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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34188) - 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]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13108) - 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

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9454) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 i’ve drank over 15 of these now. first impression was that it’s raw and rough, and i thought a few sips into my first can that i didn’t 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 don’t, and then i do, and then i’m not sure, but i keep drinking it so what’s that tell you?

3.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DuffMan (6462) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6143) - 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. It’s sugary, grainy/husky, a little vegetal, and otherwise just plain blah.


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