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 OpenMic
2.08/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This German Pils is just ok, I was disappointed.
The first taste is ok, but it has a harsh after taste.
I wouldn't buy it, but maybe I should try it on tap.
I always like to try at least two of the same brewery
and this Sly Fox, pils at least had the same taste.
I will try another type of product from them, but not
the same style.

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Photo of boddhitree
2.16/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

First of all, I love the design of the can, where you can open fully and try to get aroma without pouring it in a glass. Nonetheless...

Virtually no aroma.

Decent bitterness up front, doesn't taste like any Pils malts were used, not much Pils malt sweetness, needs maltier aftertaste.

Decent thickness but could be thicker. VERY disappointing.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.37/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is much like all the other Pilsners out there. It's got the tradional grassy flavor with a little bit of hops. Could totally use mmore hops no doubt about that. This beer has a fizzy white head and a golden yellow color. The aroma is the best part of the beer. I feel that this beer is much too watered down.

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Photo of beckje01
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is immense carbonation and a massive fluffy head. Very hazy with what appears to be floating specks. Bright golden color. Lots of frosty lace. Good look for a pils.

Sharp spicy smell. The smell of chlorine. Surprisingly musty for being in a can. Hops are overly bitter. Not so good, Al.

Serious pilsner bitter flavor with definite chlorine taste. As it warms, some spicy lemon and orange come out. Has a weird saison spicyness. The yeast took a weird turn here.

Feel is fizzy but smooth at the swallow. The feel is the best part of the beer. It's actually as it warms up, but not great overall. It's a rather musty pils.

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Photo of Blanco
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz can into my pint class. Forms a very high head that sticks for a few minutes and slowly fades away. Satisfactory lacing, but nothing spectacular. The color is a clear and light orange and only slight carbonation. The smell initially reminded me of the BMCs, but after the head subsided I was able to get a whiff of pleasant malt and some sweetness. Slightly bitter, I taste none of the malt and sweetness that I got from the smell, just the bitterness. very thin on the palate and almost no aftertaste this beer is only slightly a cut above a Miller Genuine draft. I've had other sly fox beers and expected a lot more from this one. I could probably drink a ton of these, as my drink of choice for beer pong.

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Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is big on hops, not much else. Definatly lacking malts and the refreshing nature of most pilseners. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall I found this to be a mediocre effort.

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Photo of ATPete
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can

best by 1-30-09

Pours a very transparent yellow color with a large, slightly sticky white head. Standard nose of grassy hop bitterness and subtle pale malts with looming aromas of machine funk. The hop character is definitely dominant in the nose, but instead of a fresh hop blast, im getting more of a stale hop dud. The pale malt semi structure falls a bit thin and out of balance, the body is thin and the carbonation is bright. The largest downer to this beer is the overly bitter and plant-like aftertaste. I do not recommend.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from lionking so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with strong lager yeast flavor. There are also flavors of grain and light malts that bring in a little bit of sweetness. There's a mild hops presence that comes in but there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, even taking into account that this is a rather basic and understated beer style, this beer just didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After about a case of deliberation, I am not to big a fan of this brew. yes, it is a well made, and decent brew, but this puppy in a can just doesn't work for me (nor does it poured out)

Pours a nice straw color. White foamy head that dissapates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Very grassy aroma.

Taste is floral, and citrusy. There is some malt presence, but nothing to write home about. Also, in the can, I have been getting and odd aftertaste. I mean this beer is rather drinkable, and it could stand for a good gateway beer for the bud-miller crowd, it definately has something lacking. Good, but nowhere near some of their other stuff

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled can into a glass. A generous extra from chcfan. Thanks Chris!

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a pinky finger of off-white head capping the brew. Retention isn't so great, with the foam quickly vanishing into a series of scattered bubbles and a light ring of lace. Sips leave nice register marks.

S: Grain, bread, earthy and leafy Noble hops.

T: Kind of a weak, muddled mix of grain, bread, and light pilsner malt. Noble hops are noticeable but they taste kind of watered down and suppressed somehow.

M: Light-bodied, low in carbonation (not quite crisp).

D: Pretty tasty, and easy to down, but overall lacking in effort.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this beer as a bonus from leftmindedrighty!

A: straw colored but a bit hazy
S: nice, clean nose with definite hop presence
T: good clean taste however, a bit too much hops for a true pils, hop bite very noticeable and present in the back of the tongue
M: good, smooth
D: decent, but I still can't get over the strong hop bite

Nice overall but a bit less hops would be more to my liking.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,A white creamy head,a little on the thin side.A light gold,straw color.The head dissapated fariley quickly.A fruity,slightly bready aroma.Not real aromamatic.A clean taste,slightly grainey.A light mouthfeel,A tart,tingly,with a citrusy hop finish.A light bodied,very drinkable,session beer.Not a real flavorful brew,not a bad brew either.Would be a good summertime tailgate party beer,were bottles are not permitted.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils is a very clear, straw colored beer with a thin white head that fades pretty rapidly. The aroma is soft, fruity and wooden. There may be a note of lemon. It is thin, crisp and dry on the palate. The bitterness is nice. It tastes fresh, fruity, wooden and resiny. Pretty darn good for a pilsner in a can.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/6/08. Can, best by 9/20/08. Pours a light gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of light fruits, grassy hops, lots of wheat. Flavor of light sweet malt and wheat, bitter hops finish. Rather carbonated. Ok pils, but a little bitter for my liking and the malt base was a bit weak.
6/3/6/4/13 (3.2/5)

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. date is there, but it's illegible.

in the glass it's a pale yellow color, slightly hazy. thin bright white head. grassy earthy aroma. mild flavor, slight corn and grain taste, and mild earthy hops. thin body, medium carbonation. easy drinking.

overall - not my favorite style, but an easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very faint haze to the straw colored brew. White head was three inches before fading back down rapidly. Swirls of tiny carbonation bubbles. Sticky lace in spots down the glass.

A very nicely balanced mixture of bready malt and citric hops aromas. Lemons are the main hop scent. Malt is reminiscent of buttered croissants.

Taste is a bit soapy at first. Grain husk flavors pick up quickly, and overpower whatever hops try and fight through. Plastic aftertaste coats the tongue.

A bit watery. Carbonation kick is decent, but the tastes that cling disappoint.

An average brew. Would work with a kielbasa on a roll. Nothing to go try and find. To much distraction from few good qualities makes this one nothing special.

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Photo of dfillius
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler on a hot and humid 85 degree day.

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white fizzy head that quickly subsides. Clear light yellow liquid. I want more head with less fizzy quality.

S: Light and herbal hops, a tart quality maybe as well.

T: A little metallic, nice bitterness, but metallic quality really overpowers and prevails

M: Metallic bitterness :-(

D: A bit off from metallic notes, but refreshing and pleasant otherwise.

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Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to marcpal for dropping two of these cans into a recent trade, along with much other goodness. We consumed the first at my birthday tasting, but I don't recall much about this brew, so I saved the second bottle for a Friday evening warm-up.

Cute can. I like cans. I like German beers. So far, so good.

The smell is soul-sucking abysmal coming out of the can, like someone peed in a beer & let it sit for a week. Then peed in it again to stir everything up. Once it warms just a touch it settles into that pils, straw smell, just fine, but man, that initial impression is brutal. If this was a date I would have run away, screaming.

Tastes fine. Adequate all the way around. Very dry, a touch of hops, a touch of backing sweet.

Not bad, not real good, strictly average. That's all I have.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an American pint glass from the can. Looks great in the glass. Light wispy head that quickly dies, light golden in color, light carbonation. The nose reveals german hops, light and grassy, slightly bready, and CO2. The taste is decent, but a little heavy in the metallic hops and a little light in the malt dept. After a few sips the hops prevail as the dominating taste leaving little room for much of anything else. Mouthfeel is very dry, a little too dry for my taste. Drinkability is decent. Sessionable ABV helps this score a bit.

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Photo of 57md
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straw colored in appearance with little head and no retention or lacing. The taste is mildly hoppy with a clean finish. This offering was overall clean and crisp, but a little thin. I'd give it a thumbs up nonetheless, but certainly nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to DrJay for hooking me up with this via BC2!

Pours a clear yellow/gold, thin white head forms, some nice lacing, decent retention, keeps a nice layer. Smell is sweet, caramel, citrus and floral hops, very fragrant, bit of vanilla, I like. Taste is sweet, some malts, honey, citrus, bit of floral, but very watery, iron and light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied, low carbonation. Refreshing but a bit thin. Thanks Jay!

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thought I'd take the growler out for another refill and so I got this brew.

When poured this beer is a deep golden color with a head which quickly dissipates leaving a thin line of foam about the glass. The smell contained some fruity hints, but was otherwise that of a typical pilsener.

Taste was light and slightly bitter towards then end. I definitely got the sensation of grapefruit juice and other citrus when I was tasting this beer. This Pils had a nice mouthfeel, but I thought it had a bit too much carbonation. In the end, I felt a little disappointed with this beer because I was expecting something tasting more like Pilsner Urquell...but despite this I finished off the growler anyway!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this extra. Served in a pilsener glass. Best before December 19th, 2010.

A - Pours with a finger of soapy off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lacing. Body is a transparent pale straw with a plethora of bubbles racing upwards.

S - Leafy, herbal, noble hops, with a honeyed grain and light stone fruit backdrop.

T - Taste is a little less defined. Starts with lightly toasted grain and some honey sweetness, then finishes with slight lemon and moderate hop bitterness.

M - Moderate-to-high carbonation that zings the upper lip. This stuff makes you burp. Otherwise the body is a nice soft medium-light. Finishes somewhat dry.

D - It's a pretty average German pilsener, with some ups and downs. I'll probably forget all about tomorrow.

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