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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 262 | Reviews: 155
Photo of Avagadro
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, bright yellow body with a fluffy, bone white head that is at least two figners in height. Even after it settles, the head sits on top of the body in a ring that remains about a finger thick. Nice lacing that wraps all the way around the glass in equidistant bands.

The smell has lots of light, sweet, crackery pilsner malts with a touch of spiciness in the background from noble hops.

The taste is exactly like the aroma. A lot of sweet, crackey pilsner malt coupled with the taste of noble hops. The hops are a little stronger in the flavor than the aroma, imparting earthy and spicy flavors in addition to a nice finishing dryness.

The body is moderate; maybe a touch full for the style with a moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, yet another solid pils from PA.

Photo of happybear
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice white head with a clear golden color

S - malt with a grassy hops smell

T - balanced hops and malt, grassy undertones

M - great carbonation with heavier than style mouthfeel, excellent

D - easy drinker and crisp flavors make it a sure bet

Photo of Nickls
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a great finger plus of purely white head; clear golden yellow hue

S - Grassy hop aromas; light maltiness and breadiness

T - Good hop bitterness, grassy; nearing on savory flavors and a bit salty; nice light malt balance

M - A bit heavier against the style for me, but nice crisp carbonation

D - Really good drinking; refreshing, dry, and would consider sessionable.

Overall, a nice Pils and I will definitely revisit this one.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BanditBrewingCo for providing this as an extra in a recent trade.

My God the head on this beer is ultra creamy and like egg whites beaten to stiff peaks. The head does slowly fade and leaves hunks of lacing inside the pilsner glass. The beer is a bright brass gold color with nice clarity. Slow rising carbonation moves towards the surface.

Aroma is of light dough, some yeast, and a touch of grass..

Flavor is nice. Nice hop punch towards the end. Light grains, a moment of bread, some light spice and then a lingering bitterness from some hops. Well done.

Mouth feel is very smooth. Carbonation is actually a little light. Refreshing. Very light body Almost a little powder texture in the finish.

Very easy drinking. Goes down quickly.

Photo of badbassrandy
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of jmalex
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Summer weather is here. And although pils isn't my favorite style, something is compelling me to drink them lately.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Prima Pils glass a golden straw color. A loose-bubbled 3-finger head forms on top and falls to a thick collar with a light surface coating of foam.

SMELL: The malt base for this is no-frills clean, crisp pilsner malt with just a hint of sweetness in the smell. A light, earthy, noble hop aroma comes to match forming a simple and subtly aromatic nose.

TASTE: Much more hop forward in the taste. There's a fairly aggressive bitterness that shows itself the entire way through. The malt doesn't really get to shine too much, but it's there enough to add a balancing sweetness. A slight diacetyl flavor is present on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation seems oddly low, but the body is medium light which gives the beer a little bit of oomph that it needs.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is excellent and is just what the doctor ordered on a hot weather day. An under-5% ABV can be a real treat sometimes.

And just as I finish gushing about the nice, warm weather, the heavens open up and unleash a couple huge claps of thunder. Oh well. Pikeland Pils goes well with thunderstorms too.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with hints of honey, with a nice and fluffy pure white head. Seems to be a shade darker than most Pils. The aroma is of pale malts, a bit bready, and light grassy hops, a touch sweeter than expected. The taste seems to be spot on for a German Pils. A light cracker like malt, with some bitter stale grassy noble hops, a bit metallic and hints of honey. Seems to be more bitter than most Pils and dry, perhaps this is a take on the Northern German Pils, like Jever. A solid body, holds well on the palate, very dry with a bitter finish; typical pils. A nice example of the style, dryer and a tad more bitter than most. Gets a plus for being in a can. Recommended.

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

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden yellow color with a white head that left swirls and spots of lacing behind.
The aroma is that of a German brewed beer, Euro hops and malts.
The taste is good and nicely balanced all the way through.
The feel is crisp, clean, light & refreshing.
Goes down easy.

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 jdg204
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er of Pikeland Pils cans for a BBQ at my buddies house as it really fit the relaxed, summer atmosphere. Also looking forward to reconnecting with my old friends from Sly Fox.

A: The pils is a ale yellow color vigourous head that laces.

S: The beer has a biscuity malt aroma with light hop notes.

T: The hops are crisp and earthy, finishing long. The malty biscuit taste is strong and at takes prominence the hops, but always recedes into the background.

M: The hops are clean, leaving a firm aftertaste.

D: Quite an enjoyable brew, the can really fits the image and makes it the perfect BBQ brew. I've had several Sly Fox now and they've all been good experiences, looking forward to trying a few other of their brews. Highly recommended for the summer BBQ season, give it a shot!

Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few cans on a trip to Philly (at a diner/deli) because it was the only decent looking thing I could get less than a case of (silly PA laws...). Haven't had a pilsener in...wow, I can't remember since when.

Can't get too descriptive about the appearance, it's pale golden, ultra clear and has a sticky white head.

Smell reminds me immediately of walking by a huge fermenter at Victory that was full of Prima Pils. There was a recent thread about PA having the best craft pilseners. I don't see any reason to argue. Crisp and some German hops come through.

Taste is super crisp, light and refreshing. A nice dry finish.

Could definitely knock several of these back. Nice cans.

Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with about two plus fingers of whit head. Head stays quite well, keeping a full lace and leaving some patchy stick on the sides. It seems to regenerate a full lace after each sip. Very nice.

Smells of grassy and floral hops, with some grain and a spicy hop note, as well. Clean and on the spot.

Taste also has a prominent grassy hop flavor, with some herbal and spicy noble hop flavors, as well. There's some grain and biscuity pilsener malt flavor, as well. It comes together nicely with a nice balance and a crispy, hoppy bite. Some lingering herbal and spicy bitterness remains in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body, adequately carbonated and quite smooth. Slightly dry in the finish with the lingering hop bitterness.

I like this very much. It's quite hoppy, and the can I'm drinking is less than a month from it's best by date, which tells me that it's probably even hoppier fresh. It took me a long time to come to this beer but I will certainly be coming back for more.

Photo of scottoale
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for throwing this in on a recent trade. 12oz. can poured aggresively into my DFH taster glass yields a yellow-golden liquid with just less than a 1/2" of white foamy cap. Although the carbonation is fairly active, the head dies quickly leaving some surface patch and a ring.

Sweet orange nectar and some spicy hop notes pull through. A little grassiness follows.

The taste starts off faintly sweet, comprised of orange blossom and honeysuckle. It then turns to a bitter Lipton tea flavor that eventually winds down in a grassy hop and bittery finish. The carbonation pushes the bitterness to a quinine dryness that's more than crisp. It's fairly alkaline. Kind of over refreshing in it's dryness so to speak.

Overall a very tasty brew that fits it's style well. A nice light body with a mild ABV that give this brew an easy drinkability and a very sessionable one at that. And it comes in a can which makes it poolside friendly.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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 dqderrick
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a can of this in a trade. Drinking it while I brew my first all grain beer. Its a DIPA.

Pours a cloudy citrus orange. Thin head formed at the top but dissipated fast. No lacing.

Smells citrusy. Some malt background smells. But mostly of lemon and orange.

Tastes crisp and refreshing. I can see this being a good lawnmower beer. Slightly maltier than other pilseners I have had but I like that.

Mouthfeel is good but there is a slight lingering aftertaste that is kind of funky. Its a malty aftertaste with slight bitterness.

Overall a great pilsner that if I had easy access to it I would buy it more often but I'm not going to waste a trade trying to get it.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best by 02/08/09

A: Pours a crystal-clear pale gold color with a creamy, bright-white, two-finger head that evaporates quickly and leaves a small amount of lacey webbing in the glass. Lazy carbonation.

S: Nice aromas of citrus, sourdough, floral hops, and toasted bread and/or crackers.

T: See above. Pretty bready with some citrus notes. Floral hops and caramel with a hint of mild soapiness.

M: Thin and a little dry and quite sticky...pretty true to the style.

D: This would be very serviceable as a go-to beer for summer sessioning. Perfect for cooking out...or whatever. Nice!

Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

can opens with a gush. pours crystal clear yellow with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves a fine sheet of lace behind.

aroma is nice. cracker. lightly toasted white bread. touch of floral and maybe slightly earthy hops. hint of alcohol. light citrus character rounding out the background.

taste is good. just under medium bitterness level. white bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. floral and almost perfumey hops. hint of alcohol. bit of orange peel.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level - thought it would be higher based on the gushing, but happy to see it is not. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance, though the bitterness feels a touch high. light and refreshing. this would be a great summer beer.

Photo of BrewerB
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kplynch for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into a Trumer Pils glass. Pale golden color with great clarity and plenty of visible carbonation. Good headstand - white in color, 2 fingers in depth.

S - Pilsner grainy presence pairs with a noble spicy-type hop essence. Well balanced aroma.

T - Grainy pilsner malt character with a moderate level of crisp bitterness. Hop flavor is of the spicy nature and seems at the appropriate level for this style. Great dry finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, effervescent with a medium-high level of carbonation. Smooth and easy-drinking.

D - A german pilsner should certainly have some staying power and this is a type of beer I could be drinking pint after pint. Nice balance of flavors, a crisp enough bitterness combined with a pleasing dry finish help render this beer's fantastic drinkability.

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 dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, obtained via the pre-football season bif and kegatron after a nice soccer match

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, pale straw-golden body with a big beige foam head and wavy lacing, very clear body and really light

smell: nice wave of citrusy hops, but not over the top...lemon zest, sweet grassy malts

taste: nice pils, in a can! This brew has a stand-up citrus hop profile and a bit of lemon but doesnt stray too far from the style. The malt presence is light, sweet, and grassy/earthy. Nice enjoyable pils

mouthfeel: light, crisp, and fresh

drinkability: high

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.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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