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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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very good

1,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 40
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
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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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; clear light yellow with a moderate white head that doesn't fade much at first, and leaves spotty, slimy lacing when it does.
Smells very dank at first, but then the scents separate into their parts. It reminds me of something that I can't put my finger on, maybe some sort of cleaning product, although it's not a bad smell. As it warms, some crackery and possibly even slight diacetyl scents emerge.
Taste is clean, crystal malt with a slight tangy sweetness from the pear, and earthy spice notes from the Saaz hops. Finishes dry and crisp, with lingering sour pear and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and light-bodied.
Overall, this is a very unique and tasty beer. Uses could include a refreshing drink with lunch and giving nightmares to european beer purists.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored lager with a good sized white colored head.

Smells clean and grassy and very slightly fruity. Minor noble hop scent but it isn't that strong.

Starts out clean malty and a little sweet. Slight sour and fruity from the pears juice with a solid bitter hop bitterness. Complex taste, the mix of Pilsner and Perry works well.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is quite enjoyable. The perry/pear softens the pilsner bite at the beginning of the taste then allows it to nip you in the finish. Possibly this beer will launch a new beer style, it works just that well.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pour is great a full inch plus of pillow like head. Beer itself is slightly hazy but a very bright yellow. Looks like a good Pilsner.
S - In the glass I can smell the Pilsner malts, grassy hops, and some tea with pear juice tartness.
T - The first one of the four pack was very tea forward. Pear tea like an ESB. I did not like that much. This second one is still pretty dry, balanced so it's not skunky, grassy, herbal and not overlay sweet. For a Pilsner it's quite good.
M - Light to medium for the ABV its easy to quaff back.

Overall I should have no problem finishing the four pack but will not seek it again. Not the biggest fan of the style but this was quite good. Love trying dogfish's experimental brews.

Photo of LeRose
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

Appearance - clear golden color with a finger's worth of shot-lived head that ended up as a quarter-sized thing raft in the glass.

Aroma - slightly skunky, a little floral component, clean malt, and grassy/haylike hops aroma. Only picked up a little pear aroma in the smell.

Taste - hoppy and sweet counterbalanced against each other. I feared the skunk, but it was not an issue at all. A nice level of bitterness and more pear in the flavor than the aroma. Some tea notes were detectable in the flavor as well.

Mouth feel was light and crisp, yet it had a feel reminiscent of Midas Touch - that wine-like smoothness. It was a bit of a contradiction there. Crbonation was pretty high and it was dry on the finish.

Overall an enjoyable enough beer. I am glad I tried it because it was a little different. I will revisit again, but it was not a beer I have to have.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear wheat gold. Sudsy white head dissipates to lacing slowly.

Smells of clean, grassy malts with lemon citrus and pear sweetness. Some mild dry hops.

Tastes of dry, grassy malt mixed with sweet pear and a light dry hop bitterness.

Medium body with a fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice flavorful pils. Balanced and goes down easy. The fruit addition is a nice touch which gives it a little sweetness without masking a very good pilsner base. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Screper
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%

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4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-yellow gold with a fizzy white head

S-very aromatic. smells like german grassy grains. smells sweet and crisp.

T-comes in with a very crisp flavor of grassy grains and definitely a hint of that pear juice. it then has a little bit of welcomed tartness to it as it settles in to a mellow matching after-taste. definitely a good mix of czech and american style of pilsner.

M-crisp dry carbonation. very light

O-a very difficult beer to hate. it's crisp and smooth, so easy to drink. it has such a high quality flavor, that really makes me want to go out and find more. it definitely tastes like a DFH beer, but it stays simple enough to remind you of a true european pilsner. the more i drink it, the more i like it.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear light yellow, like a pilsner should be, with a tiny bit of head and not any lace left on the glass

S - Wheat, grain, malt.

T - Malty and sweet. Sweeter than your typical pilsner, due to the pear juice.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated

O - A different twist on a pilsner, but good none the less.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.