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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 267
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

A Northern German-style Pilsner brewed with imported German Pils malt and hopped with German and Czech hops. Light in body, light straw in color and dry.
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Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that keeps for a while. The beer itself is a clear medium gold color. The appearance looks decent but nothing awe inspiring.

The beer smell is fairly earthy and hoppy with nice bit of bready maltness and sweet pale malt as well. The hops are of two kinds. One has a nice earthy and bitter note to it while the other is sharp.

The beer taste contains the same notes as the smell but that the taste has more balance. The sweet pale malts are much stronger than in the smell. The hops are still earthy and bitter. Also, has very bitter aftertaste.

The beer feel is a bit heavy for a pilsner but still refreshing. Leaves a dry aftertaste.Biting carbonation but not a lot.

Overall, a decent pilsner and worth getting. This one was bought towards the end of its shelf life but it still gave me a good experience. (855 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy fingers-width of head.

Smell: Well, it smells like a German pilsner, that's for sure - hops, honey and more than a hint of mown grass. Quite a fresh, 'summery' smell. Just the sort of thing to lift the spirits in the middle of a typically dank British winter.

Taste: Not quite sure what's going on here - most of the smells apparent in the smell aren't there in the taste. Definitely a honey-sweet kind of taste up front with dry hoppiness coming in in the aftertaste. Quite unlike any other pilsner that I've had, but not at all bad for it. Crisp and fresh.

Feel: Again, very crisp and fresh with a dry finish - oddly, there's no overt hoppiness here. Even so, I could well imagine enjoying a few of these during the hotter months.

Overall: I'm trying to think when I last had beer from a can and I honestly can't remember. What I do know is that it wasn't nearly as good as this. Cans seem to be making a comeback and if this is typical of a canned craft beer then bring it on. Calling this a proper pils is probably wide of the mark, but as an American interpretation of same it more than stands on its own merits. Well worth tracking down - it'd make a superb summer drink. (1,262 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My beer guru picked up a variety pack of Skyfox and this is one off the ones he left for me. No recommendation one way or the other so Not sure what to expect. Decent looking beer for a pils. Surprising taste, as a non fan of pils, I actually enjoyed this one. I have a couple more of Skyfox and I now have a little expectations. Good beer. (340 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack sampler cans while on vacation at Delaware shore with best by date on bottom of 7/19/14 (drinking it on 7/11).

Has more of an orange IPA appearance than the normal yellow/straw color of other pilsners I've seen. Nice puffy head with lots of carbonation and great retention.

Has a very pleasant smell for a pils. German hops, grassy smell. Very nice.

Taste - Taste was a little off putting at first and not really sure what flavors I'm picking up here. Perhaps a sweet cracker kinda taste? After a few more sips, I've gotten used to this unique flavor profile on a pilsner and its sessionable. Has your typical dry/crisp finish for a pilsner. I'm really not picking up much of the typical Noble hop flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel is fine for a a cold summer beer.

Overall - Its a fine beer. Not the best flavor profile representative of the style, but is still a good summer brew and enjoyable. (918 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pilsner glass, this beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma mostly floral and grassy. There was a tiny bit of citrus, and an even smaller bit of spice.

Taste of lemon and grapefruit. Flowery. A bready background. There was some late pepper.

A hoppy and refreshing pilsner. Would drink this again. (346 characters)

Photo of argock
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden hue with a short cap of nearly white head with a short rim of lacing near the top of the glass.

S: Solid pilsener aroma of slight sulfur, floral, spicy hoppiness, and a big bready maltiness

T: The bready maltiness is the big leader in the flavor of this brew, but it is nicely balanced by punches of floral, herbal, spicy noble hops. No yeast chracter or evident alcohol character. Light-moderate bitterness also enhances drinkability.

M: Also on point with light body and active carbonation.

O: A really fine German pils with a nice bready, crackery malt character and good dose of bitterness from noble hopping. (714 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a North-German style pilsner.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A hazy pale-gold hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good stability; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Lovely lacing - this beer looks spot on. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of noble hops, grass/hay, subtle floral notes and earthy yeast. Possesses a depth that only properly matured lagers have.

Tastes of light malt and grassy hops, with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of mild grain, grass/hay, noble hops, faint floral hints, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a twinge of sulphur in the background. A restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter noble hops and faint earthy yeast.

Nice - a tasty pilsner with good depth. It looks superb (perhaps enhanced by the glass), while the aroma and flavour have subtle hop and malt notes that balance perfectly. Good body. A great little brew - crisp and refreshing. Well worth grabbing if you come across it. (1,301 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cistercian12 for this extra in a trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Hazy light gold with a finger of white fluffy head and a good amount of visible carbonation. It rather looks more like a light wheat beer or a berliner than a typical pils.

S: Pilsner malts with a moderate DMS undertones, lager yeasts with a bit of lemony esters, and some wheat graininess.

T: Light pilsner malts with only mild sulfurous character, some mild hop bitterness (although I would consider it a heavy hop presence for style) with floral and grassy flavors with a nice amount of bitterness. Some lager yeastiness with lemon citrus fruity esters. Clean finish, with just a mild hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body but good carbonation sensation prevents it from feeling watery. Low alcohol presence.

O: This was really quite tasty. I'm not sure the higher hop presence is appropriate to style, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe my favorite Pilsner I've had. (1,003 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #33 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Sly Fox is a respected brewer around these parts, although I don't have a great familiarity with their beers. I picked a six of this up in a specialty store, partly because I was looking for something refreshing, partly because I was charmed by the cans.

Has the typical yellowish/brassy color. Did not retain it's head much, which I thought was disappointing, but so it goes. The nose is basically fresh oranges and hops, which is a little weird but is by no means unpleasant. Mouthfeel is very soft, unusually so, although there is a bit of a coating of the palate on the backend. Flavors continue in this restrained mode: very light hops, very light orange, and a fairly light finish of very light spice.

This is a soft, mellow take o the Pilsner style, and it's yet another example of an American craft brew that, if it ever saw mass marketing, would likely be widely enjoyed by the mass public. (Philadelphia Brewing's Kenziger strikes me as another example of this.) I would not posit this as my go-to for the style, but it ain't bad at all, and I think would session extremely well. Also a good pick to introduce a conservative friend to craft beer -- shouldn't be that far out of anyone's comfort zone. Mildly recommendable. (1,331 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice looking pilsner, starts off with a good kiss of creamy foam, then pours into a perfect golden brass and crystal clear body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides, but settles with slow rising pinhead crawling. Head is bleach white with soapy retention and sticks around for a good amount of time.

Hinting grassy hops, very mineral clean smelling. Some hints of thick honey like malts and density to match. Very solid and refreshing.

Palate comes with an interesting angle. Good sense of grassy and herbacious green hops, with a little bit of minerality on the finish. A good dense malt backbone which lingers on the swallow letting the hop action come forward. Some light toasty white bread manages to escape, with a real nice aftertaste. Slightly sticky, but this is a bit hop forward than the usual classic take on pils.

This is a real interesting take, Czech added hops with German ingredients to boot. Came out with a nice contrast and very enjoyable. (1,023 characters)

Photo of boddhitree
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

First of all, I love the design of the can, where you can open fully and try to get aroma without pouring it in a glass. Nonetheless...

Virtually no aroma.

Decent bitterness up front, doesn't taste like any Pils malts were used, not much Pils malt sweetness, needs maltier aftertaste.

Decent thickness but could be thicker. VERY disappointing. (347 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, but date is illegible.

pale yellow color, slightly hazy. thin bright white head. grassy earthy aroma. mild flavor, slight corn/grain taste and mild earthy hops. thin body, medium carbonation. easy drinking. not my favorite style, but easy drinking summer beer. (273 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Golden to straw colour twith good clarity and is topped with a 0.5cm, foamy white head.

Hoppy with citrus smell and some fresh, light malts. There is some touches of pine on the nose too and an earthy bitterness towards the end.

Citrus and pine mix with light hops and a touch of pilsener malts. There is some light bitterness from the middle onwards and I could detect some lemon and grassy hops too.

Light bodied and coming with a nice citrus tang and a smooth crisp feel. There is some bitterness toward the end but this is quite light and refreshing.

Not a bad pilsener at all. It has a great light and refreshing taste that goes down very easily and would make a great session beer. (741 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Served in a Pilsner glass. Pours a full three inch tall billowy white head on a hazy dull straw golden colored body. Splotchy lacing with a nice white cap sticking around the very end.

S- Clean, noble hop aromas. About as authentic of an aroma as a German Pils from Pennsylvania can get.

T- Agin with the cleanliness, this time pale malts with the hops presence. Has just the slightest citrus kick on the tail end of each sip that I am really digging. Hides what (relatively) little alcohol it has very well; could drink for days.

M- Smoother mouthfeel than I was expecting. I was thinking the carbonation would be more biting than it actually is.

D/O- The orange pithy aftertaste would make me keep coming back if this were available to me all the time. Highly drinkable. As is, it will stay on my "wants" list in hopes for another try in the future. Well received by this dude and recommended to pils fans. Thanks a ton to PAbeerdude for getting me a couple cans of this long time want! (995 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-05-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear yellow with a 1-finger white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves mild lace.

S - Light bread, hints of lemon and floral. Pretty mild.

T - Bread, lemon tartness, white pepper, light herbal. Lingering citrus, pepper and a good amount of bitterness. It has its own Pils flavor thing going on. Certainly different that a Victory Prima Pils or a Troegs Sunshine Pils.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. It's got some substance at first and then dries nicely. Refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this brew on a hot, almost-summer day and would be glad to have it again. (625 characters)

Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a hazed light orange with a big bubbly near white head. Head settles to a nice layer with good lace. Good looking pils.

Brew smells of grassy and fruity hops. Pale malts as well. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and has a mellow smooth finish. Good hops and pale malts here, grassy, fruit and biscuit round out good flavors. Good stuff here.

A great pils, one of the better I have had. I normally don't session pilsners, but this is one worth sessioning for sure. (493 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Pony Bar. The beer appears clear and pale golden with a thin white collar. The aroma brings floral hops and grain. The taste follows suit. Nicely balanced with a lovely hop finish. I may need to get another round of this. I love a good pilsner. (260 characters)

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

German Pilseners are among my favorite style and there are a lot of good ones. This was was ok but not my favorite.

Appearance was a light straw with a very active head that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was mostly bread but you could detect some hop aroma as well as a bit of the yeast.

Flavor was good and to style. Definitely refreshing. Just not as good as some of my favorites.

A good pilsener. (407 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear yellow color with a beautiful fluffy 1-2 finger snow white head that faded slowly leaving good spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top around the rim.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, grains, light caramel, yeast, light herbs, coriander, a hint of lemon and bread or cracker. Very light and refreshing aroma that is well balanced.

Tastes of sweet malt, bread, floral hops, flowers, herbs, lemon, citrus hops, biscuit, light caramel, grains, mild spices like pepper and coriander, orange peel and a very faint yeast funk at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp at the same time, with very mild carbonation, a very light body and sweet malty finish that trails off with a tiny bitterness.

Overall it is light and crisp, refreshing and extremely easy to drink. Definite session beer and perfect for the summer, I liked it a lot and thought it was a great American representation of this style. (922 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid gold body with a rip-roaring carb. Thin bubbles evacuating, but not supporting much more than a thin lip of white head. I could write my name in the lacing inside the glass. 4.0

Great German hop and pale malt balance. Super-dry aroma. Grassy notes, almost clay-like earthy. Untouchable crispness. 4.0

Dry and bitter with some in-between fruity character. Dead grass, unobtrusive coppery note, Noble hops, and pale coarse grain. A tad gingery. 4.0

Thin in body, rigorous with the carbonation. A little in-check with the drinkability. 3.5

Nice little pils from Sly Fox. Go PA! 4.0 (589 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a thin bubbly head. The nose is great, light vienna malts, hints of bread and dough with a floral perfumy hop and light note of grass. The taste has vienna and pale malts, lightly toasted bread with hints of dough. The hop balance adds perfumy hops and some light grassy notes with a touch of resigny hop in the back. The body is thicker and a touch viscous with a nice carbonation. Very tasty but a little on the heavy side for a pilsner. (478 characters)

Photo of jmarklan
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow color with a nice white head that has good retention. Very nice lacing as well.

S: A nice balance between hops and grainy malts.

T: Hops up front, pepper and zesty with notes of citrus, then transitioning into the slighty grainy and grassy malts in the back. Not overly flavorful, but the taste lingers afterwords and is very pleasant.

M: Light and thin with perfect carbonation.

Overalll: A very nice flavor profile that goes great with excellent drinkability. This is the first brew i've tried by Sly Fox and i'd sure like to see what else they have. (621 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of cans from my local distributor.

A: Pours a gold color with nice two-finger white head. A bit of chill haze seems apparent. Good carbonation.

S: Nice delicate, floral hop aroma. Perhaps a slight lemony aroma. A bit dough-like and bready. Smells great. Nice & crisp.

T: Again with the floral hops, this time in the taste. Great crisp, clean pilsner malt character.

M: Light & refreshing. Tad bitter towards the end.

O: A great craft pils. One of my new favorites. Glad that this is local beer as I'll surely be having more. (545 characters)

Photo of JMWEB2
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color, and nice white head. Great retention leaves some expansive lacing behind.

S: Light toasted pilsner malt, and some noble hops in there.

T: Its a grain-like pilner malt taste, and a little spice in the hop finish, smooth, and simple.

M: Light to medium body, good carbonation, and a nice refreshingly dry finish.

O: Great drinkability, and its in a can so its great for summer. (402 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a bright clear light golden yellow color with a ½" thick white creamy head that recedes slowly to leave a thin layer of foam on the liquid and a sheet of foam around the rim. Sipping turns part of ring of foam into scattered speckles of lacing and patches of leggy lacing that cling to the sides of the glass. Throughout most of the beer there is a sheet of foam on one side of the glass and sipping leaves behinds scattered speckles of lacing on the other.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and grassy with some floral, spicy character, along with light traces of the pilsner malt.

Taste: The flavors are predicted pretty much by the nose, with some floral, grassy character supported by layers of light malt and some spicy, lemony bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied but slightly crisp with a prickly fine carbonation. Finish is medium to long in length with an earthy grassy bitterness that fades quietly into dryness

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and drinkable brew and I could easily have another without hesitation. As I have in the past I'll continue to include this beer in its rotation along with some of the other favorite Pils style beers so there is no question I'll be having this beer again. (1,358 characters)

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.