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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 1,342
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 217 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
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. (229 characters)

Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (169 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
2.69/5  rDev -29%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of Oliver_Twist
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
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 (591 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of zapahoppa
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of Nickcal
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled on 2013C at 50 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma light flowery hops, maybe some fruit
Head large (6 cm), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing into an uneven layer ranging from 3 – 0 mm thick
Lacing fair
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with very slight hop bitterness, quickly becoming slightly sweet. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl, just a strange somewhat metallic aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

A nice looking beer, unfortunately not tasting as good as would be expected by the appearance. The pear juice makes it sweeter but doesn’t make it better. Despite the hype associated with this pils, it’s nothing special, somewhat below average, IMHO. It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to this beer. Just because you can add something to a beer, it doesn’t mean you should. (855 characters)

Photo of LarryV
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I always feel like I'm taking a risk when I buy a Dogfish Head beer. This sounded promising but ends up missing the mark for me. It doesn't have the crispness that I expect from a good pilsner and has an odd bitterness to the aftertaste, perhaps that's due to the pear, it doesn't seem like hop bitterness. All in all it's an okay beer but I won't be buying it again. (368 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. "Bottled on 2013C 1655."

A: Light head fades fast and tops a (very lightly) hazy pale gold beer.

S: Skunk. Hint of grain. Lightly sweet.

T/M: Oh yum. It's fruity-sweet, likely from all the pears. I guess maybe the tea adds an interesting complexity to the bitter finish (or maybe that's the bourbon by). Full and impressively lush-bodied. Well-carbonated. Lagery yeast still creeps through, and I still don't care for it.

O: A good effort, but still not for me. There's plenty of people I'd recommend it to, but I wouldn't have another. Continued props to DFH. (631 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head is not normal. Coffee in stouts, 18% ABV fruit beer, and now pears in pilsner?! Only from Delaware! Here's 12 ounces, and on to the beer I go:

A half-inch of foam leaves a few rings of lace around the glass, while below is the color of fading orange which I suspect is looking to transform into yellow. The nose hits a bump with wet cardboard, followed by decent Saaz hop notes and sweet tea. Hoping that cardboard fades away.

So much for the pear and pear tea. I can't find much of either, and at the base is a "plain" pilsner with a small bite of hops. Quite clean overall. It rides along a light/medium body with a somewhat crisp carbonation.

Sometimes they hit the target, and sometimes they hit the target intended for the other person. Mediocre is what it is to me. (788 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apple juice colored, without much of a head. This is my first pilsner. Has a distinct aroma, somewhat skunky. Hoppy, carbonated, with a little bit of sweet fruit and that same distinct taste as the aroma. Overall not bad, but not quite as flavorful as I would hope. (265 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

nice yellow-gold color with a nice white head. smell is sweet with some citrus and bread. The taste has some sweet, some hops and is crisp and clean with plenty of carbonation. The flavor is bold and leaves you with a satisfied feeling after drinking (250 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with spare label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the description on the label, which makes the beer sound nice for a Dogfish Head offering. 6% ABV confirmed per the label. "Bottled on 2013F 1429." Reviewed as a Czech Pilsner because the label identifies it as such.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent pale yellow-copper of excellent clarity and average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a beer in this style. There are no obvious flaws, but it's far from unique or special.

Sm: Definitely smells like a pilsner. Pilsner malts, clean barley, Saaz hops, floral hop character, plenty of grains, straw, and faint fruit. It's a pleasant aroma of moderate strength, but I don't pick up on specific pear juice or pear tea notes. The fruitiness is quite timid, and I can't identify pear specifically. It's certainly on the sweet side for a pilsner, but at the same time seems overhopped. I've never experienced Saaz as overt as this.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

T/Mf: It's got a bit of overcarbonation and comes across nicely crisp, if a biteen biting. It's smooth and wet on the open but soon takes on an unbecoming coarse and dry feel that persists until the finish. In any case, it still feels refreshing. Medium bodied, with a bit too much weight on the palate for a pils. Overall, it has a decent presence on the palate and the texture suits the taste generally well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or chewy.

Not as sweet as the aroma suggested, fortunately. The core of the beer is pretty standard - pilsner malts, clean barley, and prominent Saaz hopping. But there's also some subtle sweetness and vague fruitiness - it's not identifiably pear, but it's pleasant and complements the rest of the flavour profile well. I don't get any tea notes.

The hops fit the malts nicely, and the subtle fruitiness lends it a bit more depth of flavour than most pilsners feature. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

This is a tasty pilsner with some likable elements. The pear isn't as in-your-face as I anticipated, and Dogfish Head has delivered a beer that actually has some subtlety and nuance to it. Complexity and intricacy are above average for the style.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I could easily plow through a four pack of this and would enjoy doing so. The price point is unreasonable, though, and I couldn't see myself buying this again as a result. It's one of Dogfish Head's more carefully considered beers, but the cynic in me is thinking the lack of overt pear was less a decision than a mistake. In any case, while it's not up there with the best traditional examples of the style, it remains a tasty American attempt at a pils that sacrifices tradition for a bit more depth of flavour. I'll be sticking to Pilsner Urquell in the future, but this is enjoyable stuff.

Low B- (3,512 characters)

Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I expected more pear flavor in this one. I think the caramel undertones overpowered the pear. Nice color & aroma. I'll give this one another try to win me over. (160 characters)

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There's a solid pilsner behind the tart pear flavor, but the pear really dragged the whole thing down. The peach was overbearing instead of accentuating, cloying and artificial tasting. (185 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with banana yellow edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, floral aroma with dank, grassy hops, pale malt and light fruit sweetness. This surprisingly smells very true to style. Coming from DFH I wasn't expecting it to smell so much like a classic Czech Pils. The nose is dominated by the uber-fresh, grassy saaz hops followed by hints of bread, biscuit and ester-y notes of apple and pear. Slightly herbal but the tea and pear sweetness don't really stand out until it warms up considerably.

On the lighter end of medium body with a blast of bitter, grassy hops that lingers over the pale malt, light fruit notes and subtle herbal tea presence into a dry finish. Again, the saaz hops really stand out with dry, sticky bitterness, earthy grass and pine needle flavor. This is countered by hints of bread, biscuit, apple and pear. The tea adds an odd metallic, medicinal note that lingers long after the finish. Pear flavor doesn't stand out much more than the ester-y notes of a traditional example of the style. I wasn't sure what to expect going in but this was a pretty tame experiment. Very similar to classic czech pils with plenty of grassy hop bitterness and a touch more light fruit sweetness than usual. The only element that negatively stands out is the astringent, herbal tea character. Unfortunately, this negatively affects the flavor and hurts drinkability. Still, this is an okay beer that's easy to drink. (1,570 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mellow gold body with floaty milky head on top. Aroma of saaz, light pear, and fresh springtime bloom. Tastes of pear, floral notes, some more mouth-puckering light fruits, and vague honey sweetness and booze in the back. Light bodied with light carbonation. Looks great, smells good, tastes is sweet but unfulfilling. (318 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Light grain, slightly floral, maybe a little lemon grass, and a bit of sweet pear.

T: Fruity, sweet pear, herbal notes, a bit floral, maybe a hint skunky, with light grainy malt. A little alcohol can come out on the back end as it warms.

M: Medium body, feels a little under carbonated.

O: This is probably the first Dogfish Head beer I haven't liked. It's not the crisp light refreshing pilsner I was hoping for. Instead it comes off too heavy and almost cloying in flavor. (637 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I snagged a 4-pack of this at a Sunoco Craft Beer Exchange, and it's been a tale of two beers. The first was poured at near room temp, and it did little to inspire. The second was chilled, and what a difference that made. Both beers poured with a mottled, white head that popped and fizzed away in short order. The more aggressive pour produced a towering foam crest that left beautiful lacing on my Modelo Especial pint glass. The appearance is consistent with a classic golden pilsener. Great clarity. Perhaps a touch more concentrated in color. More like the beer I recycle after a night of drinking-related dehydration. There's a bright, crisp, floral hop aroma with underlying white grape juice sweetness. A little bit of Apple Jacks cereal in the nose. The first impression is simply too sweet for my liking, but at a cooler temperature it's less pronounced. No discernible pear flavor, save the sugar. Unbalanced. The Saaz hops tend to dominate, competing only with a cloying sweetness. The cracker-like malt flavors get a little lost in a sea of refined sugar. The finish is mildly bitter, and leaves a somewhat muddled impression. The moderate mouthfeel and tame carbonation are a bit light. Not as spritzy or crisp as I had hoped. In the end, if you're not opposed to sugary libations, it's truly a non-offensive beer that does little to push the flavor envelope. A passable pilsener nonetheless. There's a marked difference between the warm and cool variations that I tried. At cooler temps it was much more refreshing and masked some of the imperfections. The warmer variety had me focused on all of the wrong things. The same can be said for any number of macro-lagers, so that can't be a good thing. Either way, I had hoped for more with the addition of pear and pear tea. Ultimately it's a crafty example of Saaz hops in an overly-sweetened Czech Pilsener. (1,872 characters)

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85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.