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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

955 Ratings

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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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Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +5.3%

thatoneguymike, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MichiganBrews, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

greyghost86, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

oriolesfan4, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Bjlps
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Bjlps, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear, bright dark gold color, this pils grows a soft but tight white head up to a finger off the tap, where it rests for a good while without much diminishment for almost the entire session. As the beer recedes in the glass, it deposits some nice patching wherever the head has settled.
The malts are dry in the nose but with some dough as well. I don't pick up a whole lot of pear, though there is a bit of a raw sort of light tartness and some fruits. A hint of citrus, light notes of pepper, and a floral note speak to the hops.
The taste pretty well follows suit. I get the malts, mostly crackery but not entirely, with the floral and citrus notes and a little less of the peppery bite. Toward the middle, though, the pear starts to come out. It ends up being like an unripe pear that's not very sweet yet but has a raw, gentle tartness to it. A touch of sweetness would be good, but it still works well.
This beer is definitely piercing on the tongue, with an assertive crispness. It's nice for a pils, and it doesn't fall of. It's also not a cover for lack of depth in the feel. It still has some smoothness and a few layers to get through in its light to medium body.

Brenden, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

andthevolcano, Dec 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

ObiBeerCanobi, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

CB2maltygoodness, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

rEBELlION, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

wonothesane42, Dec 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

woodchipper, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

millerbuffoon, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

smartassboiler, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: grain, grass, pilsner malt, and faint pear

Taste: cracker, grass, grain, and pear juice at the end and into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: sweet for the style, medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice and refreshing beer. The pilsner base is tasty. The pear comes through at the end and as it warms so that this is different enough from other pilsners. I would buy this year round as it is one of the better DFH beers I have had in some time.

tigg924, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of DeFaz
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dogfish generally can do no wrong. Until now. This pours a typical pilsner color with a large head that drops quickly but also leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is typical pilsner (bread notes from the malt as well as hops) along with a citrus note. The taste is, well, a mess, at least in the finish. It starts off quite good, with cracker/bread flavors from the malt and a good amount of hop presence too, but the pear just doesn't blend well. It seems to make the beer taste 'fresh" and it certainly is original, but the flavor doesn't work with anything here. Overall, this would be a much better beer without the pear, as the simple pilsner flavors seem to be in place without the fanciness. At around $10.00/4 pack, I'm glad I tried it only because it's a Dogfish brew, but I'll never look for it again.

DeFaz, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden body with a lofty, albeit collapsing, white head.

Smell: Crackery, doughy-scented pilsener malt, scantly tartish pear, staunch herbs, faint citrus, spice.

Taste: Crackery, lightly doughy, grainy pils malts with a glaze of cereal sweetness. Fast pop of sugar ushers in the pear fruitiness which shifts to a herbal, drying tone. Very, very little citrus. Medium-light bitterness. Soft, near dry finish with a soft, lingering pear taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's pears, it's pils, it's okay. At least it's a nice change of pace from the typical wintertime fare.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jman005, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ianpstephens, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

cw13, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden yellow with good clarity. A thin cloud of head lingers.

S - Floral, fruity, lemon peel, grass, yeast.

T - Crackers, bread dough, nice malty presence, fruit juice, nice balance. Light bodied and easy to drink - Finishes with a semi sweet yet biter snap on the back of the palate.

O - Nice unique take on the pils that is def worth a shot.

andrewjraab, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Lukass, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ralphw56, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Farky87, Dec 14, 2013
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.