Blue Hen Pilsner
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #113
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,230
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 8.14%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
35
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 03, 2022
Added:
Jul 08, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  5
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: We brewed up a nod to our home state! Blue Hen Pilsner is a crisp and refreshing pilsner brewed with Delaware grown and malted barley from our friends at Proximity Malt, Blue Hen Pilsner is named after our Delaware state bird .. the Blue Hen!
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Rated: 3.54 by StArnoldFan from Texas

Nov 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by Mortarforker from Texas

Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear yellow, white head, good retention, rings of lace
Noble and citrusy hop aroma
Grainy and sweet malt flavor, citrus/herbal hop flavor
Light bodied and appropriately carbonated
A nice change of pace from the regular pilsner
Oct 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by ccryder from New York

Oct 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by JonathanED from Alabama

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can into a pint glass. Appears to have been canned in August 2022, best by February 2023.

Looks very good, glassy golden yellow body with a persistent white head leaving spotted lacing.

Light aroma, mild hop and malt notes.

On tasting, clean, crisp, faintly bitter.

Mouth medium, finish clean, no aftertaste at all.

Overall, easy drinking czech pilsner, paired with sweet and cracked pepper cheese, from the recent DFH 12 pack.
Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by ReverendSoup from Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It's a beer. I tried the same brewery's 90 Minute IPA (an easy almost-all-fives beer) for the first time right before this one, so maybe the bar is just too high now, but this is... it's a beer. I feel much the same way about this as I do Blue Moon and all the Samuel Adams beers: It's by no means bad, I get why it's on the shelf, and it is what it says it is. But I find myself yearning for something more, and especially with Dogfish Head, I've come to expect something more.
Straw-colored with disappointing head and no lacing. Smells sweet, tastes sweet. Fruity, almost, but not quite- something in my head goes "strawberry?" but then goes "huh. no". No comment on the malt. It's there. More malt character would be nice. The flavor is fine, but one-dimensional, and then there's an indescribably funny aftertaste. I was hoping for layers, and I did not get them. Mouthfeel's a mixed bag. It's nicely carbonated. I wish it was lighter.
A very middling pilsner. I'll finish the can, but probably won't buy it again.
Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by BikeChef from District of Columbia

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A very sessionable pilsner with nice malt character. Saaz hops provide flavor and a bit of balancing bitterness. This beer isn’t going to blow you away, but it is well crafted.
Sep 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
A: straw yellow with a lighter notes. Small white fizzy head. Could use a it more head

S: clean crisp grass, lemongrass, grains. A touch of sweet citrus, and some earthy hops. A bit more sweetness on the end. Nice aroma

T: a bit muted in comparison to the aroma. Some sweet grains and lemongrass. A touch of earthy hops and faint sweet lemon. Finish is clean, and sweet

M: light mouthfeel with strong carbonation

O: this one feels a bit below-average to me. A bit too sweet. Not bad but there are better
Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer pours a clear golden/amber color with a moderate head. It is quite effervescent with low head retention.

The aroma is very malty and sweet.

The taste is most notably malty and slightly bitter, with a hint of tropical fruit. Its smooth and refreshing with a pleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy.
Aug 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by eluvah from New York

Aug 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured out a golden color with a thin white head. Smells of malt and possibly barley. An okay beer and not one I would seek out over all the others out there.
Jul 20, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
been some time since i had a new dogfish head beer, this is a cool pils, done with delaware grain, not sure i knew that was a thing. its a pretty basic beer, especially for these guys, but it is supremely well made and a real drinker, a good addition to their lineup and one that should stick around, a smart and appropriate entry point sort of beer for these guys. golden in the glass with pretty good clarity and an average height but fading white head. it smells awesome, somewhat more robust than a lot of these, and still kind of european on the grain even though it isnt, it has deep earthiness, even some german sort of dustiness to it, and to me seems fresher and higher in minerals than a lot of these, bold but still not heavy, if that makes sense. the yeast is also a little bit european, obviously a lager strain and obviously patiently worked, and the taste and mouthfeel confirm what the aroma suggests. the hops are pretty reserved, especially for these guys, they seem noble but maybe a little piney thing there too, all on the swallow, and still well behind the contributions of the grain and the yeast, even the water chemistry. i think the grain fits for the style but also brings something a little unique, call it terroir, to this, and they were smart to not dry hop over it or anything. i like how dry this is too, and even though it might feel just a touch watery, there is a lot to like about the texture too. nice four season pils here, just unique enough, infinitely drinkable.
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I just wanted to preface by saying this was on sale, maybe closeout? I didn't want to charm it by looking at the age, so I'm not sure about that. In any event, this is pretty good, not sure why it's received so many mediocre reviews. I just finished the work week, prepping some dinner stuff and this is good. First sip really reminded me of the opening of JA's Sunny Ridge (which is literally perfect). It sort of plays simpler from there, there's a noble hop bite, a good malt body. It's hazy, not sure why? Maybe a really short lagering so it's not fined or perhaps it's just a zwickel in a sense. In any event, easy drinking, rounded, great option if you're a lager person. If you're into DFH and only really drink their hoppy offerings/stouts, maybe this won't resonate, and that's perfectly fine, just like the beer.

Give it a try. It's (surprisingly enough) a great beer.
Jul 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Jul 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.44 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.46 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.01 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jun 18, 2022
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
So I bought a twelve pack of this last week and put in the main fridge, not the beer fridge. I didn't get to it last weekend but have been slowly hitting it up as the week went on and wanted to review it while there were still a few left. Not much for head but these sure go down easy. Love the bread note and the noble hop note and texture are not far off from the real thing. Not perfect or anything, but certainly will wet your whistle as we head for the summer.
May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a pale gold with a white head.

Citrus and floral hops with nutty whole grain bread and slight dry wood notes.

Whole grain nutty malty bread with citrus/pine, floral hops - finishes dry with some slight wood character.
May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
(12 oz can, JUN 2022; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: clear, yellow-gold liquid; perhaps a mild hop haze; Jackson crest of sudsy white foam... the head looked like it might hold, but it recedes to a thin collar and laces little

S: typcial craft pale lager / pils, floral-perfumy, honeyed cereal malt-kissed aromas... spicy and spot on

T: weird, it actually tastes like a mildly hopped-up European import... lingering herbal, spicy bite... dry aftertaste with peppery, leafy bitterness humming; little round malt remnants, maybe just a mellow toasted grain, a touch of dough... burped, and citrus blossoms

F: sharp and subtly prickly... delicate caress of plush curves midway; faint residual resinous dusting... back end is wonderfully, frictive, and crisp... ultra light on the palate

O: good enough for a summer swill... wish it had more malt character... kind of a clone of most of the other craft pilsners around (1875)
Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.62 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can with a March 2022 date stamped on the bottom.

I'm guessing this pilsner is designed to appeal to students and fans of the University of Delaware (the Blue Hens). It probably works fine for this since it is neither bold nor to far from a typical US macro brew. There is a more generous hop load, as becomes obvious in the bitter, grassy aftertaste.
Unlike almost all other brews from Dogfish Head, this will have limited appeal to craft beer aficionados.
Apr 06, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Blue Hen Pilsner"
12 fl. oz. can coded "MAY 2022 D 315 1 0005 11". Sampled on 24 MARCH 2022
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Blue Hen Pilsner... that name sounds familiar. There used to be a Blue Hen Beer Co. that contract brewed out of the Lion in Wilkes-Barre, PA but I'm not sure they ever made a Pilsner. That was way back. Well, good for Sam to take up the state bird again! It's poured a surprisingly hazy golden body beneath a short head of white foam. Why would they not filter this? I doubt it's dry hopped. Anyway, the head doesn't hold up that well but we'll see how the lacing turns out later. The aroma is clearly of rich, grainy Pilsner malt and grassy, spicy, herbal, and floral hops. The malt is lightly sweetish and there's a touch of an apple and citrus-like fruitiness to it. On to the taste... as you may have expected it tastes just like it smells but stronger and with an added bitterness. The malt is rich without being overdone, sweetish, grainy, and grassy. The hops are spicy, grassy, floral, and herbal. There's a delicate touch of lemon to it. The bitterness is median, and it finishes dry and hoppy. They've certainly nailed the Pilsner style here, and this is better than a lot of the Pilsners that I've had in Germany and the Czech Republic. This is, of course, a Czech style Pilsener but there are plenty of German breweries producing the style as well. In the mouth it's medium bodied on the lower side, and it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, standard carbonation. The drawbacks then? The slight haze, the lack of head retention, and what's turned out to be limited lacing as well. Otherwise this is a great Pilsner that I'd turn to all of the time if the price was right.
Review #7,839
Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can best by dated June 2022 into a pilsner glass.
L: Pours almost crystal clear pale light yellow w/a tall 3+" white head w/very good retention, a sturdy center cap & good carbonation. Random sticky lacing.
S: Bread dough, grassy hops, floral, grains, yeast.
T: Pale malts, smooth, clean, lightly sweet, lemony bitterness on sides of the tongue which lingers slightly, light caramel, a hint of brine.
F: Subtle crispness, smooth, moderately drying light bodied mouth feel w/a clean finish.
O: A very easy drinking and sort of pale tasting pilsner that is refreshing yet not very interesting. It is good in it's style.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
L - Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect Glass at around 45 - 50 degrees. Pale straw color. 1+ finger head on aggressive pour. Faded to a soapy looking film. Not really any lacing. Opaque Hazy when looking through. The look isn’t very appealing.

S - Smell is more appealing than the look. Grain scents. Light malt. Faint citrus. Cereal scents as well. Still very light scents overall though.

T - Taste follows scent. A little bitterness from citrus. Even a little floral. Very light grain malts. Not too complex. Those are the flavors. Actually. More lemon comes through as it warms up.

F - Some carbonation. Soapy consistency. Thin.

O - This is an okay beer. Not offensive, but doesn’t wow you. Perfectly fine for camping or drinking after working in the yard. I wouldn’t put this in my regular rotation though. It came in a variety pack with Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, (and the Slightly Might which I haven’t tried.) 60 Min and 90 are great beers, and I’m not really a big IPA fan. This Pilsner is a pass.
Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Blue Hen Pilsner has a thick, off-white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly gold appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is off faint white bread and grass. The flavor is of cracker and moderate, grassy hop bitterness. Blue Hen has a medium body and a mostly-dry finish.

RJT
Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Best by 12/21

Well, it's clearly past December, but this one was given to me for free. It was supposed to be a variety pack exclusive, but it seems all the stores around me were breaking up the packs to make this one available in single cans. I think that's a good mood personally but I doubt DFH would be fans of a move like that

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger of white head that fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

There's still some bite in the nose despite the age, and it's quite nice. I'm picking up on aromas of lemon zest, grassy hops, toasted grain, crackery malt, white pepper, and a touch of honey

Taste wise it's a touch too sweet for me. I know that's basically the distinction in this style of Pilsner, but I think this one overdoes it just a tad, even if only up front. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting honey, bready malt, grassy hops, and light diacetyl. The swallow brings notes of lemon zest, pear skin, crackery malt, herbal hops, toasted grain, pepper and light honey

A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a crisp and biting beer. Finishes mostly dry with a decent balance

I'm a bit surprised by the lower ratings on this one. Despite the sweetness I already mentioned, it's pretty damn solid, even out of code. I'll have to try it again fresh
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My son brought these back from UD in Newark, DE. Beautiful gold hue on the pour, slightly cloudy with thin head but ample lace. Aroma is a whiff of malted barley. Taste follows nose. Crisp and refreshing finish. A very nice pilsner from the folks at Dogfish.
Feb 18, 2022
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Rated by ChatterVein213

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Average overall — although drinkable, I just wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it out. Unremarkable in practically every way.
Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by kuhndog from New York

Feb 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by adamstef

Jan 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Picked-up as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Luke's in Plymouth for about eighteen dollars. My sixth brew from these guys. Stamp of Jan 22 on bottom of can. Mediocre
Jan 06, 2022
Blue Hen Pilsner from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 61 ratings