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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: 52
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 dill
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for a lager when I came across this one and it didn't disappoint. The aroma wasn't very strong and the taste had a touch of sweetness to it, perhaps from fruit. An earthiness was also noted. It had a medium body with light carbonation on the tongue. I wasn't blown away by it, but it was easy to drink.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this beer is way too easy to drink, it is almsot gone before I can review it. Nice yellow color with an earthy, dirt-like, mineral smell that I get from lagers but is not at all bad for some reason. Clean lager taste, goes down so easy. This is a perfect summer beer that I am sorry I have not been drinking! A keg of this would be good.

Photo of BeerZack
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light golden-straw color, little head.

Slightly roasty, caramelly and fruity (lemony) sweet malt with slightest hint of hop presence, some carbonic whiffs. Overall, smells pretty average.

Sweet & fruity light malt with crisp, mild bitterness. Maybe a drier version of a macro all-malt lager. Pretty boring.

Strong, stingy carbonation, substantial mouthfeel for style.

Drinkable (what else?), but still not much taste.

Photo of mattster
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened 11 fluid ounce "stubby" bottle, poured into Wiessen glass. Cap reveals "Paper," which beats rock (although I am a huge rock fan).

I usually don't judge on packaging, but the stubby bottles are great and let the drinker know that this is a different beer - not what you are use to. Box is also creative and good marketing effort for full sale.

Poured a nice head of 1" that dies down to a nice foamy layer of foam across the top of golden-amber brew. Nice stream of bubbles rise to top.

First smell is of malts and sweetness, further reveals slightly floral/herbal tones. Taste is pleasant and very smooth. Malts are nice and provided just enough sweetness while giving a nice dry finish. As many bubbles rise in the glass, one might expect something more attacking, but bubbles are quite pleasant and easy to drink.

For $10.99 a 12 pack, this brew is an excellent alternative to the BMC brews. While I don't often drink a session brew, Session is a great choice. Very easy to drink, and very much worth a try.

I keep these around now for Whenever.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting a while to try this beer. I walked in to my local liquor store and they had 12 packs of this for 10 bucks, so I finally caved in and bought some.

This beer pours clear straw yellow into my Stella Artois pilsner glass. There area few white floaties present, which is kind of turn off. Good carbonation and a lively head. The aroma is pretty good with some grainy sweetness, followed by some mild earthy hoppy aromas. I do get a hint of sulfur, but this is minimal. The flavor of this beer is quite good w/ the soft malty sweetness predominating. This is followed up with some floral hoppiness. Not really bitter at all. The beer finishes dry and smooth. Much more flavorful than a macro lager. The mouthfeel is actually quite crisp initially, but finishes very smooth.

Overall this is an excellent lager. I'm not the biggest lager fan in the world, but I really like this one. Would have liked it a bit more hoppy, but thats just my taste. Despite htat this beer is extremely drinkable. It should be a beer that you bring to events that non-craft beer drinkers will be at. I am sure that it will open their eyes to greater beers. I am glad I picked up a 12 pack of this, because if I didn't I'd be out already.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool bottles and I have to give them props on the bottle cap.
Finally, I can play paper, rock, scissors without actually moving (except to open another beer).

a: Clear gold body with effervescent bubbles rising to the top. Thin white head and no lacing.

s: Light aroma of bread, grain, and herbs.

t: Light pale malt, notes of hay, bread and a mild graininess. Subtle herbal hops add balance. Non of the metallic or adjunct flavors you get with the macros. Just a simple, plain, enjoyable lager.

m: Very crisp, clean, and smooth.

d: As the name suggests, this is a great session beer. Nothing fancy, an american lager made the way it should be. Plain but enjoyable, a good beer to keep on hand when you want something simple, refreshing, and easy drinking.

Photo of Bighuge
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light golden. Slightly deeper in color than white grape juice, but along that line. Moderate amounts of carbonation surface in the body of this beer. Slight white head leaves sporadic islands of lace. Nice bready malt aroma. Slight hop spiciness noted on the nose as well. Solid nose for the style. This beer has a fizzy feel to it, like a macro, but no adjunct like flavors to it. However, the flavor really doesn't thrill me much more than a good adjunct macro. It's grainy sweet with light touches of toast and biscuit. I was expecting more out of Full Sail in a beer like this.

Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold with a light white head. Sweet corn like maltiness. Thin and a bit watery, but nicely sweet corn flavor in a good way. Very mild bitterness, easy drinking and a great alternative to macro stuff. No skunkiness at all was also a big plus. I could definitely drink this again when looking for cheap-ish beer to drink in quantity. nice stuff for a lager.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

11 oz. twist-off capped bottle. The under-side of a cap has a picture of a rock with the word "rock". Good. Now I know what I rock looks like, and now I can spell it too...Whatever...on to the beer -

Pours golden yellow with a thin white head that becomes patchy.

The smell is of sweet grain with a nice floral touch.

The taste is of sweet grain. Balancing floral notes come through in the finish. Pretty clean. Crisp.

A thirst-quencher for sure. As the name indicates, it sure is "sessionable". (Where's that other ounce?) Nothing extraordinary, but a nice, crisp, refreshing lager.

Photo of zsk
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured agressively into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearnace is a nice dark golden color. Very clear. Head was 3/4 inch and stayed around.

Smell was mild malt and some Noble hops. Clean.

Taste was clean and refreshing. Malt, hops and a little bready. All in balance and smooth.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Not heavy but not watery either. Right for this style, I think.

Drinkability is excellent. This is what the big boys should be making or at least offering one like this. I will buy this again. Why 11 ounce bottles?

Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to give extra credit to Full Sail for the awesome 11 oz. stubby bottles. They're awesome.

This is a very nice looking lager. It's a wonderful gold in color, a little deeper gold than most lagers, with a white head that reduces to about a quarter-inch of foam in my glass.

It has a nice, light hop aroma that mixes with some bread-like notes.

The flavor is also good. The bread and malt flavors are nicely apparent and it has a good crispness in the swallow from the hops, creating a nice overall balance.

The body is light, but still maintains some substance.

This is very easy to drink, which is by design, of course. This is a very fine session beer, exactly what Full Sail promised.

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 11oz stubby a clear yellow-gold with a small but stubborn head of foam with a bit of lacing.

The smell has a hoppy bitter nose with just a smidgeon of malt.

The taste has some nice hop bitterness up front with a mild but definitely present malt character that smooths out the bitterness nicely. Very easy drinking Lager here! The mouthfeel is darn god for the style and the carbonation is on the high side but again, this is one easy to drink Lager that I'm liking a lot. Thanks again, John!

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

Straw colored, nice frothy off white head around 1", good retention, very good lacing. Grassy, spicy nose. Flavorful, slightly spicy, hoppy carbonated bite on the tongue. Some meat in the mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

This what BMC should be making for everyday drinking. This is the last bottle from a 12/pk picked up in Colorado Nov 2007, I'll miss this one. Adios amigo, hasta la vista.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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