Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 40
Gots: 42 | 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 by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light gold in color. There's just a bit of froth that forms on the pour. Looks exactly as it should. There's just the slightest hint of fruity esthers in the nose. Mostly lager yeast and some florals.
Taste is fairly bitter and some light lemon. Very light and refreshing. Perfect for this humid, mid 80 degrees day out on the patio. Not overly complex, but very smooth and easy to drink. Just what I was looking for this evening. Good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had tried the "Keller" style once before and enjoyed it so I figured I would give it a try,poured a nice unfiltered deep golden color with nice big rocky head.Very buttery taste with a good malt background,not a wimpy beer by any means,very easy to drink.A nice hand crafted brew you dont see very often,well done.

Photo of shapudding
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room. Poured out clear and light golden with white head of tiny bubbles that left a thin covering and light ring. The scent was mainly vineous. Tastes very dry, making it very drinkable. Bitter and yummy, piney. Leaves taste of hops on your tongue. Good brew.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, (gotta love this trend towards more quality brew in cans) no freshness indicator/information. Pours cloudy light yellowy amber, with a nice, fine near white head, that leaves pentiful fine and quite sticky ringed lacing. Nose is softly of flowery, grassy hops and some light sugary malts. Soft, smooth, light and refreshing brew. Grassy and crisp. Easy drinking and nicely crafted. Bring on the chicken ,sausage, salads and cheese. Nice offering, recommended.

Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice typical pilsner style white head, Pale and clear. Very typical and pleasing to me. Smells of grainy sweet malts, some lager yeast smells that I still can't describe very well. Earthy hops come through in the finish for a nice balance to the malts. Thin bodied, medium high carbing. I'm going to enjoy this one and may more if and when I go back to NY to pick some up. Overall a good beer and very portable. $2.15 a single.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden pristine beer commerical appearance, bright white head forms thick. Scattered rings of fine lacing form nicely with each sip. Aroma has a bright green hop presence full of grassiness and herbal hop notes, packed with Saaz that's for sure. A nice mineral water and biscuit malt sweetness balancing out the hops. Flavor is a bitter semi sweet mix of malts and hops but finishes a bit heavier with the earthy herbal noble hops. Malt is lightly sweet with a biscuit malt and grassy note. Finishes with a slight metallic note giving an earthy mineral content to the whole experience. Mouthfeel overall has light feel to it with herbal grassy hops provideing a dry finish. Drinkability overall is pretty poundable one of the great summer brews in cans that I will be bringing with me to the games. Easily one of the better brews in cans overall and it has medals to proves it's viability as a pils.

Photo of OStrungT
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, golden color, with a fluffy white head. The head fades fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a mild grassy hop aroma, mixed with some spices. It smells slightly grainy. A slight citrus zest aroma is also present.

This beer has a grainy flavor. It also tastes spicy, with a grassy flavor. A little lemon mixes in as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is ok for the style.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is a little too grainy for my, but the alcohol content is low enough to allow you to drink it all night long.

Overall: A big thanks to DrJay for this beer. I liked it for what it was. I am not a huge fan of the style, but the beer was pretty good.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow with a swirl of microbubbles at the base supporting an antique white head that is creamy and last a good bit.

S- The dry green Noble hop aroma has some floral green qualities to it. Fresh pale malt has almost a honey malt note to it overtakes the hops and leads to a soft cream note in the finish. There is no sign of sulfur at all it is very clean.

T- The dry fresh pale malt finishes with a Noble hop flavor in a dry finish and a soft bitterness lingers with a slight pungent character. There is just a touch of sweetness in the finish as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that is soft in the finish.

O- The crisp fresh malt has a good balance with the hops and it is very drinkable. There is no sulfur notes or corn notes it is all fresh malt and hops.

Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer in a can, what will they think of next? The Pikeland Pils poured a light yellow color with a medium white head that stayed around while I drank it. The aroma was nice and citrusy with a bit of malt. The taste is lemony, maybe some grapefruit, refreshing. This is a smooth and drinkable pils and another good selection from Sly Fox.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise to find craft brews in a can. Thanks to Blitheringidiot for bringing this out for me.
Really wonderful "Prsssst" when you pop the top and immediately the air is filled with bitter hop goodness.
Pours a beautiful crystal clear gold with steady bubble stream that is topped by a half finger of full white bubbles that remains about a quarter inch thick all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Aromas are already covered. Very fresh bitter hops with a bit of biscuit dough background.
Flavor is immediately bitter from the hops, sliding into a lemon-citrus peel to grapefruit-peel bitterness that slowly melts to light malt and a biscuit dough finish.
Clean and refreshing and perfect to set in the bottom of a boat to keep cool while fishing on a warm lazy summer afternoon.

Photo of asabreed
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with lots of bubbles, along with a hugely frothy and creamy head, with huge rings of lacing bulging out from the glass. Prettiest Pils I've seen in a while.

Smell: Honey, big honey at first, along with some lempon and herbal tea, some fresh yeast or dough, and spicy and leafy hop bouquet. Light and aromatic and refreshing, though there seems to be a bit of a feigned honey-like character that keeps running through it and gets more evident as it warms. That's slightly off-putting enough to get it bumped down a notch here.

Taste: Less of a honey bite and more of a leafy hop character coupled with the Pils malts, though light than I expected, which isn't a bad thing necessarily. Nice herbal citrus tea flavors too as it finishes semi-dry and fairly light and spritzy.

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy, yet it maintains a good balance between the creaminess and carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing, and flavorful without being too much. Easily and highly sessionable for the summer months. I'll be returning to this I imagine.

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap at the BBT, served in a standard pint glass

A - looks a bit 'dead in the water', light copper color with very small amount of white foam.

S - a little dull, but some slightly piney Noble hops, lemon zest, and crackery malt come through.

T - crispy cracker malts lay down a bed for some earthy, grassy and piney hops...just a bit bitter. fruity sweetness joins in here and there.

M - light bodied, carbonation is controlled yet lively. finishes very dry, begging for the next sip.

D - not a bad Pils, had no problems putting down two pints of this. refreshing and a good start to the night, would consider this as a summer "session" beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that the Pikeland Pils is also served unfiltered as the Keller Pils; and it took a Gold medal at the GABF in 2000. It's brewed in the North German style and utilizes 100% German Pilsener malt alongside a combination of German and Czech hops to 44 IBU's. Its clear golden body is topped by a foamy, bright-white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace before settling to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. The nose displays a bouquet of boldly floral and spicy hops that are alive like the aromas of a late spring morning following a soft rain. Very vivid and lush! The body is light and combines with a fine/median carbonation to give a crisp mouthfeel. The flavor displays an aggressive combination of solid maltiness and bold hoppiness. The bitterness hits swift and hard up-front; and acts as a rock solid foundation for the firm malt and richly floral, spicy and mildly grassy hops that follow. It finishes dry with a mild residual bitterness. Clearly, a full-throttle pils that pulls no punches and satisfies from start to finish! Although hop-heads will assuredly be impressed with this beer, it's got enough balance, finesse, and floral hop character to attract a variety of drinkers. Exceptionally well-done and quite enjoyable!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to jyoungsbcp

pous light hazy golden with a ginormous head, actually, annoyingly big. color is beautiful but the head sucks.

light bread and malts with a light crisp what smells like a saaz hop.

light floral and orange citrus with some bitterness with a touch of tang. light bready and yeast flavors through out. by all means, not a typical pilsner

very light and a bit fluffy. quite smooth and easy to drink

this is not what i really consider a pilsner but its good. it was poured at around 46-48 degrees, it may need to be chilled a bit more. lots of character.

Photo of MiScusi
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this extra!

A- really clear light yellow. White head that builds up really easily and leaves great lacing. bubbles stream from the bottom consistently.

S- smells like a pilsner. Hops come through nicely actually, a bit floral..kinda leafy. The fact that you can distinguish the hops here is a big plus.

T- slightly sweet at first but has a real nice spicy hoppiness to finish it off. Keeps the flavors real light but still pronounced. A real leafy aftertaste, like forage. Yep that's what it is.

M- light body, effervescent enough, nothing really wrong here.

D- I could maybe drink an entire 6-pack of this in one afternoon, which I wouldn't do for too many beers.

Not that I've had a lot of craft pilsners (there aren't a whole lot out there!) but this is great and just behind IMO Moonlight's Reality Czech. I also liked Prima Pils but I haven't revisted it in a while.

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of foamy brite-white head that maintains a nice thin retention and leaves some good lace behind. The aroma is fresh, grassy hops (with some addtional hoppy esters behind it), citrus notes, and light sweet maltiness. Finishes bitter and dry.

The taste is a tingling hop bitterness up front with some hints of spice and citrus thrown in and that is all held up by a firm malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a crisp feel although I do get a touch of hop oil slickness at times.

A solid Pils for sure, this packs a good taste and excellent drinkibility into one fresh tasting can of beer. Great for summer drinking folks!

Photo of Imbiber
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first time I've drunk canned beer in many years. Appearance is pale gold, a little sediment is present (can-conditioned?!). There is a good level of carbonation. Aroma is strong, hoppy and grassy.

The taste is considerably hoppy, crisp, and refreshing; there is a fair hop bite leading out into a mellower bitter finish.

Who'd have thought that great beer can come out of a can? Well, it certainly does now.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Bright full golden color, brilliantly clear with a decent head of 3/4". Head shows nice retention.

S. Lightly fruity and grainy with a floral hop profile.

T. Grainy and grassy with a great hop kick to wake you up. Very clean and earthy dry to make you want another sip...and I do.

M. Light to medium in the mouth with a decent carbonation snap on the tongue.

D. I have found my new favorite session beer--and its in a can!! Too bad I cannot get it here in GA.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of pilsners but I gave this one a whirl after reading the reviews..


A- Light golden color with a ton of carbonation bubbles and very little head.

S- Smell was crisp and hoppy, but didn't blow me over. Expected from a pilsener.

T- Taste was really nice. A big dosage of bitter hops. Herbal, earthy, and really clean. Some biscuit and bread, but mostly hop.

M- Thin and light bodied, easy drinking brew. Once again, what I expected.

D- This is a good pilsener. Done well. I would love to have this one again but won't seek it out as a must have.

Photo of Chinon01
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Solid foamy head and brilliant golden color. Dotted lacing.

Nose - Solid malts and green grassy noble hops.

Taste - Aggressively hopped with broad metallic finish. A very lean beer. The malts in the nose are not present in the taste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Mouthfeel is good due to the malts. Drinkability is great. Lean yet with enough softness to make it approachable.

This is the most authentic tasting North German pilsner brewed in America that I've had. Quite nice.

Photo of wspscott
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is big on hops, not much else. Definatly lacking malts and the refreshing nature of most pilseners. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall I found this to be a mediocre effort.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what this beer looks like. I simply drank it straight from the can. It has a very big hop flavor and bitterness to it. I'm surprised this isn't an IPA with the amount of bitterness in it. Definitely could taste the citrusy and pine-like flavors in the beer. This beer has a lot of up-front flavor which is nice, adds to the complexity but finishes really dry. Drinking it from the can it actually left a metalic flavor in my mouth. Weird. But this is a good beer. I can't wait to try the rest of their beers.

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very eventful and beautiful pour... Huge lively white head... Lots and lots of carbonation... Pale golden yellow straw color... Great lacing... Great head retention...

S - Mild lemon aroma... Grains... Slightly musky... Spices... Pepper... Floral hints...

T - Complexity abound... Grains... Yeast... Flour... Hops... Lemon... Pepper... Bitter intensity at finish and during aftertaste...

M - Dry... Medium bodied... Lush... Crisp... Incredible mouth feel which is greatly lacking in most examples of the style...

D - Awesome pilsner... Lots of flavor... Great moutfeel... Looks fantastic...

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.