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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-19-2011 18:36:59 | More by tzieser
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

12-09-2011 23:32:40 | More by dwaz
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

01-25-2013 16:59:16 | More by hopandbarley28
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%

A: yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Lacing is quite persistent.

S: bread and crisp saaz blend well in a gentle bouquet.

T: crisp with a touch of bread, followed by a but of spicy hops. Exactly what a pils should be.

M: light in body with a bit of carbonation. I would have like to see a bit more bubbles on the tongue, but still quite nice.

D: I really love it when an American brewery nails this style. This is a great example of the pils, and you don't have to pay for it to be imported!

12-17-2009 01:55:38 | More by Avagadro
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

09-24-2012 20:45:54 | More by jjd315
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-06-2012 04:47:45 | More by Elfastball7
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-09-2012 02:33:00 | More by ejimhof
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-02-2012 17:11:12 | More by zekeman17
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-16-2014 14:11:03 | More by Fettpopps
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-15-2011 20:22:00 | More by victory4me
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-08-2014 18:16:25 | More by Brewlikemike
Photo of tigg924


4.47/5  rDev +17%

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.

11-10-2010 15:51:58 | More by tigg924
Photo of speter

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +17%

Poured from 12-oz can into pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with a nice head that unfortunately doesn't hold up, quickly fading to a small bit of foam.

S: Spot-on noble hops with a hint of grain.

T: A nicely-balanced initial hit of malt and hops goes to a nicely bitter finish, dry and hoppy.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium body.

D: A very nice session beer (if I'm allowed to use that here these days). This is probably my second favorite American pils (just behind Prima Pils). This is well worth seeking out.

02-17-2010 01:38:06 | More by speter
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4.45/5  rDev +16.5%

A: Poured very clear golden allowing the flow freely up the glass to a two finger head.

S: Bready, malty and very crisp. The only hint of hops is a bit of copper/metal in the nose.

T: Pure bread. Wonderful maltiness from start to the very slightly hopped/bitter end.

M: Malts and carbination just coat the tongue and mouth with out any risidual sweetness. Very crisp and clean finish.

D: Certainly a beer that is suitable for most any occasion. You can drink this all day and night.

11-09-2007 20:45:14 | More by Biscuit033
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4.43/5  rDev +16%

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.

12-06-2011 23:04:37 | More by jwhancher
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4.43/5  rDev +16%

Pours from 12oz can(room temp) a hazy straw gold with a huge head of foam that takes a long time to diminish and leaves a solid layer with lacing. Nice looking Pilsner.

The smell is hoppy with some malty notes as well.

The taste is nice and hoppy but not over the top. There's citrus there, mainly lemon, with a nice malt backbone. Very well balanced indeed and that makes it so smooth and drinkable. The finish starts off slightly bitter but ends cris and clean. The German influence can readily be tasted in this Pilsner...wow, I like this one a lot!!

Bottom line: A *great* Pilsner that would make an oustanding session beer for me if it was available locally.

Big thanks go out to Nutbrown for this sample!

03-12-2007 23:25:50 | More by Bitterbill
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4.43/5  rDev +16%

A: snifter. pours a rather clear straw yellow color. nice white head, medium retention rate, and a mild amount of lacing.

S: smells like a german pils....light pale malts, moderate sweetness. there is a big hop nose on this surprisingly. light fresh orange aroma.

T: nice pale malts, light citrus sweetness, aided from the hops. way hoppier than expected, but very nice. some sweet orange flavors, with the bitters.

M: very crisp and clean. above average carbonation. medium bodied for the style.

D: great pils, I really enjoyed this one, especially with the higher IBUs and advanced hop character. not my style of choice, but this was really good.

11-16-2008 04:09:51 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

10/20/06- Received from BA member Jetsbeer as part of a trade.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very straw golden in color. Full one inch plus head which is very white and fluffy in texture. Very good lace patches left behind.

Smell- A mild grain whiff. Light fruity scent received from the pleasant hop aroma.

Taste- Less grainy flavor than expected. Very crisp and fresh tasting. Fairly hopped up for a pils. Good orange and lemon flavored hops. Really nice.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean with a nice carbonation level. A quick and sharp bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit more hoppy than the usual pils I like, but this is one of the most flavorful ones I have had. Very tasty and quenching. I was a bit hesitant going into this after my fist beer from Sly Fox (Pale Ale...bleach!), but this one impressed me.

03-11-2007 18:04:31 | More by GClarkage
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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

Thanks to wrightst for this magnificent brew!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a magnificent and quickly proliferating thick white head that eventually breaks apart in shifts; leaving prolific arcs of lace behind. Smells lemony with a bit of malty sweetness, some dry hay, and a bit of spice. Initial notes of lemon and orange float on the palate with a some resinous hops resting underneath. A bit of graininess exists, along with some orange peel. This tasty brew is dry on the edges and creamy in the middle which makes for some kickass drinking. If I could find this beer locally I would definitely have found my new favorite session brew.

10-24-2010 23:23:29 | More by stephens101
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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours a hazy yellowy gold, effervescent, with a big fluffy white head that slowly recedes and laces on the way. Aroma is a nice clean lemony sweetness, not a tart lemon but a soft sweetness, slightly grainy, and grassy as well. Light soft lemony sweetness hits up front in the taste, a rubber and grassy bitter hoppiness comes in midway and lingers into the dry finish. Light to medium in body, not extremely crisp, but a small amount of pepperiness and a good sized dryness in the finish. Very nice clean tasting beer, highly sessionable and being packaged in a can could make this an ideal summer camping beer.

03-28-2007 00:38:04 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of Damian


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) can
Best by 01/11/09
Served in a pilsener glass

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a clear straw yellow color with a three-finger, bright white, sea foam head that slowly faded to a thin frothy cap. Chunks of bubbly lacing stuck along the glass and lasted until the beer was finished.

The aroma was crisp, dry and powdery yet rather mild initially. Bready malts were noticeable. Slightly fruity. As the beer warmed, a sweet, biscuity, German malt character made its presence known.

The taste was rich, full and very well balanced. Bready and slightly toasty initially. Grassy hops also appeared up front. Fruity in the center. The clean, dry, snappy finish was quite hoppy and bitter. Leafy, earthy, herbal, German-style hops dominated. Some lemon peel came through as well. With each sip, this beer made me beg for another. As in the aroma, the malty, bready sweetness really emerged as the beer opened up.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with a fine yet lively carbonation. Light, crisp and somewhat pillowy.

This was a terrifically flavorful, refreshing and easy drinking beer that would pair perfectly with hot dogs and hamburgers at a summer barbecue.

I usually do not expect a whole lot from pilseners but this beer really blew me away. Like the other offerings I have tried from Sly Fox, Pikeland Pils was amazingly flavorful and remarkably drinkable. Well done.

06-14-2009 21:54:46 | More by Damian
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Sampled on-tap at Andy's Corner Bar (as "Sly Fox Pilsner"), 5/31/06.

This pils poured a clear, gold color with white foam that settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was bready malt with noble hops, a very German pils aroma. The taste was bready malt and noble floral hops with mild hop bitterness. A good lager flavor overall. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The hops lingered nicely in the aftertaste. This was a very, very good and enjoyable German pils.

12-09-2006 07:51:05 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Originally reviewed 08-17-06 - moved from Phoenixville to here, as the packaging is done at Royersford - on advise from jcwattsrugger:

Poured into a pilsener glass:

Poured straw yellow with fast carbonation that soon slowed. A fluffy white head that slowly descended was well-retained as a thin head. It left some lacing.

The smell was clean. A grass-like aroma was present.

The taste was grassy, but not overly so. Clean and crisp, the bitterness was well-balanced, for the style, by a sweetness.

Refreshing and light. Simple, but flavorful.

A solid, refreshing pilsener. Overall - what a good pilsener should be and a very good example of the style.

01-30-2008 00:15:44 | More by jwc215
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Tasted on tap at the Roydersford location. First beer of the day on a clean palate.

A - Straw golden with much visual carbonation and a nice head of white, especially for a lager.

S - The classic pilsener smell, sans that distinct German aroma, plus a ton of American hops. Yummy nose.

T - Now THIS is my kind of pilsener! While it may not be the most complex, the hops dominate this brew and leave a hophead like me -- who's rarely blown away by lagers -- spinning in my chair and puckering up. I think this may be my favorite tasting lager so far, thanks to that incredibly American profile and focus on the hop flavors. Not a super traditional pils, but for me, it's simply sublime.

M - For a lager, quite a hearty mouthfeel full of carbonation and stinging hops.

D - They almost don't get more drinkable than this, but the noted carbonation is the only thing stopping me from gulping this brew down. Very, very nice. Lives up to the Pa. hype.

06-18-2009 19:03:15 | More by badbassrandy
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

My last can of Pikeland Pils, damn.

Appearance: Pours light golden and very clear with streams of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Topped with a nice white and foamy head that fades to a sheer lacing topping the pils. Ample sheets of lacing line my pils glass.

Smell: Very herbal and grassy with a very nice and strong Saaz hop presence.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet with herbal tones but then those noble hops kick in with a pleasant biting bitterness. Has a touch of honey in the flavor profile but this beer is really about the hops. Earthy, bitter hops linger long on the tongue after the swallow. Finishes crisp and dry with the mouth begging for more.

Mouthfee: Crisp, dry and light with plenty of carbonation, tingly in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: I don't know what is about Pa and Pilsners but these guys seem to dominate the domestic craft beer pils style and Pikeland Pils is right near the top. Everything I want in a pils. Crisp, clean, and dry in the finish with a strong hop presence. Super drinkable, would easily make a great session beer especially during the summer months when you want something that is light but full flavored. Right up there with Prima Pils and Sunshine Pils. Now only if there distribution was wider, plus the cans are an added bonus. Highly recommended seek and enjoy. Glad I'm heading up to Pa in a month so I can re-stock.

05-19-2007 01:48:38 | More by SwillBilly
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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.