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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 267
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 267
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into Roxy Rolles glass.

A- Clear, bright gold. Loose
foam on top.

S- Fresh berries (blueberry, raspberry,strawberry...). Lemony grain. Nice but unexpected. A bit of sulfur.

T- Ah here are the hops. Great noble hop taste. The good kind of grassy with a very nice, floral and slightly white grapefruit-like bitterness and finish. Malt is crisp and bready and just present enough to carry the hops.

M- Crisp, fine carbonation. Medium body but still a generally light feeling beer. Finish isn't very dry.

O- Very refrsehing, nice flavor. This is a very good beer. I wish someone in Quebec would make something similar to this (and others like Prima Pils). You got a Heineken loving friend? Have him try this. Help him understand what his beer drinking life could be like. (773 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can courtesy of Soonami. Served in my SA Noble Hops Pilsener glass. Pours the color of straw with a translucent clarity and a creamy 1.5 inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, 1/8th inch skim with textured clumps of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Great nose - clean, grassy and a trace of cereal grain sweetness. Taste expresses noble hops, citrus, cereal grains, a bit of skunk and a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp carbonation and a light acidity from sip to swallow. All and all, a solid Pilsener in my humble opinion. Generally not a go to style for me, but I would drink this regularly if I had regular access. (687 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of MarkIntihar
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gracious extra from Glenn, I owe you one!

Poured from the can into my Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden color with two fingers worth of pale white head, even with a fairly gentle pour. Looks like what I'd expect a pilsener to look like, perhaps a bit more clear than I'd hope for.

S - Smell is of some piney hops, but quickly followed by the funk that I always come to expect from pilseners. Very bready scent, also the faintest hint of citrus. Altogether fairly pleasant.

T - Taste follows the nose very well! Starts with the bready taste, followed by the pine and citrus.

M - Very smooth going down, with only the slightest hint of an alcohol burn only after it's been sitting in the mouth for a bit.

O - A very refreshing offering, and a great choice for the summer! (788 characters)

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inviting hazy pale orange color with a two finger off-white head that quickly settled to a very thin lace. Pretty good head retention for a Pils.

Smell is a tad hoppy up front in the way of citrus. Orange zest comes to mind. Not as grainy as I've come to expect from the style. Overall the smell is on the mellow side though.

More of that citrus coming through in the taste as well. I like it! The malts help things smooth out in the middle setting up for a nice finish with just a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

Not quite as thin on the mouthfeel as most other pilsners, and the carbonation level is pretty low on this too. I don't really mind either though.

This beer is an all around good beer. Nothing Earth- shattering, but it's well crafted to say the least.

Morey's Bottom Liine: Definitely not a classic example of the style, but it's a nice American twist on a fairly predictable style. Almost taste like a Pale Ale. Normally I can tell a Lager from an Ale with incredible ease, but this one's a little tough. (1,036 characters)

Photo of MammothBrew
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade, thanks kadonny!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very light filtered amber. The head is white and frothy and measures two and a half fingers.

S: Suttle but pleasant. Grainy, lemongrass, and mild hops.

T: Very similar to the smell but the hops flavor is more pronounced. Along with lemon, somewhat piney, and malty on the finish.

M: Light body with perfect carbonation. Nice little lemon zing as well.

O: I'm not a huge pilsner guy but I enjoyed this. Very drinkable and would go good with fried foods. Also good for grilling or a hot day. (570 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice light golden color, almost straw like. Provides nice white foam head with decent retention. Provides ample lacing down the sides. This is what a Pils should look like.

S: A tad on the mild side, but there is some saltine crackers, grassy hops and some straw.

T: Starts off with a mild hoppiness. The grassy hops hit the palate first. In the middle and back end the nice light cracker taste comes through providing a nice balance. Could use a tad more flavor, but it is quite nice.

M: Very light dry, crisp and refreshing. Ample carbonation.

O: This is a really enjoyable Pilsner and in a can! I would certainly pick this up for summer parties as it is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. (721 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to a few cans received in trades.
Orange can as pictured with a large hop cone.
Poured a light pale yellow color, with a large foamy white head. Lots of foam and head retention, great retention leaving lots of sticky lace. Smell was light, but had nice aroma of lemon citrus and grass hop flavors. The taste was just very good, smooth, and refreshing. Actually had lots of hop character, slight pine and grapefruit. Dry, clean finish. Very good example of this classic german style. To steal a line from Woody's CANquest - I would have lots of these in my virtual cooler for the summer months. (616 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, bought in 24-can suitcase on the recommendation of the attendent at my local purveyor of fine micros when I said "I want canned beer, but not shit beer". He pointed me to Oskar Pale Ale and this concoction. I went for this.

Can is an attractive sunkist-orange with a big-ass hop bud on front. Let's hope it tastes as good as that hop says it will. Drank one straight-outta can, one poured into an english pint glass.

A: Pilsners are usually light to medium-light in depth and color and this is right in that straw side of the zone. Strangely enough, the one I poured into the glass looks, well, a bit like a wheat beer, cloudy.

S: Among the best smelling Pils I've ever quaffed a sniff of. Balanced, not too skunky or strong in any scent. Pleasant and lemongrass, bitter-citrus a lil'. Saaz-like hops in there I think?

T: This is like Sam Adams Noble Pils, except it's got what I can only describe as smoother up front, followed by a more "bitter orange" thing going on with the swallow.

M: Normally, I would not vocally-masturbate about a Pilsner, blathering on and on. But godamnit this is the most complex thing I have ever drank. Really. But it's dry as a popcorn-fart. It seems to disappear off the palate like a really fine cabernet sauvignon, then leaving a puzzling twist of a creamy then really dry sensations with a bit of a bitter ultimate finish. I like this part. Dwell in it. The typical American palate has been slowly tuned to sweet/salt and not bitter. The bitter part of this beer makes it better. The creaminess has to be an illusion with that dry, bitter sensation going on. And this is from a CAN?!?!? It actually gets creamier and less bitter as it warms up. Such a strange brew.

O: If you can't tell, I like this. Really like it. I'd been stuck in BMC hell when it came to canned beer. Now that I have choices, wow. Sly Fox is on my radar now and has made my "hit list" with a traditional-style German Pilsner in a can of all things. I used to have to get swill in the can, but with the "Oscar Revolution" as I refer to it, everything is changing. This will be my summer "crush'em and recycle'em" beer from here on out if I can keep getting it. (2,200 characters)

Photo of mrgrinch
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – bright golden yellow. Mucho carbonation, looks refreshing. Thick airy head that lingers.

Smell – Malts: sweet, slightly biscuit smell. Hops: leafy, grassy, citrusy

Taste – a creamy, sweet flavor that changes to a tangy finish. Not mind-blowing. Reminds me more of an American Pale Ale than a Pils.

Mouthfeel – Solid texture. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth. Great level of carbonation.

Drinkability – Not the worst beer I ever had. Not really impressive though. The bitter finish is less than pleasant and lingers. Perhaps the fact that is came in a can has something to do with this? (607 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Michelob pilsner glass. Great extra, soonami!

Pikeland Pils pours with a classic Pilsener color of golden straw. Lots of carbonation rising up to augment the stubborn, creamy tuft of light custard head. Excellent lacing to boot. Aroma is grassy from hops and floral notes with a big backing of crackery pilsner malt. Simple, and to the point with no noticeable off notes. Enjoying this one so far...

The flavor is that of a well-built pilsner with dry malt notes, mineral water, and grassy hop bitterness. Pikeland could stand to turn down the IBU's just a touch, but that is a minor nit-pick. Crisp carbonation level with big bubbles that roll across the palate. Sharp, drying finish leaves bitter grass notes on the back of the palate. Overall, a tasty beer from Sly Fox and one I would gladly reach for again if given the chance. (850 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (787 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: great dusty golden color with a solid foam cap of off white on top. lacing all over glass.

S: Nice floral and fruity citrus mix of hop aromas with a slight pale malt in there .Slight canned smell.

T: Very tasty with its floral hops right in the front and some pale malt in the back.

M: Light and crisp with a refreshing attitude, nice carb but a bit on the low side for me.

D: Very drinkable and smooth a good tasteing beer and I always worry when it comes to canned beer, old stereotypes are hard to break. (514 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Stella glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a big white head that fades to a layer and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose isn't anything special. Mostly a bready/malty smell with a lemony scent on the background...it almost smells like a BMC product.

T: Thankfully the taste is much better than the smell. Piney hops are towards the forefront along with a sweet malty flavor and a lemon zest flavor.

M: The feel is crisp and clean with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: While I'm not a huge pilsner fan this is much better than some of the other versions out there I've had. Definitely better than a BMC option... (661 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (1,459 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Pumking chalice. It poured golden yellow in color wit ha thin white dusting barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma is clean and crisp with a nice balance of herbal hops and pilsner malt. The hops have a bit of a lemon zest to them along with a touch of earthy spice. Nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows a lot of the same qualities as the aroma did. The herbal hops are a bit more pronounced and add a little bitterness to the finish. They also have a bit more herbal spice to them. The pilsner malt gives it a nice balancing sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it had some nice balance and flavors to it. It was clean and crisp and a nice version of the style. (758 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- can poured into a tasting glass, clear golden coloring, scant head falls to no real substantial lacing.

s- grainy, noticeable hop presence, slight corn here.

t- echos nose, decent hops kick in the back end, light and drinkable.

m- light, smooth.

d- good, not the best pils i've ever had but this is very drinkable and affordable at that. i'd pick this up for any event i couldn't bring glass bottles. (407 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep shiny gold with sticky webs of lace. Straw and spice nose. Fresh cut hay then big lemon and grass hops. Biting finish, longer bitter linger. Light to medium, dry, crisp, some stick.

A bit fuller and hoppier than a real German Pils. Second place behind Prima (but ahead of Sunshine) among hopped-up American versions of the style. (341 characters)

Photo of Errto
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold color into the Pilsner glass. Lots of bubbles, 3 finger head, strong lacing, not a hint of haze nor sediment. Exactly how a beer ought to look.

Smells of lightly toasted malts and that dank earthy musty smell of noble hops. Taste is clean, simple. All the notes are there: mild bitterness, a dry finish, that earthy hop thing again; but quite subtle, even at a slightly warmer temperature. Just a hint of that sulfuriness people often mistake for "skunk."

Mouthfeel is light, effervescent, tiny bubbles, no stickiness at all. Very easy to drink far too quickly; have to remember to sit back and enjoy! (621 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to jyoungsbcp for this beer. 12oz can into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Clear gold color with a white head, great retention and huge gobs of lacing as it recedes. Nice clarity and a fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. Nice.

S: Large amount of grainy pilsner malt, some noble hop varieties that really shine as it warms. Not a whole lot else going on, not offensive but not incredible either.

T: Grainy pilsner malt with a pretty strong back end of spicy hops, clean bitterness really ties everything together nicely. A bit soapy on the finish, but it works very well for this beer. Very enjoyable.

M: Has a bit of heft to it, but not too much so to be out of line, great carbonation, and a dry finish really makes this nice.

D: This would be a great all night beer when hanging out and watching football. Flavorful enough to keep me coming back but not so much so that it becomes overwhelming. Truly a beautiful simple beer. Nicely done. (977 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear and golden. Looks "can conditioned". Slight white head.

Slightly citrus, slightly grassy. And a little malts.

Slightly sweet, with a little bit of a bitter bite. There some faint citrusy hops in there.

Feel is smooth, light in body, crisp, with good carbonation.

Good drink. (290 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can.
One of my favorite pilsners. Maybe not spot-on to style, but tasty nonetheless. Pours golden/yellow with a rocky off white head. Lemony citrus nose with some grassy undertones. Palate is unique and tasty. Cracker malts have good balance from a strong bitter bite. Finish not as clean and crisp as it could be. Drinkability is high from start to finish. Traditional or not, this is a worthy pils. (405 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery in Phoenixville

Appearance: gold in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: grass and toasted malt--very fresh smelling

Taste: grass, grain, touch of hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: I could drink this all day if this were available here. On tap this is one of the cleanest and freshest tasting beers I have had. This one is a perfect session ale. Great for the style. (496 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Sly Fox beer and I'm digging it.

It pours a a good looking golden pilsner colour, some lacing is left behind. There's a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top of the pilsner glass. The color is a little muted however.

The smell is decent.. but not terribly complex or interesting. It starts a touch sweet and finishes with a hint of lemon hoppiness. The taste is similar in style but much better in delivery. It reminds me very much of Victory Prima Pils but its less in your face and more sessionable as a result. A nice balance between sweet malts and crisp lemon bitter hoppiness on the back end. Well done.

Mouthfeel is soft (the way a good pilsner should be) with a slightly crisp carbonation. Nice work.

Drinkability is really where this beer shines I think. It goes down in gulps and the levels are such that I don't think you could ever get sick of it. Great job. (889 characters)

Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.