Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Pikeland Pils | Sly Fox Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
338 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 338 | Ratings: 693
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.

 634 characters

Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with a orangish hue. Head retention is good.

Smells of fresh baked bread, spicy hops, lemon, and caramel malt in the nose. Pleasant.

Starts with a little sweetness and bready/malty flavors. Spicy and lemony hop flavors quickly dominate the palate. Finish is dry and earthy.

Very flavorful and refreshing. The taste description above may seem spartan but the flavor subtleties are innumerable and difficult to describe. Definitely recommended.

 460 characters

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.

 486 characters

Photo of macster
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw yellow under a light but thick and frothy white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing. Clean and pleasant aromas of lemon, straw and light malts along with a fairly hefty nose full of spicy/citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is average; light and clean with a minerally dry finish. Flavor starts out with a reserved lemon zest, honey and light sweet malty presence followed by a crisp and somewhat dry herbal and raw spice hoppy bitterness. Finish is long, refreshing and dry. Shows off a very nice balance between the sweet malts and herbal-like hops. Quite easy goin’ down and enjoying a few of these would be no problem .

 640 characters

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw yellow under a light but thick and frothy white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing.

Clean and pleasant aromas of lemon, straw and light malts along with a fairly hefty nose full of spicy/citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is average; light and clean with a minerally dry finish.

Flavor starts out with a reserved lemon zest, honey and light sweet malty presence followed by a crisp and somewhat dry herbal and raw spice hoppy bitterness.

Finish is long, refreshing and dry. Shows off a very nice balance between the sweet malts and herbal-like hops. Quite easy goin’ down and enjoying a few of these would be no problem .

 648 characters

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a mug.
A: Hazy light straw color. A large amount of frothy white head that leaves sticky but bubbly lacing. Medium carbonation.
S: Strawy and light. Hint of mild fruits, and maybe coriander? Overall, weakish but pleasant.
T: Mild bitter hops at first. Subtle, smooth malts in the middle. Creamy, sugar finish.
M: Dryish, and leaves a nip in the mouth.
D: Not bad. Nothing about this beer turns me off, really, so I could drink a few.
Overall, a pretty good pilsener. Certainly drinkable and pleasant smelling/tasting, but nothing made me say, "Wow, that was good."

 594 characters

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can from Sly Fox that my sister brought home for me

A-golden, yellow straw colored ale with a full head that bubbled up very high left a bit of lace in a pint glass.

S- Strong hop spice for the style--pleasant and apparent--you don't have to search for it like some pilsners. Something of a cream corn smell underneath but not problematic.

T- light malt pairs well with a good hop character that flows from front to back nicely with little chage. Dry finish. No unpleasant aftertaste at all that can happen with such a light beer.

M-solid mouthfeel, even a bit chewy for a pilsner. Good.

Overall--a very solid interpretation of the style, German in character--definately not a weak American lager version.

Crazy check--I seem to be right on or the low side compared to other reviews. Several noted the hoppy character for the style, which is nice, but the smell and the fact that the taste suffers after warming even for a short time keep me from pushing the score higher. My ratings of Sly Fox are always higher on site when I've been there, so might try this one there next trip to compare on draft.

 1,123 characters

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can honestly say I don't drink to many pilseners. Judging from the huge hop front and center on the can I expected a more American hopping with this brew. It appears to be more or less to style.
A - slightly hazy yellow with a billowy white head
S - lemon, biscuit malts and herbal hops
T - similar to the nose but with an added touch of grassy hops and metallic tang.
M - light to medium bodied, medium carbonated and clean finish.
D - a poor match with my dinner but a pleasant enough brew for the summer.

 515 characters

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.

 380 characters

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

I gotta say I am becoming a big fan of the canned beer.

A: Poured this one into a mug, pours yellow with about two fingers of light head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation rising as well.

S: Aromas of hops and malt are all that are here, nothing special, very straight forward.

T: Malty flavor up front, with a very earthy feel to it. Notes of wheat as well. The hops that follow are subtle but nice, but it all fades away pretty quickly.

M: It leaves me with an extremely clean palate after each sip. Dry at the end, it makes me want another sip to get rid of the dryness.

D: This is baseball tailgating beer. Not too strong, but very easy to put down three or four or more before you go to the game. The cans really make this a portable beer as well.

 787 characters

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.

 717 characters

Photo of PEBKAC
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cans are great aren't they? The can revolution is in full effect. :)

Pours a light straw color with a rim reaching amount of white suds to finish it off. The head dies down almost instantly, leaving a very dirty looking glass.

Not a whole lot going on upfront. A little sniffle caused by the hops, a little leafy, with fresh foxy lettuce, & a pleasant sweetness not unlike a shortcake.

Nothing is as pronounced in the taste with the exception of the nip from the leafy, dry hops. A seltzery texture, just a twinge on the way down; easy as water. Just a good classic & simple pils longing to be stowed away on a long trip to the beach. With the recent price increase, I guess $8.50 is decent for a sixer. Something like $7.49 would be perfect. :)

 748 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to like the designs on the Sly Fox cans. This one has a large hop cone on the front. Enough talk about the container, on to the beer. This one was bright yellow and transparent. The head was stark white, rocky and HUGE! The smell was earthy and slightly like baked bread (yeast anyone?). The flavor is subtle and crisp. The only flavor I can pick out is yeast. The aftertaste lingers but is actually not bad. This beer would be perfect for hot days; it makes me think of baseball games.

 507 characters

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

A: A moderate pour from the can into a pilsner glass results in a 2-finger soapy white head that settled over a clear pale yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising up to fortify the head. Decent head retention, but no lacing.

S: Soapy and florally with some lemony bitterness and a hint of grain or cereal.

T: Grainy sweetness at first, with a nice bite of spice in the middle. Followed by a slightly bitter (but still spicey) finish with a grassy and minerally bite that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light in body and clean, crisp and dry on the finish, with a spritzy bite to it from the carbonation.

D: Very good. This would make an excellent summer beer for sitting around the campfire or fishing on a hot day. Light in alcohol but some nice pilsner flavors going on, so you can easily put down a few of these while not being bored with the taste.

Notes: In my notes, I wrote the word "bite" three times. The combination from the spicey and bitter hops, along with the spritzy feel, made it feel like it was "biting" a bit, if you know what I mean. That's not intended to be a negative comment, just a descriptive one. . . . My first experience with Pikeland Pils was on a canoe trip down the Delaware River this past weekend, and I was real glad to have it instead of the usual canned schwag you're stuck with in such circumstances. Thanks to Sly Fox and the other craft brewers who've begun putting good beers in cans, giving us more beer drinking options. . . .

 1,489 characters

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can designed with an eye-catching green hopcone set against a vibrant orange sunburst pattern. I suspect it would be hard to miss these cans on the shelves. Fortunately, todd1 sent me this, as Sly Fox hasn't quite made it to Oregon (yet)... Poured to a tall pilsner glass & served straight from the fridge.

A: Pale golden wheat color as is expected of a pilsner. Crowned by a 2-finger crusty/rocky white head, which took at least 10 minutes to (almost) completely melt away. From the first burst from the can, there's ample rising carbonation; overall appearance is generally clear, though a slight haze of sediment makes me wonder how thoroughly this was filtered...

S: Sweet malt in the nose, with dry herbal hops and the faint twang of metal I find in many lagers.

T: Zesty, lemony hops give a rich sourdough bread flavor and finish dry and with an herbal/medicinal bitterness. A bit chalky in the finish. At times the herbal hop quality seemed to have a sprig of mint in there. Good, flavorful pilsner.

M: Crisp and effervescent carbonation with a dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel with a long-lingering bitterness. Feels a little oily or buttery in the mouth.

D: Quite easy to drink. The type of pilsner that puts the macro pilsner to shame. A lot of flavor, good mouthfeel. With it's below 5% abv, this is the type of beer you could easily have 2 or 3 of and be happy; portability of cans is an added bonus. Recommended.
Thanks again, Todd.

 1,476 characters

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

My last can of Pikeland Pils, damn.

Appearance: Pours light golden and very clear with streams of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Topped with a nice white and foamy head that fades to a sheer lacing topping the pils. Ample sheets of lacing line my pils glass.

Smell: Very herbal and grassy with a very nice and strong Saaz hop presence.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet with herbal tones but then those noble hops kick in with a pleasant biting bitterness. Has a touch of honey in the flavor profile but this beer is really about the hops. Earthy, bitter hops linger long on the tongue after the swallow. Finishes crisp and dry with the mouth begging for more.

Mouthfee: Crisp, dry and light with plenty of carbonation, tingly in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: I don't know what is about Pa and Pilsners but these guys seem to dominate the domestic craft beer pils style and Pikeland Pils is right near the top. Everything I want in a pils. Crisp, clean, and dry in the finish with a strong hop presence. Super drinkable, would easily make a great session beer especially during the summer months when you want something that is light but full flavored. Right up there with Prima Pils and Sunshine Pils. Now only if there distribution was wider, plus the cans are an added bonus. Highly recommended seek and enjoy. Glad I'm heading up to Pa in a month so I can re-stock.

 1,392 characters

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!

 461 characters

Photo of
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can.

Clear, relatively pale yellow color. Medium sized, creamy, white head.

Yeast and bread dough. Hint of citrus - lemon. Floral notes also. Finally, a touch of earthiness.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, a bit of a turn from the smell. Herbal in character. Sweetness seemed to be corn-like. Biscuity in center. Not terribly complex.

Light in body. Medium + carbonation. Refreshing.

Great summer beer! A well made, nicely balanced pils.

 460 characters

Photo of Stimack
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time that I have seen this at my normal beer stop so decided to pick up their Pil’s offering. Brew poured from the can to a clear light golden color, maybe more yellow with a medium sized white head that had some retention which left some lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma is very nice, has a snap to it which I would imagine come from Saaz hops. While the hop note is the most noticeable I am also able to pick up a doughy/biscuit sweet scent. The taste is nice, very fresh feel, highlighting grass, slightly citrus with a biscuit malt taste, though that seemed to be more evident in the aroma. Over all this is a very nice Pils, one that I will get again during the summer months. I think it is a bonus that it is in a can since it is such a good drinking beer, will be great for those summer excursions.

 821 characters

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.

 412 characters

Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellowy gold, effervescent, with a big fluffy white head that slowly recedes and laces on the way. Aroma is a nice clean lemony sweetness, not a tart lemon but a soft sweetness, slightly grainy, and grassy as well. Light soft lemony sweetness hits up front in the taste, a rubber and grassy bitter hoppiness comes in midway and lingers into the dry finish. Light to medium in body, not extremely crisp, but a small amount of pepperiness and a good sized dryness in the finish. Very nice clean tasting beer, highly sessionable and being packaged in a can could make this an ideal summer camping beer.

 612 characters

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.

 833 characters

Photo of IntriqKen
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise to find craft brews in a can. Thanks to Blitheringidiot for bringing this out for me.
Really wonderful "Prsssst" when you pop the top and immediately the air is filled with bitter hop goodness.
Pours a beautiful crystal clear gold with steady bubble stream that is topped by a half finger of full white bubbles that remains about a quarter inch thick all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Aromas are already covered. Very fresh bitter hops with a bit of biscuit dough background.
Flavor is immediately bitter from the hops, sliding into a lemon-citrus peel to grapefruit-peel bitterness that slowly melts to light malt and a biscuit dough finish.
Clean and refreshing and perfect to set in the bottom of a boat to keep cool while fishing on a warm lazy summer afternoon.

 793 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from 12oz can(room temp) a hazy straw gold with a huge head of foam that takes a long time to diminish and leaves a solid layer with lacing. Nice looking Pilsner.

The smell is hoppy with some malty notes as well.

The taste is nice and hoppy but not over the top. There's citrus there, mainly lemon, with a nice malt backbone. Very well balanced indeed and that makes it so smooth and drinkable. The finish starts off slightly bitter but ends cris and clean. The German influence can readily be tasted in this Pilsner...wow, I like this one a lot!!

Bottom line: A *great* Pilsner that would make an oustanding session beer for me if it was available locally.

Big thanks go out to Nutbrown for this sample!

 722 characters

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/20/06- Received from BA member Jetsbeer as part of a trade.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very straw golden in color. Full one inch plus head which is very white and fluffy in texture. Very good lace patches left behind.

Smell- A mild grain whiff. Light fruity scent received from the pleasant hop aroma.

Taste- Less grainy flavor than expected. Very crisp and fresh tasting. Fairly hopped up for a pils. Good orange and lemon flavored hops. Really nice.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean with a nice carbonation level. A quick and sharp bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit more hoppy than the usual pils I like, but this is one of the most flavorful ones I have had. Very tasty and quenching. I was a bit hesitant going into this after my fist beer from Sly Fox (Pale Ale...bleach!), but this one impressed me.

 891 characters

Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 693 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!