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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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very good

945 Ratings

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
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 bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of wonothesane42
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

wonothesane42, Dec 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

woodchipper, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

millerbuffoon, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +5.5%

smartassboiler, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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 -10.6%
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 -7.7%
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 +5.5%

jman005, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ianpstephens, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

cw13, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +18.7%

Lukass, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ralphw56, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Farky87, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of JRed
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

JRed, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ajdemma, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of cjgiant
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

cjgiant, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mikeburd1128, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ChipMurray, Dec 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

FleetwoodMatt, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hanzo, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zacky_U, Dec 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

ygtbsm94, Dec 13, 2013
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.