Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

203 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 203
Hads: 459
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 48 | 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: NeroFiddled on 08-12-2002

OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 203 | Hads: 459
Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/3…pours very bright gold, wispy white foam that clears out in short order. German pils nose, rind of lemon. Clean, crisp, bright pils taste. Slight citrus finish. Snaps to attention. Excellent.

 197 characters

Photo of Jacobob10
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap from a sixtel keg.

Straw gold with brilliant clarity and a large, creamy white head. Light bready Pils malt that gets overshadowed by spicy, floral hops. Mild sulfur, but nothing that detracts from the quality of the beer. Hop bitterness really comes through in the flavor and dominates. Clean, bitter, and crisp. Light bodied with good carbonation. An easy drinking, hoppy pils that makes for a refreshing beer on a hot day.

 433 characters

Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a clear light straw gold, sugar white head is about an inch thick and retains pretty well.

Smells of straw grass, barley, sugar, light dry hops, and a hint of citrus. Very dry.

Tastes of barley malt and dry hops. Nothing complicated, just straightforward lager.

Medium body with lightly tingling carbonation on the tongue.

A very, very good take on the most basic lighter lager. It's not special or different nor is it trying to be. Just solid across the board and very sessionable. Easy to lose count throwing these back on a hot summer day.

 576 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB 27 July 2015 at 40 degrees into a weizen glass (don’t have a pilsner glass)
Aroma of floral hops
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular dense layer 0-9 mm thick with rocks.
Lacing OK – large irregular islands and archipelagoes of tiny to medium bubbles covering about 50% of the interior of the glass
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins with a dry bitterness which morphs into a slightly sweet dimethylsulfide while the bitterness hangs as an after taste. No malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

 667 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity Mike!
Just a touch of haze in a deep straw colored liquid, topped with a creamy bubbly bone white head that persists forever leaving lots of stickies on the sides of the glass. Crackery bready malt aromas are nicely balanced with a bit of spicy floral hop. Light sulfur rounds out the nose. The flavor is rich bready crackery pilsner malt with spicy hop to counter. Slight metallic flavor towards the end is a bit off putting. I can imagine that this was a better beer when fresher, but I just noticed that this can is best by July 2014. Still no excuse for the metallic flavor. I will rate as is and hopefully get a chance to sample again.

 690 characters

Photo of BWED
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. can poured into a Pils glass.

A- Crystal clear straw yellow. White head towers, and retains reasonably well. A bit of lacing.

S- Spicy noble hops come out first. Saaz hops maybe? A little grain. A little grass.

T- Clean malt flavor, a little spicy, a little earthy and floral. Malt is a little grainy, but very nice.

M- Light, very crisp. Rather clean finish. Just a bit dry, enough to beg for another gulp on a hot day.

O- Very tasty and crisp. Well done Pils, especially by an American brewer. Well deserved to be an award winner.

 544 characters

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL OZ can into a pint glass. BEST BY: 6/29/2014 - oops, I guess this serves me right for grabbing a single while heading out the door.

Appearance: Pours a calm cool pilsner malt yellow-golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Strong sweet pilsner malt aroma offset by grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet bready pilsner malt with just a kiss of grassy herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rich yet light.

Overall: A very solid Pils. I still think Troeg's Sunshine takes the prize for authenticity, while Victory Prima takes the prize for flavor, in the SEPA German Pilsner competition.

 598 characters

Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a translucent stray color with an inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of toasted malts, grassy hops, hay, and sweet bread. Lots of malt flavor at first followed up by some of the cut grass. Toasted bready malts with hints of wheat and hay. Finishes with a light bitterness along with some floral notes. Good amount of body with lots of carbonation. A can of this is perfect for the summer. Overall, worth getting again.

 436 characters

Photo of BryanCarey
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle, Sily Fox Pikeland Pils is yellow/straw in color with a grassy, spiced nose. There isn’t much in the way of foam and the body of the beer is just slightly hazy.

This beer offers up flavors of grassy hops, some bready malts, crackers, and even a hint of tea. The beer has a crisp mouthfeel and there are some herbal notes as well along with some fruit flavors trying to poke out their heads on the palate, even if briefly. The beer finishes mostly bitter and dry and the bitterness lingers for some time.

A good German style pilsner isn’t alwayseasy to come by but Sly Fox has produced a very good example with this beer. I like its snappy, crisp flavor profile and the herbs and grasses are nicely placed and balanced. It’s certainly a pilsner worth trying and one that most everyone will like.

 826 characters

Photo of constantine_272
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Brilliant yellow, with good layer of thin white head that covered the top of the glass. Well carbonated.

S: Straw and dried grass. Dried tree bark. Some wheat.

T: Starts with a dried leaf and straw, like the smell, but adds sone nice mild caramel and toffee notes. Finishes with a sweetness of wheat crackers. Very subtle mix of orange peel tartness and papaya and pineapple sweetness.

M: Medium light consistency. Nice crispness. Hops are light but still a definite dryness.

O: I really like this pilsner. Some traditional German examples are pointlessly bitter and dry and lack the flavor to back it up. This is a really nicely balanced example with a good complex profile.

 682 characters

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml (12fl.oz) can. Footed pilsner glass. Pale straw, cloudy appearance. White in color, close & lasting crown. Floral, perfumed, spicy & fruity aromas. Gentle pale malt & bready flavors are overwhelmed fruity bitterness. Light to medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Spicy palate. Long floral bitter finish. Dried sensation & ripe fruit hues on the aftertaste. Nice surprise rediscovering the flavorful Pilsner style. An style frequently beaten by Industrial brewers.

 475 characters

Photo of rangerred
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger thick white head. Really good head retention and lacing.

Aroma of grassy hops and hay along with some wet grass. A bit of biscuit underneath. Quite nice.

Taste is even better with some floral notes to go along with the grassy hay. Moderate to high bitterness that kind of surprised me but I like it. The mouthfeel is a little silky and not super crisp which is a bit of a letdown but it is ok.

Overall, a good pilsner but not super awesome. It is a very nice summer beer, though, and I would pick it up again.

 594 characters

Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of bready malt with floral and herbal hops.
Refreshing and crisp flavor of floral and grassy hops, pilsner yeast, bread malt and hints of tea leaves. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation
Perfectly executed Pilsner and faithful to the style.

 353 characters

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can from the foodery, northern liberties

a: can into a mother earth cylinder, the pour brings a fluffy, thick meringue of bone white head, a good three fingers, that retains very well and leaves clinging lace behind

s: crisp, snappy pils malt body with a grassy noble hop profile that carries touches of dried lemon, some soft sulfurs, an herbal touch

m: carbonation on the lower end of the high range, lively but not abrasive, crisp light body

t: clean pils malt structure with a healthy dose of grassy noble hops with a bit of lemon acid twang, well bittered finish, some mineral dryness

o: a nicely structured pils with a nice fresh hop profile and easy drinkability

 674 characters

Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear yellow color.

The aroma is of grassy and herbal hops with a good amount malty caramel.

The flavor follows as a clean example for the style. There's a round malty mouthfeel with a crispy spicy and grassy finish.

This is a fantastic, easy drinking pilsner. A good amount of flavor on this and stands as one of the better American pilsners.

 366 characters

Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, pale yellow and a terrific head of white cloud like foam that settled eventually to a rocky cap that never faded. It never really had the chance to fade either but I'll talk about that in a minute. Bubbles leisurely making their way to the top and some hit or miss lacing. Nose is light sweet lemon and a quick hint of orange. Deep malt without much sweetness except for the natural sweet scent you might associate with toasted grain. Pale. A touch of yeast sour and soft spice. Grassy and herbal. Taste is clear, clean and travels the palate as quickly as water. Leaves plenty of breaddy biscuit at the back of the throat to linger with a soft mineral quality. Smooth round malt, abundant and hospitable. It has a pleasant aftertaste and that is where you will find a gentle prickle of spice and a touch of bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. It has a white fruit in the overall flavor but it's very soft and subtle. Pear.

This is a kind and gentle pils. It drinks so easily that the foam doesn't even have a chance to fall before you have drained the glass. The citrus stays sweet and the small tart aspect of the lemon blends with the yeasty sour. This beer has no rough edges or seams. It's mineral quality makes it especially clean and refreshing. The delicate touch of spice made it cheerful. You can picture it on the table in a pitcher, easily forthcoming.

 1,381 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Got to love German Pils with it's hazy body and the head is very sticky and gives me a 1/2 inch.
S - Bitter hops and mild skunky malts. Very balanced.
T - Pilsener malts and some bittering hops. Quite tasty.
M - Light to medium in body.
Overall I don't really like the style but this beer is quaff able.

 307 characters

Photo of wspscott
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can in Sam Adams glass
no date

A: Golden straw colored with a fluffy pure white head and lots of lace.
S: Flowers, honey, light grains
T: Citrus, floral, a hint of spice, lightly toasted bread, a hint of sweetness
M: Lots of carbonation, very crisp
O: An excellent beer and a good example of a german pils. I could drink this all summer (along with Prima Pils and Stoudts Pils). Big fan, would love to see this in KY. Highly recommended.

 443 characters

Photo of IronLover
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw yellow in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a billowy white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of soapy amd sticky lacings on the glass. Sour dough bread, herbal and spicy hop aromas with earthy grassy notes. Light creamy smooth feel down the middle with tangy, assertive carbonation on the edges. Flavor is a wonderful balance of bready and biscuity malt and herbal hop flavors. Hop flavors turn a bit spicy through the middle along with a lightly citrus tang. Finishes dryly and crisply with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. An exceptionally complex, crisp, refreshing German pilsner.

 629 characters

Photo of jifigz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into my stemmed Allagash glass.

The appearance is a nice golden yellow that is rather pale and somewhat the color of an American Macro...just slightly richer looking. The head is bubbly and died rather fast. The aroma is crisp and clean with a decent hop aroma. There is also a touch of the sweet malts that are typical of German Pilsener. The flavor is very light at first and then slightly honey like in sweetness. The end finishes with not much hop flavor but a decent wallop of bitterness. There are also flavors that are reminiscent of ginger ale and the hop flavor that does shine through tastes very herbal and grassy. There is also an odd salty flavor in the beginning of the taste. The MF is rather light and finishes quite dry and paired with the bitterness that finishes this one off makes you thirsty for another sip.

This beer is an okay Pils....Prima Pils is still ruling the roost on this one and Stoudt's Pils is much better as well.

 962 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - copper gold with a huge, pure white, dense, foamy head that has great retention

S - malty, bready, faintly herbal and grassy

T - bready, bitter, faintly sweet, herbal, grassy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't a bad session beer. The can is a definite plus in this regard. The flavor isn't as forward as I would like. I did enjoy this beer, but I wish the malt was good as the intensely bitter hop character. I wouldn't mind a some of these at the tailgate.

 484 characters

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some superfine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grassy hops and a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness. There are also some hints of bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and also a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little hoppier compared to other beers in the style (almost like a West Coast take on a classic German style) but is still easy to drink.

 831 characters

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is gold, head is frothy and very bright white; effervescence is great.

Smell is fresh, crisp, very nice pilsner malt and subtle sweetness followed by some great hop spiciness.

Taste is crisp, pilsner malt sweetness, pleasant, hops are spicy with some hints of lemon and grass. Great tasting pilsner.

Mouthfeel is crisp, great carbonation but not over done, flavor/hop balance.

Overall, this is a great pils, great summer beer and another reason why PA brewers make the best craft pils.

 526 characters

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pilsener glass. Picked this up on a recent trip to Phoenixville to visit friends.

Pours a clear straw yellow with 1/2 white head that reduces to a thin lid with minimal lacing around the sides.

Has a grassy, malty aroma, with hints of sweet rose, lemon, and arugula.

Taste is quite pleasant, with caramel malt, mild grass, and hints of oak leaves and tobacco. The malt is not overpowering, and the hop finish is dry and bitter.

Light bodied, this is a crisp summer pils that is refreshing and non-filling.

An excellent summer brew, I could easily see throwing a sixer of this in a cooler and hitting the beach for the afternoon. Light, refreshing, tasty and clean, this is a well balanced pils. I'm quite bummed that this is not available in Cleveland; it would be an easy go-to beer for a group of friends, no matter if they are craft beer enthusiasts, or simply casual beer drinkers.

 922 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden brew with a good-sized white head that settles quickly; strong and attractive lacing. Nose is very much hop forward and of the noble variety; some grass and floral notes and a very slight sweetness; grainy malt aroma.

Strongly bitter and crisp taste; again lots of aggressive noble hops packing grass and floral, earthy flavors; nice pils malt underneath but it's the bitter hops that dominate this beer. Light body, lively carbonation, and dry finish make this a refreshing pils for sure. Overall it's quite good.

 528 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.