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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 38
Gots: 24 | 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:
OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BanditBrewingCo for providing this as an extra in a recent trade.

My God the head on this beer is ultra creamy and like egg whites beaten to stiff peaks. The head does slowly fade and leaves hunks of lacing inside the pilsner glass. The beer is a bright brass gold color with nice clarity. Slow rising carbonation moves towards the surface.

Aroma is of light dough, some yeast, and a touch of grass..

Flavor is nice. Nice hop punch towards the end. Light grains, a moment of bread, some light spice and then a lingering bitterness from some hops. Well done.

Mouth feel is very smooth. Carbonation is actually a little light. Refreshing. Very light body Almost a little powder texture in the finish.

Very easy drinking. Goes down quickly.

Reagan1984, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - Very light golden, almost yellow in appearance. Cry stal clear with plenty of bubble streaming upwards towards a very fluffy, almost chunky white creamy head.

Aroma - Slightly sweet and slightly sour smelling. The smell of a great pilsener has never been something I really get excited about, it just seems to lack something. Lets just say aroma is not the defining character in my opinion.

Taste - Very crisp, bitter and . The Saaz hops, I presume, give this a character that is almost acrid, I guess that sounds bad but its just very different than the type of flavor profile other hops provide. Its a touch sweet andvery dry in the finish. Great hop presence and perfect carbonation make this a very refreshing beer.

Overall - You want a good German Pilsener in a can? This is it.

Would I buy more of it? - Its a tough call, I might try a pint on draft at the brewery but I don't think I'd buy more cans. Its not that isn't a good beer, its just the style that I don't go crazy over.

indiapaleale, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Chinon01
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Chinon01, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

Semi-hazed golden yellow color with a white head that left swirls and spots of lacing behind.
The aroma is that of a German brewed beer, Euro hops and malts.
The taste is good and nicely balanced all the way through.
The feel is crisp, clean, light & refreshing.
Goes down easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

asabreed, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

corby112, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best pilsner I've had yet. Maybe some disagree, but sometimes the situations you drink make the drink better. Also the fact that I can't get this around here helps.

Appearance and smell were nothing too fancy. This is a pilsner. The taste (for a pilsner) was very full and robust. You tasted the hop sharpness but also the pilsner malt was nice and light to the taste. The carbonation was nice and high (not too high) for this light beverage. I really which I had a case of this stuff.

KCHopHead, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Dark golden with a nice dense head. The head receded, but the lacing hangs on. Nice.
Sm. Not exceptional, beer.
Ta. Crisp, tart, with a nicely bitter finish.
Mf. Mild carbonation, smooth.
Dr. Very much so. Easy, crisp, and light, but full of flavor.

deaconoflove, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw golden body. Good sized white head. Quickly receding, but leaves behind nice lacy evidence.

S: Soft floral and grassy euro hops. Lightly grainy.

T: The hops are much more pronounced in the flavor profile than in the nose. Nicely ramped up floral and grassy hops. Nice amount of bitterness at the finish.

M: Smooth with a crisp bitter kick in the pants at the end.

D: One of the top, for sure. The cans are a nice touch as well.

callmemickey, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear, somewhere between gold and canary, with pinkyfinger head of milkwhite foam.

Smells a little dull. Nobel hops are dry, pils malts are weedy, but there's not very much of either.

Thank goodness, it tastes much more firm. Big, lively pils malts start things off, surprisingly heavy, with weeds, grass, and peat moss. This moves into a very thick middle of dry hops accentuated by lightly sour grain, finishing on a more directly bitter Saaz hop.

Goes down like water, which is a bit dangerous when you're nursing 3 days sobriety and have suffered through a whole bunch of hot bike rides, as I have. This was gone almost as soon as I opened it!

mynie, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Rudgers73
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an American pint glass from the can. Looks great in the glass. Light wispy head that quickly dies, light golden in color, light carbonation. The nose reveals german hops, light and grassy, slightly bready, and CO2. The taste is decent, but a little heavy in the metallic hops and a little light in the malt dept. After a few sips the hops prevail as the dominating taste leaving little room for much of anything else. Mouthfeel is very dry, a little too dry for my taste. Drinkability is decent. Sessionable ABV helps this score a bit.

Rudgers73, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of deanhead
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw to straight on yellow colored beer with a wispy white head that reduced to just a few bubbles percolating to the surface of my glass.

Aroma is grainy and slightly lemony.

Taste is spicy & herbal, hint of flowers. Slight notes of iron-metallic taste going on, barely noticeable. Bitter and malty

Light bodied with a clingy bitter finish.

Highly drinkable pils. This is a fabulous beer out of a can. Perfect for a hot summer day at the beach, on the river, or by the pool. A definite drinker where glass may not be allowed.

deanhead, May 28, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks, Kadonny!

Pours a lemon yellow color. Small white head doesn't retain very well. Lacing drops quickly.

Pretty standard German Pils aroma. Somewhat sweet with floral hop bitterness. Also some cereal grain. Vegetal.

Very, very clean. Sweet and fruity flavor, with hints of lemon and grass. Hoppy for a pils, which I like. Dry bittering finish.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A supremely easy drinker. A pilsener with some character. Hard to beat that.

Gyle41386, May 14, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into pint glass on 4/29/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a pale golden/straw-colored body with medium carbonation and one-finger rocky white head that diminished to a thin veil and left modest lacing around the glass.

S - Grassy, biscuity and citrusy... what a classic pils should smell like. This is a straight-up, no frills pilsner nose.

T - Much like the aroma, there's lots of citrus present with hints of lemon zest. Hop profile is primarily grassy with a subtle herbal character. Malt has a bready, biscuity flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied with a slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a crisp hop bite.

D - As drinkable as any pils, really. These guys are just so damn easy to quaff. Not overly hoppy, but quite tasty and extremely drinkable.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"I smell laundry detergent... like fabric softener."

ffejherb, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of RedChrome
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very faint haze to the straw colored brew. White head was three inches before fading back down rapidly. Swirls of tiny carbonation bubbles. Sticky lace in spots down the glass.

A very nicely balanced mixture of bready malt and citric hops aromas. Lemons are the main hop scent. Malt is reminiscent of buttered croissants.

Taste is a bit soapy at first. Grain husk flavors pick up quickly, and overpower whatever hops try and fight through. Plastic aftertaste coats the tongue.

A bit watery. Carbonation kick is decent, but the tastes that cling disappoint.

An average brew. Would work with a kielbasa on a roll. Nothing to go try and find. To much distraction from few good qualities makes this one nothing special.

RedChrome, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a very clear straw yellow with a small bubbly white head. Good head retention.

S - Bready/grainy smell with a nice hop presence. Citrus notes from the hops. Grassy/straw smell as well.

T - Grainy pilsner taste with an ample hop bitterness. Very clean and a bitter finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation - very crisp.

D - Great taste and great body - would be an excellent summer brew.

A solid brew from Sly Fox - worth checking out.

gciccarelli, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of confer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was told to drink this direct from the can. I took the first couple tastes from the can but then had to pour it in glass to get the visual.
The beer was a very nice bright clear yellow, the typical pilsener color.
The aroma was very light somewhat flowery.
The taste was pilsener plus. A nice mellow pilsener taste with a hoppy kick following, and a dry finish.
This is a very enjoyable and easy drinking beer. Being from a can took nothing away from it. Definitely a brew that you can have more than one.

confer, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of hellbilly
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can from bockyhorsey to wet my appetite for drinkin'!

clear golden yellow with a short lived white head which leaves behind a slight ring of lace. lots of visible carbonation in this one.

the nose has a stink to it i find delicious... along with sweet corn, pils malt, lemon, grass and earthy grain. the flavor is pretty much spot on the same... with a grassy finish and pils dryness. one exception is how surprisingly sweet it is??? this is not an issue however as the prickly carbonation and light to medium body keep it very refreshing... 7/3/6/4/14/3.4

hellbilly, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of MMAJYK
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

MMAJYK, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Buggies
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge two inch fluffy white head which faded. Big random chunks of fluffy lacing. This one is a crystal clear and pale yellow in color. Nice!

S: Bready at first. A nice mellow hop and citrus aroma follows which was nice. Slight malt and straw aroma once the head dissipated.

T: A nice sweet and hop flavor upfront. A slight bitterness at the finish.

A very nice example of the style, and another fine canned beer from Sly Fox. This pilsener goes down quite easy. This has to be one of the cheapest crafts I can get, and it is amazing.

Buggies, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

BARFLYB, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half foamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a good spicy hop and pale malt aroma. Authentic Saaz hop aroma.

The taste conisted of a light grain and a moderate spicy hop. Herbal finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty pils. Good American adaptation.

plaid75, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to marcpal for dropping two of these cans into a recent trade, along with much other goodness. We consumed the first at my birthday tasting, but I don't recall much about this brew, so I saved the second bottle for a Friday evening warm-up.

Cute can. I like cans. I like German beers. So far, so good.

The smell is soul-sucking abysmal coming out of the can, like someone peed in a beer & let it sit for a week. Then peed in it again to stir everything up. Once it warms just a touch it settles into that pils, straw smell, just fine, but man, that initial impression is brutal. If this was a date I would have run away, screaming.

Tastes fine. Adequate all the way around. Very dry, a touch of hops, a touch of backing sweet.

Not bad, not real good, strictly average. That's all I have.

maximum12, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time I had this was last summer relaxing on a hot day in the shade on the back porch. When I revisited it recently, it wasn't quite as stellar as I had remembered it-but still solid. I wonder why?

Pours a crisp straw color with a 1 inch staunch white head. The aroma is very subtle, very faint hops with a bit of light malt. The same follows in the taste- some noble hops with light pilsner malt.

When I gave on of these to a friend he said "It's a better version of budweiser!" I can agree that it's better than bud. It has a great drinkability but does so while having actual flavor, although a subtle one. But when you are looking for a brew to kick back with and consume a few at a time, you don't want something with an overwhelming flavor.

Ineedabeerhere, Jan 25, 2009
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.