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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

936 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
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 philbe311:
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%

A - A really beautiful active pour of swirling carbonation that yeilds a solid two fingers worth of crisp and clean bone white colored froth with a slightly rocky top that is comprised of big chunky bubbles... Really impressive retention for the style... What's ultimately left is a full yet lopsided veil of lacing and a moderately thick collar... The color is equal parts pale gold, straw yellow and honey amber... Completely translucent with a faint glow... Very clean and crisp in appearance... There is a slight to moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... A slight bit o lacing clings to the glass... Spot on for the style...

S - Fairly mild overall, but loaded with nuance and complexity... The first thing noted are the Saaz hops... Next comes the malt base which arrives in the form of cereal grains... Next are the white tea components... Then arrives the pear sweetness in the form of overly ripe Bosc pears and crisp Asian pears... There is nothing artificial about the sweetness brought by the pear presence... Each whiff reveals a new subtle nuance...

T - The aroma was a wonderful indication of what to expect in terms of flavor... This one walks a fine line between slightly hoppy and slightly sweet and does so in a very exciting way... This is a quintessential Czech Pilsner first and foremost... The hop and tea additions add a subtle sweetness which greatly expands on the depth and complexity of this historic and wonderful style...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light but crisp carbonation... Even and consistent... Ultra clean and ultra crisp... Each sip is a pleasure... Perfect for the style...

D - This is a ridiculously fantastic brew... It's an outstanding Czech Pilsner... It's a wonderful example of DFH creativity... I would suggest DFH immediately makes this a year-round offering... I could drink several of these in a sitting... No joke, but this would be a staple in my beer fridge... No weak facets... I can't say enough good things about this beer... Highly nuanced... Highly quaffable... Highly recommended... A fantastic job by DFH...

01-05-2014 23:51:05 | More by philbe311
More User Reviews:
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MadScientist

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

12-23-2013 03:37:31 | More by MadScientist
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npala86

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-25-2014 19:26:58 | More by npala86
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-24-2014 22:19:10 | More by Tiernan
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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

12-14-2013 22:22:19 | More by woodchipper
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SkiBum22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-04-2014 18:47:57 | More by SkiBum22
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freshflesh

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-11-2014 07:12:20 | More by freshflesh
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Lazaro

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-01-2014 02:22:00 | More by Lazaro
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-17-2013 02:48:37 | More by DWolf
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Todd

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

01-13-2014 03:40:25 | More by Todd
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-06-2014 06:34:41 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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bellce0

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-23-2013 22:36:58 | More by bellce0
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-13-2013 02:01:12 | More by JakerLou
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-03-2013 02:24:40 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-31-2013 19:16:14 | More by Billolick
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mctizzz

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-23-2013 23:04:51 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

12-14-2013 13:12:02 | More by tigg924
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-19-2013 02:22:22 | More by KolbMarley
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

02-22-2014 00:25:35 | More by Franziskaner
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KOP_Beer_OUtlet

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-04-2014 15:35:19 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-09-2014 19:42:39 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

04-16-2014 07:07:17 | More by MattyG85
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-19-2014 22:28:09 | More by HeyYoMar
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-09-2014 01:33:14 | More by GOBLIN
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-08-2014 03:51:21 | More by amstokesdb9
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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.