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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/21/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet fruit and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a crisp and refreshing flavor, but I am not getting any distinct pear qualities in the aroma or flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a film of bubbles in between and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops and green tea are present in the nose along with notes of pears.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the flavors of green tea and pears are stronger and stand out in front of underlying notes of floral hops. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mélange of pilsner, green tea and pears in both the smell and taste. The accentuating flavors didn't seem to overpower the beer and made it interesting to drink.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the upcoming Christmas holiday in mind, fruit baskets full of citrus, tropical and orchard fruits adorn the dinner table. For Dogfish Head brewers, this means pear!

As the beer pours, it unleashes a highly exuberant pour that streams like champagne through a bright straw hue. A fluffy, white and cottony textured head builds above and holds on for dear life. Lacing with well defined rings at each sip, its foam structure does as much as anyone can ask of pilsner.

High floral aromas come not as pear, but as hops- a perfumy whiff of Saaz hops spring to life with notions of honeysuckle, apple wood, and orange blossom. Its back scent is more earthy with straw, fresh baking bread and yeasty dough.

Its taste starts grainy-sweet with fresh bread, grain and dough. But as those tastes are cut seriously short, a fruity, sulfury and spicy middle highlights the orchard fruit taste of pear but also apple and lemon. Its sulfury and acidic taste offers just as much balance as the spicy hops do as the beer trails with lemongrass and hay.

With exquisite cleanliness in mouthfeel, the beer is snappy, crisp and refreshing right out of the gate- Zesty and creamy early, its high carbonation and light sweetness dissolves on the initial palate and leaves the rest of the session to contend with the scrubbing sulfur textures and the lightly astringent hop bite. Light warmth accompanies the palate late as the ale trails with a lemony and grainy aftertaste.

Piercing Pils is a fantastic beer... for the 4th of July. As a seasonal, they're about a half calendar off. In order to suit the winter season better,the brewers should strive for a "spiced" pear character, not just banal pears.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by three fingers of foam; a decent pattern of lacing persists

Smell: Bready, with pear juice tones dominant; the grassy hops are in the mix, but dominated by the malt

Taste: Bread and pears, up front, with a floral character; the hops really don't make much of an impact until after the swallow, when they add a grassy element but, as in the aroma, the pear juice and tea-like character dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another miss for me from Dogfish - they run about 50/50 with me; always interested to see what they come up with and though I am a big fan of several of their beers, this is not one of them; I really would have preferred to see the hops stand up better relative to the malt and the adjuncts here

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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-

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I loved the good Czech pils when I was in Prague, but I don't think this will be anywhere near those in taste or quality, but this could be interesting, or could be bad. bottled 2013A, not sure when in 2013 but I've had it maybe a month at most.

Pours a nice creamy slight fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a slow to med pace, nice lacing everywhere, very clear golden pilsner straw colored beer.

Nose is actually surprisingly close to a good Czech pilsner! Nice hops to start, grassy, little leafy herbal, nice noble like hop, actually gets a bit more leafy as it goes, and mild toasty slight grainy malt, I also get a mild pear juice actually, touch of a honey malt like aroma too, and touch of herbal tea like.

Taste starts with juicy fruit juice, pear juice right away, mild grainy toasty malt, and little sweetness. then hops, herbal and leafy hops mostly, little grassy and spicy with a fair bitterness, some herbal tea as well. Finish gets drier but still a bit sticky and sweet, the hops turn a bit spicy and chewy but still quite herbal and leafy grassy, as well as big herbal tea flavor.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, not what I expected, at least the nose mostly. The aroma was quite nice, a good Czech pilsner with hint of the pear. the flavor was a little too campy like and typical Dogfish head experimental beer, but still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2013B 1033. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of malt, hop, pear juice, and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear juice, apple, grape, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear juice, apple, grape, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pear juice, malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a good malt/pear flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A bit too much sweetness, but still has nice balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around good balance and robustness of pear, malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%

From a 12 oz bottle.
This cloudy amber brew has a fairly good head and a surpisingly smooth and full feel. Fruity, although the specific contribution from pears is a bit subtle. A little more bitter and tart than sweet.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head "Piercing Pils"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 2014C 1032"
$3.50 @ Pinocchio's Pizza Beer Garden

Interesting beer, and certainly not what I'd expected. With a name like "Piercing Pils" you'd expect it to be sharp, hoppy, and bitter but it's certainly not. It's rather fruity, and I didn't realize where it was coming from until I looked at the bottle and learned that it's brewed with pear juice.

It starts quite floral in the nose, backed by grassiness. The flavor reveals quite a bit of fruitiness including pear and apple, but also lemon, which must be coming from the hops. Beneath that there's a stable base of Pilsner malt that's gently bread and a bit straw-like. The bitterness is solid, but only to the point of balancing the malt as the acidity of the pear juice is enough to put an edge on it, and both then follow into the lingering finish along with straw and residual lemon (as well as some tea-leaf). Perhaps that's the "piercing" nature that inspired the name, as I love the start but find the end a little raspy. Or is the "pierce" that shot of lemon that you get at the front? Regardless, it's unique and you really have to give it credit for that. Additionally, it's clearly well made (great appearance, great head retention and lacing, nicely balanced with a bit of a twist, appropriate mouthfeel).

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

On-tap 12/1/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Hazy yellow-gold in the tall Saxo tulip. Modest foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Pleasant fruity aroma with a whiff of apple and pear.

Some fruit taste with a little sweetness to start. Modest warm flavor of malt and more graininess. Dries out quickly. Quite bitter long before the aftertaste. It does taste like black tea, only long over-steeped. Maybe some pear skins and fruit tannin, like grape stems. Slightly tangy with some burnt biscuit taste.

This has a promising start but a bitter finish. From the 12 oz bottle bought at La Bodega Wines & Spirits in Riverside, Calif.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden body with a lofty, albeit collapsing, white head.

Smell: Crackery, doughy-scented pilsener malt, scantly tartish pear, staunch herbs, faint citrus, spice.

Taste: Crackery, lightly doughy, grainy pils malts with a glaze of cereal sweetness. Fast pop of sugar ushers in the pear fruitiness which shifts to a herbal, drying tone. Very, very little citrus. Medium-light bitterness. Soft, near dry finish with a soft, lingering pear taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's pears, it's pils, it's okay. At least it's a nice change of pace from the typical wintertime fare.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale to medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of large bubbles along with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass and a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with light to moderate amounts of herbal + floral hops as well as some light hints of green tea.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready malts with light to moderate flavors of pear and green tea. That is followed by light flavors of herbal + floral hops. Slightly more than light amounts of bitterness are present but do not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Definitely an interesting brew with a nice combination of herbal/floral hops, green tea, and classic pilsener flavors + aromas. No single aspect overwhelms and everything seems in balance but not a beer that I could see myself drinking with any regularity.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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. "

- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/node/64041#sthash.X2P5TzoE.dpuf
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head but it lasts. Good blanket of lace. The liquid is cloudy with a gold color.

Earthy aroma, not soft pale malt. The hop is quite muted. From the smell, I would never guess pilsner.

The taste is closer to the norm but it is still quite earthy on the tongue. The bitterness is not soft, but I expected that given the name. Smooth body but with an elevated carbonated level. The aftertaste is bitter with a bit of sourness.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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 WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber. The pear juice, if that is what I am getting, adds an interesting light touch to the beer. Normally I am not too interested in some of the odd stuff Dogfish does. But this works out quite well. Could probably use a lighter overall pilsner character on this, but it works.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a cloudy peach juice color with a smallish white head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of green apple and pear with some sweet bready pilsner malt and a heaping helping of spicy saaz. The flavor is a bit of sweet honey like malt with a solid shot of fruity pomme and some nice spicy hop flavor and a moderate level of bitterness to counter. Medium body and a moderate level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. I almost didn't pick up this bottle at the store and now I glad I did. Its a nice pils with a twist.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a thin white creamy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of a classic "pils" aroma with plenty of saaz hops. Floral, grass, lime. Interesting twist of pear that mixes in, without overwhelming, makes it unique.

The taste has plenty of up-front saaz hops, but there is also plenty of sweet grainy malt. Pear blends in well. It gives a unique, refreshing twist to a classic-style pils. It has a clean, crisp, refreshing finish. Carbonation level fits well.

Smooth and enjoyable. A well-made pils with a touch of pear. It's like having a great beer while eating a ripe pear. Nicely done!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Deep apricot orange, and dark brass shiny yellow, slow rising carbonation and very clear. Head forms frothy and thin bubbled with three fingers deep off white foam and thick lacing. Island cap in the middle. Real nice looking.

Mild herbal hop bent, and an interesting soft chewy sense. Not much of a fruit smelling angle I am getting from this but a little bit of chewy green leaf tea quality. Subdued crispness.

For all the interesting angles of fruit and tea that are supposedly in this beer, I am not really getting any of it on the palate. Soft malted body with a juicy quality. Crisp pilsner sensations and malts are toned down almost to German soft qualities. Good dough bread finish but a little small. The mouthfeel on this is quite juicy and large for a pilsner which makes it interesting and impressive. Hop herbality is a bit downplayed with maybe fruit juice taking over and neutralizing it.

As for pilsners it's one of the better domestic made ones, but surprisingly pretty basic tasting if strangely muted for all the crazy sensations I would expect from a Dogfish beer. How about that, an exotic DF beer with obscure ingredients that just comes out about normal? Who knew but there you have it, but I prefer a traditional pils than this, but this is a good offering.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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