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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

908 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 47 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 23:46:49 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 05:39:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-30-2012 01:14:46 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:28:29 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 13:21:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 21:57:02 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 19:20:24 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 21:11:39 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:09:45 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:55:14 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-12-2012 05:06:43 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 17:54:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-07-2014 22:47:02 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-16-2013 17:06:28 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-02-2012 04:37:46 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 01:04:16 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:43:37 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-07-2013 19:21:59 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 01:18:08 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:08:52 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:07:36 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 21:38:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet, with flavors of light malts and a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It’s simple and straight-forward with nothing fancy, but it’s effective and the type of beer that the big boys should be producing.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, it’s a good beer to drink for a long time, but I’d prefer something a little more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 02:36:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white head that settles quickly and leaves no lace on the glass. The body is golden and perfectly clear.

S - Musty aroma of pils and weak hops. Slight grainy sourness and a hint of sulphur.

T - Light, sweet malt up front with a little bit of mustiness from the yeast. The finish is clean and grainy, with a hint of hop bitterness and flavor kicking in at the very end.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Light and easy to drink, this is not as flavorless as most American macros, but falls more in the category of a Euro Lager. Not bad for what it is, but it doesn't really shine as an surprisingly good example of its style; there are better light lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 05:18:56 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seen this one many times and never took the time to try it. I didn't realize that it was a Full Sail production, at first.

This is a pretty easy drinking lager. A bit hearty with some grain tones on there that push it out of being a lighter beer. But it is still smooth with a good character.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:40:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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