Pikeland Pils | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsner

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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Ratings: 719 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of GnomeKing
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +11.3%
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 +7.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +15.6%
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 +20.3%
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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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible pilsener, to say the least. This fine, fine example of this style, presented itself before my eyes with a light, white-as-snow bubbly head, which quickly faded to a light lace along the side of the glass. One smell of this gem of a pilsener filled my mind with thought of fresh cut grass and herbal maltiness. An incredible tasting brew, the crispness on the palate was just one of this brews redeeming factors. I almost felt as if I could taste and.or experience each and every ingredient put into this work of art. While somewhat dry on its finish with a hint of bitter bite, this is still the classic German-style Pils I always love to try again and again.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright, somewhat cloudy golden witha nice cap of the white stuff. The Aroma is very fruity, and filled with boat-loads of hops (saaz and a blend of a few others?). There is also a nice lemon tang in the aroma as well. The tastre is all saaz and lemon up front, slightly fruity and biscuit-like in the middle, and hoppy and slightly dry and spritzy in the finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy, refreshing, and alive and the drinkability is very, very, very good! A killer keller ;-)

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thought I'd take the growler out for another refill and so I got this brew.

When poured this beer is a deep golden color with a head which quickly dissipates leaving a thin line of foam about the glass. The smell contained some fruity hints, but was otherwise that of a typical pilsener.

Taste was light and slightly bitter towards then end. I definitely got the sensation of grapefruit juice and other citrus when I was tasting this beer. This Pils had a nice mouthfeel, but I thought it had a bit too much carbonation. In the end, I felt a little disappointed with this beer because I was expecting something tasting more like Pilsner Urquell...but despite this I finished off the growler anyway!

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Photo of shapudding
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room. Poured out clear and light golden with white head of tiny bubbles that left a thin covering and light ring. The scent was mainly vineous. Tastes very dry, making it very drinkable. Bitter and yummy, piney. Leaves taste of hops on your tongue. Good brew.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House PA. Get it while you can. Straw golden in color with a slick white head.

Hop essence with a vegetable and leafy grain nose.

Deep wheat pils with a good set of cahones. Go grains. A standard hop reminder aftertaste.

Solid full body especially for a pilsner. A completely easy drinker, especially for a hot summer.

Last swigs: Normally, I would pass on a Pils as fast as a Macro, but I know that SLY FOX builds a good beer. This reminded me of Victory Pils. Enjoyable pils that would be great for a convert beer. Cheers to beer bars that promote local brewery beers.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of maybrick
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is more bronze in nature to me. Carbonation is wonderful. Very small bubbles whic support a nice white head. Nice lace as one drinks it down. The nose to me is somewhere between being spice and fruit. It is very subtle and the hop character is detected in the nose. Very crisp clean finish. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixtel of this and the Cascade IPA because I've been so impressed by Sly Fox brews thus far.... I'm even more so now. This pours a cloudy, light blonde color which is very hazy and has a sticky cloud-white head with nice lacing all down the glass. The smell is lemons, lime, grass, straw, flowery hops and sweet malts. The taste was surprisingly raw to me --- this is only my second "keller" pils. You can taste a lemony tartness which really gives this pils a nice kick. The mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a hard bite that is really, really bitter in a good way --- something completely different from you standard pils, but I could imagine a filtered version of this as well. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this one (5% or so) but the drinkability level is very high. Think lemonade on a hot summer day, wheat beer like refreshing quality and all natural ingredients and style...

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Photo of frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy light peach color in the glass. Some small bubbles of carbonation and a slight white head. Not much nose, just a slight malt sweetness in the nose. Sweet malt taste with an astringent hop finish. Quite clean tasting. Lively carbonation swirls around the tongue creates a lively mouth. Sweet malt coating finish.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This certainly is not my favorite style, but I believe I know a great beer for the style when I taste one, so this beer definitely receives high marks. Pours light and golden. Very appealing nose of floral hops and pine.

One of the best Pilsners I have had to date. The balance of flavors is impeccable. Has a spicier-than-most-pilsners hop character, which hits you right at the start, leading to a delicious piney, malty middle. Finishes dry and rather bitter, with the hops still making themselves known. A great Pils!

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

I had tried the "Keller" style once before and enjoyed it so I figured I would give it a try,poured a nice unfiltered deep golden color with nice big rocky head.Very buttery taste with a good malt background,not a wimpy beer by any means,very easy to drink.A nice hand crafted brew you dont see very often,well done.

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Photo of stirgy
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a sampler at the Brewery. Poured a clear golden pale yellow color. Very crisp and as for a Pilsner, the taste is dead on. Everything that I enjoy in a Pils is here – Nice hop bite, clear, bright golden and effervescent. Very dry with a nice clean aftertaste. A very drinkable and high quality Pilsner beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that the Pikeland Pils is also served unfiltered as the Keller Pils; and it took a Gold medal at the GABF in 2000. It's brewed in the North German style and utilizes 100% German Pilsener malt alongside a combination of German and Czech hops to 44 IBU's. Its clear golden body is topped by a foamy, bright-white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace before settling to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. The nose displays a bouquet of boldly floral and spicy hops that are alive like the aromas of a late spring morning following a soft rain. Very vivid and lush! The body is light and combines with a fine/median carbonation to give a crisp mouthfeel. The flavor displays an aggressive combination of solid maltiness and bold hoppiness. The bitterness hits swift and hard up-front; and acts as a rock solid foundation for the firm malt and richly floral, spicy and mildly grassy hops that follow. It finishes dry with a mild residual bitterness. Clearly, a full-throttle pils that pulls no punches and satisfies from start to finish! Although hop-heads will assuredly be impressed with this beer, it's got enough balance, finesse, and floral hop character to attract a variety of drinkers. Exceptionally well-done and quite enjoyable!

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Photo of jreitman
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a traditional Pils by any measure. Pours a quite cloudy yellow with a pretty substantial white head. Quite sweet with a nice dry crisp finish. Mouthfeel was quite good with a big body for the style. I had a tough time rating this one as they clearly think that it should be a pils, but there are so many things here that do not fit the style. Instead of penalizing, I rated the beer based on my enjoyment of it. Truly an interesting beer that should be the first one ordered when you visit.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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