Johnny Rawton Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Brewpub Exclusive is an American Pilsner. It has a clean snappy malt base and a bodacious hop character. It was last brewed way back in 2007 and we've brought it back a few times due to popular demand. It was brewed with American Pils and Cara-pils malt, Czech Pils yeast, and a whole bunch of Palisade hops. In fact we used nearly 2# of Palisade hops per barrel including dry hops! Quadruple hopped, this is truly what an American Pilsner should be. Crisp, hoppy, and easy to drink this is a perfect companion to some of our fried calamari.

35 IBU

Added by lackenhauser on 07-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 29
Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub

A - Served with a hazy, muted, golden finger of white head formed and fell to a thin, but full cap, of retention...decent lacing left behind

S - Earthy hops with an addition of some bready malts...not much else going on

T - The flavors are very starts off with the bready malts up front...there is an earthiness that lingers throughout the whole beer...the middle-end of the beer provides a big dose of lemon...I can't tell if it's coming from the hops or if it's actually an ingredient...the hops do come back at the end and provide a bitterness

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing...has a nice mild bitterness with the addition of lemon rind

O - This was described as a pils at the's pretty much a hopped up version with a lot of lemon...I liked the lemon in this one more than Hellhound...this was very easy to drink as I almost took home a growler

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: On tap at the brewpub.

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: grass, hops, malts

taste: crisp, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very hoppy pilsner. which is fine with me since I love hops. But it's like other Dogfish Head beers where they are always pushing the limits on different styles.


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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Review from notes.

A: Rawton was a light straw/yellow color with a foamy 1.5 finger head with pretty good retention. Some foam last until about halfway through finishing. Decent lacing.

S: Light hop aroma, earthy and grassy, with a hint if citrus - hard to distinguish which fruit. Pretty heavy bread malt aromas.

T: Light floral and citrus again, some lemon and grainy malt. The backend is heavy doughy malt with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing, an easy drinking lager.

O: A solid beer that I will probably order again when it is on tap. A nice beer to have when I am not in the mood for the normal DFH beers.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with Thorpe.

Beer is yellow to golden in color and really hazy. Head is big and white, made up of small and large bubbles, low carbonation.

Beer smells hoppy and yeasty, citrus mostly, smells good.

What kind of beer is this again? It's a little (and by a little I mean a lot) too bitter for the American Pale Lager category but I guess DFH was just making a hoppy lager. The lead off is misleading, at least from the smells opint of view, it is nearly absent, the back half of the beer is citrus hops, grapefruit and about 70 IBUs of bitterness. Like I said, it as bitter. It was good though, I'd for sure have it again and hope to soon.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of mday. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very hazy yellowish-golden color with a big fluffy white head and a good amount of lacing. Very hazy throughout. Kind of strange for the style, but I'm guessing Dogfish didn't really intend this to be just an American Pale Lager, so I'm going to go with it looks good. The nose is pretty nice with some bright citrus aroma and a bit of mild bready sweetness. Good hops. The taste lets back a bit from that but the combination of citrus and bitterness is quite nice. A good tone of bitterness throughout. Body is fairly light and this is quite drinkable. Solid beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear yellow amber color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Medium sour citrus hoppy aroma.

Medium body.

Heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

I would recommend this to a freind as one of the best for style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy yellow gold with a thinner white head. Flavor is crisp with a citric edge to it and a bit of a bite. Kind of a minor burning hop thing on the back side as well. Feel has a bit of a biting carbonation and the liquid is smooth. It's very easy to drink, despite the bite on several fronts.

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Photo of gregc
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from new beer in manhattan.

Beer pours a hazy yellow color, small head that fades away quickly.

Nose is hops, grapefruit and some malt.

Flavor is exactly the same, hops , grapefruit and malt...but i found this beer to be a little "watery", and very light on the palate.
Overall i liked the beer, very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of SugarBunny
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While many of its characteristics were what I expected of a Pilsner (crispness, color, nose, etc), I was surprised (pleasantly) by the hoppiness.

I am not a big drinker of very hoppy beers. While I enjoy them from time to time, I don't usually gravitate toward them, which makes experiencing this pilsner a little out of the ordinary for me.

In comparing this pilsner with the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner, I would say that this beer is far better balanced. The hops, which are pronounced (in keeping with the DFH style), do not throw off the feel that it is a pilsner, and not simply another iteration of DFH's IPA series. The nose on it is great, also, which for me is a must in a good beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was delivered to my door by PEBKAC ... Thanks Adam!!! Poured into my Kasteel tulip... I am calling this one a "growler" because it was filled from a keg.

Good 3/4" head .. atop a clear lite golden honey colored brew.... suprising lacing.

The nose is alll hops at the beginning .... spicy and earthy ... pale malts and a touch of toasted malt.... at the end is a lively citrus note... very clean.. no yeast aromas.

Weird flavor (but not offending by any means)... Definately American, but does not strike me as pils... Much like a lite pale ale.. clean pale malts with a toasty element.. again no yeast presence... I like this one, because it is different... It is not a Sierra Nevada nor a Pilsner Urquell.. a definate amped up demolition of both... I also would not call this an "imperial" pilsner ... simply American.

I have to give Adam props again .... as a "gift", he sent me 14 bottles of beer!! Included were 2 of "Johnny Rawton".. one for now, another to share with a friend. Thanks again.. Adam is a cool cat that I would love to trade with again.

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Photo of marcpal
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rehoboth Beach brewpub.

A: Served in pint glass with clear and substantial carbonation. Head was small for a pilsner but the lacing was tight.

S: Hops presene. A bit biscuity as well.

T: Crisp tasting like a pilsner should be with a real snap of hops right up front and in the back. The bitterness was delicious on this one.

M: Crisp and bubbly carbonation- refreshing with the kick of hops, quite the combination.

D: High, light and easy to put down. The hops were a good topper but this is one you would like to have on a warm summer day to put many down.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to see this on tap at American Flatbread. It's Johnny Rawton PILS though and not the lager.

Pours a golden orange/pale color with a very thin head. Aroma is chewy, malty with some biscuity notes and a whiff of alcohol (imperial pilsner after all). Taste is malty and alcoholic mostly. Chewy and has a warm aftertaste. Kind of a pils to the extreme. Bartender said it's 6.2% but feels more like 9%. Decent beer though!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.
Served as a pale golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is sweet and crisp witha noticeable hop presence.
Taste is light and refreshing, but the hops are much more restrained that I expected.
Finishes with alight malt character, But the hops just do not impress me.
A nice drinkable beer, But not anything great.

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Photo of viperpiper522
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A bright yellow with a half finger white head. It was a little cloudy because of all those hops. Decent lacing. My only qualm was the clarity.

S- Excellent hops aroma bursts through with a grainy pils note in the back.

T- Great hops bang with some good malt character upfront, and finishes with a smooth hop bitter. Finishes dry like a pilsner should.

M- Clean palate and it defintly has that pils texture.

D- Could hit a lot of these during the summer.

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Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ MadMex, Cranberry -> pint

Pours a golden yellowed orange with a slight haze and a nice thick white head. Lacing appears in faded light sheets. Carbonation appears medium.

Nose: Spicey hops, some light bready malts

Crisp and refreshing as a pilsner should be. Wow, packed with hop flavor and a nice crisp finishing bitterness. Good clean light malt presense, but this is about the hops. Not sure what hops were used but I really enjoyed the twist on the pilsner style.

Glad for the chance to try this rare beer. Thanks to Mad Mex, Cranberry for putting such a beer on tap!

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Photo of blakesell
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Discovered on tap at The Trolley Stop in Dayton.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light clear yellow with very little head. No lacing, carbonation rising from small bubbles from the bottom.

Smell- Pleasant hop aroma, spicey and light. 2-row and vienna on the grain.

Taste- Full carbonation and heavy hops, I would expect no less from Dogfish. Beer still holds a good malty character.

Mouthfeel- Light-bodied, fully carbonated and refreshing. This is one easy drinking hopped up pilsner.

Drinkability- It's almost like a glass of iced tea on a hot day, but of course we go for more powerful stuff on hot days now don't we? This is why we drink the Dogfish. I could easily drink a pitcher of this. A great and quite limited beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Moan & Dove in Amherst MA. It was served in a DFH pint glass, and was brilliantly clear and straw colored, with about 1cm of foam. The aroma was kind of like a hoppy saison, a lot of funk seemed to be hiding in this beer. I imagined some grass and spice in the mix with the hops. The taste gave some of the same notes, it was delicious and had a nice hops finish. What a great find, this is wholeheartedly recommended by me.

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Photo of chefboy812
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap-Brickskeller, D.C., Served in amaerican pint, very clean.

I was imediately excited abot the apearance of this beer; for an imperial to still exhibit qualities of the parent brew always excite me. light and bready, with a tiny butter hint, that wasn't perceived as a flaw but the butter for the bread. almost biscuity. creamy head that lasted for about half of the glass added to the smooth mouthfeel. suprisingly less chewey than exspected, and the hops although pronounced stayed balanced clear into the room temperature range. sweet satisfying finish that did not cloye.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at DFH Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Poured a very pale yellow, as you would expect a pilsner to. Had a great head on it too, nice billowy foam that stayed about halfway through the brew before lacing up well.

S: A little bit bread-y, a little bit hoppy, a little bit spicy. Seemed really interesting, so I was eager to take a sip.

T: Nice clean taste from this pilsner. Alcohol didn't seem ever-present, as it was muted by the hop bitterness and slightly sweet bread-y malt. Didn't find those spices in the taste that I did in the smell.

M: Mouthfeel was light-bodied and refreshing. It was hot as hell that day, so sitting down with this one was a treat.

D: I'm not a huge fan of the style and can't think off too many pils that I DO enjoy, but this was an exception. I would have a few of these on a hot day or with any meal at DFH, like my salmon.

A nice pilsner in general, but I think I prefer Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning over this one, especially if you're looking from some more bang for your buck.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had form the Tap at the DFH Alehouse, the liquid is a pale yellow with great looking carbonation. The head is two slim fingers white and fluffy, leavening a nice fresh looking lace.

The smell is both bready and hopy. Good things to come!

The taste follows well, yes this is a great crisp clean pils like a slice of whits toast, but with an ultra hopy bitter finish that has me craving more. So, yes I had 2. It was excellently paired with the Wood fire Chesapeake Pizza. Awesome.

The mouthfeel was right on. Nice and light, what a refreshing summer brew.

The drinkability was excellent. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of robrobrob
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth Beach after the brewery tour in Milton. I had just bought the last 4-pack of Golden Era and was anxious to taste a DFH pils, so when I saw this was on tap I didn't waste any time in ordering one. It was pale, lemony yellow with a bleach-white head and smelled like lots of pale malts and nice bitter English hops. Taste was great, a wonderful extension of the smell, and probably the best pilsner to pass my lips. It was crisp and slightly bready, but still light in the mouth, I could definitely put down another and another of these, keep em coming!

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Photo of Boto
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ DFH Rehoboth: This one pours a hazy, straw yellow color with a bit of a white head on it. It leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass. There are definitely some hops to the nose. Quite the hop bite to the taste. Strong, but not overpowering. This is well balanced with the malts. No sweetness to this at all, and a bit dry in the finish. Nice.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub this evening. Personally, I think they should make this their Golden Era. Tasty stuff. Came to me a clear golden color with a nice white head leaving some light lacing. The aroma was classic pils loaded with hops. Citrus and floral hops, bready malts, and a bit of toffee. The flavor starts with the doughy, bready malts before the slightly spicy citrus hops come in. Very crisp, refreshing brew that was extremely easy to drink. I tried hard to get a growler filled with no luck...darn one time only brews. Hurry up and go get some before it's gone.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach-sign says "an American Pils with a riotous amount oh hops-50 IBUs". Pours a very clear golden color with a moderate amount of head at first. Low aroma-very hoppy-somewhat sharp and biting. Quite full of hop bitterness. Sharp, mettalic and acrid bite to it. Soft maltiness behind it. Finsihes quite clean and dry. Good body for only being 5%. Very drinkable and pleasant. Big hop flavor though not a blast in your face.

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