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Pikeland Pils | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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337
Ratings:
688
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack sampler cans while on vacation at Delaware shore with best by date on bottom of 7/19/14 (drinking it on 7/11).

Has more of an orange IPA appearance than the normal yellow/straw color of other pilsners I've seen. Nice puffy head with lots of carbonation and great retention.

Has a very pleasant smell for a pils. German hops, grassy smell. Very nice.

Taste - Taste was a little off putting at first and not really sure what flavors I'm picking up here. Perhaps a sweet cracker kinda taste? After a few more sips, I've gotten used to this unique flavor profile on a pilsner and its sessionable. Has your typical dry/crisp finish for a pilsner. I'm really not picking up much of the typical Noble hop flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel is fine for a a cold summer beer.

Overall - Its a fine beer. Not the best flavor profile representative of the style, but is still a good summer brew and enjoyable.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a translucent stray color with an inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of toasted malts, grassy hops, hay, and sweet bread. Lots of malt flavor at first followed up by some of the cut grass. Toasted bready malts with hints of wheat and hay. Finishes with a light bitterness along with some floral notes. Good amount of body with lots of carbonation. A can of this is perfect for the summer. Overall, worth getting again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pilsner glass, this beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma mostly floral and grassy. There was a tiny bit of citrus, and an even smaller bit of spice.

Taste of lemon and grapefruit. Flowery. A bready background. There was some late pepper.

A hoppy and refreshing pilsner. Would drink this again.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle, Sily Fox Pikeland Pils is yellow/straw in color with a grassy, spiced nose. There isn’t much in the way of foam and the body of the beer is just slightly hazy.

This beer offers up flavors of grassy hops, some bready malts, crackers, and even a hint of tea. The beer has a crisp mouthfeel and there are some herbal notes as well along with some fruit flavors trying to poke out their heads on the palate, even if briefly. The beer finishes mostly bitter and dry and the bitterness lingers for some time.

A good German style pilsner isn’t alwayseasy to come by but Sly Fox has produced a very good example with this beer. I like its snappy, crisp flavor profile and the herbs and grasses are nicely placed and balanced. It’s certainly a pilsner worth trying and one that most everyone will like.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Brilliant yellow, with good layer of thin white head that covered the top of the glass. Well carbonated.

S: Straw and dried grass. Dried tree bark. Some wheat.

T: Starts with a dried leaf and straw, like the smell, but adds sone nice mild caramel and toffee notes. Finishes with a sweetness of wheat crackers. Very subtle mix of orange peel tartness and papaya and pineapple sweetness.

M: Medium light consistency. Nice crispness. Hops are light but still a definite dryness.

O: I really like this pilsner. Some traditional German examples are pointlessly bitter and dry and lack the flavor to back it up. This is a really nicely balanced example with a good complex profile.

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

355ml (12fl.oz) can. Footed pilsner glass. Pale straw, cloudy appearance. White in color, close & lasting crown. Floral, perfumed, spicy & fruity aromas. Gentle pale malt & bready flavors are overwhelmed fruity bitterness. Light to medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Spicy palate. Long floral bitter finish. Dried sensation & ripe fruit hues on the aftertaste. Nice surprise rediscovering the flavorful Pilsner style. An style frequently beaten by Industrial brewers.

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Photo of rangerred
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger thick white head. Really good head retention and lacing.

Aroma of grassy hops and hay along with some wet grass. A bit of biscuit underneath. Quite nice.

Taste is even better with some floral notes to go along with the grassy hay. Moderate to high bitterness that kind of surprised me but I like it. The mouthfeel is a little silky and not super crisp which is a bit of a letdown but it is ok.

Overall, a good pilsner but not super awesome. It is a very nice summer beer, though, and I would pick it up again.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of bready malt with floral and herbal hops.
Refreshing and crisp flavor of floral and grassy hops, pilsner yeast, bread malt and hints of tea leaves. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation
Perfectly executed Pilsner and faithful to the style.

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Photo of argock
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden hue with a short cap of nearly white head with a short rim of lacing near the top of the glass.

S: Solid pilsener aroma of slight sulfur, floral, spicy hoppiness, and a big bready maltiness

T: The bready maltiness is the big leader in the flavor of this brew, but it is nicely balanced by punches of floral, herbal, spicy noble hops. No yeast chracter or evident alcohol character. Light-moderate bitterness also enhances drinkability.

M: Also on point with light body and active carbonation.

O: A really fine German pils with a nice bready, crackery malt character and good dose of bitterness from noble hopping.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a North-German style pilsner.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A hazy pale-gold hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good stability; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Lovely lacing - this beer looks spot on. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of noble hops, grass/hay, subtle floral notes and earthy yeast. Possesses a depth that only properly matured lagers have.

Tastes of light malt and grassy hops, with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of mild grain, grass/hay, noble hops, faint floral hints, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a twinge of sulphur in the background. A restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter noble hops and faint earthy yeast.

Nice - a tasty pilsner with good depth. It looks superb (perhaps enhanced by the glass), while the aroma and flavour have subtle hop and malt notes that balance perfectly. Good body. A great little brew - crisp and refreshing. Well worth grabbing if you come across it.

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

can from the foodery, northern liberties

a: can into a mother earth cylinder, the pour brings a fluffy, thick meringue of bone white head, a good three fingers, that retains very well and leaves clinging lace behind

s: crisp, snappy pils malt body with a grassy noble hop profile that carries touches of dried lemon, some soft sulfurs, an herbal touch

m: carbonation on the lower end of the high range, lively but not abrasive, crisp light body

t: clean pils malt structure with a healthy dose of grassy noble hops with a bit of lemon acid twang, well bittered finish, some mineral dryness

o: a nicely structured pils with a nice fresh hop profile and easy drinkability

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cistercian12 for this extra in a trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Hazy light gold with a finger of white fluffy head and a good amount of visible carbonation. It rather looks more like a light wheat beer or a berliner than a typical pils.

S: Pilsner malts with a moderate DMS undertones, lager yeasts with a bit of lemony esters, and some wheat graininess.

T: Light pilsner malts with only mild sulfurous character, some mild hop bitterness (although I would consider it a heavy hop presence for style) with floral and grassy flavors with a nice amount of bitterness. Some lager yeastiness with lemon citrus fruity esters. Clean finish, with just a mild hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body but good carbonation sensation prevents it from feeling watery. Low alcohol presence.

O: This was really quite tasty. I'm not sure the higher hop presence is appropriate to style, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe my favorite Pilsner I've had.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #33 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Sly Fox is a respected brewer around these parts, although I don't have a great familiarity with their beers. I picked a six of this up in a specialty store, partly because I was looking for something refreshing, partly because I was charmed by the cans.

Has the typical yellowish/brassy color. Did not retain it's head much, which I thought was disappointing, but so it goes. The nose is basically fresh oranges and hops, which is a little weird but is by no means unpleasant. Mouthfeel is very soft, unusually so, although there is a bit of a coating of the palate on the backend. Flavors continue in this restrained mode: very light hops, very light orange, and a fairly light finish of very light spice.

This is a soft, mellow take o the Pilsner style, and it's yet another example of an American craft brew that, if it ever saw mass marketing, would likely be widely enjoyed by the mass public. (Philadelphia Brewing's Kenziger strikes me as another example of this.) I would not posit this as my go-to for the style, but it ain't bad at all, and I think would session extremely well. Also a good pick to introduce a conservative friend to craft beer -- shouldn't be that far out of anyone's comfort zone. Mildly recommendable.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice looking pilsner, starts off with a good kiss of creamy foam, then pours into a perfect golden brass and crystal clear body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides, but settles with slow rising pinhead crawling. Head is bleach white with soapy retention and sticks around for a good amount of time.

Hinting grassy hops, very mineral clean smelling. Some hints of thick honey like malts and density to match. Very solid and refreshing.

Palate comes with an interesting angle. Good sense of grassy and herbacious green hops, with a little bit of minerality on the finish. A good dense malt backbone which lingers on the swallow letting the hop action come forward. Some light toasty white bread manages to escape, with a real nice aftertaste. Slightly sticky, but this is a bit hop forward than the usual classic take on pils.

This is a real interesting take, Czech added hops with German ingredients to boot. Came out with a nice contrast and very enjoyable.

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Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear yellow color.

The aroma is of grassy and herbal hops with a good amount malty caramel.

The flavor follows as a clean example for the style. There's a round malty mouthfeel with a crispy spicy and grassy finish.

This is a fantastic, easy drinking pilsner. A good amount of flavor on this and stands as one of the better American pilsners.

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Photo of boddhitree
2.16/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

First of all, I love the design of the can, where you can open fully and try to get aroma without pouring it in a glass. Nonetheless...

Virtually no aroma.

Decent bitterness up front, doesn't taste like any Pils malts were used, not much Pils malt sweetness, needs maltier aftertaste.

Decent thickness but could be thicker. VERY disappointing.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, pale yellow and a terrific head of white cloud like foam that settled eventually to a rocky cap that never faded. It never really had the chance to fade either but I'll talk about that in a minute. Bubbles leisurely making their way to the top and some hit or miss lacing. Nose is light sweet lemon and a quick hint of orange. Deep malt without much sweetness except for the natural sweet scent you might associate with toasted grain. Pale. A touch of yeast sour and soft spice. Grassy and herbal. Taste is clear, clean and travels the palate as quickly as water. Leaves plenty of breaddy biscuit at the back of the throat to linger with a soft mineral quality. Smooth round malt, abundant and hospitable. It has a pleasant aftertaste and that is where you will find a gentle prickle of spice and a touch of bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. It has a white fruit in the overall flavor but it's very soft and subtle. Pear.

This is a kind and gentle pils. It drinks so easily that the foam doesn't even have a chance to fall before you have drained the glass. The citrus stays sweet and the small tart aspect of the lemon blends with the yeasty sour. This beer has no rough edges or seams. It's mineral quality makes it especially clean and refreshing. The delicate touch of spice made it cheerful. You can picture it on the table in a pitcher, easily forthcoming.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Golden to straw colour twith good clarity and is topped with a 0.5cm, foamy white head.

Hoppy with citrus smell and some fresh, light malts. There is some touches of pine on the nose too and an earthy bitterness towards the end.

Citrus and pine mix with light hops and a touch of pilsener malts. There is some light bitterness from the middle onwards and I could detect some lemon and grassy hops too.

Light bodied and coming with a nice citrus tang and a smooth crisp feel. There is some bitterness toward the end but this is quite light and refreshing.

Not a bad pilsener at all. It has a great light and refreshing taste that goes down very easily and would make a great session beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Served in a Pilsner glass. Pours a full three inch tall billowy white head on a hazy dull straw golden colored body. Splotchy lacing with a nice white cap sticking around the very end.

S- Clean, noble hop aromas. About as authentic of an aroma as a German Pils from Pennsylvania can get.

T- Agin with the cleanliness, this time pale malts with the hops presence. Has just the slightest citrus kick on the tail end of each sip that I am really digging. Hides what (relatively) little alcohol it has very well; could drink for days.

M- Smoother mouthfeel than I was expecting. I was thinking the carbonation would be more biting than it actually is.

D/O- The orange pithy aftertaste would make me keep coming back if this were available to me all the time. Highly drinkable. As is, it will stay on my "wants" list in hopes for another try in the future. Well received by this dude and recommended to pils fans. Thanks a ton to PAbeerdude for getting me a couple cans of this long time want!

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Photo of Tucquan
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-05-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear yellow with a 1-finger white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves mild lace.

S - Light bread, hints of lemon and floral. Pretty mild.

T - Bread, lemon tartness, white pepper, light herbal. Lingering citrus, pepper and a good amount of bitterness. It has its own Pils flavor thing going on. Certainly different that a Victory Prima Pils or a Troegs Sunshine Pils.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. It's got some substance at first and then dries nicely. Refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this brew on a hot, almost-summer day and would be glad to have it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Got to love German Pils with it's hazy body and the head is very sticky and gives me a 1/2 inch.
S - Bitter hops and mild skunky malts. Very balanced.
T - Pilsener malts and some bittering hops. Quite tasty.
M - Light to medium in body.
Overall I don't really like the style but this beer is quaff able.

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Photo of wspscott
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can in Sam Adams glass
no date

A: Golden straw colored with a fluffy pure white head and lots of lace.
S: Flowers, honey, light grains
T: Citrus, floral, a hint of spice, lightly toasted bread, a hint of sweetness
M: Lots of carbonation, very crisp
O: An excellent beer and a good example of a german pils. I could drink this all summer (along with Prima Pils and Stoudts Pils). Big fan, would love to see this in KY. Highly recommended.

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Photo of IronLover
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw yellow in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a billowy white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of soapy amd sticky lacings on the glass. Sour dough bread, herbal and spicy hop aromas with earthy grassy notes. Light creamy smooth feel down the middle with tangy, assertive carbonation on the edges. Flavor is a wonderful balance of bready and biscuity malt and herbal hop flavors. Hop flavors turn a bit spicy through the middle along with a lightly citrus tang. Finishes dryly and crisply with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. An exceptionally complex, crisp, refreshing German pilsner.

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

Can poured into my stemmed Allagash glass.

The appearance is a nice golden yellow that is rather pale and somewhat the color of an American Macro...just slightly richer looking. The head is bubbly and died rather fast. The aroma is crisp and clean with a decent hop aroma. There is also a touch of the sweet malts that are typical of German Pilsener. The flavor is very light at first and then slightly honey like in sweetness. The end finishes with not much hop flavor but a decent wallop of bitterness. There are also flavors that are reminiscent of ginger ale and the hop flavor that does shine through tastes very herbal and grassy. There is also an odd salty flavor in the beginning of the taste. The MF is rather light and finishes quite dry and paired with the bitterness that finishes this one off makes you thirsty for another sip.

This beer is an okay Pils....Prima Pils is still ruling the roost on this one and Stoudt's Pils is much better as well.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - copper gold with a huge, pure white, dense, foamy head that has great retention

S - malty, bready, faintly herbal and grassy

T - bready, bitter, faintly sweet, herbal, grassy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't a bad session beer. The can is a definite plus in this regard. The flavor isn't as forward as I would like. I did enjoy this beer, but I wish the malt was good as the intensely bitter hop character. I wouldn't mind a some of these at the tailgate.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.
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