Scrimshaw Pilsner
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #156
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,845
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 12.14%
Reviews:
775
Ratings:
2,163
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  101
Gots
  395
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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StephenLovett from California

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.8%
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
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BroBobby70 from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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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HipCzech from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.
Cheers!

Jun 02, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured straight into a .3L beer glass mug from a 12oz bottle.
Low carbonation, thin soapy head, pure straw light gold color.
Light malt nose.
Crusty bread cracker biscuit taste. Malty. Hints of sweetness. Yeast. Dry hops.
Dry bready mouth feel. Medium-full bodied. No linger.
IMHO this is not a pilsner. It is a lusty plush attempt at that European style. It is however a tasty, medium bodied dry hopped American West coast light ale and I don't dislike it as a beautiful ale. I will give it that. I highly respect NCB. I first tried this beer about 4 years ago but wasn't taking notes.

Feb 22, 2021
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SB2017 from Iowa

4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This hearty pils is far better suited for the colder months. It's subtly grassy, a little malty, and more full bodied than expected. More comforting than refreshing. Notes of cardamom and brioche linger.

Feb 04, 2021
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GoatmanBrewsMD from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow and clear. The pour produced a large egg white foamy head. Aroma is malt forward, bready/malty. Hints of grass or straw come to mind...a bit yeasty. Taste: Sweet malty dough or biscuit. A light floral hop is noted, bitterness is expectantly low. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but carbonation is high. Overall a good representation of the style. A tad sweet, but good easy drinking pilsner.

Feb 04, 2021
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iguanodon from Utah

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, gift from Ti. Pours clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma: malt, straw, grass. Taste: slight bitter hops up front, then cracker. Sweet malty finish. Not what I expect from a pilsner, but pretty good anyway.

Jan 17, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a beautiful transparent gold with a nice two-finger white head with nice retention.
S: Smells yeasty, bready, faint amounts of floral hops.
T: Certainly follows the nose, super clean pilsner, subtle hop bite.
F: Medium-light bodied, high carbonation, crisp.
O: This is really a good pilsner, just might be my new favorite.

Dec 29, 2020
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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 North Carolina

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
Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 2163 ratings