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Freestyle Pilsner - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Freestyle PilsnerFreestyle Pilsner

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BA SCORE
85
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
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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Beaver13

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 01:03:20 | More by Beaver13
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-17-2013 00:18:30 | More by TheMrFarnham
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-07-2014 02:22:41 | More by IrishColonial
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JaBes

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-18-2013 03:30:49 | More by JaBes
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Belittle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-14-2014 16:43:41 | More by Belittle
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atpca

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-17-2014 06:17:36 | More by atpca
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 22:00:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mactrail

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 05:00:35 | More by mactrail
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-18-2013 09:22:18 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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swaghawk

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-17-2013 20:07:17 | More by swaghawk
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-23-2014 21:55:43 | More by bmwats
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

08-03-2012 19:34:25 | More by Beermazter310
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-18-2012 02:11:56 | More by chocosushi
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

10-10-2013 21:38:44 | More by GetTheYayo
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Cheers!

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 00:31:24 | More by phishsihq
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 02:34:31 | More by Libationguy
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2013 03:29:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-03-2014 11:50:11 | More by tone77
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WritersBlock

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-07-2013 18:32:11 | More by WritersBlock
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-08-2014 04:47:46 | More by GClarkage
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-11-2012 15:38:44 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filtered gold with a thin cap of foam that falls to a broken ring of bubbles in a few minutes. Clean with a light grainy doughiness. Hops aren't as potent as advertised on the can. Subtle grass and lemon notes with a black pepper hit as it warms. Bitterness is subdued. A bit weak all around becoming almost watery through the middle. This one needs a little tweaking.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 18:05:35 | More by bump8628
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-28-2014 16:20:02 | More by Pens1967
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22Blue

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-04-2014 14:12:39 | More by 22Blue
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-07-2012 18:01:39 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.