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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden hue with a short cap of nearly white head with a short rim of lacing near the top of the glass.

S: Solid pilsener aroma of slight sulfur, floral, spicy hoppiness, and a big bready maltiness

T: The bready maltiness is the big leader in the flavor of this brew, but it is nicely balanced by punches of floral, herbal, spicy noble hops. No yeast chracter or evident alcohol character. Light-moderate bitterness also enhances drinkability.

M: Also on point with light body and active carbonation.

O: A really fine German pils with a nice bready, crackery malt character and good dose of bitterness from noble hopping.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a North-German style pilsner.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A hazy pale-gold hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good stability; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Lovely lacing - this beer looks spot on. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of noble hops, grass/hay, subtle floral notes and earthy yeast. Possesses a depth that only properly matured lagers have.

Tastes of light malt and grassy hops, with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of mild grain, grass/hay, noble hops, faint floral hints, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a twinge of sulphur in the background. A restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter noble hops and faint earthy yeast.

Nice - a tasty pilsner with good depth. It looks superb (perhaps enhanced by the glass), while the aroma and flavour have subtle hop and malt notes that balance perfectly. Good body. A great little brew - crisp and refreshing. Well worth grabbing if you come across it.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cistercian12 for this extra in a trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Hazy light gold with a finger of white fluffy head and a good amount of visible carbonation. It rather looks more like a light wheat beer or a berliner than a typical pils.

S: Pilsner malts with a moderate DMS undertones, lager yeasts with a bit of lemony esters, and some wheat graininess.

T: Light pilsner malts with only mild sulfurous character, some mild hop bitterness (although I would consider it a heavy hop presence for style) with floral and grassy flavors with a nice amount of bitterness. Some lager yeastiness with lemon citrus fruity esters. Clean finish, with just a mild hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body but good carbonation sensation prevents it from feeling watery. Low alcohol presence.

O: This was really quite tasty. I'm not sure the higher hop presence is appropriate to style, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe my favorite Pilsner I've had.

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3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #33 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Sly Fox is a respected brewer around these parts, although I don't have a great familiarity with their beers. I picked a six of this up in a specialty store, partly because I was looking for something refreshing, partly because I was charmed by the cans.

Has the typical yellowish/brassy color. Did not retain it's head much, which I thought was disappointing, but so it goes. The nose is basically fresh oranges and hops, which is a little weird but is by no means unpleasant. Mouthfeel is very soft, unusually so, although there is a bit of a coating of the palate on the backend. Flavors continue in this restrained mode: very light hops, very light orange, and a fairly light finish of very light spice.

This is a soft, mellow take o the Pilsner style, and it's yet another example of an American craft brew that, if it ever saw mass marketing, would likely be widely enjoyed by the mass public. (Philadelphia Brewing's Kenziger strikes me as another example of this.) I would not posit this as my go-to for the style, but it ain't bad at all, and I think would session extremely well. Also a good pick to introduce a conservative friend to craft beer -- shouldn't be that far out of anyone's comfort zone. Mildly recommendable.

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4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice looking pilsner, starts off with a good kiss of creamy foam, then pours into a perfect golden brass and crystal clear body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides, but settles with slow rising pinhead crawling. Head is bleach white with soapy retention and sticks around for a good amount of time.

Hinting grassy hops, very mineral clean smelling. Some hints of thick honey like malts and density to match. Very solid and refreshing.

Palate comes with an interesting angle. Good sense of grassy and herbacious green hops, with a little bit of minerality on the finish. A good dense malt backbone which lingers on the swallow letting the hop action come forward. Some light toasty white bread manages to escape, with a real nice aftertaste. Slightly sticky, but this is a bit hop forward than the usual classic take on pils.

This is a real interesting take, Czech added hops with German ingredients to boot. Came out with a nice contrast and very enjoyable.

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