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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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very good

776 Ratings

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%

Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013)
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Photo of TreyIsWilson


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

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Pear juice really stands out with some bready malts and earthy hops.

T - Follows the aroma. Sweet pear juice right upfront. The Saaz hops come through next producing a nice bitterness. Bready malt backbone holds everything together.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and smooth drinking.

O - I like this take on a classic Pilsener. The pear juice adds a nice juiciness. Very crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:37:22 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of MattyG85


4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A bready, fruity, and earthy malt forward aroma with big hints of pear and grains. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, biscuit, straw, cracker, and yeast. Big hints of pear juice as well as some lemon, orange, and tea. Earthy and spicy Saaz hop hints along with some grass. Big with the fruity pear and citrus presence. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, bready, and earthy malt forward taste with good notes of pear, citrus, and grains. Upfront pale malt with bready notes of grains, straw, biscuit, wheat, yeast, and cracker. Big presence of pear juice. Citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Some tea notes as well. Spicy and earthy Saaz hops along with some grassy hop notes. Very crisp and zesty. Pretty good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Pilsener. Good grainy malt notes with a very nice juicy kick from the added pear.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 07:07:17 | More by MattyG85
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pils glass.

4.25 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. One finger of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is good and a large ring of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Quite an interesting take on the pils. Grainy neutral maltiness. Grassy and earthy hops. A touch of herbalness. Pear complements extremely well.

4.25 T: Taste is just as good. The pear comes out more prominently in the taste and again it fits right in. Grainy neutral maltiness. Grassy and earthy hops. Well done.

4.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.25 D: I'm surprised how good of a beer this is. It wouldn't be an everyday pils, but its a damn good stray from the norm.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 21:46:11 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a cloudy peach juice color with a smallish white head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of green apple and pear with some sweet bready pilsner malt and a heaping helping of spicy saaz. The flavor is a bit of sweet honey like malt with a solid shot of fruity pomme and some nice spicy hop flavor and a moderate level of bitterness to counter. Medium body and a moderate level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. I almost didn't pick up this bottle at the store and now I glad I did. Its a nice pils with a twist.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 22:18:36 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of mevett89


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: straw gold with a foamy white that quickly dissipates to a thin lace on the surface. Good lacing.

Aroma: spicy Saaz and pear aromatics. Subdued malt aroma.

Taste: same as aroma. Spice and bitterness from the Saaz with classic Pilsner malt crispness. All complimented surprisingly well by a background note of pear.

Mouthfeel: bubbly with medium-high carbonation and a light body.

Overall: one of the better Pilsners I've had. Though I find myself wanting more pear flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 19:26:08 | More by mevett89
Photo of u2carew


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

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Slightly hazy, bronze colored body.
S) Some astringent citrus notes. Classic pilsener grain aroma.
T) Pleasant tart citrus mixed with nutty notes.
M) Crisp. Dry. Clean. Light bodied.
O) A tasty pilsener. I think this is my second one...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 23:54:52 | More by u2carew
Photo of tempest


3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with a tall white head and thick lacing as I drink the glass down. Usually I stay far, far away from lighter lager with fruit, but this is a cool beer. The pear mimics the cool, fruity character of Noble hops, while complementing the sharper, peppery grassy hops. The hops and pear are well balanced in the aroma and flavor. The finish has a little edge, but it's not super dry like many hopped up American-made pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:51:34 | More by tempest
Photo of Fergyx825


2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A light amber gold color to it with some bubbling. Medium to light head on the pour for the beer. This is just as described by the IPA description of such beers.

Smell: smells a lot lighter than most beers, not so floral or hoppy as the rest have smelled. Smells a lot like a bud light. Kind of turned off by the smell of this beer.

Taste: A more fruity taste to this beer. The pearish taste comes out in this beer, but it does not resemble a IPA what so ever. I do enjoy the fruity taste of this beer, but it doesn't belong to this beer style.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a light thickness makes this a drinkable beer, but its nothing to brag about, and a let down from DogFish.

Overall: Not a pale ale. Not a bad beer, but not as described.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:46:02 | More by Fergyx825
Photo of DoubleJ


3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head is not normal. Coffee in stouts, 18% ABV fruit beer, and now pears in pilsner?! Only from Delaware! Here's 12 ounces, and on to the beer I go:

A half-inch of foam leaves a few rings of lace around the glass, while below is the color of fading orange which I suspect is looking to transform into yellow. The nose hits a bump with wet cardboard, followed by decent Saaz hop notes and sweet tea. Hoping that cardboard fades away.

So much for the pear and pear tea. I can't find much of either, and at the base is a "plain" pilsner with a small bite of hops. Quite clean overall. It rides along a light/medium body with a somewhat crisp carbonation.

Sometimes they hit the target, and sometimes they hit the target intended for the other person. Mediocre is what it is to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:29:58 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of hoffhin2


4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

C - gold. average head.

A - sweet, subtle fresh cut grass. I can taste the tea they describe.

T -This beer is very unique and is very crisp. Has a floral taste initially, after that there are some unique complex flavors that follow in the mid-body with a sweetness from pear and mild spices. No lingering aftertaste pretty smooth and crisp.

Tasted on 3/24/14

Serving type: bottle

Poured into glass for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 12:46:41 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of kojevergas


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with spare label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the description on the label, which makes the beer sound nice for a Dogfish Head offering. 6% ABV confirmed per the label. "Bottled on 2013F 1429." Reviewed as a Czech Pilsner because the label identifies it as such.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent pale yellow-copper of excellent clarity and average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a beer in this style. There are no obvious flaws, but it's far from unique or special.

Sm: Definitely smells like a pilsner. Pilsner malts, clean barley, Saaz hops, floral hop character, plenty of grains, straw, and faint fruit. It's a pleasant aroma of moderate strength, but I don't pick up on specific pear juice or pear tea notes. The fruitiness is quite timid, and I can't identify pear specifically. It's certainly on the sweet side for a pilsner, but at the same time seems overhopped. I've never experienced Saaz as overt as this.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

T/Mf: It's got a bit of overcarbonation and comes across nicely crisp, if a biteen biting. It's smooth and wet on the open but soon takes on an unbecoming coarse and dry feel that persists until the finish. In any case, it still feels refreshing. Medium bodied, with a bit too much weight on the palate for a pils. Overall, it has a decent presence on the palate and the texture suits the taste generally well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or chewy.

Not as sweet as the aroma suggested, fortunately. The core of the beer is pretty standard - pilsner malts, clean barley, and prominent Saaz hopping. But there's also some subtle sweetness and vague fruitiness - it's not identifiably pear, but it's pleasant and complements the rest of the flavour profile well. I don't get any tea notes.

The hops fit the malts nicely, and the subtle fruitiness lends it a bit more depth of flavour than most pilsners feature. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

This is a tasty pilsner with some likable elements. The pear isn't as in-your-face as I anticipated, and Dogfish Head has delivered a beer that actually has some subtlety and nuance to it. Complexity and intricacy are above average for the style.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I could easily plow through a four pack of this and would enjoy doing so. The price point is unreasonable, though, and I couldn't see myself buying this again as a result. It's one of Dogfish Head's more carefully considered beers, but the cynic in me is thinking the lack of overt pear was less a decision than a mistake. In any case, while it's not up there with the best traditional examples of the style, it remains a tasty American attempt at a pils that sacrifices tradition for a bit more depth of flavour. I'll be sticking to Pilsner Urquell in the future, but this is enjoyable stuff.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 05:06:33 | More by kojevergas
Photo of cbutova


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle pours with a fairly hazy, golden-orange body into my glass. Small cap forms on the beer but not all that much and less than a finger for sure. Head retention is poor as it falls quickly to a small, frothy ring. Some spots of lace but pretty bare.

S- The yeast, hops and malts manifest themselves here before the tea and juice but there is certainly an herbal, light fruity twang that seems to come from what they list. Pilsner malts, bread, sweets, spicy hop and earthy notes.

T- The pear juice and tea opens up quite a bit compared to the aroma for me. Herbal tea and the flavor of biting into a fresh pear are about even with the rest of the elements of the taste. Spicy, earthy Saaz hops, cracked Pilsner malts, yeast bread, biscuit, citrus, light sweetness and vinous hints comprise what lies beyond the pear additions.

MF- Light end overall body with a creamy, almost chewy texture when agitated on the palate. Carbonation at a high end level and appropriately crisp for the style. Light bitter finish.

Definitely worth trying and probably one of the better new DFH offerings I have had in quite some time. The pear juice and tea are not overdone and lend a nice fruity, slight tart flavor over a solid Pilsner base.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:17:41 | More by cbutova
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled on 2013C at 50 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma light flowery hops, maybe some fruit
Head large (6 cm), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing into an uneven layer ranging from 3 – 0 mm thick
Lacing fair
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with very slight hop bitterness, quickly becoming slightly sweet. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl, just a strange somewhat metallic aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

A nice looking beer, unfortunately not tasting as good as would be expected by the appearance. The pear juice makes it sweeter but doesn’t make it better. Despite the hype associated with this pils, it’s nothing special, somewhat below average, IMHO. It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to this beer. Just because you can add something to a beer, it doesn’t mean you should.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 11:25:19 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Starts off with a finger thick, pale white, foamy head that looks like soap. A cloudier pils than others I've had, it's a bit hazy with some slight carbonation and a golden straw color with hues of orange.

I suppose there's some pear in here, but it's pretty muted with all the other aromas on the nose. I get a good amount of bread, sweet maltiness, and earthy hops.

There's the pear! It's definitely present on the taste buds. It's that refreshing, sweet, granular taste, that's still light and juicy. A great addition to a pils I'd say. Not to be overshadowed, there's some sweet breadiness, and tangy and earthy, grassy hops.

Some may hate this, but there's something almost juice like about this beer. It's got some of that nectar-like sweetness, but still retains the medium carbonation and light body of a beer. It's not nearly as dry or bitter as other pils, and I think the pear juice may contribute to that, but it doesn't make this any less a pils.

I've had many DFH beers that were good, but none that made me long for their distribution the way this beer has. I really wish this was available to me so I could make it my beer for the next six months. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:44:14 | More by ONovoMexicano
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New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear straw color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pear and some malt nose, flavor is nearly sweet pear, some background hops. $2.65 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 22:26:27 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very light golden color with a moderate, creamy white head that clings to the glass, leaving lacing.

Smell: A pleasant mingling of hops, sweet malts and pear.

Taste: The pear and tea flavors hit immediately, giving way to a lingering pleasant bitterness from the hops. Both the pear and tea flavors are pronounced without overwhelming the balance of the beer.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, smooth and light (perhaps a little too much so, approaching but not entering "watery").

Overall: I'm not usually a fan of pilsner, but this is a great one. The flavor profile is complex, not dominated by the tea and pear flavors. You can definitely taste the tea though, so if that sounds unappealing to you, avoid this one. Dogfish Head brings the quality I've come to expect from them to a kind of beer you might not expect them to attempt, and they pull it off very well. I'd say that the feel just barely keeps this beer from "outstanding" territory, but it's still one of the best pilsners I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 01:19:30 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy golden color with a one finger white head that receded to a ring of white that left slight lacing down the glass. A very true to style and quite appealing pilsner look. Scents of lager yeast, pear, spicy hops and grainy malt. A good classic Czech pilsner scent, with the nice addition of pear from the pear juice. Flavor begins with a citrus-like sweetness, some pear and a bit of hop bitterness, moving into some bready malt and spicy, herbal hop flavors in the middle alongside some sweet citrus, finishing with herbal hops and grain with an aftertaste of herbal hops and grainy malt. A good, well-rounded pilsner flavor, with some sweetness added from the pear juice, but not enough to overpower the hops and malt. Balanced and refreshing, as a pilsner should be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a juicy mouthfeel. True to style and very easy to drink. Overall this is a good take on a Czech pilsner, that while not incredibly unique for the style, does offer enough that is different to stand out somewhat. The pear juice adds a dimension of fruity sweetness that works well alongside the traditional pilsner flavors and makes this one quite nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 07:07:40 | More by Auraan
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden and clear with a fairly short lived white head and good bubbliness.

I think pear juice and tea blended well in this beer. There's a nice bit of hops flavors to give it a little zing too, and provide a nice balance. It's really a very well balanced and tasty beer, but that's not a surprise from DFH.

Body is light, crisp, clean, super drinkable, Definitely try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:15:20 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber. The pear juice, if that is what I am getting, adds an interesting light touch to the beer. Normally I am not too interested in some of the odd stuff Dogfish does. But this works out quite well. Could probably use a lighter overall pilsner character on this, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 04:05:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in August of 2013.

Appearance: Clear golden body with a short-lived thick white head.

Smell: The pear juice really stands out. Subtle notes of herbal tea are also present. Sweet citric hops.

Taste: The pear juice is not nearly as strong as it was in the nose. Bready grains lead to a rather weak kick of citrus. The hops are not very well-defined in this one.

Moutfeel: Light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very refreshing brew. It lacked complexity in flavor, especially with the hops. It is easy to drink... would be great on a warm afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:10:55 | More by Chiefy770
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Croxley's Ales, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of an herbal noble hop spice and light crackery malt.

The taste offered grainy pale malts with a vibrant herbal hop spice. A touch of pear sweetness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty quaffable pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 20:34:51 | More by plaid75
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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Dull, clear hay color; pours with a laceless, medium sized white head.

s: Biscuits, minerals, and a hint of fruit that I'm willing to call pear. Pretty much smells like a straight up pils.

t: More pear forward and it works. Mostly though this is a very good, dry pils. Just enough potpourri like pear to make it interesting.

m: Dry, crisp, effervescent.

o: Very well made, I'm diggin it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:38:41 | More by DIM
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Rhode Island

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

Slightly hazy and golden. Half inch cap with great retention. Carbonation is quite noticeable, spotty lacing.

Smells a little grainy, and there are fruit notes of apple and pear.

Tastes mildly bitter upfront, has a very doughy taste, after-taste of bread and apples. Nice crisp finish.

A little heavier than I would have guessed, nearly medium bodied. Carbonation is quite tingly, but not too much.

Overall this is a pretty solid pils, but nothing is spectacular about it. If you are trying DFH for the first time, stick with one of their IPAs. This is the "safest" offering I have had from them and it fits what IMO is an unexciting albeit traditional style to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:47:02 | More by youngs11
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden with nice clarity. Good head with ample lacing. Bright and fresh floral, fruity, grass aroma. Solid bready malt balanced by a citric, grassy hop. Hint of pear. Light to medium body. Solid carbonation. Crisp finish. Good planner and slightly different. A little sweet for my taste but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:46:10 | More by bnes09
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3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden hued with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation. A miniscule layer of carbonation caps off most of the top of the glass. I smell pears and some subtle Saaz hops. I know that's not shocking considering this beer. Mouth is moderately carbonated and you get a bitterness from the hops that also helps to prickle the tongue. This is straightforward with the bitterness of the hops mingling with the sweetness of the pear flavor. I think the carbonation might need some dialing back, but it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:25:35 | More by Franziskaner
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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.