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

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BA SCORE
83
good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | 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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Recent bottle from Whole Foods in Cleveland. Pours light orange with white head. A bit of aroma of hops, some malt.A little fruitiness in there though average its Smooth mouthfeel. Bit of cheesiness in there, but otherwise soid lager. A little funky yeast in finish. Refreshes.

Sammy, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.5%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Glassy tangerine with amber edges. Almost half the glass was filled with pale ecru colored froth after the pour. It's an attractive head and is leaving loads of attractive lace. Bottling 02 could be anything from a pale ale to a bock to an Oktoberfest in the looks department. Oh yeah, it looks good.

The nose is dominated by mildly toasted, earthy malt (pale, wheat, caramel and Vienna) and hops whose usual characteristics are somewhat muted. It's difficult to appreciate the spicy grassiness of the Czech Saaz, for instance. I've managed to convince myself that I can taste the mild citric qualities of the Styrian Goldings.

This is good, solid beer that gets the job done with a minimum of flash and sizzle. I might have eased off the Vienna malt in favor of more pale or wheat, but that's just me. There's too much earthiness, too much of an 'Oktoberfest light' flavor for maximum enjoyment. As always, your mileage may vary. Warming makes things bolder and brings honey and orange peel out of the woodwork.

The sweet-bitter balance is... uh... balanced, making the beer drinkable for a wide range of people. Speaking as a hophead, I'd like to taste more of the little green cones. A nice hoppy bite on the finish might have earned the next highest flavor score. There really isn't much to complain about, though.

If blinded, I probably would have guessed ale rather than lager in terms of the mouthfeel. The beer is on the full side for the style, something that has always been my preference anyway. A zesty feel to the carbonation helps rather than hinders.

I don't like Bottling 02 as much as I liked Bottling 01 (a bock), but it's still worthwhile beer. It seems past time for Bottling 03 to have been released, doesn't it? If Full Sail had designs on brewing this one year-round, my vote would be 'don't bother'.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev 0%

light amber, golden in color with a light bit of haze to it. Off white head, maybe an inch and a half creeps up the sides and sits down on top for a while.

Light caramel, bready notes are highlighted here. Sweet with a light undertone of some herbal hops peeking though. A light touch of dark fruit perhaps? Possibly but a sweet, caramel malty lager type aroma is what is predominant here. Caramel, and toffee, hints of buttery like notes persisting now as it comes up in temperature. Fades smoothly, leaving a creamy and sweet flavor on the tongue that snaps back with a nice hop bite at the finish.

mikesgroove, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a clear medium amber with a short and brief pure white head.

Nose is a medium salty carmel; salty yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy with light carbonation but elegant and nice balance. Flavors are carmel yeast and medium burnt toast/biscuit. Flavors are appealing but short in the mouth.

Finish is good and medium in length with a citric malt yeast character; a "light" amber ale finish quality. Nice and drinkable and appealing.

GRG1313, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Does LTD really stand for "limited"? Just wonderin'... Anyway, it pours a clear copper topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises grasses, wheat, floral hops, and a touch of citrus rind. The taste holds notes of honey, maple syrup, citrus and floral hops, and a touch of sweet corn. The body is a heavy light/light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that borders on crisp. Overall, a nice bit o' lager, one that I would return to if given the chance.

TMoney2591, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +19%

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 Jason
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

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 nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, bright copper colored body. The foam settles quickly leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Very malty with notes of both toffee and caramel. Lots of biscuit aroma towards the back end.

T - Malty, with some grainy notes and light caramel. Lemony hops in the middle with a bit of fruity yeast. Mild sweetness and moderate hop bitterness come together for a balanced finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this is a nice amber lager, though not worth getting too excite about. The aroma promises more malt complexity than the flavor delivers and there isn't much in the way of hop character to make up for it. It is nice to seem more American breweries attempting flavorful lagers; and while this is a good one, it has a little further to go before it catches up to the great, classic lagers of the world.

nickfl, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours an effervescent apricot/amber with 3 fingers+ of fluffy eggshell colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight honey malt

T: Grassy hops & honey malts up front. Slight caramel & apple skin notes follow along with grainyness & a little smokeyness as this warms. Warming booze, jammy notes, & apricots in the finish along with dryness, this is all over the map

MF: Light medium-bodied with spritzy carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but this is off style & not really that tasty. Maybe the most disappointing beer I've ever had from this brewery.

russpowell, May 16, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev 0%

I tried this at the riverplace location. I am going from notes taken before sampling a bottled version.

A - Copper w/ practically no head.

S - Malty, slightly hopppy

M - Thin, watery, light on hops

T - Light slightly acidic, with a sweet flavor.There is maltiness that is pronounced and smooth. The hop accent adds to the overall taste.

D - A very decent amber lager, but not great overall. I found this to be drinkable, but could be better.

Slatetank, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in a trade!

Pours orangeish amber with a thin head that doesn't last long.

The smell is grainy/husky with a touch of orange and caramel.

The taste is grainy with some husk, and caramel. There's a touch of herbal spicing and orange (in a malty way). Some alcohol shows. Semi-sweet to sweet finish.

Light-bodied, but with a bite.

"Interesting". Goes towards an O-fest, but stops short. Grainy malt with a touch of caramel and alcohol. A bit more balance would go a long way. Not bad, but not crazy about this one. Still, glad I had the chance to try it - Thanks again, John!

jwc215, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear orange with a fizzy white head which doesn't last long.

S: Pastry malt, sugar, caramel, a bit of booze.

T: Light caramel with a sugary finish. Hops are pretty much not evident. Definitely has some ethanol present, similar to a malt liquor, but definitely not fusel, much more mild and much tastier. Bitter orange peel and apricot juice there as well.

M: Light solventy character, viscous for a lager, carbonation is quite low.

D: A pretty good beer from Full Sail, a tasty high alcohol lager, kind of mix between a maibock and a malt liquor, I would have penned it as mai-/helles bock on first tasting it. Appearance needs work, but the flavour is there, and that is the most important thing, would definitely have again.

Halcyondays, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a 1" head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness and a hint of grass is picked up by the nose.

Taste: nice hearty malt profile with some lemon zest, green apples, a hint of grass, and an unexpected nice hop balance.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish, but the finish is also mildly dry. Medium bodied beer. Short aftertaste as the malt and hop bitterness linger a bit.

Drinkability: nice session lager that has a nice flavor profile. Nice beer.

Gavage, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.7%

05/21/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2nd edition bottling. Pretty sure it's an early 2007 release. Poured into my Full Sail pint glass.

Appearance- Perfect definition of gold coloring. Starts off with a 1/2 inch head, which quickly evaporates. Very light short lasting lace.

Smell- Smells like a lager for sure. Light sweetend malt, trace hops and maybe a touch of grain.

Taste- Hey, this ain't bad. A really nice caramel sweetness at the first sip. A bit of grapefruit hops gets lost behind the malt though.

Mouthfeel- Dare I say a bit creamy? Easy to consume with a perfect carbonation level per style. Leaves behind a light bitter hop taste.

Drinkability- Sessionable for sure. Wish they made this a regular in the lineup. Super easy to drink.

GClarkage, May 22, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Remember what I said about my taking The Bros. up on their admonishment to "drink more lager"? I am a man of my word. I was really lucky to find this on-tap at the Blue Spark during my visit.

It arrived with a fluffy, bone-white head that experienced reasonable retention. The nose had the characteristic sweetness of a lager. The color was a beautiful deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium with the lager sweetness on the tongue. The finish was refreshing and served to cleanse my palate following Deschutes Inversion IPA. I was glad that I got to try this limited release.

woodychandler, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

An interesting lager. Definitely American, but the malt profile reminds me a little of a good maibock. It's a nice amber color, but with no real lacing or retention. The aroma has a touch of alcohol along with the caramel grains and lager funk. The taste is a nice, rich mix of nutty, caramel, and biscuit grains with a little bit of esters and balancing bitterness to round out a nicely balanced lager. A good candidate for grilling and summertime drinking.

tempest, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours amber with no head. Malty and a bit tangy with yeast with the barest bit of earthy hops on the finish. The taste is somewhat grassy and with some malt sweetness, but with none of the yeasty tanginess I like in the style. Fairly one dimensional and simple, and with just enough hops to balance. Smooth, and relatively drinkable, but lacks interest.

Georgiabeer, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

The #1 series was pretty good, and now I get to try the #2 series. Same ABV, both are all-malt lagers, the only labeling difference is the background color. On to the beer:

The head retention is questionable, but the appearance is nice with a deep gold color. This brew is pretty clean has a good flavor. Slight fruitiness and malt in the begining. Touch of caramel. Crisp citrus bite in the back. Mild alcohol fumes gain more definition as the beer warms, but that doesn't hold back the drinkability. Choosing between the two series, I prefer this #2 series more.

DoubleJ, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

A light amber colored lager with a distinct orange tinge to it. Tall Off-white colored head. Technically this is very dark for a lager.

The smell is very hoppy herbal from the Nobel hops, but spicy does not make it in this lager.

The taste begins neutral on sweetness and quite malty for a lager; solid herbal bitterness in the finish and it is quite long lasting. Decently bitter this is thicker than average for a lager. Not much taste here except the hops and some mild malt, even seems a little like a Bock beer. Lots of herbs and a little citrus in the hop flavor, this is just a little spicy but not really worth mentioning.

The mouthfeel is good and very thick for a lager.

Quite nicely drinkable as all lagers should be. No strong flavors present this is a top notch lager never the less. No one will mistake this for a Pilsner.

Zorro, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1 finger creamy white head. A lot of carbonation bubbles. Decent retention. The lace was like bridges almost. Color is a clear golden sunset.

Aroma: Caramel malts. Very sweet malts. Hinted with earthy hops. Very malts. Reminds me a lot of a bock.

Taste: Caramel malts, sweet earthy hops. Very malty. A very flavorful lager.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp. A little creamy. Pretty light bodied. Medium to high carbonation. Ends with a very sticky malty aftertaste.

Overall, this is an amazingly easy drinking beer. I am really liking what full sail is doing with the LTD lager series. I can easily drink more of this. Looking forward to trying LTD #3.

mothman, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a nice dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malt, with alot of caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, it really surprised me in taste. Recommended.

Wasatch, Jun 17, 2008
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LTD Series - 02 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.