Freestyle Pilsner - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
06-30-2011 01:03:20 | More by Beaver13
3.36/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
08-16-2013 02:34:31 | More by Libationguy
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
03-26-2012 22:00:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
07-06-2009 18:15:52 | More by LXIXME
4.48/5 rDev +19.8%
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
08-29-2012 00:32:42 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-03-2014 11:50:11 | More by tone77
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-18-2011 02:06:07 | More by djeucalyptus
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
07-18-2014 00:32:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
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
08-15-2014 00:47:03 | More by SHODriver
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-07-2010 04:35:58 | More by twiggamortis420
Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.