Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-20-2013 00:56:21 | More by Greywulfken
4.54/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
12-20-2013 00:51:55 | More by thebrood1987
3.84/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-20-2013 00:34:04 | More by smakawhat
3.51/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
12-20-2013 00:01:34 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.6/5 rDev -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%
12-19-2013 02:51:13 | More by Mongrel
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden with a slight haze; eggshell white head that fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of pear along with hints of green apple. Lots of pilsener malts. Lots of bready notes. The flavors are crisp and refreshing. The tea is noticeable. Very subtle hints of being syrupy. Very earthy. Some grass. Nice bitterness. Hops are there. Hints of pine. More fresh pear. More apple. Some bread. There's also some lemon zest in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a fun beer to drink. Very nice.
This definitely has that signature DFH taste to it. It doesn't come off as a gimmick. They seem to stay true to the style. Enjoyable stuff. Recommended.
12-18-2013 23:00:52 | More by BB1313
3.84/5 rDev +1.3%
Bottle poured into a snifter. Nice thick crisp white head. Lots of small bubbles. Pale yellow and translucent. Head eventually thins out to a nice layer of film with lots of lacing. Thing looks crisp and refreshing.
Smells typical of a pilsner, with added fruit sweetness.
Tastes similar, with the pear adding a fruit sweetness, hints of green apple as well. Minimal hops. Dry.
Feels juicy, not as dry as anticipated. Good finish/hop feel.
Overall very unique and enjoyable...refreshing and light.
12-18-2013 21:56:44 | More by rodlavers
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
With the upcoming Christmas holiday in mind, fruit baskets full of citrus, tropical and orchard fruits adorn the dinner table. For Dogfish Head brewers, this means pear!
As the beer pours, it unleashes a highly exuberant pour that streams like champagne through a bright straw hue. A fluffy, white and cottony textured head builds above and holds on for dear life. Lacing with well defined rings at each sip, its foam structure does as much as anyone can ask of pilsner.
High floral aromas come not as pear, but as hops- a perfumy whiff of Saaz hops spring to life with notions of honeysuckle, apple wood, and orange blossom. Its back scent is more earthy with straw, fresh baking bread and yeasty dough.
Its taste starts grainy-sweet with fresh bread, grain and dough. But as those tastes are cut seriously short, a fruity, sulfury and spicy middle highlights the orchard fruit taste of pear but also apple and lemon. Its sulfury and acidic taste offers just as much balance as the spicy hops do as the beer trails with lemongrass and hay.
With exquisite cleanliness in mouthfeel, the beer is snappy, crisp and refreshing right out of the gate- Zesty and creamy early, its high carbonation and light sweetness dissolves on the initial palate and leaves the rest of the session to contend with the scrubbing sulfur textures and the lightly astringent hop bite. Light warmth accompanies the palate late as the ale trails with a lemony and grainy aftertaste.
Piercing Pils is a fantastic beer... for the 4th of July. As a seasonal, they're about a half calendar off. In order to suit the winter season better,the brewers should strive for a "spiced" pear character, not just banal pears.
12-18-2013 07:59:51 | More by BEERchitect
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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