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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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338
Ratings:
693
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
16.32%
 
 
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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A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date.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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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some superfine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grassy hops and a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness. There are also some hints of bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and also a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little hoppier compared to other beers in the style (almost like a West Coast take on a classic German style) but is still easy to drink.

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

On draft at The Pony Bar. The beer appears clear and pale golden with a thin white collar. The aroma brings floral hops and grain. The taste follows suit. Nicely balanced with a lovely hop finish. I may need to get another round of this. I love a good pilsner.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is gold, head is frothy and very bright white; effervescence is great.

Smell is fresh, crisp, very nice pilsner malt and subtle sweetness followed by some great hop spiciness.

Taste is crisp, pilsner malt sweetness, pleasant, hops are spicy with some hints of lemon and grass. Great tasting pilsner.

Mouthfeel is crisp, great carbonation but not over done, flavor/hop balance.

Overall, this is a great pils, great summer beer and another reason why PA brewers make the best craft pils.

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Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear yellow color with a beautiful fluffy 1-2 finger snow white head that faded slowly leaving good spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top around the rim.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, grains, light caramel, yeast, light herbs, coriander, a hint of lemon and bread or cracker. Very light and refreshing aroma that is well balanced.

Tastes of sweet malt, bread, floral hops, flowers, herbs, lemon, citrus hops, biscuit, light caramel, grains, mild spices like pepper and coriander, orange peel and a very faint yeast funk at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp at the same time, with very mild carbonation, a very light body and sweet malty finish that trails off with a tiny bitterness.

Overall it is light and crisp, refreshing and extremely easy to drink. Definite session beer and perfect for the summer, I liked it a lot and thought it was a great American representation of this style.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pilsener glass. Picked this up on a recent trip to Phoenixville to visit friends.

Pours a clear straw yellow with 1/2 white head that reduces to a thin lid with minimal lacing around the sides.

Has a grassy, malty aroma, with hints of sweet rose, lemon, and arugula.

Taste is quite pleasant, with caramel malt, mild grass, and hints of oak leaves and tobacco. The malt is not overpowering, and the hop finish is dry and bitter.

Light bodied, this is a crisp summer pils that is refreshing and non-filling.

An excellent summer brew, I could easily see throwing a sixer of this in a cooler and hitting the beach for the afternoon. Light, refreshing, tasty and clean, this is a well balanced pils. I'm quite bummed that this is not available in Cleveland; it would be an easy go-to beer for a group of friends, no matter if they are craft beer enthusiasts, or simply casual beer drinkers.

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

Clear golden brew with a good-sized white head that settles quickly; strong and attractive lacing. Nose is very much hop forward and of the noble variety; some grass and floral notes and a very slight sweetness; grainy malt aroma.

Strongly bitter and crisp taste; again lots of aggressive noble hops packing grass and floral, earthy flavors; nice pils malt underneath but it's the bitter hops that dominate this beer. Light body, lively carbonation, and dry finish make this a refreshing pils for sure. Overall it's quite good.

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

Solid gold body with a rip-roaring carb. Thin bubbles evacuating, but not supporting much more than a thin lip of white head. I could write my name in the lacing inside the glass. 4.0

Great German hop and pale malt balance. Super-dry aroma. Grassy notes, almost clay-like earthy. Untouchable crispness. 4.0

Dry and bitter with some in-between fruity character. Dead grass, unobtrusive coppery note, Noble hops, and pale coarse grain. A tad gingery. 4.0

Thin in body, rigorous with the carbonation. A little in-check with the drinkability. 3.5

Nice little pils from Sly Fox. Go PA! 4.0

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Photo of mattbk
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Just a bit hazy, yellow/orange color, medium amount of carbonation, light creamy head.
S - Very faint grassy aroma. Light bready malt is in there too. Not much else though, the aroma is fairly weak. Nothing off about it though.

T - Very nice. Flowery, a bit spicy and grassy. Not at all overwhelming, just good. The malt is very bready, not at all sweet. Just the slightest bit bitter. A good example of the style.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not very crisp, should be a bit lighter. The carbonation is medium. A higher carbonation would give this beer some more aroma. Could this be related to canning at all?

O - Very good taste, with some more carbonation the mouthfeel and aroma would be a bit better. A pretty good example of the style.

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

Enjoying at Rattle n Hum in NYC. Pours light gold with one finger almost white head.

Clean, fruity, nose with hints of wine grape and Belgian yeast.

Light, sweet taste with notes of bread, honey, light berry frutiness and subtle but present hop bitterness.

Clean but slightly cloying finish with bitter aftertaste. Overall enjoyable but nothing too special and some oddly placed flavors. Would drink again but won't pursue.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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