Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,325 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 58
Gots: 216 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 1,325 | Reviews: 260
Photo of TopherBreski
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tart and bitter pils. A lot different from everything else I've had from Dogfish head.

Photo of vinylrooster
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Di loves this beer. Gave it at 4.75

Photo of everythingiszen
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of cambabeer
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of tedvr
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of HopBomb515
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Mdg222
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of joe12pk
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Can't wait to have one in the spring. And summer. I didn't find this "piercing", but I did find it tasty. Very tasty! Go get some!

Photo of G_Z_a
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Pepper7
2.22/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Disappointed with this beer From dogfish

Photo of stumac
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinkin this at Black Sheep Lodge

Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Photo of derekgw123
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfect summer beer. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Rdrumm91
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden and crisp with a little bite making it a more interesting and drinkable beer. A little more bitters than a traditional Pilsner.

Photo of dsnyder61
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This a decent Pilsner beer

Photo of InkedinRi
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bad. Taste like a lager with pear in it.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.94/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best tasting Pilsner I've ever had. Outstanding.

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.