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
3.15/5 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
3.18/5 rDev -15%
Lemony, tart lager with a touch of hops. Straw yellow in the tall glass. Reasonable foam but a good mouthfull of carbonation. Hint of citrus melts into a sharper taste and ends with some slight bitterness.
Susbtle flavors with a touch of soap. I"m not sure this is an improvement over seltzer water. But it has a cheerful beeriness that makes me think of Trader Joe's cheap Pilsner. Would be interesting to compare the two to see which comes out on top.
07-07-2011 05:00:35 | More by mactrail
3.28/5 rDev -12.3%
Freestyle Pilsner pours a crystal clear, pale golden color, and is capped with a soapy, white head that leaves minimal lace. A light, bready malt profile is backed up with grassy aromas and a hop spiciness. Bready and grainy husk flavors open on the pallet, and a slightly citrus, mostly spicy hop notes pull this crisp brew through to the end. Medium to medium-light in body, this pilsner is moderately low in carbonation. Happy to have stumbled on this one!
10-08-2012 00:31:24 | More by phishsihq
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
3.36/5 rDev -10.2%
A steady pour from the can to my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head that disappears pretty quickly. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral hops backed by a hint of Meyer lemon zest and some honey like malt as well as a touch of cracker like malt character. The aroma has a sweetness (aka sweet grain notes) to it rather than a more herbal hop character, though it certainly is a good step above a mass produced lager in character.
The beer starts out with a light hop bitterness and it picks up a touch of herbal character as it rolls across the palate. There is a significant, sweet grain character to the middle and finish that sort of seem to be crying out for some crisp, balancing, hop bitterness to add some bite. A touch of lemon zest as well as some floral hops each help to accentuate a honey like note from the sweet, pale maltiness. This is nice and light, and eminently quaffable, but without seeing overly light; you can certainly feel a touch of body to this and even a light viscous quality as it flows across the tongue.
Definitely a beer that would hit the spot on a hot summers day; this is likely best served at or below 40°F, as I am sure this would help this seem a lot more crisp (I have served this at 50°F, which brings out more of the flavors, but makes it taste sweeter than it otherwise would. Not bad though, and I am happily finishing my can of this beer.
08-23-2013 03:29:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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
Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.