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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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very good

1,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,216
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 48
Gots: 157 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Scrapss
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a clean rinsed turbinator.

A: Clear light gold. A few fingers of head dissipate into a 4 mm disk. no lacing.

S: Sewery and skunky euro hops, saaz. Musty pears. Sharply euro pils.

T: Slightly sweet from the pear juice. Euro pils notes throughout.

M: Bittering is mild, slightly chalky. dryness is pleasant. I like it.

O: This is a very nice euro/czech pils with a slight sweet twist. It is not bad. Glad I tried it.

Photo of rangerred
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Not really any lacing but pretty good head retention.

You can definitely tell this is a pilsner immediately from the aroma but there is a nice floral component that accompanies the standard grassy hop nose. Just a touch of skunk but it is not bad.

The added pears are quite evident in the taste. It is kind of surprising how well the pear compliments the noble hop note that is part of a pilsner. Great floral and citrus flavor along with plenty of great. Moderate crisp bitterness along with a very velvety mouthfeel. The finish is very clean and just a touch sticky.

Overall, I was really surprised by this beer. Dogfish head is not know for doing lagers and most of their beers are pretty hit and miss but this one is excellent. Definitely worth picking up.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden in color with a very underwhelming head.

Smell: Has the a typical Czech pils smell with notes of the pears alluded to on the bottle. Hints of citrus and overall very Saaz-y

Taste: Not a whole lot to say- tastes like a very good Czech pilsner with some pear notes added in. Very good- tastes a lot like what a fresh Czech pils tastes like on-tap in Central Europe plus a little extra.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, balanced carbonation, and a crisp finish.

Overall: An excellent Czech-style pils with a slight American twist that does not overpower the beer. The last time I had a beer of this style that tasted this fresh out of the bottle, I was in Slovakia.

Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - A really beautiful active pour of swirling carbonation that yeilds a solid two fingers worth of crisp and clean bone white colored froth with a slightly rocky top that is comprised of big chunky bubbles... Really impressive retention for the style... What's ultimately left is a full yet lopsided veil of lacing and a moderately thick collar... The color is equal parts pale gold, straw yellow and honey amber... Completely translucent with a faint glow... Very clean and crisp in appearance... There is a slight to moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... A slight bit o lacing clings to the glass... Spot on for the style...

S - Fairly mild overall, but loaded with nuance and complexity... The first thing noted are the Saaz hops... Next comes the malt base which arrives in the form of cereal grains... Next are the white tea components... Then arrives the pear sweetness in the form of overly ripe Bosc pears and crisp Asian pears... There is nothing artificial about the sweetness brought by the pear presence... Each whiff reveals a new subtle nuance...

T - The aroma was a wonderful indication of what to expect in terms of flavor... This one walks a fine line between slightly hoppy and slightly sweet and does so in a very exciting way... This is a quintessential Czech Pilsner first and foremost... The hop and tea additions add a subtle sweetness which greatly expands on the depth and complexity of this historic and wonderful style...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light but crisp carbonation... Even and consistent... Ultra clean and ultra crisp... Each sip is a pleasure... Perfect for the style...

D - This is a ridiculously fantastic brew... It's an outstanding Czech Pilsner... It's a wonderful example of DFH creativity... I would suggest DFH immediately makes this a year-round offering... I could drink several of these in a sitting... No joke, but this would be a staple in my beer fridge... No weak facets... I can't say enough good things about this beer... Highly nuanced... Highly quaffable... Highly recommended... A fantastic job by DFH...

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of wedge
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty clear yellow color topped with a delightfully dense, lumpy white head. Plentiful lacing patterns the glass. Fresh grassy and straw-like Saaz hop aroma under a light pear tea sweetness...quite nice and snappy. Definitely more pear in the flavor, but the quality Saaz-iness remains along with a decent fresh cereal grain note. Perhaps a little too much of that sweet, dry pear juice element getting in the way of the Pils qualities. Light, pretty crisp, some acidity. I enjoyed this, but I can't help but feel this is a really nice Czech Pils with some unnecessary fruit added.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, it was a clear gold color with bubbles racing up it like champagne to a massive 4 finger foamy white head that didn’t move and then dissipated very slowly leaving excellent sticky foamy lacing; the lacing was ridiculously good and better than most IPA’s.

Smells of floral hops, tea leaf, herbs, grains, yeast, grass, light caramel, some kind of fruit (can’t say it smells like pear) and a sweet funk, like a honey infused Bud. Aroma was interesting and better than anything I’ve encountered thus far in this style.

Tastes like it smells, but sweeter with the pear definitely coming through and mixing well with the floral hops, tea leaf, herbs, grains, yeast, grass, caramel, wheat bread/Ritz Cracker, mild spices and a grainy sweetness that is an odd mix of hop spice and cracker dryness. The fruit starts off the flavor and then fades to the herbs and spices, leaving a malty sweetness - this is a moving target and hard to pin down, so just drink away.

Mouthfeel seems light but the beer drinks and feels heavy as it goes down; carbonation is on the light side, feel is on the watery side and it’s sweet overall and more malty than hoppy.

Interesting take on the style with more flavor and feel than most of its European Brethren; I’d have this again over the summer as it was pretty tasty and very easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temperature. If there's a bottle code or date, I can't find it.

Pours a pretty light amber color, little head with a gentle pour, and lots of active carbonation. Smell is lagery, definitely noticeable pear in the aroma, but not overwhelming. Slightly spicy smelling.

Taste is crisply bitter. I thought the pear would lend a lot of sweetness, but it apparently does not. Pear is again present, but subtle. I wouldn't notice it in the flavor if I didn't know it was there. Some nice breadiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and kind of lush. I don't know quite how to describe that in a way that doesn't seem contradictory.

Overall, I think this is a very good pilsner, though it's not a style I'm deeply knowledgeable about. I'm starting to think I need to spend more time tasting pilsners.

Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nicely done aroma of hops, malt, and sweet, light fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt, pear, a slight bready quality, and hops. A bit different than your typical pilsner flavor, but definitely tasty. The pear seems to work well with the standard pilsner style.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: Another oddball beer from Dogfish Head that succeeds. Not your typical beer, but certainly well done.

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.