Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,324 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 58
Gots: 215 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 1,324 | Reviews: 260
Photo of southsidebrewer
1.92/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hazy, oxidized, metallic aftertaste, sweet, malt driven beer...

Photo of Pepper7
2.22/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Disappointed with this beer From dogfish

Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think I must have gotten a bad bottle. This was just awful. Starts off skunky, and finished with a overpowering metallic and bitter (not hoppy, but acrid) taste. I wanted to like this, but that finish will haunt me for a long time.

Photo of Rifugium
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

First had: on tap at DFH, Rehoboth Beach, DE

I have no strong love for pilsners, but when done right, I have no problem drinking one, and the prospect of a pear pils intrigued me. Poured a crystal clear, light golden color, with a thin white head that fizzled out completely, leaving no lacing behind. Pretty blank aroma, thin crackery malts, grains, distant herbal hops. Very disappointingly simple taste of toasted grains, and bitter herbal hops. Absolutely no pear whatsoever, and if it was in there, the graininess totally overpowered it. If it were an old dusty bottle, I'd expect something like this, but this was right out of the tap from the source. Light body, light mouthfeel, lasting bitterness. Pretty unpleasant. Really glad I only got a sampler of this one.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I figured I would give this one a shot, since I was able to buy a single bottle. I really enjoy a good pilsner.

The beer is golden hued and clear with a small white head. The aroma is grain, alcohol, pear, apple, sweetness. The flavor is simply disappointing. A sweet, corny mess. Another gimmicky, weird beer from Dogfish Head. How about making a quality beer instead of some whacky, one of a kind mess with unusual ingredients? Unique does not equal good. Lacking the qualities that make a pils beer refreshing, quaffable. No thank you.

Photo of jeremy_zeman
2.31/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A little skunky. It was tart

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy copper yellow. Some malt sweetness and barley on the aroma. There is something very wrong with the aftertaste. Muddled copper or metallic flavor and almost a skunky finish (makes no sense considering it's on tap): stay away.

Photo of NCMatt
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wasn't what I was expecting at all. It's pretty subtly pear, and a little bitter for a pils.

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pear flavor is decent, but otherwise a lifeless pils.

Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of Fergyx825
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A light amber gold color to it with some bubbling. Medium to light head on the pour for the beer. This is just as described by the IPA description of such beers.

Smell: smells a lot lighter than most beers, not so floral or hoppy as the rest have smelled. Smells a lot like a bud light. Kind of turned off by the smell of this beer.

Taste: A more fruity taste to this beer. The pearish taste comes out in this beer, but it does not resemble a IPA what so ever. I do enjoy the fruity taste of this beer, but it doesn't belong to this beer style.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a light thickness makes this a drinkable beer, but its nothing to brag about, and a let down from DogFish.

Overall: Not a pale ale. Not a bad beer, but not as described.

Photo of Oliver_Twist
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Semi-clear light yellowish color with moderate head, quickly fades to a thin cap.

S: Pilsner malt, very slight pear, slightly skunky, grassy, dish soap.

T: Pilsner with pear juice.

M: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

O: Complex would be a good description if you like the mix of pilsner malt, pear juice, Saaz hops and dish soap. Lawnmower beer? ...not at this price. I won't be having this beer again.

I gave it a 2.75 only because I like DF90, DF60 and Burton Baton so much and because everyone (including Sam) makes mistakes every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of dsnyder61
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This a decent Pilsner beer

Photo of Urk1127
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of zapahoppa
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uneventful. Watery with light carb. Low head retention. Hardly any pear. Probably one of the most dissapointing dfh beers I've had, and I mostly love their beer.

Photo of Johnroby
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good Pilsner refreshing and clean with notes of pear

Photo of Harvest06
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The pear juice dominates the drink making it overly sweet.

Photo of Maver1ck23
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not great, a little bitter--no floral hints

Photo of helios7
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stale, unpleasant nose, followed by an overwhelmingly sweet body: pear juice with a truckload of sugar added.

Photo of golf4collet
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smelled pretty skunky. Would like to try a fresher bottle.

Photo of Immortale25
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Rehoboth Beach Brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a clean dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam.

S- Soap...literally just soapy water.

T- Good thing it doesn't really taste like soap. Crisp pilsner flavor with a small hop bite and soft malt. Very drinkable but there is soap in the aftertaste. No pear flavor to speak of.

M- Like in the taste, crisp and bright with medium carbonation and a light body. Probably the only correct part of the beer.

O- Big letdown. No pear and only above average for a pilsner. I even poured the beer into a previously used glass to make sure it's the beer and not the glass that tastes like soap.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I tend to enjoy pilseners, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe it was the pear juice.

Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Hazy yellow-gold in the tall Saxo tulip. Modest foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Pleasant fruity aroma with a whiff of apple and pear.

Some fruit taste with a little sweetness to start. Modest warm flavor of malt and more graininess. Dries out quickly. Quite bitter long before the aftertaste. It does taste like black tea, only long over-steeped. Maybe some pear skins and fruit tannin, like grape stems. Slightly tangy with some burnt biscuit taste.

This has a promising start but a bitter finish. From the 12 oz bottle bought at La Bodega Wines & Spirits in Riverside, Calif.

Photo of Colby8938
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just not greatly executed, not a great Pils, not a lot of fruit, not a great beer

Photo of Nickcal
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Disappointed once again by this style of beer. I cannot give a truly good opinion because I just am not a fan of pilseners. For me they lack depth and character with smell and taste. Sorry Dogfish Head love you guys, nothing personal, just not a fan of the style.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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