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 Brew33
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Starts off with a finger thick, pale white, foamy head that looks like soap. A cloudier pils than others I've had, it's a bit hazy with some slight carbonation and a golden straw color with hues of orange.

I suppose there's some pear in here, but it's pretty muted with all the other aromas on the nose. I get a good amount of bread, sweet maltiness, and earthy hops.

There's the pear! It's definitely present on the taste buds. It's that refreshing, sweet, granular taste, that's still light and juicy. A great addition to a pils I'd say. Not to be overshadowed, there's some sweet breadiness, and tangy and earthy, grassy hops.

Some may hate this, but there's something almost juice like about this beer. It's got some of that nectar-like sweetness, but still retains the medium carbonation and light body of a beer. It's not nearly as dry or bitter as other pils, and I think the pear juice may contribute to that, but it doesn't make this any less a pils.

I've had many DFH beers that were good, but none that made me long for their distribution the way this beer has. I really wish this was available to me so I could make it my beer for the next six months. Outstanding.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Pours a white, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear straw color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pear and some malt nose, flavor is nearly sweet pear, some background hops. $2.65 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very light golden color with a moderate, creamy white head that clings to the glass, leaving lacing.

Smell: A pleasant mingling of hops, sweet malts and pear.

Taste: The pear and tea flavors hit immediately, giving way to a lingering pleasant bitterness from the hops. Both the pear and tea flavors are pronounced without overwhelming the balance of the beer.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, smooth and light (perhaps a little too much so, approaching but not entering "watery").

Overall: I'm not usually a fan of pilsner, but this is a great one. The flavor profile is complex, not dominated by the tea and pear flavors. You can definitely taste the tea though, so if that sounds unappealing to you, avoid this one. Dogfish Head brings the quality I've come to expect from them to a kind of beer you might not expect them to attempt, and they pull it off very well. I'd say that the feel just barely keeps this beer from "outstanding" territory, but it's still one of the best pilsners I've ever had.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow pour with a small head and medium carbonation. Initial taste is light grain and yeast. Body has a good bit of grass and biscuit plus hints of lemon, malt and pear. Only a slightly hint of bitterness on the finish.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Poured a nice cloudy golden color with a one finger white head that receded to a ring of white that left slight lacing down the glass. A very true to style and quite appealing pilsner look. Scents of lager yeast, pear, spicy hops and grainy malt. A good classic Czech pilsner scent, with the nice addition of pear from the pear juice. Flavor begins with a citrus-like sweetness, some pear and a bit of hop bitterness, moving into some bready malt and spicy, herbal hop flavors in the middle alongside some sweet citrus, finishing with herbal hops and grain with an aftertaste of herbal hops and grainy malt. A good, well-rounded pilsner flavor, with some sweetness added from the pear juice, but not enough to overpower the hops and malt. Balanced and refreshing, as a pilsner should be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a juicy mouthfeel. True to style and very easy to drink. Overall this is a good take on a Czech pilsner, that while not incredibly unique for the style, does offer enough that is different to stand out somewhat. The pear juice adds a dimension of fruity sweetness that works well alongside the traditional pilsner flavors and makes this one quite nice to drink.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,504 ratings