Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Reviews: 271 | Ratings: 1,504
Photo of dejabrew
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: A light gold color with a slightly darker amber hue.
Smell: Quite malty with a very subtle but fragrant backdrop of pear.
Taste: Not nearly as sweet as I expected it to be. Traditional malty flavors with a clean crisp flavor with some faint undertones of the pear and a faint hint of floral notes. Can also detect a very tiny hint of bitterness and funk in the aftertaste.
Feel: A little heavier than your average pilsner. Very moderate carbonation but also has a fairly smooth mouth feel.
Overall: I like it. It's a very pleasant beer and not what I usually expect from a pilsner, a really great change of pace. I really love the aroma. It smells complex and interesting. However, the pear flavor is a bit difficult to detect and it's quite expensive and I've only seen it come in 4 packs.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Big Fish Grille, Rehoboth Beach. This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a nice looking semi-hazy to light transparent golden color. Even with a bar pour’s kind of head, there’s a light finger’s worth of white foaminess. However, no lacing appeared as it slid down. The smell started off with the white pear encompassing into a crisp sweet corn and a nice little spice from the hops. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined to flavor. There’s no aftertaste nor finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed a bit under but that didn’t bother me, just was a bit smoother. Overall, a nice Czech Pilsener with a unique quality of the white pear.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold producing 2+ fingers of frothy, clumpy, somewhat lasting, white head that leaves webby sheets of chunky lacing. Aroma is crisp & dry, classic pilsner malts, clean bready grain, lemon & grassy hops & white fruitiness which I guess is the pear. Taste is classic Czech pilsner up front: pale malt, cracker/biscuit with lemony & grassy hops but is linked with some pear & other subdued fruity hints with metallic & astringent surfacing after mid-sip especially in the finish & aftertaste where there develops a heavy & lingering bitterness. Dry & clean but the drinkability is impaired slightly by the metallic & astringent quantities but still a nice & drinkable effort. The pear becomes much more apparent in both the mouth and nose as the brew warms. Certainly the most fruity Czech pilsner I've tasted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry, crisp & astringent.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is light fruit, light hops, Clear Golden color. Creamy White head is lasting. Taste is tart pear. The pear pretty much dominates. Touch of hoppy aftertaste that fades to hair spray pretty quickly.Feel is creamy up front with nice carbonation underneath.

Not bad. I feel like the pear doesn?t quite fit this beer. Maybe with something stronger like an ipa or an apa, it would not take over as much. Still above average.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: its a slightly hazy orange amber color with some darker grainy notes. head is 1/2 finger, white, and slightly froty

s: lemongrass, earthy grassy crisp malts, a slightly bitter noble hop note, crackers, and something almost of strawberry. very clean and crisp smell, you can definitely tell its a lager

t: lemongrass, sweet citrus, some slightly sweet caramel malts, a hint of coriander as well. there is a slightly floral note in here as well, along with something that tastes a little of funk. large bready presence in here as well

m: its a medium mouthfeel, heaver than many other Pilsners i've had before. its got a high carbonation level, which makes the beer a bit effervescent

o: its a somewhat heavy Pilsner, if that makes sense. its good - flavors are alright, and there is no problem drinking it. its a tad sweeter, and a tad heavier than i might like though. with that said, i'd still recommend a try

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Photo of American_Mike
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a fan of Dogfish Head in general although I usually go the route of their IPAs. However I decided to give their Piercing Pils a go. This pilsner is definitely a golden orange color. It would be more translucent than transparent due to the slight cloudy nature in sunlight. It comes with a slight sweet fruity smell in which you can pick up the light smell of malt. When sipped it had a light but slightly syrupy feel. It states out tasting sweet but picks up bitterness as it approached the back of the tongue. It is accompanied by a bitter aftertaste that lingers on the back roof of the mouth. Overall this is not a bad beer but I have experienced better from Dogfish Head. If you get a chance give it a try!

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Whole Foods.

Clear yellow with a white head with good retention and lacing, this looks decent. The nose is a muddled blend of stale, doughy malt, pear juice and a tannic tea note. The palate opens mildly sweet and doughy, a little fresher than the nose, with a delicate touch of lemony hops. This is before the sweetness and fruitiness if pear juice, and a weird, tea like flavor come thru. Doughy, disjointed on the finish, this beer it's medium light in body, moderately carbonated and is a but of a mess. Minus the pear adjuncts, this would be a solid beer, but with them?blech!

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Photo of Spikester
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Some splotches of lace.
Smell is pear and pale malts.
Taste is pear with just enough hop bitterness to nudge this into Pils territory.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet and fruity.
Overall this might be the best fruit type beer I have had. Much better than I had anticipated.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious and refreshing. Golden straw color with a big head that hangs around. Smells of toast, taste of malt, pears, a citric aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Blind Rabbit in Jacksonville beach, Fl.

Served in a pint the beer is a very turbid gold with an off white head and rings of lacing.

Aroma of grains, cereal and spicy hops.

The beer starts with some semi-sweet cracker and grain notes followed by a liberal dose of hops that add both a peppery and floral notes. Hops become more dominate mid glass and they add to a thickish coating mouthfeel.

It was 80 and 98% humidity, so this one hit the spot.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

True as advertised, there is a definite taste of Pears (from, they say, "White Pear Tea" & "Pear juice"), but it doesn't have the sweetness of a juice. Using pears is a novelty that comes off decently well, but I can't say I'm a fan. Still it's a refreshing Summer beverage.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a chalice

Translucent golden yellow, streams of carbonation, one finger foam white cap, settles to a foamy white layer

Aroma of bready malts, pear, spicy notes

Malty taste, pear, spicy, a bit of sour

Suds up well, Dry finish

Nice beer

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear light golden color. 2 fingers of fluffy white head leave nice lacing on my glass.

S: Faint pear and fruit... bread... malts and faint hops.

T/F: Bready malts at the front with the pear present and providing a mild sweetness that is rather pleasing. A bit spicy, perhaps from the tea? The hops come in at the end and clean up the palate so that it finishes dry. Good carbonation, smooth and drinkable.

O: A very nice take on a classic style... and just off-centered enough to come from Dogfish Head. That being said... I think even Czech purists could enjoy this beer. Well made, refreshing, and a nice drinking experience.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Giant bubbly white head clear medium gold body with columns of big round bubbles of carbonation throughout.

The pear smell is so pungent, you can taste it. It mixes with zesty citrus hops, lemongrass, and classic Pils malt.

Clean, balanced taste upfront, with dry bitterness settling in post swallow along with a light prickly pear flavor. Malt is grainy, yet refined, perfect for the style. Hop flavor and bitterness is lacking, however, and more of that pear would be welcome.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. A bit creamy, but still crisp and mildly dry.

A good session beer overall. Quite refreshing. The innovation expected by the pear addition is missing, however, and very mild bitterness makes the lager too light in comparison with today's better Pilsners.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled 2015, weird that is all it says. Pours an attractive yellow,with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves a nice ring of lace.

Smell biscuit, pear, lemon, pine, and fresh cut grass.

Taste follows biscuit, pear, vanilla, upfront with a nice balance of lemon and pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel is big for the style, moderate carbonation, not very dry, and very drinkable.

Overall you know what this is a very nice pilsner, the pear very mild and blends nicely with everything else going on. Impressed and really wasn't expecting much.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is fairly muted but you can pick up some of the pear & tea, though not sure it is a combo I loved. Taste is clean & pretty straightforward with some golden & pale malt, a hint of peppery spice and muted hops. The peach is there too but I lost the tea, peach is more of a dry rind flavor, which probably mixes better with the style that some sweet fruitiness. Good

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden color, with a fairly substantial head which retains well.

Smells of pilsner yeast, malts, and sweet fruits, predominantly pears.

Taste is light, but with an incredibly satisfying fruity and sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, with great moderate carbonation. The 6% ABV is hidden away quite impressively considering the style. This is not a re-imagination of the style, and will not convert DIPA-lovers to the gospel of the Czech pilsner, but by God is this a well-brewed beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 2015A

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some pears/citrus. The taste is malty, hoppy, sweet, with some pears/citrus. Medium body. Overall, this really surprised me, very nice brew. I like DFHs take on this one.

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Photo of IronLover
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow in color with an orange hue and a light haze. Poured with a short bright white foam with good retention. Medium malty aroma up front with bready, crusty notes. Light floral and earthy resinous hop aromas along with light fruity notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation that slowly grows from beginning to end. Medium malt flavor up front followed by floral hoppiness. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle tempered by sweet fruit flavors. Finished with a sweet pear flavor and a delayed semi-dryness. Easy drinking and refreshing. An interesting twist on a Czech pilsner, although generally lacked the hop bitterness that is typical for the style. DFH makes thrir own rules though - but a pilsner that's more to style is better than this.

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Photo of TH28
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 12/2/15 bottle date. Appearance: Light golden, clear, white foam head, decent lacing. Aroma: Bready malt, spicy Saaz hops, slight woody pear. Taste: Light, bready malt sweetness, light green apple and pear fruitiness, and a sharp, strong spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with some slight creaminess. Moderate carbonation. Finish: Spicy Saaz hop bitterness lingers long after the swallow, with a touch of bready pear maltiness. Overall: Interesting take on a Czech Pils. Has a nice Saaz hop component, and the pear addition adds a softer, sweeter overall flavor to the beer. Creates a more balanced flavor profile than the typical Czech P

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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I keep pulling things out of the Bottle Backlog to reduce it down to nothing. I have every intention of divesting myself of it all, even if The CANQuest (tm) has to be momentarily put on hold.

From the bottle: "A Czech-style Pilsner brewed with pear juice, pear tea & Saaz hops."; "Dogfish Seasonal Art Series 6th Annual Ltd. Edition 2014 [undersigned] Jermaine Rogers"; "Dogfish Seasonal Art Series 7th Annual Ltd. Edition 2015 [undersigned] Rich Kelly".

I Pop!ped the cap, but I could see a good bit of lees in the kick/punt of the bottle, so a very gentle pour was in order. Once I had about half of the bottle's contents decanted, I stopped to allow the rest of it to settle back down. A swirl in the glass raised a finger of fizzy, foamy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had the obvious lemony-grassiness of Saaz, but the pear was not perceptible at this stage. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really tart! I was surprised at the way I was getting lemon, black pepper & mown grass or hay so intensely. It is definitely "a sipper" as it would be tough to just suck straight down. However, the taste of pear continued to elude me. It may have been too subtle in conjunction with the hops. Finish was gaspingly dry thanks to the inherent tartness. I am actually curious to revisit this in its current (2015) iteration. This seemed like something to drink on a hot summer's day.

Since this bottle was extremely fresh, there was no need for gentleness. Now, the color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, enticing the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to stop by for a taste. I still got Saaz hops & not much else. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not so much tart as very grassy, underlain with black pepper, but still no pear. It may be just too subtle a taste for me when paired (no pun intended, for a change) with Saaz hops. Finish was clean and dry, less tart than in the 2014 version, but still close to a white wine.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy light golden color.

Yup, pear aroma. A little of the saaz hops toward end. Faint.

Pear, apple-like juice flavor. Crisp, light mouthfeel, refreshing. Sessionable.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours - golden color slightly cloudy decent white head that sticks around for a bit great lacing.

Smell - I get smells of fresh fruit a little yeast for sure the pear.

Taste - I was surprised at how clean and refreshing this was I get the pair and some orange also a little bit of malt.

Feel - Very light body clean and crisp a bit of bitterness on the back end.

Overall - Not a bad beer I am not sure I would have it again but I liked it better than I thought I would.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with nice carbonation. Nose has a hint of pear that is not consistent with a chek pils. Light on the palate and balanced. Paired well with a charcuterie board. Not overly carbonated.
Overall a descent beer

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Photo of AryaSparge
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours straw, clean in appearance. Head disappears quickly, but there is residual lacing. The smell is weirdly off-putting---soap? oxidation?---but has a lingering pear aroma. Based on smell, I was worried about taste, but it's delicious. Light and crisp, very subtle citrus, less subtle pear (but not overwhelming), and with a juicy, dry finish. Mouth feel is as bright and effervescent as one would expect with a Czech Pilsner. Overall, this beer tastes like summer, which is a real nice reprieve from the freezing rain we've had for the past two days.

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