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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

948 Ratings

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jame515, May 03, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a pale golden-abed with big tri-finger head of white carbonation. Pleasant lattice lacing.

Nose is toasty, malty and grainy -- faithful to the pilsner style, but with a slight and subtle tinge of fruit.

Taste is surprising! There's definitely a pilsner foundation here, but the addition of pear tea and pear juice adds an entirely new dimension. It's a subtle fruit infusion, but wow does this really work well! Wonderful and flavorful, this is one I'll definitely revisit.

secondtooth, May 03, 2014
Photo of htdoerge
5/5  rDev +31.6%

htdoerge, May 02, 2014
Photo of samtrillo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light yellow gold with small white head.

S - Mostly malty with some other fruitiness there.

T - Bready malt with something else herbal going on, but it's not hops. That's where the tea comes in. Some sweet fruit in there but I would not guess pear if not told on the label. It's refreshing and has a good aftertaste.

M - Very crisp and spicy carbonation with smooth malt.

O - It's not you're everyday pilsner but that's to be expected with how it was brewed. I like it though, it's refreshing but has a lot more flavour characteristics than your average pilsner.

samtrillo, May 02, 2014
Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't remind me too much of a Czech Pils, but still quite good. Pear is subdued, which I like. A bit more bitter than traditional. Very good drinking beer. Clean, enough body to stand up to the crispness, without overdoing it. Finish is very nice. Great summer beer, but also good anytime, I suppose.

drpimento, May 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Coreynezy4, Apr 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

victory4me, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BoozerBrad, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

bzach, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

calcutron, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw yellow color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grainy malt with some floral notes.

Tastes of the grainy malt and a touch of spicy hops. Grainy malts lead off with some sweetness. This leads into some fruity pear notes with apple. Floral hops come next with some spicy touches. Finishes with a touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel is light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid pilsner with some fruitiness to it.

ocelot2500, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mattmarka1, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Halluxone, Apr 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

RavyneChyylde, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

brett606, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

cuy50, Apr 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Xzfgiimtsath, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

dts311, Apr 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

sgttibbs, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

atrocity, Apr 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

DarkLordPsycho, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

yancot, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of tmm313
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy light orange color in the glass. Nice lacing.

S- A light fruitiness (If I didn't know it was brewed with Pear juice, I'm not sure i would've picked it out as pear). Light citrus, herb, and earthy, peppery hops. Bready malts.

T- Nicely balanced mix. Light grapefruit, pear, bready malts, cracker, big tea notes, and slight earthy hop. Sometimes a lemony flavor is there as well. Bready, tea-like aftertaste.

M- Medium body, crisp carbonation. Drying.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. I was most impressed by the characteristics brought in by the tea, but the balance was well worth remembering as well. I loved the subtle grapefruit and earthy hop presence that popped in and out. Probably as complex as a lighter beer can get. I've never been much of a Pilsener man, but if I ever get the urge, this is what I'm buying.

tmm313, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

FreddieMercuryHayes, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mattboyer182, Apr 19, 2014
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.