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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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86
very good

260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a nice golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is intensely fruity and citrusy (quite surprisingly). Lots of bright lemon notes along with the more traditional earthy hop notes. Biscuity malts and are present as well.

T: A bit of lemon on the palate as well, but much more in terms of earthy and slightly grassy hops. A solid malt and grain background.

M: The body is light to medium with a lively carbonation.

D: Seems like this one has been getting some hate lately, but I really quite enjoyed it. A nice flavorful and easy to drink pils.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.


And LETS GO REDWINGS!

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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 WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a thicker creme head. Nose is clean and extremely mild. A barely noticed sweetness to it. Flavor is smooth and clean. Nice sweet overtone and an earthy back tone. Doesn't really bring much complexity, but it's smooth and east drinking. Good for a hot day or a starter.

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 feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a good pale and pilsner malt scent along with a mild German hop aroma. It's light and refreshing, but a little sweeter than most. It's not as crisp as a traditional pils. The taste is decent as well. It's got a wonderful hop bitterness along with a solid malt bill. My problem is that it's too hoppy and malty. I like a lighter pils. The hops are a bit too aggressive, IMO. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker, but it's just an above average pils; nothing special.

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate near-white head that leaves some good ring lace. Straw color and crystal clear.

Raw unmalted grain aroma initially. A touch of metal to the nose. Mild hop.

Less grainy than the smell would indicate. Good peppery hop presence in the swallow and the aftertaste. Creamy finish. A little on the thin side even for a pilsner. Very high carbonation.

A good entry to the pilsner category. It doesn't have the softness that I associate with this style. The hop bitterness, in particular, is more harsh than one would expect.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that threatened to spill over the sides of the glass before settlling back down. The color was a slightly cloudy lemon-yellow and the nose was absolutely fragrant with Saaz hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant bitterness on the palate. On the finish, I noticed a brief malt sweetness, followed closely by the return of the same bitterness noted before. It was the hops that really lingered. The relatively low ABV makes it a highly drinkable beer, especially as an alternative to hefeweizens on a hot day.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Pony Bar. The beer appears clear and pale golden with a thin white collar. The aroma brings floral hops and grain. The taste follows suit. Nicely balanced with a lovely hop finish. I may need to get another round of this. I love a good pilsner.

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +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 ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.