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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

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BA SCORE
86
very good

396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
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 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
Photo of OStrungT
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

OStrungT, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big foamy head, lacing. Transparent golden color. Great looking pilsner. Grassy aroma with a touch of citrus, tang, and funk from the hops.

This is a bitter pilsner, but very refreshing and easy to drink. Some citrusy hop flavor as well. Good mouthfeel, not creamy, but not over-carbonated which is good. I want a little more malt backbone-- the best german pilsners I have tried had more solid, biscuit-like flavors.

The closest thing, along with Victory Prima Pils, to the real german pilsners. Nothing can really match the originals or the freshness when had on tap in Germany. But the Pikeland Pils is really good.

dasenebler, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/6/08. Can, best by 9/20/08. Pours a light gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of light fruits, grassy hops, lots of wheat. Flavor of light sweet malt and wheat, bitter hops finish. Rather carbonated. Ok pils, but a little bitter for my liking and the malt base was a bit weak.
6/3/6/4/13 (3.2/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of armock
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to Wasatch for sending this in a trade.

A - Poured a hazed golden color with a big white head that leaves nice lacing

S - Has a pale grain male smell that has a very earthy grassy smell

T - Is nice and clean the grassy flavors come out and is balanced out well with a touch of hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium high carbonation to it

D - I really don't like pilsners they just don't do it for me other than two other exceptions. This can is almost six months past its best by date so I can only imagine what this is like fresh. With that being said do cans help keep beer fresher longer? I already pimp cans so I'm a little biased but I think so. This is an excellent beer that I wish was sold in Texas if it was maybe I would be able to say I like pilsners either way this is a must try beer from a can. Not because of the novelty of the can but because its a very good beer.

armock, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a slightly chilled, straw yellow with a fluffy, bone white cap. Light rings of lace are left behind with no discernable pattern.

Aromas of grassy, lemon hops and a bready, cereal-like malt backbone. Very simple, yet very appealing.

The lemon/citrus flavor comes to the forefront with the bitter, grassy hops lingering for a good long while. The cereal like malt holds its own on the back end.

Light bodied, crisp with a bitter hop bite. Carbonation is perfect.

This guy goes down way too easy. I have neglected this beer for way too long. My new go to pilsner.

ColForbinBC, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

A - Bright golden yellow in color with lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top. Foamy, bubbly white head with about two fingers of thickness. Slowly fades away leaving thick webby lacing.

S - Sweet vegetal and grainy aroma with an underlying floral and spicy hoppiness.

T - Sweet and spicy up front. There is a light graininess to the taste with a spicy and earthy hoppiness. Tastes like a classic German pils.

M/D - Medium bodied and very carbonated, which is what I expect out of a good pils. Incredibly easy drinking.

ckeegan04, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of william5586
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Its not to often i get to say poured from a can. I kinda like it.

A-Clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Its really a good looking beer.

S-Very pleasant floral smell i think. I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was, but I liked it.

T-Has a citrus taste a first that quickly gives way to the classic pils bitterness.

M-Light, crisp, and smooth.

D-Very high. It just goes down so smooth and with the low abv you can drink it all night. It also gets points for being in a can. I fist picked this up to take to a concert and I was not disappointed.

william5586, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for a random beer bombing.
Pours a clear light gold with a thick head that fades to some sticky lacing.
Smell is very mild, slight mild hops and just a tiny bit of sweetness.
Taste is very nice compared to the smell. A nice spicy hop note with a typical pilsner malt profile. Crisp and quenching and a great session beer.

kirok1999, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an aggressive pour is the understatement of the century with this. would i like some beer with my head...yes please. i produced a 3.5 finger head off this, and it aint going anywhere fast. the foamy white head is dressed to impress. an impressive amount of head like this should leave a great amount of lacing. sadly i am let down. small patches cling to the sides of my glass as i pull in for smell.

i dont get much of anything. watery. slightly flat. some yeast. not much else. a little bit of bread.

taste follows suit. probably one of my favorite tasting pilseners. which is huge. as i am not usually a fan. i feel like i should be eating a brat and a pretzel with this. flavor is smooth. sneaks up on you and then is gone before you know it. leaving a slighly stale taste in my mouth.

im not a huge fan of the feel on this. very thin. watered down even. not much carbonation to speak of. :/

for someone who isnt huge on the style i would drink this beer. it wouldn't be on my top ten but if it was this or some domestic swill i would take this in a heartbeat.

Mauerhan, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dfillius
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler on a hot and humid 85 degree day.

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white fizzy head that quickly subsides. Clear light yellow liquid. I want more head with less fizzy quality.

S: Light and herbal hops, a tart quality maybe as well.

T: A little metallic, nice bitterness, but metallic quality really overpowers and prevails

M: Metallic bitterness :-(

D: A bit off from metallic notes, but refreshing and pleasant otherwise.

dfillius, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

philbe311, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a strong German heritage I think Pennsylvania is much as MN and WI are with tendency towards lagers, often well made.
Hmmmm, interesting. The aroma seems really Am. beer based more than European in nature with the sour quality Am. lagers often have, albeit this is more powerful. The hops do not seem strongly of the noble nature, but maybe to my nose they are just outdone by the malt character. Soft malts, but no apparent sweetness.
Pours with bright white and fluffy head that settles slowly and rocky. Brilliantly clear of medium gold. Drinks leave lots of loose lacing all along the glass.
Now there are the hops and not domestic (in flavor, I suppose they could have been grown here). Quite defined bitterness that outweighs the somewhat sweet and neutral malt flavors that appear up front. Long dry and mildly bitter finish shows with slight sourness and a tad of astringency.
Nicely carbonated with lots of soft and fine bubbles. Appropriately thin. Well done feel.
This drinks very well. Leaves me wanting another.
Many thanks Scott.

garymuchow, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An authentic German pils in a can? Great!
Pours a deep golden color with a huge fluffy head.
Smells of creamy maltiness and a lot of noble hops.
Definitely an authentic pils - the taste is almost buttery from the malt (not in a bad way), but sharp and clean from the hops.
While it seems closer to a Czech pils because of the creamy malt overtones, the hops bring it back to the German side.
I can't get enough of this one, although it feels a little "thick."
This is something I'd have all the time if it were in my region.

Domingo, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of OpenMic
2.05/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This German Pils is just ok, I was disappointed.
The first taste is ok, but it has a harsh after taste.
I wouldn't buy it, but maybe I should try it on tap.
I always like to try at least two of the same brewery
and this Sly Fox, pils at least had the same taste.
I will try another type of product from them, but not
the same style.

OpenMic, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

MiScusi, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult to imagine a pilsner that can give Victory's amazing Prima Pils some competition, but this beer does it. It is a little rougher and racier than Prima Pils, but it is almost as delicious.

It pours a clear, bright golden with relatively poor head and carbonation. But the aroma is sharp and honeylike. The flavor is powerfully honey-like, sweet and pungent with the Pilsner grain. The beer finishes with a satisfying piney hop bite and a big mouthfull of that distinctive Pilsner malt flavor. The mouthfeel is thin with decent carbonation.

This is a very good Pilsner which will challenge your tastebuds and grow on you.

Seanibus, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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..

On-Tap...

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.

DavidSeanNJ, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of MikeRa
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The SlyFox Pikeland Pilsner is a unique beer for Lowe Bucks County, since a few places outside of SlyFox serves it. it has a unique hoppy taste that is familialr with several lagers and ales that are brewed in Pennsylvania. i tried this beer for the first time, and, even with the unique hoppy taste, I love this beer.

MikeRa, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a full white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grassy and citrus. Flavor is grassy, herbal, lemon and nice bitterness. Light bodied, slick texture. One of the better American Pilsners I have had in some time. I'll definitely try other Aly Fox beers.

kmeves, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw yellow with 2 fingers of white head and nice retention.

S - Floral and grassy hops with a slight sweet maltiness.

T - Some hop bitterness with floral and spicy hops followed by a mineral, slightly sweet malt backbone.

M - Clean and crisp. Refreshing on a warm summer day.

D - A solid, refreshing Pils that makes for easy drinking being in a can.

brewcrew76, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my standard Troeg's pint glass. A nice medium golden color, fairly clear with a small head that rapidly disappears.

Smell is very subdued, a little malt with a wiff of fresh bread.

Taste is light and clean, a little malt and a very subdued finish of hops.

Mouthfeel is clean and fresh. Drinkability is just fine. This is a nice pilsner, very inoffensive but there are certainly better choices out there within this style.

OldYoda, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

marcpal, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I had at the bucks county blues picnic.

The beer pours a medium golden color, is slightly carbonated. My pour left me with a two finger white, foamy head that was retained nicely.

The bouquet has earthy hops, bold and grassy, but not overpowering. Some nice roasted malts and grains on the back end. The first taste that got me was the roasty grains, nice and rustic. Balanced earthy hops with honey leave a great finish.

This is a medium bodies pils that is tasty and easy to drink. It was quite refreshing in the 90+ heat.

garcia2a, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of julian
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: typical straw yellow pils color, clarity 90%, minimal carbonation. small white head that quickly dissipates even with an aggressive pour.

S: smells like a pils, sweet grainy aroma, rice adjuncts, noble hops.

T: taste is initially of a bitter hoppyness, followed by a sweet grainy and grassy flavor. slightly floral with hints of fruit on the outskirts of the last sip

M: crisp, perfectly carbonated for a pils, goes down easily. no negative aftertaste. great mouth feel all around.

D: clean, crisp and refreshing. easy to drink and low abv with minimal bitter aftertaste make this very sessionable

julian, Jul 19, 2008
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.