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Freestyle Pilsner - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Freestyle PilsnerFreestyle Pilsner

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
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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Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

brandon911, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Libationguy
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%

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
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Gagnonsux, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

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

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

coldriver, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ralphw56, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Chieftog
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Chieftog, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Eric908, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of matttttYCE
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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
Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

deadliest, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of JMad
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

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 20, 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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

marct, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

abex44, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

LambicPentameter, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, May 20, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

StaveHooks, Feb 18, 2013
Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.