Piercing Pils | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Piercing PilsPiercing Pils
1,499 Ratings
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 Novabrewer
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 12, 2014.

Pale-straw yellow pour with a full, lingering white foamy head and continuous carbonation.

Fascinating aroma of grains, pale malts, sugar, and a kind of lemon zest. Clean crisp hop note.

The body is light to medium which is to be expected for the style but there is a kind of smoothness to it too.

The taste is much like the aroma with a toasted grain and barley flavor and a lemon or citrus zestiness. Clean, dryish finish.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright gold with a head about one inch thick that lasts for a bit. This has a wonderful pilsner - hop smell as soon as you crack the cap. Leaves pretty heavy lacing. The biggest disappointment about this brew to me is that I got no pear notes in the flavor at all. I will say it has a sweet finish to it yet is extremely crisp. I could see this being a great spring or summer review. It is clean going down and very refreshing. Over all a great pilsner, but I just wish the pear notes were clearer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This very beautiful marigold/dandelion color. Nice lacing with a decent two finger head.

S: the scent here is quite recognizable and pleasing. Smells like a decent perry (they smell very close to ciders), followed by that distinct pilsner (lager) smell.

T: Distinct pilsner taste with a nice bit of sweetness. Cool and refreshing. However, I don't get any of the white pear tea. Nice almost floral aftertaste. Minimal hops.

M: Prickly at times, but smooth at others.

O: Glad to see DFH putting out a lager, especially a quirky pilsner like this one. It is a great one for house parties and seems to fit right in. This would seem to be a great beer to get people off macros since it is a lager and by DFH, however it is a seasonal.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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 hosehead83
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Bright gold in color, with a big cloud deck of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, subtle noble hop note.
Taste-Faintly sweet, pilsner malt,cracker malt, Saaz hop presence, noble hop bitterness nicely balanced by the sweetness of pear, lending to an almost creamy crispness if that's possible.
Very nice overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a semi hazy burnt yellow with an inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and sour. Grassy with some pear and herbal and floral hops. The taste is bready with some light pear flavor. Grassy and herbal hop flavors. Light sour green apple as well. Good deal of malts. Sour bread and pear at the finish. The pear flavor seems to be a nice compliment to this style without being too noticeable. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Pretty refreshing beer. If they ever canned this one it would be a great beach beer. Overall, pretty good twist on the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Emnmarko
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Clear and golden with ample carbonation. A large creamy two finger head develops and sticks around and leaves its mark with considerable lacing.

S- Pale malts with a sweet fruity base that I assume comes from the pears. Behind it all is a citrusy hop aroma. Yep this is definitely a pilsner. With a twist.

T- Similar to the smell with a mild malt flavor that is quickly overtaken with the sweet pears in the middle. Throw an apple or two in there for good measure. A slight hop bitterness at the end with a strong dry pear aftertaste.

M- This brew slides down nice with a hand from the near perfect carbonation. Leaves a slight waxy feeling in the back of my throat, not unlike eating a pear. This pilsner has a dry finish.

O- While not my favorite style of beer, this is a good representation of a pilsner. It may be on the sweet side though. I have come to enjoy Dogfish Head brews and this is no exception. I like the creativity and thought they put into their work. A pilsner for sure but like no other. Try it if you have a taste for pilsners, you won't be disappointed.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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