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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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1,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 51
Gots: 86 | 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Clear yellow in color with a nice sized white head that leaves a thin layer of froth behind. Grass and slight herbal notes on the nose. Same on the palate with a fair bit more malt than you would find on a typical macro lager. Carbonation is bright and very prevalent. This beer has a bit more flavor and richness than you would find from BMC. However, it still finishes clean and has a nice light flavor. This is what a lighter style American lager should taste like.

Photo of rcfunk
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Session Lager is a good value. Not much more to say. I wish the bottles were not screw top so that I could use them for homebrewing.

Honestly, I wish the ABV was lower so as to make it more sessionable.

I think this is the best beer I've had from Full Sail; you get what you pay for.

Photo of Dan3279
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was luck enough to get a free bottle at work today from my beer rep and I cracked it open after it spent some time in the fridge. Now usually when I have a lager it comes from one of the over produced watered down giants. Its nice to have a straight forward lager from a smaller brewery.

I poured the 11oz bottle into a pilsener glass to find a straw colored body with a nice white, one inch head. The aroma was crisp and clean and dominated with the grains with hints of malt and biscuit. The taste is pretty standard and nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

Overall a good pale lager, I would defiantly pick it up again and a good alternative to the buds and millers of the world and it is a great beer to have in the fridge during the summer!

Photo of LWG1970
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Golden Yellow
Smell: Nice clean grain smell
Taste: Very good Lager taste, not to sweet or bitter
Drinkability: Very smooth and easy to polish off a few

Overall: A very good tasting beer, But NOT cheap either. HARD to find here in Ohio.. But one of the best I have had in a while.

Photo of dgilks
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden colour with a small, short lasted white head. Poor head retention.

Light grain aroma with a slightly metallic aroma.

Crisp sweet malt with a slightly grainy note. It's also a touch herbal.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

A straight-forward lager. Very refreshing but that's about all that's going on here.

Photo of Dougal
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the most over hyped beers i've had...

it is much better than a mass produced lager but it still is not a great tasting beer. It has a low hop character, slightly sweet and malty. It has body where the macro's do not but the taste is not knocking anyone overboard. I commend the brewery for taking on the large breweries but why take them on straight ahead unless you are going to knock peoples socks off.

I tried several tastings and did not desire to finish the sample

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 DrewSnyc667
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...what a unique beer. Had in bottle and poured into a pilsener glass

A - Light straw colored, beautiful head with good lacing throughout. Nice activity as well

S - Sweet and snappy hops upfront. Lemon, grass and alcohol in th rear.

T - Just like the smell has a sweet upfront taste followed by some bitter hops. Really crisp and lively.

M - lots of carbonation and super light on the tongue. Nothing sticks. Very refreshing.

O - Awesome, if I could find it by the case I would. My favorite beer of the summer thus far.

Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stubby into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear light amber body under a finger of fine white head. Average retention and lacing; pretty attractive for what it is.

S: Fairly intense aroma of pale, biscuity malt and some lightly herbal hops. There's a touch of strange, almost salty, husky character to the malt, but overall it's pretty good for the style.

T: Mellow and yet full-flavored, with moderately sweet, very biscuity malt dominating throughout. Some hops creep in to lend a touch of crisp bitterness on the finish, but no real flavor. I'd prefer it if the hops were more prevalent, but I have to give this beer great credit for being entirely clean and tasty.

M: Smooth, nicely carbonated, and fairly substantial body; definitely a bit heavier than expected for a pale lager, and that's fine by me.

O: This beer succeeds in being exactly what it sets out to be: a clean, easy-drinking craft alternative to macro swill. I'm glad I picked up 12-packs of both the regular and black (they went over well at a party I threw for non-beer-geeks), and I would never turn one down at a cookout. I can certainly get better stuff for my money, though, at my local brewery.


Photo of MADhombrewer
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Bottle date is 10/22/11

Appearance- Very light straw color. With a stark white, big bubbled head. No lacing at all. 3.5/5

Smell- Grassy hop aroma. Some crispness. 4/5

Taste- Crisp, grassy hops. Not much malt, but it is present in the med and end of the taste. 4/5

Mouthfeel- It has a little more mouthfeel than you would think when you first see it. 4/5

Overall- I have been wanting to step away from the IPAs for a minute (this is proving very difficult), and this is just what the doctor ordered. At just 5.1% abv and, more important, less than $10 per 12 pack this could be a staple in the fridge during the summer months. 4/5

Photo of Zraly
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pale, light yellow with creamy head. Smells bready.

This is truth in advertising -- this is a sessionable beer by all accounts. Nice, but light, bready backbone with a hint of strawberries and hop oil. A bit of tang and lemon in the finish. Carbonation is spot on and really helps lighten the mouthfeel.

So good for summer boozing.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent yellow, slight hue of orange. Large 2-3 finger head but that shrinks down to a thick ring around the glass. Nose is mainly grass, fresh milled pale grain and a miniscule amount of hop spice. The flavor has a quick carbonation/hop bite upfront and then grain and lemon hit you with a thicker body than expected. Finish is crisp and leaves an extreme tingle. Dry and a lot of hop grass. Dryness attacked my tongue and made me feel like I hadn't had a drink in hours. Good beer but finish didn't work for me.

Photo of RedHunter
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today, You are lucky. Witness the FIRST O!Red's Brew Tube!

Beer Numero Uno is...

Session Lager brewed by Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub! #INDAHOUSE!!!

Poured from/ 11 oz. Stubby Bottle (like RED STRIPE ;) /into/ Widmer Bros. Pub Pint Glass

Bottom of Twist-Off bottle cap has a picture of a rock labeled "ROCK." WTF?

First Look shows Crystal Clear Golden with dos dedos head. For you punks who are too lazy to look up a spanish dictionary that means "2 Fingers." Yeah, You best thank me :) Head becomes thin, but remains prominent through every sip.

The Nostril view gets sweet malt, plus an enticing never previously encountered hop note. Sweet fruitness almost like a freshly chomped strawberry. Husky, but definitely clean like the sight behind the pint.

Light Carbonation bubbles up on the lips and tongue. Malt is superior in the Mouthfeel as the bubbles tingle off the walls. Hops aren't sitting on the bench, they're just as awesome as the scent. The light tart bitter at the end reminds me of fruit again. Warmth from alcohol makes me want to take another swig. Wish I had some bacon to eat with this. :(

Most American Lagers lack any real body. You know what it is! But damn, I thank G.O.D. for the makers of this fine USA Lager! Only a buck fiddy @CraftBeerCellar. OH YES! Snag a bunch for your BBQ and get your pisswasser drinking friends to sip on a Session Lager!

Welcome to the Brew Tube! I hope you enjoyed your first Session! O!Red says, Raise your Glass, I'd Tap That!

Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 07/12/11 notes. Poured from an 11 oz. bottle into my Dogfish Head tulip.

a - Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with two inches if white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute and leaves no lacing on the glass. Looks a bit like a BMC macro.

s - Smells of corn, grain, bready malts, and light vegetables. Nothing skunky or offensive, but pretty average and bland.

t - Tastes of corn, bready, and grain. Again, the taste is pretty bland.

m - Light body and high carbonation in the mouthfeel. Overcarbonated.

o - Overall an extremely average pale ale. Nothing offensive in the nose or taste, but nothing that made it stand out or that I really liked; just bland malts. Kind of reminds me of like a BMC product without the skunkiness or offensiveness. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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 wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hello carbonation. Pours a straw yellow with a huge white head that sounded like rice crispies due to the carbonation. This settled out after a minute, but the carbonation continued. The smell is subtle, grainy with hints of malt. The flavor follows, a mostly grainy lager, with a subtly sweet finish and notable hop. The mouthfeel is light, refreshing and crisp, what I expected from a lager. Overall a good beer, very drinkable, the flavor is somewhat different but doesn't pack a huge punch. I would drink this beer again, especially on a hot summer night.

Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.