Scrimshaw Pilsner
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #224
Ranked #21,995
3.78 | pDev: 12.17%
Tuesday at 12:48 AM
Nov 16, 2001
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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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium orange color with a strong white head. SRM of 9. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of lemon citrus and pale bread malt. Some lemon zest and yeast. Lemon biscuit. (4.00)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of bread malt, lemon biscuit, grains. A strong yeast flavor that lingers off the end. Relatively dry.

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Tons of carbonation and finishes clean, but full.

Compared to Capital Garten Brau Pils 9/26/22: Pours darker, stronger aromas. More intense lemon and bread notes.

Compared to Brooklyn Pils 9/26/22: Pours a darker color, stronger aromas. More intense lemon and bread notes.

Overall: As North Coast does many things, this one is darker than most German Pilsners. Bead and lemon biscuit flavors. Intense yeast and doughy mouthfeel.
Tuesday at 12:48 AM
Rated: 3.25 by KameHouse

Aug 24, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Crystal clear bright gold appearance with a large white head and light lacing. Aroma of light toast and faint herbal, floral hops. Grainy taste with a biscuit-like edge. Noble hops are a bit more pronounced but do not dominate. Clean, medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel.
Jul 19, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by QuakeAttack from California

Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Jun 10, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Beecham from California

May 15, 2022
Rated: 3.63 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.23 by WynnO from Florida

May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by InfernoBoss from California

Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Purchased as a single bottle from The Blue Door for $2.50. Poured into a pils glass.

L - Clear goldenrod with a slight haze, and a minimal pale white head. Decent lacing.
S - A bit malty, with notes of earth and white grape.
T - White bread crust. Again, malty notes come through well here. Not a whole lot going on, but it's tasty.
F - Medium-light body, with very little carbonation. Refreshing, yet filling.
O - Not really the best pilsner I've had, but it's alright. Refreshing, for sure. I wish it had more hoppiness to it - maybe some floral or fruity qualities. I won't turn one down, but I won't really seek this one out again.
Apr 10, 2022
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Rated by ivanbrew

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25
I like the smell and the color but tastes definitely not my favorite and almost no carbonation at all :( but over ok
Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 3.61 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Look: Poured from a 16 fl oz can, Very clear light yellow pour with slight carbonation. About 1 finger length of foam rising to the surface.
Smell: Not very strong - slight maltiness with a subtle hint of sweetness.
Taste: Malty taste with slight sweetness to it. Not to spectacular but can enjoy for sure.
Feel: Carbonation rises to the top - a light bodied beer. Much lighter then a lot for those who are on a diet.
Overall: It was an experience but I don't think I'd buy it again. Personally, I love medium to heavy bodied beer (I'm more of a stout guy) but yeah. Those who are on diets or looking for something light, here you go!
Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by jkh15 from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not bad. Very average though. Nothing really sets this apart from many others.
Feb 12, 2022
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Purchased a bottle 12/2021 at Total Wine & More, Wilmington, DE.
Feb 04, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by mpyle from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pale golden color. Brilliant. Decent sized white head with good retention.

Soft nose, a bit of grain and minimal noble hop aroma. But clean and pleasant.

Subtle hop flavors up front, a bit of malt sweetness. Some bitterness in finish, but pretty subdued for a German Pils.

Fairly light body and high carbonation. A nice, crisp mouthfeel.

A nice, clean lager. A bit of a hop boost would help, but would be a nice summer beer.
Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I can't understand the bottle code for bottling date (shame on them); drank 12/10/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dull orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; frothy lace.

Toasted white bread, roasted corn & faint oak notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Toasted white bread, mild caramel & faint corn notes on the finish.

A decent lager.
Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by Rhetion from Florida

Nov 03, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by Dinkdog from California

Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by StephenLovett from California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
It's rather an odd duck, but enjoyable. Medium golden color with a white thin head that disapated immediately. Nice medium hop and malt nose. If you imagine Anchor Steam and an American lager had a baby this would be it. The hop balance is really nice, not overwhelming the pale malt which comes though, and it has a nice mouth feel. It's nothing like European pilsner, with a lot less hop on the finish, but it also doesn't finish with the charactaristic pale malty flavor. Oddly while hops predominate the finish there is an almost rice/malt aftertaste. While quite drinkable, I'd consider it more of a pale or golden ale as opposed to a pilsner.
Sep 30, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 Oz bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is of herbal hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of biscuit malt and some hops. Short semi dry finish. Refreshing brew.
Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Aug 10, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
Look: No head development, 1/2 finder dissolves quickly into thin layer, light straw color, heavy carbonation
Smell: Malty, with a touch of sweetness a bit hoppy. Enjoyable.
Taste: Medium bitterness, can taste malt and hops. Complex. Dry finish. Yum.
Feel: Medium carbonation and body, flavor coats tongue well. Taste stays around after swallowing.
Overall: My first pilsner-style to review and I was not disappointed. More character than I expected. Would drink alone or with food.
Pairs with lighter foods such as chicken, salad, white fish. While not light, a bratwurst would probably work. Fresh berries and lemon bars.
Aug 09, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Label marking, could this be for dating, '10370427'?
Clear, pale gold colored body. Thin finger of white, small bubble head. Leaves rings of lacing.
Aroma of toasted bread with a shine of honey. Whiff of floral hops.
Taste of bready malt and hops that are spicy, floral and herbal. Combined taste dries out in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, very clean and somewhat crisp. Good carbonation.
Solid American pilsner done in the European style. Light overall, and refreshing.
Jul 22, 2021
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Rated by erickc from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had on tap at the Crow’s Nest Santa Cruz, CA.
Jul 06, 2021
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
10 oz pour enjoyed at the North Coast Brewing Taphouse, followed by a few more pints with seafood in Noyo Harbor through the day. Perfectly clear, bright, golden yellow, with a thick head of fine white bubbles and sticky lacing. Soft aroma of floral hops and crackers. Clean, crisp flavor of white bread, citrus and slightly spicy, grassy hops. Finishes dry with clean bitterness. Light body, creamy smooth feel and moderate but soft carbonation. A solid pils, light and refreshing, but with enough character of its own.
Jun 11, 2021
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can from Market of Choice.

A clear light orange with a dense white head with great retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is dominated by the Munich base malt that lends this beer a unique, bready, doughy character that's quite unexpected. Theres also a moderate fruity, floral hop character that's unconventional for the style. The palate mirrors this experience- doughy, soft, creamy, grainy with some hops, moderately citrusy and fruity with a light spicy touch. Creamy, mildly malty on the finish. Solid.
Jun 07, 2021
Rated: 4 by o29 from Texas

Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 12oz bottle dated 2/18/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent golden yellow with about a finger and a half of white head. Decent retention, ok lacing.

Smells bready. Toasted bread, corn and some saltine cracker.

Taste follows. Bit of bitterness in there as well.

Drinks easily. Light bitter, grain aftertaste. Light bodied. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall a nice pilsner with a really cool name.
Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drinking this at The Dish N Dash restaurant in Silicon Valley San Jose California.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks clear golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped to a thick cap and a small amount of lacing.
Smells lightly bready, floral, spicy.
Taste follows the nose and the spiciness from the hops really makes this beer stand up on my palate.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with a nice creamy finish.
Overall a very nice example of an American take on a Pilsener that I would definitely order again.
Jun 02, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Nearly clear golden yellow in color with a frothy off-white head that billows up and slowly settles to a pillow, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked bread, floral notes, pilsner malt, a little honey, and lightly toasted bread
Taste: A floral bouquet opens it up – notes of orange blossom, Hall’s honeysuckle, and room temperature roses – along with toasted bread and honey. Pilsner malt pick up steam in the middle and closes with slightly sweet bready malt and flowers
Mouthfeel: Light but full, clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and crisp and slightly dry on the finish
Overall: I dig it. I haven’t had this beer in years and glad to get the chance to revisit as it’s still good. Although I’m a huge pilsner fan now, I wasn’t when I would occasionally have this back some 10-12 years ago and I now find it unique as it doesn’t totally fit the mold of a Bohemian (Czech) nor a German Pilsner, but has its own malt profile while still having floral dominant hops. A truly tasty American-made Pilsner
Jun 01, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by jft944 from Tennessee

May 30, 2021
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Rated by ben741 from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
this thing has been reviewed in-depth enough for you to know what's up. this is just another voice confirming the obvious: this is a pilsner inspired brew that's very well made by the brilliant minds up at North Coast. it's malty as hell for the style, with a pleasant floral fruity punch with grassy hops on the wings and a yeasty funk that rounds the malt out beautifully. this is a difficult style to nail, much less nail in an original manner that sticks out in a way as to push the genre forward - this is one of those instances. it sticks out with an aroma that suggests dry-hopping, which is interesting for the style. additionally, it finishes with a hop driven character, being dry and mildly grapefruit bittersweet in the aftertaste.
overall, this is one shoots beyond the pils style, with a push towards something perhaps worth re-defining. maybe this will be a benchmark someday, a reference point for some still as-to-yet-be-defined style...maybe not. but if you like the pils style and wish it married more into the hop-forward pale ale, this is your Beau.
May 07, 2021
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