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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,167 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 42
Gots: 126 | FT: 1
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 kgargan18
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burgieburg
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Safa1
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsnyder61
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This a decent Pilsner beer

Photo of InkedinRi
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bad. Taste like a lager with pear in it.

Photo of psmith161
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hendrick24
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden yellow in color with a shallow white head that fizzes away before I'm even done putting down the bottle. Very little left on the surface, with a tiny island of suds in the center and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Pilsner skunk is the first thing to hit the nostrils, but is quickly met and overtaken by a mellow pear fruitiness. Light hints of floral hoppiness and spice.

Taste - Starts with flavors of grain and a mellow but steady pear fruitness. Hops do little to add any upfront bitterness, but do deliver a formidable spice bite thanks to the saaz, particularly as it warms. Earthy flavors peak through in the finish, delivering a bittersweet aftertaste... and am I detecting a hint of mint?

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively, bitey carbonation. Smooth texture before a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - An oddity, but frankly one that works quite well. A unique take on a style that's steeped in singular-minded approaches, Piercing Pils is proof positive that old dogs can learn new tricks, particularly when it's learning new tricks from a Dogfish! In honesty I didn't expect much from this one, and even in the first few sips I thought it was just decent, but it grew on me as the layers began to unfold. This is one pilsner you won't mind warming to room temp. Prost, DFH!

Photo of kinmundy77
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bnoise11
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light golden
S: Pear is readily apparent on the nose. smells great. Doesn't have the skunky smell/aftertaste that I often associate with pilsner.
T: bready light malt, a little sweetness, balanced by some astringency from the pear tea.
M: light and lively
O: Not a huge fan of the pilsner style but have to give credit for an interesting idea, well-executed.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best tasting Pilsner I've ever had. Outstanding.

Photo of Devil_Doc
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Toml219
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Risenhower
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markgugs
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattjcrawford
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of USAF77
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent, somewhat different , Pils. Very rich head, dry hoppy aroma with floral, good carbonation, and a light gold color. The taste is both dry and refreshing leaving a good slightly bitter after taste. Somehow, someway, this works as a Pilsner. There is no doubt its crafted with love. I bought it while in one of my "slightly different" moods and when you get a little bored with the $14 a 12 pack Lagers try a 4 back of this and just hang out and enjoy.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.