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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

905 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 21
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/21/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet fruit and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a crisp and refreshing flavor, but I am not getting any distinct pear qualities in the aroma or flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 07:51:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-13-2013 01:20:19 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a film of bubbles in between and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops and green tea are present in the nose along with notes of pears.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the flavors of green tea and pears are stronger and stand out in front of underlying notes of floral hops. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mélange of pilsner, green tea and pears in both the smell and taste. The accentuating flavors didn't seem to overpower the beer and made it interesting to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:01:40 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-31-2013 02:20:15 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the upcoming Christmas holiday in mind, fruit baskets full of citrus, tropical and orchard fruits adorn the dinner table. For Dogfish Head brewers, this means pear!

As the beer pours, it unleashes a highly exuberant pour that streams like champagne through a bright straw hue. A fluffy, white and cottony textured head builds above and holds on for dear life. Lacing with well defined rings at each sip, its foam structure does as much as anyone can ask of pilsner.

High floral aromas come not as pear, but as hops- a perfumy whiff of Saaz hops spring to life with notions of honeysuckle, apple wood, and orange blossom. Its back scent is more earthy with straw, fresh baking bread and yeasty dough.

Its taste starts grainy-sweet with fresh bread, grain and dough. But as those tastes are cut seriously short, a fruity, sulfury and spicy middle highlights the orchard fruit taste of pear but also apple and lemon. Its sulfury and acidic taste offers just as much balance as the spicy hops do as the beer trails with lemongrass and hay.

With exquisite cleanliness in mouthfeel, the beer is snappy, crisp and refreshing right out of the gate- Zesty and creamy early, its high carbonation and light sweetness dissolves on the initial palate and leaves the rest of the session to contend with the scrubbing sulfur textures and the lightly astringent hop bite. Light warmth accompanies the palate late as the ale trails with a lemony and grainy aftertaste.

Piercing Pils is a fantastic beer... for the 4th of July. As a seasonal, they're about a half calendar off. In order to suit the winter season better,the brewers should strive for a "spiced" pear character, not just banal pears.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 07:59:51 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-13-2013 07:22:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-11-2014 01:14:36 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden body with a lofty, albeit collapsing, white head.

Smell: Crackery, doughy-scented pilsener malt, scantly tartish pear, staunch herbs, faint citrus, spice.

Taste: Crackery, lightly doughy, grainy pils malts with a glaze of cereal sweetness. Fast pop of sugar ushers in the pear fruitiness which shifts to a herbal, drying tone. Very, very little citrus. Medium-light bitterness. Soft, near dry finish with a soft, lingering pear taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's pears, it's pils, it's okay. At least it's a nice change of pace from the typical wintertime fare.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:10:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-09-2014 00:28:54 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-21-2013 22:54:18 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-01-2014 23:16:48 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-23-2014 23:53:01 | More by emerge077
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber. The pear juice, if that is what I am getting, adds an interesting light touch to the beer. Normally I am not too interested in some of the odd stuff Dogfish does. But this works out quite well. Could probably use a lighter overall pilsner character on this, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 04:05:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piercing Pils a beer I've wanted to try since I heard about the pear juice and pear tea additions. Pours a brilliant golden color with bright fluffy white head, I've been drinking DFH pils since the Prescription Pils, Golden Shower, Golden Era, and the latest My Antonia. I liked them all by the way, nice to see a 6% abv on a pils from them that has Saaz hops backing it all up. Aroma has an earthy herbal note, but not much in the way of actual pears. More Saaz, earthy, citrus, cut grass qualities with a nice bready malt back bone. Flavor has some pear essence, and more earthy herbal tea bitterness too bad most of the pear sweetness was fermented out here. As a whole it's a nice full bodied pils with easy drinkability, a bit off centered but much less so than some of their crazy adjuncts they usually put out there. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with sturdy carbonation goes down great with every sip. Overall no complaints noted here, I'm a fan of this pils as well but don't expect it to re-invent the wheel.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:55:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the dogfish.com inf: "A Perry-Pils hybrid, Piercing Pils is a Czech Style Pilsner brewed with a White Pear Tea and Pear juice. Both the juice and the tea were added in the kettle during the whirlpool (after the boil) for maximum flavor and aroma contribution. The Pear fruit complexity pierces right through the spicy Czech Saaz hops beautifully, adding a gentle acidity to this pale lager that makes for a crisp refreshing sipper. Amarillo hops add nuanced citrus notes that meld perfectly with the fruit. "

- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/node/64041#sthash.X2P5TzoE.dpuf
Enjoyed this brewpub exclusive at Rehoboth beach on tap served in a pils glass.

The color is golden with hazed appearance and thin white cap with small bead. The aroma of pear must is there with herbal hop scent and some floral hop esters. The feel is fuller than average with some sweetness in the feel with moderate carbonation an mild bitterness with some malty body and fruity texture in the finish.

Pear taste is mild but has a sweet essence up front with a nice mix of pear and pilsner malt with subtle hops and herbal floral qualities adding dimension to the perry component. with mild fruit taste and tangy yeast with mostly dry and hop flavored finish. Overall this was an excellent hybrid of styles. I am a fan of pear and was pleased to try this, I probably could have enjoyed several but there were 13 other great beers to try -nice mellow sweetness and hop freshness

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-19-2013 12:14:32 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I loved the good Czech pils when I was in Prague, but I don't think this will be anywhere near those in taste or quality, but this could be interesting, or could be bad. bottled 2013A, not sure when in 2013 but I've had it maybe a month at most.

Pours a nice creamy slight fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a slow to med pace, nice lacing everywhere, very clear golden pilsner straw colored beer.

Nose is actually surprisingly close to a good Czech pilsner! Nice hops to start, grassy, little leafy herbal, nice noble like hop, actually gets a bit more leafy as it goes, and mild toasty slight grainy malt, I also get a mild pear juice actually, touch of a honey malt like aroma too, and touch of herbal tea like.

Taste starts with juicy fruit juice, pear juice right away, mild grainy toasty malt, and little sweetness. then hops, herbal and leafy hops mostly, little grassy and spicy with a fair bitterness, some herbal tea as well. Finish gets drier but still a bit sticky and sweet, the hops turn a bit spicy and chewy but still quite herbal and leafy grassy, as well as big herbal tea flavor.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, not what I expected, at least the nose mostly. The aroma was quite nice, a good Czech pilsner with hint of the pear. the flavor was a little too campy like and typical Dogfish head experimental beer, but still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-01-2014 02:38:28 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-31-2013 01:07:30 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

excellent four pack release from dogfish head. pear juice, pear tea, and saaz hops, a nice combination in a pils. don't crucify me for this, but I have always thought the basic euro pilsener was missing something. not stylistically or anything, but from a flavor standpoint they bored me for the most part. this one doesn't. its also the first pear beer ive had that isn't perfumed to high heaven rendering it unpalatable after a few sips. this is clean and light and bright and fun and balanced and everything you could want in a neo-Czech style. the saaz hops are also the perfect companion to this, they are so fresh and potent, yet classic at the same time. I could not imagine any other variety here, its a perfect marriage. it has a little too much body for a pils, which I guess from the color, honey colored with a nice white head but a density unbecoming to the style. it works though, and gives the herbal pear/tea combination something to hold on to. worthy sauce for sure right here, the pear is subtle and not sweet at all, which makes great sense in a dryer and crisper style. I know the style gurus will have a field day bashing dogfish head for yet another "off centered ale", but this one really does work, and certainly doesn't warrant the criticism I can see it facing. really an innovative and well executed brew.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-21-2013 06:10:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-17-2014 03:59:01 | More by mactrail
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-19-2014 15:38:58 | More by XmnwildX12
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head but it lasts. Good blanket of lace. The liquid is cloudy with a gold color.

Earthy aroma, not soft pale malt. The hop is quite muted. From the smell, I would never guess pilsner.

The taste is closer to the norm but it is still quite earthy on the tongue. The bitterness is not soft, but I expected that given the name. Smooth body but with an elevated carbonated level. The aftertaste is bitter with a bit of sourness.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-02-2014 19:49:10 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-23-2013 17:45:14 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A big 2" head lasts a long time before settling to a thick surface foam. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt, sweet fruits, and a hint of earthiness rise from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: grainy malt presenece, grass, biscuit, fruit sweetness from the pear juice, and a bit of earthiness create a nice flavor. Bitterness is moderate here, with a bit of spiciness arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, crisp at the finish. Super refreshing. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a very easy to drink beer. The flavors are upfront and the fruity component adds some depth. Nice to have a flavorful, non hop-centric beer with a reasonable ABV.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-23-2014 20:38:08 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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-

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

03-21-2014 05:06:33 | More by kojevergas
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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.