Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

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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.

Added by Slatetank on 08-19-2013

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head's Piercing Pils last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I didn't hear anything about this beer and i was a little surprised to see a new Dogfish Head beer on the shelf and I thought I would give it a try since I'm a Czech Pilsener fan and I'm interested to see how the pear works with this style, so let see how it goes. It just showed up so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain and simple which is pretty typical for Dogfish Head, it's not that eye catching. It poured a pretty clear yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Czech Pilsener, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lighter amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, Pilsener malt, bready, biscuity and bread crust like aroma. Up next comes a pretty light pear aroma that isn't too noticeable and it's followed by some hops which impart and earthy, grassy and spicey hop aroma. The aroma is nice it's fairly true to style with a light pear aroma in the background, but I wish the pear was a little more noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a fairly low amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, pilsener malt, bready and biscuit like flavor with some doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes a pretty light pear flavor followed by some hops which impart some earthy, grassy and spicy hop flavors with a higher amount of low bitterness with a very biscuit like malt aftertaste with a light pear flavor also showing up. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, I thought the Czech Pilsener base was pretty true to style and the pear flavors were light so it's pretty identifiable as a Czech Pilsener.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of Czech Pilsener with a slight twist to it that was light enough to not cover up the true flavors of the style and I thought that made for some nice balance. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, besides the pear it was a pretty by the book Czech Pilsener. What I liked the least about this beer was that it was released this time of the year, I think a summer release would much better suit this beer. I don't know if I would buy this beer again since it's fairly pricey for a Czech Pilsener, but I'm sure I would buy at least a bottle or two if the weather was warm. I would recommend this beer to anybody who likes the style. All in all I enjoyed this beer, going into it I didn't know what to expect, Dogfish Head can be a little unpredictable sometimes but this turned out to be a good straight forward Czech Pilserner with a light pear aspect, It might be nice to have a little more pear flavor, but that might cover up some of those good Czech Pilsener flavors, so I think it was fine just the way it was. Good job Dogfish Head, this was a pretty solid and easy drinking beer, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Piecing pils

Pours a light gold color with a white head and lace.
Aroma of light malt sweetness and hops.
In the taste, hops and a bit of jarred pear no doubt. Light hops, crackery malt body.
Light to medium bodied brew.
Overall, good interesting pils.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a nice pale orange/yellow appearance. Lots of carbonation with small head and decent retention.

Smell - Malty.bready scent and noble hops coming through. Very mild scents. Not a strong nosed beer.

Taste - Very tasty pilsner. Lots of flavor and heavily noble hopped. Not quite as heavy hopped as Victory's Prima Pils but definitely more bombed than SA Noble Pils. Some pear taste but more tart and not sweet. Very crisp and dry finish with lingering hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and carbonated. Excellent for the style

Overall - I applaud Dogfish Head for making this pilsner. Its crisp and adventurous and very flavorful. Releasing in the early winter is fine and makes a nice departure from the heavy beers of norm this time of year. Its very hoppy and 6% is a little high so its not quite a summer lawnmower beer. I'd drink this one any time of year though. Nice job.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an unstemmed wine glass.

A- Like deep golden amber straw with a high white head.

S- Nice bright noble hops, no real skunkiness detected which should be the case as it is an American Czech-pils and no importing or green glass to interfere with the delicate hops. Some of the pear is coming through but in the background of the hops and light malts.

T- Nice crisp flavors of Saaz hops and the pear is a nice partner with it and does not make this beer sweet or over sweet.

M- Medium/light, the pear juice probably gives this a bit more body than other Czech-pilsners I've had.

O- A very nice version of a style that I am a fan of and wish more American breweries worked as hard to nail this style as they do stouts and IPAs. The pear gives it that extra Dogfish Head quality of something different in there that really is not over done. Would like to catch this on-tap some time.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ThirstyMavros
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Hophead21
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cfinch2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Fargrow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jaycar06
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly fades down to a nice thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Pilsner malt stands out along with a prominent graininess and light husk. The pear lends a nice juicy fruity note, as does the tea. Some citrus notes as well. Nicely aromatic

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruitiness and citrus notes and goes into the maltiness and graininess. Some husk comes through in the finish along with a light bitterness and some herbal notes from the tea

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice complex pilsner. The pear (both juice and tea) really adds a nice dimension to a good pilsner base. Extremely easy to drink and quite quaffable. Good value at under $9 for a 4-pack. Recommended if you like a good pils

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sailorastro
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of adjunctlager
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Resuin
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. This is very fresh.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear gold/light amber and leaves a sticky-looking slightly off-white head which lingers for quite some time.

Smell: Mild crisp hops, malts, a hint of pear, bready yeast, biscuit notes. Fairly standard pilsner aroma, but just a hint of pear in there as well. As it warms a bit, the pear comes out some more.

Taste: Tea, those biscuit notes, mild hops, malts, finishes with fruity pear. The taste is definitely different from your standard pilsner.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated with a light to medium, creamy body. Fits the style well. Finishes crisp and smooth.

Overall: Definitely a refreshing beer. The pear is subtle but makes this beer interesting and doesn't detract in my opinion. Well picked combination of flavors that work together for a nice, mild, crisp beer.

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Photo of ProstMasterson
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jwps214
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Samuel906
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

First, pilsners are not my go to style so take this review with a grain of salt and the knowledge that it may be more affected by my other tastes than it actually being true to style. First, it pours pretty much exactly like I would expect a perfect pilsner to: absolutely clear light golden with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass, and perpetual effervescing bubbles rising from everywhere. Smell was pretty standard, a bit hoppier than most. Couldn't really pick out much pear odor. Taste has some pear sweetness up front, going to some bread and malt in the middle. Some faint spice and notes of tea left on the aftertaste. Feel is light, with crisp carbonation. Overall, for someone who doesnt' really like pilsners, this isn't bad. The hops and pear and subtle sweetness bring some good complexity. Definitely try if you are a fan of the style, and consider it if you're not!

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Photo of kami
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured aggressively into a 500 mL Unibroue tulip. Presumably very fresh.

Pour yields a clear goldem hue with a fluffy 3 finger head. Slowly dissipates leaving thick lacing along the way.

Smell has notes of fruity alcohol, dry biscuity malts and spicy/grassy hops.

Taste is an initial burst of sweetness with a toasted dry malt middle. Finish is of lingering alcohol and hop spiciness. Pears are detectable in the finish but never announce themselves minus the increased alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was a bit more syrupy then I've come to expect in a pilsner, but the carbonation was enough to leave the finish clean and dry.

Overall one of my favorite pilseners to date. Remove the pear from the equation and this would be an amazing bohemian pilsener. The pear however is another DFH unorthodox win. It ups the alcohol and complexity to deconstruct a classic while mostly holding true to its roots.

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Photo of core42
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,503 ratings