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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 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 mytireisfat
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

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 Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

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 BDJake
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

A- pours a clear golden amber, with a well-retaining, well-lacing of an eggshell head

S- sweet and malty, although it's a bit grainy, and a nice touch of hops

T- somewhat grainy, but mainly highlighted by some sweet malts up front, with a bit of sour/spicy notes and just a kiss of the hops

M- crisp and clean, with ample carbonation

D- very sessionable, if not "hella good" like their labeling suggests... this is proof that stoners can make very good beer and have fun in the process

BDJake, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

Orange color, with some goldenrod edging. Off white head, not much retention, but lacing is quite nice. Not much in the way of visual cues. Nose is earthy malts, some light pale sweetness with a touch of German-style darker sweetness. Hops are out of the way.

Pretty straightforward, good balance. Very light body that hints at the marzen styles, but pulls back with high carbonation and a greater concentration of wheat or pale malts. Hops are mildly citric, but muted. Mouthfeel is full-ish and rewarding - the only real Lager characteristic to this one.

Not bad, but don't go out of your way. A bit sticky for a hot day and not quite full enough for an indoor quaff.

BretSikkink, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a belgian stemmed glass out of a fine bottle.

appearance - transparent gold/amber with light bubbles clinging to the glass, 1 finger head with good retention, some lacing

smell - wheat, hops, grain, a bit sweet

taste - malt, yeast, slight hops, caramel, grassy, sweet

mouthfeel - light-medium body with medium carbonation

drinkability - crisp and refreshing, not too dominating

djbreezy, May 20, 2010
Photo of Japerrault
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

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 argock
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

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 meeekyh
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%

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 emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a nice amber color, with a decent collar of off-white foam, which dissipates somewhat quickly. Nice aroma of malt, grains and slightly spicy hops. Flavors of sweet malt and some light caramel. Good carbonation, clean and refreshing and very quaffable. A nice simple beer from Full Sail.

emmasdad, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz. botle into DFH specialty glass on 1/11/10.

A - Hard pour revealed a clear amber/orange body with a sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles and about half an inch of bubbly off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin patchy veil, leaving virtually no lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee syrupy sweetness paired with a faint floral hop character and a touch of honey. Some mild perfumy notes also emerged as it reached room temperature.

T - Initial flavor is quite sweet and syrupy with hints of caramel candy, toffee and honey. While the sweetness dominates the flavor, a mild floral and perfumy hop character emerges midway, providing a hint of bitterness in the midst of all the malt sweetness. Hop bitterness becomes a bit more prominent as the liquid warmed up, which ultimately made this more enjoyable.

M - Light bodied but quite syrupy and moderately carbonated, resulting in a pretty thin mouthfeel overall with a bit of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with a faint bitterness on the palate, but with a lot of residual sweetness.

D - Not bad, but this lager lacks a crispness than I've come to expect and enjoy with the style. Still, this one grew on me as I drank it, becoming more enjoyable as it warmed up and the hops began to emerge.

ffejherb, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of OStrungT
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

This beer pours a slightly dark golden color, with a thin white head. The heasd fades quickly, leaving no lace.

This beer smells slightly sweet. Some citrus hop aroma is also present. Some grassy hop aroma mixes in also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sweet with some grassy hop flavor.

This beer is carbonated lightly, good for the style. It leaves a sweet caramel aftertaste.

This beer would make a decent session beer. Low alcohol, and a very mild flavor make it an easy drinker.

Overall: Decent beer, but it is pretty booring. Not much flavor.

OStrungT, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Thanks go out to wasatch for this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is orange without a picture, just words describing the beer. Stamp on next of 062509

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete coating of foam and a thick ring around the glass. Very nice lacing as I drink. The beer itself is honey amber and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very slightly sweet malt with grassy and herbaceous undertones.

Taste: Sweet malt upfront with hints of citrus and honey. Sugary sweetness in the middle, like maple syrup. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to a little lower than average carbonation. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking beer. Being as this is such a hodge podge style, I can't really judge it based upon its conformity to style guideline, but I would buy it again.

beveritt, Aug 30, 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 Ragingbull
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

Dark amber color. Mild prickle with no head to speak of after I pour this into a pint glass. Neutral nose that has barely detectable grain and malt presentations. The attack is fresh and clean with an almost sweet presentation and flavor. The finish is pretty clean with a mild malty aftertaste. A seemingly simple beer, but it is very well put together. All the components seem to be in harmony with a little of this and a little of that.

Ragingbull, Aug 20, 2009
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 jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%

Reviewed 5/30/2009 (Bottle dated 062909):

Pours a clear pale brown colored body, with an average size off-white colored head, diminishing. Has a burnt malty aroma, very nutty. Lager smell. Lager taste, some nuttiness. Light and refreshing. Dark tasting. Eh.

jujubeast6000, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

This beer isn't quite the home run that the green LTD 01 is, but a solid lager that I'm finally getting around to review.

The beer pours clear, rich golden-orange in color with good size orange-tinged head that leaves a little bit of lace. Definitely more hearty looking than most American Lagers.

Sweet malts on the nose. Maybe even some banana-like yeast aroma, too. Pretty good smells at pretty good intensity.

More of the toasted characteristics of the malts are what I notice in the taste, slightly less sweet than it smells. However, something strikes me as off on the flavors. Not sure what it is, but it isn't something that begs me to drink more of it. Medium body has good oomph to go with the bigger than average flavors. I want to like this beer, but for some reason I'm just not getting into it a whole lot.

I love that Full Sail is brewing quality lagers and making them available at a pretty affordable price. In my mind, their Session lager and LTD 01 are better beers, but this one might have a bigger flavor than either other ones. It's still quite drinkable, goes with food well. I'll probably pick this up again sometime in the future.

josiahschlender, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

Grabbed this in Texas. Finally getting around to drinking it.

A: A fairly deep copper color with a half finger of white head. Really nice lacing especially for a lager.

S: The malt is very much up front and clear. The yeast is actually present and pleasant which is also nice for a lager.

T: Nothing really to make this stand out but it is good. Quite a bit of flavor. The nice thing is the sweetness does not dominate like most examples of the style. A touch of roast in there as well.

M: A touch on the thick side which hurts the drinkability a little bit for me.

D: I like the idea of this beer. A brewery showing people what a lager can be. This is a good beer all around. Not world class for sure but enjoyable after a long day of work.

aerozeppl, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 6/25/09 lasered onto the neck. It was an orange color with a couple carb streams and no lacing. It had a small off-white head that quickly dissipated into a very thin and incomplete collar.

The aroma was grainy and malty. Standard boring lager aroma. The taste followed the aroma. Grainy, malty but not as sweet as other reds I'd had recently - liked that. Kinda boring, mild of the road but I find all in this style to be that way. Better than a BMC for taste but not a session beer as the sweetness would add up after a couple.

Overall, a decent beer. Only recommend if fan of the style. For me, one and done as better beers out there. It's not bad but just doesn't really have much flavor to it to make you want more.

TexIndy, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Good amber lager with a nice mix of malt and spicy hops. The beer pours a light orange-amber color, a shade lighter than other Amber Lagers that I've come across. The head is white and dissipates fairly rapidly with a moderate amount of lacing. There's a pretty good malt presence, although it isn't terribly interesting, light caramel and a bit of biscuit. The hops are mildly spicy and also not incredible. However, the balance is good, and the aftertaste is also quite pleasant. There is some alcohol presence; it's stronger than your average lager. At any rate, it's a good beer, and hopefully, other American breweries will take note and release more different lagers.

popery, Jun 09, 2009
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 IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Plain orange label, in a 12 oz. brown . The beer pours out a similar hue to the label, a translucent golden amber, capped by a tall foamy off-white head that slowly settles.

Aroma is a robust bready malt, along with some sweet boozy grain, the alcohol is apparent. Reminiscent of malt liquor.

The flavour is also akin to high test, although of a higher quality. Intense bready malt up front immediately joined by some biting alcohol warmth, some sour grain near the finish, while the finish is a spicy alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth for the flavour profile, the upper tier of the light-bodied spectrum, which balances out the heavy and abrasive texture from the alcohol content.

When all is said an done this leaves me with the impression of high end malt liquor, which would be decent for warming up in cool months, and only really palatable in small doses, a bottle a sitting. If they'd be willing to tweak this into more of a maibock they'd have a winner, as everything else is in place for that.

IronDjinn, May 31, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a slightly hazy copper, an almost Ale like appearance. Produces a soapy thin head that dissipates quickly, has pretty high carbonation and it holds well throughout entire consumption. Leaves no lacing but appears very inviting & fresh! Smells of lots of sweet malty, grainy, corny notes, some fruity grape & dates, and subtle molasses notes, not much else to detect. Some slight pine notes, but overall sweet & grainy.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of a strong & sweet malty, grainy flavor, very cake like with lite earthy, spicy, citrus hop bitterness. Some decent pine flavor and hop bitterness but overall, it has a malty, grainy, cake like flavor profile. Rich & hardy. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin, slightly silky with a fair bite of carbonation on the tongue, and lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Overall this beer was very enjoyable, lots of rich malty, cake like flavors, which I did enjoy. Not a strong hop presence in this one, but just enough to make a decent balance and leave you wanting more. Not much to say, but I think this is a solid beer, and better yet it's priced very cheap, 6.99$ a 6pack in CA. For the price & quality Id say seek this one out. Cheers!

PintOHops, May 16, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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