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Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Piercing PilsPiercing Pils

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,499 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden hued with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation. A miniscule layer of carbonation caps off most of the top of the glass. I smell pears and some subtle Saaz hops. I know that's not shocking considering this beer. Mouth is moderately carbonated and you get a bitterness from the hops that also helps to prickle the tongue. This is straightforward with the bitterness of the hops mingling with the sweetness of the pear flavor. I think the carbonation might need some dialing back, but it's a good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dozier77
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mlklein27
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of KlayWey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bikeboy1
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I finally got some pils glasses for valentine's day and wanted to put them to use. Poured the beer and sucked the remaining beer from the bottle and thought I hope it taste better in the glass. From the bottle taste like skunked beer but from the bottle tasted like an excellent pilsner should. Love the beer and my new glasses. Great lacing. Goes down smooth and has many fruity and flowering tastes. Great session beer.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apple juice colored, without much of a head. This is my first pilsner. Has a distinct aroma, somewhat skunky. Hoppy, carbonated, with a little bit of sweet fruit and that same distinct taste as the aroma. Overall not bad, but not quite as flavorful as I would hope.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I figured I would give this one a shot, since I was able to buy a single bottle. I really enjoy a good pilsner.

The beer is golden hued and clear with a small white head. The aroma is grain, alcohol, pear, apple, sweetness. The flavor is simply disappointing. A sweet, corny mess. Another gimmicky, weird beer from Dogfish Head. How about making a quality beer instead of some whacky, one of a kind mess with unusual ingredients? Unique does not equal good. Lacking the qualities that make a pils beer refreshing, quaffable. No thank you.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2013B 1033. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of malt, hop, pear juice, and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear juice, apple, grape, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear juice, apple, grape, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pear juice, malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a good malt/pear flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A bit too much sweetness, but still has nice balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around good balance and robustness of pear, malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,499 ratings
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