RATINGS: 86   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 hops 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 Companys line up. Malts: Pilsner, Vienna Hops: Saaz

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TylerGreenDC (880) - - APR 22, 2017
UPDATED: APR 22, 2017 Aroma of mineral and biscuit. Sparkling lace. Flavor is of mild mineral water and floral hops. Neither truly mineraly nor hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (8933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Clear straw hue with only the smallest of white foamy caps. Biscuity german lager nose with a gentle floral grassy tone. Bright crisp flavor thats got a good dose of Pilsen malt and grassy hops, a fair little bit of a floral tone and a clean lagered crisp finish. Exceptional Pilsner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gephross100 (798) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2016
From the can, pours a hazy yellow color with a thick 1 inch white head, cereal , grass, canned corn nose. average carbonation, light body aqueous mouthfeel with a long finish. the only thing this beer has right is the mouthfeel this is a very poorly executed pilsner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Can in Alamogordo after a power nap due to an early morning. Classic lager look and aroma with a hint of yeast and malt. True to form pilsner with mellow malt and just enough noble hop bite to keep it balanced and interesting; a light spiciness lingers in the finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1977) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Six pack of cans from MDL in Overland Park. Pours out a clear light grassy golden color. Soft carbonation texture. Light sweetness and bitterness. A decent example of the style, but could use a little more umph.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20634) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iansr (10) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Okay Pilsner, very bud light like. Definitely a little better then your typical bud light though.... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1612) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: Clear 8-oz. tumbler glass From: Trader Joes in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M. Price: $1.34 Purchased: May 6, 2016 Consumed: May 7, 2016 Misc.: No BOD Can read Hoppy. Refreshing. Doing Its Own Thing. Sounded like a hoppy pilsner, so count me in. Have some high hopes on this one. Poured a yellow, golden, clear color with two fingers of offwhite, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average among of uneven foamy lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75) Definitely some hops in the nose, but no hiding the pilsner notes. Getting grainy malts, buttery malts, spoiled fruit, dry Cascade, German hops, sourdough bread, saltine crackers, grassy hops, hints of soapy pine and some lingering spiciness in the nose. (Smell - 3.25) Taste followed the nose for the most part, getting corn, buttery sourdough bread, saltine crackers, grainy malts, spoiled peach, grassy hops, dish soap, spicy notes, lemon zest and German hops. (Taste - 3.25) Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, spicy, but clean finish. (Feel - 3.75) This was not nearly as good as I hoped it would be. Couldnt get over those buttery notes. Probably still overrated it a tad. (Overall - 3.50) 3.38 77 B-

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 15, 2016
12fl oz can poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Incredibly light gold, very bubbly, two fingers of fluffy white head. Aroma is a bit metallic with some cereal grains. Flavor is very plain. Theres not a lot here. Slight cereal malt with only a hint of hops way in the background. Finishes a bit metallic leaving my mouth watering. This is definitely thirst quenching and drinkable but not enough flavor to be interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (23631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2016
Can. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma of freshly cut straw. Taste has light bread, subtle straw, clean finish. OK.

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