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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

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very good

425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 39
Gots: 37 | 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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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 202
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Dougal
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what an amazing pilsner... hoppy and flavorful... it has alot of tastes and complexities... it is low on the malt character and higher on the hoppiness and sublime taste characteristics... it is a sharper pilsner and clean as well....

exceptional product.... a hidden gem if we will... not many know of it but if you see it and you like hoppy pilsners you will be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of MiScusi
4.75/5  rDev +25%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Imbiber
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
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 marcpal
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first beer from Sly Fox and based on this beauty, will not be the last.

12oz can poured into pilsner glass with bbq.

A: Hazy yellow with a non-dense fluffy cumulus cloud head. Looks good.

N: Grassiness/lemon and some citrus undertones that make themselves known after the cheerio like cereal and bready flavors to start.

T: Exactly like the smell. Lemon surely takes the cake. The honey nut cereal flavors are direct and up front and perfect. The ending bitterness just rounds this thing out to a great great beer.

M: Smooth and crisp, textbook tightness that exhibits everything that I would hope for in the feel of a quality pilsener.

D: Through the roof, as drinkable as a beer can get. Refreshing, tasty, hoppy, crisp, great with grub. There is not a bad place to enjoy this one.

This was a tremendous pils, my favorite to date. Not the biggest fan of the style, but man, can I have several of these this summer. A beauty.

Welcome to my fridge, Sly Fox.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought a sixtel of the Pikeland Pils w/ Victory's Hop Devil to a party, and thankfully there were a few left of the Pils.

A: Clean, clear golden appearance - richer than your average pilsner.

S: Slightly floral-hoppy, fresh aroma.

T: Wow, does Sly Fox nail it. Complex for a pilsner - Starts with some yeasty bread, and finishes with mild grapefruit hoppy bite. Not often that you get a lot of compliments on the beer served at a party by an un-beeky crowd, but this (and the Hop Devil) were big crowd pleasers.

M: Rich for a pils, but still with the crisply carbonated mouthfeel you SHOULD expect from one.

D: Could spend the better part of an afternoon or evening with a few rounds of this brew.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Summary: exceptional pilsener.

Freaking great head. Always there. Always thick. Gold/peach color. Somewhat cloudy.

Taste has a good malt presence with very strong hops. Clean as well. Everything a pils should be.

Drinkable? Very much so. This is a beer you want more and more of.

Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a sampler at the Brewery. Poured a clear golden pale yellow color. Very crisp and as for a Pilsner, the taste is dead on. Everything that I enjoy in a Pils is here – Nice hop bite, clear, bright golden and effervescent. Very dry with a nice clean aftertaste. A very drinkable and high quality Pilsner beer.

Photo of jlandis
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of a good Summer beer the first thing that comes to my mind is a nice crisp refreshing German pilsner. No, not that St. Pauli Girl crap they try to pass off as a German Pilsner. I'm talking about a overly Noble hopped, golden, crisp, zesty and refreshing German Pilsner. This is one of my favorites.

This beer pours crystal clear, golden in color with a thin white head. The aromas that come off of this beer are clean and crisp with lemon and subtle earthy hops. The flavor continues the lemon aroma and follows with a clean smooth Noble hop bitterness. In the back, I can taste a bit of honey and bread. The carbonation is spot on while remaining light and refreshing. This beer is not a summer seasonal, but available year round. I can drink this one on the hottest day of the Summer and the snowiest Winter night.

Photo of jneiswender
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewpub. Served in tall pint glass.

A-thin white head and a very clear yellow body.

S-very clean smell, nothing off, some floral

T-bready, balanced with hop flavor.

M-well carbonated, dry and very clean

D-very good representation of the style. very, drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of mingo1968
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goldish yellow body, light carbonation streams, and a bit of chill haze. Topped by a ball of big white bubbles which stick well.

Assertive grassy/hay aroma, big enough to get your attention, with a hint of lemon.

A crisp sweetness kicks off, wets your whistle, and then an even crisper hop snap arrives to dry out the finish and aftertaste. Lingering dry hop finish is quenching on a warm afternoon.

Just the right amount of body to push beyond limpy or wimpy, and move onto satisying.

Other than this one, the rest of the 12 pack perished in one evening with only two drinkers. Yeah, its drinkable.

Quality PA pils in a can? Can you say "beach beer".

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Ranbot
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can with a best buy 5/16/10 date stamped on the bottom. Poured into a imperial pint glass with about 2 inches of head. Lot of carbonation, bright yellow color. Scents of grass and sweet hops. Very flavor forward crisp almost lemon like flavors. Lots of hops but not overwhelming. Very balanced flavor and easy to drink. Not watery, not boozy a great spring and summer beer. Paired nicely with some hot wings and nachos.

Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Have only had this on tap. Clean and crisp - always refreshing!

Photo of domnalbrecc
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ejmvet
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Craft beer in a can. Sly Fox, you are makin' me laugh. I save about a third of the beer in the can so I can pound it from the can after I complete this review. Can provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33...thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a two finger murky white head over a fairly clear dulll gold-yellow liquid. Smells very pils. Nice malt backbone with a nearly piercing tin hop character. Doughy, honey, hay, and some wheat.

Tastes wonderful. Wow, what a nice hop finish that settles to a rising malt aftertaste. Pils malty at the lips with a very tin-like hop character. This Saaz character is so piercing that it almost comes across as sour. Quite hoppy bitter with grassy undertones. Iron and a fermented honey. Modest lacing on the inside of the glass. Light body and strong fine carbonation. Not alot here in regards to complexity. A well done example that's flavorful and balanced.

BTW, that swig I got from the can was de-lic-ious!

Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible pilsener, to say the least. This fine, fine example of this style, presented itself before my eyes with a light, white-as-snow bubbly head, which quickly faded to a light lace along the side of the glass. One smell of this gem of a pilsener filled my mind with thought of fresh cut grass and herbal maltiness. An incredible tasting brew, the crispness on the palate was just one of this brews redeeming factors. I almost felt as if I could taste and.or experience each and every ingredient put into this work of art. While somewhat dry on its finish with a hint of bitter bite, this is still the classic German-style Pils I always love to try again and again.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing I haven't reviewed this yet. Poured into a pils glass a bright clear yellow color. A very white heading that leaves very good lacing all throughout. Full of liveliness as bubbles make a steady stream from the bottom of the glass all the way to the surface.

As I crack the can a very pungent hoppiness is immediate.As I pour into the glass that same bitter hoppiness stays throughout my session. A subtle sourdough aroma is making it's presence known in the background but doesn't really break through.

Taste is extremely crisp and clean with a beautiful hop sting on the palate that lingeries and leaves you wanting more.

Mouth is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Again finishes very crisp and clean.

I can't find really anything wrong with this pils amazing how this beer is only rated a B on here.Another score from the PA breweries for making anohther great German Pils.

Photo of francisweizen
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright, somewhat cloudy golden witha nice cap of the white stuff. The Aroma is very fruity, and filled with boat-loads of hops (saaz and a blend of a few others?). There is also a nice lemon tang in the aroma as well. The tastre is all saaz and lemon up front, slightly fruity and biscuit-like in the middle, and hoppy and slightly dry and spritzy in the finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy, refreshing, and alive and the drinkability is very, very, very good! A killer keller ;-)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.