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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 15 | 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 DontCallMeSurly


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. I love seeing craft beer in cans, yet I'm not sure why.

This pours out a delicious looking transparent straw yellow color with plenty of head and lacing. There's a slight bit of haze in the glass and it's slowly cycloneing downward to the bottom. Very pretty. This has a very clean and crisp smell to it, a medium amount of citrus hops shine through. Taste is very similar to the smell, but with a much more skunky bitter taste to it. Great attack. This pilsner is very light on the tongue. If I can get Sly Fox up here I would definitely drink more of it!

Serving type: can

05-15-2008 02:13:19 | More by DontCallMeSurly
Photo of Kegatron


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: can

05-14-2008 16:51:26 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Deuane


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, golden straw yellow with a thin bright white head leaving nice lacing.

S-Sweet, biscuity malts with a bit of friutiness and a faint floral/grassy hop aroma.

T-Nice biscuit malts washed over with a kick from the spicy, grassy hop profile. Nothing overly pronounced.

M-Medium-light body, very dry with a nice sharp crispness as one would expect from a German Pils. Well done.

D-Certianly not my favorite style, I prefer Phoenix Pale Ale much more, but this brew is well done and true to style. It didnt win a GABF Gold Medal for nothing! It is infinitely drinkable and would be easy to throw back can after can. A great beer to take a sixer along to a summer gathering when you dont want to lower your standards to the guest BMC offerings!

Serving type: can

05-08-2008 22:41:21 | More by Deuane
Photo of AltBock


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. orange can that has a picture of a bright green hop bud. The side of the can has a brief description of the beer and it lists the beer's specifications of OG 11.7 Plato, 44 IBUs, and a 4.9 % ABV.

When poured into a Pilsner glass, this Sly Fox brew is a clear, bright, and shiny lemon yellow color with a decent 1/2 inch creamy head of white foam. It had great retention that left behind a small white film and loads of white streaks of lace around the glass. The aroma was very dry and spicy with some spicy German hops and a splash of malts. There was nothing more in the aroma than just the malts and hops. It was just your basic Pilsner aroma. This Pilsner is dry with dried floral hops and just a touch of malt. It was like the aroma, but what it lacked in flavors, the spicy bitter hops taste made up the difference. The mouthfeel was light with a refreshing bitter aftertaste of dried floral hops. In the end, a nice refreshing bitter canned beer that would make a great choice for a summer session beer.

Serving type: can

04-28-2008 16:29:26 | More by AltBock
Photo of frazbri


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils poured straw-yellow in color with a billowing white head. Very good lacing was left in the glass. Aroma had notes of grass, pepper and grapefruit. Flavor started sweet with malt and hay, but finished agressively bitter.

Pikeland Pils is a boldly bitter beer. At first, I thought it might be better with a little less bite, but as a finished the glass, I craved another.

Serving type: can

04-07-2008 00:55:24 | More by frazbri
Photo of Edgecrusher

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden straw color with a tad od cloudiness.

Smell: Strong smell of honey with a slight aroma of the hops.

Taste. Very clean taste. Perfect example of this style. Taste is spot on. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Medium carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink beer. Easy to put many away and since its in a can-always fresh.

A very good "session" beer. Great to drink!

Serving type: can

03-31-2008 21:00:19 | More by Edgecrusher
Photo of DevilDogBeer


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pikeland Pils is a great example of a clean German style Pilsner that takes advantage of the clean finish of pilsen malt and utilize traditional Saaz hops. The pour was good with a white head. The head faded a bit but did the job. The smell was right on key with subtle earthy notes and the spiciness imparted by the Czech Saaz and Noble hops. The taste was right on, clean and crisp with a well balanced bitterness profile that finishes with the spicy hops. The mouthfeel was good, not thick and very clean finishing. Pikeland Pils is very drinkable and well worth a try. A great beer to drink alone or to enjoy with light fare.


Serving type: can

03-25-2008 22:20:01 | More by DevilDogBeer
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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
Photo of Finn


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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
Photo of ski271


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of HopDerek


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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
Photo of bosco7


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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
Photo of macster


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Photo of LeftyBWS


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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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2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
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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4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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
Photo of ArrogantB


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Photo of Kendo

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2007 01:03:58 | More by mikesgroove
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  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!

Serving type: can

12-18-2006 08:13:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.