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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: 338 | Ratings: 693
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love beer out of the can...

Into a pint glass, pours a very hazy grassy yellow, waaay too much head, but man it was lovely, fades away after quite a while, lacing in mounds, sheets, heaps, and traces, all kinds of stuff going on. Aroma is full of grassy, herbal Noble hops, a little bit of malt, pretty decent. Taste is better, the Noble hops are done better, balance is better, citrus is nicer, grassy herbal hop tones are nice, but also a little metallic twang to it that was a little distracting. Mouth is good and carbonation is high, and overall, its just a pretty good and drinkable beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can

Pours a slightly hazed pale straw with a thick white head that fades. Thick lacing on the glass.

Crisp pilsner malt aroma with a nice noble hop aroma. Quite a bit more hop presence than the common import.

Immediate hop flavor that drops off into a crisp pilsner malt taste. Medium bitterness that appears midway and lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium-light body, plentiful carbonation.

While there are better pils to be had from PA breweries (namely Sunshine and Prima), this is still a very solid choice. It's very drinkable right from the can, which is quite a nice change of pace. I have had no problems drinking a few cans with a meal (pizza & wings) or while just hanging out.

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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 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 goodbyeohio
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

alright brew, strange for a pils. thanks ev.

can kicks ass. as an ex-graphic designer, i can really appreciate the subtle use of color and line art to create an eye-catcher with modern appeal. honestly, its the design that made me want to try the beer.

banana yellow and mostly clear, lots of bubble activity and some weird granular sediment in the bottom of my sam summer glass. creamy foam layer is seamless, and stays with the brew the entire time. lacing is left behind in multi-dimensional sheets.

mild spicy hop aroma, some buttery biscuit and a fruity yeast note. lighter, like apricot and strawberry. if you put this in front of me blind, i would say this smells like a la chouffe without the booziness.

kinda tastes belgian too. the grassy, even bitterness of a german pils is certainly here, but it contrasts wildly with an orange zest-flecked sugary doughnut malt base. yeasty tart earth and white pepper finish the sip and provide an enjoyable, while strangely complex, pils experience. was looking for something a little.. well.. less flavorful. and i got chouffe jr.

drinkability is affected negatively by the taste bud mugging, but it's light and fizzy enough to create a party in the oral cavity. not one of their worst beers by any means, but not something i'll bust my ass to get. glad i tried it.

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

Clear, bright yellow hue, big, snow-white froth, stable and staying...much carbonation.

Clean aroma, very much like a German pils, small hops, very vegetal, notes of cereal and straw.

Zippety clean on the palate, with a clean, zesty, slightly citric, and almost buttery malt feel. Very pleasing and easily passed past the lips. A fine flavor, simple, but solid. A bit soapy, but I'm thinking that's the hops.
Some apple and pear fills out the flavor. A breeze, and a tasty one. Can find few faults with this, and would enjoy it at any occasion.

Truly, it's beers like this that justify my condemnation of the Big Boys. What they turn out is consistent, perhaps, but it's also crap. Now this is an American pilsner that tastes good, doesn't turn my stomach, I could drink several of, and it's craft-brewed and comes in a can. Can't say that about MGD or it's ilk!

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

Pours a golden yellow haze. Huge fine bubbled heaed that takes a while to go down, yet never completely dissapears, Good amount of lacing all the way down the glass. A hoppy smell with a touch of sweetness coming through. Tastes sweet upfront and finishes off with a dry bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.
Could knock back a few of these especially during the summer months. A very good pilsener.

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Photo of ellisdee97
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gloden straw yellow with steady carb bubbles and a thick three finger bubbly white head. Hazy body which clears up towards the bottom of the pilsner glass.

S: Pungent yeast and spicy hops. Biscuit and slight pepper.

T: Spicy, slightly citrusy hops. Honey, wheat and pepper.

M: Bitter and sweet up front, then quickly dries out.

D: So easy to drink, an excellent pilsner.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Craft, fresh pilsner in a can? Woo!
Looks pretty good. Golden yellow with a slight haze in there. Plenty of lacing and nearly play dough quality foam after the sizeable head settles down.
Smells quite pleasing. Floral aroma with some fresh bread in there for good measure.
Tastes pretty hoppy for a pils to the point where it's a bit unbalanced. There's also a metallic quality that I don't think has anything to do with the can. The metal-ness comes in where hop resins normally kick in... so something's going on with these hops. Takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability quite a bit. The mouthfeel is also a bit too thin, or not quite carbonated enough.
$8 for a 6 pack at Whole Foods in Manhattan? Yeah, I went for it. And I'd do it again! Pretty solid stuff. Pretty flavorful and overall pretty easy to drink... just not as drinkable as other examples of the style.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright yellow color with slight chill haze. Towering head of white foam that won't settle too quickly. After a long while it dissipates some but there is still a large pillowy chunk of it left, plus some spotty lace. Lightly sweet malt and lemon/citrus in the nose. Light hoppiness also with a spicy bite. The flavor builds from the aroma and is loaded with citrus melon, sweet bread, and herbal spiced hops. The hop bitterness is very pleasant, not too weak. In the mouthfeel there is good foamy carbonation, and the body is light but not thin.

I haven't had too many Pilseners quite like this one. It's alot more flavorful than most, with a great deal more hoppiness than aniticipated. The drinkablility is amazing. It's truly one of only a few beers I could see myself getting an entire case of... Thanks SkinnyElvis!

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

Sampled on-tap at Andy's Corner Bar (as "Sly Fox Pilsner"), 5/31/06.

This pils poured a clear, gold color with white foam that settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was bready malt with noble hops, a very German pils aroma. The taste was bready malt and noble floral hops with mild hop bitterness. A good lager flavor overall. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The hops lingered nicely in the aftertaste. This was a very, very good and enjoyable German pils.

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

A: Huge head, enthusiastic carbonation, lace all the way down, a shade darker than I'd expect.

S: Huge nose of hops; by smelling this beer, it's very apparent it's a pils.

T: Loads of hoppy bitterness, and sweet malts. Screaming pilsner all over it. Picture Miller Lite done 1000% better.

M/D: Nice light body and carbonation is perfect. Would be great for sessions or with an American-style meal. GREAT BEER FROM A CAN! Cheers!

Thank you zrrbrrt!

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Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, there are two Pikeland Pils's listed on BA, most reviews for this beer are under the Phoenixville Brewery listing, but on my can it says it was brewed and bottled in Royerford, PA.

This beer looks amazing, it has a white head that won't stop and reminds me of Duvel. Smells of sweet, light malts. The flavor is bland at first but then the hops kick in. Overall tastes of long-lasting grassy, earthy hops with added grapefruit and a bit of fruity malt. A little hoppier than the imports I've had, more like Prima Pils. Actually it's a lot like Prima Pils, but I think I like this better. My can was a touch over carbonated, but it was still very drinkable.

I've heard people recommend this to beer noobs, but I dont think I'd do the same. The flavor is really all in the bitterness, so if you're not into that, tough.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can obtained via trade with Jetsbeer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 3/4" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy light golden (yellow?) brew. Head froths down at a reasonable rate, with ample delicate lacing. Aroma is sweet pale, maybe a bit chalky, with a bit of a hops tinge. Flavor is also sweet to start, but mostly defined by an amorphous bitterness that fills the mouth, and closes chalky. Mouthfeel doesn't do much for me, but there's not much debate that if you like it, you could keep on drinking it. Still a better can option than swill, easily.

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

12 ounce can, (gotta love this trend towards more quality brew in cans) no freshness indicator/information. Pours cloudy light yellowy amber, with a nice, fine near white head, that leaves pentiful fine and quite sticky ringed lacing. Nose is softly of flowery, grassy hops and some light sugary malts. Soft, smooth, light and refreshing brew. Grassy and crisp. Easy drinking and nicely crafted. Bring on the chicken ,sausage, salads and cheese. Nice offering, recommended.

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Photo of dherling
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light wheat color, with a slight head, white with a touch of lacing. Some spicy malt (marzen) in the nose, tiny little bit of green hops as well. The taste is totally hop forward, not IPA huge, but still announcing its presence with authority. Finishes slightly bitter and lingering, but also really refreshing. Good session beer.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy deep golden color with the thickest, stickiest head I've ever seen. Half the Pilsner glass is crowned in meringue like foam and once that dies down and there's room for another pour there's another two inches of new head. Incredible - must amazing pour.

The nose is plenty hoppy for a pilsner with some pretty good 'bite' and plenty of earthy notes. There's a light honey note in the aroma that balances quite nicely.

Though Pilsners have a bad reputation for being bland this is surprisingly flavorful. There's a biscuity undertone and a corn-syrup like sweetness on the malt side and a bold earthy hop note throughout. Light echoes of citrus in the hops makes me wonder if they've tossed a few Cascades in here (against style perhaps but very tasty)

Light to medium-light bodied brew with plentiful carbonation. Good bittering and just a light sweet aftertaste. The sugars damp down the astringency that you'd expect.

Great beer - wish I had more (hard to find a six pack this far West) Very flavorful beer - you could cut it 50/50 with water and it would still have more taste than most Pilsners. Beyond the taste this may be one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Even though it comes in a can and lots of American Pils drinkers will glug it straight from the aluminum this beer just begs to be poured into a long tall Pilsner glass.

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Photo of malthead
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received, in the back of a Burger King parking lot, as a bonus in my first trade with Guzzle221. Can is labeled from the Royersford location, so posting here.

Nice blonde color, a little hazy, but not much head retention, although not bad for a pilsner. Light smell of clean German hops, nothing outstanding or overpowering but very nice in a subdued way. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops, with a twinge of honey sweetness. Tart, lip-smacking bitterness. I could probably have quite a few of these. I'm not an expert on Pils, but this is a very nice, refreshing little beverage.

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

Thanks to guzzle211 for adding this in our trade.

Straw colored body with a slight haze poured out of the can, topped off by a huge foamy head. A grassy aroma with a bit of floral smell and some lemon. So far, this appears to be a hefeweizen. A dry finish with a light hop presence. Light and crisp...and very drinkable. I am impressed that it is from a can, I am usually against beverages in a can due to the taste. This is an exception. A fine offering.

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

12oz can, no date information.

Crystal clear pale sunlit straw. Nice tall, bright white head of mixed size bubbles that stands up for a long while. Eventually it starts to dimple deeply in the middle, and slowly expanding to the edges, before eventually settling to a short collar, and leaving no lacing. There are numerous carbonation streams releasing bubbles at steady intervals. The aroma is gently sweet and a bit lemony. There is only a bit of spiciness here. It seems to be lacking the requisite *snap* and crispness of other pils. The initial taste is also a bit sweet with some lemon pith-oriented flavors. The hops come up a bit more towards the finish and provide a bit more pils character. The finish is compact and short, with only a faint trace of hop spice available. Medium bodied and a bit of a sodden mouthfeel due to a relatively low level of carbonation. It had a heaviness about it felt out of character. Overall, this was an average pils that perhaps some additional carbonation would have improved.

Thanks to ggaughan for DFH bocce weekend trade.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up for my 100th review! In light of that, I'm going to try a different reviewing template...

A - Poured from a 12 oz can into a red wine glass. A beautiful cloudy-golden color with an explosive 2.5 inch head that lasted for a few minutes.

S - Grassy and hoppy, but not overpowering.

T - A good amount of hops come back on the aftertaste, but it goes down with a floral and grassy taste.

M - Medium carbonation that helped this beer finish smooth.

D - Bitterness wasn't overpowering...this led to a very drinkable selection from Sly Fox.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz can of Pikeland Pils served in a Troegenator seidel, because everything tastes better in a seidel.

A: The pils is a ale yellow color vigourous head that laces. Surprisingly, I also see a little pool of sediment in the glass, not something that I've seen in a pilsener.

S: The beer has a biscuity malt aroma with light hop notes.

T: The hops are crisp and earthy, finishing long. The malty biscuit taste is strong and at times overpowers the hops, but always recedes into the background.

M: The hops are clean, but not as crisp as they should be.

D: Very drinkable, even with the restrained hop character. Good for a lazy summer beach day.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this 10 times out of the can before pouring it into a glass to review it. It poured a clear yellow with a fast dissolving fluffy white head. The smell was dominated by woody earthy hops, and there wasn’t' much else. The taste was nicely bitter and woody; the beer started and ended bitter, not much malt getting through. It has a thin body with nice carbonation. It is not as refreshing as other pils, but it was a great vacation beer for drinking on the beach or by the pool.

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