Scrimshaw Pilsner | North Coast Brewing Co.

1,938 Ratings
Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 11-16-2001

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Reviews: 706 | Ratings: 1,938
Photo of andrewh995
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear gold with a small head. Smells of malt. Tastes very light with malt, biscuit, a little sweetness and maybe a little hops. Light mouthfeel. Overall very simple, but very tasty,

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden with numerous brilliant bubbles, lasting willowy head, lacing.

Smells a bit malty.

Light as a feather, crisp and malty, with a refreshing hop aftertaste.

Pure and simple.

I suppose it shames Big Beer at it's own game.
The last time I had this beer was in the mid Nineties. The Pilsner path dose little for me, but I utterly respect North Coast Brewery.

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Photo of richdeneault
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A golden pilsner that is full of taste. A bit sweetly smelling, although fairly bland in the nose. The taste for a pilsner is outstanding. Great and easy beer to drink

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Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap:
Clear golden pour, surface coverage is almost full, smattering of lacing.

Nose is a melange of sweeter grain and grassy hop bitterness, each sniff I get more of one - but which is a crap shoot.

Taste is similar, balance swaying between a slightly sweet noble-hop laced impression and a grassy-leaning light beer. Feel is light, and seems to be going down fast.

A nice, easy drinker and one I'm glad to see to allow my not-so-crafty friends to try.

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Photo of handmuffin
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served from bottle at home into glass at 43 degrees. Bottled on 11/01/16. Pours pale gold in color with thin white head. Aroma of mild malt and herbal hops, reminiscent of Pilsner Urquell. Medium body and mild carbonation. Somewhat subdued cereal and hoppy flavors.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden brown with and average head. The offers up light cracker malts and some peppery spice. The aroma features rich biscuity malts, and crisp, peppery, woodsy notes. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and fizzy. Overall this pils balances boldness and drinkability. And excellent beer.

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Photo of smayo44
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers. Mild and smooth with moderate hoppy taste. The color is a honey yellow. Have a hard time drinking just one. I wish more stores carried it.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle packaged on 01/19/16 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Golden yellow with a thick one finger white head that collapses very quickly.

Smell: Light fruit followed by a little spicy hops.

Taste: Well balanced malts up front followed by a very light, almost nonexistent, hop presence.

Feel: Light, crisp, refreshing, perfect for a hot summers day.

Overall: Would benefit from some more hops as the finish is a bit washed out.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic golden plisner with small but substantial head. Has a nice grassy scent. Taste is hearty, with lots of wheat and grass flavors. Well balanced between hops and malts. Overall, a very tasty and drinkable pilsner.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 25 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A bright golden color. Great clarity. A big head that sticks around for a while. Good stickage. A great looking beer.

Smell - Herbal. Fresh.

Taste - A fresh, herbal hop flavor. A touch tart. A mild malt sweetness. Balanced. Very tasty!

Mouth - Big carbonation. Slightly slick. Nice.

Overall - A crisp, full-bodied, delicious lager. This beer reminded me of a top-tier German Helles or Pilsner. I've said this before; it's too bad American industrial lagers don't taste like this.

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Photo of dar482
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a straw to light gold color, very clear.

The aroma offers light lemon, grains, a bit of dense light malt.

The flavor follows with that sweet lemon, some honey, light breadiness along with some grains, chewy crackers, a touch of sweetness, as it glides of the palate with a dry lager finish, while lingering with a bit of a lightly sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

355ml bottle from Brewdog Online Shop (£2.50):
Coming through with what turned out to be quite a standard pilsner taste, this one was a decidedly average beer that started slightly sweet & was followed up by some pleasant caramel & bread malts but never really done enough to fully grab my attention. There was a nice balance to what was quite an easy beer to drink & the moderate bitter finish rounded things off well, it's just not one that I thought was particularly interesting or memorable; a nice beer but definitely not one to hunt for.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Kibroms. Average appearance, grainy aroma, comes off kind of the lager side. Lightly hopped, mild bite at the end, could use a bit more hops. Overall, not too bad, but pales in comparison to its German ancestors.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Moderate floral, lightly spicy hops with a light grainy pilsner malt.

A: Golden color, totally clear, with a moderate head that has adequate retention.

T: Moderately crisp with a floral, slightly spicy hop note, coupled with a slight Pils malt sweetness. Moderate hop bitterness with a dry finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; moderately crisp and clean with a fair amount of floral and spicey hops with a dry finish.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

As some have already said it is crisp and dry and a bit harsh on the back end. I Like other offerings from North Coast more like the Cali Pale Ale and Red Seal. There are better pilsners out there

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Photo of jmd1978
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice golden color with white head dissipates quickly. Nose fruity, grass, bready malt, lemon peel. Taste peppery spice with lemon and hints of grapes and pear. Crisp clean finish. I enjoy pilsners but this one didn't wow me. Would drink again if no other option.

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Photo of BigGold
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at James' Beach, Venice, Cal., on draft into tumbler. As this brewery and this style are favorites, this beer had been on the must-try list for quite a while. Surprisingly pronounced malt aroma and flavor, but will still make my pilsener rotation when available.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color. Aroma is sour lemon and slightly bready. The taste is similar but without the same intensity of sour lemon. Feel is light and very crisp. I am not a pilsner guy, and the aroma initially turned me off, but this has grown on me.

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Photo of matcris
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:A fairly clear, golden beer. A finger of white foamy head that settles down slowly to a thin layer. Small amount of medium bubbles rising. Spotty lacing.
AROMA: Lemony and bready...lemon biscuits. Smells a bit sweet and unusual against other Pilsners I've sampled.
TASTE: Lemony, nice bready malt, semi sweet, very mild bitterness on finish.
FEEL: Good level of carbonation, dry, medium thinnish body.
OVERALL: No off flavors, nice bit of lemon in the flavor and aroma, good body....different, but good.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden pale orange with a bright white head that did not last, some slight lacing, beer is clear.

A: Wheat, dry grass aroma, bready maltiness, slight lemon and peppery spice, nice aromas.

T: Follows the nose, wheat, dry grass, touch of lemon, earthy peppery spice, finish is slightly sweet with bready malts.

M: Light bodied with a dry crisp finish.

O: Not a big pilsner fan but I did enjoy this one for its flavor, light crisp mouthfeel, and drinkability, definitely going to enjoy this one more often.

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Photo of artdob
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a lager fan, but am a huge North Coast fan, and always a fan of the beer journey. This beer pours like a great beer should - straw yellow with a commanding white head. The nose is dominant with bread and yeast, reminiscent of a Polish babka, and model aromas (in my opinion) of what a great Pilsner style beer should smell like. Taste and mouthfeel are first introduced to a good carbonation, bread notes follow, and the finish ends with a slight sourness. Finish is not too lengthy. Definitely a brew to serve chilled. Clean, crisp, and dry - true to the advert on the label. I even used about a quarter cup today as the main liquid base in my hummus recipe. Hitting the spot on a Memorial Day weekend as we are starting to turn the corner into summer in Southern California.

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Photo of Squire123
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one to try. Oh, I don't have a list or anything, our local distributor got some of these in and they were on the shelf. I have a fondness for Pislners generally and never pass one up. This one fits the mold, light color, firm malt base sharply accented with hops. very clean flavor that's better than the most recent German Pilsner I've had. Good effort and a good buy.

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Photo of FBarber
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gorgeous clear crisp golden color with a two finger white head. that slowly dissipates leaving a thin whitehead across the top.

Smell is subdued but there are notes of hops, sweet malts, and straw.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of a straw flavor initially finishing with a nice mild bitterness from the hops. the flavors are a bit mild - would like a bit more depth there.

Feel is crisp, pretty carbonated, but very nice.

Overall a great example of an american pilsener that is true to the style - in this case German.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a crisp, clean, American lager, nothing special though. To me it needs more hops to be a Pilsner. Honestly it's refreshing but really only slightly better than Miller Lite and very similar. I actually think a lot of people would have a hard time telling the difference in a blind tasting and for $10 a sixer I probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of selecter70
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draught. Nice clear medium gold pour with medium to little lace; nice for a pilsner I think. Toasty malt & hop aroma that shows in the taste. Nothing fancy, good light to medium mouthfeel. A definite awesome pilsner awaiting warm day imbibing!

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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