Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Bohemian 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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Ratings: 1,503 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of MaxOhle
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChuckTom
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear light golden color. 2 fingers of fluffy white head leave nice lacing on my glass.

S: Faint pear and fruit... bread... malts and faint hops.

T/F: Bready malts at the front with the pear present and providing a mild sweetness that is rather pleasing. A bit spicy, perhaps from the tea? The hops come in at the end and clean up the palate so that it finishes dry. Good carbonation, smooth and drinkable.

O: A very nice take on a classic style... and just off-centered enough to come from Dogfish Head. That being said... I think even Czech purists could enjoy this beer. Well made, refreshing, and a nice drinking experience.

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

Photo of jmg480
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BethanyB
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Giant bubbly white head clear medium gold body with columns of big round bubbles of carbonation throughout.

The pear smell is so pungent, you can taste it. It mixes with zesty citrus hops, lemongrass, and classic Pils malt.

Clean, balanced taste upfront, with dry bitterness settling in post swallow along with a light prickly pear flavor. Malt is grainy, yet refined, perfect for the style. Hop flavor and bitterness is lacking, however, and more of that pear would be welcome.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. A bit creamy, but still crisp and mildly dry.

A good session beer overall. Quite refreshing. The innovation expected by the pear addition is missing, however, and very mild bitterness makes the lager too light in comparison with today's better Pilsners.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled 2015, weird that is all it says. Pours an attractive yellow,with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves a nice ring of lace.

Smell biscuit, pear, lemon, pine, and fresh cut grass.

Taste follows biscuit, pear, vanilla, upfront with a nice balance of lemon and pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel is big for the style, moderate carbonation, not very dry, and very drinkable.

Overall you know what this is a very nice pilsner, the pear very mild and blends nicely with everything else going on. Impressed and really wasn't expecting much.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is fairly muted but you can pick up some of the pear & tea, though not sure it is a combo I loved. Taste is clean & pretty straightforward with some golden & pale malt, a hint of peppery spice and muted hops. The peach is there too but I lost the tea, peach is more of a dry rind flavor, which probably mixes better with the style that some sweet fruitiness. Good

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden color, with a fairly substantial head which retains well.

Smells of pilsner yeast, malts, and sweet fruits, predominantly pears.

Taste is light, but with an incredibly satisfying fruity and sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, with great moderate carbonation. The 6% ABV is hidden away quite impressively considering the style. This is not a re-imagination of the style, and will not convert DIPA-lovers to the gospel of the Czech pilsner, but by God is this a well-brewed beer.

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

Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 2015A

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some pears/citrus. The taste is malty, hoppy, sweet, with some pears/citrus. Medium body. Overall, this really surprised me, very nice brew. I like DFHs take on this one.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyNole
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow in color with an orange hue and a light haze. Poured with a short bright white foam with good retention. Medium malty aroma up front with bready, crusty notes. Light floral and earthy resinous hop aromas along with light fruity notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation that slowly grows from beginning to end. Medium malt flavor up front followed by floral hoppiness. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle tempered by sweet fruit flavors. Finished with a sweet pear flavor and a delayed semi-dryness. Easy drinking and refreshing. An interesting twist on a Czech pilsner, although generally lacked the hop bitterness that is typical for the style. DFH makes thrir own rules though - but a pilsner that's more to style is better than this.

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Photo of McHenry
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TH28
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 12/2/15 bottle date. Appearance: Light golden, clear, white foam head, decent lacing. Aroma: Bready malt, spicy Saaz hops, slight woody pear. Taste: Light, bready malt sweetness, light green apple and pear fruitiness, and a sharp, strong spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with some slight creaminess. Moderate carbonation. Finish: Spicy Saaz hop bitterness lingers long after the swallow, with a touch of bready pear maltiness. Overall: Interesting take on a Czech Pils. Has a nice Saaz hop component, and the pear addition adds a softer, sweeter overall flavor to the beer. Creates a more balanced flavor profile than the typical Czech P

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Photo of JayRichter44
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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 butters_mcgee
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of digitalflood
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erockss
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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