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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 | 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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a plain pint glass. This is my last can from a very affordable six pack.

A- Pikeland pours a straw yellow color with some golden highlights. A loose foamy one inch head comes through before thawing down to a skim. Moderate lacing with this pilsner.

S- A decent aroma for a pilsner with a bunch of pale malt and a german hop variety. Some grassy and floral aroma's come out with some warming. Some bready quality.

T- A very simple pilsner with a refreshing taste. A lot more bittering from the hops than what i was expecting from smell. Smells like a fresh cut lawn on a warm summer day. I'm going to have to drink this again while i'm gardening in the summer. A great lawn mower brew. The bready quality comes back from the malt addition.

M- Could be improved upon as this one waqs a little on the light side. Light to mid medium bodied with crisp carbonation. After a big gulp a huge presence of earthy flavors stuck around. No alcohol presence with this light gravity brew. Finishes dry.

D- A true session beer clocking in at just under 5%. I would gladly drink a few of these on a hot summer day but it leaves something to be desired while i drink this in the dead of winter. Would love to try this on tap at some point. A great session brew by Sly Fox, nothing more nothing less.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half foamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a good spicy hop and pale malt aroma. Authentic Saaz hop aroma.

The taste conisted of a light grain and a moderate spicy hop. Herbal finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty pils. Good American adaptation.

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

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

can opens with a gush. pours crystal clear yellow with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves a fine sheet of lace behind.

aroma is nice. cracker. lightly toasted white bread. touch of floral and maybe slightly earthy hops. hint of alcohol. light citrus character rounding out the background.

taste is good. just under medium bitterness level. white bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. floral and almost perfumey hops. hint of alcohol. bit of orange peel.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level - thought it would be higher based on the gushing, but happy to see it is not. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance, though the bitterness feels a touch high. light and refreshing. this would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to marcpal for dropping two of these cans into a recent trade, along with much other goodness. We consumed the first at my birthday tasting, but I don't recall much about this brew, so I saved the second bottle for a Friday evening warm-up.

Cute can. I like cans. I like German beers. So far, so good.

The smell is soul-sucking abysmal coming out of the can, like someone peed in a beer & let it sit for a week. Then peed in it again to stir everything up. Once it warms just a touch it settles into that pils, straw smell, just fine, but man, that initial impression is brutal. If this was a date I would have run away, screaming.

Tastes fine. Adequate all the way around. Very dry, a touch of hops, a touch of backing sweet.

Not bad, not real good, strictly average. That's all I have.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time I had this was last summer relaxing on a hot day in the shade on the back porch. When I revisited it recently, it wasn't quite as stellar as I had remembered it-but still solid. I wonder why?

Pours a crisp straw color with a 1 inch staunch white head. The aroma is very subtle, very faint hops with a bit of light malt. The same follows in the taste- some noble hops with light pilsner malt.

When I gave on of these to a friend he said "It's a better version of budweiser!" I can agree that it's better than bud. It has a great drinkability but does so while having actual flavor, although a subtle one. But when you are looking for a brew to kick back with and consume a few at a time, you don't want something with an overwhelming flavor.

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

This beer pours a clear, golden color, with a fluffy white head. The head fades fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a mild grassy hop aroma, mixed with some spices. It smells slightly grainy. A slight citrus zest aroma is also present.

This beer has a grainy flavor. It also tastes spicy, with a grassy flavor. A little lemon mixes in as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is ok for the style.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is a little too grainy for my, but the alcohol content is low enough to allow you to drink it all night long.

Overall: A big thanks to DrJay for this beer. I liked it for what it was. I am not a huge fan of the style, but the beer was pretty good.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big foamy head, lacing. Transparent golden color. Great looking pilsner. Grassy aroma with a touch of citrus, tang, and funk from the hops.

This is a bitter pilsner, but very refreshing and easy to drink. Some citrusy hop flavor as well. Good mouthfeel, not creamy, but not over-carbonated which is good. I want a little more malt backbone-- the best german pilsners I have tried had more solid, biscuit-like flavors.

The closest thing, along with Victory Prima Pils, to the real german pilsners. Nothing can really match the originals or the freshness when had on tap in Germany. But the Pikeland Pils is really good.

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

Thanks to kplynch for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into a Trumer Pils glass. Pale golden color with great clarity and plenty of visible carbonation. Good headstand - white in color, 2 fingers in depth.

S - Pilsner grainy presence pairs with a noble spicy-type hop essence. Well balanced aroma.

T - Grainy pilsner malt character with a moderate level of crisp bitterness. Hop flavor is of the spicy nature and seems at the appropriate level for this style. Great dry finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, effervescent with a medium-high level of carbonation. Smooth and easy-drinking.

D - A german pilsner should certainly have some staying power and this is a type of beer I could be drinking pint after pint. Nice balance of flavors, a crisp enough bitterness combined with a pleasing dry finish help render this beer's fantastic drinkability.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/6/08. Can, best by 9/20/08. Pours a light gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of light fruits, grassy hops, lots of wheat. Flavor of light sweet malt and wheat, bitter hops finish. Rather carbonated. Ok pils, but a little bitter for my liking and the malt base was a bit weak.
6/3/6/4/13 (3.2/5)

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Photo of yesyouam
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils is a very clear, straw colored beer with a thin white head that fades pretty rapidly. The aroma is soft, fruity and wooden. There may be a note of lemon. It is thin, crisp and dry on the palate. The bitterness is nice. It tastes fresh, fruity, wooden and resiny. Pretty darn good for a pilsner in a can.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, obtained via the pre-football season bif and kegatron after a nice soccer match

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, pale straw-golden body with a big beige foam head and wavy lacing, very clear body and really light

smell: nice wave of citrusy hops, but not over the top...lemon zest, sweet grassy malts

taste: nice pils, in a can! This brew has a stand-up citrus hop profile and a bit of lemon but doesnt stray too far from the style. The malt presence is light, sweet, and grassy/earthy. Nice enjoyable pils

mouthfeel: light, crisp, and fresh

drinkability: high

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

A special thanks to Wasatch for sending this in a trade.

A - Poured a hazed golden color with a big white head that leaves nice lacing

S - Has a pale grain male smell that has a very earthy grassy smell

T - Is nice and clean the grassy flavors come out and is balanced out well with a touch of hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium high carbonation to it

D - I really don't like pilsners they just don't do it for me other than two other exceptions. This can is almost six months past its best by date so I can only imagine what this is like fresh. With that being said do cans help keep beer fresher longer? I already pimp cans so I'm a little biased but I think so. This is an excellent beer that I wish was sold in Texas if it was maybe I would be able to say I like pilsners either way this is a must try beer from a can. Not because of the novelty of the can but because its a very good beer.

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

12oz can poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a slightly chilled, straw yellow with a fluffy, bone white cap. Light rings of lace are left behind with no discernable pattern.

Aromas of grassy, lemon hops and a bready, cereal-like malt backbone. Very simple, yet very appealing.

The lemon/citrus flavor comes to the forefront with the bitter, grassy hops lingering for a good long while. The cereal like malt holds its own on the back end.

Light bodied, crisp with a bitter hop bite. Carbonation is perfect.

This guy goes down way too easy. I have neglected this beer for way too long. My new go to pilsner.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

A - Bright golden yellow in color with lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top. Foamy, bubbly white head with about two fingers of thickness. Slowly fades away leaving thick webby lacing.

S - Sweet vegetal and grainy aroma with an underlying floral and spicy hoppiness.

T - Sweet and spicy up front. There is a light graininess to the taste with a spicy and earthy hoppiness. Tastes like a classic German pils.

M/D - Medium bodied and very carbonated, which is what I expect out of a good pils. Incredibly easy drinking.

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Photo of ATPete
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can

best by 1-30-09

Pours a very transparent yellow color with a large, slightly sticky white head. Standard nose of grassy hop bitterness and subtle pale malts with looming aromas of machine funk. The hop character is definitely dominant in the nose, but instead of a fresh hop blast, im getting more of a stale hop dud. The pale malt semi structure falls a bit thin and out of balance, the body is thin and the carbonation is bright. The largest downer to this beer is the overly bitter and plant-like aftertaste. I do not recommend.

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Photo of william5586
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Its not to often i get to say poured from a can. I kinda like it.

A-Clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Its really a good looking beer.

S-Very pleasant floral smell i think. I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was, but I liked it.

T-Has a citrus taste a first that quickly gives way to the classic pils bitterness.

M-Light, crisp, and smooth.

D-Very high. It just goes down so smooth and with the low abv you can drink it all night. It also gets points for being in a can. I fist picked this up to take to a concert and I was not disappointed.

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

A: snifter. pours a rather clear straw yellow color. nice white head, medium retention rate, and a mild amount of lacing.

S: smells like a german pils....light pale malts, moderate sweetness. there is a big hop nose on this surprisingly. light fresh orange aroma.

T: nice pale malts, light citrus sweetness, aided from the hops. way hoppier than expected, but very nice. some sweet orange flavors, with the bitters.

M: very crisp and clean. above average carbonation. medium bodied for the style.

D: great pils, I really enjoyed this one, especially with the higher IBUs and advanced hop character. not my style of choice, but this was really good.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for a random beer bombing.
Pours a clear light gold with a thick head that fades to some sticky lacing.
Smell is very mild, slight mild hops and just a tiny bit of sweetness.
Taste is very nice compared to the smell. A nice spicy hop note with a typical pilsner malt profile. Crisp and quenching and a great session beer.

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

Many thanks to Kegatron for this one. I never get to try enough craft brews by the can.

Poured from the can a bright and slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Aroma of malt, corn, and metal with a hint of floral hop presence.

The taste is sweet with malt, corn, metal and floral hops mentioned above. Finishes with a tad of bitterness.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, with a sharp carbonation.

I really enjoyed this German Pils from Sly Fox. A nice drinker in a nice looking can.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an aggressive pour is the understatement of the century with this. would i like some beer with my head...yes please. i produced a 3.5 finger head off this, and it aint going anywhere fast. the foamy white head is dressed to impress. an impressive amount of head like this should leave a great amount of lacing. sadly i am let down. small patches cling to the sides of my glass as i pull in for smell.

i dont get much of anything. watery. slightly flat. some yeast. not much else. a little bit of bread.

taste follows suit. probably one of my favorite tasting pilseners. which is huge. as i am not usually a fan. i feel like i should be eating a brat and a pretzel with this. flavor is smooth. sneaks up on you and then is gone before you know it. leaving a slighly stale taste in my mouth.

im not a huge fan of the feel on this. very thin. watered down even. not much carbonation to speak of. :/

for someone who isnt huge on the style i would drink this beer. it wouldn't be on my top ten but if it was this or some domestic swill i would take this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of dfillius
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler on a hot and humid 85 degree day.

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white fizzy head that quickly subsides. Clear light yellow liquid. I want more head with less fizzy quality.

S: Light and herbal hops, a tart quality maybe as well.

T: A little metallic, nice bitterness, but metallic quality really overpowers and prevails

M: Metallic bitterness :-(

D: A bit off from metallic notes, but refreshing and pleasant otherwise.

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very eventful and beautiful pour... Huge lively white head... Lots and lots of carbonation... Pale golden yellow straw color... Great lacing... Great head retention...

S - Mild lemon aroma... Grains... Slightly musky... Spices... Pepper... Floral hints...

T - Complexity abound... Grains... Yeast... Flour... Hops... Lemon... Pepper... Bitter intensity at finish and during aftertaste...

M - Dry... Medium bodied... Lush... Crisp... Incredible mouth feel which is greatly lacking in most examples of the style...

D - Awesome pilsner... Lots of flavor... Great moutfeel... Looks fantastic...

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Photo of corey0212
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from mikesgroove!!

Pours a light-golden color, with a very sturdy looking two-finger head, fades slowly into a 1/4" layer of foam, and leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Lots of pungent hop aroma, slightly floral/herbal. Very clean tasting beer, slightly bready tasting through the middle, but very hop-forward beer, aspirin-like hoppy bitterness. Crisp as hell, refreshing, and with a ton of lingering bitterness. This is nice, glad I got the chance.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this beer as a bonus from leftmindedrighty!

A: straw colored but a bit hazy
S: nice, clean nose with definite hop presence
T: good clean taste however, a bit too much hops for a true pils, hop bite very noticeable and present in the back of the tongue
M: good, smooth
D: decent, but I still can't get over the strong hop bite

Nice overall but a bit less hops would be more to my liking.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a strong German heritage I think Pennsylvania is much as MN and WI are with tendency towards lagers, often well made.
Hmmmm, interesting. The aroma seems really Am. beer based more than European in nature with the sour quality Am. lagers often have, albeit this is more powerful. The hops do not seem strongly of the noble nature, but maybe to my nose they are just outdone by the malt character. Soft malts, but no apparent sweetness.
Pours with bright white and fluffy head that settles slowly and rocky. Brilliantly clear of medium gold. Drinks leave lots of loose lacing all along the glass.
Now there are the hops and not domestic (in flavor, I suppose they could have been grown here). Quite defined bitterness that outweighs the somewhat sweet and neutral malt flavors that appear up front. Long dry and mildly bitter finish shows with slight sourness and a tad of astringency.
Nicely carbonated with lots of soft and fine bubbles. Appropriately thin. Well done feel.
This drinks very well. Leaves me wanting another.
Many thanks Scott.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.
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