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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

984 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 48
Gots: 71 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Warfarin, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

djbreezy, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

allstar255, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-gold with a tall white head that quickly settles to a thin head. Clean aroma...pale malt sweetness and light floral, lemon, and grass notes. Mildly sweet pale malts, honey, and a subtle flowery hop bitterness. Pleasantly grainy. Light and somewhat effervescent, but not watery. Very refreshing. A good old school pale lager with no off-notes. Maybe a little pricey, but I'm still interested in trying the other two "Session" varieties.

wedge, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of DividedAvery
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a great golden color. Very light with a great white foam head.

S: Light hops with some wheat and citrus notes. Sweet smell which leads me to believe the taste will be equally sweet.

T: Just as the smell would dictate, sweet taste and a slightly bitter finish. This one drinks very easily. Really easily. All of the sudden three empty bottles are on my table.

M: Very light and really well carbonated.

O: For the price, this beer is great. I would much rather have these on hand at a party than any macro. One of the best session beers out there

DividedAvery, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of treque
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: bright yellow in color, completely traslucent, there is no carb there is a small white head wich dissipates quickly

S: a nice fruity, honey, floral smell, some sweet malt

T: very nice, medium body, well balanced, the sweetness of the malt are delicious and the bitternees after taste is large and deep enough

treque, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Appearance - clear golden color with fluffy white head

smell - citrus, lemon peel, grass, wheat

taste - slight citrus, lemon peel on this one, bready malt, grass/wheat

mouthfeel - very easy to drink this, light to medium bodied, ample carbonation, pretty straightforward, which to me is a good thing. Slight bitterness upfront, slight sweetness in the middle, the two combine for a balanced finish This beer meets its intended purpose

Overall - good beverage for those times when you just want a refreshing beer that tastes good, but you don't want to put much thought into. Perfect for backyard BBQ's, tailgaiting or simply quenching your thirst for a brewski

Price point - $4.99 for a 6pk

keithmurray, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite lagers. I have had this many times, but just now getting around to reviewing it.

A: Pours a clear straw/yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to a small ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is grassy, floral, and herbal hops. Lagerish yeast. Also some bread/biscuit malt that I love. Simple, but excellent.
T: Again, very simple, but excellent. Grassy and floral hops. Very earthy with a great bread/biscuit malt balance. Love it.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated. So crisp, clean, and dry. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this one.

It has been a long time coming for my review with this. One of my favorites. Just an excellent lager, and something I would highly recommend.

champ103, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic lager that I poured into a pint glass from a stubby. I picked up a 12-pack from a local Spec's which had it on sale for $10.99...

A: Not as much head, but it's probably because of the way I poured. I can't fault the brewery on that. The color is good, golden, and crystal clear.

It tastes pretty good for a lager. I can taste the malts, and it wasn't too overwhelming nor bland. I mean, it's just striking me as having a right balance. The carbonation is there, but it's not as visible. I didn't think I'd like this because I always have felt this kind of lager is too generic.

Overall, it's a good lager to drink. the stubby bottles do help makes things easier packing for a trip. I know that some people would be put off by the price.

2xHops, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz stubbie bottle stamped "enjoy by" 24 Dec. 2011. Inexpensive.

Pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with a thin bone-white head that fade quickly. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma: similar to a standard American macro-lager, but a bit stronger and more earthy, and without off-notes or off-grains (e.g., corn).

Taste: lightly malty with some spicy hops. The hops surely contribute some bitterness, but the beer is overall fairly evenly balanced on the sweet-bitter continuum.

M: Medium-high carbonation lends crispness; despite appearances, it is not overdone and seems approrpiate for this style. Has a medium-thin body and a semi-dry finish.

O - refreshing; a very good session or summer beer. Very good alternative to the much more widely available American macro-lagers. I assume this (general public) is the target audience.

chinchill, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden lager colorm but the carbonation is present from all the bubbles that continue to develope. The head is sort of thick, but quickly becomes small.

The smell just isnt appealing to me. It smells sort of like popcorn to me; it also has some wheat but not much else.

The taste is pretty boring to me, but for a lager it is very good ( I ususally hate lagers so I am bias). I pick up a nice bit of malt and wheat.

The mouthfeel is pretty average. Just like any basic beer to me.

Overall this is a nice average beer. There isnt anything great about it, but nothing bad either. It is a nice session beer for sure.

gtermi, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A golden brassy crystal clear body with a nice together and very uniform head and bubbles. Quite impressive I am rather enjoying this sight. There is however, no impressive lacing on this at all.

Light bready malts with a touch of honey. Fairly basic but good smelling nose here.

Taste brings kind of a sweet malt palate with a nice sweet herbal tea component. Finish has a real nice bread action too. Good body on this with some thick and oily texture but nothing too syrupy. Very little gaseous carbonation in this at all.

Overall one solid sessionable lager indeed. I could have this anytime.

smakawhat, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on Tap:

A- Reddish amber hue with a small white head that dissipates quickly

S- Sweet malt with a light hop smell

T- Not a ton of taste. Has a thick malty backbone with a bitter finish

M- Smooth Mouthfeel. Definitely helps the beer fit its name

O- Not my favorite beer in the world, but definitely a beer I could kick back with and drink a few

MrDonQuixote, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very good pilsner looking brew. 1 finger head that quickly faded.

Smells good. Can't make it out though.

Taste - One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever tried. Very light in flavor but so "sessionable". Its basically a well crafted adjunct lager but not sure its worth the extra money from a preferrable cheap macro.

Mouthfeel - nice

OVerall - a very easy drinker, thirst quencer beer. Session is the right name for it.

bubseymour, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of BeerDocT
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The little bottles are cute, sure. The fact that they only hold 11 ounces is not. Anyway, on with the review.

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: typical golden lager color. Lighter in color than most lagers I've seen recently. Poured out with very little head and what little there was disappeared quickly. Little carbonation bubbles appeared all over the beer.

-Smell 3.0: Standard, "lagery" smell. Barley and lots of it, and that's about it. Nice, actually and something that brews have to get right. This one did.

-Taste 3.0: Thirst quenching and refreshing, but not much taste-wise. It is much better poured than in the bottle, however. When poured, I tasted much more hops flavor and a deeper character.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Right amount of carbonation to lift the somewhat sweet taste of the beer. Good and very refreshing.

-Overall 3.0: A good beer and a good session beer. That's right, it lives up to its name. However at 5.10% ABV, it may be stronger than your usual session beer, so be aware. Is it worth tracking down just to get one of those cool "rock, paper, scissors" bottle caps? No, but it is worth finding to sample the beer inside.

$12.99 for a twelve pack in Atlanta, GA.

BeerDocT, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Perfect clarity, nice color bright and goden. Very nice bubbly head but not great retention. Mediocre lacing.

S- Light lager aroma, huge notes of minerals. Slightly reminicent of sea water. Very light and slightly watery on back end.

T- Very light flavor, with a slightly tart finish. No complexity to the flavor. The sour/tart note is actualy kind of nice.

M- very light, with a bright front end. Pretty refreshing and very drinkable.

O- Pretty average in respect to lagers, the only exception is the mild sour notes on the finish. Overall it is a light refreshing lager.

vfgccp, Sep 11, 2011
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'.

biboergosum, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden looking beer, light carbonation, not much head and only a pencil thin ring left shortly after the pour. The aroma is faint with notes of lightly sweetened corn cereal and a touch of lemon. Very clean.

The taste has a delectably fresh bready character that finishes rather hearty for a pale lager. Not much of a hoppy balance but it's clean and easy to drink. Definitely a fizzy yellow beer, but the body is certainly not too thin, and the fizzy carbonation feels appropriate.

I often overlook this beer in favor of the Session Black, but after sitting down to actually review it, I rate this beer higher. It's a refreshing lager, with no faults, and just enough depth to keep you interested. And at $9.99 a 12 pack it feels like a steal. The perfect beer to please any group, craft lovers or macro fans.

bennetj17, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Dodt
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the stubby bottle fellow caught my eye when i was making a mix six thought i would give it a whirl.
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance straw yellow with a head that quickly goes away.
smell and taste malts and a bit of grain
not a bad beer would like to try other beers from this brewery if i get the chance.

Dodt, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Klondike
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a golden yellow with a light head that thins out, but stays there for the whole bottle, good amount of carbonation

Smell- malty, bready

Taste - hints of malt and light hops

Mouthfeel- smooth, not over powering

Drinkability- Drinkable, but not something I would try again. Has a watery, lemony consistency I don't like

Klondike, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight from the 11 oz bottle, aside from a small sample poured into a glass to gauge appearance.

A: Kind of an auburn yellow. Appearance reminds of many IPAs I've seen in the past. Small sample pour had no head. Small, fat clouds of lacing were present in the bottle, but dripped away pretty quickly.

I love the bottle. It's so generic and old-timey. I mean, look at it. It looks like something you'd find in your grandpa's garage by a pile of girly mags from the 1950s.

S: Sour, musty cereal grain with old oats and barnyard/stable smells.

T: Crisp pale malts with a hint of old cellar mustiness and a touch of bitter hops. Malt lingers on the tongue afterwards,
sweet and a little bitter.

M: Light to medium with a bit of carbonation. Very smooth. A touch dry, but not extremely.

O: "Session" indeed. I paid a buck thirty-three for this little bottle and it was absolutely worth it. If I can find a sixer out here in Mass I'll definitely pick some up for the weekend. This beer screams backpacking, canoeing and farting around in the backyard. Great for a cheap beer, primarily for having the audacity to be exactly what it says on the bottle.

DirtyPenny, Aug 23, 2011
Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.