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 micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden sunshine. A tall white fluffy head sits atop the beer fading with lacing in it's wake. Lightly carb'd in the hazy fluid. Aroma of refreshing noble hops with floral and herbal notes balance out the pilsner malts. Taste is parallels the nose with soft floral and herbal hops but bitter enough to spice things up too. malts are pale pilsner malts with a bit of toast.
The beer is smooth with a semi-dry finish.
A well made beer and quite enjoyable at that.

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Photo of isualum12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer.
Look- hazy yellow gold with spider legs on the side.
Smell. Hop hop
Taste classic pil with a refreshing hop finish. It is dry.

Feel- balanced perfect and end with a great smoothness.
Overall this was a good beer. I wish ergot this here in Idaho

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a thin bubbly head. The nose is great, light vienna malts, hints of bread and dough with a floral perfumy hop and light note of grass. The taste has vienna and pale malts, lightly toasted bread with hints of dough. The hop balance adds perfumy hops and some light grassy notes with a touch of resigny hop in the back. The body is thicker and a touch viscous with a nice carbonation. Very tasty but a little on the heavy side for a pilsner.

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

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow color with a nice white head that has good retention. Very nice lacing as well.

S: A nice balance between hops and grainy malts.

T: Hops up front, pepper and zesty with notes of citrus, then transitioning into the slighty grainy and grassy malts in the back. Not overly flavorful, but the taste lingers afterwords and is very pleasant.

M: Light and thin with perfect carbonation.

Overalll: A very nice flavor profile that goes great with excellent drinkability. This is the first brew i've tried by Sly Fox and i'd sure like to see what else they have.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it comes across as very crisp and refreshing. I can taste grains, lemons, and a nice amount of noble hops. There is also a touch of corn and a light breadiness. it ends with a nice dry and crisp hoppy finish.

Overall – It's not quite but Prima Pils, but it's up there. It's well balanced and has a great easy drinking taste. I'll be sure to look for this one during the warmer weather especially.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color, and nice white head. Great retention leaves some expansive lacing behind.

S: Light toasted pilsner malt, and some noble hops in there.

T: Its a grain-like pilner malt taste, and a little spice in the hop finish, smooth, and simple.

M: Light to medium body, good carbonation, and a nice refreshingly dry finish.

O: Great drinkability, and its in a can so its great for summer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. date is there, but it's illegible.

in the glass it's a pale yellow color, slightly hazy. thin bright white head. grassy earthy aroma. mild flavor, slight corn and grain taste, and mild earthy hops. thin body, medium carbonation. easy drinking.

overall - not my favorite style, but an easy drinking summer beer.

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

Mixed sixer from the Wegmans shelf. I like 113 IPA and was happy to find a single to try this. Poured from the can into a pilsner glass. Tall skinny. Nice bright color w tight head. Crisp hoppy aroma. Nice crisp hop flavor with a light malt accent. Easy drinking and refreshing. This is like 85 Prima Pils to me. The can makes it a great choice for fishing, picnics, etc. will pick up a case next summer for sure.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into Roxy Rolles glass.

A- Clear, bright gold. Loose
foam on top.

S- Fresh berries (blueberry, raspberry,strawberry...). Lemony grain. Nice but unexpected. A bit of sulfur.

T- Ah here are the hops. Great noble hop taste. The good kind of grassy with a very nice, floral and slightly white grapefruit-like bitterness and finish. Malt is crisp and bready and just present enough to carry the hops.

M- Crisp, fine carbonation. Medium body but still a generally light feeling beer. Finish isn't very dry.

O- Very refrsehing, nice flavor. This is a very good beer. I wish someone in Quebec would make something similar to this (and others like Prima Pils). You got a Heineken loving friend? Have him try this. Help him understand what his beer drinking life could be like.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can courtesy of Soonami. Served in my SA Noble Hops Pilsener glass. Pours the color of straw with a translucent clarity and a creamy 1.5 inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, 1/8th inch skim with textured clumps of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Great nose - clean, grassy and a trace of cereal grain sweetness. Taste expresses noble hops, citrus, cereal grains, a bit of skunk and a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp carbonation and a light acidity from sip to swallow. All and all, a solid Pilsener in my humble opinion. Generally not a go to style for me, but I would drink this regularly if I had regular access.

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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 nezelrac
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a light-medium straw with a decent half inch of dense white foam that subsides to a film and ring with decent lacing all the way down the glass

S - appealing pils nose - grainy malt, some sweetness in the middle, grassy/earthy/sweet citrus hops; there is a note of sliced blood orange..?

T - like the nose, this has a nice grainy pale malt profile with gentle bitterness through the palate; hops are green and sweetish with a nice edge; decent length - firming/drying up towards the back and closing with a nice firm bitterness

M - light-medium body; smooth and firm; good CO2 - well integrated into the palate;

O - this is a well-crafted American pilsner - American in the good way, not the other way...

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

a hard one to do but a would say quite a success... looks a lot of like prima outside of a difference in carbonation. some steady bubbles but nothing too lively. golden clear with a smaller white head. palate is very consistent and dry. doesn't fall off completely clean like a the prima... and i'm saying that because i had them along side each other but still clean brisk end. sufficient hop. americans are getting good at this. and i'm pretty psyched about.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gracious extra from Glenn, I owe you one!

Poured from the can into my Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden color with two fingers worth of pale white head, even with a fairly gentle pour. Looks like what I'd expect a pilsener to look like, perhaps a bit more clear than I'd hope for.

S - Smell is of some piney hops, but quickly followed by the funk that I always come to expect from pilseners. Very bready scent, also the faintest hint of citrus. Altogether fairly pleasant.

T - Taste follows the nose very well! Starts with the bready taste, followed by the pine and citrus.

M - Very smooth going down, with only the slightest hint of an alcohol burn only after it's been sitting in the mouth for a bit.

O - A very refreshing offering, and a great choice for the summer!

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Photo of Dougal
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what an amazing pilsner... hoppy and flavorful... it has alot of tastes and complexities... it is low on the malt character and higher on the hoppiness and sublime taste characteristics... it is a sharper pilsner and clean as well....

exceptional product.... a hidden gem if we will... not many know of it but if you see it and you like hoppy pilsners you will be pleasantly surprised.

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

Consumed 7/28 at Good Night Irene's in Wildwood, NJ
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with a one finger of bone white head. Head recedes nicely leaving ample sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grainy, pale malts and a good deal of a grassy hop undertone.

T: Taste is all grain and pale malts at the forefront. Then the grassy earth tones come through. A light citrus note can be picked up in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate to high carbonation, crisp and clean body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, low kick, nice representation of style. This is a perfect beer for a hot and humid NJ night. If this were distributed to MA, it quite possibly could be my summer go to beer.

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

Pours an inviting hazy pale orange color with a two finger off-white head that quickly settled to a very thin lace. Pretty good head retention for a Pils.

Smell is a tad hoppy up front in the way of citrus. Orange zest comes to mind. Not as grainy as I've come to expect from the style. Overall the smell is on the mellow side though.

More of that citrus coming through in the taste as well. I like it! The malts help things smooth out in the middle setting up for a nice finish with just a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

Not quite as thin on the mouthfeel as most other pilsners, and the carbonation level is pretty low on this too. I don't really mind either though.

This beer is an all around good beer. Nothing Earth- shattering, but it's well crafted to say the least.

Morey's Bottom Liine: Definitely not a classic example of the style, but it's a nice American twist on a fairly predictable style. Almost taste like a Pale Ale. Normally I can tell a Lager from an Ale with incredible ease, but this one's a little tough.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden.

The beer pours the expected bright gold color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. Nose is attractive, showcasing considerable bread dough, light honey and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this delicious, easy to drink pils, though I was impressed by the amount of flavor and hoppy bitterness I got in the finish. This beer has a crisp, refreshingly light mouthfeel, but a fairly long, fairly dry, bitter finish.

Just an exceptionally well made local pils.

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

Received in a trade, thanks kadonny!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very light filtered amber. The head is white and frothy and measures two and a half fingers.

S: Suttle but pleasant. Grainy, lemongrass, and mild hops.

T: Very similar to the smell but the hops flavor is more pronounced. Along with lemon, somewhat piney, and malty on the finish.

M: Light body with perfect carbonation. Nice little lemon zing as well.

O: I'm not a huge pilsner guy but I enjoyed this. Very drinkable and would go good with fried foods. Also good for grilling or a hot day.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice light golden color, almost straw like. Provides nice white foam head with decent retention. Provides ample lacing down the sides. This is what a Pils should look like.

S: A tad on the mild side, but there is some saltine crackers, grassy hops and some straw.

T: Starts off with a mild hoppiness. The grassy hops hit the palate first. In the middle and back end the nice light cracker taste comes through providing a nice balance. Could use a tad more flavor, but it is quite nice.

M: Very light dry, crisp and refreshing. Ample carbonation.

O: This is a really enjoyable Pilsner and in a can! I would certainly pick this up for summer parties as it is very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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

Finally getting around to a few cans received in trades.
Orange can as pictured with a large hop cone.
Poured a light pale yellow color, with a large foamy white head. Lots of foam and head retention, great retention leaving lots of sticky lace. Smell was light, but had nice aroma of lemon citrus and grass hop flavors. The taste was just very good, smooth, and refreshing. Actually had lots of hop character, slight pine and grapefruit. Dry, clean finish. Very good example of this classic german style. To steal a line from Woody's CANquest - I would have lots of these in my virtual cooler for the summer months.

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

Ah, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, bought in 24-can suitcase on the recommendation of the attendent at my local purveyor of fine micros when I said "I want canned beer, but not shit beer". He pointed me to Oskar Pale Ale and this concoction. I went for this.

Can is an attractive sunkist-orange with a big-ass hop bud on front. Let's hope it tastes as good as that hop says it will. Drank one straight-outta can, one poured into an english pint glass.

A: Pilsners are usually light to medium-light in depth and color and this is right in that straw side of the zone. Strangely enough, the one I poured into the glass looks, well, a bit like a wheat beer, cloudy.

S: Among the best smelling Pils I've ever quaffed a sniff of. Balanced, not too skunky or strong in any scent. Pleasant and lemongrass, bitter-citrus a lil'. Saaz-like hops in there I think?

T: This is like Sam Adams Noble Pils, except it's got what I can only describe as smoother up front, followed by a more "bitter orange" thing going on with the swallow.

M: Normally, I would not vocally-masturbate about a Pilsner, blathering on and on. But godamnit this is the most complex thing I have ever drank. Really. But it's dry as a popcorn-fart. It seems to disappear off the palate like a really fine cabernet sauvignon, then leaving a puzzling twist of a creamy then really dry sensations with a bit of a bitter ultimate finish. I like this part. Dwell in it. The typical American palate has been slowly tuned to sweet/salt and not bitter. The bitter part of this beer makes it better. The creaminess has to be an illusion with that dry, bitter sensation going on. And this is from a CAN?!?!? It actually gets creamier and less bitter as it warms up. Such a strange brew.

O: If you can't tell, I like this. Really like it. I'd been stuck in BMC hell when it came to canned beer. Now that I have choices, wow. Sly Fox is on my radar now and has made my "hit list" with a traditional-style German Pilsner in a can of all things. I used to have to get swill in the can, but with the "Oscar Revolution" as I refer to it, everything is changing. This will be my summer "crush'em and recycle'em" beer from here on out if I can keep getting it.

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

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow with a swirl of microbubbles at the base supporting an antique white head that is creamy and last a good bit.

S- The dry green Noble hop aroma has some floral green qualities to it. Fresh pale malt has almost a honey malt note to it overtakes the hops and leads to a soft cream note in the finish. There is no sign of sulfur at all it is very clean.

T- The dry fresh pale malt finishes with a Noble hop flavor in a dry finish and a soft bitterness lingers with a slight pungent character. There is just a touch of sweetness in the finish as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that is soft in the finish.

O- The crisp fresh malt has a good balance with the hops and it is very drinkable. There is no sulfur notes or corn notes it is all fresh malt and hops.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my pilsner glass.

Crisp, clean, and clear. Golden colored body. The head bubbles up to around 1.5 inches before subsiding slowly and settling at about .5cm of fluffy marshmallow head. Lots of streaming and cascading bubbles in the middle, and they keep on coming. Very nice.

Aromas of bready malty sweetness, grassy hops, and some more earthy noble hops are nicely balanced. Solid aroma. Very appetizing. The flavor profile is very similar, and the balance of this beer really shines. The earthy and grassy hops combine with a mild bitterness that offsets the bready malty sweetness perfectly. While it is not the best hop profile I've had on a German pilsner, it is damn good.

Easy to drink, as it is extremely light and refreshing. A perfect summer beer, the balance of this beer really increases its appeal. Lucky for me, top-notch German pilsners are prevalent in this part of the country, and this is one that I will be returning to, because it is definitely a solid offering from Sly Fox.

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

Tastes are pilsen (White Labs???) yeast, grassy hops, sanitizer, grass, caramel apples, minty hops, maize, Bud Lite Ice with a litte fruitiness and straw injected into it, wheat, lip gloss, crisp grains, clean tastes and dry tastes. I like this one, oh yea.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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