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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 Phatz
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a confident lemon yellow color with a massive bleach white head that required multiple pours to let it receade and eventually fit in my glass.

Smell: Very clean and light in the nose with a hint of pilsner malt an a floral hop character.

Taste: This is by all means a perfect transition beer. It is sweet and crisp with a floral hop balancing bitter a dry finish and a perfect dry bitter aftertaste. This beer is simple and tasty and but as a session beer for the masses but a darn tasty one at that.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, refreshing and lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: Just park the truck at my house!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Translucent, cloudy straw color yellow with a two finger snow white head. Head stays well for a pils.

S - Smells clean with some nice biting pilsner malt and a little hop character.

T - Has a nice clean taste with some tang and a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Dry all around with a great quenching character.

M - Light bodied and lively carbonation.

D - A great hot weather "lawnmower" type beer.

Notes: Not my favorite style, nor do I have the most experience with it but this is spot on as far as what a pils should be in my opinion. Hats off again to Sly Fox for these "craft beer in cans" creations.

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

I don't know what this beer looks like. I simply drank it straight from the can. It has a very big hop flavor and bitterness to it. I'm surprised this isn't an IPA with the amount of bitterness in it. Definitely could taste the citrusy and pine-like flavors in the beer. This beer has a lot of up-front flavor which is nice, adds to the complexity but finishes really dry. Drinking it from the can it actually left a metalic flavor in my mouth. Weird. But this is a good beer. I can't wait to try the rest of their beers.

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Photo of pemulis
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a bit hoppier and more bitter than victory's prima pils, but otherwise very similar.

poured the expected straw gold with nice carbonation and a decent white head. smelled hoppy for a pilsner. taste was excellent - light, great balance, finishing with bitter saaz hops and very refreshing.

this is my 2006 summer session beer, and i'm thrilled that it isn't a seasonal offering.

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

had to go to PA to pickup some people from Gettysburg College and stopped in a beer store before I gotr there. Didn't know how much stuff was going in the car so when I saw the Sly Fox Pils in cans I jumped on it. More so for the compactness of the case as compared to bottles.

Poures with a big wite soapy head, straw in color, looks like a good Pils, Aroma is bready, minimum hops. Taste is good, lot of hop bitterness for a pilsner. This is a very drinkable beer and being in cans, access to a lot of places thart bottles can't go.

My only concern is the cost, since I don't understand the nuances of Pilsner, the price seemed high for a lighetr style of beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden straw with a white and low head which held strong to lace at the glass.

The aroma was Saaz hops and a crisp lager nose. The aroma contained a light sulphur and also a bit of a floral component.

The flavor was nicely bittered with a sizeable noble bittering and flavor and a bit of hop spice. The flavor was just a bit floral, but still remained clean for the most part. The bittering was high enough to present as citrus and a bit of grass.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus and grass hop flavor and bittering into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a fairly low carbonation level. A really nice beer, but could use just a bit more carbonation.

12 ounce can. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a can; however, the beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was a hazy straw yellow coloration. The beer produced a creamy white head. The beer had great head retention.

Smell: The beer has crackery breadyness. This combines well with a earthy grassy hoppyness.

Taste: The beer has a pleasant sweet malty lead in. The beer then proceeds to a grassy hoppy flavor. The hops help bring a lingering hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer is very crisp with a bitter finish. The beer is very drinkable. I wish this was available at home.

Note: You have got to be kidding me craft beer in a can? This is a Pilsner from a can that will not jerk you around.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first time I've drunk canned beer in many years. Appearance is pale gold, a little sediment is present (can-conditioned?!). There is a good level of carbonation. Aroma is strong, hoppy and grassy.

The taste is considerably hoppy, crisp, and refreshing; there is a fair hop bite leading out into a mellower bitter finish.

Who'd have thought that great beer can come out of a can? Well, it certainly does now.

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Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Craft beer in a can. Sly Fox, you are makin' me laugh. I save about a third of the beer in the can so I can pound it from the can after I complete this review. Can provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33...thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a two finger murky white head over a fairly clear dulll gold-yellow liquid. Smells very pils. Nice malt backbone with a nearly piercing tin hop character. Doughy, honey, hay, and some wheat.

Tastes wonderful. Wow, what a nice hop finish that settles to a rising malt aftertaste. Pils malty at the lips with a very tin-like hop character. This Saaz character is so piercing that it almost comes across as sour. Quite hoppy bitter with grassy undertones. Iron and a fermented honey. Modest lacing on the inside of the glass. Light body and strong fine carbonation. Not alot here in regards to complexity. A well done example that's flavorful and balanced.

BTW, that swig I got from the can was de-lic-ious!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent but fairly run of the mill pilsner.

It pours a crisp golden colour with a relatively small head atop the body and with a mild stickiness from said head.

The aroma is a bit floral/sweet with a touch of grass in the mix as well.

Flavour is more grassy than the aroma and has some hop notes present as well. Sweetness is much more subdued to nonexistant at times. Mouthfeel is lightbodied and fairly crisp overall.

This one was alright. I've enjoyed the Sly Fox bottled brews quite a bit but have been somewhat underwhelmed by their canned offerings thusfar.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goldish yellow body, light carbonation streams, and a bit of chill haze. Topped by a ball of big white bubbles which stick well.

Assertive grassy/hay aroma, big enough to get your attention, with a hint of lemon.

A crisp sweetness kicks off, wets your whistle, and then an even crisper hop snap arrives to dry out the finish and aftertaste. Lingering dry hop finish is quenching on a warm afternoon.

Just the right amount of body to push beyond limpy or wimpy, and move onto satisying.

Other than this one, the rest of the 12 pack perished in one evening with only two drinkers. Yeah, its drinkable.

Quality PA pils in a can? Can you say "beach beer".

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

Poured a clear golden color with massive white puffy head. Smell is hoppy , flowery, and quite enjoyable. Taste is strong and malty with a nice crispness. Nice hop bitterness to balance the maltiness. Finish is nicely bitter with a good dry ending. A very nice easy drinking flavorful beer.

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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 proc
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent pilsener.

Pours out to a bright gold in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is grassy, with herbal hints of lemon coming to the nose. The taste is excellent. Its crisp and hoppy without the hops overdoing it. This is one refreshing beer.

Thanks to Lew for sending this one to me.

Craft beer in a can. YES. It works. And well.

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Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a crisply clear straw yellow, flashy and carbonated. Two fingers of egg-white head swell and linger some while. Squiggles of lacing squirt along the glass.

The aroma delivers a gentle berry malt sweetness flirting with a mild yeats dough note. A very slight sulphurous air creeps in, unexpectedly and momentarily disappointing. Grassy, snappy hops swirl about capably.

Upon sipping, the first push of light fruity malt gives promptly to a biscuit and hops pairing, dominated by a poignant biting spiciness. The ensuing crisp dryness is punctuated by a sassy pepper and yeast aura. The finish is long lintering, in the best way, with a hops-driven dryness. It has boatloads of noble pils character and is wonderfully quenching.

A bit north of light bodied, it flows snakily on the palate, leaving a long, glowing memory behind as a satisfying legacy.

The crisp refreshing nature brings thirst to a screeching halt, but the experience demands more and more no matter how slaked that thirst may be. It's about as stridently crisp and clean as I can remember having, almost a hoppy knife's edge, delivering satisfaction, but leaving a desire for more. The sole misstep in the aroma wasn't ignorable, but I can easily look past it in saying that this beer is about as drinkable as I'd want one to be. Maybe it's not for everyone, as pugnacious as it is, but that's okay, because it just means more for me.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light straw color with a full coat of head over top that is maintained by a big cascade of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Clarity is fantastic on this one. Solid looking brew. Nose is dominated by a very nice herbal and floral halertau hop, with a lighter crisp and lightly sweet pilsner malt behind it. It seems a touch light, and I'd like a bit more of what is already there. The flavor is really working for me. Initially it delivers a very solid floral hop, with just a hint of very lightly grainy pilsner malt sweetness behind it, moving to a more herbal blast from the hop intertwined with a very clean and enticing bitterness. It is slightly skewed towards the hop, but I really enjoy the hop character that this one presents. It makes me want to brew a nice old world pilsner. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a solid moderate carbonation. I would definately keep this one around if it were available around here. This one would be awesome to break out at the campfire in the summer or carry in my backpack when out chasing insects in the field. This one is a true winner.

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

Light gold color with a white head. Smell of grassy hops with the slightest citrus. Taste is smooth and malty with a grassy slightly spicey hops note. I believe it's mostly Saaz hops coming through. Very dry. I would have put this more in a Czech Pilsener style. Light body and very drinkable. I had one of these last night and it struck me as a little bit harsh, tonight it is tasting very good. This would be a great pool party or boating on the river kind of beer. A second fine canned offering from Sly Fox.

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

This is a really solid Pils, a style I am starting to warm up to. The pour on this was a slightly clouded golden yellow with a one fingered head that only stuck around for a sip or two. The smell showed a nice hop backbone with citrus and herbal/grassy scents lingering. The taste was clean and crisp with a nice balanced flavor that made you realize that not all Pils are created equal. This one clearly is a cut above with a slightly hoppy profile that doesn't overwhelm, nicely complimenting the crisp body of this beer.

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

Crystal clear yellow/gold with a rocky white head. Decent retention and spotty lacing. Clean grain aroma with plenty of floral hops and light citrus character. These qualities carry into the flavour, but are balanced by a solid bitterness and hint of earthiness in the hops. Light body with generous, crisp carbonation. Well attenuated. This is a really good lager with plenty of hop character. Nicely done!

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

That's right, in a can. Look for them at a theater near you.

The smell is a little grassy and dry. The color is light, straw-like. Don't expect much head or lacing.

All the flavors are subtle--sweet biscuits, bread, hops with a tinge of citrus. This is a very traditional interpretation of a pilsner, executed with skill and precision. A minor nitpick is that the taste, as foreshadowed by the smell, has a dry, grassy overtone that takes the beer down a notch...a small notch. I'm not crazy about Pilsner Urquell, at least the version available in the States, but people say it's much better in Europe, where it's fresh. Sly Fox Pikeland Pils tastes the way I imagine that a fresh Pils Urquell tastes.

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

Good beer in a can, what will they think of next? The Pikeland Pils poured a light yellow color with a medium white head that stayed around while I drank it. The aroma was nice and citrusy with a bit of malt. The taste is lemony, maybe some grapefruit, refreshing. This is a smooth and drinkable pils and another good selection from Sly Fox.

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can honestly say that this is the best pilsner I've ever had out of a can.

It poured a clear-pale golden, with slight carbonation, a thin white head and some lacing.

The aroma was all hops with a nice subtle malt backbone.

The flavor is the same: noble hops with some very pronounced floral flavors and aromas. It's perhaps a little too hoppy, but I'm not complaining. The can says 44 IBUs, which is on the high end for this style.

Wonderfully crisp and almost quenching.

Very drinkable. I've rarely been able to both finish and enjoy a beer so fast.

This beer is a very well executed pils, albeit a bit on the hoppy side.
It goes great with spicy food, and it looks impressive in a kolsch or pilsner glass.

Don't skip out on this one just because it's a pilsner. It's a winner, and it won't disappoint.

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

This beer came a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin film of white head with little lumps of bubbles where it was being sustained by streams of bubbles from the bottom of my pint.

Smelled like crisp grainy corn, barley and wheat with a simple hint of lemon.

Tasted of crisp earthy hops with a little lemon that dropped off into a sweet biscuit dough and honey. Finished clean and dry.

The mouth feel was light and slightly sticky with a small tingly carbonation.

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

Clear bright golden hue is quickly the foundation to a siperb foamy white head that lasts forever. Fair toasted and bready malts serve as a base to the wondrous floral hops that characterize this beer. Leafy, lemony, herbal: vibrant hoppiness that emerge from the glass and brings you straight to Germany through a very dry portal. Citric in mouth, but in the course of a mineral and very crisp interplay, which makes it all work nicely.. Ahhh those flowery saaz. Light-medium bodied, extremely engaging carbonation. Remarkable pilsner!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Summary: exceptional pilsener.

Freaking great head. Always there. Always thick. Gold/peach color. Somewhat cloudy.

Taste has a good malt presence with very strong hops. Clean as well. Everything a pils should be.

Drinkable? Very much so. This is a beer you want more and more of.

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