Freestyle Pilsner | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Freestyle PilsnerFreestyle Pilsner

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

Style: German Pilsner

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

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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of gman1602
1/5  rDev -72.8%
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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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of ericstites
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Something just a little too sweet in this one for me. More Kolsch than Pilsner in my opinion.

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Photo of Adamshantz
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of ritwingr
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


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Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and Saaz.

The flavor is slightly sweet bready malts with a lighter noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth, slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a decent Pils. Nothing special, but very drinkable.

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Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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 deereless
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lemony, tart lager with a touch of hops. Straw yellow in the tall glass. Reasonable foam but a good mouthfull of carbonation. Hint of citrus melts into a sharper taste and ends with some slight bitterness.

Susbtle flavors with a touch of soap. I"m not sure this is an improvement over seltzer water. But it has a cheerful beeriness that makes me think of Trader Joe's cheap Pilsner. Would be interesting to compare the two to see which comes out on top.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 171 ratings