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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 35
Gots: 82 | 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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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a coded 2013 bottled on date. A new beer to me from Dogfish Head, a pilsner brewed with pear juice and pear tea. Interesting premise.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a semi-clear dark golden colored body with some bubbles rushing topside. One finger of soapy fluffy bone white head. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of dish soap, grains, corn, light herbal earthiness, honey, some yeasty champagne-like smell, hint of vinegar sour, and mild fruitiness from the pear juice. Aroma is mostly pretty boring and lackluster aside from a few high points.

T - Taste pulls through a bit more than the nose. Fresh grain, corn, herbal earthiness from the Saaz hops & tea, sticky sweet pear juice / green apple, honey, crackery biscuit malts, some crisp bready yeast, & some soapiness.

M - Feel is sticky and fruity, with mild earthy / herbal hop bitterness. Crisp and clean, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, an interesting take on the style from Dogfish Head, but the specialty ingredients aren't nearly as apparent as I'd hoped for. But still, they do present themselves. An interesting, if slightly above average, beer that I would have again.

Dogfish Head Piercing Pils ---3.5/5

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Givemebeer
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: straw golden in color. Perfect lacing nice 1 inch head. Textbook pilsener look yo.

S: you definitely smell the pear but also some floral herbal hops - nice saaz!

T: floral slightly earthy herbal with pear undertones.

M: very crisp and light. Wonderfully refreshing.

O: this is great. Set out to do exactly what they wanted. Great pilsener with a pear taste in the background. Dfh special releases and seasonals scare me but this was a hit.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Fluffy, large white head with high retention on a bright golden body. Aroma includes classic pilsner malt profile with a touch of fresh fruity sweetness, of course pearlike. Taste is crisp, mild hop bite, subtle malt sweetness and subtle pear sweetness. No alcohol tasted, very refreshing, interesting and tasty. Odd to release this summery beer in the winter but delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True gold color with rushes of rising fine bubbles. Bright white cap of an opaque half-inch looks almost solid. Great look.

Sweet grassiness, pilsner malt, touch of pear, citrus, cracker, and white tea. A little less bitter than a traditional Czech Pils. Nice fruity essence to pair with the grassy tones and grain notes.

Crisp, hoppy pils with good bitterness, grassy malts, citrus notes, and that fresh pear essence and fruit skin brightness. Pear and pear tea notes are almost tart and counter a bursting citrus hop note of orange rind and subtle grapefruit. Nice bitter Saaz finish.

Sizzling carbonation through a milky body. Crispy and sudsy. No alcohol interference.

Kickass approach to a Czech Pils. Another great release that I hope gets brewed again.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, 2013
DFH IPA glass

A: Crystal clear bright golden yellow color. Lots of carbonation, plus glass aiding. Bright white head. Sticking lacing. Frothy.

S: Smells like a pils. Not getting tons of pear initially. Grainy malts. Crisp euro hops. Digging in and you do smell some of that pear character.

T: It's a crisp pilsner with lingering pear flavor on the palate. Up front you get those bright Euro hops. Minimal if any bitterness. Light grassy cereal like grain bill. Again, your lingering flavor is the pears. So happy that is actually tastes as described.

M: Light medium body.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bobhits
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

OK sure I dog these guys for their beers, but I keep having to try their new stuff that isn't crazy over priced. Call me a glutton for punishment if you will. however this one sounds pretty good.

Pours clear, golden, with a slight amber tint. The carbonation is moderate and white, thin.

Grains from a European malt bill, a bit of grassy hops, some lemon grass, and a bit extra sugar and fruit at the end. I get english hops with some american hop notes, perhaps pear juice is bringing out some citrus notes I associate with hops.

The flavor is classic pils with a fruity sweet finish. Still enough hops and grain bill here to balance whatever dogfish added very well. the end result is a very nicely done pils that both brings out the american citrus hops with more classic styles.

Very drinkable on a hot day....sadly this came out at the start of what appears to be a cold winter.

Call me a convert. This isn't great beer, but it sure as hell is very very good beer.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big huge pure white thick head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is big of bready smells as well as a whole bunch of pear. Some grainy smells are there as well being accompanied by some stronger aromas of tea and a little bit of an herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with some lighter pear and caramel malt flavors upfront. The pear flavors start out lighter, but increase in intensity as the flavor moves toward the end. Along with the pear increasing, so to come some tea flavors. They act similarly to the pear, starting out rather weak and really kicking in at the very end of the taste. Along with these flavor transitions, so too comes some lighter herbal hop flavors which with a little bit of graininess that also comes to the tongue, leaves a rather interesting grainy, tea like, and pear flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are rather appropriate for the fruit, tea, and grainy character of the beer and make for a rather refreshing brew.

Overall – This is somewhat like a hybrid of beer mixed with pear iced tea. A relatively odd combination of flavors, but it kind of works as it is rather crisp and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i poured this beer it had a cloudy gold color body with a small head. The aroma has a lemon and malt smell. The taste has a citrus hop upfront followed by the malty bread. Then on the finish the sweetness of the pear comes through slightly. The mouth feel is nice and overall a good prisoner. Let it warm up a little bit to get some pear.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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