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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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945 Ratings

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
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 +5.5%

halo913, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -1.1%

tuka, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of gillagorilla
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -7.7%

outoffocus, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

schteve, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of shredder83
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

shredder83, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
3/5  rDev -20.8%

hilgart1, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of mquinn919
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

mquinn919, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

mjstacker, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Varkias41, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

vermilcj, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Lurkerson, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

timmy2b, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Adkins721, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden body full of streaming bubbles; a finger or two of white head - hard not to love the appearance of a pilsener, and this was no exception, but it seemed that the streaming bubbles didn't persist as much as I remember seeing in other pilseners

S: some herbal and floral aromas, maybe something of a chamomile tea aroma - perhaps that's the pear coming through? Fairly mild, with a subtle honey sweetness

T: it had a well-rounded, "pale ale" kinda character, with somewhat muted pilsener crispness; clean malt body with mild hops suggestive of flowers and herbs; didn't get much pear or fruit, but maybe it was what took the edge off the hops - not as brisk as I'd expected; some sugars on the close, again, perhaps the pear asserting itself. Made me think of a light white wine, perhaps a pinot grigio (- and there, perhaps, having some essence of pear -) mixed with a basic pilsener.

M: rather soft, modest bitterness, moderate crispness/briskness, light-bodied, fizzy at first, a bit more smooth with time

O: I expected a pear pilsener, instead I got a beer that is not quite fruity nor a typical pilsener - reminded me a little of some of DFH's wine/beer work. I was ready either for a crisp, tight brilliant pilsener OR a "fruitified" pilsener (well, maybe that's what this is...). Seems DFH toned down the pear flavors so as to avoid creating a too-sweet pilsener, because it wasn't too sweet (which would have been a critical flaw), but it did take on a white wine-like sweetness over time (as it warmed). I had hoped it would be less "well-rounded" (as if that's a flaw), and something a little with a little more bite or zing. An interesting/atypical profile for the style. I think that fans of DFH's wine-hybrid beers would like this, but some hardcore pilsener fans might not find it crisp enough. I won't return to it, but I definitely recommend it.

Greywulfken, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of thebrood1987
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like a strong pilsner but with a bunch of fruitiness in the back of that pilsner malt. I instantly get a crisp mouthfeel with a fruity pear taste evolving in the middle of the tongue and that taste melds so perfectly well with the earthy moderate bitter hops at the end of the taste.

Honestly I think this is the closest Dogfish head has come to trying to turn on a "regular beer drinker" onto different tastes in beer. This to me is their Samuel Adams beer and even being one who has drank a lot of the "craftier beers" I still love Samuel Adams and this beer.

They should definitely put this beer in 6 packs and make it year round as one of their lighter easier drinking beers to turn even more people on to better beer.

thebrood1987, Dec 20, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Deep apricot orange, and dark brass shiny yellow, slow rising carbonation and very clear. Head forms frothy and thin bubbled with three fingers deep off white foam and thick lacing. Island cap in the middle. Real nice looking.

Mild herbal hop bent, and an interesting soft chewy sense. Not much of a fruit smelling angle I am getting from this but a little bit of chewy green leaf tea quality. Subdued crispness.

For all the interesting angles of fruit and tea that are supposedly in this beer, I am not really getting any of it on the palate. Soft malted body with a juicy quality. Crisp pilsner sensations and malts are toned down almost to German soft qualities. Good dough bread finish but a little small. The mouthfeel on this is quite juicy and large for a pilsner which makes it interesting and impressive. Hop herbality is a bit downplayed with maybe fruit juice taking over and neutralizing it.

As for pilsners it's one of the better domestic made ones, but surprisingly pretty basic tasting if strangely muted for all the crazy sensations I would expect from a Dogfish beer. How about that, an exotic DF beer with obscure ingredients that just comes out about normal? Who knew but there you have it, but I prefer a traditional pils than this, but this is a good offering.

smakawhat, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Sturmthis, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light golden, very clear with lots of rising bubbles. Light off white head.
Smell: pears, pears, pears. Some slightly spicy malt in the background.
Taste: pears but not as prominent as on the nose. A little bitterness in the finish.
Overall: as usual, an interesting take from Dfh. Glad I tried it. Probably won't be a staple.

cindyjeffsmith, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

crbnfbr, Dec 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

khargro2, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Mongrel
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pear juice brings a nice fruity sweetness to an otherwise dry, crisp, euro lager. But it also muddles the clean, crisp "break" you get from good examples of this style, like Weihenstephaner, SA Noble Pils or Scrimshaw.

This may make for a good spring/summer refresher, but it was not quite the effervescent palate cleanser I was looking for in between stouts and barleywines this winter. The mouthfeel is a bit heavier and wetter than you might hope/expect, due to the pear sweetness.

And why can't anyone bottle a pale euro lager without that skunky Heineken smell?

I give DFH somewhere between a C+ and a B- for their efforts. Let's call it an 80%

Mongrel, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BuxMontBeerLover, Dec 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

KolbMarley, Dec 19, 2013
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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