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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   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 10/20
jake65 (3116) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Can from soonerchamps, thanks! Pours a light golden/yellow color with a finger of creamy white head. Little bits of lacing. Has a subtle aroma of bready malts and grass, but also a little wet dog. Same translates to the taste… a little more emphasis on the wet dog. As it warms, the presence of alcohol becomes evident; odd for a 5.5% pils. Kinda exhbits that skunky feeling associated with some lagers... Nothing too terribly offensive, just not real refreshing in my eyes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9261) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Can. Pours a clear yellow with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has notes of sweet grains with a bit of light fruit and grassy hops underlying. Flavor has more grassy hops with earthy grains and a bit of backing light fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
12oz can poured into a pint glass. Bright clear yellow with a little lace on the sides of the glass. Smells earthy with a twinge of alcohol. Tastes like a pilsener, not much mineral flavor and not a very strong flavor. Very easy to drink and I’d probably have one on a hot day sitting on the porch. Serving type: can Reviewed on: 05-22-2011 04:09:29

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2749) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce can, thanks Jim. Notes of sweet pilsner malt, spicy hops, grainy. A nice pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Sampled on 10/3/2012. This pilsner pours a light yellow gold color from a 12oz can. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is cereal, fruity, sweet and spicy. A medium to light bodied pilsner. The malts are fruity, cereal and sweet. The hops are herbal and spicy. Nice soft carbonation. A very full mouthfeel for a pilsner. Bright, crisp and clean, very refreshing. A very nice summer beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smaynard6000 (876) - Apopka, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2012
12oz can. Pours a sparkling pale yellow with medium-sized white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is clean fresh grain. Light grain flavor, well balanced with just a slight bitterness in the finish. Light bodied and easy to drink. A very good pilsner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
Can. Pale yellow, average white head. Aroma is clean grains, light floral/grassy hop note. Clean grainy palate, floral lemony hop note, very light. Soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9143) - East 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6355) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5098) - 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.

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