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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

361 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 33
Gots: 14 | 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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TheDeuce

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pikeland Pils on tap at the Phoenixville location.

Appearance- served in a pint glass (?!?) which was pretty dumb on the bartender's part. Pale golden color, not that much head forms, sticky lace where it is, but overall not as active as I thought.

Smell-biscuit malts, very floral, some sourness creeps up.

Taste-more floral than sharp, some hops creep through, biscuit malts do permeate as well, sort of subdued. Decent taste but lacking either kick or refreshment.

Drinkability-light flavor, not that much alcohol, good taste. Makes for a nice lawnmower beer.

Overall-lacking that punch or extra characters that makes it measure up in this land of Prima, Sunshine, and Peregrine Pils. Still an ok version of the style, but I was hoping for more. Also a pilsner glass would be good next time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 03:33:34 | More by TheDeuce
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Finn

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, pale gold with a dense fluffy white head that has some staying power.

Aroma: Biscuity, grassy aroma.

Taste: Nice refined malt profile, giving way to a firm and quenching bitterness, which lingers on the taste buds for a little bit.

Mouthfeel: medium/high carbonation with a medium/light body.

Drinkability: Excellent. A great take on this style. If you like this style, then try this one. It has a good deal of flavor and is a well crafted-pilsner. I could drink quite a few of these....

Serving type: can

03-16-2008 04:55:58 | More by Finn
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ski271

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, pale gold with a small, white, quickly diminishing to and odd, thin film. Good lacing though.
S: Grape and light resin. Very clean. Lightly floral.
T: Pretty typical Euro-style pilsner. Dominant dry hops with some spicy, grassy flavors.
M: Medium-light body, very dry texture, moderate carbonation.
D: Not my favorite style, but this was good for the style. Worth trying. One of the best beers I’ve had out of a can!

Serving type: can

01-23-2008 19:44:48 | More by ski271
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with at least 1 inch of foamy white head which has great retention and spotty lacing on the glass, especially at the top. Smells are plentiful and strong with lemon, spicy and citrus hops, and light malt and bread. Taste is very biscuity up front, with some honey and lemon butter with a dried grass hop finish. Medium-light in body with good carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. A fairly good pils that would go great while out fishing or doing some other activity where cans would be more convenient than bottles.

Serving type: can

01-07-2008 22:43:04 | More by HopDerek
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with a orangish hue. Head retention is good.

Smells of fresh baked bread, spicy hops, lemon, and caramel malt in the nose. Pleasant.

Starts with a little sweetness and bready/malty flavors. Spicy and lemony hop flavors quickly dominate the palate. Finish is dry and earthy.

Very flavorful and refreshing. The taste description above may seem spartan but the flavor subtleties are innumerable and difficult to describe. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: can

11-22-2007 01:59:26 | More by bosco7
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macster

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw yellow under a light but thick and frothy white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing. Clean and pleasant aromas of lemon, straw and light malts along with a fairly hefty nose full of spicy/citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is average; light and clean with a minerally dry finish. Flavor starts out with a reserved lemon zest, honey and light sweet malty presence followed by a crisp and somewhat dry herbal and raw spice hoppy bitterness. Finish is long, refreshing and dry. Shows off a very nice balance between the sweet malts and herbal-like hops. Quite easy goin’ down and enjoying a few of these would be no problem .

Serving type: can

09-28-2007 17:32:14 | More by macster
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a mug.
A: Hazy light straw color. A large amount of frothy white head that leaves sticky but bubbly lacing. Medium carbonation.
S: Strawy and light. Hint of mild fruits, and maybe coriander? Overall, weakish but pleasant.
T: Mild bitter hops at first. Subtle, smooth malts in the middle. Creamy, sugar finish.
M: Dryish, and leaves a nip in the mouth.
D: Not bad. Nothing about this beer turns me off, really, so I could drink a few.
Overall, a pretty good pilsener. Certainly drinkable and pleasant smelling/tasting, but nothing made me say, "Wow, that was good."

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 03:14:03 | More by LeftyBWS
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beckje01

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Translucent gold, very still not much activity with a low head.

S- Floral nose some slight hay in there. Which isn't all that great.

T- Bitter but no malt very low on taste overall. Its kind of there but not really.

M- None just thin and water.

D- Not much here if you like this then it would be easy to drink a lot of them but I personally won't be having another.

Serving type: can

07-26-2007 12:30:02 | More by beckje01
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2007 17:15:29 | More by BeerImmediately
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to like the designs on the Sly Fox cans. This one has a large hop cone on the front. Enough talk about the container, on to the beer. This one was bright yellow and transparent. The head was stark white, rocky and HUGE! The smell was earthy and slightly like baked bread (yeast anyone?). The flavor is subtle and crisp. The only flavor I can pick out is yeast. The aftertaste lingers but is actually not bad. This beer would be perfect for hot days; it makes me think of baseball games.

Serving type: can

05-24-2007 18:57:07 | More by ArrogantB
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Kendo

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A moderate pour from the can into a pilsner glass results in a 2-finger soapy white head that settled over a clear pale yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising up to fortify the head. Decent head retention, but no lacing.

S: Soapy and florally with some lemony bitterness and a hint of grain or cereal.

T: Grainy sweetness at first, with a nice bite of spice in the middle. Followed by a slightly bitter (but still spicey) finish with a grassy and minerally bite that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light in body and clean, crisp and dry on the finish, with a spritzy bite to it from the carbonation.

D: Very good. This would make an excellent summer beer for sitting around the campfire or fishing on a hot day. Light in alcohol but some nice pilsner flavors going on, so you can easily put down a few of these while not being bored with the taste.

Notes: In my notes, I wrote the word "bite" three times. The combination from the spicey and bitter hops, along with the spritzy feel, made it feel like it was "biting" a bit, if you know what I mean. That's not intended to be a negative comment, just a descriptive one. . . . My first experience with Pikeland Pils was on a canoe trip down the Delaware River this past weekend, and I was real glad to have it instead of the usual canned schwag you're stuck with in such circumstances. Thanks to Sly Fox and the other craft brewers who've begun putting good beers in cans, giving us more beer drinking options. . . .

Serving type: can

05-24-2007 13:41:59 | More by Kendo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-30-2007 17:02:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2007 01:03:58 | More by mikesgroove
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IntriqKen

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2007 21:09:14 | More by IntriqKen
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can

Pours a slightly hazed pale straw with a thick white head that fades. Thick lacing on the glass.

Crisp pilsner malt aroma with a nice noble hop aroma. Quite a bit more hop presence than the common import.

Immediate hop flavor that drops off into a crisp pilsner malt taste. Medium bitterness that appears midway and lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium-light body, plentiful carbonation.

While there are better pils to be had from PA breweries (namely Sunshine and Prima), this is still a very solid choice. It's very drinkable right from the can, which is quite a nice change of pace. I have had no problems drinking a few cans with a meal (pizza & wings) or while just hanging out.

Serving type: can

03-04-2007 04:46:22 | More by MaltyGoodness
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: can

02-05-2007 00:36:54 | More by brentk56
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: can

12-18-2006 08:13:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright yellow color with slight chill haze. Towering head of white foam that won't settle too quickly. After a long while it dissipates some but there is still a large pillowy chunk of it left, plus some spotty lace. Lightly sweet malt and lemon/citrus in the nose. Light hoppiness also with a spicy bite. The flavor builds from the aroma and is loaded with citrus melon, sweet bread, and herbal spiced hops. The hop bitterness is very pleasant, not too weak. In the mouthfeel there is good foamy carbonation, and the body is light but not thin.

I haven't had too many Pilseners quite like this one. It's alot more flavorful than most, with a great deal more hoppiness than aniticipated. The drinkablility is amazing. It's truly one of only a few beers I could see myself getting an entire case of... Thanks SkinnyElvis!

Serving type: can

12-09-2006 22:25:41 | More by bennetj17
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge head, enthusiastic carbonation, lace all the way down, a shade darker than I'd expect.

S: Huge nose of hops; by smelling this beer, it's very apparent it's a pils.

T: Loads of hoppy bitterness, and sweet malts. Screaming pilsner all over it. Picture Miller Lite done 1000% better.

M/D: Nice light body and carbonation is perfect. Would be great for sessions or with an American-style meal. GREAT BEER FROM A CAN! Cheers!

Thank you zrrbrrt!

Serving type: can

12-06-2006 05:26:54 | More by rayjay
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-22-2006 19:32:09 | More by Billolick
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy deep golden color with the thickest, stickiest head I've ever seen. Half the Pilsner glass is crowned in meringue like foam and once that dies down and there's room for another pour there's another two inches of new head. Incredible - must amazing pour.

The nose is plenty hoppy for a pilsner with some pretty good 'bite' and plenty of earthy notes. There's a light honey note in the aroma that balances quite nicely.

Though Pilsners have a bad reputation for being bland this is surprisingly flavorful. There's a biscuity undertone and a corn-syrup like sweetness on the malt side and a bold earthy hop note throughout. Light echoes of citrus in the hops makes me wonder if they've tossed a few Cascades in here (against style perhaps but very tasty)

Light to medium-light bodied brew with plentiful carbonation. Good bittering and just a light sweet aftertaste. The sugars damp down the astringency that you'd expect.

Great beer - wish I had more (hard to find a six pack this far West) Very flavorful beer - you could cut it 50/50 with water and it would still have more taste than most Pilsners. Beyond the taste this may be one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Even though it comes in a can and lots of American Pils drinkers will glug it straight from the aluminum this beer just begs to be poured into a long tall Pilsner glass.

Serving type: can

10-18-2006 18:25:41 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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jhammerly

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to guzzle211 for adding this in our trade.

Straw colored body with a slight haze poured out of the can, topped off by a huge foamy head. A grassy aroma with a bit of floral smell and some lemon. So far, this appears to be a hefeweizen. A dry finish with a light hop presence. Light and crisp...and very drinkable. I am impressed that it is from a can, I am usually against beverages in a can due to the taste. This is an exception. A fine offering.

Serving type: can

10-05-2006 01:13:34 | More by jhammerly
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up for my 100th review! In light of that, I'm going to try a different reviewing template...

A - Poured from a 12 oz can into a red wine glass. A beautiful cloudy-golden color with an explosive 2.5 inch head that lasted for a few minutes.

S - Grassy and hoppy, but not overpowering.

T - A good amount of hops come back on the aftertaste, but it goes down with a floral and grassy taste.

M - Medium carbonation that helped this beer finish smooth.

D - Bitterness wasn't overpowering...this led to a very drinkable selection from Sly Fox.

Serving type: can

09-24-2006 23:33:01 | More by JohnnyM2002
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this 10 times out of the can before pouring it into a glass to review it. It poured a clear yellow with a fast dissolving fluffy white head. The smell was dominated by woody earthy hops, and there wasn’t' much else. The taste was nicely bitter and woody; the beer started and ended bitter, not much malt getting through. It has a thin body with nice carbonation. It is not as refreshing as other pils, but it was a great vacation beer for drinking on the beach or by the pool.

Serving type: can

08-21-2006 14:22:26 | More by orsulacp
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a confident lemon yellow color with a massive bleach white head that required multiple pours to let it receade and eventually fit in my glass.

Smell: Very clean and light in the nose with a hint of pilsner malt an a floral hop character.

Taste: This is by all means a perfect transition beer. It is sweet and crisp with a floral hop balancing bitter a dry finish and a perfect dry bitter aftertaste. This beer is simple and tasty and but as a session beer for the masses but a darn tasty one at that.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, refreshing and lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: Just park the truck at my house!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: can

08-18-2006 04:32:28 | More by Phatz
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.