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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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. Malts: Pilsner, Vienna Hops: Saaz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1707) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, straw, bubbly appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, pungent barley malt and grassy hops. Taste is of sweet, fairly rich, biscuit malt and grassy, slightly lemony hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. At 5.5% alcohol, this beer gives you more of what you might be looking for in a lager. RJT

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pretty weak aroma - kind of like Bud Light. That was worrisome. Taste, on the other hand, is a nice blend of Pils and Saaz. Crisp with good carb. Is it a little weak for a pils? Yes, I would have guessed it as something of a classier pale lager, like perhaps Stella Artois, but it sure beats their disappointing IPA. This brewery is clearly trying to reach out to inexperienced drinkers on the micro/macro fence. It’s a hot day, though, and I actually prefer average pilsners to below-average IPAs, so I was more generous with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5375) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours pale clear yellow with a large bubbly head. The aroma has clean crisp maltiness, light dough, hints of spicy hops and a smoothness like a helles. It has a fairly light crisp body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with slight more toasted malt than the aroma or appearance indicate and a light amount of spicy / herbal hops. The finish is a bit more crackery. Good pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2014
can from Mile High. This is pretty solid Pilsner. Aroma has notes of cereal and light vegetation. The hops are apparent in a spicy, earthy way. Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Good solid hop bite with a direct delivery of grains and cracker in the flavor. There is a hint of corn in the flavor, but otherwise this is pretty straightforward grain and hops with notes of crackers, dough, and woody hops. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (3944) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours clear yellow with a decent head and a medium body. Flavors are grass, dirt, some corn, and a metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maltman53 (459) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JUN 5, 2014
No aroma hops on the nose, very little bittering hops on the finish. The palate is watery, lemony, and lacks the depth the Vienna malt they have brewed with. Overall, a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (5100) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes a somewhat cloudy gold with a decent white head. Aroma of malt, grain, and grass. Taste is similar. Clean and crisp. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4385) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Aroma of basement, wet concrete and earthen mineral. The first flavor that strikes me is sweet., wet grass. A subtle bitterness follows. A good transition beer for those of you still drinking corn lager waters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
Can. A chillhazed, golden beer with a dense, off-white head of moderate size. The aroma is quite grainy, with some grassy, peppery hops and a little touch of white bread. It’ dry and crisp on the palate, with a quite high, but pleasant level of carbonation. Medium body. Bitterness, pale malts, white bread notes, grassy, peppery hops and a touch of hay in the flavor. Lasting finish with fruityness and a little malty touch, as well as some bitterness. Lacks a little bit on the bitterness in the finish I think. In the very end some metallic notes show up. A quenching and pretty decent one, but the metallic touch is slighlty annoying. 140516

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Can into a fluted glass. Pours very clean and clear hay. Thin white head. Slightly skunky cereal and grass aroma. Taste is overly sweet, worse than many malt liquors I’ve had. Just overpoweringly sweet. No balance whatsoever. Barely drinkable.

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