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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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 ďthe originalĒ pilsner), while maintaining enough body to balance but not overpower this hopís 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 Companyís line up. Malts: Pilsner, Vienna Hops: Saaz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1225) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2011
From a can pours a pale clear gold with small white head. Somewhat bland aroma of water, old corn, some hops, aluminum. Medium to light in body, refreshing. Flavor of river water, a light sweet hoppyness, to a standard finish. Nothing offensive, but for a craft pilsener, lacking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2011
got excited about a new one from santa fe. unfortunately, exciting is about the last word iíd use to describe this beer. bland in the nose and the mouth, body is thin and watery. i can admire german style restraint, purity, and simplicity, but this misses subtlety and bullseyes on forgettable. a little too sweet, a little too floral, but even the flaws arenít memorable or interesting.

i wouldnít turn it down if it were free, but probably wonít buy it again. glad i only got the one can. iím sad this isnít better, because canned pilsner options are bleak now that urquell cans arenít in the state.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 iíve drank over 15 of these now. first impression was that itís raw and rough, and i thought a few sips into my first can that i didnít enjoy it. a short time later i had drank all six and it was a weeknight and i was ripped. so then i bought it again, hesitantly, and drank a few good more and quite enjoyed it. found it bright and snappy and zingy and fairly assertive. then i bought it once again and devoured it creekside on a gorgeous spring day in colorado and found it satisfying and interesting and zingy but not memorable. but blame set and setting for that. i think i like it, but then i donít, and then i do, and then iím not sure, but i keep drinking it so whatís that tell you?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Canned. Avg pils nose - sweet grains, saaz hops, floral sweetness. meh. A little too sweet, still pretty refreshing. Ran out of beer, donít care.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Can. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is light yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon/lime), with light notes of DMS and sugar/candy. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Alas, Santa Fe missed the mark on this one, no matter what kind of pilsner you think of it as. Given the brewer and ingredients, I would have expected something better. Itís sugary, grainy/husky, a little vegetal, and otherwise just plain blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Can - pour is clear, effervescent gold, with a thick, soapy lace - straightforward aroma of lightly sweet pils malt and spicy, grassy saaz hops, with just a touch of toasted grains from the hint of Vienna malt - simple and inviting - soft carbonation in the mouth - leans toward the German end of the pils category - moderately sweet, clean pils malt up front - gets a bit grassy through the middle, gaining a slight richness from the Vienna malt - the bite of the saaz arrives near the end and lasts through the finish - herbal and lightly spicy - a clean and mostly well executed pils - a tad sweet for my taste, but this may earn a spot in the BBQ lineup this summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2010

Can 12fl.oz. @ [ The Pool Tabel Tasting in Rome ].

Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, toasted - caramel, dry hay - straw and grass, moderate to light heavy hoppy, grass - hay. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, toasted, hay - straw. Nice pilsener ;O) Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101220]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On tap at the brewery, pour very light clear yellow body. slight grassy aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet, non offesnive, slight metalic notes in the finish with a light hopp presence. good summer swill, but donít expect much more than summer swill

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drjay44 (2489) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Sampler at the brewery. Pours a white head over a clear, pale yellow (SRM 2-3) body.....nose slight noble spice, light dried malts....taste initially is light Pilsner malts evolving into mild spice hop bitterness...mouth feel is light as is carbonation. identifiable as a Pils, but somewhat light overall. Tasting of 10/9/09.

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