Piercing Pils
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #55
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,022
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
273
Ratings:
1,507
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  72
Gots
  307
SCORE
85
Very Good
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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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BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 31, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with spare label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the description on the label, which makes the beer sound nice for a Dogfish Head offering. 6% ABV confirmed per the label. "Bottled on 2013F 1429." Reviewed as a Czech Pilsner because the label identifies it as such.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent pale yellow-copper of excellent clarity and average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a beer in this style. There are no obvious flaws, but it's far from unique or special.

Sm: Definitely smells like a pilsner. Pilsner malts, clean barley, Saaz hops, floral hop character, plenty of grains, straw, and faint fruit. It's a pleasant aroma of moderate strength, but I don't pick up on specific pear juice or pear tea notes. The fruitiness is quite timid, and I can't identify pear specifically. It's certainly on the sweet side for a pilsner, but at the same time seems overhopped. I've never experienced Saaz as overt as this.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

T/Mf: It's got a bit of overcarbonation and comes across nicely crisp, if a biteen biting. It's smooth and wet on the open but soon takes on an unbecoming coarse and dry feel that persists until the finish. In any case, it still feels refreshing. Medium bodied, with a bit too much weight on the palate for a pils. Overall, it has a decent presence on the palate and the texture suits the taste generally well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or chewy.

Not as sweet as the aroma suggested, fortunately. The core of the beer is pretty standard - pilsner malts, clean barley, and prominent Saaz hopping. But there's also some subtle sweetness and vague fruitiness - it's not identifiably pear, but it's pleasant and complements the rest of the flavour profile well. I don't get any tea notes.

The hops fit the malts nicely, and the subtle fruitiness lends it a bit more depth of flavour than most pilsners feature. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

This is a tasty pilsner with some likable elements. The pear isn't as in-your-face as I anticipated, and Dogfish Head has delivered a beer that actually has some subtlety and nuance to it. Complexity and intricacy are above average for the style.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I could easily plow through a four pack of this and would enjoy doing so. The price point is unreasonable, though, and I couldn't see myself buying this again as a result. It's one of Dogfish Head's more carefully considered beers, but the cynic in me is thinking the lack of overt pear was less a decision than a mistake. In any case, while it's not up there with the best traditional examples of the style, it remains a tasty American attempt at a pils that sacrifices tradition for a bit more depth of flavour. I'll be sticking to Pilsner Urquell in the future, but this is enjoyable stuff.

Low B-

Mar 21, 2014
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bongobeer from Alabama

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking Pils with a light golden color, big foamy head and lots of bubbles streaming up the glass, tastes like a classic lager with some sweet pear in the finish.

Jun 15, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

excellent four pack release from dogfish head. pear juice, pear tea, and saaz hops, a nice combination in a pils. don't crucify me for this, but I have always thought the basic euro pilsener was missing something. not stylistically or anything, but from a flavor standpoint they bored me for the most part. this one doesn't. its also the first pear beer ive had that isn't perfumed to high heaven rendering it unpalatable after a few sips. this is clean and light and bright and fun and balanced and everything you could want in a neo-Czech style. the saaz hops are also the perfect companion to this, they are so fresh and potent, yet classic at the same time. I could not imagine any other variety here, its a perfect marriage. it has a little too much body for a pils, which I guess from the color, honey colored with a nice white head but a density unbecoming to the style. it works though, and gives the herbal pear/tea combination something to hold on to. worthy sauce for sure right here, the pear is subtle and not sweet at all, which makes great sense in a dryer and crisper style. I know the style gurus will have a field day bashing dogfish head for yet another "off centered ale", but this one really does work, and certainly doesn't warrant the criticism I can see it facing. really an innovative and well executed brew.

Dec 21, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piercing Pils a beer I've wanted to try since I heard about the pear juice and pear tea additions. Pours a brilliant golden color with bright fluffy white head, I've been drinking DFH pils since the Prescription Pils, Golden Shower, Golden Era, and the latest My Antonia. I liked them all by the way, nice to see a 6% abv on a pils from them that has Saaz hops backing it all up. Aroma has an earthy herbal note, but not much in the way of actual pears. More Saaz, earthy, citrus, cut grass qualities with a nice bready malt back bone. Flavor has some pear essence, and more earthy herbal tea bitterness too bad most of the pear sweetness was fermented out here. As a whole it's a nice full bodied pils with easy drinkability, a bit off centered but much less so than some of their crazy adjuncts they usually put out there. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with sturdy carbonation goes down great with every sip. Overall no complaints noted here, I'm a fan of this pils as well but don't expect it to re-invent the wheel.

Dec 08, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Jun 16, 2014
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Spider889 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jun 19, 2014
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sgttibbs from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Apr 24, 2014
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Qwest_35 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Feb 11, 2014
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freshflesh from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Feb 11, 2014
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Gajo74 from New York

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with most pilsners, this one pours out a straw yellow. However the particular shade tone of this liquid is darker than other pilsners, making it unique and attractive to look at. A modest head dissipates into a bubbly thin lace that retains the whole way.
My first impression of the aroma is earthy tones, herbal and spicy. Next, I detect a strong scent of fruity esters, particularly pears and also green apples. Finally, I detect a hint if floral hops aroma.
The taste is so unique for a pilsner. As with other pilsners, it has a bready pilsner malt taste. However, the sweet fruitiness of this drink really makes it stand apart. If you like the taste of pear juice, then this s the one for you, because that flavor is prominent throughout. However, as I get further along in the drink, a strong hops taste becomes prominent, which creates a nearly perfect balance to the fruity goodness. The finish is dry, almost astringent, with the hops leading the way.
Great mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp, refreshing and a lively carbonation that pierces (as the name implies) the tongue. A great light bodied brew; I feel I could drink several of them in a row.
I have rated this one highly. It is certainly different from most pilsners and I could see how some purists might rate it more strictly according to the style. However, I choose to rate it highly because it's so damn delicious!

Dec 31, 2014
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Dull, clear hay color; pours with a laceless, medium sized white head.

s: Biscuits, minerals, and a hint of fruit that I'm willing to call pear. Pretty much smells like a straight up pils.

t: More pear forward and it works. Mostly though this is a very good, dry pils. Just enough potpourri like pear to make it interesting.

m: Dry, crisp, effervescent.

o: Very well made, I'm diggin it.

Feb 23, 2014
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Molson2000 from Canada

3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 02, 2015
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ChuckHardslab from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

May 20, 2014
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Danimal1101 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Apr 05, 2014
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Adkins721 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Dec 20, 2013
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michiganmatt from California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A darker golden-orange-yellow color. An ample amount of head. Very clear. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
A fruity (pear) twist on the classic pilsner aroma.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet classic pilsner taste, with a very detectable pear flavor to it. The pear is prominent, yet not overpowering. I really like what they did with this beer. To me, most pilsners taste basically the same (thus my vague descriptions of "classic pilsner taste"), but this one stands out as something unique, with the pear aspect to it. Some sweet malt taste as well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, crisp, with a medium-light amount of medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
A very solid pilsner, that I would definitely drink again.

Jan 13, 2015
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear straw color with a two finger white fluffy head, some of which lasts until the end as a collar. Good carbonation and good lacing.

The smell is straw and hay; a little soapy smell with lemons and fresh cut grass. There is also and apple and pear fruity smell.

The taste is musty and soapy, a little wet grass with pear. Unfortunately, everything kind of runs together and it is hard to break out the individual tastes. The finish is crisp, cracker like and kind of dry. A little bitter as well, like making you purse your lips bitter.

Jan 05, 2015
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lovindahops from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mar 12, 2014
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JeffTheJuice from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jan 14, 2014
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Fargrow from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dec 07, 2013
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Coastal1 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +31.6%

Dec 28, 2013
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UlfAndreas from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Nov 25, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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. "

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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

Aug 19, 2013
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mar 21, 2014
Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1507 ratings