RATINGS: 87   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

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On tap at the brewery, pour very light clear yellow body. slight grassy aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet, non offesnive, slight metalic notes in the finish with a light hopp presence. good summer swill, but don’t expect much more than summer swill

wombat23 (1787) - Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2017
12 oz. can. Clear straw color, white head. Aroma of cereal, corn, mild hops, floral notes. Taste is cereal, lemon, corn, traces of hops, grass. Okay.

TylerGreenDC (1058) - - 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.

onceblind (10593) - 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 that’s 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.

gephross100 (943) - 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

BelgianBeerGal (4159) - 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.

MaBeer1972 (2166) - Reno, Nevada, 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.

Leighton (22327) - 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.

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

User134089 (1644) - - MAY 16, 2016
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: Clear 8-oz. tumbler glass From: Trader Joe’s in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M. Price: $1.34 Purchased: May 6, 2016 Consumed: May 7, 2016 Misc.: No BOD Can read “Hoppy. Refreshing. Doing It’s 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. Couldn’t get over those buttery notes. Probably still overrated it a tad. (Overall - 3.50) 3.38 77 B-

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. There’s 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.

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