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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,157 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 40
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1.92/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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.

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.

Photo of jeremy_zeman
2.31/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A little skunky. It was tart

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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.

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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

Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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.

Photo of Johnroby
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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 -23.5%
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 helios7
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.