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Freestyle Pilsner - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Pale yellow straw color, slightly hazy, misty white head, less than a finger high, with decent lacing and retention even for a slightly smaller head. The aroma is crisp, light pils malts, hay, plenty of noble hops, grass, lemon zest, light apple/fruity notes, light yeast, hint of spice. The taste is along the same lines. Grassy, floral, noble hops, lemon/citrus, crisp and somewhat dry yeast with straw and bscuity malts, spicy notes, fruity notes in the background. Mouthfeel is pleasant. Crisp and smooth consistency, carbonation is medium and apt for the style, light medium body, again quite fitting, and a finish that's crisp and wet on the tongue.

Overall this is a wonderful Pils. Maybe I'm partial to pilsners but this one is quite good in my opinion. The best out there? No, Victory's Prima Pils takes the cake as far as German Pilseners go, but still a damn fine offering of the style.

07-16-2013 07:04:57 | More by matttttYCE
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Texas

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JMad

Texas

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a thick, soapy, white head.

It's aroma is filled with lemon and grass, along with a slight bready, malty smell.

When I took a sip I tasted lemon first, followed by dry grassy and a citrusy finish. Almost reminded me of a dandelion field in the summer.

The mouthfeel is light with lots of subtle carbonation and a dry finish.

I really enjoyed this pilsner, it's one of my favorite styles but I haven't had one in awhile.

06-22-2013 01:28:54 | More by JMad
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-21-2013 00:07:41 | More by metter98
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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North Carolina

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Nevada

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Texas

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Kansas

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Texas

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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz can served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Pours a light pale gold with a airy white head that recedes pretty quick. A few patches of lacing left behind.

S - Clean pilsner malt, bright grassy noble hops, lager yeast.

T - Follows the nose with lightly sweet pilsner malt, grassy hops, tangy apple and fruit, hints of chalky lager yeast, grassy hops follow through the the crisp clean finish.

M - Light to medium body, smooth carbonation, crisp and clean finish.

This one went down quick. A crisp and refreshing pilsner that would be a great seesion candidate.

02-18-2013 19:37:18 | More by StaveHooks
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

From a friend of a friend. Lovely how such stuff happens.
Reviewed in my head before seeing the specs. I had anticipated some adjunct when I drank it- but website specs don't say so. I also thought some Am. hops-wrong again.
Pours looking like an a Am. lager. Nice white head over a golden body. Aroma was light on the hops (I see no can dating to get a guess on that). Had a touch of sourness and more of an Am. yeast quality with just a touch of the Saaz.
Bittering is nice with some definite hop flavor. The Am. hop part seemed to be light citrus flavor (lemon/lime quality) that was quite nice. The malt seemed very Am. lager with even an corn like quality.
Drank like a regular Am. lager. Not too light. Carbonated well.
Enjoyable for an every day/lawn mower beer.

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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

P:  Hazy pale golden body with bubbly streams cascading towards the top. Crowned by a shirt lived white airy head that settles to a swirly wake. 

S:  Lemon zest and citrus aroma followed by honey, pilsner malt, herbal notes, lemon grass, coriander and a pinch of salt. Crisp and clean nose. 

T/M:  Tart lemon zest start with citrus, herbs and floral bitterness. Honey, light matinees and a medium coarse feel that finishes crisp with a tad of wetness. Excellent hop flavors with no overpowering bitterness.  The finish reveals apple peels, green pears and subtle phenolic presence. 

O:  This is the second beer I've has from the Santa Fe Brewing Co. But I can say I'm a fan so far. This German pilsner is well balanced and has a great slightly coarse mouthfeel. Flavors explode on the palate and leave you thirsty for more. I'm really amped to try more from this brewery. Cheers!

10-13-2012 17:36:02 | More by Hopswagger
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phishsihq

Colorado

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!

Cheers!

10-08-2012 00:31:24 | More by phishsihq
Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.