Pikeland Pils | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
702
Reviews:
342
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 702 |  Reviews: 342
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr.Jay for bringing up.Good small head on lighter yellow. A nice bitterness and drinkability at 44 IBU. Clean and fresh and refreshing. Unfiltered gives it a cloudiness and a tad complexity to the aroma more than the flavour.Carbonation about right.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some superfine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grassy hops and a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness. There are also some hints of bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and also a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little hoppier compared to other beers in the style (almost like a West Coast take on a classic German style) but is still easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can glugs into an 0,3L Zywiec flute glass. 2/8/11 printed on can.

Pale straw gold color, dense and fluffy cap of white foam that has a creamy texture to it's surface. Head remains for the first few sips, coating the sides with lacing. A few trails of languid bubbles rise up from the base of the glass.

Aroma is a little light, sweet but dry honeyed grains, wet hay, grassy noble hops. Clean and inoffensive.

Ample dry hop bitterness, floral and very grassy in the finish. Dry lingering grass notes really hang on, noticeable a minute or two after taking a sip. Some cracker and white bread in the middle balance things out. Moderate carbonation, low enough to suggest German/Euro style origins. Body is light and quenching, seems like a good warm weather session beer. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a meringue-like head that sticks and laces well

Smell: Noble hops are clearly present yet the aroma is surprisingly sweet and citrusy

Taste: Starts with a sweet and fruity aspect that grows quite crisp by mid-palate; nice noble hop finish but there is a citrus element that may not be quite to style but is very enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and nicely carbonated

Drinkability: A decent American pils that is right up there with Victory's

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a hazy deep yellow color pils with a nice white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of dry malt with some crisp german hops. Taste is also dominated by some dry malt and a dry crisp hoppy finish. Body is above average with some low filtration and lees at the bottom. While this is a good pils I thought it miss some of the floral aspect that I usually like in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had tried the "Keller" style once before and enjoyed it so I figured I would give it a try,poured a nice unfiltered deep golden color with nice big rocky head.Very buttery taste with a good malt background,not a wimpy beer by any means,very easy to drink.A nice hand crafted brew you dont see very often,well done.

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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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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of foamy brite-white head that maintains a nice thin retention and leaves some good lace behind. The aroma is fresh, grassy hops (with some addtional hoppy esters behind it), citrus notes, and light sweet maltiness. Finishes bitter and dry.

The taste is a tingling hop bitterness up front with some hints of spice and citrus thrown in and that is all held up by a firm malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a crisp feel although I do get a touch of hop oil slickness at times.

A solid Pils for sure, this packs a good taste and excellent drinkibility into one fresh tasting can of beer. Great for summer drinking folks!

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

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Pumking chalice. It poured golden yellow in color wit ha thin white dusting barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma is clean and crisp with a nice balance of herbal hops and pilsner malt. The hops have a bit of a lemon zest to them along with a touch of earthy spice. Nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows a lot of the same qualities as the aroma did. The herbal hops are a bit more pronounced and add a little bitterness to the finish. They also have a bit more herbal spice to them. The pilsner malt gives it a nice balancing sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it had some nice balance and flavors to it. It was clean and crisp and a nice version of the style.

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3.9/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate near-white head that leaves some good ring lace. Straw color and crystal clear.

Raw unmalted grain aroma initially. A touch of metal to the nose. Mild hop.

Less grainy than the smell would indicate. Good peppery hop presence in the swallow and the aftertaste. Creamy finish. A little on the thin side even for a pilsner. Very high carbonation.

A good entry to the pilsner category. It doesn't have the softness that I associate with this style. The hop bitterness, in particular, is more harsh than one would expect.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that threatened to spill over the sides of the glass before settlling back down. The color was a slightly cloudy lemon-yellow and the nose was absolutely fragrant with Saaz hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant bitterness on the palate. On the finish, I noticed a brief malt sweetness, followed closely by the return of the same bitterness noted before. It was the hops that really lingered. The relatively low ABV makes it a highly drinkable beer, especially as an alternative to hefeweizens on a hot day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light pale yellow with a huge fizzy white head. I had to actually wait to pour the rest in the glass. Cans give awesome head retention I must say. The head had a nice slow fade and left behind lots of lace. This color was very very bright and had lots of sediment in the bottom. Smell was very light and crisp. Smelled very lively. Nice light lemon and grass flavors, with a hint of yeast and grain. The taste was just great, smooth, big carbonation made it very refreshing. Very very hoppy for a pilsner with a nice pine resin flavor and hints of grapefruit, and pineapple and lemon. Big dry finish that was nice and bitter. This was awesome and really awoke a rekindling of the pilsner. I normally find them a bit bland, but this has renewed my intrest and I look forward to trying some again in the warmer months to come.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 702 ratings.
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