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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,290 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 51
Gots: 207 | 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: 1,290 | Reviews: 249
Photo of NCMatt
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wasn't what I was expecting at all. It's pretty subtly pear, and a little bitter for a pils.

Photo of Dufmandinga
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing. I'm usually not big on Pilsner's but this was nice. Light copper color. Very subtle pear flavor and a small bite. It did have an odd smell at times, a little feetish?! Can't explain it. Bottle was 3 months old but that seemed reasonable. Would just ding it for smell.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange, limited lace left. Apricot and pear, touch of citrus, a little spritzy and bitter bite that sits on the tongue. Very enjoyable and refreshing. I'd get it again.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is the same as the smell, a bit of pear, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of 303beer
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice white head. Nice golden color. Lots of carbonation. Tastes good. Has a pils flavor with a touch of something. I been eyeballing this four pack for a while. Glad I picked it up.

Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -33.9%
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 +1.3%
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 +4%
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 +1.6%
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%
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 -9.5%
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 +1.6%
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 -11.6%
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 -26.2%
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 -12.4%
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 +12.4%
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 +6.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +5.8%
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 -11.6%
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 +2.1%
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 -30.4%
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 +3.7%
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 +8.7%
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

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.