Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.78/5
Very Good
1,499 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,717
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
1,499
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
303
Trade:
2
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of southsidebrewer
1.92/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hazy, oxidized, metallic aftertaste, sweet, malt driven beer...

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.22/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Disappointed with this beer From dogfish

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Photo of Brianbosox
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think I must have gotten a bad bottle. This was just awful. Starts off skunky, and finished with a overpowering metallic and bitter (not hoppy, but acrid) taste. I wanted to like this, but that finish will haunt me for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

First had: on tap at DFH, Rehoboth Beach, DE

I have no strong love for pilsners, but when done right, I have no problem drinking one, and the prospect of a pear pils intrigued me. Poured a crystal clear, light golden color, with a thin white head that fizzled out completely, leaving no lacing behind. Pretty blank aroma, thin crackery malts, grains, distant herbal hops. Very disappointingly simple taste of toasted grains, and bitter herbal hops. Absolutely no pear whatsoever, and if it was in there, the graininess totally overpowered it. If it were an old dusty bottle, I'd expect something like this, but this was right out of the tap from the source. Light body, light mouthfeel, lasting bitterness. Pretty unpleasant. Really glad I only got a sampler of this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I figured I would give this one a shot, since I was able to buy a single bottle. I really enjoy a good pilsner.

The beer is golden hued and clear with a small white head. The aroma is grain, alcohol, pear, apple, sweetness. The flavor is simply disappointing. A sweet, corny mess. Another gimmicky, weird beer from Dogfish Head. How about making a quality beer instead of some whacky, one of a kind mess with unusual ingredients? Unique does not equal good. Lacking the qualities that make a pils beer refreshing, quaffable. No thank you.

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2.31/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A little skunky. It was tart

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy copper yellow. Some malt sweetness and barley on the aroma. There is something very wrong with the aftertaste. Muddled copper or metallic flavor and almost a skunky finish (makes no sense considering it's on tap): stay away.

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Photo of NCMatt
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wasn't what I was expecting at all. It's pretty subtly pear, and a little bitter for a pils.

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Photo of twellerpe
2.41/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pear flavor is decent, but otherwise a lifeless pils.

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Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I really didn't like this beer. It was probably the pear that made it so bad. It presented to me as something gone wrong. It looked beautiful but smelled and tasted bad.

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Photo of LJWalker
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fergyx825
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A light amber gold color to it with some bubbling. Medium to light head on the pour for the beer. This is just as described by the IPA description of such beers.

Smell: smells a lot lighter than most beers, not so floral or hoppy as the rest have smelled. Smells a lot like a bud light. Kind of turned off by the smell of this beer.

Taste: A more fruity taste to this beer. The pearish taste comes out in this beer, but it does not resemble a IPA what so ever. I do enjoy the fruity taste of this beer, but it doesn't belong to this beer style.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a light thickness makes this a drinkable beer, but its nothing to brag about, and a let down from DogFish.

Overall: Not a pale ale. Not a bad beer, but not as described.

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2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Semi-clear light yellowish color with moderate head, quickly fades to a thin cap.

S: Pilsner malt, very slight pear, slightly skunky, grassy, dish soap.

T: Pilsner with pear juice.

M: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

O: Complex would be a good description if you like the mix of pilsner malt, pear juice, Saaz hops and dish soap. Lawnmower beer? ...not at this price. I won't be having this beer again.

I gave it a 2.75 only because I like DF90, DF60 and Burton Baton so much and because everyone (including Sam) makes mistakes every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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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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