Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 1,339
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 4.22%
Wants: 61
Gots: 217 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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Reviews: 232 | Hads: 1,339
Photo of Indydoc
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of pilsners but this one rings all my bells for the type. MUCH more flavor than others with subtlety that I wouldn't expect (except that it's DFH which has become one of my favorite brewers). I'd say this one's ideal for a summer afternoon, served very cold, and can be enjoyed in numbers (because of the relatively low ABV) that would not be permissible with most others of my favorites if I had to drive - or even walk.... (438 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Light grain, slightly floral, maybe a little lemon grass, and a bit of sweet pear.

T: Fruity, sweet pear, herbal notes, a bit floral, maybe a hint skunky, with light grainy malt. A little alcohol can come out on the back end as it warms.

M: Medium body, feels a little under carbonated.

O: This is probably the first Dogfish Head beer I haven't liked. It's not the crisp light refreshing pilsner I was hoping for. Instead it comes off too heavy and almost cloying in flavor. (637 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a footed pilsner glass. The aroma is stoney / mineral-like with a spiciness to it and a light pear note that strengthens late. The hue of the beer is yellow with a light haze and persistent effervescence , and it's topped by a white, fluffy foam head that only has a light retain and lace. The beer is a medium bitter and sweet. It's oily with a light foam carbonation and a medium light body flavored with bread, rocks, spice, bitter citrus, and a light pear. It finishes crisp and spicy with minerals and is lightly dry. The aftertaste is moderately strong, but short with minerals and bitter citrus with spice and a hint of pear. (658 characters)

Photo of bongobeer
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking Pils with a light golden color, big foamy head and lots of bubbles streaming up the glass, tastes like a classic lager with some sweet pear in the finish. (168 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is hazy golden color with light foam and plenty of carbonation. Very whispy lace left on the glass.

Smell is faint malts and hoppyness. Maybe a fruit note here and there. Basically average pills smell.

Tate is light hops and pairs. I'm surprised at the level of fruity sweetness considering the absence of fruit in the nose. Really well balanced and flavorful.

Feel is crisp and refreshing. Nice beer for a hot day. (461 characters)

Photo of JDJorgenson
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quite good and surprising actually. Pilsners generally bore me and fruit beers are often too sweet. This is a nice balance and well crafted. And it looks beautiful in my pint glass which has gotten little use after a hard winter of bourbon barrel stouts. (257 characters)

Photo of Nctide
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a perfectly good beer. The initial taste is traditional Pilsner then the fruit juice starts to come through with a bit too much sweetness for my liking. (161 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, golden color with thin but dense white head, good lacing

S: Malts, slight hoppyness

T: Hop bitterness, sweet, crisp, sour apple, bit of maltiness.

M: Medium feel, smooth, good carbonation

O: Really good beer. As always dogfish does a fine job here. Nice to see this style done justice with so many lack luster offerings from other brewers in this style. (367 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5/3...medium gold color, a little hazy, white foam top and sides. Faint nose, light pils smell. Clean pils taste, apples and pears. Slight cider feel. Tea flavor pokes through as well. Very nice. (195 characters)

Photo of Dufmandinga
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (175 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (243 characters)

Photo of 303beer
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (191 characters)

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... (943 characters)

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. (214 characters)

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. (509 characters)

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). (770 characters)

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. (185 characters)

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. (309 characters)

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. (173 characters)

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. (179 characters)

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. (167 characters)

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. (160 characters)

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. (592 characters)

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. (169 characters)

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.