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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,210 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 48
Gots: 155 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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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 GearHaiku
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomMorris
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Capsfan90
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DRBiser
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 mthomp081
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjd315
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 DLS168
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 DaveHack
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 j0hnc2468
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of cdtoffers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stumac
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinkin this at Black Sheep Lodge

Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think I must have gotten a bad bottle. This was just awful. Starts off skunky, and finished with a overpowering metallic and bitter (not hoppy, but acrid) taste. I wanted to like this, but that finish will haunt me for a long time.

Photo of derekgw123
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfect summer beer. Crisp and refreshing.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.