC5, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

magictacosinus, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Aug 10, 2011
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.