Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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2.58/5 rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
I had heard good things about this beer so finally picked up a twelve pack and was promptly disappointed. This tasted almost just like a macro. I worked my way through the twelve, trying to give it another chance, but it just came across like any thoughtless plain beer. But maybe I was being unfair. Was it really no better than Budweiser? That's what it seemed most like, but since I hadn't had a Budweiser in years, I went and bought a Bud fat single from the gas station for a side by side taste test.
A - surprisingly pale and thin looking, like the pee of a decently hydrated person
S - Halfway between wet cardboard and bread - so sort of like the disappointing outside of a Hot Pocket. Also a little like old popcorn. There's a fake sweet smell, vaguely like flower candy flavoring with a touch of fingernail polish remover. This is my least favorite aspect of it. Really that's not a good combination of smells. What is that? Is it corn or rice or something? As it warmed up I swear I got a hint of tired taco shell, so maybe corn.
T - Well... beer. This is the "beer" flavor we grew up on and is hard to dissect. Wet cardboard. A faint hint of that sweetness from the aroma, but fades.
M - somewhat dry and crisp, which I think is a good thing and helps make it more sessionable. Who'd have ever thought I'd compliment Budweiser?
O - Surprisingly I'd call this balanced. You hear about certain things like Coca Cola and Heinz Ketchup that are perfectly balanced, where no one flavor component sticks out such that it is really identifiable on its own. Budweiser approaches that, or at least its components are in relative harmony except for that sweet thing.
A - medium gold
S - grain, something halfway between faint roast and faint hop - sort of vegetable soupy, and maybe an extra faint rumor of sweetness
T - wet cardboard, "beer" taste, hint of fruit, mild hop, hint of bitter
M - kind of round
O - Meh. You'd think Full Sail could do better. It's never something I'd crave. If they had it at a party I'd drink it and not think twice about it. But I'd rather be drinking something else.
Session has a little richer flavor and a hint of bitter, a bit more complex than Budweiser. It's rounder and sticks around on the palate a bit more.
Budweiser is has a dryer finish and a weird sweetness that is out of place.
I'd take a Session over a Budweiser, but they're not too far apart. If Bud didn't have that weird sweet smell/taste, it would come across similar to the Session. I used to think that American macro brewers just used crappy ingredients and processes but it may be that this style just sucks. The third option is that Session just sucks too.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2012 05:51:20 | More by BrownNut
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3.74/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thin white bubbly head and pale gold color. Aroma is sweet, grainy and slightly vinous with grassy, piney, very "American" hoppiness. Flavor exhibits a lot of sweet American lager flavor without the cheap adjunct nastiness. Very clean. Finishes with a slight tinge of hoppiness. A very clean, sessionable beer for summer, or any time really. Think of it as a better tasting "stubby bottle beer".
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 16:29:48 | More by EagleTalon
Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.