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RATINGS: 84   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4664) - 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 (16503) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (4001) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pour is a clear-hazy blonde with a large white head. Aroma is some cracker malt. Flavor is a decent bready cracker malt with a decent saaz hop. Not as dry as some but this is a decent beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma has some nice grain, wheat and grass notes. The flavor is full of grain, grass and biscuit malt. Fairly straightforward and a bit bland. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ajnepple (5053) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12 oz can from Evergreen Discount. Gold and clear with a white head, mostly dissipating, minmal lacing. Mild aroma of pilsener malts, noble hops, light bitterness and light fruitiness. Pretty crisp and clean with a light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Can from Susan’s fine wines. Pours yellow with a thin white head. Has grass notes on the nose. It tastes like someone pissed in the grass. At least it finishes clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Can. The look is yellowish colored, thin white head, and clear. The smell is very grainy, straw, hay, and eh. The taste is too sweet, grain, straw, and eh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
12 oz can. Pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is of corn, grain and light florals. Taste is of corn and grain...crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
12oz can, thanks to my parents for picking this up for me during a road trip. Mostly clear golden yellow color, made hazy by many fine particles in the body. Good thin white head; leaves good row of lace. Sort of a doughy, bready flavor, not as peppery as your typical pils, but clean and easy-drinking. More full-bodied. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Solid craft pils. Not outstanding.

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