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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

955 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 24
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

WallyHop, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Eaglefan344, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Oakenator, Dec 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

jfcaa193, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kylehay2004, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

prock180, Dec 21, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Piercing Pils pours a clear golden straw/yellow color with a large, creamy, off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Smell has the main characteristics of most Czech-style pilsners, with a great added punch of fruitiness.

Taste starts with grassy hops and hay, then some bitter hops and sweet pear, with a grassy, earthy pear finish. Mouthfeel is light with above average and crisp carbonation, creamy feel as well.

I think DFH knocked one out of the park with this one. I am usually not a huge pilsner fan (although I generally like them) this has the pils characteristics I really like, and I think the addition of pear juice and tea is just the right amount to ass something new and different without being too much.

JG-90, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden body lots of fine carbonation, and a thick, puffy, white head; excellent rings of foam linger on the glass after each sip. Light biscuit malt scent, wisps of pear, slightly floral and citric hop aroma. Ethereal juiciness to the flavor and closely resembles the aroma. Medium-light body; crisp and dry finish.

A unique and delightful pilsner. The initial sip may have you thinking you're drinking a tasteless, almost watery adjunct lager, but then the building rush of pear and malt pairings along with the excellent hop bitterness quickly dispels any misgivings. Deceptively light in character yet strongly fulfilling with each drink.

beergoot, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leave it to Dogfish Head to make a great pils. Lots of great brewers fail when trying to do this style - even when they try hard. This one totally works, and it is absolutely true to the style. Dogfish Head can school everybody - this is how it is done.

It opens un-extraordinarily, as is normal for the style. The pour gives a mild head that stays and gives nice lacing (it continues nicely). The aroma is dirty but nice and interesting. A little of that fruit makes it kind of funky smelling.

The taste is sublime. The fruit and tea are just barely there and don't get in the way of a great hops taste. The tea gives it a tang and the fruit helps too and makes a little tartness come through. This completely works. The aftertaste is clean with a light version of the hops, fruit etc. coming through.

This is a very successful beer, and it should not be thought of as a fruit beer - the enhancements are subtle and tastefully done.

schoolboy, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

gabedivision, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

halo913, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

excellent four pack release from dogfish head. pear juice, pear tea, and saaz hops, a nice combination in a pils. don't crucify me for this, but I have always thought the basic euro pilsener was missing something. not stylistically or anything, but from a flavor standpoint they bored me for the most part. this one doesn't. its also the first pear beer ive had that isn't perfumed to high heaven rendering it unpalatable after a few sips. this is clean and light and bright and fun and balanced and everything you could want in a neo-Czech style. the saaz hops are also the perfect companion to this, they are so fresh and potent, yet classic at the same time. I could not imagine any other variety here, its a perfect marriage. it has a little too much body for a pils, which I guess from the color, honey colored with a nice white head but a density unbecoming to the style. it works though, and gives the herbal pear/tea combination something to hold on to. worthy sauce for sure right here, the pear is subtle and not sweet at all, which makes great sense in a dryer and crisper style. I know the style gurus will have a field day bashing dogfish head for yet another "off centered ale", but this one really does work, and certainly doesn't warrant the criticism I can see it facing. really an innovative and well executed brew.

StonedTrippin, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tuka, Dec 21, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: This very beautiful marigold/dandelion color. Nice lacing with a decent two finger head.

S: Originally I was a perry/cider man, so the scent here is quite recognizable and pleasing. Smells like a decent perry (they smell very close to ciders), followed by that distinct pilsner (lager) smell.

T: Distinct pilsner taste with a nice bit of sweetness. Cool and refreshing. However, I don't get any of the white pear tea. Nice almost floral aftertaste. Minimal hops.

M: Prickly at times, but smooth at others.

O: Glad to see DFH putting out a lager, especially a quirky pilsner like this one. It is a great one for house parties and seems to fit right in. This would seem to be a great beer to get people off macros since it is a lager and by DFH, however it is a seasonal.

gillagorilla, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

outoffocus, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

schteve, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

shredder83, Dec 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

hilgart1, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

mjstacker, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Varkias41, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

vermilcj, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Adkins721, Dec 20, 2013
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.