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Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 49
Gots: 181 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,255 | Reviews: 239
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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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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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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.

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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.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery
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