Piercing Pils
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Piercing PilsPiercing Pils
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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #119
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,984
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
1,233
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 06, 2021
Added:
Aug 19, 2013
Wants:
  74
Gots:
  307
SCORE
85
Very Good
Piercing PilsPiercing Pils
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.83 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Mar 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Jun 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by dejabrew from California

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.
May 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by dsmmwilliams from Indiana

Jan 26, 2018
 
Rated: 2 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.14 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.
Jun 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by Lazaraki444 from New York

May 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Apr 18, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

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.
Mar 06, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
**
07/06/2015
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.
**
Jan 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by JPadilla from Florida

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by tmcarter23 from Michigan

Sep 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by nicksomething from Tennessee

Aug 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

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
Jul 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by LeftoverCrizack from New York

Jul 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by OnryAndMean from New York

Jul 06, 2016
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Reviewed by American_Mike from Pennsylvania

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!
Jun 30, 2016
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

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!
Jun 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.49 by Nightmare1972 from Maryland

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by DrDominator from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island

Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

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.
Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.56 by JSuperman from California

Jun 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Jun 04, 2016
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Reviewed by KLHBB from Arkansas

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.
May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by einman from Minnesota

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by xacidx from Connecticut

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.35 by COR8RFAN from Colorado

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.82 by greigdt from Pennsylvania

May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

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.
May 18, 2016
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