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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,045 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 36
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by three fingers of foam; a decent pattern of lacing persists

Smell: Bready, with pear juice tones dominant; the grassy hops are in the mix, but dominated by the malt

Taste: Bread and pears, up front, with a floral character; the hops really don't make much of an impact until after the swallow, when they add a grassy element but, as in the aroma, the pear juice and tea-like character dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another miss for me from Dogfish - they run about 50/50 with me; always interested to see what they come up with and though I am a big fan of several of their beers, this is not one of them; I really would have preferred to see the hops stand up better relative to the malt and the adjuncts here

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head "Piercing Pils"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 2014C 1032"
$3.50 @ Pinocchio's Pizza Beer Garden

Interesting beer, and certainly not what I'd expected. With a name like "Piercing Pils" you'd expect it to be sharp, hoppy, and bitter but it's certainly not. It's rather fruity, and I didn't realize where it was coming from until I looked at the bottle and learned that it's brewed with pear juice.

It starts quite floral in the nose, backed by grassiness. The flavor reveals quite a bit of fruitiness including pear and apple, but also lemon, which must be coming from the hops. Beneath that there's a stable base of Pilsner malt that's gently bread and a bit straw-like. The bitterness is solid, but only to the point of balancing the malt as the acidity of the pear juice is enough to put an edge on it, and both then follow into the lingering finish along with straw and residual lemon (as well as some tea-leaf). Perhaps that's the "piercing" nature that inspired the name, as I love the start but find the end a little raspy. Or is the "pierce" that shot of lemon that you get at the front? Regardless, it's unique and you really have to give it credit for that. Additionally, it's clearly well made (great appearance, great head retention and lacing, nicely balanced with a bit of a twist, appropriate mouthfeel).

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of Slatetank
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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.