Freestyle Pilsner | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Freestyle PilsnerFreestyle Pilsner
BA SCORE
3.67/5
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168 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#33,442
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
168
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Jcarriglio
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walnut
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ritwingr
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
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 -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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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPA1978
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic pilsner. Crisp, floral lemon peel hop, clean malt profile.

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 30helens
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Determined_021
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Teafirst
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drew03cmc
4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic pilsner with a nice flavor, clean finish and incredible scent.

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Photo of aphamer
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: A clear golden body holds up a white cap that recedes to an even film of white. Light random spotty lacing.

Aroma: Typical lemongrass notes, subtle grain sweetness, slightly bitter with hops.

Taste: An equal combination of hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and earthy lemongrass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, carbonated, dry.

Overall: A pretty clean, grassy, and slightly hoppy Pilsner. Nice warm weather brew.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gatheredwaters
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vero-Dave
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrrdodson
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Freestyle Pilsner from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 168 ratings