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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

945 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cfinch2, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kaelingirl, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Horbar, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Fargrow, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jaycar06, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
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

BEERMILER12, Dec 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

2dogbrew, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jaxon53, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

sailorastro, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

discharmingly, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Resuin
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.

Resuin, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ProstMasterson, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

jwps214, Dec 05, 2013
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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!

Samuel906, Dec 05, 2013
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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.

kami, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

core42, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Jason, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

briandaube, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

THECPJ, Oct 04, 2013
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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

Slatetank, Aug 19, 2013
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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.