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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 38
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a meringue-like head that sticks and laces well

Smell: Noble hops are clearly present yet the aroma is surprisingly sweet and citrusy

Taste: Starts with a sweet and fruity aspect that grows quite crisp by mid-palate; nice noble hop finish but there is a citrus element that may not be quite to style but is very enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and nicely carbonated

Drinkability: A decent American pils that is right up there with Victory's

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a hazy deep yellow color pils with a nice white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of dry malt with some crisp german hops. Taste is also dominated by some dry malt and a dry crisp hoppy finish. Body is above average with some low filtration and lees at the bottom. While this is a good pils I thought it miss some of the floral aspect that I usually like in the style.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light pale yellow with a huge fizzy white head. I had to actually wait to pour the rest in the glass. Cans give awesome head retention I must say. The head had a nice slow fade and left behind lots of lace. This color was very very bright and had lots of sediment in the bottom. Smell was very light and crisp. Smelled very lively. Nice light lemon and grass flavors, with a hint of yeast and grain. The taste was just great, smooth, big carbonation made it very refreshing. Very very hoppy for a pilsner with a nice pine resin flavor and hints of grapefruit, and pineapple and lemon. Big dry finish that was nice and bitter. This was awesome and really awoke a rekindling of the pilsner. I normally find them a bit bland, but this has renewed my intrest and I look forward to trying some again in the warmer months to come.

Photo of Knapp85
2.37/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is much like all the other Pilsners out there. It's got the tradional grassy flavor with a little bit of hops. Could totally use mmore hops no doubt about that. This beer has a fizzy white head and a golden yellow color. The aroma is the best part of the beer. I feel that this beer is much too watered down.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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!

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 Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden-served chilled in a pint glass.

A golden straw color w/ excellent clarity and visible carbonation w/ thick rocky cap of white w/ ultra fine bead. The lace clings in a sheet.
Lots of spicy hop aroma w/ sweet herbal notes and mild pepper grass mix which brings to mind noble hops. The feel is good with dry and bitter blend of textures w/ a slight yeast mustiness and gentle sweet peripheral feel. The carbonation is moderately high and a slightly dry bitter aspect finishes the pils.

The flavor has a wondefully spicy and lots of fresh hop alongside a slight dry mineral yeast element. The flavor is good and zesty w/ spice and mild tinge of cracker-like pilsner malt w/ slight tinge of grassiness as it finishes. This is a quality pilsner -I could see having this with a plain cheese pizza or a nice meat pie, I enjoyed this a lot and respect the brewers of Slyfox for making such a quality lager. a little more bitter than it needs to be, but it is highly drinkable and I like the dry refreshing flavor profile it provides.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright yellow hue, big, snow-white froth, stable and staying...much carbonation.

Clean aroma, very much like a German pils, small hops, very vegetal, notes of cereal and straw.

Zippety clean on the palate, with a clean, zesty, slightly citric, and almost buttery malt feel. Very pleasing and easily passed past the lips. A fine flavor, simple, but solid. A bit soapy, but I'm thinking that's the hops.
Some apple and pear fills out the flavor. A breeze, and a tasty one. Can find few faults with this, and would enjoy it at any occasion.

Truly, it's beers like this that justify my condemnation of the Big Boys. What they turn out is consistent, perhaps, but it's also crap. Now this is an American pilsner that tastes good, doesn't turn my stomach, I could drink several of, and it's craft-brewed and comes in a can. Can't say that about MGD or it's ilk!

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 corby112
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 2 finger frothy white head with good retention that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Pilsner malt aroma with a very nice earthy hop presence. Hints of straw and grass are very subtle providing a nice balance.

Creamy medium body that is clean and crisp with a earthy hop presence and smooth pilsner malt backbone. Very quaffable and well balanced with a slightly dry earthy finish.

Flavor is very similar to aroma with a silky, creamy pilsner malt body with hints of grass and straw and a crisp earthy subtle hop presence that provides an excellent balance. Slightly dry finish. A very nice session beer that is perfect for drinking outside in the warmer months.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a plain pint glass. This is my last can from a very affordable six pack.

A- Pikeland pours a straw yellow color with some golden highlights. A loose foamy one inch head comes through before thawing down to a skim. Moderate lacing with this pilsner.

S- A decent aroma for a pilsner with a bunch of pale malt and a german hop variety. Some grassy and floral aroma's come out with some warming. Some bready quality.

T- A very simple pilsner with a refreshing taste. A lot more bittering from the hops than what i was expecting from smell. Smells like a fresh cut lawn on a warm summer day. I'm going to have to drink this again while i'm gardening in the summer. A great lawn mower brew. The bready quality comes back from the malt addition.

M- Could be improved upon as this one waqs a little on the light side. Light to mid medium bodied with crisp carbonation. After a big gulp a huge presence of earthy flavors stuck around. No alcohol presence with this light gravity brew. Finishes dry.

D- A true session beer clocking in at just under 5%. I would gladly drink a few of these on a hot summer day but it leaves something to be desired while i drink this in the dead of winter. Would love to try this on tap at some point. A great session brew by Sly Fox, nothing more nothing less.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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 tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.