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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1784) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, straw, bubbly appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, pungent barley malt and grassy hops. Taste is of sweet, fairly rich, biscuit malt and grassy, slightly lemony hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. At 5.5% alcohol, this beer gives you more of what you might be looking for in a lager. RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Thanks to Ken for bootlegging a can cross country!!!!! Nice hop aroma and fine looking beer! nice aroma. Good hop flavor and aftertaste. It’s a great summer beer! I liked it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
had on draft .. pint .. . i enjoy a nice crispy pilsner .. deep gold yellow .. . very refreshing and upbeat .. . probably wouldn’t buy a sixer but i enjoyed my pint .. . . apparently at my local bar, i’m the local celebrity.

   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+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkdallas (21) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2013
It's great, pours yellow, appears like a lager, tastes somewhere between a blond and a pilsner, doesn't have that harshness that you get with a lot of pilsners, not that different than mama's lil yella from OB ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2016
Can drank in LA - picked up in NOLA. Pours clear yellow with a creamy, white head. Pleasant notes of crispy cereal and biscuits in the aroma, hints of hay, lemon. Light-medium sweet flavour with low bitterness, more cereal, pale grain. Light bodied with average carbonation. Pretty clean on the finish, more biscuits, lemon peel, light bitter straw. Really tasty pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5728) - 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 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

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