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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 56
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-17-2005

ABV 5.1% IBU 18
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Ratings: 1,052 | Reviews: 462
Photo of SiriusAth
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass. Pours a very clear light straw, pale golden yellow, not much of a head at all, just a small white collar, a few nice streams of bubbles from the bottom. Minimal lacing, just a few strands.

There's a nice and solid pale malt aroma in the nose, graininess, and a light whiff of earthy hops floating around. Very clean, true to style.

Very well balanced profile in the mouth. Ever so faint pale malt sweetness and lightly toasted grain up front, crossing over to a minimal earthy and herbal bitterness right at the finish. Reminds me of a toasted-grain type of cereal. A close mirror to the nose, not much there, but again stylistically good.

Solid mouthfeel for a lager, light bodied, easy to imbibe, respectable carbonation, and the grain flavor lingers after the semi-dry finish.

Session lager indeed. No big frills, just a well built and easily quaffed brew. I like it, and could easily drink quite a few of these on a warm afternoon.

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

From the adorable stubby bottlette, which goes down much too fast. Smell is malt and perhaps a little lager sulfur. Taste is crisp grain, fizzy carbonation, dry aftertaste. Really enjoyably light, but with reasonable malt flavor and thankfully without the taste of corn.

Photo of stumac
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like the little stubby bottle. Apparently this was their original Lager recipe before prohibition.

pours up a reggy macro gold color with a little vaj white head. the nose initially smelled like poop and pee in the same bowl but after a few seconds of intense sniffing, notes of subtle malt and hops and even a little yellow apple came out to play. the taste is fuller and tastier than expected. a good amount of hops bring a peppery and a floral attribute to the table, accompanied by subtle malts. medium bodied, low spritzy carbo. a decent Session Lager.

Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a good, tasty, traditional lager and one of my favourite US micro-brewery pale lagers.

It's deep gold with a fairly large, somewhat dense white head steadily diminishing to a lasting small foamy top with a hint of lace.

The aroma is a nice pale lager aroma of grain, hints of pine and honey, slightly flowery, and without a strong "cracker" quality that to me is common in a lot of West Coast pale lagers and ales and to me gets tiresome quickly.

The taste is also a nice, tasty, basic lager: light but full and persisitent in flavour with grain, persistent light grassiness, hints of lemon and green apple peel, grain sweetness mixed with light grassy bitterness. It's nicely balanced with a good feel and it's very drinkable. The flavour persists and holds up very well.

Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Session Lager is a fine beer. There's nothing really wrong with it. It's certainly better than a whole lot of macrobrews, but it occupies a similar, casual drinking space for me. That sounds a bit harsh, but it's more a function of the style than anything else. There are no off flavors, which is important for this type of beer, but I can't justify a high score for it. I guess this is where personal taste wins out in my reviewing. I would love to find a dozen of these in the fridge at a poker night.

There's nothing really great about the appearance. It's a light gold beer with a nice but quickly dissolving head. The nose is not very strong but doesn't smell off at all. It's a clean smelling and clean tasting beer. There is some sweetness and some acerbic bite from the flavor and the carbonation. I like the carbonation. It's probably even more drinkable than I'm giving it credit, but the aftertaste is not entirely pleasing. All in all, a pretty good beer for some casual drinking and all in a fun little bottle.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was looking for some brews at the now well stocked local beer store and happened upon this brew. I first got pulled in by the classic bottle shape then the name: "Session". With a name like that it must be good. And the price, very reasonable. Well I wasn't disappointed. The smell of this beer is a nicely balanced malted grain and sweeter hop smell. The color (it pains me to pour it out of the cool bottle) is golden yellow. The carbonation is perfect, there is a sublime fog that exits the bottle when you open it. The flavor is exquisite, sweet yet ever so slightly hopped to balance and give a sweet dry finish. This is the beer everybody else drinks, but this one has premium flavor and is robust. A true pleasure to drink. I will be buying this in quantity. Drinkability is off the scale. For the style of beer, we may need to give out a new "Blue Ribbon."

Photo of KeefD
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow straw color, no foam, no lacing. Nice carbonation makes this one sparkle. Excellent aroma of orange blossom and honey. Flavor is right on par with the nose. Hints of orange, honey, plenty of pale malt, and crisp, dry finish. Minimal bitterness. Very smooth and easy to drink. At 5.1%, possible the best Session lager of all time?

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. stubby bottle, bears a remarkable resemblence to the Red Stripe bottle, but what's inside is a step up,

A: Pours yellow with a long-lasting white head which stays as a light film as the beer is drunk.

S: Light malt profile, carbonic acid, grassy hops, more noble than anything else, does not have a characteristic West Coast scent.

T: Strong malt - almost a straw flavour, light cornmeal with great biscuit taste - the biscuits you get at rural diner for breakfast. Very sweet initially, the hops are there - adds lemon rind, light spice, some citrus, it shows it's Western character here in the ending.

M: Crisp, not the cleanest lager, still has a smattering of residual sugar, easy drinkability.

D: After having some rather pallid lagers lately in the dog days of August, this one really stands out. I wish the big boys made a lager that tasted this good, still for a craft beer it is relatively cheap, a 12er costs like $10.99. Great easy drinking summer baseball beer here, I could drink these like water.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the stubby bottle, simple logos and hefty cardboard case this beer came in. Bold naming and styling to compliment a lager that stands out among American lagers.

An active pour yields ample white suds that last well and leave good lacing. Nice clarity and a hearty golden color. It looks more like a substantial APA than most macro lagers.

Aromas have husky, lightly toasted grains and maybe grassy hops. Definitely the unmistakable lager aroma that I have yet to figure out how to describe. Good, full smells coming from this beer.

Definitely a tasty, full flavored beer. Lots of husky grains, which just a bit of sweetness. Balanced by ample bittering hops, which also lend some subtle grass and herb flavors. As I let it warm, the bready malts definitely come through more. In fact, I think this beer tastes better having warmed a little bit. I can't stand most other lagers once they've warmed beyond frosty cold. Definitely a testimony to the quality of this brew.

Medium body keeps the flavors lingering longer than usual, yet finishing clean and refreshing. This washed down a steak quesadilla quite well.

I found this on sale for $9 a 12 pack here in Portland over the summer. Definitely very high quality/price ratio, high drinkability makes this a great brew to have around. Props to Full Sail for making a good lager and keeping the price reasonable. I wasn't surprised at all to hear that this and their APA account for around 2/3 of their total production when taking their tour in Hood River.

Photo of CNeilP09
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

recently released in georgia. picked up a twelve pack yesterday to have for sunday beer. i was a bit intrigued by the stubby bottle. i drank this stuff straight from the bottle, in my opinion, a session beer is one that can be swilled from the bottle.

drinks like a champ. good carb, glassy nose. excellent mouthfeel. solid and crisp. good thirst quencher on a hot sunday, no doubt.

certainly recommended. 13 bucks a twelve seemed a bit high though. and the 11 oz bottle wasn't really nice of the full sail team. but they did a good job with this one, nonetheless.


Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Session, eh? Let's give it a go. Props to ignoring the long neck trend.

A: Medium to medium pale yellow tinge. Two fingers mildly off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks to be pretty prevalent carbonation in the glass.

S: Mild husked grain, delicate citric hop aromas and a bit of barnyard mosey out of the glass.

T: Clean and dry in the onset. Hops become noticeable in the mid palate, with mild evergreen and orange flavors being present along with the same grain found in the nose. As the grain begins to subside in the finish, the hops take on the dominant role and finish the beer out on the same citric and mild pine notes.

M: Good body. This beer isn't overly carbonated and the hops give it enough body to keep things interesting.

D: Shiiit, son. It's a session brew. Meant for mass consumption.

Photo of goschool
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock, paper, scissors shoot. Paper. Suck it all of you with Session Lager bottle caps that have rock.

Appearance: The pour is gold with a little less than a finger of fluffy white head that soon vanishes.

Smell: The nose has semi-sweet malts up front with with a touch of floral hops and a hint of squash.

Taste: The semi-sweet malts come in first followed by hops that I can't quite figure out. They're clearly a combination of European and American varieties. Overall, it's light and fairly crisp even though it's not particularly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Full Sail made a nice simple lager. It just doesn't have a flavor profile that makes me crave multiple bottles. If the brewers backed off on the malts and kicked up the hop bill while keeping it below 5% ABV, they would really have something.

Photo of Floydster
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce bottle given to me from a friend tonight, he said this stuff was pretty cheap, cool looking bottle, poured into a pint glass

A-Pale golden straw color, 3/4 inch foamy white head, some retention, very minimal lacing
S-Slightly skunky, grains, grassy accents, some lemon, bready malt, and a little sweetness
T-Started off a little chewy because of the malt and then the skunky side hit in the finish, could have used some more hops, not dry enough, got even less so as it warmed, not enough going on, slight lemon zest by the end in the aftertaste
M-Somewhat sweet, slightly, thicker body for a lager but still only about medium, taste did not last long, could have used more carbonation
D-Could drink a few bottles but then taste would get old, light on the stomach, slightly heavy somehow, ABV is low though and hidden

Had never seen these bottles before which is weird because Full Sail is so common around here, not my favorite lager but not too bad, might drink again, might be worth trying

Photo of Buebie
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11 oz stubby, with freshness date...how nice.
I love the bottle, makes me fell like I'm hangin with the guys in strange brew. Eh?

Poured a lovly golden with a 2 finger white head, some little retention. Medium thin laceing, steady carbonation rise.
Smell is mostly a crisp clean bready dough with a hint of grassy hops.

Taste is sweet up front with grassy hops, moderate clean carbonation zing. Some bittering hops at the swallow in a grassy fashion.
Thin mouthfeel, but very flavorful and follows the style.

Good lawnmower beer any time of year. At $9 a 12 pack, you cant go wrong.

Photo of wcudwight
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breity for the chance to try this beer.
Clear pale yellow in color with a paper thin white head. The head retains very well inspite of it's lack of body.
Very grainy aroma with sweet malts. A bit of grassiness. There's also a mild hint of buttered popcorn in the aroma which takes away from the olefactory experiece just a bit. Overall the aroma is not by any means off-putting.
Great flavor profile for the style. Lot's of sweet malts with the hops far in the background. A bit of graininess but it adds to the beer in this particular style. I also taste some green grapes and a faint grassy like hoppiness.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional. Very crisp and clean, smooth easy drinking beer. This is the perfect BBQ beer. Only two very minor complaints. I wish they could keep the flavor and drop the abv down to 4-4.5% and the other is that it's not available in my area. This would be a staple in my fridge in the summertime.

Photo of bosco7
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool little bottle.

Pours a deep straw color with a voluminous head. It's a waste to drink this out the bottle because it looks real good.

Again your wasting your time by drinking it out of the bottle; the aroma is beautiful. Bready, floral and a little lemony.

Starts bready and a little sweet. Hops are spicy and have a floral quality. Flavors are huge or in your face but it is nice enough. Finish isn't as clean as I would like.

One can drink a lot of these suckers as the name would elude. Very refreshing on a 95 F day. I would recommend checking this out.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking stubby bottle. Not cool it is only 11 oz.

Poured into a Guinness true pint glass, deep golden hue, thin white head with tons of carbonation. Head does not last long.

Smells malty. Unoffensive, but not much going on in the scent department.

Not bad, better than I expected. 2 words: smooth and refreshing...which is what a session beer should be, right?
I like that the ABV is above 5, if barely. A decent price a 12 pack...about 13 bucks. Would be a pretty cool keg beer for a party.

Would definately buy again...the name says it all!

Photo of mhewes
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a clear golden color with a good white head

S : Good sweet malt aroma with slight hop notes

T : Good malt flavor with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. It's nice and crisp.

M : It has some body to it but there is a lightness and smoothness to it.

D : This is a great session beer for the summer. Is one that I can drink plenty of.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11oz bottle from mhewes via trade extra. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Sam Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the clear burnished gold brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with good lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malts. Taste is sweet upfront, smooth in the middle, and crisp hoppiness on the close. Mouthfeel is amazingly soft over the tongue, and drinkability is superb. Glad I got this one and a twin as an extra, this stuff is great!

Photo of Yesac
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great lager.

A - clear yellow/golden with a quickly fading head. Excellent lacing.

S - Not much going on with the smell... malts and floral smells.

T - Great matly flavor with some hop presense. Light carbonation.

M - Refreshing, with the malts sticking nicely.

D- Very high drinkability, I think I found my beer of the summer.

Photo of elniko
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from the stubby bottle

This is a beer that its name says it all. This is the ultimate "session" brew. This beer is has strong malt flavor but is not heavy either. This is definitely a brew that could be had all day long. This is my go-to beer when I want something fairly light and refreshing when I'm not in the mood for something hoppy. This will always be a stand-by in the fridge.

Photo of jordoo
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra in a trade with mhewes, thanks!

11oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

I'll start with the bottle. Its a very cool retro stubby type of bottle that you might have seen in your grandma's medicine cabinate. The bottle is a keeper. Huge white fluffy head on this one and its a shiney golden yellow in color. Smells of floral and spicey grassy hops with some grainy earthy malts sents. This beer has a nice floral taste up front with a spicey hop finish and a bready malt flaver throughout. Flavor sticks nicely. Decent mouth feel but as the name implies it is extremely drinkable.

Photo of heavyblanket
4.77/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This lager has huge flavor but still be light enough for an afternoon on the porch with friends. I've had it in a pint glass and straight from the bottle. What better way to drink a "session" beer. Not an over complicated beer, but not simplistic either.

Photo of TheMistler
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into sampling glass.

Golden color with white, quickly disappearing head.

Nice hop aroma.

Very good, crisp lager. Very refreshing. I will have to be on the lookout for this beer in the coming months, as it seems like it would be a great accompaniment on a hot summer's day.

Photo of HalfFull
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent a friend to the store and thought he returned with some Red Stripes. Alas, a pleasant surprise, though I didn't know it right away. A twelve of Full Sail Session for $8.95. You'd never know it until you opened up the case though. This beer flies under the radar! No Brewer markings whatsoever! And I've been to the Full Sail Brewery.

Poured from an 11 oz. stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly opaque golden hue with a smooth minimally herbal smell and a malty lager yeast nose. Notable hops when given a bit of a swirl half way through the glass.

Tastes of a rich pilsner yet finishes with an almost amber quality in that the malt finish lingers more than most lagers. Decent feel and slightly course on the close.

I will go camping with this beer!

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Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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