RATINGS: 85   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Taste is very apple juice like with some yeastiness and light grassy hops. Super apple like maltiness. A bit yeastier than I like and sweeter too but at least its a bit unique. Not dry enough, clean enough, or hoppy enough to be very crisp or refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerdedDave (1449) - Beckley, USA - AUG 14, 2014
12 oz can; gold color; musty aroma; sweet malt flavor; slightly fruity; almost like a blonde ale - a bit of ale-like fruitiness; I would have preferred a bit more crisp and hoppy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3626) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Can numerous times now Im finally rating it pours pale yellow hue with a small fizzy white head that lasts forevermore. Nose is german hops pale grains lite grassy notes. Solid. Flavors exhibit lots of hop bitterness with lots of grapefruit and cereal. Solid pils need to have it on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (1055) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Hazy straw color with a small white head. The aroma is saaz and some clean pilsner malt. A nice bready note is most dominant, and the hops meld nicely. The flavor starts out sweet and finishes crisp and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1842) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pretty weak aroma - kind of like Bud Light. That was worrisome. Taste, on the other hand, is a nice blend of Pils and Saaz. Crisp with good carb. Is it a little weak for a pils? Yes, I would have guessed it as something of a classier pale lager, like perhaps Stella Artois, but it sure beats their disappointing IPA. This brewery is clearly trying to reach out to inexperienced drinkers on the micro/macro fence. Its a hot day, though, and I actually prefer average pilsners to below-average IPAs, so I was more generous with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6056) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours pale clear yellow with a large bubbly head. The aroma has clean crisp maltiness, light dough, hints of spicy hops and a smoothness like a helles. It has a fairly light crisp body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with slight more toasted malt than the aroma or appearance indicate and a light amount of spicy / herbal hops. The finish is a bit more crackery. Good pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3352) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2014
can from Mile High. This is pretty solid Pilsner. Aroma has notes of cereal and light vegetation. The hops are apparent in a spicy, earthy way. Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Good solid hop bite with a direct delivery of grains and cracker in the flavor. There is a hint of corn in the flavor, but otherwise this is pretty straightforward grain and hops with notes of crackers, dough, and woody hops. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (4319) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours clear yellow with a decent head and a medium body. Flavors are grass, dirt, some corn, and a metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maltman53 (467) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JUN 5, 2014
No aroma hops on the nose, very little bittering hops on the finish. The palate is watery, lemony, and lacks the depth the Vienna malt they have brewed with. Overall, a disappointment.

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