Scrimshaw Pilsner
North Coast Brewing Co.

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German Pilsner
Ranked #100
Ranked #27,078
3.79 | pDev: 12.14%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of npendres
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of jeffdr123
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?

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Photo of 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!

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Photo of Gordono
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.

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Photo of Ahypercube
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!

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Photo of kangjie
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

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
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.

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Photo of Noah_Aimar
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.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
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

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Photo of Mugman8
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....

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Photo of cardfan212
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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

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Photo of ZipDipper
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.

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Photo of mj24053
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer. Different than other pilsners. Almost doesn't taste like a true pilsner to me. All in all though and enjoyable Brew. Solid, middle of the road.

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Photo of Purdom
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A bit disappointed. Great looking beer. Lacks that back end bite that you expect from good pils. Don't get me wrong, this is a good drinkable beer and I did enjoy it. It's just not what I was expecting from a pils. Fits more in the helles category for me

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes 1/16/12: Pours dark gold with a large, white, lasting head that leaves patchy lacing. Aroma is white bread, cereal, grass, dried apricots and lemon notes. Taste is similar with crisp, clean grain with more intense bread, grass, apricot and lemon flavors. Not negative but the brew has a half flat, lemony soda character. Nice body and good carbonation, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 ounce bottle dated 7/16/2018 into a Flying Dog pint glass. Body of the beer was this pristinely clear gold topped by a fluffy white head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Smell of bread and grass with some floral hops. Taste is just a wonderful array of malts and understated hops starting out sweet and ending pleasantly slightly bitter. Mouthfeel was perfect in terms of being satisfactory until the next swallow ensues.

Although I'm a big North Coast fan I've stayed away from this since pilsners are never a hot item and I can be a slave of fashion as much as most of us here. That said, this is a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

North Coast Scrimshaw - 4.7% ABV- 22 IBUs
Date: 07/05/18, enjoyed on 09/03/18.
Appearance: Clear bright gold with a finger of fluffy white head.
Aroma: Pilsner malts, German style yeast, some sweeter light honey on toast notes, floral elements, and a hint of caramel maltiness.
Taste: Sweet malts hit the palate first, quickly followed by an assertive floral taste with some grains as well. The hops rise out of the mid palate, giving more bitterness than is usual for beers this light. The finish is is a little yeast forward, bringing to mind German lager yeast. The mouthfeel is medium, but seems much more full than the appearance and ABV would suggest. As it warms a small sweetness surfaces that is reminiscent of wild flower or clover honey. Make no mistake, this is much more than mildly flavored colored water.
Biased comments: I am no pilsner expert, but Scrimshaw is the only one I actively seek out. Its complex, flavorful, only 100 calories, and 2g carbs. It is perfect for summer grilling while also good enough to be enjoyed on its own, and its now Non-GMO certified.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear pale golden color with lots of carbonation and a foamy white head. The aroma is mild malts. The flavor is grassy and sweet malts. The beer is light and crisp. It is very refreshing.

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Photo of ATL6245
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 characteristic of German Pilsner 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. Good, solid Pilsner.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste: crisp, semi sweet, citrus, thin mouthfeel. Mild yeast nose. Golden hue, clear, with smaller delicate head and thin lace. Light body. Summer Pils. 22 IBUs

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled with a code date of 8097 (bottles in early April '18?)
Crystal clear, golden pilsner with a 3/4" white head on top, retains at 1/4" and leaves behind some lacing.
Muted but clean aroma of sweet hay and grassy hops.
Clean is the main word here...nice light malty flavor and a little subtle hop spice thrown in.
Not as crisp as expected for a pilsner - light bodied and dry finish as expected.
Definitely a beer with session-ability, enjoyed this 6pk.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing Co.
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