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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,157 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 40
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of mrcraft
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harvest06
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chappy-88
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of helios7
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
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 shoretaxi
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyI
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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 98green
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atone315
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of microbrewlover
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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 bmjivi221
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beer21
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthVorador
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Damian74Shensky
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Louski
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Astarzz316
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Colby8938
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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 BeerBuzzGuy
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.