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LTD Series - 02 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
82
good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
"The second recipe in our LTD series, LTD 02 is a light-bodied nonetheless hella good limited edition lager that is golden colored with soft malt undertones and is nicely balanced with a crisp clean finish. It's a gold
medal winner at the North American Beer Awards and three time gold medal winner at the World Beer Championships.

ABV 6.4% IBU 32"

(Beer added by: Dubbercody on 04-02-2007)
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Photo of jmbranum
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!

This is not my normal style but boy do I like it.

Golden amber with attractive 1/2" white head. Very, very pretty in the glass.

The aroma is quite inviting. Lots of malt. Reminds of smelling bread baking.

The flavor is far more complex and malty than I normally expect from a lager. Very well balanced between malty sweetness and just a bit of refreshing crispness. There's just a tiny bit of hops but it seems to be just perfect to keep it from being cloying. Maybe a tiny, tiny hint of fruit --- apples or peaches maybe.

There's also a surprising amount of alcoholic warmth to this one.

And the mouthfeel... superb. Just perfect. Smooth on the tongue with just enough "texture" to be just right.

As for temperature to drink it at, I would recommend it on the cold side. Normally for a beer this complex and interesting I would go closer to cellar temperature but this beer seemed best just out of the refrigerator.

I will definitely be drinking more of this beer.

jmbranum, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of meeekyh
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have a LTD series from the brewers at Full Sail. I read here it is an amber. It pours a full-golden/light-amber color with a slight and slightly off white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells are nice and clean for an amber. The beer doesn't have an over malty smell or overt sweetness or burnt smell, all of which I associate with ambers in general. It does smell of clean malts and just a hint of floral hops.

The taste is also a welcome surprise. With its malty overtones and full body it is most definitely an amber, but it is also refreshingly crisp and clean, not like most ambers I have tried. I like the little bit of caramel sweetness and the hoppy floral tastes.

Drinkability for an amber is high in that I would drink another.

I think this is the best amber I have had in a great while. It stays true to the style without dumbing down the hop content or being too malty. It is well balanced and a joy to drink.

Slainte.

meeekyh, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of ToddKehoe
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

ToddKehoe, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Oahu
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the HOPS brewfest in Las Vegas via a 6oz glass.

Great color, golden and orange like a german unfiltered IPA, minus some cloudiness. Robust in appearance, as if saying "I'm serious, I'm not meant to be taken lightly, and you better respect me in the morning."

Smell: Lemon peels, with a hint of coriander and some belgian sugars.

Taste: Danced across the palate like a sophomore in a rendition of the nutcracker; diverse, electrifying, stimulating. Hints of lemon and sweet cascade hoppiness, if such a thing existed. On the back end, very light gouda cheese and some base lime. very light.

Mouthfeel: Light, wet, swishy. Foamy, but not too foamy.

Drinkability: very drinkable; optimum pace: moderate to moderately slow.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Oahu, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So what kind of beer is this? I don't know but I like it. And I guess that really, it isn't any specific style; which I also like, because experimentation is the key to learning, and leads to new beer styles! So...

It's an orange-copper in color beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The aroma is very clean, and expresses just some lightly sweet and toasty caramelish malt that reminds me of Vienna malt. Floral and delicately spicy hops adorn it.

The flavor is malty, but not sweet, and it does have the toasty and bready, slightly sweetish character that the aroma suggests. A solid bitterness anchors it. And again, the hops dress it up nicely. Without them it might seem flabby - just malt.

It's very creamy in the mouth. The body is surprisingly full for a lager, and that makes me think of a bock (or bigger), but the flavor is not there. Nor is it really a festbier / Vienna lager. Oddly, the label reads "light-bodied". Interesting.

The label also reads "courtesy of the mad skills of the full sail crew", and I'd agree with that. It's difficult to balance a beer like this, and they've done it. And it's clean and the alcohol (6.4% abv) never really shows. Superbly done! I could easily drink three of these in a row and enjoy each and every sip of all of them.

NeroFiddled, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this on "close-out" at my local liquor store. The best by date says 6/29/09, so its still got plenty of time.

A: Doesn't really look like an amber/red ale. Its more like an all-malt lager. This is what I will review it as. Good carbonation. Nice orange color with amber hues. Crisp white head sits atop.

S: Maltiness is present! Very nice malt profile with a faint sweetness and no harsh undertones. I do get some floral hops as well...intriguing.

T: Beautiful malty sweetness. Not overly sweet, but enough to tell you its there. A hint of carapils in the flavor. Very nice for any malt lover. Now for the hop head, there are definitely hops here as well. The hops lean more towards the floral, spicy, noble side, but I do get a hint of citrus. A very flavorful lager.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean on the tongue. Finishes dry.

D: This was an exceptional lager from an ale brewery. I really liked Session, so I was excited for this beer. I was not let down. Plenty of flavors and even a bit of hops. This is the way a lager should taste. It is right up there in the same category as Brooklyn Lager and other greats. I will buy this again and again if I can find it.

brewdoc75, May 13, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date ink jet printed on the bottle.

Decent white lace from a slowly crackling head, clear golden amber color. Sweet biscuit aroma from the malt with a light spicy edge from the hops. Fluffy crisp light to medium body. Clean palate throughout, many layers of malt to deal with ... bready and sweet, biscuity and grainy, hint of caramel and toasted husk in the back. Hops drop a very balancing hop bitterness with a spicy backdrop. Quick breath of a faint alcohol in the semi dry finish, a finish that shows a long linger of malt flavor.

I think I enjoyed the after taste more than everything else, what a great lager. Why is it limited ... we need more lagers like this on a year round basis!!! Very well balanced and very drinkable.

Jason, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white big-bubbled head with good retention to a thick skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Hay, grass and wet grains. Light sweet caramel in the backgrouind.

T: Light, sweet caramel. Somewhat bready. Grassy noble hops for an even balancing bitter. Light alcohol taste.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry and well-balanced.

D: Easily drinkable and sessionable. Good flavor, good balance. A really good beer in a pretty average category.

Haybeerman, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of zbloom
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

zbloom, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

At the risk of stating the obvious, this is the second beer of Full Sail's LTD Series. All we've got to say about this second bottling is that there should be more Lagers brewed in the US.

This beer pours a rich and vibrant clear golden color, with two fingers of frothy lather dropping a skirt of sticky lace on the mug. Fresh biscuity malt aroma; orangey and floral hop nose--very clean with a hint of alcohol. Big, rolling, crisp semi-viscous mouthfee and carbonation, with a lush and creamy feel on the palate. Juicy maltiness right from the get-go, bready and doughy with a sweet roll character. The palate is immaculate: The hop bitterness is at a perfect level to balance the malt and gives an herbal flavor from middle to end. A very long finish yields a smattering of sweet malt and herbal hop flavor.

We'll say it again: The US needs more flavorful Lagers! This one is a prime example of what brewers across the country should be looking at. Cheers to Full Sail for producing this stellar Lager! A bowl of meat-lovers' red sauce over linguini did just fine--even the garlic bread paired well.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Atlas1
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange label for this beer reads: "A light-bodied nonetheless hella good Limited Edition Lager courtesy of the mad skills of the Full Sail crew." I like that. Bottling number - 02.

Pours a steady orange/amber color. Good carbonation. Thick white head on top with some lace. The nose is fruity and floral. Sweet malty scent with strawberry, pear, apple, banana, plum. Some other flowery notes and spices too. Tastes delicious. Really strong malt character in the taste. Again, plenty of the aforementioned fruits. Not much hops to speak of, although that's not uncommon for the style. Some lingering spicy bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a floral finish.

I really like this beer. Malty and fruity, it makes for a great summer brew. Also, a fine alternative to the hop bombs during this hop shortage we're having. They call this a limited edition, but I cast my vote to keep this one available year-round.

Atlas1, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of xare
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours as an orange-amber color with nice lacing for a lager. Aroma is that of malts with some floral notes mixed into it - very appetizing. Taste is malty with some floral touches and fruity overtones - but it all blends together rather well.

Mouthfeel is excellent, goes down smooth and has no aftertaste. Drinkability is outstanding. I would go out and buy this immediately as it's sadly, a limited edition. I'm hoping they'll brew more of this as it's an outstanding brew.

xare, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Japerrault
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice clear golden amber, with a thick white head.

S: Malty, toasted grain.

T: Pleasenty sweet and malty. Biscuit and tosted grain. Very light hops character; just enough to balance the malt.

M: Medium body with a smooth feel. Medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, sweet and malty. Overall clean and easy drinking.

Japerrault, May 19, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz brown bottle. Appears to be a best by date(or random numbers printed on bottle). Cool looking bottle. a little plain, but in a good way. also says its a limited edition lager.

A: One finger head that retains well. Light amber color. Well carbonated. Little to no lacing.

S: As soon as you twist the lid off, the smell just jumps at you! Sweet smell. citrus smell, orange.

T: Roasted malt. small hops. sweetness to it.

M: Light body, well carbonated!

D: Easy to drink. lots of flavor for a lager i think. really great!

mytireisfat, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ya' know overall I'm pretty impressed with Full Sail. They make flavorful, light bodied drinkable beers. I tend to really like the malt character, but they do the hops well to. This beer is no exception.
Bottle cap stated "lose the drama" - not that I'm particularly prone to that, but okay.
This beer tend to like to "air out a bit" with the flavors developing over time. In my mug the off-white tannish head caps a amber and very clear liquid. Attractive.
Aroma is balance malt and hop and very tight.
The flavor shines on this one, especially for a lager. Each sip offers some mystery. The flavors I'm most fond of are the caramel and nuttiness. Very mild bitterness with occasional bit of hops floating in and out help keep the drink interesting.
A little mild on the refreshing factor, but it isn't without it. Lager smooth with a light overall body.
I've done two of these easily and could do another without a problem

garymuchow, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.49.

A: Thick amber with 1-2 finger off-white big-bubbled head with good retention and lacing down the glass.

S: Crisp malty sweetness with blend of noble and grassy hops.

T: Superb flavor of light caramel and mostly pale grain compounded delicately with a focused hopbill of noble and grassy, floral hops. Clean finish is a bonus.

M: The body is exceptional with firm medium body that layers on the tongue with lower-than-usual carbonation to give a creamy, soft feel that works well with the full flavor.

D: An excellent lager that I will make a point of buying more of. The combination of grassy, noble hops and light caramel but mostly pale malts leaves a perfect blend of graininess and hoppiness. A top-notch lager.

argock, May 16, 2010
Photo of acrawf6
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear orange amber, reminds me of caramel, with a small white head that drops to a small bubbles and a ring around the glass.

Smell. Nice malt character, seems heavy but crisp. sweetness is there, but i think minimal (or less than i expected), but some have a fruitiness to it. I get apples and tart grapes (in a good way).

Taste. A nice rich, but smooth maltiness that is very much on the dry side. There is a small tartness to it that reminds me of a plum for some reason. Aftertaste is a little sweet with fruits. The flavor here isnt the most complex, but very solid and tasty.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side of medium with just a little bit of chewyness as it fills my mouth. Nice amount of carbonation to it. But i do find the 6.4% is hidden decently.

Overall, i think this is a wonderful all-malt lager. Very tasty and drinkable. not a malt-bomb, but for the style, i think the heaviness and the smoothness of this beer is great. There isnt anything in this one that i would just have to keep having, but very a solid beer.

acrawf6, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: An amber color with some copper hues. There is a solid one finger head that is ivory in color and creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. There is a hint of floral in the beer.

Taste: A very nice malty aroma with a touch of sweetness. There is some floral esters and a hint of citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and slightly dry. The body of the beer is medium, and finish is light and crisp. There is a very nicely balanced beer with a good flavor. The head has some retention and left lacing on the glass.

colts9016, May 08, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first favorite craft brews. Pours a pale amber-orange with a one and a half finger tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Smells of deep sweet and bready malts, well beyond what you would expect from an "American" lager. Caramel and candy aromas are also mixed in. Taste involves a certain biscuity essence which is offset by some creamy banana and then some subtle hops which even things out. This beer resides somewhere between summer and autumn, and heaven and hell, depending on your preference.

stephens101, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of rkuhnel
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Hops in Humboldt 2007 in Fortuna, CA this poured a clear golden amber with a nice fat off-white head and big lacing rings. Very attractive. Nose is spicy hops and light malts with a hint of alcohol showing. Medium body and very smooth. Flavors are caramel, citrus hops, and are in good balance. Nice bitter finish. Very nice to drink.

rkuhnel, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager is full bodied, flavourful, malty and smooth. It's almost like a maibock or pale bock, which fits with the strength.

Pale copper/reddish gold, it has with a thin white head that dissipates steadily to a thin foamy ring.

The aroma is malty with grain, a little bread crust, fruit (mostly raisins and grapes), hints of wine and herbs, a fuller, slightly more complex basic lager aroma.

The taste is similar, quite malty, caramelly and a bit sweet with raisins, grain, a light bite of alcohol, hints of grass and grapefruit, a Vienna-like leafy-caramelly grain quality. The leafy-grain quality especially takes over in the finish with white bread and a lightly dominant bitterness and a tangy bite.

Offa, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling Number: 02. Funny story: I bought this 6-pack and one bottle was missing, the store didn't know where it went. I'm sure someone stole and drank it, and it didn't just break. Otherwise that would be a sad story.

Nose:
Light Pilsner-esque hops. Good bit of malt that runs along the light toasty biscuit lines. Hint of buttery sweetness.

Look:
Golden color, great clarity, pretty good head. Looks so sexy in the pokal. If only it had a little more head.

Flavor:
A moderately strong bitterness surprises me at first sip. Good, beefy level of malt and sweetness. Hops of equal magnitude. Mild grapefruit and moderate apricot; I'm almost certain that with all the fruits out there, this one, today, tastes like apricot; I've never really tasted that before in a non-Apricot-flavored beer. How... interesting, and refreshing. Nutty, citric (think key lime, et al), and mildly alcoholic. Finishes tart and seductively draws me back in. I'll be sad when it's over.

Feel:
Medium body, good carbonation foamation produces smooth, felt-like textures in the mouth.

Final Thoughts:
Incredibly tight balance. Solid flavor. Amazing depth of flavor. They should hire me to do a commercial. They do have mad skills you know. But really, I think the strength of hop flavor in this one was what did it for me. I'm a sucker for being abused by hops, and this Lager did its fair share. Beyond that, though, there is maltiness to spare, a good body, and it looks good.

The Verdict:
Liking this beer is a no-brainer.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a modest head that dots the glass with the occasional splash of lace

Smell: Somehat sweet, with a toffee aroma with some inferences of hop cone

Taste: Rather biscuity, up front, with a sweetness that is joined by an herbal lemon flavor, mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors arrive signaling that this is, after all, a lager

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If all lagers drank like this, I would not be quite so prejudiced against the category

brentk56, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a fluffy white head that eventually falls to an outer ring. Lace is sliding ring shapes. Light copper colored body and uniformed carbonation.

First drink and I immediatly was drawing comparisions to the "session" offering from full sail. Similar in body and smell. The biggest difference was in the taste and mouthfeel. This LTD 2 all malt lager has a sharper spiced aspect to it and the mouthfeel is a bit dryer than my comparison brew "session". The alcohol is evident but doesn't detract from the overall theme. Sweet grains with a touch of bitterness although very slight.

Notes: If this was brewed year round and available often in my area this would be a staple in the beer fridge. Excellent drinkability and enough ABV to avoid gobbling gallons of beer. I'm a big fan of these all malt lagers because they tend to have more flavor and if they can avoid being completely unbalanced, like this and session to name two, they can be solid.

DogFood11, Apr 28, 2007
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LTD Series - 02 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.