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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,040 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 36
Gots: 84 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013)
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Reviews by Greywulfken:
Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden body full of streaming bubbles; a finger or two of white head - hard not to love the appearance of a pilsener, and this was no exception, but it seemed that the streaming bubbles didn't persist as much as I remember seeing in other pilseners

S: some herbal and floral aromas, maybe something of a chamomile tea aroma - perhaps that's the pear coming through? Fairly mild, with a subtle honey sweetness

T: it had a well-rounded, "pale ale" kinda character, with somewhat muted pilsener crispness; clean malt body with mild hops suggestive of flowers and herbs; didn't get much pear or fruit, but maybe it was what took the edge off the hops - not as brisk as I'd expected; some sugars on the close, again, perhaps the pear asserting itself. Made me think of a light white wine, perhaps a pinot grigio (- and there, perhaps, having some essence of pear -) mixed with a basic pilsener.

M: rather soft, modest bitterness, moderate crispness/briskness, light-bodied, fizzy at first, a bit more smooth with time

O: I expected a pear pilsener, instead I got a beer that is not quite fruity nor a typical pilsener - reminded me a little of some of DFH's wine/beer work. I was ready either for a crisp, tight brilliant pilsener OR a "fruitified" pilsener (well, maybe that's what this is...). Seems DFH toned down the pear flavors so as to avoid creating a too-sweet pilsener, because it wasn't too sweet (which would have been a critical flaw), but it did take on a white wine-like sweetness over time (as it warmed). I had hoped it would be less "well-rounded" (as if that's a flaw), and something a little with a little more bite or zing. An interesting/atypical profile for the style. I think that fans of DFH's wine-hybrid beers would like this, but some hardcore pilsener fans might not find it crisp enough. I won't return to it, but I definitely recommend it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A bright and clear light golden beer with a long lasting, low white head of soapy bubbles.

S: It has a distinctly German pilsner aroma with a spicy and herbal hop aroma and a gram cracker-like Pils malt character. There is just a light hint of something usual in the nose in addition to the low, light fruit aroma.

T: There is a light malt softness, a medium amount of bitterness and a moderate pear flavor upfront. The balance is fairly bitter having just a light sweetness in the middle the resolves in a off-dry finish. The spicy hops flavor is at a medium level. The after taste is of peaches and hops.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a medium-strong level and just a slight astringency.

O: A nicely balance beer where the fruit and tea additions compliment the quality base beer style instead of overwhelming it as is often the case.

Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle with bottled on date (that I cant make any sense of...oh well...they tried)

Pours near clear darker straw in color. Bubbles rising to the top. Delicate off white head, minor film, collar and minor bits of lace.

Seriously hoppy nose with an added lime note.

Brightly flavorful, more lime and some more biting saaz infused hoppy crispness.

Tasty pilsner...good accompaniment for lots of different types of food.

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: grain, grass, pilsner malt, and faint pear

Taste: cracker, grass, grain, and pear juice at the end and into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: sweet for the style, medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice and refreshing beer. The pilsner base is tasty. The pear comes through at the end and as it warms so that this is different enough from other pilsners. I would buy this year round as it is one of the better DFH beers I have had in some time.

Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden hued with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation. A miniscule layer of carbonation caps off most of the top of the glass. I smell pears and some subtle Saaz hops. I know that's not shocking considering this beer. Mouth is moderately carbonated and you get a bitterness from the hops that also helps to prickle the tongue. This is straightforward with the bitterness of the hops mingling with the sweetness of the pear flavor. I think the carbonation might need some dialing back, but it's a good beer.

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A bready, fruity, and earthy malt forward aroma with big hints of pear and grains. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, biscuit, straw, cracker, and yeast. Big hints of pear juice as well as some lemon, orange, and tea. Earthy and spicy Saaz hop hints along with some grass. Big with the fruity pear and citrus presence. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, bready, and earthy malt forward taste with good notes of pear, citrus, and grains. Upfront pale malt with bready notes of grains, straw, biscuit, wheat, yeast, and cracker. Big presence of pear juice. Citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Some tea notes as well. Spicy and earthy Saaz hops along with some grassy hop notes. Very crisp and zesty. Pretty good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Pilsener. Good grainy malt notes with a very nice juicy kick from the added pear.

Photo of HeyYoMar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jminch
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.