Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Ratings:
1,499
Reviews:
271
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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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 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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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,499 ratings.
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