Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-14-2013 02:22:01 | More by andrewjraab
3.34/5 rDev -11.9%
Mellow gold body with floaty milky head on top. Aroma of saaz, light pear, and fresh springtime bloom. Tastes of pear, floral notes, some more mouth-puckering light fruits, and vague honey sweetness and booze in the back. Light bodied with light carbonation. Looks great, smells good, tastes is sweet but unfulfilling.
12-14-2013 01:35:24 | More by JRed
District of Columbia
3.46/5 rDev -8.7%
This isn't your typical Dogfish Head Beer, if for no other reasons that it's a lager and it doesn't clock in with a huge ABV. It also isn't too malt-forward, which is good, because I don't expect a Czech pilsner to be. I think this would be a solid representation if they didn't mess with the style by including the pear, but that probably isn't too much fun for the people at DFH.
The beer is quite clear golden, and you can get the Saaz hops in the nose. I don't get a strong pear smell, but I get something that I am sure is a product of the pear ingredients (note: the pear notes grew a little as I drank the beer).
The taste is more Czech-style that fruit-style, which is good, but I personally miss the dryer bite I expect later in the taste. It is replaced by what I pick up a little more clearly as pear, which does conflict with the bitter hops a bit to produce what to me was an off-taste, although it was brief as the fruit taste took over fairly quickly.
12-13-2013 23:43:38 | More by cjgiant
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
Picked this up earlier week in Totowa, having no idea that it replaced the Chicory Stout in the seasonal rotation for Dogfish Head. It looked intriguing and like other lighter beers, seemed like a good alternate to the heavier and spicier brews that flood the shelves this time of the year. There was a lot to like here even though this wasn't terribly fancy and went down relatively easily. Because it was just a bit fuller and stronger than other Pilseners that I've had, I can see why this would come out during these colder months!
The pour to this was typical for this style, with a crisp golden hue, a moderately fluffy head that quickly dissipated, and just a bit of lacing the quickly slid down the side of my pint glass after each sip. Lots of pear in the nose but along with that was a surprising amount of grape. Was this a fruit beer? A Kolsch? Tasting it didn't answer those questions as characteristics of those could be found here. A bit of potato in the mouthfeel with the spiciness of an herbal tea thrown in for some zest. The sourness was subtly here too along with a bit of grass and straw. While not terribly "bright", the aftertaste certainly felt like a Kolsch with just some more body to it while the spiciness of the tea flavors stayed on my breath for a while afterwards.
Alcohol? It's here but I never felt it and I'm sure that if I had all 4 bottles in a sitting, I would notice the booze kicking in a bit. While not a session beer, this may as well be since it's so easygoing that more than one could be downed in a sitting. While not on the level of the Victory Prima Pils, this was a great take on the style that doesn't get a lot of love in colder months of even when it comes to ratings. A mellow brew from Dogfish that was unlike anything else in their current lineup and worth a go for someone looking for a alternative to what's currently available this holiday season.
12-13-2013 22:03:00 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.94/5 rDev +4%
The beer ours a decent and creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear and copper gold. The beer smells of hops and pears. The pears provide a nice light tart and sweet smell to the more bitter, grassy hops. The taste is more unique than the smell and the combination of flavors mix very well. The pear taste and pear tea mix very well with the bitter and herbal hops. The pear tastes take some edge off of the hops while adding some substance of its own. The feel is very clean and crisp despite being a medium bodied beer. Overall, I think that Dogfish has a winner in this pilsner. I certainly enjoy this beer more than their chicory stout.
12-13-2013 04:49:32 | More by HattedClassic
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
Why is this not labeled a fruit beer? sometimes the way beers are categorized are a little strange on this site. Clear golden hue with a 1/4 finger of bright white head that leaves some sticky lace. There is a gorgeous Saaz hop presence on the nose, there is a good deal of fruit and pear juice as well.
Strange, i don't usually like pears but there is this delicious bright fresh pear taste but there's also this hoppy bright bitterness as well. Can't tell if they go well together though. Starts with this delicious pear fruity flavors. Light to Medium bodied with brisk refreshing carbonation. leads to this earthy bitter citric rind hop flavor. The flavors dont really blend together well but they dont oppose eachother. Interesting yet strange, once your tongue gets acclimated to both flavors they seem to come together nicely. What's pulled apart at first comes together half way through, refreshing, semi-sweet yet with a clean crisp bitterness. Would i call it a czech pilsner? definitely not, the fruitiness of this beer makes it much different but it does have those qualities. I like it, a unique take on the "style" but not to be compared to others in the style.
12-13-2013 02:17:26 | More by jtierney89
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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