Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of GFD400
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of boddhitree
2.16/5  rDev -43.5%
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
2.63/5  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
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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 AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of ATPete
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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 -23.3%
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 wisrarebeer
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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 CBPAS
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of mscott1975
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Arbitrator
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of msarver16
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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 jcdiflorio
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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 Stigs
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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 yesyouam
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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 sammy806
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.