Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Ratings:
1,499
Reviews:
271
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
303
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,499 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of bigleague
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtaylord
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of this pear juice and pear tea pilsner. A bit too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of L0ne
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber, with a large, foamy, off-white head.

Crisp, refreshing lager with character from spicy hops that add an edge of bitterness. Also has notes of sweet fruit (pear I guess?). Good beer, especially for a pilsner, which, to me, is not the most exciting of styles.

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Photo of JaredSammy
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LJWalker
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NickySop
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World Of Beer in Pooler, GA.
This beer has a hazy golden color with a small white head. The aroma is full of hops and malt, very nice smell. The flavor is once again hops with a great flavor. Another enjoyable beer from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma of tropical fruits and some floral aspects. Has that lager crispness and aftertaste to it, but there is a nice spicy, bitter, hoppy edge as well. There is some mild fruitiness at the end as well. I have seen some people describe pear here, and I agree. Grainy malts. More medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I am more surprised by this beer than I thought I would be. It is quite tasty.

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Photo of HawkGP
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good take on Pilsner. Great flavor. Not too heavy or overwhelming yet complex. Highly recommend.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DSincavage
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kemikall
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crotharagain
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Indydoc
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of pilsners but this one rings all my bells for the type. MUCH more flavor than others with subtlety that I wouldn't expect (except that it's DFH which has become one of my favorite brewers). I'd say this one's ideal for a summer afternoon, served very cold, and can be enjoyed in numbers (because of the relatively low ABV) that would not be permissible with most others of my favorites if I had to drive - or even walk....

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Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZekeMillz
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyanK252
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Light grain, slightly floral, maybe a little lemon grass, and a bit of sweet pear.

T: Fruity, sweet pear, herbal notes, a bit floral, maybe a hint skunky, with light grainy malt. A little alcohol can come out on the back end as it warms.

M: Medium body, feels a little under carbonated.

O: This is probably the first Dogfish Head beer I haven't liked. It's not the crisp light refreshing pilsner I was hoping for. Instead it comes off too heavy and almost cloying in flavor.

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Photo of Warren2621
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jborg
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ARoman
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a footed pilsner glass. The aroma is stoney / mineral-like with a spiciness to it and a light pear note that strengthens late. The hue of the beer is yellow with a light haze and persistent effervescence , and it's topped by a white, fluffy foam head that only has a light retain and lace. The beer is a medium bitter and sweet. It's oily with a light foam carbonation and a medium light body flavored with bread, rocks, spice, bitter citrus, and a light pear. It finishes crisp and spicy with minerals and is lightly dry. The aftertaste is moderately strong, but short with minerals and bitter citrus with spice and a hint of pear.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Molson2000
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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