Pikeland Pils | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs

Added by NeroFiddled on 08-12-2002

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Reviews: 339 | Ratings: 697
Photo of Dougal
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what an amazing pilsner... hoppy and flavorful... it has alot of tastes and complexities... it is low on the malt character and higher on the hoppiness and sublime taste characteristics... it is a sharper pilsner and clean as well....

exceptional product.... a hidden gem if we will... not many know of it but if you see it and you like hoppy pilsners you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this extra!

A- really clear light yellow. White head that builds up really easily and leaves great lacing. bubbles stream from the bottom consistently.

S- smells like a pilsner. Hops come through nicely actually, a bit floral..kinda leafy. The fact that you can distinguish the hops here is a big plus.

T- slightly sweet at first but has a real nice spicy hoppiness to finish it off. Keeps the flavors real light but still pronounced. A real leafy aftertaste, like forage. Yep that's what it is.

M- light body, effervescent enough, nothing really wrong here.

D- I could maybe drink an entire 6-pack of this in one afternoon, which I wouldn't do for too many beers.

Not that I've had a lot of craft pilsners (there aren't a whole lot out there!) but this is great and just behind IMO Moonlight's Reality Czech. I also liked Prima Pils but I haven't revisted it in a while.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first time I've drunk canned beer in many years. Appearance is pale gold, a little sediment is present (can-conditioned?!). There is a good level of carbonation. Aroma is strong, hoppy and grassy.

The taste is considerably hoppy, crisp, and refreshing; there is a fair hop bite leading out into a mellower bitter finish.

Who'd have thought that great beer can come out of a can? Well, it certainly does now.

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Photo of marcpal
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first beer from Sly Fox and based on this beauty, will not be the last.

12oz can poured into pilsner glass with bbq.

A: Hazy yellow with a non-dense fluffy cumulus cloud head. Looks good.

N: Grassiness/lemon and some citrus undertones that make themselves known after the cheerio like cereal and bready flavors to start.

T: Exactly like the smell. Lemon surely takes the cake. The honey nut cereal flavors are direct and up front and perfect. The ending bitterness just rounds this thing out to a great great beer.

M: Smooth and crisp, textbook tightness that exhibits everything that I would hope for in the feel of a quality pilsener.

D: Through the roof, as drinkable as a beer can get. Refreshing, tasty, hoppy, crisp, great with grub. There is not a bad place to enjoy this one.

This was a tremendous pils, my favorite to date. Not the biggest fan of the style, but man, can I have several of these this summer. A beauty.

Welcome to my fridge, Sly Fox.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Summary: exceptional pilsener.

Freaking great head. Always there. Always thick. Gold/peach color. Somewhat cloudy.

Taste has a good malt presence with very strong hops. Clean as well. Everything a pils should be.

Drinkable? Very much so. This is a beer you want more and more of.

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Photo of stirgy
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a sampler at the Brewery. Poured a clear golden pale yellow color. Very crisp and as for a Pilsner, the taste is dead on. Everything that I enjoy in a Pils is here – Nice hop bite, clear, bright golden and effervescent. Very dry with a nice clean aftertaste. A very drinkable and high quality Pilsner beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Lacing is quite persistent.

S: bread and crisp saaz blend well in a gentle bouquet.

T: crisp with a touch of bread, followed by a but of spicy hops. Exactly what a pils should be.

M: light in body with a bit of carbonation. I would have like to see a bit more bubbles on the tongue, but still quite nice.

D: I really love it when an American brewery nails this style. This is a great example of the pils, and you don't have to pay for it to be imported!

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Photo of jlandis
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewpub. Served in tall pint glass.

A-thin white head and a very clear yellow body.

S-very clean smell, nothing off, some floral

T-bready, balanced with hop flavor.

M-well carbonated, dry and very clean

D-very good representation of the style. very, drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goldish yellow body, light carbonation streams, and a bit of chill haze. Topped by a ball of big white bubbles which stick well.

Assertive grassy/hay aroma, big enough to get your attention, with a hint of lemon.

A crisp sweetness kicks off, wets your whistle, and then an even crisper hop snap arrives to dry out the finish and aftertaste. Lingering dry hop finish is quenching on a warm afternoon.

Just the right amount of body to push beyond limpy or wimpy, and move onto satisying.

Other than this one, the rest of the 12 pack perished in one evening with only two drinkers. Yeah, its drinkable.

Quality PA pils in a can? Can you say "beach beer".

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Craft beer in a can. Sly Fox, you are makin' me laugh. I save about a third of the beer in the can so I can pound it from the can after I complete this review. Can provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33...thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a two finger murky white head over a fairly clear dulll gold-yellow liquid. Smells very pils. Nice malt backbone with a nearly piercing tin hop character. Doughy, honey, hay, and some wheat.

Tastes wonderful. Wow, what a nice hop finish that settles to a rising malt aftertaste. Pils malty at the lips with a very tin-like hop character. This Saaz character is so piercing that it almost comes across as sour. Quite hoppy bitter with grassy undertones. Iron and a fermented honey. Modest lacing on the inside of the glass. Light body and strong fine carbonation. Not alot here in regards to complexity. A well done example that's flavorful and balanced.

BTW, that swig I got from the can was de-lic-ious!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible pilsener, to say the least. This fine, fine example of this style, presented itself before my eyes with a light, white-as-snow bubbly head, which quickly faded to a light lace along the side of the glass. One smell of this gem of a pilsener filled my mind with thought of fresh cut grass and herbal maltiness. An incredible tasting brew, the crispness on the palate was just one of this brews redeeming factors. I almost felt as if I could taste and.or experience each and every ingredient put into this work of art. While somewhat dry on its finish with a hint of bitter bite, this is still the classic German-style Pils I always love to try again and again.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright, somewhat cloudy golden witha nice cap of the white stuff. The Aroma is very fruity, and filled with boat-loads of hops (saaz and a blend of a few others?). There is also a nice lemon tang in the aroma as well. The tastre is all saaz and lemon up front, slightly fruity and biscuit-like in the middle, and hoppy and slightly dry and spritzy in the finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy, refreshing, and alive and the drinkability is very, very, very good! A killer keller ;-)

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Photo of speter
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-oz can into pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with a nice head that unfortunately doesn't hold up, quickly fading to a small bit of foam.

S: Spot-on noble hops with a hint of grain.

T: A nicely-balanced initial hit of malt and hops goes to a nicely bitter finish, dry and hoppy.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium body.

D: A very nice session beer (if I'm allowed to use that here these days). This is probably my second favorite American pils (just behind Prima Pils). This is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery in Phoenixville

Appearance: gold in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: grass and toasted malt--very fresh smelling

Taste: grass, grain, touch of hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: I could drink this all day if this were available here. On tap this is one of the cleanest and freshest tasting beers I have had. This one is a perfect session ale. Great for the style.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured very clear golden allowing the flow freely up the glass to a two finger head.

S: Bready, malty and very crisp. The only hint of hops is a bit of copper/metal in the nose.

T: Pure bread. Wonderful maltiness from start to the very slightly hopped/bitter end.

M: Malts and carbination just coat the tongue and mouth with out any risidual sweetness. Very crisp and clean finish.

D: Certainly a beer that is suitable for most any occasion. You can drink this all day and night.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that the Pikeland Pils is also served unfiltered as the Keller Pils; and it took a Gold medal at the GABF in 2000. It's brewed in the North German style and utilizes 100% German Pilsener malt alongside a combination of German and Czech hops to 44 IBU's. Its clear golden body is topped by a foamy, bright-white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace before settling to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. The nose displays a bouquet of boldly floral and spicy hops that are alive like the aromas of a late spring morning following a soft rain. Very vivid and lush! The body is light and combines with a fine/median carbonation to give a crisp mouthfeel. The flavor displays an aggressive combination of solid maltiness and bold hoppiness. The bitterness hits swift and hard up-front; and acts as a rock solid foundation for the firm malt and richly floral, spicy and mildly grassy hops that follow. It finishes dry with a mild residual bitterness. Clearly, a full-throttle pils that pulls no punches and satisfies from start to finish! Although hop-heads will assuredly be impressed with this beer, it's got enough balance, finesse, and floral hop character to attract a variety of drinkers. Exceptionally well-done and quite enjoyable!

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Photo of Gasp100
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixtel of this and the Cascade IPA because I've been so impressed by Sly Fox brews thus far.... I'm even more so now. This pours a cloudy, light blonde color which is very hazy and has a sticky cloud-white head with nice lacing all down the glass. The smell is lemons, lime, grass, straw, flowery hops and sweet malts. The taste was surprisingly raw to me --- this is only my second "keller" pils. You can taste a lemony tartness which really gives this pils a nice kick. The mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a hard bite that is really, really bitter in a good way --- something completely different from you standard pils, but I could imagine a filtered version of this as well. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this one (5% or so) but the drinkability level is very high. Think lemonade on a hot summer day, wheat beer like refreshing quality and all natural ingredients and style...

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a rather clear straw yellow color. nice white head, medium retention rate, and a mild amount of lacing.

S: smells like a german pils....light pale malts, moderate sweetness. there is a big hop nose on this surprisingly. light fresh orange aroma.

T: nice pale malts, light citrus sweetness, aided from the hops. way hoppier than expected, but very nice. some sweet orange flavors, with the bitters.

M: very crisp and clean. above average carbonation. medium bodied for the style.

D: great pils, I really enjoyed this one, especially with the higher IBUs and advanced hop character. not my style of choice, but this was really good.

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Photo of pemulis
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a bit hoppier and more bitter than victory's prima pils, but otherwise very similar.

poured the expected straw gold with nice carbonation and a decent white head. smelled hoppy for a pilsner. taste was excellent - light, great balance, finishing with bitter saaz hops and very refreshing.

this is my 2006 summer session beer, and i'm thrilled that it isn't a seasonal offering.

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Photo of IronLover
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw yellow in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a billowy white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of soapy amd sticky lacings on the glass. Sour dough bread, herbal and spicy hop aromas with earthy grassy notes. Light creamy smooth feel down the middle with tangy, assertive carbonation on the edges. Flavor is a wonderful balance of bready and biscuity malt and herbal hop flavors. Hop flavors turn a bit spicy through the middle along with a lightly citrus tang. Finishes dryly and crisply with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. An exceptionally complex, crisp, refreshing German pilsner.

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