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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 11, 2009
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 31, 2009
Photo of jdg204
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

jdg204, May 30, 2009
Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

BanditBrewingCo, May 04, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

number1bum, May 04, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

scottoale, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

JohnQVegas, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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!

kbnooshay, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of dqderrick
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

dqderrick, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

GbVDave, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

grub, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

BrewerB, Jan 11, 2009
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.

yesyouam, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  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

dirtylou, Dec 05, 2008
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.

ATPete, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

paulthebeerguru, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Kegatron for this one. I never get to try enough craft brews by the can.

Poured from the can a bright and slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Aroma of malt, corn, and metal with a hint of floral hop presence.

The taste is sweet with malt, corn, metal and floral hops mentioned above. Finishes with a tad of bitterness.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, with a sharp carbonation.

I really enjoyed this German Pils from Sly Fox. A nice drinker in a nice looking can.

Monkeyknife, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from mikesgroove!!

Pours a light-golden color, with a very sturdy looking two-finger head, fades slowly into a 1/4" layer of foam, and leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Lots of pungent hop aroma, slightly floral/herbal. Very clean tasting beer, slightly bready tasting through the middle, but very hop-forward beer, aspirin-like hoppy bitterness. Crisp as hell, refreshing, and with a ton of lingering bitterness. This is nice, glad I got the chance.

corey0212, Oct 31, 2008
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.

wisrarebeer, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of slvrmon82
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow. Microbrew in a can. It pours a crisp golden cear with 2 finger head that fades after a few minutes. Lots of citrus hops in the aroma and much more in the taste. Very crisp and very tasty. The mouthfeel was a little creamier than expected. Drinkability very high. It travels well in a can and therefore is allowed in many more places such as festivals and the like. Way to go slyfox. Haven't had that many cans of east coast microbrew. This one is great.

slvrmon82, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a decent head. Smells of grainy malts and some fruit. Tastes pretty good, just not my style, but I guess right on for the style. Nice bittering hops at the end, finishing slightly dry. A clean and crisp beer for the summertime.

bigdeuce, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of hero27
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really sweet 12 oz can.
4.9% abv

Thrown in as an extra by DrJay, what a guy!

Pours a bright, clear gold color..lively streams of carbonation flow from the bottom of the pilsner glass.
Floral/spicy hop aroma with a touch of grainy malt.
Sweet corn malt up front, a soft herbal hop character also.
Refreshing & well-carbonated, grassy hop aftertaste.
Overall, a solid pils that I definitely wish I had more of.

hero27, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can with "Best By 11/21/08" printed on the bottom poured into a tall pilsener glass.

A: Beer is clear and straw yellow. A pillowy two finger head of dense white foam hangs around for quite a bit, leaving sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a thin white cap with decent retention. Little active carbonation is noticeable.

S: Nose is vibrant and crisp, and smells of bready malts, lager yeast and Noble German hops with a bit of spice.

T/M: Taste is floral and complex. A malty, doughy, cider-like sweetness mixes with the hops quite nicely, but the nobles let you know they are there. Up front is crisp and pleasingly bitter, while the finish is short and a bit on the sweet side. There's a bit of earthiness here that I can't quite pinpoint (ginger?). Beer is light in body with a smooth mouthfeel and a pleasing tingle of carbonation that complements the hop pucker nicely.

D/O: A great offering from Sly Fox that is bound to please craft and macro drinkers alike. A great summer session beer, and the cans make it easy to take with you on the road. Yet another shining example of a great German Pilsener made in PA.

Phillyduke, Sep 03, 2008
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 03, 2008
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.