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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,274 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 48
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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Ratings: 1,274 | Reviews: 244
Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: April 17, 2015... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: a Star-Wars-with-the-boys evening... APPEARANCE: classic golden yellow body with steady, upward life; thick white head mushrooms above glass with a rocky iceberg jut;... AROMA: as the label promises, Saaz and pear--seems almost too easy, too straightforward for the folks at DFH to solicit; just the same, the scent is promising refreshment... PALATE: a heavy body leaves little doubt this pilsner's intent is to pierce; aftertaste is long lasting on the teeth and lips--the 6% ABV can be felt by its lingering presence; ... TASTE: sweet, metallic Saaz at first sip, but the pear blasts at the profile and hogs the experience; malts suggest a lightly toasted cereal; reasonably balanced... OVERALL: given DFH's usually unusual offerings, this seems subtle, simple approach--and one that wins, though its strength is in its clear profile; it gives what its label promises...

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pear flavor is decent, but otherwise a lifeless pils.

Photo of chiller413
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer that had a traditional pilsner nose as well as taste at the beginning, then finishes with a slight sweetness from the pear. Glad I tried it but not something that I would go out of my way to find.

Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead the first of February for $2.99. Bottled on 11/2/2014.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pilsner malts with a hint of fruit juice sweetness.

Taste starts off like a classic pilsner, crisp malts and refreshing hops. Finishes with a puckering pear sweetness.

Mouthfeel starts off crisp and clean and then finishes with a pucker.

Overall an interesting brew. This is not a bad spin of the pilsner style - would do again.

Photo of jmw4437
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly sweeter and more lemony than expected from a Pilsner.

Photo of Maver1ck23
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not great, a little bitter--no floral hints

Photo of bluehende
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of the pear with the pilsen malt. On my tongue it gives an off taste when combined.

Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As always Dogfish gets 4 for effort! I've got to visit these guys because only Augie Carton is as creative (in Atlantic Highlands NJ).

A: Massive merengue head, esp for a fruit laced beer and a pilsner.
S: True to pear, which I find is a winter, not a summer flavor. This is a great alternative to the ad infinitum of winter warmers and xmas seasonals. Pear dominant, hops and white bread toast

T: Follows smell - white bread toast with pear jam. Would be a great dessert or breakfast beer. Better as an after dinner beer. Floral, perfumy, rich, spicy. Would like to try the Belgian edition. Lemon grass, herbal, hay notes. Lots - for me too much - going on. Smell edges out taste.

F: Light, slightly metallic like all Delaware beers. (must be the refineries).

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There's a solid pilsner behind the tart pear flavor, but the pear really dragged the whole thing down. The peach was overbearing instead of accentuating, cloying and artificial tasting.

Photo of Urk1127
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Pilsner glass. Finger of head. Very light clear yellow. Smell is sharp a little pear and hops and yeast. High carbonation maybe too much. Very harsh and bubbly going down. Tart bitter pear. I did not like the tartness and was too much carbonation made my stomach and chest feel bloated and bubbly.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tart and bitter pils. A lot different from everything else I've had from Dogfish head.

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

Di loves this beer. Gave it at 4.75

Photo of everythingiszen
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and golden yellow. Lighter carbonation and heavier body than other pils I’ve tried, which is interesting. Enjoyable pils, solid american representation of the style.

Photo of cambabeer
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good. Tart and pear like. The hops were really good. There was an interesting soapy taste to it, but that wasn't the turn off that it would sound like it would be.

Photo of tedvr
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey color with a medium white head, malt and yeast aromas, taste of malt with a biscuit aftertaste, nice clean finish with mild carbonation. Overall a nice pilsner.

Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I expected more pear flavor in this one. I think the caramel undertones overpowered the pear. Nice color & aroma. I'll give this one another try to win me over.

Photo of HopBomb515
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden color with a thick white foamy head that hangs on and leaves sheets of lacing all over the glass. Aromas are very adjunct like to me. Grassy, heavy dough aroma and some spicy hop character but no fruit notes come through. Taste differs on that end, opens with grass, hay and big dough pilsner quality. Mid palate brings fruity pear and apple notes and a spicy lemony finish. Well carbonated but creamy on the palate. Overall this is an interesting change of pace. The flavor delivers and I do like it as a change from big winter beers. I'd probably revisit this one again.

Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I really didn't like this beer. It was probably the pear that made it so bad. It presented to me as something gone wrong. It looked beautiful but smelled and tasted bad.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Decent retention and lace, fruity and caramelly scent. Bittering hops shine through with fruity tones, deep caramel undertones with a dry finish. Somewhat drinkable even with the ABV.

Photo of Mdg222
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

To be transparent, had to look up what a "Czech style Pilsner was". This was my first. This one holds true to definition: golden, high foaminess & lighter flavor. I was a little worried about the pear flavor but the pear is subtle. Slightly tart, but virtually no aftertaste. Very smooth. Good but not overly flavored

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange, clear, white head, very quick to fade, but with a curtain of bubbly lacing.

S - Grain and grass. Not much of interest, but not bad.

T - Very crisp snap, with spicy hops in the middle, and bitter bite to close. Don't pick up much pear until the close, where a hint lingers long after.

M - Very bright and brisk, with a touch of drying.

O - This is a pretty decent version of a pils, and I find it a bit spiky, so the name fits. I wonder if more pear flavor or nose would tip this into fruit beer territory, but as it stands the pear is backgrounded by the punchy hops.

Photo of joe12pk
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Can't wait to have one in the spring. And summer. I didn't find this "piercing", but I did find it tasty. Very tasty! Go get some!

Photo of G_Z_a
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Color was a little darker than most pilsners. Looked flat as there was almost no head and didn't appear to be much carbonation. Little carbonation was confirmed with the first few sips, but it didn't taste flat. Tasted more tropical than most pilsners. Went down smooth. Not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it.

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

On Tap at the Yard House at LA Live.
From Dogfish Head website: A Perry-Pils hybrid, Piercing Pils is a Czech Style Pilsner brewed with a White Pear Tea and Pear juice. Both the juice and the tea were added in the kettle during the whirlpool (after the boil) for maximum flavor and aroma contribution. The Pear fruit complexity pierces right through the spicy Czech Saaz hops beautifully, adding a gentle acidity to this pale lager that makes for a crisp refreshing sipper. Amarillo hops add nuanced citrus notes that meld perfectly with the fruit.

Clear, light gold color. No real head or lace.
Smell is refreshing and light. Sweet fruits, a bit grainy.
Bready malt taste, slightly sweet like grape juice, or pear juice. Nice hop kick at the end keeps it balanced.
Clean crisp finish, well balanced.
A pleasant surprise, glad I was able to find this seasonal draft.

Photo of Pepper7
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Disappointed with this beer From dogfish

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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