Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

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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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Photo of boddhitree
2.16/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is immense carbonation and a massive fluffy head. Very hazy with what appears to be floating specks. Bright golden color. Lots of frosty lace. Good look for a pils.

Sharp spicy smell. The smell of chlorine. Surprisingly musty for being in a can. Hops are overly bitter. Not so good, Al.

Serious pilsner bitter flavor with definite chlorine taste. As it warms, some spicy lemon and orange come out. Has a weird saison spicyness. The yeast took a weird turn here.

Feel is fizzy but smooth at the swallow. The feel is the best part of the beer. It's actually as it warms up, but not great overall. It's a rather musty pils.

Photo of Blanco
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz can into my pint class. Forms a very high head that sticks for a few minutes and slowly fades away. Satisfactory lacing, but nothing spectacular. The color is a clear and light orange and only slight carbonation. The smell initially reminded me of the BMCs, but after the head subsided I was able to get a whiff of pleasant malt and some sweetness. Slightly bitter, I taste none of the malt and sweetness that I got from the smell, just the bitterness. very thin on the palate and almost no aftertaste this beer is only slightly a cut above a Miller Genuine draft. I've had other sly fox beers and expected a lot more from this one. I could probably drink a ton of these, as my drink of choice for beer pong.

Photo of ATPete
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can

best by 1-30-09

Pours a very transparent yellow color with a large, slightly sticky white head. Standard nose of grassy hop bitterness and subtle pale malts with looming aromas of machine funk. The hop character is definitely dominant in the nose, but instead of a fresh hop blast, im getting more of a stale hop dud. The pale malt semi structure falls a bit thin and out of balance, the body is thin and the carbonation is bright. The largest downer to this beer is the overly bitter and plant-like aftertaste. I do not recommend.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from lionking so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with strong lager yeast flavor. There are also flavors of grain and light malts that bring in a little bit of sweetness. There's a mild hops presence that comes in but there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, even taking into account that this is a rather basic and understated beer style, this beer just didn't do anything for me.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled can into a glass. A generous extra from chcfan. Thanks Chris!

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a pinky finger of off-white head capping the brew. Retention isn't so great, with the foam quickly vanishing into a series of scattered bubbles and a light ring of lace. Sips leave nice register marks.

S: Grain, bread, earthy and leafy Noble hops.

T: Kind of a weak, muddled mix of grain, bread, and light pilsner malt. Noble hops are noticeable but they taste kind of watered down and suppressed somehow.

M: Light-bodied, low in carbonation (not quite crisp).

D: Pretty tasty, and easy to down, but overall lacking in effort.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this beer as a bonus from leftmindedrighty!

A: straw colored but a bit hazy
S: nice, clean nose with definite hop presence
T: good clean taste however, a bit too much hops for a true pils, hop bite very noticeable and present in the back of the tongue
M: good, smooth
D: decent, but I still can't get over the strong hop bite

Nice overall but a bit less hops would be more to my liking.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness and a small hop presence. In the taste, a clean, sweet malt and a nice Bavarian hop. A small bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry Bavarian hop aftertaste. Refreshing and clean, somewhat like a standard pils.

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 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 yesyouam
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils is a very clear, straw colored beer with a thin white head that fades pretty rapidly. The aroma is soft, fruity and wooden. There may be a note of lemon. It is thin, crisp and dry on the palate. The bitterness is nice. It tastes fresh, fruity, wooden and resiny. Pretty darn good for a pilsner in a can.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to DrJay for hooking me up with this via BC2!

Pours a clear yellow/gold, thin white head forms, some nice lacing, decent retention, keeps a nice layer. Smell is sweet, caramel, citrus and floral hops, very fragrant, bit of vanilla, I like. Taste is sweet, some malts, honey, citrus, bit of floral, but very watery, iron and light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied, low carbonation. Refreshing but a bit thin. Thanks Jay!

Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this extra. Served in a pilsener glass. Best before December 19th, 2010.

A - Pours with a finger of soapy off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lacing. Body is a transparent pale straw with a plethora of bubbles racing upwards.

S - Leafy, herbal, noble hops, with a honeyed grain and light stone fruit backdrop.

T - Taste is a little less defined. Starts with lightly toasted grain and some honey sweetness, then finishes with slight lemon and moderate hop bitterness.

M - Moderate-to-high carbonation that zings the upper lip. This stuff makes you burp. Otherwise the body is a nice soft medium-light. Finishes somewhat dry.

D - It's a pretty average German pilsener, with some ups and downs. I'll probably forget all about tomorrow.

Photo of ppoitras
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can obtained via trade with Jetsbeer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 3/4" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy light golden (yellow?) brew. Head froths down at a reasonable rate, with ample delicate lacing. Aroma is sweet pale, maybe a bit chalky, with a bit of a hops tinge. Flavor is also sweet to start, but mostly defined by an amorphous bitterness that fills the mouth, and closes chalky. Mouthfeel doesn't do much for me, but there's not much debate that if you like it, you could keep on drinking it. Still a better can option than swill, easily.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can honestly say I don't drink to many pilseners. Judging from the huge hop front and center on the can I expected a more American hopping with this brew. It appears to be more or less to style.
A - slightly hazy yellow with a billowy white head
S - lemon, biscuit malts and herbal hops
T - similar to the nose but with an added touch of grassy hops and metallic tang.
M - light to medium bodied, medium carbonated and clean finish.
D - a poor match with my dinner but a pleasant enough brew for the summer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear and golden. Looks "can conditioned". Slight white head.

Slightly citrus, slightly grassy. And a little malts.

Slightly sweet, with a little bit of a bitter bite. There some faint citrusy hops in there.

Feel is smooth, light in body, crisp, with good carbonation.

Good drink.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils

"North German Style Pilsner, light in body and refreshingly dry on the palate, this multiple award-winning Pilsner is the ideal beer for any season or occasion. Brewed in classic fashion with German Pils malt and German and Czech hops. OG 11.7 Plato, 44 IBUs, 4.9% abv. "

I'm putting this into a Samuel Adams glass, because I can't find any real German pilsner glasses in my collection. Plenty of pints and strangely shaped Belgians, but none of those, alas and alack.

Cloudy, and pale dirty yellow appearance, nice white head, lace-leaving, starts big and drifts down.

Aroma: noble hops and yeast predominant. Light, airy, floral, perfumey. And a little off...

Taste: Crisp hop bite up front, grabs the palate, and wakes the sleeping senses. Malt is almost thick in this. Unfiltered. Judging by appearance, and now taste, yeah, there's plenty of yeast flavor in this. But, though I normally like yeast in my beer, this one feels like it shouldn't belong. I want to use the word dirty again. And I almost never want that. Too murky to be a classic German pils, if that's really what it wants to be...but, wait, Al, aren't you the one who likes lagers better with yeast in them? Yeah, that is me, undeniably...

In this one, though, the yeast isn't integrated enough with the rest of the flavors and competes and drowns out what should be clean, crisp and refreshing. I drank it, and I didn't dislike it, but it just didn't work out.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a super clear golden yellow color. The frothy white head was chunky and uneven. Smell is full of tasty bitterings hop and a surprisingly sweet light malt aroma. Refreshing and fairly light, perfect for a session. Taste is biscuity. Hop flavor is earthy and peppery. This is an excellently balanced pils. Feel is moderate to light with a slick stickiness. Perfect for a long can session!

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent but fairly run of the mill pilsner.

It pours a crisp golden colour with a relatively small head atop the body and with a mild stickiness from said head.

The aroma is a bit floral/sweet with a touch of grass in the mix as well.

Flavour is more grassy than the aroma and has some hop notes present as well. Sweetness is much more subdued to nonexistant at times. Mouthfeel is lightbodied and fairly crisp overall.

This one was alright. I've enjoyed the Sly Fox bottled brews quite a bit but have been somewhat underwhelmed by their canned offerings thusfar.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

alright brew, strange for a pils. thanks ev.

can kicks ass. as an ex-graphic designer, i can really appreciate the subtle use of color and line art to create an eye-catcher with modern appeal. honestly, its the design that made me want to try the beer.

banana yellow and mostly clear, lots of bubble activity and some weird granular sediment in the bottom of my sam summer glass. creamy foam layer is seamless, and stays with the brew the entire time. lacing is left behind in multi-dimensional sheets.

mild spicy hop aroma, some buttery biscuit and a fruity yeast note. lighter, like apricot and strawberry. if you put this in front of me blind, i would say this smells like a la chouffe without the booziness.

kinda tastes belgian too. the grassy, even bitterness of a german pils is certainly here, but it contrasts wildly with an orange zest-flecked sugary doughnut malt base. yeasty tart earth and white pepper finish the sip and provide an enjoyable, while strangely complex, pils experience. was looking for something a little.. well.. less flavorful. and i got chouffe jr.

drinkability is affected negatively by the taste bud mugging, but it's light and fizzy enough to create a party in the oral cavity. not one of their worst beers by any means, but not something i'll bust my ass to get. glad i tried it.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date information.

Crystal clear pale sunlit straw. Nice tall, bright white head of mixed size bubbles that stands up for a long while. Eventually it starts to dimple deeply in the middle, and slowly expanding to the edges, before eventually settling to a short collar, and leaving no lacing. There are numerous carbonation streams releasing bubbles at steady intervals. The aroma is gently sweet and a bit lemony. There is only a bit of spiciness here. It seems to be lacking the requisite *snap* and crispness of other pils. The initial taste is also a bit sweet with some lemon pith-oriented flavors. The hops come up a bit more towards the finish and provide a bit more pils character. The finish is compact and short, with only a faint trace of hop spice available. Medium bodied and a bit of a sodden mouthfeel due to a relatively low level of carbonation. It had a heaviness about it felt out of character. Overall, this was an average pils that perhaps some additional carbonation would have improved.

Thanks to ggaughan for DFH bocce weekend trade.

Photo of dougbassett
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Craft, fresh pilsner in a can? Woo!
Looks pretty good. Golden yellow with a slight haze in there. Plenty of lacing and nearly play dough quality foam after the sizeable head settles down.
Smells quite pleasing. Floral aroma with some fresh bread in there for good measure.
Tastes pretty hoppy for a pils to the point where it's a bit unbalanced. There's also a metallic quality that I don't think has anything to do with the can. The metal-ness comes in where hop resins normally kick in... so something's going on with these hops. Takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability quite a bit. The mouthfeel is also a bit too thin, or not quite carbonated enough.
$8 for a 6 pack at Whole Foods in Manhattan? Yeah, I went for it. And I'd do it again! Pretty solid stuff. Pretty flavorful and overall pretty easy to drink... just not as drinkable as other examples of the style.

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