Freestyle Pilsner | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Freestyle PilsnerFreestyle Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
santafebrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by Wolfsdenbrew on 05-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
162
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.4%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of mojohawk21
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mkh895
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gruss004
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wonderweasel
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cgrunin
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale yellow with a 1 1/2 centimeter white head. Head retention is moderate-good with only a little lacing left behind. Nice lowkey pine hops with a subtle biscuit malt backbone. Very low aroma. Biscuit malts, a little Belgian spice and yeast populate a mild flavor profile. Mouth feel is bubbly, with about a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it's a fun brew that works well. Definitely easy to crush.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of denver10
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 8-oz. tumbler glass
From: Trader Joe’s in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $1.34
Purchased: May 6, 2016
Consumed: May 7, 2016
Misc.: No BOD

Can read “Hoppy. Refreshing. Doing It’s Own Thing.” Sounded like a hoppy pilsner, so count me in. Have some high hopes on this one.

Poured a yellow, golden, clear color with two fingers of offwhite, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average among of uneven foamy lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Definitely some hops in the nose, but no hiding the pilsner notes. Getting grainy malts, buttery malts, spoiled fruit, dry Cascade, German hops, sourdough bread, saltine crackers, grassy hops, hints of soapy pine and some lingering spiciness in the nose. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste followed the nose for the most part, getting corn, buttery sourdough bread, saltine crackers, grainy malts, spoiled peach, grassy hops, dish soap, spicy notes, lemon zest and German hops. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, spicy, but clean finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was not nearly as good as I hoped it would be. Couldn’t get over those buttery notes. Probably still overrated it a tad. (Overall - 3.50)

3.38 | 77 | B-

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Photo of Lavonnq
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cdwil
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AD17
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big lemon aroma sets expectation high. Smells like a pale ale with some crackery pilsner goodness.
Taste is bready, spicy, malty, lemony. Finishes dry. This is a wonderful American-style pilsner. It nods to tradition while taking things in a contemporary hoppy direction. Best beer I've had from Santa Fe.

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Photo of Edie
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

really surprised but I like it. nice dry finish. I'll buy again.

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Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Effusive froth and pale yellow in color. Smells earthy, malty and grainy with some damp hay thrown in for good measure. Melon, grain, furtive spice and slightly vegetal on the tongue. Smooth with no rough edges makes for very fine Pilnser drinking.

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Photo of Sandon
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mjurney
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Straw color, clear. Highly carbonated. Frothy head.

Aroma:
Grainy, grassy, spicy hops, very crisp and clean.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet malts, grainy, grassy, biscuit. Hop bitterness is medium, mostly spicy, a little floral. Finish is very crisp, yet pretty dry. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, slight dryness, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's an excellent Pilsner.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Traditional looking pilsner with maybe less clarity. Average white head, lace, retention. Aroma was a bit different. Couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a belgian yeast or a saison.

Hoppiness jumps out on the taste, wouldn't say its particularly good though. Spicy at times. I guess freestyle means just throwing a bunch of random shit in and seeing what happens sometimes.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walnut
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Because I've never had a beer from New Mexico may not be a good reason to buy a beer it is nevertheless the reason I bought this beer. Gold with good retention for a pils. Smells like cereal grain and spicy saaz. Has the body of a German pils and the prickly pepper spice of a Czech pils. Aight. Best beer I've ever had from New Mexico.

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Photo of ritwingr
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh.

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Photo of gman1602
1/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks like Bud Light, Tastes like Bud light, Basically they made Bud Light. Seriously, tasting it side by side with a Bud Light that is 5 years old in my fridge that was leftover from a Bachelor party. Fairly similar.

I love the brewery, LOVE their Saison and IPA, but this tastes like Bud Light (I think it's the finish for me). Most beer drinkers could probably recognize the taste, I disagree with selling this as a Pilsner. Only my two cents as a lover of beer...
Cook with it, good for Chili or something else, but only at bud light prices, not at craft beer prices. Unhappy with this beer but they do offer some fantastic other options.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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