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Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Czech 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.

Added by Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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Ratings: 1,499 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of frykid
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into a pint glass
L: an dark, golden color
S: light, fruit and malt aromas, not too strong
T: malt flavors; really could not make out pear flavors
F: dry....moderate carbonation

overall...a good pilsner

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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 Lazaraki444
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 blissfulNemo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JPadilla
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tmcarter23
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicksomething
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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 LeftoverCrizack
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Nightmare1972
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 JSuperman
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,499 ratings
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