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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2011
12 oz. can from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma and flavor is grain and herbal hops. Light to medium body. A nice beer. It’s also nice to have another canned beer to take camping.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Sampled from a can. Pale dry grass color and aroma. I had to really get my nose close to detect much of the aroma. What’s there speaks of European hops and sweet light malts. Flavor is an excellent balance of thirst-quenching bitterness and bready sweetness. Nice carbonation. Long sweet finish. This is a good pilsner and easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
12oz can. Rating #16. Clear straw yellow pour with a thin white head. Clean malty, grainy aroma. Odd flavor, I can’t really place it, nice drinker though. (1844)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 29, 2011
Very refreshing and well-made pils. Slight hop nose and crisp aftertaste. Easy drinking with some taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2011
12 oz can courtesy of beastifan2k. Pour is a clear golden, with some visible carbonation bubbles and a clean white one inch head. Aroma is toasty dry malt grain, with a very light sweetness. Clean and fresh nose. Taste is the straight forward toasty malt of the nose, dry, crisp and clean. There is a nice mineral to the finish. Palate is thin to medium bodied, coats the mouth a bit before it dries out with the mineral in the finish. Nice simple clean Pils, thanks Eugene. I dig the simplicity of the green can. Nice design.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Aroma of pale malts, wheat. Flavor of sweet pils malt, crackery malt. On the bland side for a pilsener, I didn’t care much for this. 6/4/7/3/12 [3.2/5]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2011
12oz can-pours a foamy white head with trailing lace and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is like an open can of pineapple juice, wheat. Taste is sweet wheat/light malt, secondary spice-pepper hops. OK carbonation. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Can poured a clear yellow with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of straw, bread and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, straw, light earthiness and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry lightly bitter finish.

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