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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

968 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV 5.1% IBU 18

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-17-2005)
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Reviews by alankwak:
Photo of alankwak
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden clear beer with medium carbonation. Medium head retention and lacing.

S: Wonderful hoppy smell. Not too strong but perfect for a lager.

T: Awesome full flavor, quality 2 row barley and a nice FULL hop flavor.
I also taste a clean substrate if you will(the water) and it's very clean and clear.
The yeast is "world class" as it leaves a clean and clear flavor profile from the quality ingredients(barley, water, hops).
Again the water carries the beer, enhances it at the same time leaves nothing except pure beer flavor from the great ingredients and brewing process.

M: Medium/light mouthfeel. Nice for the style.

O: I have traveled around North America and Europe(Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, etc) and have tasted the best beer. I've longed to have a "true" high quality beer brewed properly and unpasteurized here in the good old USA for many years. Sam Adams is good beer but not quite this good. This is the finest example of a high quality lager without concern for cost or any other factor except beer quality. I now have that beer. NO BUD.

alankwak, Sep 21, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby a clear light golden with a one finger white head very sprtizy looking,wow nice aromas going on definent lemon rind and grassy hop aromas melding nicely with some toasted grain and maybe a touch of iron.Very sturdy mouthfeel no wimpy yellow fizzy lager here quite grainy in the flavor and mouthfeel department quite clean with very nice herbal finish showing a generous amount of hops thrown in this brew.Now this would be a go to beer for sporting events or get togethers for me,a well built American lager old school and damn good.

oberon, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a pretty yellow in color with a light orangish tinge. The head came up nicely and was white as the driven snow.

Smell – The malts are very light and easy, not grainy at all, with a bit of vegetable sweetness.

Taste – The malts are very light at the taste as well. It’s definitely on the lighter side of the style category. There’s not a lot of complexity here, but the flavor doesn’t offend.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied American Lager has some good, lively carbonation and finishes crisp.

Drinkability – I don’t know if I’d want to “session” a case of this, but it was a solid entry in an otherwise tired market.

RoyalT, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of the bottle (no glass on hand), but what a sweet bottle it is! The only way it could be cooler is if it came in one of those oil can looking things. The smell is sweet grain tempered with spicy hop, and just a wisp of alcohol.

The bottle gives up a great, crisp, crackery grain flavor, that lifts up spicy hops in the backend. Very smooth. Gets a bit grassy with warmth. This is pretty much like if you took many of Hieleman's products, stripped them of their off- flavors, boosted the body, and bittered them a tad more artfully.

Mouthfeel is nice. Midwieght with plenty of carbonation but almost no sting. Drinkability is great, my only beef with this as a session beer is it is just a bit on the filling side.

This is a great product. It is an easy-drinking macro-style beer brewed with high-quality ingredients. A well-built beer, but still makes you kinda want a plastic cup and a cigarette.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Session Lager from Full Sail Brewing... 5.1% alcohol. Short and fat bottle with simple red label reading Session Premium Lager printed on front. Looks like a session beer.

A- Pours a crisp golden fluid that has a one and a half inch head that falls to a froth and ring around glass. Lacing is very light but there.

S- Smell is of fresh malty goodness, grassy hops and light and sweet yeasty scent in the backbone of the nose.

T-M- The taste is a fresh and in your face lager with massive drinkable qualities. Upfront is a grainy malt with slight dry qualities, second is a faint grassy hop oil flavor that offers slight bitterness and to finish is a perfectly carbonated watery smoothness that rolls off the tongue with ease.

D- The drinkablity on this session is on the outrageous side perfect if you can find a whole lot of these badboys to take out for a night.

wesbrownyeah, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tbryan5, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of dill
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for a lager when I came across this one and it didn't disappoint. The aroma wasn't very strong and the taste had a touch of sweetness to it, perhaps from fruit. An earthiness was also noted. It had a medium body with light carbonation on the tongue. I wasn't blown away by it, but it was easy to drink.

dill, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of Schmit
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generally I like American ales and prefer German lagers, but I thought I'd give this PNW premium lager a try.

I picked up a 12-pack at my closest Fred Meyer for a decent price. Bottles are an unusual 11 fl. oz. which recalls the Oly stubby of yore.

This beer really grew on me as I drank it over the course of a couple weeks. Slight toasty/caramel flavor, full-bodied for a lager, with great mouthfeel. Definitely better than any of the American adjunct lagers I'm used to.

Schmit, May 15, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz brown twist off stubby ... why 11oz? Reminds me of a Red Strip bottle.

A- Crystal clear pale golden yellow with three fingers of white head that dissipates to a thin lace.

S- Clean grass grain in the nose mild herbal hop as well.

T- Very clean palate with a powdery, floury malt character. Soft oily hop is modest and a light yet balancing bitterness. Suggestions of white grape skin, mildly hay-like.

M- Excellent rolling crispness, just enough body in a semi-dry beer.

D- Not surprising that this is very drinkable ... the name says it all.

Plain but perhaps the best basic lager I have had in a long time. Shame this is not in MA cause I'd buy it by the case.

Jason, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 11 ounce bottle, pours clear very light/golden amber, quickly departing near white head, leaves nothing behind on the glass. Just a faint wiff of adjunct on the nose, corn?

Best I can say is, its light and easy drinking...not a lot going on here. Just a thin layer of malt, just barely a hint of hops to dry the finish. Hot summer day, ice cold..you get the idea. Not worth driving cross town for.

Billolick, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of tigg924
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1 inch head, yellow-gold in color, clear--nice looking botttle

Smell: corn, toasted malt, and sugar

Taste: corn, toasted malt, and sugar with a bit of hops around the edges.

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: To me this is in the lower half of this style. It walks a line between pilsner and American adjunct beer. Certainly not the worst I have had in the style, but nowhere near some others. I might drink this more if the abv were a bit lower, but for me this is a one and done.

tigg924, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain with a little bit of grass from the hops. Smells like a pale lager should smell, only without the harsh notes you sometimes get in the non-craft versions. The flavor is very similar. I get some grain and sweet biscuit malt notes, as well as some grass. No bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of mattster
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened 11 fluid ounce "stubby" bottle, poured into Wiessen glass. Cap reveals "Paper," which beats rock (although I am a huge rock fan).

I usually don't judge on packaging, but the stubby bottles are great and let the drinker know that this is a different beer - not what you are use to. Box is also creative and good marketing effort for full sale.

Poured a nice head of 1" that dies down to a nice foamy layer of foam across the top of golden-amber brew. Nice stream of bubbles rise to top.

First smell is of malts and sweetness, further reveals slightly floral/herbal tones. Taste is pleasant and very smooth. Malts are nice and provided just enough sweetness while giving a nice dry finish. As many bubbles rise in the glass, one might expect something more attacking, but bubbles are quite pleasant and easy to drink.

For $10.99 a 12 pack, this brew is an excellent alternative to the BMC brews. While I don't often drink a session brew, Session is a great choice. Very easy to drink, and very much worth a try.

I keep these around now for Whenever.

mattster, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Byeast
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear bright gold, with a foamy pure white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Clean grains, cracker malt, hops are a bit leafy and spicy.

Taste: Smooth, clean and mildly dry body of straw like malt, hint of bread dough, hops balance out the brew with a nice restrained floral and grassy bitterness and a hint of lemon rind, dry finish with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mildly crisp, dry throughout and in the finish.

Drinkability: It lives up to its name, i would definatly enjoy knockin back quite a few of these with some friends, cool bottle too. A basic beer brewed right.

Byeast, May 08, 2007
Photo of startreker
4.99/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this beer by mere chance. I was at my local grocery store, and the name of the beer begged me to give it a try!! I`m so glad I did!!

A .. Very nice golden color, pours up beautifully, nice lacing throughout the beer

S.. Not a whole lot of aroma, but nonetheless, it is pleasing, and reminds me of fresh made bread.

T.. Very nice and quenching, not overly bitter, nor sweet. Very pleasant, and finishes dry, wich is delightful.

M.. A very satisfying mouth feel going on here. Not to heavy, not watered down, but just right!

O.. Overall .. I love this beer!! Its not overly complicated, and really hits it spot on!! Price is very affordable!! This is my new go to beer hands down!!

startreker, May 12, 2013
Photo of Hugh37
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Hugh37, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of maltmelon
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't care for this at first, but realized I had let it get too warm. Drink it cold and it goes down easy, slightly sweet with a crisp finish. Lightly carbonated. Drink it only slightly warm and it has a wheatish and unpleasant aftertaste. So plan on drinking it fast and having several. True to the name.

Wish the bottles were 12 ounces instead of 11. Have a nagging feeling that I'm getting shorted somehow, even though I knew about the size before I made the purchase.

maltmelon, May 28, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11oz medecine bottle pulled from fridge poured into SA perfect pint glass. best before 2 19 11.

pours out a clear watery straw yellow color with one finger of soapy white head that quickly faded to a thin ring and just a bit of patchy foam. tiny spot or two of lace.

not much of an aroma. some light cirus notes, grains, and a mineral, cooked corn like lager aroma.

taste follows aroma. light flavors all around. light body and mouthfeel. cooked corn and grains balanced by a light lemon citrus hop. a hint of skunk. over carbonated.

overall, good for the style, but way too light and fizzy, too reminiscent of a macro. i wont buy again.

dogfishandi, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of awalsh
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

awalsh, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Hairrrrrrrr, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Session Lager is a "concept" beer, complete with unique packaging (11 oz stubbies in a 12 pack, with barely a mention of Full Sail on the label, twist-off tops that aren't exactly easy to undo). It's possibly the worst beer in Full Sail's current line-up, but it's deserving of consideration since this is a purpose-driven beer; it is suitable for a large number of occasions, most of which involve outdoor activity and the kind of company that has no interest in hoppy or dark craft beers. This is an anti-snob microbrew.
Marketing aside, how's the beer? It's a decent, all-American golden lager, very close to what the megas make. It has perhaps a bit more ooomph, just a bit more flavor, and a cleaner profile. But it's got those mild if prickly, tangy hops in the nose to remind you of cheaper brews. The finish is succinct and keeps you coming back for more; drinkability is very high which stands to reason since that is the beer's sole reason for existing. I imagine many will love this but most BAs will probably taste this, think "hmm, ok, fine" and quickly move on to something more substantial. Bring this to a party, or on a trip where trunk space is at a premium (the stubbies take up less room than longnecks). This is a good choice if you are spending time with those suspicious of beer snobbery, but the beer tastes much better poured into a glass, hence you may need to blow your cover.

Thrasher, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of Libationguy
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow-gold color with fine frothy head that stands up. Moderate head retention. No chill haze, nice and clear.

Clean approach to a lager without the DMS. Mildly sweet malt aroma with bread dough notes. Some deeper tones from the bread crust. Very light citrus and fruitiness deep in the background.

Again, nice and clean on the palate with round malt notes that have some sweetness without being too much. Very gentle bitterness to balance out the malt. The fruitiness is a little more pronounced in the mid-palate than it was on the nose and the finish returns to the toastiness of bread crust.

Moderate weight in the mouthfeel with the balance between malt and bitterness doing a nice job pushing the flavors all the way through the palate. Relatively soft and definitely smooth.

5.1% alcohol pushes it up against what would seem to be the limit for a true session beer, but it was obviously done with purpose. Really a nicely made lager that is a cut above what is offered in its class by the big boys.

Running the grill during your summer BBQ and want to keep it under control for the duration? This beer should be in the cooler for you.

Libationguy, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Dizzy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden colored with white head. Aroma is malty with faint hop aroma. Taste is mostly sweet malts with a little hops in the finish. Maybe some fruitiness, but it is mostly crisp and clean. The carbonation gives it a little bite, but works well with this light mouthfeel (but fuller than a lot of beers in this style). This beer lives up to its name in drinkability, I could easily drink a few these The only complaint I have is this is often too expensive, but I recently found it on sale for $10.00 a twelve pack. I'd reccomend this one, this is one of the best lagers I've had.

Dizzy, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.