Container: 12 Oz. Bottle
Style: German Pilsner
Brewer: North Coast Brewing, Fort Bragg, CA
Ratebeer: 3.0 of 5
Beer Advocate: 3.7 of 5
Untappd: 3.5 of 5
- Bitterness Level: Low
- Would I purchase again? Yes
- Would I stock it? Yes
- Comments: Crisp, refreshing and does not get more bitter the warmer it gets
German Pilsner is a classic style with a lot of competition in the style group. North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner is a solid selection in this style. When considering German Pilsner, the quality of the beer is more about its adherence to the style rather than how creative the brewer is. There is plenty of room in other styles for creativity. When I review German beers or American craft brews that are gunning for a European style, I am primarily looking at how well it adheres to the style.
North Coast Brewing does a good job of hitting the mark on this Pilsner. It pours a clear, golden color culminating in a tall, foamy white head. A very nice pour. The nose has a light malty character with a slight floral hint. You can easily note the thin mouth-feel on the first sip and the taste is consistent from start to finish. It has the traditional lightly sweet taste from the Munich Malts which is well balanced by a slightly bitter note from the start all the way to the end from the Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Those two hops varieties are always a good pairing, as they give you the requisite bitterness and aromas without overwhelming the palate.
All in all, a solid offering from North Coast Brewing. If you like the German Pilsner style and you see this one on the beer menu or at a party, so ahead a grab it. It does not disappoint.