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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 268
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | 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 Avagadro
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of speter
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of interzen
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of badbassrandy
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours crystal clear pale straw, with a nice tight white head that unfortunately turns into a thin soapy cap really quickly. Incredibly effervescent, and nice stickage to the side of the glass.

Nose is grassy, nice light, dry malt note, just a hint bready.

Taste is beautiful. Hop forward, with a crisp grassy, spicy hop presence starting early and finishing dry and crisp, and a light, crackery malt presence underneath. Clean. Very nice, light and still flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light in body, bit dry, crisply carbonated, but not too much so. Nicely done.

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Photo of kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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!!

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Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Deuane for sending me a 12 pack of this great brew and thanks to bennetj17 for introducing me to this at DLD prompting me to trade with Deuane! I put the review under Royersford because that is the location stated on my can.

Poured this into a pilsner glass. It pours a nice yellow color with a 1 inch tight, white head that fades and leaves a layer of foam on top of the brew. The smell is typical of a pilsner ( a little malt and a sulphury smell) but it has a noticeable hop presence that is very nice. The taste is just right. You get a nice bit of the traditional sulphury pilsner taste down the middle of the palate and then sweet malt, corn and flavorful hops on the side. Its actually even got a nice mouthfeel for a pils. I could drink this one all summer long, outside in the hot Texas sun. It is extremely refreshing. This is most definitely my favorite Pilsner and I am typically not a fan of the style.

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Photo of fropones
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice clear golden head with 3 fingers of eggshell head. Nice lace.

S - Nice crisp classic pilsener smell. Noble hops, some grain.

T - Grassy, nice bitterness and sweetness to balance.

M - Could be a little more carbonated, nice body.

D - Drinks very nicely. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz can copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a hazy, slightly carbonated, light, golden-colored hue from a 12 oz can with a minimal frothy head that left a small amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
As far as a German Pilsener is concerned, I believe that Sly Fox did pretty well with this one - concocting a refreshing, crisp, clean, slightly carbonated brew that hit home and would be good for a warmer Summer day...
Mild aroma filled with the typical light, floral Pilsener smell with fresh flowers and candy...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with an obvious suggestion of lemon, citrus, lime, florals, and a slight tinge of vanilla...
Good, yet light, clean, clear mouthfeel without any alcoholic interferences...
Ultra-easy drinkability due to the modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Worth as shot...

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Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of dqderrick
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you sholland119.

12oz can.

A - 4.0
Golden yellow, reminds me of honey. Clear. Poured hard to a 1.5" white foamy head. Almost soapy foam. (dirty glass? nah.)

S - 3.5
Spicy pilsner. Makes me thirsty. But, I'd like something a little more grassy.

T - 4.5
First picked up sweet. Earthy spice, grainy.

MF - 4.0
Dry and refreshing. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D - 4.5
Now all I need is a 6 pack!

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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