Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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83
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1,020 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 51
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We called for smore lagers that can be consumed, BWKOA(beer without keeling over after)and this is one. Cheesy aroma, but good head on yellow colour. Medium smooth mouthfeel, with herbal bitterness in finish. Satisfying.Certainly overated but drinkable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Broken rings and random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of grains and a grassy aroma. Taste is of sweet grain, grass/herbs, and slight hop flavors. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very easy drinking lager that is refreshing and just right for drinking multiples. The overall score is better than the other scores because of this.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to my cousin-in-law Matt for graciously having some of this in stock when we were visiting.

Pours a moderate golden color with a bit of visible carbonation and a nice white head. The head dies down fairly quickly without leaving too much lace behind. The nose brings some slight grain. Nice and pleasant, but certainly simple. The taste is along the same lines. Good body and carbonation. Drinks well and is definitely a session beer.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly dissipated into delicate lacing.
S: Moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts stand out in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some notes of hop bitterness and malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down quickly.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a fluffy white head that produces an occasional shard of lace

Smell: Cracker malt and a trace of DMS

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor that is joined, mid-palate by both sweet honey elements as well as a subtle hops effect; after the swallow, both of these flavors become more pronounced; the finish is clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkable: Easy to drink and particularly welcome after a hot day

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, bright, and highly drinkable- this no-frills lager both quenches the thrist and satisfies the stomach with a full flavored American barley blend.

While carrying the stallwart appearance of bright golden with dainty white persistent foam, the aroma and flavor profile deliver the character of fresh baked light bread, yeasty dough, lightly kilned barley, and modest grainy sweetness. Lightly grassy, hay-like, herbal, with a mild estery apple character and peppery spice- this lager proves to be much more than the boring American mass produced variety, and gives a balanced character from both yeast and hops. Medium-full bodied, the seemingly all-malt recipe allows for the heaft of pilsner to develop from an early starchy body and into a minty warm finish with ultimate crispness, and mostly clean flavors throughout.

Session being the opperative word, but at 5.1% many may disagree. I found this beer very enjoyable and with extremely high ease of consumption.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a golden and straw colored clear body.

S: subtly sweet with pale malts but overall light on the nose.

T: adjunct lager malts and hop bitterness without the bad aftertaste instead finishes with a semi sweet corn finish and subtle caramel malts.

M:light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation and a semidry finish.

Overall:Too much of the adjunct lager style for my liking but finishes better.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest amber with a generous infusion of orange juice. The interior is strangely tranquil, with moments when no bubbles are visible. The eggshell colored cap, despite its inherent softness, hangs around for a bit. A slow collapse eventually results in a thick disk with dimpled, pie crust edges. Very little lace makes it to the glass.

There are no surprises, in either direction, in the nose. I can appreciate fresh, untoasted, slightly sweet barley and very little in the way of hops. Repeated sniffs bring a mild floral quality to bear. The brewery will only say that 'American and European' varieties are used, but there aren't enough of them present to take a stab at further identification.

Full Sail definitely hit the flavor nail on the head. Not only that, but there's plenty of it. I'm glad they didn't interpret 'session beer' to mean thin, poundable, and forgettable. Session Premium Lager is full of graininess (in a good way) with enough sweetness to please those of us who prefer that characteristic in beer of this sort.

There's a little more hoppiness on the palate than there is in the nose. Calling this beer a pilsener (as the brewery does) is a bit of a stretch, although I must admit that the hops play an integral role. They're primarily grassy with a minor grapefruit zestiness that has to have U.S. origins. Even though I'd prefer a reversal of the proportions of German and American varieties, I'm pleased with the outcome.

The finish is fairly long thanks to the generous amount of ingredients. It takes a while for the sweetness of the malt and the tongue nipping bitterness of the hops to fade. The mouthfeel, as a result, is bigger than usual for a so-called session beer. I applaud wholeheartedly. It's firmer than it is smooth or lush, and is entirely in keeping with the beer's mission statement and personality.

Full Sail Session Lager does just about everything right. One minor quibble: knocking back the ABV by a full percent would make it even more sessionable. From the abundance of flavor to its easy drinking nature... from the cool stubbie bottle to the Old Skool graphics... this one is a keeper. Its only real fault is that I can't run out and get a 12-pack whenever the mood strikes me.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent with a straw yellow color. golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile. Very light feel with an almost non existently light feel

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

A: The pour is a wonderfully clear golden straw color with a small and poorly retained white head.

S: Sweet grain and malt on the nose with some definite corn notes to the beer. A bit of a cooked and toasted grain aroma to it. Not much in the way of hop aroma, perhaps lightly floral.

T: The flavor is much better than I was expecting from the aroma. Certainly sweet and grainy, but that adjunct/corn flavor is mild. Floral hops provide a nice balance and there's a touch of earthiness in there as well.

M: Light to medium in body with moderate level of carbonation.

O: I've heard this beer talked about for so long and finally picked up some up. It's pretty good for what it is, and I suppose if I was in the mood to pound down some light-ish lagers, this might not be a bad choice.

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By: 12/07/08.

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a steady stream of bubbles and a tiny, though tight, white head.

Smell: Light pale malt aroma with floral hints and a slight note of honey.

Taste: Light pale malts, lightly sweet. A drop or two of honey. Floral hops impart a soft, drying bitterness. Small hint of yeast. You get a touch more sweetness and a touch more bitterness before the clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A very competent lil' lager. Nice bottle, too.

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz stubbie bottle. A buck-twenny in Idaho Falls.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with one finger of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves some spectral reaching swaths of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of grainy, somewhat sour malt, and weedy hops. The taste is fairly sweet malt, a bit biscuity, a bit bready, with a nice offsetting earthy/musky hoppiness. The carbonation is there, but unobtrusive, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, but generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the maltiness holding steady against a waning dry, but not bitter, hoppiness.

Well-named, if but for the unmoved alcohol content, but that may just be a reflection of the American craft beer ethos - 'your beer's strength is our low-ABV strength, and ours still tastes better'.

Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour was careful, and there was not much foam at all. The second bottle was poured aggressively, and it produced a finger of head with a tiny bit of spotty lace. Color is clear and yellow.

Aroma was a little bready with amber or pale malt, slightly skunky. Not much substance there to make it interesting.

Papery pale malt with some low level bitterness behind it. A little hint of apple at first sip, that fades away after that. Somewhat grainy, and thin-bodied. When quaffed, there's more of an astringency, but not when sipped. It was easy to have several, and I think that's the ultimate goal of this beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a pillowy, foamy, white, two-finger head. It left minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled very sweet. A nice aroma of grains that was backed up by a caramel nose.

T - It tasted of some nice caramel malt sweetness. A floral, slight light hopped flavor emerges, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager.

D - This is a really good lager. The stubby 11oz bottle also adds a unique style to this brew.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail's Session lager in the stubbie bottle is a beautiful thing - it fits so nicely in the hand it's almost a shame to pour it into a glass. However, once poured it displays a clear yellow-gold body and creamy bright white head that holds seemingly forever. In fact, even three quarters of the way through the glass it's still a complete covering. The nose is clean, and expresses sweet malt and a touch of yeasty fruitiness (apple, berry). The mouthfeel is a touch fuller than might be expected with a dextrinous, medium body, but it remains fairly crisp across the palate. The flavor is basic, and not much more than might be expected of an American macro-lager except that it's a touch more malty and has some nice yeastiness to it. Hops are relegated to the background, and their gently spicy and floral character is secondary to the sweetish malt. Interestingly, as I'm guessing it's intended, there's a smear of corn-like dimethyl sulfide that clearly pushes it into the American, rather than European, realm. It's an enjoyable and nicely done quaff that seems popular with the younger crowd - probably because of the retro appearance of the bottle and label - but it's nothing spectacular.

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Session Lager 5.1% abv
Appears fizzy yellow golden with a thick white head fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has a great light cereal grain kick with just a kiss of hops light malt sweetness rolls so crisply across the palate great summer beer I need a case! The flavor is light refreshing and everything I love about beer this is super fresh! Beautiful constructed light bodies no frills lager, so good when it's your lips it might have u streaking like Frank the Tank.

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Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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