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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

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203 Reviews
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Reviews: 203
Hads: 461
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 17.22%
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
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Reviews: 203 | Hads: 461
Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that keeps for a while. The beer itself is a clear medium gold color. The appearance looks decent but nothing awe inspiring.

The beer smell is fairly earthy and hoppy with nice bit of bready maltness and sweet pale malt as well. The hops are of two kinds. One has a nice earthy and bitter note to it while the other is sharp.

The beer taste contains the same notes as the smell but that the taste has more balance. The sweet pale malts are much stronger than in the smell. The hops are still earthy and bitter. Also, has very bitter aftertaste.

The beer feel is a bit heavy for a pilsner but still refreshing. Leaves a dry aftertaste.Biting carbonation but not a lot.

Overall, a decent pilsner and worth getting. This one was bought towards the end of its shelf life but it still gave me a good experience.

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Photo of interzen
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy fingers-width of head.

Smell: Well, it smells like a German pilsner, that's for sure - hops, honey and more than a hint of mown grass. Quite a fresh, 'summery' smell. Just the sort of thing to lift the spirits in the middle of a typically dank British winter.

Taste: Not quite sure what's going on here - most of the smells apparent in the smell aren't there in the taste. Definitely a honey-sweet kind of taste up front with dry hoppiness coming in in the aftertaste. Quite unlike any other pilsner that I've had, but not at all bad for it. Crisp and fresh.

Feel: Again, very crisp and fresh with a dry finish - oddly, there's no overt hoppiness here. Even so, I could well imagine enjoying a few of these during the hotter months.

Overall: I'm trying to think when I last had beer from a can and I honestly can't remember. What I do know is that it wasn't nearly as good as this. Cans seem to be making a comeback and if this is typical of a canned craft beer then bring it on. Calling this a proper pils is probably wide of the mark, but as an American interpretation of same it more than stands on its own merits. Well worth tracking down - it'd make a superb summer drink.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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Photo of BWED
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My beer guru picked up a variety pack of Skyfox and this is one off the ones he left for me. No recommendation one way or the other so Not sure what to expect. Decent looking beer for a pils. Surprising taste, as a non fan of pils, I actually enjoyed this one. I have a couple more of Skyfox and I now have a little expectations. Good beer.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack sampler cans while on vacation at Delaware shore with best by date on bottom of 7/19/14 (drinking it on 7/11).

Has more of an orange IPA appearance than the normal yellow/straw color of other pilsners I've seen. Nice puffy head with lots of carbonation and great retention.

Has a very pleasant smell for a pils. German hops, grassy smell. Very nice.

Taste - Taste was a little off putting at first and not really sure what flavors I'm picking up here. Perhaps a sweet cracker kinda taste? After a few more sips, I've gotten used to this unique flavor profile on a pilsner and its sessionable. Has your typical dry/crisp finish for a pilsner. I'm really not picking up much of the typical Noble hop flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel is fine for a a cold summer beer.

Overall - Its a fine beer. Not the best flavor profile representative of the style, but is still a good summer brew and enjoyable.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pilsner glass, this beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma mostly floral and grassy. There was a tiny bit of citrus, and an even smaller bit of spice.

Taste of lemon and grapefruit. Flowery. A bready background. There was some late pepper.

A hoppy and refreshing pilsner. Would drink this again.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of dougbassett
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.