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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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very good

236 Reviews
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Reviews: 236
Hads: 1,352
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.91%
Wants: 64
Gots: 223 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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Reviews: 236 | Hads: 1,352
Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with most pilsners, this one pours out a straw yellow. However the particular shade tone of this liquid is darker than other pilsners, making it unique and attractive to look at. A modest head dissipates into a bubbly thin lace that retains the whole way.
My first impression of the aroma is earthy tones, herbal and spicy. Next, I detect a strong scent of fruity esters, particularly pears and also green apples. Finally, I detect a hint if floral hops aroma.
The taste is so unique for a pilsner. As with other pilsners, it has a bready pilsner malt taste. However, the sweet fruitiness of this drink really makes it stand apart. If you like the taste of pear juice, then this s the one for you, because that flavor is prominent throughout. However, as I get further along in the drink, a strong hops taste becomes prominent, which creates a nearly perfect balance to the fruity goodness. The finish is dry, almost astringent, with the hops leading the way.
Great mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp, refreshing and a lively carbonation that pierces (as the name implies) the tongue. A great light bodied brew; I feel I could drink several of them in a row.
I have rated this one highly. It is certainly different from most pilsners and I could see how some purists might rate it more strictly according to the style. However, I choose to rate it highly because it's so damn delicious!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a little dark for straw yellow but lighter than honey. a nice golden hue. an aggressive pour formed a 2 to 3 finger head that receded at a fairly decent rate and left behind a strong lacing all over the sides of the glass. constant flow of bubbles and perfect clarity and brightness.

Aroma: somewhat grassy and musty. light pilsner malt sweetness. earthy and spicy to citrusy hops.

Taste: opens with light and sweet pilsner malts. opens up with a little but of hops. mostly woodsy and spicy, some citrus to it though. some fairly fruity tastes, I assume from pear juice, and it almost comes off as ever so slightly tart. ends with some more hops and a bit of grass to wheat.

Mouthfeel: light, just off of clean. crisp and refreshing.

Overall: probably the most subtle experimental beer out there. it could easily be mistaken for a standard pilsner but the pear juice just adds a barely there twang on the style. a solid beer

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed yelow. Thin head that did not last. Nose is soft pils malt, lightly breaddy. Touch of sulfur, touch of pear and cracker. There's an initial impression of something tart mid drink then a crisp dry finish. Good carbonation, light bite. Golden. Drinks with a nice dryness at the closing light cracker. The hops are herbal saaz. Crisp and not terribly fruity. I would say the pear is like a bit of crisp white sweetness sucumbing to the pils malt. Herbal in the aftertaste and in the finish. It's tea like but golden and light. It has a touch of sulfur on the palate and in the nose too. Sulfur is pungent and opens up the back palate to the dryness.

Very enjoyable.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 15 oz pilsner glass
A - 2" foamy white head, light golden in color and a steady stream of carbonation rising; head retreats to about 1/2 " excellent lacing
S - Feint hop aroma with a touch of fruit
T - Farily smooth and nicely blended, but no real dominant tastes
F - Slightly watery feel with modest carbonation
O - This was far more mild than anticipated and I didn't get the pear taste as advertised; however the pear seems to offset any bitterness; this was an easy drinking and enjoyable pils

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a thin white creamy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of a classic "pils" aroma with plenty of saaz hops. Floral, grass, lime. Interesting twist of pear that mixes in, without overwhelming, makes it unique.

The taste has plenty of up-front saaz hops, but there is also plenty of sweet grainy malt. Pear blends in well. It gives a unique, refreshing twist to a classic-style pils. It has a clean, crisp, refreshing finish. Carbonation level fits well.

Smooth and enjoyable. A well-made pils with a touch of pear. It's like having a great beer while eating a ripe pear. Nicely done!

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Photo of MisterGone
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 into tulip. Caveat: this is my first pils since I had an Urquell back in the mid 80's as a teenager. Slightly hazy gold with a giant white head, retained well while waiting to come to temp. Aroma gave the pear early, not sure if that was power of suggestion and I was hunting for it or if that really is the initial nose. The biscuity malt came next with a slight tart edge, kind of lime, not hops. I could not find a date on the bottle to see if any aging had impacted aroma and flavor. The flavor was true to the aroma, with pronounced intensity. Orchard fruit forward with biscuity malt across the palate, with a tart lime-grass finish. If this is indicative of the pils genre, I look forward to trying many traditionals. I know this one had the pear thing built in, but I tried to gauge some sense of pils around it. My rookie status as a pils drinker may not have done that well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; medium gold; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S; doughy; light grain; a little sweetness from the pear; a little spice;

T: light grain up front; a moment of dough and then tartness begins to build; an odd combination of pear sweetness and citrus tartness on the finish; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: an interesting take; not as crisp as I would expect from a Bohemian Pils ; none of the bitterness I would expect either;

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a glass mug, its got a 1 finger thick white finely porous head , sheen lacing, and a clear golden body.

Smells like brighter malts with pear notes. No hop characteristics could be picked up.

I taste,yes, brighter malts. Along with pear flavors and grassy notes. This is easy on the palate. I can't detect much or any hop presence.

This brew's mouthfeel crisp and clean. Zero lingering elements with this beer.

Overall a 4.25 for Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery. i would probably pick this up again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piercing Pils brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery, with an ABV of 6.00% This brew pours out a golden amber color with a nice white head. This is an filtered brew, you can see right though it. The smell is rich with malts and grains. You also pick up on some hops , and mild sweetness in the smell. Now for the tastes, it is rich with flavor. You pick up on a mild sweetness with some spices. There is a lot going on in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice and clean, and refreshing. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Piercing Pils has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving Piercing Pils, a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Dogfish Head Brewery, did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 6%abv.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light yellow, with one finger white head. Active carbonation.

Smell- Bready aroma with caramel malt mixed in. The smell of fresh pears also lingers about.

Taste- It starts out with a bready malt flavor similar to an Oktoberfest with notes of caramel. This fades into the pear sweetness, much like pear juice, although the fruit qualities are more subtle. It finishes with a dry and bitter hop finish while still carrying with it bits of pear flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body with lively carbonation. Quite smooth.

Overall- A great beer from DFH. Excellent drinkabilty. Although a seasonal this one would great anytime of year if it were available. Pick it up if you can find it.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/1/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Better than I expected. Beer is amber and mostly clear, white head medium and large bubbles, nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, pears obviously. An easy drinker, unoffensive, nice fruitiness pairs with the yeast well. I'd have it again maybe.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Look: Hazy straw gold with a thick white head. Lots of legs and minimal lacing. The pear tea seems to keep this from looking like a regular transparent pilsner. Good looking beer though

Smell: Huge pair notes, crisp crystal malt, floral hops, fresh baked bread, tea notes, and a bready yeast funk. Smells like pear juice

Taste: Crisp bread notes mingle with huge pear notes that fade to a herbal tea like flavor that mingles with more huge pear notes and a floral hop finish that is slightly bitter with yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: On the attack it tingles the tongue with carbonation that then wets the palate with the pear notes that quickly dries out. Refreshingly wet then quickly crisp and clean like pilsner.

Overall: Good brew. The pilsner and pear notes seems like a natural pair right after this first sip and you wonder how no ones come up with it till now. The pilsner body somewhat gets destroyed by what I'm guessing is the addition of the pear tea but it's tasty so I don't mind.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium lasting white head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet fruity pear notes, biscuit malt and some herbal hops. Taste is same as aroma with some herbal hops bitter notes. A medium crisp body on the palate, lively carbonation, goes down smooth. The finish has a sweet fruity pear like flavor, biscuit malt and herbal hops bitterness for balance. This brew is nicely balanced not too sweet not too hoppy, a just right combination. Overall a uniquely flavored but tasty session brew and refreshing. Try it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

This pils poured a light yellow straw like color with soapy like white head and nice lacing.
Nose of light fruit, mild hops, and sweet light caramel malts. Flavors follow in line with the
nose. Pears come through on the aftertaste with light hops and a mild sweetness to the sides.
Though this is not a perfect pils it works fine after mowing the lawn. Nice carbonation and
clean finish has this one as a nice change of pace being balanced with the unique pairing of the

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%

From a 12 oz bottle.
This cloudy amber brew has a fairly good head and a surpisingly smooth and full feel. Fruity, although the specific contribution from pears is a bit subtle. A little more bitter and tart than sweet.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

nice yellow-gold color with a nice white head. smell is sweet with some citrus and bread. The taste has some sweet, some hops and is crisp and clean with plenty of carbonation. The flavor is bold and leaves you with a satisfied feeling after drinking

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, bubbly white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, grass, straw, minerals, biscuits, pear tea, hay, herbs, crackers, and rose water fill the nose.

T: Notes of rose water, pear juice, pear tea, leather, ripe lemon, crackers, biscuits, minerals, straw, hay, honey, herbs, and cream fill the mouth. The finish is dry and smooth with noticeable pear, cracker, biscuit, mineral, and lemon notes.

M: Very smooth and light-to-medium in body for the style. Carbonation is spritzy. Super easy to drink.

O: An awesome experimental pils. It will probably get downgraded a bit for being a Dogfish Head product, but this is a lager not to miss.

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Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, hint of floral, hint of citrus, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of floral. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and appearance. Refreshingly crisp and strong in flavor.

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Photo of Mdog
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Grassy, pears.

Taste: Starts bready, then the pears come in, giving a sweetness around the edges-more complimentary than out front. Finishes with grassy hops.

Overall: Picked up a four pack in Wiscoland. Didn't look that closely at the packaging so was not aware that it was pear-infused. It doesn't distract too much from the beer, the pear flavor is there but not overwhelming. An interesting beer.

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Photo of silverking
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- hazy golden brew with lots (and I mean lots) of tiny bubble rapidly rising to the top of the glass. Two fingers of fluffy pure white head. Great head retention, decent lacing.

S- well, it smells like a Czech pilsener. Spicy/floral hops. There is a light woody aroma as well.

T- light malts, herbal hops. The pear is present in nectar-like fashion. It tastes sweet.

M- starts out light, but towards the end it feels more medium bodied. Gentle carbonation.

O- it's weird. Not something I would drink more than one of.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After years of dabbling in ancient recipes or experimenting in unique styles, the off center folks at Dogfish Head returned to a basic style: Czech Pilsner. The initial pour results in a hearty froth-filled glass; there is a slow subsiding that finishes in a cloudy amber body capped by a chunky marshmallow head.

The nose contains subtle sniffs of mowed grass and lemon slice; the palate has it pretty easy with this pilsner - no piercing here. The tongue is tickled by dabs of peach and lemon tea; there is a somewhat bare bones (Saaz) hoppiness with a lingering lemony fade.

The body is spectacularly crisp and the mouthfeel very refeshing. A wild and wonderful sessional quaff fo a hot day - or a cold one for that matter.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.