Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 35
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A bright and clear light golden beer with a long lasting, low white head of soapy bubbles.

S: It has a distinctly German pilsner aroma with a spicy and herbal hop aroma and a gram cracker-like Pils malt character. There is just a light hint of something usual in the nose in addition to the low, light fruit aroma.

T: There is a light malt softness, a medium amount of bitterness and a moderate pear flavor upfront. The balance is fairly bitter having just a light sweetness in the middle the resolves in a off-dry finish. The spicy hops flavor is at a medium level. The after taste is of peaches and hops.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a medium-strong level and just a slight astringency.

O: A nicely balance beer where the fruit and tea additions compliment the quality base beer style instead of overwhelming it as is often the case.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Plant Transit in Buffalo, NY.

Pours a golden orange-ish yellow. Hazy, a little bit cloudy. Visible carbonation. Fluffy white beautiful head forms. Looks like an excellent pilsner head should.

Floral sweet aromas come through. Not sure if the sweetness is from pear, or from malts, but I like it.

Tastes great. Dry and crackly hop bitterness comes through. Floral, grassy hop flavor is cut by fruity tastes- definitely apple or pear-like. The fruit character added to this pilsner is great, but I am not I am getting pear. It tastes more like apples to me.

Very clean and crisp. Light crackery malts keep the beer dry and not too sticky or sweet. Crisp mouthfeel. Light bodied.

A great beer, but I think it would have almost been better without the pears, because I can't tell what it adds A very good pilsner nonetheless.

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden straw with 3 fingers of white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Lemongrass, Pilsner malt, bubblegum and grains.

Lemongrass and Pilsner malts. Has a good Bosc pear accent with touches of bubblegum. Hints of perfumey florals. More pear comes forward as it warms.

Medium-plus bodied, crisp and silky.

This is actually a pretty good representation of the Czech Pils style...with some added pear pulp of course.

Photo of Jonada
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 1+ finger of a white soapy head. Body is relatively clear with just a slight haze. Lots of visible carbonation. Leaves some light spotty lacing.

Smell: Lemon, sweet pear, white grape, white tea and a distinctive pilsner aroma.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Pear, white grape, spicy hops with a slight sweetness that carries from the beginning through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation. Mild bitterness lingers after the finish.

Overall: Another good one from Dogfish Head. The pear additions compliment the typical pilsner flavors nicely. Worth a try even if you're not a big pilsner fan.

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow with a 1/4 inch head, nice lacing.

Smell - Herbal notes, pears, lemon, some pilsner malts. Has a unique skunky like aroma.

Taste - The first sip you get some nice mild pear flavors. Herbal flavor of tea, along with some honey and lemon. Pilsner malts add the classic malt flavor. Hops are mild and a little buried under all the pear flavors but do come out more in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets pear and tea flavors, along with some honey and pils malts. Palate gets more malts, along with the saaz hops and some light pear teas. Aftertaste is light, a little hop sweet and herbal tea flavored.

Overall - Rather smooth and easy drinking, safe beer from dfh. Would have liked a little more saaz hop flavor but in all, pretty well balanced and a fine drink.

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a small schooner. Pours a translucent honey-gold with a head that quickly dissipates into a thin band around the shoulders and a soapy slick across the surface. Some spots of lacing revealed during the tasting, but exhibiting weak adhesion. Nose expresses biscuity malts, a light, sour mash quality and under-ripe pear. Taste follows nose. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a kiss of acidity. Overall, lacking the cleanliness of a traditional Czech Pils, but an interesting take on the style, nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JG-90
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.