Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 447
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 41
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-12-2002

OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs
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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 447
Photo of Jimmys
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Golden yellow, big, fat carbonation bubbles. White head did not retain for long (probably not the best glassware...). Spicy, floral hop aroma (Saaz?). Tastes great. More of a herbal hop, chalky bitter finish however starts with a bready malt backbone. Doesn't linger too long and is very refreshing. Yum. (304 characters)

Photo of philmorepunk87
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into SA perfect pint

A- light yellow with no head

S- a sweet smell is about all i get from it

T- crisp and clean and tasted like a true pilsner should

M- light and refreshing

D- does not get more drinkable than this, nice and refreshing, could probably knock 6 back (288 characters)

Photo of jlandis
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of a good Summer beer the first thing that comes to my mind is a nice crisp refreshing German pilsner. No, not that St. Pauli Girl crap they try to pass off as a German Pilsner. I'm talking about a overly Noble hopped, golden, crisp, zesty and refreshing German Pilsner. This is one of my favorites.

This beer pours crystal clear, golden in color with a thin white head. The aromas that come off of this beer are clean and crisp with lemon and subtle earthy hops. The flavor continues the lemon aroma and follows with a clean smooth Noble hop bitterness. In the back, I can taste a bit of honey and bread. The carbonation is spot on while remaining light and refreshing. This beer is not a summer seasonal, but available year round. I can drink this one on the hottest day of the Summer and the snowiest Winter night. (831 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 6 pack of this in Northern Westchester, NY.

Appearance is a light golden color with a small head, that sits atop for a little while. Its` smell contains bread, malt, sugar, a basic pils profile. Taking a sip, I taste more malt, some hops, some sweetness, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the pilsener style, with just the right carbonation level. The drinkability is also good, this is a great beer to session. I have seen Pikeland Pils on the shelf for a while and am glad that I finally got around to trying it...recommended. (557 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can courtesy of Ryan011235, poured in a couple of increments into an 0.2L pils glass. The see-thru soapy white head is a bit on the modest side, but sticks around nicely atop the straw colored body. Bits of lacing are scattered here and there.

Smells pretty good, fairly crisp and lightly sweet. The floral and noble hops arent't overpowering, but aren't shy, either. Nice punch of bitterness, with leafy and tangy hop flavors that linger. A surprisingly thickish feel is enhanced by moderate carbonation. Light grainy and grassy notes. Could be a touch crisper and spicier, but a very tasty pils that gets an easy recommendation from me. (648 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First go with the Sly Fox Brewery, thanks to a trade with an East Coast friend.

From the can to my .25 Willi Becker.

A -- hazy, straw yellow color with a good, white colored head that settles slowly to a resilient cap. Wish it were a little more clear.

S -- Vague, light citrus character with some graininess back. Not a big character. Some light DMS with warming.

T -- Bready malts up front followed by spicy and lightly citrus hops. Some vague sourness in the finish, but nothing distracting. Solid, noble hop bitterness in the finish.

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel and a dry finish.

D -- Highly drinkable beer; nothing outrageous or distracting and very satisfying. (682 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Stella taros tulip glass.

Pours a very attractive bright yellow sunflower color with a very nice fluffy white head. The head retention is great and when you take a sip it leaves phenomenal lacing. The aroma is very acidic, almost like lemons and tangerines and their rinds. The flavor Has a distinct acidic bitter citrus rind component that makes it a little over the top. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean and refreshing. Drinkability is also very nice. Easy to drink and has a very nice and low abv to make this sessionable. (562 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness and a small hop presence. In the taste, a clean, sweet malt and a nice Bavarian hop. A small bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry Bavarian hop aftertaste. Refreshing and clean, somewhat like a standard pils. (297 characters)

Photo of m1ked
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked a sixpack at WF Bowery beer room.... wowI didn't get a growler this time.

A- *crack* *spritz* poured right from the can into my Capt L pint glass. Looks bright yellow, clear as a bell with a good 2 inch craggy white foam topping. Poured right up to the point of almost spilling over, mmmm looks delicious. I gotta say though if someone handed me this and told me was a BMC beer, I would not think twice. Some diffuse lacing on the edges as the white cap shrinks down.

S- It has that bright herbal, fresh cut grass aroma with a touch of a metallic note that I often pick up from pilseners. No variation (to me) throughout the deep whiff.

T- Much like the nose, bright herbal fresh cut grass, but balanced out with a touch of biscuity grains. But definetly grassy bitterness heavy, then that metallic astrigent note takes over and rides out to the finish.

M- Light, crisp refreshing. The carbonation seems like a backgrund crispness that really is almost everescent....makes me think it would go great with spicy foods.

D- I really want to like pilseners. I like what they represent, the OG of beers, light crisp refreshing easy to drink with delicate flavor profiles that seem to be really appreciated by the refined beer palate...I guess I am just not there yet. Pilseners always seem a little tinny/metallic to me. Guess I will have to keep at it. Not a bad beer, great for the hot weather, and love the can man! (1,425 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent golden with white bubbly head. Aroma of hops, citrus notes, yeast. Flavors of light hops, buttery, bitter finish and grassy dryness. Light carbonation goes well with the light hop flavors and allows the dryness to really set in on the palate. A sly move putting this pilsener in a can, tricky tricky. (312 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap at the BBT, served in a standard pint glass

A - looks a bit 'dead in the water', light copper color with very small amount of white foam.

S - a little dull, but some slightly piney Noble hops, lemon zest, and crackery malt come through.

T - crispy cracker malts lay down a bed for some earthy, grassy and piney hops...just a bit bitter. fruity sweetness joins in here and there.

M - light bodied, carbonation is controlled yet lively. finishes very dry, begging for the next sip.

D - not a bad Pils, had no problems putting down two pints of this. refreshing and a good start to the night, would consider this as a summer "session" beer. (660 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can to pilsner: 3 fingers' white head that lumps & rises well above the rim of the glass like a souffle. Pale gold body, totally clear with surprisingly little nucleation. Head drops & leaves patchy lacing.

Smells of spicy & earthy hops, dry bready malt, slight lemon zest.

Taste is clean, dry, with a mild white grape-like sweetness that quickly turns very dry with a hell of a hoppy zing -- not overwhelming but very assertive, grassy & a little peppery. Finishes with a snap & leaves a dry aftertaste with just a drop of tea-like sweetness.

Light-bodied, moderately effervescent, not as "spritzy" as a lot of pils. Super dry.

Good stuff -- light, refreshing, but pretty flavorful for its "size." Great outdoor, warm weather beer. Another great PA pils! (759 characters)

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can into pint glass.

Beautiful golden and sunny.

Malty, bready, some hops in there.

Honey, bread, hops and goodness. Very tasty.

Just the right amount of carbonation sting and stillness.

This is a great easygoing beer. Full of flavor and goes down easy. Another excellent beer from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. (330 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 5/4/10

Dated 7/20/10

The color is an average straw-yellow color, keeping with the style; though held directly to sunlight it appear a radiant florescent neon yellow. The pour yielded a two finger head that has dropped to about 1/4 inch after a few minutes. Lacing is good so far. Thin retention with decent lace.

The aromas is good despite being rather tame. Spicy Noble hops are apparent upfront with pilsner malts falling right in line. On the whole it has a nice earthy bent with undertones of prairie grass & hay woven in.

The hops offer a decent bit of kick that holds throughout. While not overly so, there is enough spiciness to keep things interesting. Bright hits of lemon zest are found regularly. Grassiness is pervasive. Pilsner malts help keep the flavor focused & on point. It's quite dry. I'm pleased that mustiness is at a minimum.

Pikeland Pils is light-bodied with just slightly-lower-than-normal carbonation, I'm inclined to say. Nevertheless the beer remains lively & enjoyable. On second though the carbonation seems spot-on. The finish is dry with residual bitterness & grass lingering.

This is certainly an easy drinking beer; I like it a lot. Were this local to me, it would sate my periodic craving for pilsner with ease. I'm glad I picked up a six pack instead of a single. Definitely worth a shot. (1,359 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this before, but I recently was offered a few cans over a friend's house. Didn't realize how good this was so I bought a case myself just today. For this rating, I poured the can into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours an excellent clear straw color. Decent white head w/moderate foam stability & lazy carbonation.

S: Gives a character of doughly-like citrus. Drank this out of a can the other week & could smell the hops quite nicely. When I now poured it into a glass (a can from a different case), the hops don't seem to be quite there...hmmm.

T: This is doughy, bready tasting pilsener with a moderately dry, citrusy taste. I get lemon. Slightly bitter, and the hops (floral, slightly citrus) give it a nice edge.

M: Medium-light body with adequate carbonation. Gives sort of a frothy, enjoyable taste in your mouth.

D: This is really an enjoyable pilsener. I like the nice dose of hops they give it. (916 characters)

Photo of pvsob
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can into a Pilsener glass

A - Pours a classic golden color with a two-finger head that leaves great lacing.

S - Pilsener malt, bread/crackers, and spicy noble hops.

T - Bready, doughy flavors upfront followed by a lovely noble hop bitterness. Hints of lemon comes through as well. Finishes dry and crisp.

M - A little fuller than I would like for a Pils. Low to moderate carbonation.

D/O - What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good Pils. It's not my favorite PA Pils(Stoudts), but it's up there. It's well worth a taste if you're a fan of American made Pilseners. As the days get longer and the temperature rises, I see many more sixers of this disappearing from my fridge. Prost! (691 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing I haven't reviewed this yet. Poured into a pils glass a bright clear yellow color. A very white heading that leaves very good lacing all throughout. Full of liveliness as bubbles make a steady stream from the bottom of the glass all the way to the surface.

As I crack the can a very pungent hoppiness is immediate.As I pour into the glass that same bitter hoppiness stays throughout my session. A subtle sourdough aroma is making it's presence known in the background but doesn't really break through.

Taste is extremely crisp and clean with a beautiful hop sting on the palate that lingeries and leaves you wanting more.

Mouth is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Again finishes very crisp and clean.

I can't find really anything wrong with this pils amazing how this beer is only rated a B on here.Another score from the PA breweries for making anohther great German Pils. (888 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into my Chimay goblet.

A- a beautiful clear gold with a paper thin white head that fades quickly. Nice lacing on the glass from the head. I would like to see it a little darker shade of gold, but still looks nice regardless

S- the wonderful hoppiness you expect from a pilsner...a little less pungent that I'd like, but still good

T- actually kind of bland. I'm getting the hops, don't get me wrong...they're just not as pronounced as in say, a Prima Pils or a Noble Pils. Disappointing.

M- its light. Rather thick of a pilsner actually, a nice change of pace from the paper thin ones I've sampled in the past.

D- very drinkable. Not overpowering and very light. Would probably be a good gateway beer for a craft newbie. (749 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can with a best buy 5/16/10 date stamped on the bottom. Poured into a imperial pint glass with about 2 inches of head. Lot of carbonation, bright yellow color. Scents of grass and sweet hops. Very flavor forward crisp almost lemon like flavors. Lots of hops but not overwhelming. Very balanced flavor and easy to drink. Not watery, not boozy a great spring and summer beer. Paired nicely with some hot wings and nachos. (433 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce can into my SA perfect pint glass. It is pale, clear and straw in color, the 2 finger head recedes as fast as it forms. The aroma is grassy, spicy. The flavor follows the nose. The finish is dry and leaves a spicy/lemony bitterness. It is light in body, and well carbonated. A good pilsner, crisp and clean. (332 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a bright clear light golden yellow color with a ½" thick white creamy head that recedes slowly to leave a thin layer of foam on the liquid and a sheet of foam around the rim. Sipping turns part of ring of foam into scattered speckles of lacing and patches of leggy lacing that cling to the sides of the glass. Throughout most of the beer there is a sheet of foam on one side of the glass and sipping leaves behinds scattered speckles of lacing on the other.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and grassy with some floral, spicy character, along with light traces of the pilsner malt.

Taste: The flavors are predicted pretty much by the nose, with some floral, grassy character supported by layers of light malt and some spicy, lemony bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied but slightly crisp with a prickly fine carbonation. Finish is medium to long in length with an earthy grassy bitterness that fades quietly into dryness

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and drinkable brew and I could easily have another without hesitation. As I have in the past I'll continue to include this beer in its rotation along with some of the other favorite Pils style beers so there is no question I'll be having this beer again. (1,358 characters)

Photo of jordanmills
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a can from a buddy up north. Poured it into a pint glass. Got a nice little foam that turned into thin fingers in a minute, over a straw colored body. Smells a little malty, a little hoppy, and like it has a complex sweetness behind it. I really like the smell. Tastes less sweet than it smells, with a reasonable but changing hoppiness and a crisp finish. I sure wouldn't mind having a few more. (400 characters)

Photo of mwa423
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear golden color with s finger of white head that died to a very sticky lacing.

S - Slightly malty, some breadiness, and a bit of saaz in the nose.

T - Classic bready German pilsner flavor. Dead on for style, the saaz tastes slightly like the beer is skunked which takes a bit away even though it is pretty much dead on for style.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very smooth, about perfect for style. If people could buy a case of a beer like this for $17-20, I think that the BMC's would see a major sales hit. (514 characters)

Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.