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Full Sail Wassail - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
86
very good

476 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 832
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

"A deep mahogany color, Wassail is brewed with four different malts and a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, giving it a malty full body and a pleasantly hoppy finish that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. In other words, a Christmas miracle."

ABV 7% IBU 56
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Reviews: 476 | Hads: 832
Photo of Bounty628
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With an ABV of 7.00%, Wassail certainly is a nice beer to be stuck inside the house with when there is a blizzard on your doorstep. There is a nice drinkability to Wassail that certainly makes the beer one that could be used as a good session beer for such an occasion.

Wassail pours a very deep amber to almost deep brown color and gives off a minimal amount of a tan head. There is minimal lacing present as the head dissipates rather quickly.

Some winter warmer style beers often times lose the hop presence when brewed but Wassail has a very nice hop presence noted. The smell also lends way to some winter spices with aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon dominating the nose. And while there is a clear presence of the hops noted in the nose there is also a rich malty chocolate characteristic to the beer, as well.

When tasted, Wassail lends way first to a sweet and malty taste that then brings in a hoppy nature that is bolstered by the seasonal spice notes present in the beer. There is a good balance in the taste of this beer with there being just the right amount of both hops and malt working in unison to not overpower one another. There is a noted smoothness to this particular winter warmer and a lack of a sweet and syrupy nature that I find so many winter warmers falling victim to. Wassail maintains an ideal toasted flavor to it that is quite appealing to the palate.

There is a medium level of carbonation to the beer which truly allows you to sip the beer and not have the carbonation do all the work for you. The mouthfeel of the Wassail is one that is smooth but also quite robust in the sense that there is not a loose or lacking nature to the beer. The beer is a rather strong offering and as such it should hold a bit more weight in the mouthfeel than a lighter beer and the Wassail does just that. (1,822 characters)

Photo of notsoprobeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a slight orange tinge. Had a nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma is mainly malts. Taste is mostly malts, and I picked up some smoky flavors, with some very light citrus hops. Body is light to medium--I expected it to be fuller. The high 7.0% ABV content is not noticeable. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer. (361 characters)

Photo of satowns
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice garnet color with fantastic clarity. good head retention.

some roast. slight cheesy/mold/mustiness in the aroma.

super roasty on the palate. mild hop bitterness nice hops in the aftertaste.

warming mouthfeel; medium bodied.

decent overall, but there are many things lacking from categorizing this as a winter warmer. (325 characters)

Photo of ZBerkeleyan
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass, creating a one-inch head and modest lacing. The brew was dark brown, with almost no light shining through.

The nose was malty with roasted smells apparent, as well as caramel.

Very tasty! The caramel in the nose carried over into the taste, mixing with a spicy kick up front and dark cherries and other mild fruit flavors in the background.

The mouthfeel was smooth and thin. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great example of an ideal winter warmer. The spices are noticeable and help make the brew warm and lively, but they are in balance and not overbearing. It is also easy enough to drink that it could potentially serve as a session beer. Cheers! (693 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A> Nice coffee color, tan head although not much lacing

S> Very malty, mostly roasted flavors with complex undertones of sweet dark fruits

T> Delicious, a great mix of dark malts with a very nice hop biterness. Great finish that really clarifies both flavors.

M> My only real complaint about this beer is that IMHO it's just too thin for the style

D> Very drinkable for this style, I think they sacrifice the feel of the beer to make this one of the most sessionable winter warmers on the market

Great winter beer, Full Sail always has great prices too. Not my favorite winter warmer but an all around great beer. (656 characters)

Photo of jamex
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Trader Joe's for around $6.99 a six pack.

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a nice dark brown like most warmers. Produced a 1-2 finger head that simmered down to the surface after a minute or two.

I like this beer. I've never been a HUGE fan of Full Sail beers but this one is decent. No weird smells or tastes - just a nice, pleasant warmer that goes down well. A tad of spice but not as much as other detected. A little hint of sweet mixed with the malt and hops. I'm almost getting more of a brown ale than a warmer. A TAD thin.

I agree with a fellow reviewer that this one is best after waiting a bit after the pour. Let it warm a bit. A nice, budget session beer during the holidays. (702 characters)

Photo of MVassar
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown-maple syrup color. Very sturdy amber-tinged head, with thick, creamy lacing.

Toasted malt in the nose, along with hints of caramel, piney hops, brown bread, and Christmas spices.

Plenty of roasted malt flavors, burnt sugar, and a serious and citrusy hop kick. Long, bitter citrus zest finish.

Full-bodied beer, with a very luxurious, creamy texture. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Could easily imagine sitting in front of a fire with a six-pack of this stuff. Very drinkable. (498 characters)

Photo of deuschbag
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pores with a nice brownish red color into my pint glass.

smell has some hazzelnuts, burnt chocolate, and alcohol

very nice taste. i'm getting a nice chocolate and cherry combination which then leads to a little oak. very well balanced over all.

nice moderatly thick chewy mouthfeel

very drinkable. perfect for this winter season. i'll be getting more of this for sure. (387 characters)

Photo of jordanmills
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours thick brown with a moderate amount of head. Smells of a little malt, a lot of hops (something piney in there), a trace of spice (maybe allspice and a dash of cinnamon?). I swear it's almost as hoppy as an IPA. The finish is a little longer and smoother, but with some alcoholic bite. It's not bad to drink, though I think a winter warmer should be maltier and not as hoppy - I couldn't drink more than a couple. (417 characters)

Photo of Schwab
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just found this bottle in the back of my beer fridge after sitting there for more than 5 months. Appearance is pretty good and leaves decent head even though it disappears fast.
Taste is about average, but pretty smooth! Great drinkability for that particular style. (268 characters)

Photo of mghotbi
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smells of pine and coffee.

Blast of piney sharp bitterness on the tongue, followed by bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Mild fruity sweetness pokes through just before a long hoppy dry finish. Alcohol wamth prominent.

Moderately creamy mouthfeel.

Today was a cold day and the Wassail was quite drinkable and warming, however, I couldn't see this as a session beer. Perfectly suited to the season.

A thoroughly enjoyable fall/winter beer with a prominent hop profile. Another fine brew from the folks at Full Sail. (600 characters)

Photo of DerKaiser
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beers like Wassail and also Widmer's Winternacht make me wish that holiday beers were brewed year-round. I guess I'll just have to stock up. Wassail pours a dark garnet color with a pungent malty, hoppy aroma.

This ale is very full-bodied and well hopped, with nice chewy toasted malt flavors. It's also quite spicy as well, with an oily texture and a dry, brandy-like finish. The 6.5% abv warms the face and nose nicely. I initially made the mistake of drinking this beer too cold. The flavors really come alive when this brew is drank just below cellar temperature.

Overall, this is a really nice winter sipping brew to be drank on cold nights next to warm fires. I recommend it. (687 characters)

Photo of electricfields
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never been a huge fan of this style (perhaps because I've just made a lot of really bad picks that turned me off of it), but I generally like Full Sail's stuff, so I figured I'd give this a try.

A: Dark red - almost black with a frothy head and lots of lacing, at first. The head dissipates fairly quickly and so does the lacing, however.

S: Not very strong. Brown sugar malts and sort of piney spices. There's a nice citric hoppiness that gives me a really good feeling about this one.

T: This is probably the best winter warmer I've ever tasted. Pine and citrus are the clearest flavors, but there's a nice caramel sweetness underneath balancing them out and a subtle hint of coffee. The lack of overwhelming flavors is very, very welcome. It's "seasonal" without being cloying about it. Very pleasant.

M: I have nothing to complain about here. Fairly light carbonation with a little bit of a bite to it. A little bit syrupy and it sticks to the back of your mouth a bit, but not as thick as a stout or something like that.

D: This has always been a big sticking point for me with winter warmers, but this one is the exception to the rule. There's no single disgusting flavor overwhelming everything else. It tastes "seasonal" without being self-consciously "seasonal." That said, I will probably drink another one of these when I'm done with the one in front of me right now. (1,388 characters)

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - think chestnuts or roasted pecans. tan head that quickly fades to the edge of the glass with little atolls floating around the surface

S - Munich-y, bread crust, slight coffee and a citrus-y/spiciness

T - pretty dry malt character, coffee & roasted comes through nicely with little to no astringency. this citrus thing is kind of weird, maybe bitter orange peel, maybe just "C" hops.

M - mod-high carbonation, but still fairly smooth

O - A decent beer. the nice balance of roast with citrus character makes me keep drinking. (532 characters)

Photo of dfitch81
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Gawd I love this beer. An all-time fave to be sure. Pours an absolutely beautiful dark amber with about a half-inch head that lingers throughout the drink. Smell is hearty malt (dark fruits and grains) balanced by unmistakeable hops - this is a winter warmer with a northwestern flair. That impression is more than born out by the taste: a seemless wedding of strong malts and assertive hops that pushes the flavor envelope impressively far. Flavors of festive pine, berries and dried fruit are the highlights. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, allowing the wonderful flavors to coat your tongue. The only deterrent to this beer's drinkability is its 7.0% ABV, which although not extremely high, certainly places this brew outside what would normally be considered session status. But I just want to drink bottle after bottle, even though it brings on the buzz faster than I'd like. Buzzed or not, I will drink more. It's too good to resist... (947 characters)

Photo of tangentrider
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown beer with a tan head; dark copper highlights when held to the light

S- Sweet malt, caramel, slightly nutty

T- Hops hit right off with pine and coffee, followed by a touch of sweetness (not much); finish is bitter herbal. Could be a bit sweeter for the style, but overall a good winter warmer.

MF- High carbonation, yet smooth in the mouth.

D- I love hops, so the hoppiness is a plus for me; I'll have this one again. (434 characters)

Photo of TroyS
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked-up some Wassail by Full Sail Brewing Company of Oregon at Vino Rosso in Idaho Falls, Idaho; The Vino Rosso offers more wines than beers, but just around the corner from Marcellar's, they have a great beer selection and super meats, cheeses, and etc. to match up so nicely with your favorite Chimay or Ayinger. By the way...I think think the pic on this page could use an update; I've seen this beer with this look for a while now, so maybe time to change the pic out unless the one displayed it more common. My beer looks more like the one on this page - http://www.fullsailbrewing.com/wassail.cfm , but more maroon in the label vs. red. I also think the abv needs to be updated as it's marked 6.5 abv on mine.

The Full Sail Wassail poured with a modest head with a creamy cascading coco color with a bit of volume. It stuck around for a while leaving a nice lace behind. It was a nice medium dark head that I was surprised to see not just disappear considering the crisp and clear flavor of this medium bodied winter warmer.

It carries some really nice fruit flavors; nashi and pine come through showing off the sweetness het hoppiness of this particular brew. It's not super high in alcohol, but I think I'd enjoy this one in a nice and deep glass to enjoy before bed. Although there's some hop present, it's soothed with a nice bitter pear that's not only warm and friendly, but it coats your mouth with a citrus and mildly foamy feel. Very enjoyable.

By the way...this particular bottle has an "enjoy by" date of 031008 which would put it past due. This sucker isn't just fine, but one worth suggesting. Mmm Good! (1,630 characters)

Photo of Eisen
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark red with a thin white head and thin lacing. Smells of dark fruit and chocolate. Tastes as it smells with a wonderful warming from the alcohol. The hops and alcohol balance out the strong malt backbone to create a very balanced and very delicious ale. Definitely one of the best winter warmers available, especially for the price. (348 characters)

Photo of DrewS
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this is one of the better winter seasonals I've tried thus far. This beer pours out dark brown with a reddish tint. It has a decent off white head that falls to a thin layer on top. The balance can be detected right off the bat on the nose with both malt and hops competing for attention. Malt speaks up first on the tongue while the hops get in the last word and speak bitterly into the long finish. A good balance of sweet malt with a touch of molassas and hops with a piney earthiness make this beer a delight to drink. Throw in a touch of warming alcohol and you have yourself a hearty brew that chases away the winter blues. Thanks to dolem98 for enabling me to enjoy this great west coast treat. (713 characters)

Photo of nathanho
2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown amber with almost no head and little carbonation - unremarkable. Smells like rootbeer, tastes like bland rootbeer and malt liquor...ok, not that bad but the taste is very flat with some spice as an afterthought. Mouthfeel isn't offensive but you wouldn't know you had a beer in your mouth...maybe like cold, watered down au jus? I did finish a six-pack, but only because that's all that was left in the fridge. Just wait 'til nex year? (441 characters)

Photo of Chas58
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a quick glance out the window at the 8 inches of snow it was clear that a winter beer was in order. The Wassail had been an early season favorite so a return to this and a review was in order.

Appearance: A dark yet reddish color that upon initial pour seemed amber-ish.  A very limited light brown head that trails away quickly  The head is limited despite an agreesive pour. The beer appears a rich brown, and dark in color upon settling in the glass. 

Smell: A subtle yet clearly spiced nose meets you immediately. The spiciness and color match well and entice you to take a sip. Cinnamon and floral spice is clear. 

Taste: The first taste provides you with a rich mouthful of flavor that is strong, moderately carbonated and pleasant. This gives you an immediate strong sense of the cool weather beer you want to drink. The aftertaste is apparent yet appropriate. The hoppiness is tempered and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The upfront carbonation is moderate and the back end carbonation is persistent and pleasant.  

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer, but does appear to have a stronger alcohol content than it's 7.0. The beer is not heavy like many winter and late season beers, so is a very pleasant beer for enjoying.  (1,240 characters)

Photo of anotherpg
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Winter Ales tend to be dark (good) and full of nutmeg and crap I wouldn't otherwise want in my beer (bad). Full Sail avoids the trappings, giving a dark, hoppy, malty winter ale that stands up to sitting around the fire. The color is dark caramel, the malts are complex, the balance just right at 7%abv. What stands out is how easily drinkable and enjoyable this is. A perfect seasonal brew. I could not ask for more. (417 characters)

Photo of ELN
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought two Six Packs this afternoon, this and Widmer Brothers W'11 Russian Imperial Stout. This was a dollar less @ $6.98. I figured that I don't like ales that much but it might be gone next time I'm at the store and it's local and I won't have to wait and try it some other year.

Drank this out of a bottle, don't know what it looked like... probably dark?? (I never drink out of stupid glasses.) Don't think I've bought it before. I don't like ales aka The Winter Beer. This one is on the warmer side of taste and not real bitter.

appearance: 4 (really don't know, just figurin')
smell 3 (bitter, piney)
taste 3.5 (not heavy, but not overly bitter.)
mouthfeel 4 (not macro)
drinkability 4.5 (I'm on my 3rd in 4 hours, tonight is New Year's.)

Who cares. 2010 was not noteable. Listening to the Bobby Fuller Four. Good night. (830 characters)

Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I had to hold it up to the window to peek through the beer. The view of my neighborhood seemed to be filtered by the sepia setting on my camera. Perfect lacing. I wish I could comment more on the smell but my nose is stuffed up. The taste was wonderful - Angels at a track meet stomping all over my tastebuds. My mind chased the bitter, smokey, sweet and malty tastes swirling in my mouth cave. Each swallow is like a curtain opening down my throat with exciting sensations. Damn, I love this beer. (516 characters)

Photo of latercol
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with reddish highlights minimal lacing.

dark fruity smells. plenty malty.

Taste is excellent. Kind of like a stout mixed with an old ale. Very fruity and chocolate/coffee combined. very nice.

Mouth feel is smooth and rich with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable and very tasty:) (319 characters)

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.