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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 45
Gots: 53 | 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 burnerfinger


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: golden hue, lite head, nearly no lacing

S: grainy indeed. not much sweet maltiness - hops are absent. my thought are " this is a macro done right"

T: pretty nondescript.

M not much, but not activel bad either. I dunno!

D highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 03:19:47 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of milkbaby9


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11oz stubbie bottle (dated 112710, drank 9-15-2010) into Dartington ultimate lager glass. Less than 1 cm white head quickly reduces to a ring around the edges and desultory scum of bubbles floating on top. Maybe this is mean to be drunk straight from the bottle? Sparklingly clear yellow color.

Aroma is grassy sour lemon and a light sweetness. Tastes of lemon sweet malt, a hint of citrus rind and spicy (maybe just from the prickly carbonation?) bitterness just very light, grape soda and malt. A nice bittersweet finish. Carbonation is nice and crisp on the tongue.

Fairly flavorful lager, actually wish I'd had another bottle of this at the time to drink a 2nd helping! "I think I'll go buy more tomorrow!" was my last thought at the time... Very nice and easy going drinkable beer. The only one I currently have extra stocks of in my fridge. Cheap, tasty, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:08:52 | More by milkbaby9
Photo of EgadBananas


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks good in a glass, though I thought about drinkin' it from the bottle just for the hell of it. Rich pale golden, clear, semi-fluffy head, dissipates quick but leaves some soapy film ontop. Bubbles steaming.

Smell is nice, with some corniness, but some slightly sweet malts.

Taste is slightly bready malts, and the every slightest hop taste. For what it is, it's nice.

The feel is light, but creamy, slick and smooth. Balanced carbonation. There's something there, and it's well received IMO.

If I were watching my waistline, and my wallet, but wanted something that was easy to drink, but still satisfying, this would be it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 18:26:01 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Fatehunter


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of bottle into pint glass. Clear with slight yellow color. Developed short head on pour that lasted a minute or two after.

S - Smells good for an American Lager. A slight note of apple or pear. It doesn't have that harsh smell that accompanies so many of the lagers made by others.

T - Soft and smooth. I can't pick out any distinct flavors though.

M - Less carbonation than other lagers, which is good. Goes down easy.

D - I could drink this all day long. It's a session lager, so it's doing its job well. Personally, I would tend toward with their Session Black Lager because of it drinkability combined with a little more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:36:37 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at an ABC store (S. Orange location in Orlando) and enjoyed it on Sept. 7, 2010.

Poured from an 11oz. stubby bottle, best before 12-11-10 (shipped to the store Aug. 29, 2010 as per the shipping label on the 12 pack).

Appearance: Bright gold body which is clear and full of bubbles. The head is barely 2 fingers though and recedes rapidly.

Smell: Grainy with some cereal and maybe some citrus. Not much corn which is a plus.

Taste: Hit with some lemon and other fruit. A faint whisper of hops with a mostly grainy character. Simple yet flavorful. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: A little bit of carbonation. The body is clean & crisp. Love how it feels in my mouth.

Drinkability: If fresh, i'd have it again in a heartbeat. Perfect for Florida weather.

Overall: Good amount of flavor plus easy drinkability makes this a pretty good choice. Enough taste to keep it interesting (keeping the style in mind of course) but with an overall smooth finish. Seek it out if you can find it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 17:09:58 | More by papat444
Photo of velosuds


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoyed several of these both from the bottle and poured into a large plastic cup to conceal my guilt while tailgating yesterday. This review is from a pour this evening into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my friend Shane in Seattle for supplying this.

A-Pours a clear, pale golden hue with a one finger bright white foamy head the slowly recedes into a modest lacing.

S-Barley malt with a faint hop aroma.

T-Lightly toasted malt sweetness and some bitterness.

M-Smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very easy drinking with good taste. Extremely sessionable. Hence the name. Hence why I had several in rapid succession before game time. Beats BMC hands down. This is what adjunct lagers wish they could be, but can't because they add things not meant to be in beer. Don't especially like the 11 oz. bottles, although they fit in the hand nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:29:03 | More by velosuds
Photo of mralphabet


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Pint glass

A: Clear golden in color with about a fingers worth of head. It did not stick around very long. Little to no lacing to speak of....

S: Little bready malt and a touch of grassy hops, not much else.

T: Little like the smell.... Malty with a touch of grassy hops. Well balanced with a little tartness at the end.. Very simple little beer but very refreshing.

M: Pretty crisp & refreshing, lite bodied with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, low ABV and balanced flavors.... not a bad little session beer... another good beer from Full Sail.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:46:25 | More by mralphabet
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Session Lager is bottled in a short squat brown bottle with a red label. As for the beer it appears golden with a nice sticky head. The aroma is wonderful clean and crisp mixture of malt and hops--an even amount of both. Medium bodied on the palate. The bready malt leads into just the right amount of bitter hops at the end. Clean and crisp until the very end. Easy to drink. Sessionalbe indeed.

I love the stubby bottle. I love the fact that folks are brewing a quality lager such as this.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:27:34 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served this with no glass, so here goes nothing.

Appearance: The stub bottle is pretty sweet?

Smell: Nice and clean.

Taste: Really clean, no corn or off flavors. Did I say clean? It's clean. Non-distinct hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp.

Drinkability: This would be super easy to drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 18:29:52 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of SamN


3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz shawty bottle.

A- Nicely toned golden pale lager color. Thin head, very minimal, average visible carbonation. Nice colors in this.

S- Herbal grass aromas, spring flowers, like tulips. Nice pale malt backbone, keeping things upright. Straightforward, not complex, quite acceptable. Mercifully, lacking those awful adjunct sour metal aromas.

T- Cereal grain flavors (corn, rice) with a slightly toasted and honey like character character, accompanied in equal measure with a wholly unique hops profile; a round hops taste, characterized by metal herbals. Not terrible, it is certainly unique tasting. Grainy aftertaste.

Certainly a pale ale, certainly an American beer.

M- Light bodied, smooth from the glass, a good feeling beer.

D- Pretty decent. Light and easy drinking, with just enough interesting flavors to keep me sipping all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 18:26:20 | More by SamN
Photo of droomyster


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a nice, big white head. Aromas are largely subdued and uninteresting, tending towards the nebulously grainy and light honey sweetness. Taste is similarly uninteresting, but it's well-balanced and frankly, well, "sessionable," which is just what it aimed to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:57:30 | More by droomyster
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, it poured a very light, highly carbonated gold color, with a finger of white head, which collapsed rather quickly, and laced spottily. Very neutral smell..grainy, hay, and maybe some biscuit; not much in the way of herbal/hop balance. The taste confirmed the nose; very grainy and hay-like. VERY carbonated and extremely thin; it's like a microbrewer's take on a mainstream 'light' beer. Certainly sessionable for some, given the thin and highly-carbonated nature, but not for me..unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 20:50:10 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:33:38 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 1/4" thin head this is gone quickly. Golden pale color to the beer.

Smell - Hops are prominent with a honey or light malt in the background.

Taste - Hops are very present with a crispness from the carbonation. Has a slightly sweet back to it.

Mouthfeel - Light and a little thin. I would have scored it higher but it seems over carbonated.

Drinkability - A great beer for an American style lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:10:57 | More by SAtaMi
Photo of appenzeller


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two things I like about this beer, right off the bat. First, I love that a great American craft brewer is taking a shot at a big production of a quality mainstream lager. That is a niche that is woefully underserved.

Second, the marketing for this beer is brilliant. The stubby bottles, retro labeing, and so forth is brilliant. Those who scoff at this are ignoring the proven fact that presentation matters when it comes to food and drink. Full Sail gets high marks for the presentation and concept.

Unfortunately, for me, the beer falls somewhat short. Pours a very light gold, excellent clarity, minimal head.

Taste is very neutral, but predominantly grainy. This is where the beer falls short, a hint more hops and malt (both) would do wonders here, there's a slight grainy (to me bad) taste here that wipes out the other good characteristics--cleanliness, carbonation, it just lacks the subtle bent (whether floral like a Czech hops or more spicy like a German) that makes a good pilsner. Instead, this beer tastes to me like a high quality technical lager that's trying not to stray too far from the Bud recipe. And that's no compliment. Ah, Full Sail . . . so close!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 08:25:50 | More by appenzeller
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an almost clear, light golden color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving almost zero lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell - Quite bready, grainy, and slight hops/grass. A bit of hay to be honest.

Taste - An initial malty flavor which is impacted by an almost peppery spice. Slight hops, grass, and just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a great alternative to macro beers. At just over a dollar a pop, this is not a bad beer at ALL for what it is. That is what I look at for this beer. It isn't trying to be anything it isn't. It is a just a American Pale Lager which is quite easy to quaff and doesn't taste half bad. I will go back to my beer store and pick a few more up of these to have in my refrigerator to drink when I'm BBQing.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:38:48 | More by SpdKilz
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a touch of amber and has a creamy white head that leaves a nice layer of lacing.

Smells of grainy malts and a mild floral hop note.

Tastes of a decent malty sweetness and some floral, grassy, and citrus hops. Malts are bready and grainy and have a good amount of sweetness. Hops are light and offer a little zing to the malt.

Mouthfeel is light and has a crisp amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:18:23 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Schmit


3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:19:19 | More by Schmit
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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass. I've been looking forward to trying these for a long time.

Pours clear straw color, thin white head on top disappears in a flash. Bonus points for the amazing bottles - how can you not love these things?

Nose carries a bit of herbal hops, and a firm pale malt sweetness coming through with a bit of a grainy note.

Taste starts off dry, understated malt body has a bit of graininess with very little identifiable sweetness; hop note is a bit grainy, crisp, clean. No noticeable flaws at all, which is a big feat in a beer this stark. Restrained, but pretty tasty - this is definitely an American lager, drier and cleaner than, say, a Helles, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is mellow, medium-light body with a carbonation that is nicely (and surprsingly) not as fizzy as I would have expected.

Drinkability is pretty high. A very tasty beer, nice flavor, great mouthfeel, dry body gives it a refreshing quality that increases the quaffability noticeably. Yes, this is an APL, but this feels... well, crafted. It feels like someone really took their time in getting this one right, which is something every craft beer should feel like. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 16:40:17 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of hdog09


5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down the best lager made in the U.S. Golden in color and has a nice head, smells delicious and the taste s unmatched compared to other lagers. Great design on the bottles and easily one of the most economic beer out there. Thumbs up to Full Sail Brewing out in Oregon, great prices and great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 06:57:52 | More by hdog09
Photo of StaveHooks


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light yellow straw with good clarity. Huge 3 finger head on this one. Smells of grain/corn. Nice subtle malt with a very slight hint of bitter hops. This beer is not bursting with flavor by any means, but it is a very crisp and refreshing beer. The only bummer is that it comes in an 11oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 15:38:33 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of ugaterrapin


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a yellowy gold color into my DFH Signature Glass. There was about a finger of thin white head that dissipated rapidly to leave no noticeable lacing. The aroma is mainly a slightly sweet malt character with a hint of grassy hops present. The taste is much better than the appearance and aroma. There isn't too much going on, but there is a nice drinkability to the beer. The malt character is not to prominent and there is only a slightly hoppy taste, but the mouthfeel and overall drinkability make me appreciate this beer. Overall this is the kind of beer I want after mowing the yard or while I am sitting in a ballpark. It is not the greatest beer in the world, but for being an easy drinking lager it hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:25:48 | More by ugaterrapin
Photo of spoons


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a tulip

The color is crystal clear yellow with a white soapy head on top.

The smell does not have a hop presence but rather a grainy/lager aroma.

The taste has a little sweetness to it with the signature malt swallow of a lager. No off tates and a little more flavor than macro lagers. I would rather drink this than Bud at a baseball game in the summertime. Its ok but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 20:23:47 | More by spoons
Photo of rednrag


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the way this looks in a glass. Very clear, very golden, nice head and nice lacing. Smells pretty good, too.
Tastes like a well-made lager.Light,but not watery.A slight hint of something buttery, but not in an off-putting way.
Pleasantly surprised.
Now, I am a sucker for stubby bottles. But I have a complaint. 11 oz.?!? c'mon, man, shoot us the extra oz. We'll pay ya for it.
Good beer for people that like golden lagers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:19:06 | More by rednrag
Photo of rootbeerman


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours golden with a frothy white finger and a half head that is lingering decently
S: roasted malt, a light sweetness. hops come through earthy
T: lightly sweet, roast malt, lightly bitter hops with more earthiness.
M: crisp, light, medium high carbonation
D: very very easy, hence the name session, is going great with the cold fried chicken that is before me.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 09:33:01 | More by rootbeerman
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