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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6414) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz can, clear yellow with fluffy white head, aroma had biscuit, bread, some nice grass, sicy malts, touch of grain, hints of vanilla, slight citrus as well. Taste is sweet biscuit, pils malts, touch of grass, grain, spice in there mixing into earth, vanilla, finishing fairly clean and crisp. Pretty well done for the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
canned, thanks to errl, clear thin yellow pour with a fruity and grassy flavor, no hoppiness with dry finish

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
can thanks to errl. gold pour with a white head. nose is dry, florals, grain, and earthy. very smooth on the palate, heavy earthy hops, light florals, and a faintly fruitty finish.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
(12oz can, courtesy of Errrl) Pours a clear pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of grain, grass, bread, and florals. Flavor of grain, earth, light honey, and bread.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerCook (18) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2012
I like this more than other pislners. Little aroma, fine carbonation, and as the brewer suggested, the taste is pleasantly spicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2012
A steady pour from the can to my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head that disappears pretty quickly. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral hops backed by a hint of Meyer lemon zest and some honey like malt as well as a touch of cracker like malt character. The aroma has a sweetness (aka sweet grain notes) to it rather than a more herbal hop character, though it certainly is a good step above a mass produced lager in character.

The beer starts out with a light hop bitterness and it picks up a touch of herbal character as it rolls across the palate. There is a significant, sweet grain character to the middle and finish that sort of seem to be crying out for some crisp, balancing, hop bitterness to add some bite. A touch of lemon zest as well as some floral hops each help to accentuate a honey like note from the sweet, pale maltiness. This is nice and light, and eminently quaffable, but without seeing overly light; you can certainly feel a touch of body to this and even a light viscous quality as it flows across the tongue.

Definitely a beer that would hit the spot on a hot summers day; this is likely best served at or below 40°F, as I am sure this would help this seem a lot more crisp (I have served this at 50°F, which brings out more of the flavors, but makes it taste sweeter than it otherwise would. Not bad though, and I am happily finishing my can of this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3064) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
12 oz can from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours slightly hazy golden color with white head. Cereal grain and pilsner malt aromas with some floral hops. Grainy malt flavor with a alight sweetness and bitterness. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Craig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
8/12/11 freestyle pils @ azwine. Pale, very pale yellow. White head. A is very noble...grassy, sweaty, pale grain, F is the same.... Nice! Qwaffable, refreshing, surprising. i’ll session the hell outta this! 7/4/7/4/16+

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2011
(can 6/2/11). Clear gold color. Small white head. Moderate pils malt aroma, with light citrus. Flavor of the same. Avg duration. Dry finish. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Courtesy of hellbilly. Can pours clear pale gold with white head. The aroma offers up floral hops, corn kernels, spicy hops and earthy hops. The taste is similar with floral hops and spicy hops as well as grainy malts and sugar sweet malts. Hmm. Good summer brew here.


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