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Freestyle Pilsner - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Freestyle PilsnerFreestyle Pilsner

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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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

JaBes, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

TheMrFarnham, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

WritersBlock, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Jmitchell3
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Jmitchell3, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

brandon911, Aug 22, 2013
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%

Gagnonsux, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

steamboatbrewer, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Michaeldmanley, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

justforrazors, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

coldriver, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ralphw56, Jul 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Chieftog, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Eric908, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of matttttYCE
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

matttttYCE, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

uturn, Jul 15, 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%

deadliest, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of JMad
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

JMad, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Texasfan549, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

dbrauneis, Jun 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

swaghawk, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

raffy313, Jun 17, 2013
Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.