Pikeland Pils
Sly Fox Brewing Company

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From:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #206
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,586
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
394
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 24, 2022
Added:
Aug 12, 2002
Wants:
  49
Gots:
  70
SCORE
85
Very Good
Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils
Notes: OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L - Clear yellow gold with 2 finger frothy white head and heavy lacing.

S - Faint floral and bready nose.

T - Cracker and floral and balanced hop bitterness on the finish. Very nice.

F - Light-medium body; medium carbonation; crisp and refreshing.

O - Good pils . . . I would buy this again.
Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by HardCider from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Mar 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.7 by Brewsome from New Jersey

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by PORK from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz draft....beautiful straw color and intensely carbed...big puffy white head which lead to significant lacing...crisp mild hoppiness and smooth...at 4.9% abv you could drink this all day and you'll definitely want to because this is a fantastic pilsner.
Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

May 23, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.68 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Apr 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.57 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Mar 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by imperialking from Illinois

Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4%
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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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by staubot from Canada (MB)

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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
 
Rated: 4 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Nov 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.64 by brodyonthecorner from Pennsylvania

Sep 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Spade from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by TLA from Pennsylvania

May 18, 2020
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Reviewed by dasboootx2009 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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
 
Rated: 2.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by MGibbons from Maryland

Mar 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.73 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2020
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Rated by cratez from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Rating from notes. Consumed September 2012. "Excellent hop-forward pils, but a bit lacking in aroma due to age (8 months old)."
Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by BumpkinBrewer from Massachusetts

Jan 10, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by Lucular from Maryland

Aug 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by deg from New Hampshire

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.4 by Eychung from New York

Mar 27, 2019
 
Rated: 2.25 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Rated by Ryanhershman17 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Balanced true to style big saaz hop profile. Perceivable malt
Oct 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.4 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Sep 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by shelby415 from Oregon

Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.01 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

Sep 10, 2018
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Rated by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On-tap at Alchemy in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 18, 2018
Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 754 ratings