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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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very good

1,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 39
Gots: 122 | 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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Well I was hoping this one would be a pear bomb. I love pears but didn't really pick up much of it. I picked up a 4pk so I may need to update once I get another taste. But for now, it is a solid fruit beer but could use some more pear.

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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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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.