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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

900 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 20
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
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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PaulyB83

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an unstemmed wine glass.

A- Like deep golden amber straw with a high white head.

S- Nice bright noble hops, no real skunkiness detected which should be the case as it is an American Czech-pils and no importing or green glass to interfere with the delicate hops. Some of the pear is coming through but in the background of the hops and light malts.

T- Nice crisp flavors of Saaz hops and the pear is a nice partner with it and does not make this beer sweet or over sweet.

M- Medium/light, the pear juice probably gives this a bit more body than other Czech-pilsners I've had.

O- A very nice version of a style that I am a fan of and wish more American breweries worked as hard to nail this style as they do stouts and IPAs. The pear gives it that extra Dogfish Head quality of something different in there that really is not over done. Would like to catch this on-tap some time.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:01:30 | More by PaulyB83
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-08-2013 21:26:23 | More by Daniellobo
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ThirstyMavros

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-08-2013 20:22:03 | More by ThirstyMavros
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piercing Pils a beer I've wanted to try since I heard about the pear juice and pear tea additions. Pours a brilliant golden color with bright fluffy white head, I've been drinking DFH pils since the Prescription Pils, Golden Shower, Golden Era, and the latest My Antonia. I liked them all by the way, nice to see a 6% abv on a pils from them that has Saaz hops backing it all up. Aroma has an earthy herbal note, but not much in the way of actual pears. More Saaz, earthy, citrus, cut grass qualities with a nice bready malt back bone. Flavor has some pear essence, and more earthy herbal tea bitterness too bad most of the pear sweetness was fermented out here. As a whole it's a nice full bodied pils with easy drinkability, a bit off centered but much less so than some of their crazy adjuncts they usually put out there. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with sturdy carbonation goes down great with every sip. Overall no complaints noted here, I'm a fan of this pils as well but don't expect it to re-invent the wheel.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:55:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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Hophead21

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-08-2013 02:25:38 | More by Hophead21
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cfinch2

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-07-2013 23:49:36 | More by cfinch2
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-07-2013 23:19:54 | More by kaelingirl
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Horbar

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-07-2013 23:00:07 | More by Horbar
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Fargrow

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-07-2013 16:28:33 | More by Fargrow
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jaycar06

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-07-2013 15:46:16 | More by jaycar06
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly fades down to a nice thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Pilsner malt stands out along with a prominent graininess and light husk. The pear lends a nice juicy fruity note, as does the tea. Some citrus notes as well. Nicely aromatic

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruitiness and citrus notes and goes into the maltiness and graininess. Some husk comes through in the finish along with a light bitterness and some herbal notes from the tea

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice complex pilsner. The pear (both juice and tea) really adds a nice dimension to a good pilsner base. Extremely easy to drink and quite quaffable. Good value at under $9 for a 4-pack. Recommended if you like a good pils

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 06:20:31 | More by BEERMILER12
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-07-2013 00:46:12 | More by 2dogbrew
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-07-2013 00:07:21 | More by jaxon53
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-06-2013 16:42:12 | More by sailorastro
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-06-2013 13:15:22 | More by discharmingly
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. This is very fresh.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear gold/light amber and leaves a sticky-looking slightly off-white head which lingers for quite some time.

Smell: Mild crisp hops, malts, a hint of pear, bready yeast, biscuit notes. Fairly standard pilsner aroma, but just a hint of pear in there as well. As it warms a bit, the pear comes out some more.

Taste: Tea, those biscuit notes, mild hops, malts, finishes with fruity pear. The taste is definitely different from your standard pilsner.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated with a light to medium, creamy body. Fits the style well. Finishes crisp and smooth.

Overall: Definitely a refreshing beer. The pear is subtle but makes this beer interesting and doesn't detract in my opinion. Well picked combination of flavors that work together for a nice, mild, crisp beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 23:36:57 | More by Resuin
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ProstMasterson

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-05-2013 21:38:38 | More by ProstMasterson
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-05-2013 19:08:49 | More by jwps214
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Samuel906

California

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

First, pilsners are not my go to style so take this review with a grain of salt and the knowledge that it may be more affected by my other tastes than it actually being true to style. First, it pours pretty much exactly like I would expect a perfect pilsner to: absolutely clear light golden with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass, and perpetual effervescing bubbles rising from everywhere. Smell was pretty standard, a bit hoppier than most. Couldn't really pick out much pear odor. Taste has some pear sweetness up front, going to some bread and malt in the middle. Some faint spice and notes of tea left on the aftertaste. Feel is light, with crisp carbonation. Overall, for someone who doesnt' really like pilsners, this isn't bad. The hops and pear and subtle sweetness bring some good complexity. Definitely try if you are a fan of the style, and consider it if you're not!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 06:59:32 | More by Samuel906
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kami

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured aggressively into a 500 mL Unibroue tulip. Presumably very fresh.

Pour yields a clear goldem hue with a fluffy 3 finger head. Slowly dissipates leaving thick lacing along the way.

Smell has notes of fruity alcohol, dry biscuity malts and spicy/grassy hops.

Taste is an initial burst of sweetness with a toasted dry malt middle. Finish is of lingering alcohol and hop spiciness. Pears are detectable in the finish but never announce themselves minus the increased alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was a bit more syrupy then I've come to expect in a pilsner, but the carbonation was enough to leave the finish clean and dry.

Overall one of my favorite pilseners to date. Remove the pear from the equation and this would be an amazing bohemian pilsener. The pear however is another DFH unorthodox win. It ups the alcohol and complexity to deconstruct a classic while mostly holding true to its roots.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 10:32:52 | More by kami
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core42

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-04-2013 04:36:43 | More by core42
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-03-2013 02:24:40 | More by Jason
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briandaube

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-27-2013 19:11:52 | More by briandaube
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-04-2013 02:09:38 | More by THECPJ
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the dogfish.com inf: "A Perry-Pils hybrid, Piercing Pils is a Czech Style Pilsner brewed with a White Pear Tea and Pear juice. Both the juice and the tea were added in the kettle during the whirlpool (after the boil) for maximum flavor and aroma contribution. The Pear fruit complexity pierces right through the spicy Czech Saaz hops beautifully, adding a gentle acidity to this pale lager that makes for a crisp refreshing sipper. Amarillo hops add nuanced citrus notes that meld perfectly with the fruit. "

- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/node/64041#sthash.X2P5TzoE.dpuf
Enjoyed this brewpub exclusive at Rehoboth beach on tap served in a pils glass.

The color is golden with hazed appearance and thin white cap with small bead. The aroma of pear must is there with herbal hop scent and some floral hop esters. The feel is fuller than average with some sweetness in the feel with moderate carbonation an mild bitterness with some malty body and fruity texture in the finish.

Pear taste is mild but has a sweet essence up front with a nice mix of pear and pilsner malt with subtle hops and herbal floral qualities adding dimension to the perry component. with mild fruit taste and tangy yeast with mostly dry and hop flavored finish. Overall this was an excellent hybrid of styles. I am a fan of pear and was pleased to try this, I probably could have enjoyed several but there were 13 other great beers to try -nice mellow sweetness and hop freshness

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-19-2013 12:14:32 | More by Slatetank
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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.