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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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247 Reviews
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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,418
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 63
Gots: 260 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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.
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Reviews: 247 | Hads: 1,418
Photo of chiller413
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer that had a traditional pilsner nose as well as taste at the beginning, then finishes with a slight sweetness from the pear. Glad I tried it but not something that I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead the first of February for $2.99. Bottled on 11/2/2014.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pilsner malts with a hint of fruit juice sweetness.

Taste starts off like a classic pilsner, crisp malts and refreshing hops. Finishes with a puckering pear sweetness.

Mouthfeel starts off crisp and clean and then finishes with a pucker.

Overall an interesting brew. This is not a bad spin of the pilsner style - would do again.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As always Dogfish gets 4 for effort! I've got to visit these guys because only Augie Carton is as creative (in Atlantic Highlands NJ).

A: Massive merengue head, esp for a fruit laced beer and a pilsner.
S: True to pear, which I find is a winter, not a summer flavor. This is a great alternative to the ad infinitum of winter warmers and xmas seasonals. Pear dominant, hops and white bread toast

T: Follows smell - white bread toast with pear jam. Would be a great dessert or breakfast beer. Better as an after dinner beer. Floral, perfumy, rich, spicy. Would like to try the Belgian edition. Lemon grass, herbal, hay notes. Lots - for me too much - going on. Smell edges out taste.

F: Light, slightly metallic like all Delaware beers. (must be the refineries).

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There's a solid pilsner behind the tart pear flavor, but the pear really dragged the whole thing down. The peach was overbearing instead of accentuating, cloying and artificial tasting.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Pilsner glass. Finger of head. Very light clear yellow. Smell is sharp a little pear and hops and yeast. High carbonation maybe too much. Very harsh and bubbly going down. Tart bitter pear. I did not like the tartness and was too much carbonation made my stomach and chest feel bloated and bubbly.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and golden yellow. Lighter carbonation and heavier body than other pils I’ve tried, which is interesting. Enjoyable pils, solid american representation of the style.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good. Tart and pear like. The hops were really good. There was an interesting soapy taste to it, but that wasn't the turn off that it would sound like it would be.

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Photo of tedvr
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey color with a medium white head, malt and yeast aromas, taste of malt with a biscuit aftertaste, nice clean finish with mild carbonation. Overall a nice pilsner.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I expected more pear flavor in this one. I think the caramel undertones overpowered the pear. Nice color & aroma. I'll give this one another try to win me over.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden color with a thick white foamy head that hangs on and leaves sheets of lacing all over the glass. Aromas are very adjunct like to me. Grassy, heavy dough aroma and some spicy hop character but no fruit notes come through. Taste differs on that end, opens with grass, hay and big dough pilsner quality. Mid palate brings fruity pear and apple notes and a spicy lemony finish. Well carbonated but creamy on the palate. Overall this is an interesting change of pace. The flavor delivers and I do like it as a change from big winter beers. I'd probably revisit this one again.

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Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I really didn't like this beer. It was probably the pear that made it so bad. It presented to me as something gone wrong. It looked beautiful but smelled and tasted bad.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Decent retention and lace, fruity and caramelly scent. Bittering hops shine through with fruity tones, deep caramel undertones with a dry finish. Somewhat drinkable even with the ABV.

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Photo of Mdg222
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

To be transparent, had to look up what a "Czech style Pilsner was". This was my first. This one holds true to definition: golden, high foaminess & lighter flavor. I was a little worried about the pear flavor but the pear is subtle. Slightly tart, but virtually no aftertaste. Very smooth. Good but not overly flavored

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange, clear, white head, very quick to fade, but with a curtain of bubbly lacing.

S - Grain and grass. Not much of interest, but not bad.

T - Very crisp snap, with spicy hops in the middle, and bitter bite to close. Don't pick up much pear until the close, where a hint lingers long after.

M - Very bright and brisk, with a touch of drying.

O - This is a pretty decent version of a pils, and I find it a bit spiky, so the name fits. I wonder if more pear flavor or nose would tip this into fruit beer territory, but as it stands the pear is backgrounded by the punchy hops.

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

On tap.

Color was a little darker than most pilsners. Looked flat as there was almost no head and didn't appear to be much carbonation. Little carbonation was confirmed with the first few sips, but it didn't taste flat. Tasted more tropical than most pilsners. Went down smooth. Not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at the Yard House at LA Live.
From Dogfish Head website: 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.

Clear, light gold color. No real head or lace.
Smell is refreshing and light. Sweet fruits, a bit grainy.
Bready malt taste, slightly sweet like grape juice, or pear juice. Nice hop kick at the end keeps it balanced.
Clean crisp finish, well balanced.
A pleasant surprise, glad I was able to find this seasonal draft.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think I must have gotten a bad bottle. This was just awful. Starts off skunky, and finished with a overpowering metallic and bitter (not hoppy, but acrid) taste. I wanted to like this, but that finish will haunt me for a long time.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very good for a pilsner. I tried it at the Columbus Winter Beer Fest, and didnt realize it was brewed with pear juice until looking online afterwards. That explains why it seemed a bit different than a normal pilsner I was expecting at the time.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright clear gold color, moderate carbonation, thin head but frothy head.

S - Earthy lemon, pears, lightly grassy.

T - As the beer warms light honey malt pokes through at the beginning and end, lemon bitterness, crisp pear, some earthiness, and a lingering citrus bitterness.

M - Big full body for a Pilsner and the hops create a cotton-like feel, moderate gentle prickly carbonation.

O - A good Pilsner but pretty thick.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden yellow in color with a shallow white head that fizzes away before I'm even done putting down the bottle. Very little left on the surface, with a tiny island of suds in the center and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Pilsner skunk is the first thing to hit the nostrils, but is quickly met and overtaken by a mellow pear fruitiness. Light hints of floral hoppiness and spice.

Taste - Starts with flavors of grain and a mellow but steady pear fruitness. Hops do little to add any upfront bitterness, but do deliver a formidable spice bite thanks to the saaz, particularly as it warms. Earthy flavors peak through in the finish, delivering a bittersweet aftertaste... and am I detecting a hint of mint?

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively, bitey carbonation. Smooth texture before a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - An oddity, but frankly one that works quite well. A unique take on a style that's steeped in singular-minded approaches, Piercing Pils is proof positive that old dogs can learn new tricks, particularly when it's learning new tricks from a Dogfish! In honesty I didn't expect much from this one, and even in the first few sips I thought it was just decent, but it grew on me as the layers began to unfold. This is one pilsner you won't mind warming to room temp. Prost, DFH!

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light golden
S: Pear is readily apparent on the nose. smells great. Doesn't have the skunky smell/aftertaste that I often associate with pilsner.
T: bready light malt, a little sweetness, balanced by some astringency from the pear tea.
M: light and lively
O: Not a huge fan of the pilsner style but have to give credit for an interesting idea, well-executed.

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Photo of USAF77
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent, somewhat different , Pils. Very rich head, dry hoppy aroma with floral, good carbonation, and a light gold color. The taste is both dry and refreshing leaving a good slightly bitter after taste. Somehow, someway, this works as a Pilsner. There is no doubt its crafted with love. I bought it while in one of my "slightly different" moods and when you get a little bored with the $14 a 12 pack Lagers try a 4 back of this and just hang out and enjoy.

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Photo of Mikus
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured (12oz) a relatively clear, golden hue into my tulip... minimal head present. Aromas were a bit funky/dank (at first), note of yeast as well... and also some pear coming through, especially as it warmed in the glass. Pear presence and interesting, slightly spicy hop profile on the tongue. Nice and balanced, as well as unique flavors. The mouthfeel was light to medium and some of the notes (like the spicy one) really stuck around for a bit. This was a unique and really enjoyable take on a simple style.

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Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A darker golden-orange-yellow color. An ample amount of head. Very clear. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
A fruity (pear) twist on the classic pilsner aroma.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet classic pilsner taste, with a very detectable pear flavor to it. The pear is prominent, yet not overpowering. I really like what they did with this beer. To me, most pilsners taste basically the same (thus my vague descriptions of "classic pilsner taste"), but this one stands out as something unique, with the pear aspect to it. Some sweet malt taste as well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, crisp, with a medium-light amount of medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
A very solid pilsner, that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours pale golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, pale malt and sweet fruit fill the mouth. Finish is medium lasting, herbal. Nice brew.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.