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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 50
Gots: 80 | 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 SargeC
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold brew with a decent, white head. Low carbonation.

Smell: Clean aroma. Hints of grass and malt.

Taste: Satisfying flavor. Nice malt backbone with just the right amount of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. The body is a highlight of this brew for me. Very solid for the style.

Drinkablity: Easy drinking lager with plenty of satisfying qualities that make it unique.

SargeC, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is the full sail version of budweiser i guess and if you believe the new budweiser ads that try to make the crap beer sound like some type of craft beer lager, well whatever, this beer is good , perfect companion to mowing the lawn in 100 degree weather.

cool bottle, throwback to the old stumptown style.

Hollenbeck2, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

emerge077, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good sized head.

Smell: Not much, a little bread.

Taste: Pretty good breadiness with some grassy hop notes.

Drinkability: Unoffensive and easy to have more than one in a sitting. Very inexpensive at less than $10 for 12 bottles.

Picked up a single to try it out, neat grenade-like bottle. Not super flavorful but enough there to stay interested.

Mdog, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a creamy head and a steady stream of bubbles in my Sam Adams glass. The smell is grainy and slightly hoppy. The taste is malty and earthy with some bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is nicely balanced in flavor and quite smooth. It is definitely making me rethink what an American Lager can be!

barefootbrewer, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear & yellow, little head.

Clean aroma, moist, a little pissy, but inoffensive. Lemon zest...

As lager-y as it gets on the palate, some slight, grainy texture, but we're just talking beer beer here, folks.
Extra light in body, extra easy drinking, but also extra boring.
Little too citrus-y, and then a bit too sweet.

You can drink it, but it does little for my tastebuds.
Mouthfeel gets creamier, and tastier the more I drink, ...
I'm liking it better.
Good try, though, guys, nothing wrong with a craft brew lager.

feloniousmonk, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice stubby bottle with a twist-off cap contains this straw gold beer. Fizzy white head builds big, then backs off. Aroma is earthy, ground herbs and grassy goodness.

Taste is extremely clean, not overly carbonated and fizzy. Malty character stands out with a touch of lemon pepper and a slight bit of hop bitterness at the end makes this a very drinkable and refreshing beer.

They got the name right, a fine session beer.

saintwarrick, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear yellow color with about two fingers of white head that slowly dissipated to a thin lacing of white. Aroma is slightly of hops, but no real strong smell. Flavor is good, one of the best basic lagers that I have had. Drinkability is excellent. Mouthfeel is great. Great session beer, hence the name.

biggmike, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11 oz (?) stubby little bottle. Under the cap there is a picture of a pair of scissors that has a very Brechtian label reading "scissors". Not sure what that is. A: Yellow with a hint of orange, champagne like fizziness, good amount of thick head that retains pretty well, decent amount of lacing. S: Very light malt, yeast, perhaps some really distant hops. Nothing too loud. T: Very light but actually very nicely balanced. Some flour, very distant hops, slightly dry finish. Very, very clean. Maybe some slight citrus in there. M: Crisp, coarse, refreshing. D: I wasn't expecting much, my mom picked up this beer when I was home in Idaho because she thought the bottle was cool. I expected a bland macro lager but I was willing to give it a chance after I saw it was full sail, and I was pleasantly surprised. Really nice drinking beer. Like a really nice version of Budweiser. I'd probably pick it up if I saw it again, though I'm not likely to see this one on the east coast.

PlaywrightSam, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Sessions pours a beautiful clearity with amazing carbonation. The head is very respectable that is slow to diminish. Crisp light malts and subtle noble hops dominate the nose. The initial taste is very close to the nose, malts transitioning to slight hops. Good. It is refreshingly light in the mouth without being weak. This beer is everything a light lager should be. With a tad more hops it could be a killer German Pilsner. I dig the 11oz. bottle but know that I am getting ripped off in the long run. However, underneath each cap is either a paper, scissor, or rock, so it can make for an interesting game throughout the night. This beer is one of the few beers that I enjoy straight out of the bottle. Without being demeening I consider this beer to be a high class "lawn mowin'" beer.

timbro81, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet grainy malt and a suprisingly strong grassy hop.

The taste was very well balanced and a bit maltier than I expected. Very good doughy malts were in perfect harmony with a light floral hop. Some mild sweetness throughout.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a relatively dry finish.

Overall a very tatsy, simple and easy to drink lager. I imagine that this was the blueprint for the original American all malt lagers. I am glad someone is still making it.

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

plaid75, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured a golden, straw color with an inch, off white head.

Smell- Not much smell maybe a hint of grains.

Taste- Had a grain taste to it. Like corn or something. Also had a slight metallic taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Thin and carbonated

Drinkability- Not bad. Good beer for after mowing the lawn. What a great old school bottle though

Beerbuddha, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of RedDiamond
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I thought I’d hold out and sample Full Sail’s best selling new beer on draught at the Hood River brewery where it’s produced. But as I sat down at the bar in the newly remodeled taproom I noticed a small bucket full of Session bottle caps and the bartender informed me that the beer is only served in the 11-oz. stubby bottles, never on draught. They don’t even pour it in a glass for you, but simply crack the bottle and hand it to you.

It’s been a mighty long time since I’ve been served a beer like that. I ordinarily visit brewpubs to drink draught beers or at the very least, get a bottled beer served in a glass. So I had to smile at being caught off guard by the quaint old-school service. It seems Full Sail has taken the whole “working man’s session lager” thing quite seriously. And it somehow seems appropriate.

Bear with me because I’ve never, ever consumed a beer straight from the bottle for evaluative purposes. But if that’s how the brewery intends it to be served, I’m drinking this one straight from the bottle.

Session lager is the color of a pale lager inside a brown bottle. That is to say, I have no idea what color it is. All I can surmise is that the beer appears reasonably clear, has low carbonation, and doesn’t care to put forth a head. And the smell is… well, the smell is stuck inside the bottle. And no matter how much I tried to coax the smell out or squeeze my nose in, I just couldn’t connect.

By the way, the beer comes in a twist-off bottle but the bartender used a bottle opener. Score one for service.

After indulging all the inverse hullabaloo of a genuine proletariat stubby of lager (reminiscent of Oly), the taste of Session was frankly a bit disappointing. It’s actually just plain boring. Though it purports to be an all-malt beverage, all the classic shortcomings of an industrial macro lager are here in good measure – the wet-grass-in-a-blender taste with the drab, scowling finish. When I was eighteen I might have really enjoyed this beer. (While listening to an LP of Journey, no less.) But now that I’m all grown up I like to drink good beer, and this ain’t it.

Hint: drink it before it warms and you won’t have to taste it.

RedDiamond, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce bottle, best by 12/17/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Lacing and head retention are both good. It smells like sweet malt, grassy hops and a bit of a lemon/citrusy smell. The taste is mainly bready/grainy, with some lemon and hops. Finish is crisp and clean. Mouthfeel is light/medium and not watery at all. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. "Session" is the perfect name for this beer, I think it's a good overall lager.

bluejacket74, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 12 ounce bottle served in a cooled pint glass at the Headquarters Bar in Mineral, Washington.

A: It poured a bight straw yellow with a robust three finger off white head. The head receded quickly leaving a ring around the collar and a barely noticeable amount of lacing.

S: There was not much aroma without coxing. It has a slight floral hop aroma with a tiny bit of citrus.

T: This is a smooth lager with low carbonation, a bit of sweetness, and not hoppy bitterness. It has a very clean flavor that is very refreshing.

M: Smooth light body. It goes down easy reminiscent of a flavored water.

D: Very good lager that goes down easy, has a clean aroma and taste and leaves a very clean aftertaste.

Comment: I'm not a lager head but if I were this would be a beer that I would consider fror my lengthly sessions. It is a very solid beer and reflects well on Full Sails stable of beers.

dnichols, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured into a pint glass from the unique stubby 11oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear dark straw color with a lingering pure white 2 and a half finger head. Some lacing evident. Typical lager appearance, but the head makes this one a bit more inviting.

Smell: Nice clean scent with some malt coming through in the middle. Includes a grassy scent you would typically expect from a beer of this type.

Taste: Grassy with a nice balancing malt character coming in at the middle. Finishes clean with another grassy hop character coming in.

Notes: I probably won’t be picking this one up again. This is a very average beer – nothing offensive, but nothing really standing out in my opinion. This one lives up to its name in that it’s a perfect session beer, but nothing you’ll really remember.

BucBasil, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stubby little 11oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that quickly turns into a thin lacing. The aroma is some grain and a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with a nice grainy malt backbone. The drinkability is extremely high as it would make a perfect session brew. Overall, this is a very nice lager that is highly drinkable. Recommended. I only bought a single bottle and I am craving another one. I suppose I will have to stock up the next time I go to the store.

cjgator3, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11 ounce bottle w/a clearly marked freshess date into a flute style glass.

A: Poured w/a good amount of head. Nice looking pale golden color. Very good lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a sweet malty grain with a lemon hope note.

T & M: Starts off with bread sweetness and then the somewhat tingly grain mouthfeel comes in before the lemon hop bite is tasted. Finishes fairly clean. Mouthfeel is good for the style, as it isn't watery at all and the carbonation contributes the beer's drinkability.

D: I think I just might have found my new session brew to replace some of the other pale lagers I used to keep around in the past. This beer tastes kind of like a good German Helles, but has more flavor while retaining the high level of drinkability.

AustinBeerLvr, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of mynie
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from an 11 ounce stubby little bottle that you can't help but like. Dark yellow with a decent but short lived head.

Very nice earthy, all malt odor. Weeds, sour mash, and lemongrass.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Almost no hops, but enough crisp malt complexity to make it worthwhile, even if it's not spectacular.

A nice session ale, hence the name. Worth its cheap price.

mynie, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought from a local vendor that stores it's beer at room temperature so this may affect my review. The story I heard is this is an attempt to re-create the old (1960's) Olympia stubby in all it's glory. My opinion is they came pretty close to the mark! It seems in retrospect to be slightly hoppier than the original an a bit stronger in the alcohol department. A great all-day microbrew. You could drink 4 or 5 of these at an afternoon party and still be coherent. A great lager for a hot day.

Spikester, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent golden/honey with 2 fingers of white foam. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Floral & lemon hops, plus some honey

T: Floral hops & honey malt & little lemon hops. I get crackers & cornyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with citirc hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinks alright, a little maybe a little too simple for me, but I did like it better than the special edition#2 & very happy I didn't buy a 12 pack!

russpowell, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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

brentk56, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, sweet, and a nice touch of caramel. Light-Medium body, this brew is crisp and smooth. Drinkable, a nice Lager from Full Sail, a nice thirst quencher.

Wasatch, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of atsprings
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Talisker for the extra! Pours a very crisp yellow almost orange with almost no head. Aroma is sweet malt with very subdued hops in the back. The taste is actually extremely bland, very hard to distinguish it from the macro guys. The beer is very light, but the blandness overpowers any mouthfeel aspects. This one was just about a drain pour.

atsprings, Jun 15, 2007
Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.