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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

986 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 30
Gots: 63 | 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 JerzDevl2000:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up earlier week in Totowa, having no idea that it replaced the Chicory Stout in the seasonal rotation for Dogfish Head. It looked intriguing and like other lighter beers, seemed like a good alternate to the heavier and spicier brews that flood the shelves this time of the year. There was a lot to like here even though this wasn't terribly fancy and went down relatively easily. Because it was just a bit fuller and stronger than other Pilseners that I've had, I can see why this would come out during these colder months!

The pour to this was typical for this style, with a crisp golden hue, a moderately fluffy head that quickly dissipated, and just a bit of lacing the quickly slid down the side of my pint glass after each sip. Lots of pear in the nose but along with that was a surprising amount of grape. Was this a fruit beer? A Kolsch? Tasting it didn't answer those questions as characteristics of those could be found here. A bit of potato in the mouthfeel with the spiciness of an herbal tea thrown in for some zest. The sourness was subtly here too along with a bit of grass and straw. While not terribly "bright", the aftertaste certainly felt like a Kolsch with just some more body to it while the spiciness of the tea flavors stayed on my breath for a while afterwards.

Alcohol? It's here but I never felt it and I'm sure that if I had all 4 bottles in a sitting, I would notice the booze kicking in a bit. While not a session beer, this may as well be since it's so easygoing that more than one could be downed in a sitting. While not on the level of the Victory Prima Pils, this was a great take on the style that doesn't get a lot of love in colder months of even when it comes to ratings. A mellow brew from Dogfish that was unlike anything else in their current lineup and worth a go for someone looking for a alternative to what's currently available this holiday season.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 13, 2013
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.

MadScientist, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

npala86, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Tiernan, Jan 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

woodchipper, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

SkiBum22, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

freshflesh, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Lazaro, Feb 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

DWolf, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Todd, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +5.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

bellce0, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

JakerLou, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Jason, Dec 03, 2013
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.

Billolick, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mctizzz, Dec 23, 2013
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.

tigg924, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

KolbMarley, Dec 19, 2013
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.

Franziskaner, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

PretzelsNBeer, Feb 09, 2014
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.

MattyG85, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

HeyYoMar, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

GOBLIN, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jminch, Sep 04, 2014
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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.