Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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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 FightingEntropy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can from Sly Fox that my sister brought home for me

A-golden, yellow straw colored ale with a full head that bubbled up very high left a bit of lace in a pint glass.

S- Strong hop spice for the style--pleasant and apparent--you don't have to search for it like some pilsners. Something of a cream corn smell underneath but not problematic.

T- light malt pairs well with a good hop character that flows from front to back nicely with little chage. Dry finish. No unpleasant aftertaste at all that can happen with such a light beer.

M-solid mouthfeel, even a bit chewy for a pilsner. Good.

Overall--a very solid interpretation of the style, German in character--definately not a weak American lager version.

Crazy check--I seem to be right on or the low side compared to other reviews. Several noted the hoppy character for the style, which is nice, but the smell and the fact that the taste suffers after warming even for a short time keep me from pushing the score higher. My ratings of Sly Fox are always higher on site when I've been there, so might try this one there next trip to compare on draft.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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 dbatch
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say I am becoming a big fan of the canned beer.

A: Poured this one into a mug, pours yellow with about two fingers of light head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation rising as well.

S: Aromas of hops and malt are all that are here, nothing special, very straight forward.

T: Malty flavor up front, with a very earthy feel to it. Notes of wheat as well. The hops that follow are subtle but nice, but it all fades away pretty quickly.

M: It leaves me with an extremely clean palate after each sip. Dry at the end, it makes me want another sip to get rid of the dryness.

D: This is baseball tailgating beer. Not too strong, but very easy to put down three or four or more before you go to the game. The cans really make this a portable beer as well.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cans are great aren't they? The can revolution is in full effect. :)

Pours a light straw color with a rim reaching amount of white suds to finish it off. The head dies down almost instantly, leaving a very dirty looking glass.

Not a whole lot going on upfront. A little sniffle caused by the hops, a little leafy, with fresh foxy lettuce, & a pleasant sweetness not unlike a shortcake.

Nothing is as pronounced in the taste with the exception of the nip from the leafy, dry hops. A seltzery texture, just a twinge on the way down; easy as water. Just a good classic & simple pils longing to be stowed away on a long trip to the beach. With the recent price increase, I guess $8.50 is decent for a sixer. Something like $7.49 would be perfect. :)

Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can designed with an eye-catching green hopcone set against a vibrant orange sunburst pattern. I suspect it would be hard to miss these cans on the shelves. Fortunately, todd1 sent me this, as Sly Fox hasn't quite made it to Oregon (yet)... Poured to a tall pilsner glass & served straight from the fridge.

A: Pale golden wheat color as is expected of a pilsner. Crowned by a 2-finger crusty/rocky white head, which took at least 10 minutes to (almost) completely melt away. From the first burst from the can, there's ample rising carbonation; overall appearance is generally clear, though a slight haze of sediment makes me wonder how thoroughly this was filtered...

S: Sweet malt in the nose, with dry herbal hops and the faint twang of metal I find in many lagers.

T: Zesty, lemony hops give a rich sourdough bread flavor and finish dry and with an herbal/medicinal bitterness. A bit chalky in the finish. At times the herbal hop quality seemed to have a sprig of mint in there. Good, flavorful pilsner.

M: Crisp and effervescent carbonation with a dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel with a long-lingering bitterness. Feels a little oily or buttery in the mouth.

D: Quite easy to drink. The type of pilsner that puts the macro pilsner to shame. A lot of flavor, good mouthfeel. With it's below 5% abv, this is the type of beer you could easily have 2 or 3 of and be happy; portability of cans is an added bonus. Recommended.
Thanks again, Todd.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last can of Pikeland Pils, damn.

Appearance: Pours light golden and very clear with streams of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Topped with a nice white and foamy head that fades to a sheer lacing topping the pils. Ample sheets of lacing line my pils glass.

Smell: Very herbal and grassy with a very nice and strong Saaz hop presence.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet with herbal tones but then those noble hops kick in with a pleasant biting bitterness. Has a touch of honey in the flavor profile but this beer is really about the hops. Earthy, bitter hops linger long on the tongue after the swallow. Finishes crisp and dry with the mouth begging for more.

Mouthfee: Crisp, dry and light with plenty of carbonation, tingly in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: I don't know what is about Pa and Pilsners but these guys seem to dominate the domestic craft beer pils style and Pikeland Pils is right near the top. Everything I want in a pils. Crisp, clean, and dry in the finish with a strong hop presence. Super drinkable, would easily make a great session beer especially during the summer months when you want something that is light but full flavored. Right up there with Prima Pils and Sunshine Pils. Now only if there distribution was wider, plus the cans are an added bonus. Highly recommended seek and enjoy. Glad I'm heading up to Pa in a month so I can re-stock.

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.


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
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can.

Clear, relatively pale yellow color. Medium sized, creamy, white head.

Yeast and bread dough. Hint of citrus - lemon. Floral notes also. Finally, a touch of earthiness.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, a bit of a turn from the smell. Herbal in character. Sweetness seemed to be corn-like. Biscuity in center. Not terribly complex.

Light in body. Medium + carbonation. Refreshing.

Great summer beer! A well made, nicely balanced pils.

Photo of Stimack
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time that I have seen this at my normal beer stop so decided to pick up their Pil’s offering. Brew poured from the can to a clear light golden color, maybe more yellow with a medium sized white head that had some retention which left some lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma is very nice, has a snap to it which I would imagine come from Saaz hops. While the hop note is the most noticeable I am also able to pick up a doughy/biscuit sweet scent. The taste is nice, very fresh feel, highlighting grass, slightly citrus with a biscuit malt taste, though that seemed to be more evident in the aroma. Over all this is a very nice Pils, one that I will get again during the summer months. I think it is a bonus that it is in a can since it is such a good drinking beer, will be great for those summer excursions.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellowy gold, effervescent, with a big fluffy white head that slowly recedes and laces on the way. Aroma is a nice clean lemony sweetness, not a tart lemon but a soft sweetness, slightly grainy, and grassy as well. Light soft lemony sweetness hits up front in the taste, a rubber and grassy bitter hoppiness comes in midway and lingers into the dry finish. Light to medium in body, not extremely crisp, but a small amount of pepperiness and a good sized dryness in the finish. Very nice clean tasting beer, highly sessionable and being packaged in a can could make this an ideal summer camping beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from 12oz can(room temp) a hazy straw gold with a huge head of foam that takes a long time to diminish and leaves a solid layer with lacing. Nice looking Pilsner.

The smell is hoppy with some malty notes as well.

The taste is nice and hoppy but not over the top. There's citrus there, mainly lemon, with a nice malt backbone. Very well balanced indeed and that makes it so smooth and drinkable. The finish starts off slightly bitter but ends cris and clean. The German influence can readily be tasted in this Pilsner...wow, I like this one a lot!!

Bottom line: A *great* Pilsner that would make an oustanding session beer for me if it was available locally.

Big thanks go out to Nutbrown for this sample!

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 objectivemonkey
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love beer out of the can...

Into a pint glass, pours a very hazy grassy yellow, waaay too much head, but man it was lovely, fades away after quite a while, lacing in mounds, sheets, heaps, and traces, all kinds of stuff going on. Aroma is full of grassy, herbal Noble hops, a little bit of malt, pretty decent. Taste is better, the Noble hops are done better, balance is better, citrus is nicer, grassy herbal hop tones are nice, but also a little metallic twang to it that was a little distracting. Mouth is good and carbonation is high, and overall, its just a pretty good and drinkable beer.

Photo of Phatz
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a confident lemon yellow color with a massive bleach white head that required multiple pours to let it receade and eventually fit in my glass.

Smell: Very clean and light in the nose with a hint of pilsner malt an a floral hop character.

Taste: This is by all means a perfect transition beer. It is sweet and crisp with a floral hop balancing bitter a dry finish and a perfect dry bitter aftertaste. This beer is simple and tasty and but as a session beer for the masses but a darn tasty one at that.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, refreshing and lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: Just park the truck at my house!

Hope this is helpful.

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 goodbyeohio
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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 dgherm
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow haze. Huge fine bubbled heaed that takes a while to go down, yet never completely dissapears, Good amount of lacing all the way down the glass. A hoppy smell with a touch of sweetness coming through. Tastes sweet upfront and finishes off with a dry bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.
Could knock back a few of these especially during the summer months. A very good pilsener.

Photo of ellisdee97
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gloden straw yellow with steady carb bubbles and a thick three finger bubbly white head. Hazy body which clears up towards the bottom of the pilsner glass.

S: Pungent yeast and spicy hops. Biscuit and slight pepper.

T: Spicy, slightly citrusy hops. Honey, wheat and pepper.

M: Bitter and sweet up front, then quickly dries out.

D: So easy to drink, an excellent pilsner.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Andy's Corner Bar (as "Sly Fox Pilsner"), 5/31/06.

This pils poured a clear, gold color with white foam that settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was bready malt with noble hops, a very German pils aroma. The taste was bready malt and noble floral hops with mild hop bitterness. A good lager flavor overall. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The hops lingered nicely in the aftertaste. This was a very, very good and enjoyable German pils.

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 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 dherling
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light wheat color, with a slight head, white with a touch of lacing. Some spicy malt (marzen) in the nose, tiny little bit of green hops as well. The taste is totally hop forward, not IPA huge, but still announcing its presence with authority. Finishes slightly bitter and lingering, but also really refreshing. Good session beer.

Photo of malthead
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received, in the back of a Burger King parking lot, as a bonus in my first trade with Guzzle221. Can is labeled from the Royersford location, so posting here.

Nice blonde color, a little hazy, but not much head retention, although not bad for a pilsner. Light smell of clean German hops, nothing outstanding or overpowering but very nice in a subdued way. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops, with a twinge of honey sweetness. Tart, lip-smacking bitterness. I could probably have quite a few of these. I'm not an expert on Pils, but this is a very nice, refreshing little beverage.

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