Scrimshaw Pilsner
North Coast Brewing Co.

Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #115
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,433
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 12.14%
Reviews:
760
Ratings:
2,132
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North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Scrimshaw PilsnerScrimshaw Pilsner
Notes: Named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers, Scrimshaw is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Scrimshaw has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I often get stuck reviewing Pilsners fairly vs IPAs/APAs, this one is possibly the best I've ever tasted and would love it in cans please. So I rated higher than most top BA Society members. Try vs The Crisp/6Points or Prima/Victory.
Nothing mass, adjunct, or thin about it.
a) Straw but darker golden sporting the right kind of ring head with lace dots.
s) As expected sweet, cidery, lemony bread kitchen.
t) More going on toasty, baked bread, wine like /cidery back story, all tempered by bright, crisp, rounded hops.
f) Finishes sweet but clean. Mid-weight, creamy through the body. Super balanced.
o) Best American Pils??

Sep 28, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy yellow-orange. One finger of foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Crisp, biscuity malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Doughy, slightly sweet malt. Light citrus hop flavor with very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, with very high carbonation.

Overall: The sweetness is somewhat unusual, but overall it’s light and refreshing.

Sep 05, 2020
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OldmanCothran from California

4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean and nicely skunky craft Pilsner, easy drinkin.
L: Chilly north-coast-ocean blue label with a whale fin and sperm whale paintings, pours pale gold with a fine and voluminous head.
S: Sour, funky, inviting
T: Bitter up front, but mellows to bready, yeasty and sweet
F: Balanced and malty
O: First had this when I thought Bud, Coors and Milller were examples of Pilsner. Scrimshaw is better in so many ways, the way a carefully grilled home-made burger is always better than the local fast food joint on their best day

Sep 02, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Quite a clear straw yellow body. Thick white head. Malty and bready aroma, slight hop. Taste is malty with little bitterness and a faint sweetness. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy with light carbonation. I felt this was slightly bland, nothing bad about it but not great.

Aug 25, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I thought this to be a pretty good Pilsner. Nothing amazing, but very good. The taste is fairly light and refreshing I thought, though you can taste the malt and other flavors as well. If you enjoy this style of beer, then I recommend you give it a try.

Aug 16, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating, just a code that made no sense.

Looks outstanding in the glass. Clear medium golden body with many small streams of carbonation. Good white head diminishes to a thick ring and solid covering. Nice lacing initially.

Good yeasty aroma

Very clean tasting pilsner. No harsh aftertaste or strong bitey carbonation. Simple honest finely crafted German pilsner.

Mouth medium, finish yeast and a feather like hop touch.

Overall, really enjoyed this beer. Been after it for a while, and it did not disappoint. Rest of the six pack chilling in the fridge.

Jul 18, 2020
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Couragejuice from California

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm surprised at how good this was actually.. it's labeled as a pilsner style but if I would have classified it's more of a "summer" pilsner if there is such a thing. It's a lot sweeter the most pils but not overwhelming at all it's actually a nice change from the skunky taste of most pils ..A lot of people are saying it's low carb which it may be but actually felt that it was a bit heavier than a lot of other pilsners. I definitely will be buying it again and I love that it's a local beer as well Brewed right here in California.

Jul 16, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pouring pale and brilliantly clear with lots of fast-rising bubbles joining the four finger stark-white fluffy head. The foam is persistent and leaves some lace as the glass is emptied. Nose is herbal and grassy, bread malt with some light corn underneath. Tasting much as the nose indicates except with an added bit of honey and a lack of corn. Moderate in both bitterness and malt sweetness with a dryer malty finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in weight, on the soft side but the crispness rises at the finish. Carbonation is somewhere in the middle range. I'd say a drinkable and fairly good American German-ish Pilsner.

Jun 01, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer from Kings Beer & Wine 5-21-20 for $9.99. Packaged on 3-16-20; first cans consumed 5-30-20.

Beer poured a straw golden with a decent white head with the original pour.

Nose has hints of crackers and some of the Noble hop spiciness as it warms up.

Taste is really well balanced with the light crackery bready malt base that combines nicely with floral and herbal Noble hops. Finishes with sweetness appropriate for the style but balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing but lacks crispness.

Overall a nice representation of the German Pilsner style and a very nice beer for a session!

May 30, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear nearly straw gold. Has a nice three-fingered foamy head.

Aromas of pale malt, bread crust and bread dough. Hints of caramel. A touch of grass.

Both pale and caramel malts are present on the tip of the tongue and mid palate. Hints of citrus. The finish is floral and grassy. Skewed a bit sweet even for the style.

The feel is smoother and more creamy than anticipated for the style. Still clean and refreshing.

A solid American take.

May 23, 2020
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npendres from Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a heads up to those on keto/low carb, they conducted a new study and it's actually 11g carbs per 12oz.

https://northcoastbrewing.com/changes-in-scrimshaw-nutrition/

Apr 18, 2020
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Johns0405

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I wish I knew about this beer before I started a keto diet. Each bottle only comes at 2g of carbs. At 4.5% abv, that's insane.
This is probably the best go to beer when you want to limit your carbs. It's extremely smooth and crisp. Good for any time of the day. I am so thankful to North Coast for making a beer like this. A craft beer that fits in a keto diet. Amazing.

Jan 12, 2020
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At Baseline in Hollywood Studios while the rest of the kids were at the Star Wars Cantina. A smooth pilsner with enough flavor to be enjoyable but would be palatable to noncrafty friend. Is it really low cal?

Dec 29, 2019
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Kgh3699

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy a beer with flavor but one that taste like beer and not flavored with fruit etc. This is difficult to find as low carb. Scrimshaw satisfies that perfectly. I wish more brewers would develop great taste with low carbs. Awesome NorthCoast Brewing Comp!

Dec 22, 2019
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Gordono from Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good Pilsner (the grandfather of the beer most Americans drink in my opinion). A slight olive, briney note that I always get with beers true to this style is here. Straw colored with a nice lacy head.

Dec 15, 2019
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Ahypercube from California

4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion; this kicks the pants off Old Rasputin. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great RIS, and a go-to for affordable tasty dark beer, but Scrimshaw is incredibly smooth. This and their Red Seal Ale are both flawless classics.

L: Nice bottle art. Simple, but charming. Pours with a transparent straw-yellow body and a frothy bone-white head. Nice strong lacing patterns for a pilsner, with a sea foam aesthetic.

S: Lightly toasted sourdough off the bat with mildly spicy notes of white pepper and thyme with hints of cut grass and a whole wheat cracker finish. Pretty damn simple, but it smells just like a traditional Pilsner should.

T: Tastes perfect too. The malty sweetness and the light barley bitterness come though much more on the palate, balancing the peppery hops perfectly. No fruit or strong hoppy notes; just good bread and light spices. Finish is on the doughy side. I’d give it a 5, but the truth is it is an extremely basic pils with no creative use of hoppy notes. Tastes best cold, but no offensive flavors come up from letting it warm up a little. Just tastes a tad sweeter.

F: So crisp, and ridiculously light in body, considering how flavorful it is. Perfectly crushable. Great summer beer. I know; I’m drinking this at the wrong time of year. Sue me.

O: Over 25 years, and still one of the best American pilsners on shelves anywhere. Cheers!

Nov 30, 2019
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kangjie from Arkansas

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't believe this beer actually exist and just tells you how important marketing is to beer sales. If your on a keto or low carb diet and sick and tired of beer water...this is freaking awesome. I just stumbled on to it and glad i did. 2 g's of carbs and 4.4 ABV...hard to believe really.
You could finish off a six pack and come in at 12 g's of carbs.. North Coast, I salute you

Nov 21, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle coded 90940617 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint and clean with only a little pils malt. The taste is subtly bitter throughout with a glimpse of pilsner malt mid palate and a grassy & earthy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with adequate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good. I suspect this beer is about 5 months old and the malt has faded considerably or wasn't there to begin with. Zero off flavors or flaws. Would drink again for sure, especially fresher.

Aug 30, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thick, frothy head. Aroma is a musty/dusty nose with some citrus in the background.

First taste is a hoppy/malt balance that alternates. The head has dissipated by now, but the original nose remains.

Finish is smooth and clean.

Aug 23, 2019
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Noah_Aimar from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty hefty feeling compared to the pilsners I'm used to drinking, When I go for a pilsner it's because I want an easy drinking beer thats clean all the way through which I didn't get with this one.

Jul 29, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich sunshine yellow with a healthy white head that diminishes over the space of a minute amid plenty of visible carbonation and leaving lingering lacing.
Smell is lightly sweet and bready. Nothing overwhelming or overly complex.
Taste has an earthy bitterness up front that melds into sweetly grassy and crackery finish. The herbal/earthy notes are nice but the overall flavor is a bit sweeter than I look for in a pilsner.
Mouth feel is crisp and prickly with healthy carbonation and a super clean finish, despite the sweetness.
Overall this is a decent example of a pilsner from an american brewery. It was once a favorite of mine but having experienced a little more of a selection from europe and seeing just how clean and delicate some of their examples can be I can't help but see that classic american heavy hand in this one now. Still a tasty and refreshing beer and a good value. Just a little sweet and heavy for what the style can be

Jul 21, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on draft at a fish place in Fort Bragg last Fall. Saw it at a Total Wine on Long Island and gave it a try. Not much of a head and minimal lacing. It's smooth and dry but short on flavor. Not what I remember....

Jun 23, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - Brilliant crystal clear gold body with a marvelous foamy white head and strong lacing. Kinda looks like a generic cartoon beer, almost too perfect in appearance for its own good.

Smell - Light, herbal, floral, like the wafting in of a fine spring day. At the same time, it's damp, leafy, dying, like the cold breeze in autumn.

Taste - The center of the tongue receives a delicate sweetness, like whole grain bread and shortbread cookies. The edges of the tongue find a pleasant dry bitterness, a mild herb tone, a slight bit of spice. This all comes together in a brilliant and balanced affair, at once refreshing and content but also demanding for another viewing.

Feel - Very thin body and little carbonation, which normally would be slightly iffy, but it fits the flavor well.

Overall - My experience with genuine German pilsners is fairly limited, but if this is what I have to look forward to, I am very excited for what's to come.

Jun 15, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straw golden yellow with a lingering creamy head. Much lacing in glass. Smells like fresh hay,cut grass,some nuttiness.Tastes of black tea, mild caramel, mild hop presence. Most German style Pils have more hop zing. Feels well carbonated, creamy,crisp. Finishes semi dry. Nice job. It is 4.7 ABV not 4.4

May 22, 2019
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ZipDipper from California

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color, strong classic aroma, and a flavor that lingers (a bit too much if you ask me). If I’m gonna drink a pilsner, why not drink a good one! Even better when enjoyed on tap at the source.

Apr 20, 2019
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 2132 ratings