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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 63 | 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 ChiTownHustler
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%

Split a 12 pack with my bro this summer while in Seattle on vacation.Great taste went down smooth.We drank this on a clear day sitting on his deck looking at Mt.Ranier.I wonder if it would be the same sitting in my basement watching the Bears?If they ever sell this in IL. I will find out.

ChiTownHustler, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

A- sparkling yellow to straw in color. 1/4" tiny bubbly white head, decent lacing

S- clean, crisp, malty, floral

T- crisp malt sweetness balanced by some herbal hop bitterness, taste of honey, bittersweet grainy aftertaste, nice balance favors malts

M- nice light body, great carbonation, smooth, very crisp

D- for what this beer is, i haven't had better. This isnt my personal style, but i really wouldnt mind having this beer some other place some other time.

tonistruth, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of teg8612
4/5  rDev +9.3%

A- Pale golden yellow. Clear with a decent head from an agressive pour. Disipates quickly.

S- Mildly malty with herbal hop and grainy.

T&M- Very soft malt. Hop matches the malt perfectly. Oily yet leaves a clean palate. Moderate body and crisp, dry finish.

D- This is an un-skunked Heini or Pils Urq. Very good lager and a good choice if you want to session a lighter beer. Why it comes in 11 oz. bottles is beyond me.

teg8612, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of mghotbi
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a stubby screwtop 11 oz bottle - clear yellow with ample off white head which persists a surprisingly long time and leave behind a bit of lace.

Smell screams "American Macro" - mild hop tones but nothing overwhelming. No off-scents. Mouthfeel is crisp and light - on the watery side.

Taste is clean, with mild citrus hop flavors early balanced by a trace of sweet malt. Nothing overwhelming, nothing out of balance. Just a clean light lager without much complexity, but also without the astringency of rice-laden lagers or the artificial sweetness of the corn brews.

Drinkability is exceptional. This is truly a fine "session" lager, if you forgive the pun. It pairs well with many cuisines (It was delicious with some Indian food today), but stands up on its own. A great alternative to adjunct-laden macro lagers for those who prefer a lighter beer.

mghotbi, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours a macro lager yellow with a tight fine white head that doesn't go away immediately.

The smell is mostly sweet malt, but there is very little complexity there.

Flavor is no great shakes either. Not bad, just very ordinary. The flavor is mild and gentle, and starts with some fairly pleasant light hops up front that are slightly herbal, and continues on to a malt backbone that is also light. Not as sweet as it smells, and their is some crispness that is pleasant.

The mouthfeel is not bad, some creaminess in the midpalate and some crispness on the finish. Correctly carbonated, and probably about the right weight.

From one standpoint drinkability is high- its easy to swallow and relatively light in alcohol, and in that sense its a session beer. Unfortunately, I just don't think there is enough going on here to warrant me ever having another.

Georgiabeer, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of leedorham
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked up a half rack of 11oz stubbies and had to argue with myself about the purchase since 11 is less than 12. Still, i'd heard good things so had to give it a go.

-Pours a light reddish orange with an off-white head. Lot's of hop aroma and slight sweetness. Poured the first one Oly-style (couldn't resist with stubbies) by putting the pint glass on top and then inverting.

-The taste is very full and smooth with limited complexity. Seems different from other lagers in that there still seems to be a good amount of malty sweetness and body to it.

-Take any typical American lager, subtract all that limits its taste and this is what you'll get. Makes me proud to be born and raised in Oregon.

leedorham, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of unklesyd
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%

This is definately not in the eschelon of "great beers", but this is one great beer.

I find myself buying this a lot. It really does live up to its name of Session. I can, and have, drank four or five of these back to back on several occasions. Light bodied and crisp balance make it unique in its ability to session among affordable beverages.

Slight graininess and nice snappy clover honey in the nose. Very neutral flavor, ever so slightly malt forward, clean hop bitterness with just a touch of clean hop flavor that does not hint at a particular variety.

By far the best "just lager" I've ever had.

unklesyd, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours golden colored with white head. Aroma is malty with faint hop aroma. Taste is mostly sweet malts with a little hops in the finish. Maybe some fruitiness, but it is mostly crisp and clean. The carbonation gives it a little bite, but works well with this light mouthfeel (but fuller than a lot of beers in this style). This beer lives up to its name in drinkability, I could easily drink a few these The only complaint I have is this is often too expensive, but I recently found it on sale for $10.00 a twelve pack. I'd reccomend this one, this is one of the best lagers I've had.

Dizzy, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +9.3%

From an 11fl.oz. brown stubby, with the word "PAPER" and an icon under the red twist-off cap, pours a light-gold (brass) lager with a finger of bubbly white head. Good carbonation keeps the head alive and some nice lacing is left behind as you drink.

The smell is of a grainy, robust malt with the sweetness tamped down with grassy hop after notes. Nice aroma for a lager.

Good malt flavor that is well balanced with the hops that gives a clean and refreshing taste, not sweet, yet not too bitter. A top-notch lager with a great taste.

Light to medium body with a smooth, yet crispness in the finish kind of mouthfeel and the alcohol masked well, make this a beer certainly worthy of it's name.

A good session beer that I truly recommend, I hope it's readily available for this Summer...cheers.

scottoale, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of troutmask96
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

All will bow before the king of poundable lagers. Full Sail gets nearly everything right with their sexily-bottled Session Premium Lager. With a hint of hops, sensational smoothness, and low 5.1 ABV, Session is the perfect summertime beer. Buy it by the case...

troutmask96, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

11oz. stubby bottle. Best Stubby design I've found for years.

Pours nice yellow with good bubbly fluffy head. Second Session consumed from the bottle.

Scent is very subdued, mild malt and grass smells. Taste is very clean and refreshing. A bit maltier than most lagers of its hue. Excellent thirst quencher on a hot summer day. Higher ABV than you would expect from its taste.

And...I got Scissors.

Dubbercody, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

From the bottle (the coolest bottle I have ever seen). Pours out to a medium yellow color with a nice head of white foam. Aromas of mild malts, grass, earthy grain. Taste is medium bodied and completely quaffable; malt, hops, a touch of light herbs and hay. Nice. Mouthfeel was refreshing and bubbly. Quite nice. Drinkability is good. I have to admit, most I drank straight from the bottle, which was still a good expericence. Recommended. Special thanks to Dubbercody for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev +12%

11 oz bottle stubby (like a Red Stripe bottle) with a big red label and "Session" in very stylized (retro-50's) text. On close-out sale for $0.99 for the bottle at La Bodega in Riverside (how much was this on regular price? Seems pricy for closeout).

Pours a bright clear yellow with a tiny head that goes to nothing except a bit from tiny streamers of carbonation. Aroma is very grainy, kinda like a Kellogg's plant at full production. Slight grassy hop nose too.

Flavor is full rich malty beer. Like many of the macros from days of old, but much more substantial, much more filling, much more. There it is to summarize the flavor- it's "more". One of the better of the style I've had! It's a hot day, and this suits just fine!

Clean, solid, tasty, an easy drinker for sure.

Dukeofearl, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%

Straw colored with just a bit of head. Aroma is of earthy hops and sweet grains. Slightly sweet cereal flavor with just enough hop bitterness to provide a nice balance. A slight metallic finish. Nicely carbonated. This would be a nice summer session beer and would probably be a nice gateway beer for the macro drinker.

nvsblman, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of utahbeerdude
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%

Visual: Light to medium, clear golden color, not much persistence in an only slightly creamy head.
Aroma: Hardly any at all. I detect perhaps a bit of malt sweetness and an even smaller bit of metal in there somewhere, but you really have to work at it to detect anything in the nose. After a while the metal seems to fade.
Flavor: Graininess to start that is balanced by carbonation and perhaps a tinge of hop flavor. Nothing else much happens until the finish where a balanced, but fairly short lived spike in bitterness occurs. Hop character seems to be an American version of some noble variety, Perle or Mount Hood perhaps?
Mouthfeel: Body seems bigger than the flavor would suggest.
Overall: Quite clean overall. Total lack of aroma really hurts this one, especially against the substantial (for the style) body. Drinkable, but not notable. This is brewed by Full Sail Brewing, so they deserve some props for even giving this style a go, but it isn't really clear what they are trying to achieve. At least the 11 oz. (which is enough) hand-grenade (sort of) shaped bottle is cute.

utahbeerdude, May 25, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz nubby stubby, thanks edmundfitzoil

crisp yellow and clear with orange highlights, active bubble life and wispy cream head leaving walls of lace. hoppy grainy aroma with the rawness of stone ground corn and milled barley, leathery and woody yet fresh and concise. taste turns 180, provides refreshement and a good deal of thirst quenching without the primordial awkwardness. overall flavor is one of honey-touched german pilsner with a homebrew yeasty twist. perhaps the label and title give a false psychological sense of satisfaction, but i really think this beer acts wonderfully as a satiating session lager. just what it says on the label. 100% accurate, enjoy.

finally, something that lives up to the 'hype'.

goodbyeohio, May 24, 2006
Photo of Mark
3.88/5  rDev +6%

After a wonderful cool and wet winter it's geting miserably hot here in the eastern bay area. I often look for a more refreshing type of beer to drink and have often been intrigued by this offering from Full Sail. The unique stubby bottles remind me of my Fijian vacations, we're off to a good start. Light gold color and there is a decnt head which leaves a few smatterings of lacing. Fuity tastes meshes nicely with the traditional lager maltiness and light hopping. Goes down well and is refreshing. Not my favorite in a style I don't delve into much anymore, but it's a good alternative when I can't find North Coasts Scrimshaw. Decent beer all around.

Mark, May 13, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Clear brass with champagne-like bubbles that swirl upwards to form a very respectable white head.

Smell: Light white wine, honey, fresh malts, some hay-like hops, and a tart fruitiness, possibly from the yeast. There's also a little DMS, but it's fairly subdued and doesn't really interfere with the overall aroma.

Taste: Pretty good! Slightly sweet, very mellow, clean, and simple. Light malts, and fresh, blunt, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Slick, somewhat grainy, perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: What can I say? The beer is aptly named!

soulgrowl, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of thaichile
3/5  rDev -18%

Bottle. Pours a Bud yellow without much head. Better than the look would suggest. Nose is malty. Mostly fruit (apples) and malt but pretty balanced, with some hop bitterness. A tad of sweetness as well. A good session brew. Thanks to Zorro for providing the bottle.

thaichile, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Cute, 11 oz. stubbie. I almost didn't notice it next to the Red Stripe.

Pours a clear, golden with a finger of soft, bubbly white head. Fresh cereal grains and honey sweet malt blend with un-macroish hop zest and spice. Nice. Clean, tangy to sweet bread malts throughout. Honeyish sweetness and a good toasted cereal barley taste. Zesty, floral, spicy hops are tasty and refreshingly bitter. Not outstanding, but well made. Moderate-light body with a lively feel. Considerably drinkable. Let's hope macro drinkers find this and try it to see what a good American golden lager tastes like.

alexgash, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

I poured this from the red labeled, brown glass stuby bottle with the rock/paper/scissors under the bottle caps. I've drank this beer before, but I picked up a twelve pack for our house warming party. I poured mine into my Baldwin-Wallace standard pint glass.

The beer poured a light gold color with a big bubbled, white head. The beer left a small amount of thin lacing. The nose was big on the grains. The taste was not overly complex, about what I expected, but very fulfilling for the style: a beer with a nice maliness, with a very clean, lightly hopped finish. There was a dryness to the beer, but it proved to be thirst quenching and incredibly drinkable with its medium abv. The name proved to be perfectly fitting for that reason. A perfect beer for a hot, day, perhaps at the beach.

edmundfitzoil, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Tried this at the Burger Bar in Las Vegas (Mandalay-place for anyone interested).

Comes in a stubby little bottle the reminds me of a Red Stripe. It's only 11oz...interesting.
Pours a typical " bright yellow" although definitely darker than a normal macro-lager. Actually a little darker than a Helles, too.
Scent is definitely a lager. Crisp, but with a grain finish. Definitely some malt there. No real huge hop traces in the smell, but they're there.
Flavor is nice. On a warm day this would be the greatest lawnmower beer ever. Malts are sweet and take center stage. There's a little hop bitterness in the finish, but it's subdued. If you could imagine someone taking something like an MGD and making it the craft way, this is it. It's everything you could want. The sweetness is like nothing I've had. As I drink more, it's kind of similar to white grapes or grape juice. Finish is scarily clean, which compels you to want more.
Mouthfeel is perfect for easy drinking. Thin enough to drink VERY easily, but it's not watery.
Drinkability is as the name implies, very high.
I really liked this. Reminds me of the hearty German lagers because of the boldness, but the flavor is closer to an American lager (and this isn't bad, either!).
Lagers are a style that people dismiss a lot of times, but a good one is something I really enjoy. I wish more people would take a stab at a premium lager.

Domingo, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of theo692
3.33/5  rDev -9%

What a surprise this beer was and is. Have tried it half a dozen times now, and each time, I have to tell myself that my mouth isn't putting one over on me. Sessions is an unassuming brew in its Red Stripe-like bottle, and the pour and smell don't even hint at how refreshing and light this beer is to drink.

In a word, before you taste it, this beer looks thin. Very little head, very light color; it might even be mistaken for a Bud! the smell comes across as a little too sweet (and I like sweet beer).

But the taste is not to be missed. Great for drinking on a summer day outside: fruity and complex. Reminds me a bit of Pater Witkap and other "summer" beers from Belgium.

As with all sweet things, multiples are tough, and Sessions suffers that fate. Great once, pretty good after two, but I'd probably move on and look for something else if I were drinking three (or more). Still, a fine beer at a reasonable price by the folks at Hood River!

theo692, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Interesting bottle but caps are damn hard to unscrew. Reasonable price at $10 for a 12 pack.

Pours a typical clear straw to gold color but a little darker than some. Good carbonation with an airy head that drops fast and leaves a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma and flavor is a bit maltier than I expected, Fairly refresing but had some noticable bitterness to it. Not as clean as a typical lager of this type. Overall pretty good, definately a good alternative to drinking macros.

kgotcher, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Nothing that I would call complex or challening in any way, but it's a really nice, refreshing, all-malt alternative to adjunct filled macro brews.

Pours golden and bubbly. It's got a crisp and clean grassy smell with a bit of herbal hop. Tastes slightly flowery with a soft hop bitterness and a grape taste that balance the flavor out. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good sizzle of carbonation. Dry on the tongue and very easy to drink...hence the name.

If you are stuck on beers like Miller, Pacifico, and other corn and other adjunct filled beers, give this a try. It won't taste THAT different, but it does taste better and you can experience what beer drinking in America was like before prohibition. Even comes in a neat little 11oz stubby bottle. Plus, it's cheap (22 bucks for a case of 24 bottles at my local speciality liquor store) and it has a cool little rock-paper-scissors game you can play with the caps

UberWasser, Feb 22, 2006
Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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