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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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984 Ratings

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 48
Gots: 71 | 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 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
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is great for the style. It's light in color like your average macro. The taste starts with pale grains followed by bready malt and a toach of caramel on top back by a little spicy hop and a tinge of bitterness, yum. This is a great example of what the craft beer movement can do. This is an awesome summer, grilling, and session beer. I had a 12-pack for a beer noob tasting party and this sucker was gone fast.

tempest, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Session Premium Lager pours a a golden yellow with a white head from a stubby eleven ounce twist off bottle. The aroma is grainy, but I also pick up a bit of malt and hops. Light body, the flavor is pretty good. The flavor is kind of grainy with a good amount of malt with hops coming in somewhat assertively for the style at the end. One of the best lagers I've had in a long time.

Drew966, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a stubby 11 oz twist top bottle "best by" dated 053107; consumed on 6/10/07. Into a pint glass, pale golden clear color with moderate carbonation. Thick head of whitish foam, but quick fade yields only a thin cap and ring with no appreciable lacing. Light grassy nose with peppery hop twang. Barley malts and sweet, floral hops on the tongue with a bit of spicy zing. Pretty subdued flavor, though, tednign toward a balanced graininess that is neither unpleasant nor especially remarkable. Good mouthfeel, subdued carbonation over a middle-viscous backbone; easily drinkable. Tasty and smooth, this one (literally) has session written all over it. I wish I had gotten in a sixer or a larger bomber. 11 oz is just enough to whet your whistle.

Overall: A pretty good lager, not remarkable but better than most of what’s commonly available. Also more likely to be found fresh than imported lagers. Unfortunately, it appears that I tried this one a bit past its prime; I'd be interested in trying a fresher sample. Worth a try.

jettjon, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Session Lager pours out a stiff head
over a clear pale yellow brew. The nose is a
little thin malt and lager yeast. Carbonation is
not too active. The flavor is light malt and a hint
of barley grain and a grassy hop finish. There's
a suggestion of that hop in the aftertaste, too.
The mouthfeel is crisp and a bit thin. This one goes
old school all the way- it's clear and subtly hopped,
yet not a bit of rice or corn either. The lacing left in
the glass is another sign of quality you're not gonna
see in a Miller Lite, f'rinstance. Like the bottle says,
it's just the thing for sessions.

Or breakfast.

If you really need a guilty pleasure, why not make it a

Anybody up for a game of rock-paper-scissors?

shadow1961, May 31, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, the first thing you notice is the sweet fruity aroma as you pour it out of the bottle; this looks like your typical macro beer (just a bit darker in color), it’s a golden color that’s crystal clear with plenty of carbonation, it’s topped off with a light off white head that tapers into a thin layer with some mild lacing. It has a very appetizing aroma that reminds me of apples and grapes; it has very sweet and mildly citrusy perfume that’s clean and tempting. It has a smooth slightly crisp and tart taste when it first hits your tongue, and is followed by a sweet semi-dry aftertaste. This ale is actually kind of dry through out its entire flavor and does a good job in hiding that alcohol flavor, but it’s definitely a good beer.

vickersspitfire, May 15, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail's Session lager in the stubbie bottle is a beautiful thing - it fits so nicely in the hand it's almost a shame to pour it into a glass. However, once poured it displays a clear yellow-gold body and creamy bright white head that holds seemingly forever. In fact, even three quarters of the way through the glass it's still a complete covering. The nose is clean, and expresses sweet malt and a touch of yeasty fruitiness (apple, berry). The mouthfeel is a touch fuller than might be expected with a dextrinous, medium body, but it remains fairly crisp across the palate. The flavor is basic, and not much more than might be expected of an American macro-lager except that it's a touch more malty and has some nice yeastiness to it. Hops are relegated to the background, and their gently spicy and floral character is secondary to the sweetish malt. Interestingly, as I'm guessing it's intended, there's a smear of corn-like dimethyl sulfide that clearly pushes it into the American, rather than European, realm. It's an enjoyable and nicely done quaff that seems popular with the younger crowd - probably because of the retro appearance of the bottle and label - but it's nothing spectacular.

NeroFiddled, May 11, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear bright gold, with a foamy pure white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Clean grains, cracker malt, hops are a bit leafy and spicy.

Taste: Smooth, clean and mildly dry body of straw like malt, hint of bread dough, hops balance out the brew with a nice restrained floral and grassy bitterness and a hint of lemon rind, dry finish with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mildly crisp, dry throughout and in the finish.

Drinkability: It lives up to its name, i would definatly enjoy knockin back quite a few of these with some friends, cool bottle too. A basic beer brewed right.

Byeast, May 08, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We called for smore lagers that can be consumed, BWKOA(beer without keeling over after)and this is one. Cheesy aroma, but good head on yellow colour. Medium smooth mouthfeel, with herbal bitterness in finish. Satisfying.Certainly overated but drinkable.

Sammy, May 08, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a thin white head - nose of grassy , malt , some detergent , oats , slight sweetness , and mild hops – taste of grass , soapy , mild hops , and white wine? - body is light , with some acidity , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of white wine , mild hops and grasses

stephendr, May 04, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slight white head, the beer is a perfectly clear golden color. Crisp medium carbonation and a medium body...could maybe stand to be just a touch lighter. Nice pale malt and grain flavors with a nondescript hop flavor. Light bitterness cleans up the finish just about right with some pleasant grain lingering. Smells about the same as it tastes. Certainly drinkable.

12.08.13 - party favor bottle, wasn't extremely pleased with this one. it seemed to linger on the palate with a grainy sweetness, and felt a little dead on the palate - perhaps lacking a bit in carbonation, not something I'd go for again, but cool bottle. all told though, it does what it tries to do

previous scores were all 4's, adjusted

blackie, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a chill-hazed gold with active bubbles in the body and a humongous head that mellows out to a half an inch of fluff. Leaves crazy thick lacing patters on the glass. Nose is clean, malty, apple-like, with not much in the hop department. Flavor starts of a bit toasty and soon comes a beautiful hop presence. Floral and herbal. Finishes slightly dry and citric. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but I kind of wanted a more lively carbonation. On another beer, such as a brown ale, the mouthfeel would have been perfect, but somehow it didn't gel with this. Great drinkability. A session for sure.

goochpunch, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of the bottle (no glass on hand), but what a sweet bottle it is! The only way it could be cooler is if it came in one of those oil can looking things. The smell is sweet grain tempered with spicy hop, and just a wisp of alcohol.

The bottle gives up a great, crisp, crackery grain flavor, that lifts up spicy hops in the backend. Very smooth. Gets a bit grassy with warmth. This is pretty much like if you took many of Hieleman's products, stripped them of their off- flavors, boosted the body, and bittered them a tad more artfully.

Mouthfeel is nice. Midwieght with plenty of carbonation but almost no sting. Drinkability is great, my only beef with this as a session beer is it is just a bit on the filling side.

This is a great product. It is an easy-drinking macro-style beer brewed with high-quality ingredients. A well-built beer, but still makes you kinda want a plastic cup and a cigarette.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good lager. Pours a golden yellow color. thin head. Smells a bit grassy, nice maltiness. Taste is classic lager, but nothing getting in the way of the nice malt flavor. No noticeable aftertaste. Very thin and watery mouthfeel. This would make an excellent beer after a hot day of yard work or a long day at work. An easy, every day beer.

BigJTrucker, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light golden appearance with a white fizzy head having a light floral hop and malt aroma that is clean, crisp and simple which says the same for the taste as well. Mouthfeel is light - med. with good carbonation making for an excellent session beer that goes down light and smooth with no lack of flavor. Probably my new favorite American lager.

Bookseeb, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Offered in a bottle at an area tavern. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color with a slightly hazy appearance (could be chill haze). One finger foamy head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is faint. A little hoppy perfume aroma.

The taste is sweet and cereal like. There is a bit of a salty flavor, and some mild bitterness.

Mouth feel is light, crisp and clean, but perhaps a little thin.

This is a very drinkable beer, and a typical lager, but overpriced in a bar @ 3.50 a bottle. Look for it in 12 packs at a grocery store and enjoy it on a hot day.

RJLarse, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring out a clear golden color, witj minimal head that dissipated rather quickly.

aroma is a malty sweetness, floral, with a tinge of graininess.

Flavors are a subtle maltiness, with a little citrus, and some graininess

Mouth feel is that of a moderate carbonation with a medium body

Nice drinkable beer not overwhelming, low alcohol. Should appeal to everyone.

amatuerbeerguy, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of megatron0259
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a golden clear appearance with a quicly dissipaiting head. some moderate lacing.
S- the hops strike me the most as far as the smell goes
T- very refreshing yet salty taste
M- very smooth taste that easily rolls sown the tongue
D- an incredibly drinkable beer perfect for just about any occasion.

megatron0259, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of ChiTownHustler
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 03, 2006
Photo of teg8612
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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
Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.