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.

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Reviews: 268 | Ratings: 1,497
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brassy gold liquid with a mild haze... foam piles high to start, but doesn't hold too long - it has a slightly silky gloss to it... laces in wide splotches

S: lovely pop of Saaz hops with perhaps a barmy-doughy grain aroma supporting... I'm straining, and not so much getting much pear, if any - maybe a scent of an unripe pear's skin or a pear eau-de-vie?... flat, white noise of floral-soapy hops with a weak undercurrent of malt, pleasant potency though

T: somewhat luscious wash of hop resins up front, finishing refreshingly spicy and bitter... the middle has muted malt presence but with an obvious added fruity sweetness - again, I would call it overtly pear-like, as the hops are overpowering (not in a bad way)... floral, lemon-zesty aftertaste with a mild medicinal haze

F: somewhat silkier and more viscous than a pilsner normally be - but only marginally... it still travels rather light on the follow-through... lightly carbonated

O: pretty solid, flavorful pilsner with a mild twist - not unlike 61 being just 60 Min w/ a lil something extra... would love to see a touch more balance with the malt... I could definitely see grabbing a glass of this out and about, but $9.50 for a 4-pack is a joke, sorry

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Photo of Dravin
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a Pilsner glass. Bottled date 2015A.

Look -- Pours an effervescent pale gold with three fingers of head that rapidly collapses to a single finger of medium-tight head. Nice lacing.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, pear, and herbal hops. The pear is fairly forward, not hunting for hints of it in the nose.

Taste - Pear forward as the nose with hints of biscuit in the background. Grassy hops on the back end and a delightful bitterness.

Feel -- Crisp with a dry finish but not extremely so, it's certainly not Jever.

Overall -- A nice refrenshing Pils though the 6% ABV means it's not exactly a session beer. If you like pear I'd certainly recommend it and unlike some fruit beers I've had it isn't overly sweet like someone just poured some juice in the bottle. The pear does mask the delicate malt you find in a pilsner, but if you want the pear to shine I'm not sure you can have it any other way.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is mild fruit and grain.
The taste starts with a mild dry bitterness, then the pear sweetness comes through and tones it down.
The texture is crisp.
It maintains some pilsner qualities but tends to the sweeter side. Enjoyable.

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

bottle picked up at a liquor store in Delaware. Nice crisp pils with some citrus notes. Slick and smooth, nice looking with copious lacing. Clear golden, light finish. Awesome!

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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 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 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 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 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 bongobeer
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking Pils with a light golden color, big foamy head and lots of bubbles streaming up the glass, tastes like a classic lager with some sweet pear in the finish.

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Photo of Gear54
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is hazy golden color with light foam and plenty of carbonation. Very whispy lace left on the glass.

Smell is faint malts and hoppyness. Maybe a fruit note here and there. Basically average pills smell.

Tate is light hops and pairs. I'm surprised at the level of fruity sweetness considering the absence of fruit in the nose. Really well balanced and flavorful.

Feel is crisp and refreshing. Nice beer for a hot day.

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Photo of JDJorgenson
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quite good and surprising actually. Pilsners generally bore me and fruit beers are often too sweet. This is a nice balance and well crafted. And it looks beautiful in my pint glass which has gotten little use after a hard winter of bourbon barrel stouts.

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Photo of Nctide
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a perfectly good beer. The initial taste is traditional Pilsner then the fruit juice starts to come through with a bit too much sweetness for my liking.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, golden color with thin but dense white head, good lacing

S: Malts, slight hoppyness

T: Hop bitterness, sweet, crisp, sour apple, bit of maltiness.

M: Medium feel, smooth, good carbonation

O: Really good beer. As always dogfish does a fine job here. Nice to see this style done justice with so many lack luster offerings from other brewers in this style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5/3...medium gold color, a little hazy, white foam top and sides. Faint nose, light pils smell. Clean pils taste, apples and pears. Slight cider feel. Tea flavor pokes through as well. Very nice.

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

Very refreshing. I'm usually not big on Pilsner's but this was nice. Light copper color. Very subtle pear flavor and a small bite. It did have an odd smell at times, a little feetish?! Can't explain it. Bottle was 3 months old but that seemed reasonable. Would just ding it for smell.

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

Cloudy orange, limited lace left. Apricot and pear, touch of citrus, a little spritzy and bitter bite that sits on the tongue. Very enjoyable and refreshing. I'd get it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is the same as the smell, a bit of pear, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of 303beer
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice white head. Nice golden color. Lots of carbonation. Tastes good. Has a pils flavor with a touch of something. I been eyeballing this four pack for a while. Glad I picked it up.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: April 17, 2015... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: a Star-Wars-with-the-boys evening... APPEARANCE: classic golden yellow body with steady, upward life; thick white head mushrooms above glass with a rocky iceberg jut;... AROMA: as the label promises, Saaz and pear--seems almost too easy, too straightforward for the folks at DFH to solicit; just the same, the scent is promising refreshment... PALATE: a heavy body leaves little doubt this pilsner's intent is to pierce; aftertaste is long lasting on the teeth and lips--the 6% ABV can be felt by its lingering presence; ... TASTE: sweet, metallic Saaz at first sip, but the pear blasts at the profile and hogs the experience; malts suggest a lightly toasted cereal; reasonably balanced... OVERALL: given DFH's usually unusual offerings, this seems subtle, simple approach--and one that wins, though its strength is in its clear profile; it gives what its label promises...

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Photo of chiller413
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer that had a traditional pilsner nose as well as taste at the beginning, then finishes with a slight sweetness from the pear. Glad I tried it but not something that I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead the first of February for $2.99. Bottled on 11/2/2014.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pilsner malts with a hint of fruit juice sweetness.

Taste starts off like a classic pilsner, crisp malts and refreshing hops. Finishes with a puckering pear sweetness.

Mouthfeel starts off crisp and clean and then finishes with a pucker.

Overall an interesting brew. This is not a bad spin of the pilsner style - would do again.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As always Dogfish gets 4 for effort! I've got to visit these guys because only Augie Carton is as creative (in Atlantic Highlands NJ).

A: Massive merengue head, esp for a fruit laced beer and a pilsner.
S: True to pear, which I find is a winter, not a summer flavor. This is a great alternative to the ad infinitum of winter warmers and xmas seasonals. Pear dominant, hops and white bread toast

T: Follows smell - white bread toast with pear jam. Would be a great dessert or breakfast beer. Better as an after dinner beer. Floral, perfumy, rich, spicy. Would like to try the Belgian edition. Lemon grass, herbal, hay notes. Lots - for me too much - going on. Smell edges out taste.

F: Light, slightly metallic like all Delaware beers. (must be the refineries).

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There's a solid pilsner behind the tart pear flavor, but the pear really dragged the whole thing down. The peach was overbearing instead of accentuating, cloying and artificial tasting.

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Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,497 ratings.
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