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Session Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 54
Gots: 99 | 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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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!

Photo of alexmpino
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

first of all, any beer that has rock, paper, scissors bottle caps is a shoe-in in my book.

this beer pours nicely to be a nice golden -yellow (this is actually the first time i have drank this not straight from the bottle) small head, disappears right away. tiny bubbles, smell of good malts. GREAT drinkability great beer , great brewery, great price

Photo of PdxBeerNut
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is something about drinking from a stubby that makes everything alright. Session has a very bright, clear, golden straw color. This beer is very well balanced with a buscuity flavor and a crisp hop bite. At just over 5%, a very drinkable beer. Forget the mass market beers, this is perfect for mowing the lawn.

Photo of rye726
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad lager. Goes well with a burger. Good and cheap. Golden color with a tan head. The aroma is of grainy malts. The taste is bland, but not bad. No off flavors. Just mild and a little malty. Feel is crisp and has a medium body. A good session beer as the label applies. Still shows some quality characteristics unlike most macor lagers. Good job full sail.

Photo of WeR138
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Session", what else is there to say? Made by the good people at Full Sail.

A very tasty Lager that goes down easy. 11 ounce bottles, but who's counting? This is what I turn to when I want a break from the heavy & high ABV of craft beers. I can drink a 12 pack of this easily. Highly recommended spring or summer beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 finger head with decent retention that lasts half way down the glass.

Smell is faint of pale malts and a hint of cooked vegetables.

Taste is clean with some sweet pale malts and a mild hop bitterness. Very nicely balanced session lager.

This beer is crisp and refreshing.

Easily a great session lager. I finished mine rather quickly and couldn't wait for another. I will purchase this again.

Photo of turbine2475
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light gold with a thin one finger head that disipated quickly into a small ring leaving no lace.
S - Watered down grain and sweet malt.
T - Sweet watered down syrup hints with a grainy backbone that finishes clean.
M - Good dense mouthfeel with a heavy carbonation.
D - Not a bad beer, but the flavors are too watered down to be truely enjoyable.

Photo of cerveza5150
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Thick, soapy head that lasts for awhile. Golden in color with large bubbles of carbonation. Looks pretty damn tasty!!

S: Great all malt smell thats accented by astringent hops and a touch of bready yeast.

T: All malt gives this a sweeter, honey taste that kicks something like Bud right in the nards. The hops and alcohol dry the palette enough to keep you wanting more.

M: The only knock I'll give here is the carbonation. Maybe because the beer was a little warm (probably around 50-55F), but the bubbles of carbonation overpowered my mouth and was screaming all the way down my gullet. The malt gives it a creamier mouthfeel than most, so I gave the stat a 3.0 instead of a 2.5.

D: Overall, a really decent lager that is exactly what the name implies - a true 'session' beer. The 11 oz. bottle is cute until you realize that your getting shorted an ounce. Oh well, I'll ponder this over my next 12 pack.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark gold color with a 2 finger width head that disappeared quickly leaving no lacing.

S: smelled like wet cat food at first then began to smell more earthy with hints of pine but the cat food smell is still very present and no I do not have wet cat food in my house to taint the smell.

T: Has a very fresh wood taste like pine or pinon with a tremendously good floral taste from the hops. It reminds me of English Ales' Big Sur.

M: It is light and has a lot of carbonation. There is little to no bittering and little sweet on the tip of the tongue.

D: Very drinkable on one of those days laying on the beach or the lake. In general a good beer will probably buy it again if in the mood.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer pours a medium straw color, forming a creamy 1 inch white head, with light fingers of lace on the glass. The aroma is malty, but with a noticeable hop presence as well. Very suprising, as I expected a full matly/grainy BMC aroma. Taste is also suprising. Smooth malt and light buttery flavor. No hops detectible, but a fuller flavor than expected, while remaining simple. Smooth medium mouthfeel. The beer is called a session lager, and I cant argue with that. Good abv. and decent flavoring. Overall, not a bad beer to have in stock for those days when a heavy brew just wont work.

Photo of dill
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +15.1%
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
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.