Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Sly Fox beer and I'm digging it.

It pours a a good looking golden pilsner colour, some lacing is left behind. There's a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top of the pilsner glass. The color is a little muted however.

The smell is decent.. but not terribly complex or interesting. It starts a touch sweet and finishes with a hint of lemon hoppiness. The taste is similar in style but much better in delivery. It reminds me very much of Victory Prima Pils but its less in your face and more sessionable as a result. A nice balance between sweet malts and crisp lemon bitter hoppiness on the back end. Well done.

Mouthfeel is soft (the way a good pilsner should be) with a slightly crisp carbonation. Nice work.

Drinkability is really where this beer shines I think. It goes down in gulps and the levels are such that I don't think you could ever get sick of it. Great job.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light pale yellow with a huge fizzy white head. I had to actually wait to pour the rest in the glass. Cans give awesome head retention I must say. The head had a nice slow fade and left behind lots of lace. This color was very very bright and had lots of sediment in the bottom. Smell was very light and crisp. Smelled very lively. Nice light lemon and grass flavors, with a hint of yeast and grain. The taste was just great, smooth, big carbonation made it very refreshing. Very very hoppy for a pilsner with a nice pine resin flavor and hints of grapefruit, and pineapple and lemon. Big dry finish that was nice and bitter. This was awesome and really awoke a rekindling of the pilsner. I normally find them a bit bland, but this has renewed my intrest and I look forward to trying some again in the warmer months to come.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can at Idle Hands, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has some crisp refreshing properties and would be a good aperitif or accompaniment with food.

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

A beer I had a few times when I used to haunt the Phoenixville location a few years back,this poured into a pilsner a clear dull lighter yellow with a big blooming white head head leaving rings of lace behind as it settled slowly.Nice hop presence in the nose fresh cut grass and some herbal notes along with some fresh baked bread and mineral.Somewhat dry on the palate quite crisp and bready with a noticable spicey herbal hop finish really gives this beer a smack.A pretty sharp pilsner beer here with a real hop profile,very solid.


Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery in Phoenixville

Appearance: gold in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: grass and toasted malt--very fresh smelling

Taste: grass, grain, touch of hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: I could drink this all day if this were available here. On tap this is one of the cleanest and freshest tasting beers I have had. This one is a perfect session ale. Great for the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this can.

The beer pours a clear, light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some bready malt, along with some grassy hops. The flavor is pilsener malt, grassy hops and a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice German pilsener.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,A white creamy head,a little on the thin side.A light gold,straw color.The head dissapated fariley quickly.A fruity,slightly bready aroma.Not real aromamatic.A clean taste,slightly grainey.A light mouthfeel,A tart,tingly,with a citrusy hop finish.A light bodied,very drinkable,session beer.Not a real flavorful brew,not a bad brew either.Would be a good summertime tailgate party beer,were bottles are not permitted.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

pours a light pale golden color with a nice big fluffy head. Nos is really light and faint. It's slightly hoppy and sweet but very tame.

Taste is quite tame as well, it's got some light sulfur that's refreshing and sweet. Light hoppiness is really good. Overall it's a great beer for the style.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clearly labeled on the can that this was produced and canned at the Royersford locale so here it goes after stopping in at Mad Mex looking for some Sly Fox draft products I saw the beer list that said Sly Fox cans "New" and I was like I take one of each for eight bucks...ouch!!! I wanted to taste the can product before diving into a case so here it goes...appears a crystal clear pale golden hue forms a rocky large white head leaves magnificant fine even layers of lacing done my pint glass. Aroma is full of noble Saaz galore...very hoppy aromatic herbally goodness with biscuit mineral malt character very nice mix of tones coming to my senses. Taste is slightly grassy with a mix of citrus peels in there as well mineral water with all of the herbal hops and light toasted malts bring a biscuit crisp mild sweetness but overall this canned product finishes nice and dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied by no means though is this one thin or watery crisp carbonation capable of tickling the back of the throat but not overly bitey very smooth on the palate. Drinkability...what can be said some one has brewed an incredibly tasty and drinkable pils and offered in cans thank the beer gods for those guys out in the philly suburbs. Oh yeah and if your interested and I went along and picked up a case for 25 bucks great investment you'll love the packaging little mini cases each with 12 cans...cute.

Photo of Stigs
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz pour, on tap at The Blue Dust...served in a standard pint glass

A - pours crystal clear light straw foam...about a half in of loose bubbly lace holds up for maybe a minute before falling to a thin ring. besides the quick flash of head you would think this is any macro.

S - mostly grain, crackers, very slight pepper in the malts...kissed by some noble hops

T - missing a bit here. just a flash of very slightly bitter, grassy noble hops joined by a somewhat bland grainy malt profile. no character, just boring.

M - very thin body, as expected...where is all the carbonation? a beer like this needs it more than any to get any flavor profiles out.

D - you could tell the effort was good, just didnt really follow through. about one (modest) step above any BMC offering. only went down somewhat quickly to get to something different.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr.Jay for bringing up.Good small head on lighter yellow. A nice bitterness and drinkability at 44 IBU. Clean and fresh and refreshing. Unfiltered gives it a cloudiness and a tad complexity to the aroma more than the flavour.Carbonation about right.

Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, obtained via the pre-football season bif and kegatron after a nice soccer match

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, pale straw-golden body with a big beige foam head and wavy lacing, very clear body and really light

smell: nice wave of citrusy hops, but not over the top...lemon zest, sweet grassy malts

taste: nice pils, in a can! This brew has a stand-up citrus hop profile and a bit of lemon but doesnt stray too far from the style. The malt presence is light, sweet, and grassy/earthy. Nice enjoyable pils

mouthfeel: light, crisp, and fresh

drinkability: high

Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, there are two Pikeland Pils's listed on BA, most reviews for this beer are under the Phoenixville Brewery listing, but on my can it says it was brewed and bottled in Royerford, PA.

This beer looks amazing, it has a white head that won't stop and reminds me of Duvel. Smells of sweet, light malts. The flavor is bland at first but then the hops kick in. Overall tastes of long-lasting grassy, earthy hops with added grapefruit and a bit of fruity malt. A little hoppier than the imports I've had, more like Prima Pils. Actually it's a lot like Prima Pils, but I think I like this better. My can was a touch over carbonated, but it was still very drinkable.

I've heard people recommend this to beer noobs, but I dont think I'd do the same. The flavor is really all in the bitterness, so if you're not into that, tough.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a can of this in a trade. Drinking it while I brew my first all grain beer. Its a DIPA.

Pours a cloudy citrus orange. Thin head formed at the top but dissipated fast. No lacing.

Smells citrusy. Some malt background smells. But mostly of lemon and orange.

Tastes crisp and refreshing. I can see this being a good lawnmower beer. Slightly maltier than other pilseners I have had but I like that.

Mouthfeel is good but there is a slight lingering aftertaste that is kind of funky. Its a malty aftertaste with slight bitterness.

Overall a great pilsner that if I had easy access to it I would buy it more often but I'm not going to waste a trade trying to get it.

Photo of kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Clear yellow with white foamy head, little lace.
Bracing, clean pils hop aroma, with nice maltiness. The crispness and bitterness hit full on start to finish, exceptionally clean and refreashing. Great job, nailed the style. Perfect to anjoy several of these on a warm day. I love that this comes in cans, too, so convenient!!

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into Roxy Rolles glass.

A- Clear, bright gold. Loose
foam on top.

S- Fresh berries (blueberry, raspberry,strawberry...). Lemony grain. Nice but unexpected. A bit of sulfur.

T- Ah here are the hops. Great noble hop taste. The good kind of grassy with a very nice, floral and slightly white grapefruit-like bitterness and finish. Malt is crisp and bready and just present enough to carry the hops.

M- Crisp, fine carbonation. Medium body but still a generally light feeling beer. Finish isn't very dry.

O- Very refrsehing, nice flavor. This is a very good beer. I wish someone in Quebec would make something similar to this (and others like Prima Pils). You got a Heineken loving friend? Have him try this. Help him understand what his beer drinking life could be like.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with hints of honey, with a nice and fluffy pure white head. Seems to be a shade darker than most Pils. The aroma is of pale malts, a bit bready, and light grassy hops, a touch sweeter than expected. The taste seems to be spot on for a German Pils. A light cracker like malt, with some bitter stale grassy noble hops, a bit metallic and hints of honey. Seems to be more bitter than most Pils and dry, perhaps this is a take on the Northern German Pils, like Jever. A solid body, holds well on the palate, very dry with a bitter finish; typical pils. A nice example of the style, dryer and a tad more bitter than most. Gets a plus for being in a can. Recommended.

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with one finger of white head that had good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Herbal, grassy hops dominate the aroma. This seems to be a very hoppy pilsener from the aroma. And so it is in flavor as well. All 44 IBUs can be tasted. Very herbal and grassy that made the first sip a bit of a surprise. It seems to get tamer the deeper in the glass I get. The malt is dry and cracker like. Light body with abundant carbonation that stops short of being harsh. Just like a pilsener should be. A light, dry pilsner that has more hops than just about any other beer of this style I have encountered.

Photo of TheBCrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Clear golden color with 1 finger of dense head that dissipates leaving slight lacing. Earthy hop aroma with a hint of lager yeastiness. Taste is initially sweet with the hop balance coming through in the middle for a nice, crisp, clean, dry finish. Medium-light bodied with great drinkability. Nice session beer; refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A crystal maize pour yields a thin, frumpy dirty white head that was short in retention but left large stratified layers for a lacing. Visible carbonation was light, of spacious nature composed of micro-bubbles rising at a moderate pace.

S: The nose was light, with a blend of lemon peels and semi-dry oranges. The grains were there to be appreciated, some cereal grains and soft wheat are a nice touch with underlying notes of lemony zest appearing on the close.

T: Dry grains, hints of dry wheat with a dry lemony zest zing for a hopping. Clean and very smooth in flavor, aptly suited per style the hopping gets surprising amped up a bit on the finish with a good display of some spicy Czech hops and some bitter lemon peels and oranges.

T: The flavor started out only slightly better then average, but I quickly started to warm up to this and appreciate the cleanly brewed nature that this had to offer. Very well balanced and highlights the fine brewing craftmenship that went into this beer.

M: One of my major complaints is the lazy mouthful due to the lack of crispness and carbonation. Not particularly sharp in delivery but rather lazy with an undervalued effervesce.
A decent dry pilsner grain malting and spicy hop fade comes to the rescue on the swallow.

D: Here is where I think this shines the most. Very clean, dry with the grains being the highlight of the drink with just enough hop indication to be appreciable to those who like an added punch to their pils (maybe not so much as victorys prima) but still a nice compliment. Exceptionally smooth going down, and down and down. Keg worthy.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz can of Pikeland Pils served in a Troegenator seidel, because everything tastes better in a seidel.

A: The pils is a ale yellow color vigourous head that laces. Surprisingly, I also see a little pool of sediment in the glass, not something that I've seen in a pilsener.

S: The beer has a biscuity malt aroma with light hop notes.

T: The hops are crisp and earthy, finishing long. The malty biscuit taste is strong and at times overpowers the hops, but always recedes into the background.

M: The hops are clean, but not as crisp as they should be.

D: Very drinkable, even with the restrained hop character. Good for a lazy summer beach day.

Photo of malthead
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received, in the back of a Burger King parking lot, as a bonus in my first trade with Guzzle221. Can is labeled from the Royersford location, so posting here.

Nice blonde color, a little hazy, but not much head retention, although not bad for a pilsner. Light smell of clean German hops, nothing outstanding or overpowering but very nice in a subdued way. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops, with a twinge of honey sweetness. Tart, lip-smacking bitterness. I could probably have quite a few of these. I'm not an expert on Pils, but this is a very nice, refreshing little beverage.

Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can glugs into an 0,3L Zywiec flute glass. 2/8/11 printed on can.

Pale straw gold color, dense and fluffy cap of white foam that has a creamy texture to it's surface. Head remains for the first few sips, coating the sides with lacing. A few trails of languid bubbles rise up from the base of the glass.

Aroma is a little light, sweet but dry honeyed grains, wet hay, grassy noble hops. Clean and inoffensive.

Ample dry hop bitterness, floral and very grassy in the finish. Dry lingering grass notes really hang on, noticeable a minute or two after taking a sip. Some cracker and white bread in the middle balance things out. Moderate carbonation, low enough to suggest German/Euro style origins. Body is light and quenching, seems like a good warm weather session beer. Thanks Mike!

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.