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Freestyle Pilsner - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
As its name suggests, this Pilsner does not like to be categorized. Inquiring whether it is a German, Czech, Bavarian, American, or any other style pilsner will result in an impatient sigh and the explanation that the whole philosophy behind this pilsner is that it does not fall into any categories. True, it is brewed with traditional ingredients (soft water, pilsner malt, saaz hops, and German yeast), but it is the way that these ingredients interact, and the characteristics of the yeast, that cause this particular pilsner to defiantly stand alone. The assertively hopped Freestyle pils exudes the flavor and the aroma of the classic Saaz hop (a tribute to “the original” pilsner), while maintaining enough body to balance but not overpower this hop’s pleasant, spicy tone. An unhurried lagering process so frequently overlooked by American craft brewers is strictly adhered to in the production of Freestyle, which makes this beer by far the most light, clean, and quenching beer in the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s line up.

(Beer added by: Wolfsdenbrew on 05-14-2006)
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Reviews by Libationguy:
Photo of Libationguy
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy medium straw color with yellow hues. Bright white thin head with low retention.

Biscuit aroma with lemon zest, corn flakes and a light spice. There is a low ammonia note here too. Not sure where that is coming from. Some light spice.

Crisp cracker, lemon peel, green apple and a slightly toasty note.

Nice medium bodied texture. A very slight bitterness from the hops is well balanced in the beer. Crisp, clean finish.

Libationguy, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Tiernan, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

tbryan5, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and Saaz.

The flavor is slightly sweet bready malts with a lighter noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth, slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a decent Pils. Nothing special, but very drinkable.

Beaver13, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +7.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

buyyourfreedom, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a faint yellow beer, soapy white head, looks like your average pilsner. Aroma, comes off like a saison, a little bitter spice to it. Didn't know anything about the massive disclaimer corporate write up on here at the time, but I figured that's why they called it freestyle, to be half assed apologetic/cya about it not being completely traditional. Whatever, I don't care, I just hate pre-emptive apologies.

More of the spicy floral taste more akin to a saison than a pilsner of any kind really. Not much in the way of hopping, yet a discernable bitter presence to it. Kind of like that floral pepperiness in Cantillon Mamouche, but without the sour aspect, but the lemon and pepper are still there.

OK stuff, call me a conventional hop head, but I love their ipa, this stuff, was just kind of like a yardsale ale where you throw a bunch of shit in and see what happens, call it unconventional etc. . . its ok, but I don't see it falling into the repeat purchase category.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big white head sat a top a light hazy honey colored beer.
Slight sour aroma with both grain and hops coming through.
A slight bitter grain with a light sour and some hops taste, a good blend.
A nice dry aftertaste with slight hops hints.
This is a rather enjoyable beer, Pilseners aren't usually my thing, yet I liked this one quite enough.

LXIXME, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of PopGun
4/5  rDev +7.8%

PopGun, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, and yes, procured as part of a singles sixer at the local King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado, last week.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, lazily foamy, and somewhat bubbly chalky white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, saltine crackers, white pepper, a touch of underripe lemon, ethereal gasohol, and earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is sharp grainy, bready pale malt, earthy yeast, lemon cookies, and spicy, leafy, and wet grassy hops - simple, and just how it should be.

The carbonation is tight in its taciturn doling out of the bubbles that gaily dance on my tongue, the body a pleasantly zaftig medium-full weight for the, ahem, 'style', and mostly smooth, these hops knowing where their bread is buttered. It finishes a tad off-dry, the malt still worthy of mention, but really it's the hops you're going to write home about.

They are right in their assertion that a Pils can be 'freestyle', which is simply a fancier way of saying that this is a mutt. Yup, a lovable, multifaceted, and easy to get along with, beer-drinkin' man's best friend sort of thing. Since I keep vacillating back and forth between Czech and German proclamations (American, really?), I'm happy to just sit back and enjoy the rest in the manner intended.

biboergosum, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy & perfumy hops, plus some metallic notes, great nose

T: Grassy hops, bready & crackery notes & dryness up front. Citrussy hops come through as this warms, dryness, a touch of faint husky grain as this warms. Finishes crisp, with a slight sweet breadyness, pus some nice citrus weaved in as well

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, nicely balanced

A very nice German Pils & a great canned option that drinks too easy

russpowell, Aug 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Adele2012, Jul 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

TheMrFarnham, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bmurray10, May 19, 2014
Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Eaglefan344, May 05, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another beer by way of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit floral, some grains. Taste is refreshing, malts, grains, some floral notes, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a fine session beer.

tone77, Apr 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first: thanks to chugalug06 for this one! stoked to try it. second: the can art is awesome. I don't keep cans, but this one might stay.

pours a light straw hue, crystal clear with fervent bubbles that fuel a fairly thin one-finger creamy white head that fades but leaves a thin cap. minimal lacing.

aroma is clean pils style... bready malts, hints of straw, and a smidgen of hop spice.

taste is full for a pils. bready malt with a touch of light yeast. that good citrus zest note is definitely there, as well as a clean herbal hop finish.

mouth is surprisingly full with a bit of tooth to it. clean, although a touch syrupy. a clean herbal bitterness in the finish isn't bad.

all in all, one of the more interesting pils I've had, and one of the more interesting cans. everything works pretty well... it's not earth shattering, but it's damn tasty. I'd buy it regularly if it was local.

djeucalyptus, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, straw, bubbly appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, pungent barley malt and grassy hops. Taste is of sweet, fairly rich, biscuit malt and grassy, slightly lemony hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. At 5.5% alcohol, this beer gives you more of what you might be looking for in a lager.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

metter98, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

A: poured into a Pilesner glass to a pale yellow that's a little hazy with a finger and a half of dense and soapy white head that retains well
S: smells of clean malt aromas with a little bit of spicy hop aroma
T: taste is clean and bready malt that's a little sweet, some slight hop bitterness and some spicy flavor from the Saaz. swallow is more clean maltyness, a little banana, a slight mineral taste and a slight amount of citrusy hop bitterness on the finish
M: fairly light in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Not a bad stab at the style. very light with decent flavors and it's definitely a good summer brew

SHODriver, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

WritersBlock, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, picked up a fresh sixer of this new release while in Albuquerque. Love the simple design of the green can, hop cone with halo on one side and hop cone with devil horns on the other....very cool. Pours a crystal clear, medium yellow color with a rather ordinary cap of white foam. Retention just ok and lacing is poor.

Nose has an earthy quality to it that is unique and smells 'thicker' than most other pilseners for some reason. Maybe it is the alcohol sticking out boldly or maybe even the light touch of fruitiness.

Taste has more of the aforementioned earthy hop flavors and a grainy, biscuity malt. Has a good balance of bittering and flavoring hops, even some floral characteristics come out as it warms. Taste is pretty clean and this is a damn good first foray into the lager category by the exclusively ale producing Santa Fe Brewing Co. Very drinkable with a unique flair that makes this one worth a try or two should you ever find yourself in the high desert of the southwestern US.

twiggamortis420, Aug 07, 2010
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Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.