Pikeland Pils
Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #108
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,491
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 11.52%
Reviews:
358
Ratings:
749
From:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  48
Gots
  70
SCORE
86
Very Good
Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils
Notes: OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs
Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 749 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Soapy, no lacing, no malt character, slight hop character. Another failed attempt at a respectable lager by American brewers. If you see this, just move along. This simply sucks.

Jul 10, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear gold appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Muted, bready, adjunct free aroma with a herbal edge. Grainy, cracker-like start but hops are coming on stronger than expected. A hint of orchard fruit among the floral and herbal flavors. Some spiciness in the aftertaste. Lively carbonated, light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel.

May 14, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz can dated best by 8/9/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a very pale yellow with about two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

The nose reveals mild aromas of bread and grains.

Taste has corn in the background but is dominated by skunky bitterness. Kind of a turn-off.

Not super easy drinking, even on this 80+ degree day. Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Skunky aftertaste.

Overall...I'm certainly not a pilsner expert, but this one isn't doing it for me. There's a few AALs I'd choose over this one...

May 02, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a stem glass.
Nice two-finger head when energetically poured. Decent lacing left on glass and very thin cap left on beer after bulk of head dissipated. The two-finger head was really creamy and fluffy after pouring.
Color is bright yellow and fairly clear.
Aroma is bready with hint of hops.
Taste is hoppy and bready, and maybe a little spicy.
Mouthfeel is hoppy and crisp, but you get that nice pilsner smoothness underlying every drink.
Overall, there is a reason why this beer has won awards in the past (and in 2020). Such a subtle, satisfying take on a classic German pilsner that both allows you to enjoy a good pilsner but keep going back for more.
Well done.

Jan 17, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Just shy of crystal clear. Bright golden color. Fluffy white head which quickly faded to a cap and left very good lacing.

S---Grainy, bread and hops.

T---Bread & hops again. Very flavorful.

F---Medium minus mouthfeel. Dry.

O--- An excellent pils. Crisp, clean &proper.

Jan 15, 2021
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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Day 7 of the advent calendar (2020).

Pale yellow with lots of frothy head. Hoppy nose. Spot on so far.
Taste is very clean. Not sweet. Nice bitterness, but I find myself wishing that there were more Sasz hop flavor.
Nothing wrong with it, at all, but there are better Pils out there, I think.

Dec 08, 2020
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staubot from Canada (MB)

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Day 7 on the Beer advent Calendar

This beer needs to be evaluated as its advertised. Not just as a German Pilsner but a "northern German Pilsner." What luck, I lived there for years and developed my love of beer there. I'll admit this did bring me back to the beers of the area. There is a subtle difference between German Pils and Northern German. It was a bit more carbonated with the pour, maybe a bit lighter in colour but the white head was perfect. Tasted good enough to be included in that category, clear forest scent that brought back memories and grassy horsiness with hint of lemon and a lingering bitterness that was a bit unique.

Dec 07, 2020
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Spade from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great pilsner that should be considered a classic at this point. Slightly sweet with a crisp hop balance. If you like European pilsners you will most likely enjoy this American version.

Aug 30, 2020
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dasboootx2009 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting can that peels off like a soup can. My clumsy ass spilled it almost immediately so that kinda sucked but it’s super good other than that!

May 11, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Medium light body with plenty of carbonation.
Aroma of bread,.alt,hops,lemon zest
Taste followed the aroma,nearly perfect mix of malt,hops,bread.
Overall a very decent pilsner

Sep 05, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery:
Clear, medium light golden body. Head falls to medium ring, but it ebbs and flows with my sips, leaning a few spots and dots of lacing.

A nice white bread nose paired with a light grassy noble hop note. A little floral scent is also there, which comes through mid taste. The bread character from the nose didn’t transfer immediately to the light-bodied sips I took. The noble hops come through quite nicely in back, though, and seem to bring out a little bit of an herbed focaccia flavor.

Quite light and easy going with a somewhat bitter ending - works for me.

Aug 19, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can BB 5/4/19. Pilsner glass.

A: pours an ever so slightly hazy straw gold with beautiful streaming carbonation and two fingers of white head that fades to 1/4 inch and retains very well. Some spotty lacing.

S: Pilsner malt, spicy noble hops. Loving the smell of this Pilsner. I’d put it up there with the best I’ve had.

T: arrives dry and crisp, turning lightly floral, spicy, noble hoppy. Light touch, crisp malt, and a clean finish with not very much lingering hoppiness.

M: light, highly attenuated. Exactly as a German-style Pilsner should be.

O: great beer. It’s been a while since I had a German Pilsner, particularly one that comes off with this kind of finesse; crisp and the hops are not overdone. Would buy again if it were available in my area. Good craft lagers are hard to find.

Apr 27, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first from Sly Fox, their website indicates a Pennsylvania brewery that has been around for a while with, now, a second brewpub and several cash cows... among which Pikeland Pils is one of them.

I have to say Pikeland has average Looks for a Pils (it is unfiltered and an off-beat cloudiness.) Smells and Tastes are classic, mostly malt with grassy and bitter hops keeping the sweet in check. Sits OK in the mouth. OA: probably not distinguished, but then the style is designed that way.

Oct 22, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. best by 7/17/17, so 9 months past its prime. lets see what happens,,,,

pale dull yellow body. decent off white head leaving okay lacing.

not much on the nose. faintly malty.

slightly bitter and sour over a solid malt background.

medium on the mouth, slightly bitter on the finish,

overall, although German pilsners aren't really my thing, this is an okay drink.

Apr 09, 2018
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flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice two finger frothy white head. Hazy light yellow color. Nice lacing. Smell is fruity (lemon) bread. Taste is copper, then peppery bread and bitter hops. Complex. Feel is light side of medium and ample carbonation.

Feb 01, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent look for a pils I guess. See through with a white head and a very light golden color. Smells like a pilsner, bready and beery malts mixed with some noble type hops. There is more here when I take a swig, bready malts combat with slightly biting hops and it end slightly sweet then bitter. Drying finish and well carbonated on the mouthfeel. Overall this is a good take on the pilsner style.

May 19, 2017
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid pils that pours pale straw colored with a touch of haze that settles out. Fluffy white head that doesn't rise as much as I expected. Smells of pale malts and grassy hops. Taste is light, baggutte-like breadyness graced by subtle peppery hop flavor. Sweet and bitter with good balance. Crisp and clean finish to this light-bodied refresher.

May 05, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-candied lemon,grassy,spicy,white wine,pears,green apple
T:
-Follows the nose plus sweet Honey,golden Syrup and Soap
-Finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A really good Pils overall, but it's noticeably sweeter and fruitier than the North German Examples it tries to emulate.

Apr 26, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a very small head. Aroma is of freshly cut grass and hay. Taste is fairly bitter but overall balanced Light bodied. A very enjoyable beer.

Mar 08, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As good as an US Pils. Hard to tell them apart without a blind tasting. Great in summer.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with visible, persistent bubbles, and a thick sub finger head that doesnt last or lace much.

Smell: Noble hops with a fresh, sweet and citrusy aroma. Typical.

Taste: Starts with the sweet, citric, and lemony aspect and becomes crisp with a bright noble hop finish. Bright, ample.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, nicely carbonated, clean finish.

O: as good as the best such as Victory.

Jul 28, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/3…pours very bright gold, wispy white foam that clears out in short order. German pils nose, rind of lemon. Clean, crisp, bright pils taste. Slight citrus finish. Snaps to attention. Excellent.

Aug 24, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap from a sixtel keg.

Straw gold with brilliant clarity and a large, creamy white head. Light bready Pils malt that gets overshadowed by spicy, floral hops. Mild sulfur, but nothing that detracts from the quality of the beer. Hop bitterness really comes through in the flavor and dominates. Clean, bitter, and crisp. Light bodied with good carbonation. An easy drinking, hoppy pils that makes for a refreshing beer on a hot day.

Aug 21, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a clear light straw gold, sugar white head is about an inch thick and retains pretty well.

Smells of straw grass, barley, sugar, light dry hops, and a hint of citrus. Very dry.

Tastes of barley malt and dry hops. Nothing complicated, just straightforward lager.

Medium body with lightly tingling carbonation on the tongue.

A very, very good take on the most basic lighter lager. It's not special or different nor is it trying to be. Just solid across the board and very sessionable. Easy to lose count throwing these back on a hot summer day.

Jun 25, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB 27 July 2015 at 40 degrees into a weizen glass (don’t have a pilsner glass)
Aroma of floral hops
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular dense layer 0-9 mm thick with rocks.
Lacing OK – large irregular islands and archipelagoes of tiny to medium bubbles covering about 50% of the interior of the glass
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins with a dry bitterness which morphs into a slightly sweet dimethylsulfide while the bitterness hangs as an after taste. No malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

May 28, 2015
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that keeps for a while. The beer itself is a clear medium gold color. The appearance looks decent but nothing awe inspiring.

The beer smell is fairly earthy and hoppy with nice bit of bready maltness and sweet pale malt as well. The hops are of two kinds. One has a nice earthy and bitter note to it while the other is sharp.

The beer taste contains the same notes as the smell but that the taste has more balance. The sweet pale malts are much stronger than in the smell. The hops are still earthy and bitter. Also, has very bitter aftertaste.

The beer feel is a bit heavy for a pilsner but still refreshing. Leaves a dry aftertaste.Biting carbonation but not a lot.

Overall, a decent pilsner and worth getting. This one was bought towards the end of its shelf life but it still gave me a good experience.

Apr 07, 2015
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 749 ratings