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Freestyle Pilsner - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 4
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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JMad

Texas

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 01:28:54 | More by JMad
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-21-2013 00:07:41 | More by metter98
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-20-2013 23:02:34 | More by Texasfan549
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-19-2013 15:26:32 | More by dbrauneis
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swaghawk

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-17-2013 20:07:17 | More by swaghawk
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raffy313

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-17-2013 03:00:29 | More by raffy313
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marct

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-16-2013 03:34:52 | More by marct
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abex44

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-04-2013 03:12:41 | More by abex44
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7%

05-27-2013 03:04:05 | More by LambicPentameter
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-20-2013 23:02:04 | More by kjkinsey
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-08-2012 22:29:41 | More by garymuchow
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: can

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

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

definitely one of the more exciting pilseners ive had in awhile. this simple looking can of beer is anything but. it pours a darker shade of pale (if you will), with a frothy white head that lasts. it smells more like an american pale ale than a german pils, with robust malting and way more hops than almost any beer ive had from this genre. the flavor is well balanced but big, and the hops are all the way throughout the flavor, not just in the finish. its not bitter at all, but rather smooth and round from the sturdy malt support. i taste more english style than german malts in this, but to be fair i was putting these down at a pretty alarming rate due to its wonderfully refreshing mouthfeel and the unseasonably hot temperatures lately. medium body (if not more for a pils), and average carbonation. this is a surprise and a half from santa fe, i really like it.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 00:28:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-07-2012 18:01:39 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 00:32:42 | More by russpowell
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busternuggz

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. No visible freshness/bottling date.

Saaz hops are foremost in the smell, spicy and floral, a little grassy. Pronounced.

The taste follows with spicy, floral, and grassy notes. More hoppy than I expected, but well balanced with a touch of malt sweetness. A bit of a soft lemony note. Has a very nice subtle aftertaste of herbs, grass, and honey. Refreshing, engaging.

Light bodied with a slightly creamy texture that ends light and fairly dry, with just a little lingering malt clinging on.

I am a big pilsner fan, and this was a nice surprise. Well balanced with a pronounced hop character and some complexity. Definitely the best beer I've had from Santa Fe Brewing. Great summer beer, or any time.

Serving type: can

08-10-2012 05:03:53 | More by busternuggz
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-03-2012 19:34:25 | More by Beermazter310
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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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beergoot

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, pale straw yellow body with a bubbly yet substantial white head. Soft floral hop aroma with a hint of light biscuit aroma. Light, delicate malt flavor, nicely paired with a subtle hop bitterness. Soft, clean, dry finish.

Quite the find for a German pils, better still something like this in a can. Easy drinking may be an understatement for this beer! Delicate flavors with a decent all-around bitterness. Fresh and delicious, well-balanced and a credit to the beer style...

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 02:07:07 | More by beergoot
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-11-2012 15:38:44 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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Adele2012


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-30-2012 23:29:52 | More by Adele2012
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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
Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.