Dogfish Head Piercing Pils

Dogfish Head Piercing Pils

Rated 3.584 by BeerPals

Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Fruit Beer

6% Alcohol by Volume

35 International Bittering Units

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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.

ID: 55428 Last updated 5 months ago Added to database 7 years ago

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Overall Rank2050
Overall Percentile95.7
Style Rank18 of 1222
Style Percentile98.5
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.778
Weighted Score3.584
Standard Deviation0.291

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  • CYBERCAT 10138 reviews
    rated 3.2 4 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours clear yellow with a thick eggshell head that has some staying power. Crisp aroma presents fresh malt and pear tones, nothing special but appetizing. Flavor delivers crisp malty and firm near-perry notes, rather like a pils mixed with pear cider. Resiny, slightly bitter hops provide a nice undertone. Mouthfeel features average body and fizz, and it goes down nicely. Let it pierce you.

  • MINGO51 678 reviews
    rated 4.0 6 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A beautiful looking beer in the glass, bubbles race up from the bottom throughout the entire beer. Clear, dark golden body topped by a thick white head that left very nice lace. The aroma I'd slightly sour hops, pear and grass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very drinkable. Flavor is grassy hops, sweet pear (which does not dominate as much as the label implies) and ends very clean.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.8 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I picked a 4-pack of this beer up from Anthony's on 32'nd Street in Ocean City, Maryland. This was a REALLY nice summer beer. The base is a pilsner-style, however, there are mild pear notes. The bottle states that the beer is brewed with pear juice - I was expecting an overly sweet beer - but the pear presence was subtle and quite nice. Good beer!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Light straw pour, ample head and lacing. Sweet pear and apple nose and taste, light and pleasant, nicely offset with light grassy hops, tasty and refreshing. Another easy to drink brew.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a semi cloudy light yellow with a one finger off white head that lofts a bit. Decent amount of carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma is a pleasant combination of malts and lemon. The taste is apparent to what the were trying to do. Hint's of the pear, lemon, slight metal, and pilsner malts. Very candy like ending. This is very good.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I saw "pear" and got my hopes up. I love pears. I do not love pilsners. This is a sad tale. Clear gold beer with an almost greenish tint, tall foamy head becoming a rocky dense cap. Tart and sweet aroma makes me think it is a pear pils, with a yeasty bitterness on the fruit. The flavor is mostly that yeasty bitterness, biting then mellowing then lingering. Grapey and yeasty-- I can't pick out any pear. And I do so love pear. Tons of fine lace down the glass, prickly and a bit sticky, heavy.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.8 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a semi hazy burnt yellow with an inch of head. Grassy aromas with some pear, herbal and floral hops. The taste is sour bread with grassy and herbal hops and a good deal of malts. The pear comes out as it warmed. The pear flavor seems to be a nice compliment to this style without being too noticeable. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, pretty good twist on the style.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I'd think of this as a pilsner first, that just happens to have some pear juice. Pretty classic pils aroma and taste at first, a little surprising. Good n crisp, noble hop presence. Only as it warmed did the pear become obvious. Cold, it was just a hint except for in the aftertaste. A nice change, and a cheaper one, from all the expensive arse ancient honey based brews.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Golden sunshine in color with a very big frothy textured, white head rising above. There's great hang time on the head. Lots of bubbles in the body. Great hang time on the head. Impressive lacing of film and thinner ringlet. Grainy, earthy profile with a strong hint of tea and some pears. Palate cleansing.

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