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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Photo of kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Clear yellow with white foamy head, little lace.
Bracing, clean pils hop aroma, with nice maltiness. The crispness and bitterness hit full on start to finish, exceptionally clean and refreashing. Great job, nailed the style. Perfect to anjoy several of these on a warm day. I love that this comes in cans, too, so convenient!!

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Clear golden color with 1 finger of dense head that dissipates leaving slight lacing. Earthy hop aroma with a hint of lager yeastiness. Taste is initially sweet with the hop balance coming through in the middle for a nice, crisp, clean, dry finish. Medium-light bodied with great drinkability. Nice session beer; refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass. Pours a golden color with a bit of auburn haze to it. Nice fluffy white head with the aggressive pour. Decent hop aroma for a pilsner. Taste is a bit bitter at first but then mellows with a nice light hop finish. I get som malt smoothness as the beer warms a bit. I nice session beer- very appropriate for the summer.

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

12 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass.

BEST BY 06/09/08 printed on the bottom.

Pours a clear light straw yellow with a light two finger white head that quickly descends to a thin whispy layer of bubbles. Not much webbing to speak of. Noble hops and sweet caramel malt in the nose up front. Some buttery biscuits, lemongrass, and a hint of pepper in the nose as well. Decent aroma, but very faint. Taste is a lemon peel up front with a bready malt as well. Very clean hops that leave the mouth fairly dry. Buttery biscuits towards the end with an earth-like hop aftertaste. Light and refreshing body with a lively carbonation. Great summer session beer, I really wish I picked up a six-pack of this instead of a single. If you're looking for a hoppy low abv lager, this is one of the best. I'll defintely be picking up more of this one soon for my next golf outing.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap at the Sly Fox Brewery during the 2008 Bock festival into my 08 Bock glass.

A: A nice medium straw yellow color with a nice thick foamy head. Agressive pour for sure because they were busy, but still. Glass lacing was slight.

S: Hints of fruit, flowers and grass with the hops showing through.

T: Lemon with light floral flavors and grass clippings and a subtle biscuity malt flavor. Nice wonderful full hops settle in on the mid palate with the lingering hops bitterness we love in a pils. This is a very hoppy pils and I love it.

M: Light to medium with not a hint of alcohol. Very crisp in the mouth.

D: Uber high. Drink these guys all day, they really are refreshing and fantastic. You want a beer to take to the golf course or the football game, grab the cans, perfect!

Overall an excellent pils that is only beaten out by the Prima. This is my second favorite pils and I would gladly drink it anytime. Great work Sly Fox.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received from trade with jasinviso. Thanks!

A: Yellow with some suspended particulates. Dense wheite head that recedes leaving a thin white ring and some lace. Not much visible carbonation

S: Grassy, earthy hops up front with a very thin biscuit presence. A hint of butteriness is present.

T: A little sweet upfront with a good dose of noble hops delivering a crisp bite.

M: Well carbonated on the palate and great, dry finish. Good stuff

D: Very easy to drink a ton of this. I need to track down a fresher stash.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Deuane for sending me a 12 pack of this great brew and thanks to bennetj17 for introducing me to this at DLD prompting me to trade with Deuane! I put the review under Royersford because that is the location stated on my can.

Poured this into a pilsner glass. It pours a nice yellow color with a 1 inch tight, white head that fades and leaves a layer of foam on top of the brew. The smell is typical of a pilsner ( a little malt and a sulphury smell) but it has a noticeable hop presence that is very nice. The taste is just right. You get a nice bit of the traditional sulphury pilsner taste down the middle of the palate and then sweet malt, corn and flavorful hops on the side. Its actually even got a nice mouthfeel for a pils. I could drink this one all summer long, outside in the hot Texas sun. It is extremely refreshing. This is most definitely my favorite Pilsner and I am typically not a fan of the style.

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

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. I love seeing craft beer in cans, yet I'm not sure why.

This pours out a delicious looking transparent straw yellow color with plenty of head and lacing. There's a slight bit of haze in the glass and it's slowly cycloneing downward to the bottom. Very pretty. This has a very clean and crisp smell to it, a medium amount of citrus hops shine through. Taste is very similar to the smell, but with a much more skunky bitter taste to it. Great attack. This pilsner is very light on the tongue. If I can get Sly Fox up here I would definitely drink more of it!

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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 Deuane
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, golden straw yellow with a thin bright white head leaving nice lacing.

S-Sweet, biscuity malts with a bit of friutiness and a faint floral/grassy hop aroma.

T-Nice biscuit malts washed over with a kick from the spicy, grassy hop profile. Nothing overly pronounced.

M-Medium-light body, very dry with a nice sharp crispness as one would expect from a German Pils. Well done.

D-Certianly not my favorite style, I prefer Phoenix Pale Ale much more, but this brew is well done and true to style. It didnt win a GABF Gold Medal for nothing! It is infinitely drinkable and would be easy to throw back can after can. A great beer to take a sixer along to a summer gathering when you dont want to lower your standards to the guest BMC offerings!

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

Nice golden colored pils,with a one finger head that sat there for a while and fell to a ring with some impressive lacing.

Notes of hops,this almost smells like a old ipa.

Taste also like a old ipa,very crisp,hoppy,some sweetness.

Mouthful is light on the carbonation,crisp,refreshing.Very good.

I like this but there are better pilsners made in our great state.Great job though.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger foamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is a good blend/balance of malts/hops, some spicyness, with a touch of caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slight bitterness/dry, with some spice and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: light in color typical of a pils or an American style lager, fantastic head retention and nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: rather light on the nose despite the big head, just a hint of citrus and maybe a bit of fresh cut grass

Taste: Very light malt that reminds me of cereal and almonds (just a hint) and a nice solid refreshing lemon zest hop finish. Just a bit of alcohol that you really have to look for...I think it's a pils

Mouthfeel: Very light, you could really drink this stuff like water. Kick ass lawnmower beer.

Drinkability: Not to sound like a lush, but back when I was in High School if you gave me a case of this it would dissapear.

I really like the flavor and easy drinking combo of this particular brew, this is one that I will be serving if I have a party of beer heathens. Very good stuff, it's superb drinkability and the genuinely good (not superb) flavor. Makes this a big winner in my book.

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Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. orange can that has a picture of a bright green hop bud. The side of the can has a brief description of the beer and it lists the beer's specifications of OG 11.7 Plato, 44 IBUs, and a 4.9 % ABV.

When poured into a Pilsner glass, this Sly Fox brew is a clear, bright, and shiny lemon yellow color with a decent 1/2 inch creamy head of white foam. It had great retention that left behind a small white film and loads of white streaks of lace around the glass. The aroma was very dry and spicy with some spicy German hops and a splash of malts. There was nothing more in the aroma than just the malts and hops. It was just your basic Pilsner aroma. This Pilsner is dry with dried floral hops and just a touch of malt. It was like the aroma, but what it lacked in flavors, the spicy bitter hops taste made up the difference. The mouthfeel was light with a refreshing bitter aftertaste of dried floral hops. In the end, a nice refreshing bitter canned beer that would make a great choice for a summer session beer.

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

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils poured straw-yellow in color with a billowing white head. Very good lacing was left in the glass. Aroma had notes of grass, pepper and grapefruit. Flavor started sweet with malt and hay, but finished agressively bitter.

Pikeland Pils is a boldly bitter beer. At first, I thought it might be better with a little less bite, but as a finished the glass, I craved another.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden straw color with a tad od cloudiness.

Smell: Strong smell of honey with a slight aroma of the hops.

Taste. Very clean taste. Perfect example of this style. Taste is spot on. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Medium carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink beer. Easy to put many away and since its in a can-always fresh.

A very good "session" beer. Great to drink!

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pikeland Pils is a great example of a clean German style Pilsner that takes advantage of the clean finish of pilsen malt and utilize traditional Saaz hops. The pour was good with a white head. The head faded a bit but did the job. The smell was right on key with subtle earthy notes and the spiciness imparted by the Czech Saaz and Noble hops. The taste was right on, clean and crisp with a well balanced bitterness profile that finishes with the spicy hops. The mouthfeel was good, not thick and very clean finishing. Pikeland Pils is very drinkable and well worth a try. A great beer to drink alone or to enjoy with light fare.


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Photo of TheDeuce
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pikeland Pils on tap at the Phoenixville location.

Appearance- served in a pint glass (?!?) which was pretty dumb on the bartender's part. Pale golden color, not that much head forms, sticky lace where it is, but overall not as active as I thought.

Smell-biscuit malts, very floral, some sourness creeps up.

Taste-more floral than sharp, some hops creep through, biscuit malts do permeate as well, sort of subdued. Decent taste but lacking either kick or refreshment.

Drinkability-light flavor, not that much alcohol, good taste. Makes for a nice lawnmower beer.

Overall-lacking that punch or extra characters that makes it measure up in this land of Prima, Sunshine, and Peregrine Pils. Still an ok version of the style, but I was hoping for more. Also a pilsner glass would be good next time.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz can copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a hazy, slightly carbonated, light, golden-colored hue from a 12 oz can with a minimal frothy head that left a small amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
As far as a German Pilsener is concerned, I believe that Sly Fox did pretty well with this one - concocting a refreshing, crisp, clean, slightly carbonated brew that hit home and would be good for a warmer Summer day...
Mild aroma filled with the typical light, floral Pilsener smell with fresh flowers and candy...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with an obvious suggestion of lemon, citrus, lime, florals, and a slight tinge of vanilla...
Good, yet light, clean, clear mouthfeel without any alcoholic interferences...
Ultra-easy drinkability due to the modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Worth as shot...

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Photo of Finn
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, pale gold with a dense fluffy white head that has some staying power.

Aroma: Biscuity, grassy aroma.

Taste: Nice refined malt profile, giving way to a firm and quenching bitterness, which lingers on the taste buds for a little bit.

Mouthfeel: medium/high carbonation with a medium/light body.

Drinkability: Excellent. A great take on this style. If you like this style, then try this one. It has a good deal of flavor and is a well crafted-pilsner. I could drink quite a few of these....

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Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of leftmindedrighty, thanks again.

Beer pours a bright gold color with a large white head.

Aromas are floral, spicy, and yeasty. This is actually has a pretty potent nose.

Flavors are pretty good. There are some citrus flavors, green apple, and biscuit like. There is an underlying malty creaminess, and a dry, crisp and mineral like hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, but a bit thin for my tastes.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty good pilsner. Especially nice to see another good crafted beer coming out of a can.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a good pale and pilsner malt scent along with a mild German hop aroma. It's light and refreshing, but a little sweeter than most. It's not as crisp as a traditional pils. The taste is decent as well. It's got a wonderful hop bitterness along with a solid malt bill. My problem is that it's too hoppy and malty. I like a lighter pils. The hops are a bit too aggressive, IMO. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker, but it's just an above average pils; nothing special.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed 08-17-06 - moved from Phoenixville to here, as the packaging is done at Royersford - on advise from jcwattsrugger:

Poured into a pilsener glass:

Poured straw yellow with fast carbonation that soon slowed. A fluffy white head that slowly descended was well-retained as a thin head. It left some lacing.

The smell was clean. A grass-like aroma was present.

The taste was grassy, but not overly so. Clean and crisp, the bitterness was well-balanced, for the style, by a sweetness.

Refreshing and light. Simple, but flavorful.

A solid, refreshing pilsener. Overall - what a good pilsener should be and a very good example of the style.

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Photo of ski271
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, pale gold with a small, white, quickly diminishing to and odd, thin film. Good lacing though.
S: Grape and light resin. Very clean. Lightly floral.
T: Pretty typical Euro-style pilsner. Dominant dry hops with some spicy, grassy flavors.
M: Medium-light body, very dry texture, moderate carbonation.
D: Not my favorite style, but this was good for the style. Worth trying. One of the best beers I’ve had out of a can!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with at least 1 inch of foamy white head which has great retention and spotty lacing on the glass, especially at the top. Smells are plentiful and strong with lemon, spicy and citrus hops, and light malt and bread. Taste is very biscuity up front, with some honey and lemon butter with a dried grass hop finish. Medium-light in body with good carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. A fairly good pils that would go great while out fishing or doing some other activity where cans would be more convenient than bottles.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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