Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,324 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 58
Gots: 215 | 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: 1,324 | Reviews: 260
Photo of USAF77
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of demosixt
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. By far my favorite pils.

Photo of Mikus
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.44/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Nickcal
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Disappointed once again by this style of beer. I cannot give a truly good opinion because I just am not a fan of pilseners. For me they lack depth and character with smell and taste. Sorry Dogfish Head love you guys, nothing personal, just not a fan of the style.

Photo of DaverCS
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured with 2 finger head with tiny white bubbles. Nice head retention.

Aroma is clean and crisp. Some grain, some malt, some piney hop.

Taste is enjoyable. Not worth the cost, but still good beer. I get a grainy flavor upfront, followed by a slight funkiness. End of the sip brings a cane sugar sweetness and a pear juice flavor. Not much in terms of actual malt flavor, more of a sweet grain and pear with a slight herbatious quality.

Overall, very drinkable beer. Nothing overly complex or worth over analyzing.however, beer is extremely drinkable... I would say that it's like the craft beer version of a light beer (even at the 6 percent ABV). I would pair this with a poached pear with a caramel drizzle and vanilla bean ice cream.Gets an 88/100 from me.

Photo of southsidebrewer
1.92/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hazy, oxidized, metallic aftertaste, sweet, malt driven beer...

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy copper yellow. Some malt sweetness and barley on the aroma. There is something very wrong with the aftertaste. Muddled copper or metallic flavor and almost a skunky finish (makes no sense considering it's on tap): stay away.

Photo of Harvest06
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The pear juice dominates the drink making it overly sweet.

Photo of helios7
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stale, unpleasant nose, followed by an overwhelmingly sweet body: pear juice with a truckload of sugar added.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I snagged a 4-pack of this at a Sunoco Craft Beer Exchange, and it's been a tale of two beers. The first was poured at near room temp, and it did little to inspire. The second was chilled, and what a difference that made. Both beers poured with a mottled, white head that popped and fizzed away in short order. The more aggressive pour produced a towering foam crest that left beautiful lacing on my Modelo Especial pint glass. The appearance is consistent with a classic golden pilsener. Great clarity. Perhaps a touch more concentrated in color. More like the beer I recycle after a night of drinking-related dehydration. There's a bright, crisp, floral hop aroma with underlying white grape juice sweetness. A little bit of Apple Jacks cereal in the nose. The first impression is simply too sweet for my liking, but at a cooler temperature it's less pronounced. No discernible pear flavor, save the sugar. Unbalanced. The Saaz hops tend to dominate, competing only with a cloying sweetness. The cracker-like malt flavors get a little lost in a sea of refined sugar. The finish is mildly bitter, and leaves a somewhat muddled impression. The moderate mouthfeel and tame carbonation are a bit light. Not as spritzy or crisp as I had hoped. In the end, if you're not opposed to sugary libations, it's truly a non-offensive beer that does little to push the flavor envelope. A passable pilsener nonetheless. There's a marked difference between the warm and cool variations that I tried. At cooler temps it was much more refreshing and masked some of the imperfections. The warmer variety had me focused on all of the wrong things. The same can be said for any number of macro-lagers, so that can't be a good thing. Either way, I had hoped for more with the addition of pear and pear tea. Ultimately it's a crafty example of Saaz hops in an overly-sweetened Czech Pilsener.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear straw color with a two finger white fluffy head, some of which lasts until the end as a collar. Good carbonation and good lacing.

The smell is straw and hay; a little soapy smell with lemons and fresh cut grass. There is also and apple and pear fruity smell.

The taste is musty and soapy, a little wet grass with pear. Unfortunately, everything kind of runs together and it is hard to break out the individual tastes. The finish is crisp, cracker like and kind of dry. A little bitter as well, like making you purse your lips bitter.

Photo of gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color, capped with a few fingers of foam. Good head retention and lacing. The grassy, slightly lemony characteristics of Saaz hops are evident in the aroma. There's a slight fruitiness, like white grape, that you don't usually get in a Bohemian pilsner.

Flavor is clean and dry with a cracker-like breadiness characteristic of the style. Some fruitiness that isn't characteristic, maybe the pear juice at work. Slick texture, very fine carbonation. Nothing really flashy here as DFH beers go but still pretty tasty. An interesting take on what, to me, can be a bland style.

Photo of Colby8938
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just not greatly executed, not a great Pils, not a lot of fruit, not a great beer

Photo of Jacobob10
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, yellow in color with an average sized white head that fades away quickly. Floral hops with a touch of spice and faint pear in the aroma. Kind of dull flavor and the pear makes for a bit of an odd combination but it works. Lots of fizzy carbonation resulting in a crisp, clean finish. Overall, a clean, easy drinking beer but misses the mark with a lot of the pilsner qualities that I enjoy.

Photo of zapahoppa
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uneventful. Watery with light carb. Low head retention. Hardly any pear. Probably one of the most dissapointing dfh beers I've had, and I mostly love their beer.

Photo of LarryV
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I always feel like I'm taking a risk when I buy a Dogfish Head beer. This sounded promising but ends up missing the mark for me. It doesn't have the crispness that I expect from a good pilsner and has an odd bitterness to the aftertaste, perhaps that's due to the pear, it doesn't seem like hop bitterness. All in all it's an okay beer but I won't be buying it again.

Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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

Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Johnroby
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good Pilsner refreshing and clean with notes of pear

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of Martyrob
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a Pilsner.

Photo of Absolut
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer. Pear blends in nicely

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.