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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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very good

1,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 49
Gots: 180 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 1,253 | Reviews: 238
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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A big 2" head lasts a long time before settling to a thick surface foam. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt, sweet fruits, and a hint of earthiness rise from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: grainy malt presenece, grass, biscuit, fruit sweetness from the pear juice, and a bit of earthiness create a nice flavor. Bitterness is moderate here, with a bit of spiciness arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, crisp at the finish. Super refreshing. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a very easy to drink beer. The flavors are upfront and the fruity component adds some depth. Nice to have a flavorful, non hop-centric beer with a reasonable ABV.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crests above two fingers then settles into a nice moderately thick level, good foam density, some surface dimpling, off white to eggshell color, the lacing is wispy but sticks with strength. Mild filminess to the yellow gold colored liquid, light orange tint at the glass edges, the bubbles are few but fat and move at a decent clip, looks richer than your standard pilsner. The pear fruit comes through very clearly on the nose, trace amount of florality would seem sweet were it not for the sale and pepper, dark bread and black tea leaf notes, clean kind of herbaceousness, ends with an allusion to mixed white citrus and metal shavings, not tightly woven as a fabric but nice enough to sniff. Full-bodied, would suspect the juice gives it extra heft, pulls down into the palate, the carbonation is not weak per se but in no position to do much about anything. The pear there yet gets sucked back into the whole by its overall sourness and that earthy, metallic bite. Spicy, especially peppery, herbal but not “green,” tree bark and less breadiness and citrus than might be desired. It does stay as lively as possible through the finish, dry while not excessively so. Some floral lift at the very end. An experiment worth putting into action.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rawfish
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold, darker than most pilsners with a thin cap of white foam. No real sense of retention yet streaky lacing is left on the glass.

Biscuit malt with an added sweetness of pear, yeast adds a bit of funk with some peppery and straw aromas from the Saaz hops.

Nice full pilsner flavor, grainy with the addition of sweetness provided by the added pear element. Crisp, with straw and a drying spice note from the noble hops and yeast. Bitterness is lasting and I do taste some black tea on the back end.

Full bodied lager with adequate carbonation. No sensing of any alcohol and the beer finishes crisp and the bitterness gives an impression of lasting dryness.

Surprisingly the pear adds a layer of depth and appreciated sweetness to a pilsner that remains crisp and dry. The bitterness is rather pronounced. I am pleasantly surprised by this beer, shows that DFH can add fruit to a beer and make its presence felt without it being bogged down and cloying.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into the DFH Spiegelau pint.

A- Crystal clear light gold. Just the faintest off white head. Retains low, but strong. Loads of lacing and active carbonation.

S- Aroma of the spicy Saaz, a bit of juicy pear. And a straw backbone.

T- Grainy malts up front and at the end. Fruity, juicy and refreshing flavor. Spicy/earthy hop character.

M- Light and crisp. Easy drinking, like any pils should be.

O- Great pils. The pear is hardly noticeable. It just sweetens it a bit.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Photo of SierraDeuce
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from 12oz bottle in Bischoff Pils champagne flute styled glass, with homemade pepperoni pizza.

A- pours a deep golden color, somewhat cloudy (had to mark down for that- Pils should be crystal clear). Fantastic two inch cream-white head, diminished very slowly to thin top layer and wonderful lacing down length of glass.

S- mild hops and tea, some alcohol. could not smell the pear.

T- wonderful mild sweetness up front due to malt and probably the pear juice, but I couldn't taste the pear-- which is best I think. Too much would ruin the balance. great clean finish of hops and tea. i'm not familiar with Saaz hops, but it seems milder than what's used for IPAs. again, the master brewers at Dogfish stayed true to style.

M- light, clean-- maybe a bit more body than most in this style, but very good and not distracting.

O- I hope this remains on the shelves for summer. I would drink this regularly. unfortunately there seems to be a dearth of American craft breweries producing pilsners. and while I can understand that due to the mass produced stuff from InBev and the like, it's great to see Dogfish ride against the current and say, "watch this!" thanks for redeeming the pilsner!

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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