LTD Series - 03 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by GClarkage:
4/5 rDev +10.2%
09/24/09- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle, assuming a '09 ecition. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance- Mid range golden colored pour. Nice 3/4 inch white fluffy head. Some nice light patches left behind.
Smell- Fresh grainy nose, pretty intense hop nose as well as a very light toasted malty note.
Taste- Tasted quite fresh as well. Tasted more like a traditional pils than most that I have had that were brewed here in the US. Grainy background, nice hardcore german hop flavor and a light malty backing.
Mouthfeel-Sort of creamy with a medium and almost dead on carbonation level with a nice lightly bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability- Wonderful US version of a traditional German style. Will probably pick up a sixer of this. Good job Full Sail!
09-26-2009 17:14:49 | More by GClarkage
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a pilsner glass a clear light golden with a thinner but well retained white head,alot of tiny bubbles.Bready malt really stands out in the nose,a light shot of herbal hops,and iron as well.A realy bready malt profile on the palate wich is really nice,light lemony and herbal hops round out the flavor profile nicely.Another well made American pilsner,I have had a few over the summer,this is nice for the warm weather.
08-17-2011 00:41:31 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
From a sixpack found at the enigmatic Pappy's beer store near Cumberland Gap National Park near Ewing, Virginia. Pours a clear goldenrod body topped by a small white head. Some attractive spiderweb lacing adorns the glass.
Aroma is fresh baked bread, enlivened by floral hop notes, some lemon zest, and fresh cut hay.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, light medium in body with a zippy carbonation.
Taste has a prevailing dry bitterness that is marked by floral and grassy hops edged by hints of black pepper and lemon zest. Maltiness is bready with a hint of honey. Finishes clean with a lemon zest aftertaste.
This is a topnotch American pilsner. Very sessionable. I'm tempted to buy the other two sixers I saw at the little country beer store.
08-20-2010 23:25:53 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev +10.2%
The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of citrus, grass and pilsener malt. The flavor is grassy hops with some malt and lemon characteristics. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty basic German-style pilsener that is easy to drink and has no noticeable flaws.
07-08-2010 05:32:26 | More by Mora2000
3.15/5 rDev -13.2%
An average yellow colored beer, amazing clarity, very little else going on. Faint flowery sweetness in the nose.
Taste, definitely grainy, which was surprising given just how clear this beer was. Everything is very slight about it, with the exception of the carbonation. Otherwise, a little hop, a little lemon, a little honey.
Its a girlfriend beer, but at least they kinda cut you a break relatively speaking in the craft beer world.
09-05-2010 04:37:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured a nice clear yellow with very little white head. Looks pretty good for a pilsner. Scents of lager yeast and crystal malt. Smells excellent. Flavor is crystal malt, fruity hops with a lot of stone fruit, apricot mostly, some citrus, moderate malt sweetness and a moderate level of hop bitterness, and a nice cracker aftertaste. A very good taste, a bit dry, and a nice malt backbone to the beer. Very much a Czech pilsner. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall a pretty good pilsner, nice easy drinking on a summer day, recommended.
09-25-2013 03:29:31 | More by Auraan
3.08/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured light amber clear with a nice white head of a half inch that retained itself for about half of the drink.
Aroma was mostly biscuit malt with very little hop in the nose.
The taste was smooth and light but slightly too malty for the style. Hops almost indiscernible and definitely unidentifiable to me.
Mouthfill was creamy with light carbonation...possibly too light for the style.
Aftertaste was a little sweet with not enough bite or drying which I would expect from a pilsner.
09-24-2010 17:59:09 | More by IntriqKen
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
This beer pours a clear medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy white head, which leaves a ring around the collar of the glass after it recedes, leading to some subsequent splotches. It smells of grainy malt, some faint lemon bitterness, and some mild grassy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a sour yeastiness, some mild lemon peel, and earthy, grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, quite smooth, and pleasingly creamy. It finishes clean and off-dry - biscuity, bready malt, and citrusy floral hops.
A nice pils, but lacking enough crisp hop offset to the decent savoury malt, making this less than an ideal multi-rounder.
09-05-2010 04:30:21 | More by biboergosum
3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head, clarity is excellent. Served very cold, slight aroma of malts and honey. Taste is clean, slightly grainy with spice and ample bitterness. Good carbonation and mouthfeel is appropriately light, crisp, but not watery. This is a session beer except for the relatively high ABV for the style. Ultimately, it's a pretty good technical brew but somehow the taste is just a bit off for me, keep at it Full Sail, one of my favorites breweries, you can get this "pilsner" style right--just not this time.
07-09-2010 06:38:01 | More by appenzeller
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
A: the pour pushed out a nice display of swirling golden bubbles. The head sprung quickly with a very thin and coarse bone white fizz. Hardly any lacing exists, just a countable number with a few long strands. The body is light gold with a favorable blonde look at the edges, looks nice against the blue cloudless sky
S: smells like a Pilsner with a spicy edge and with an addition of toasted malts 'n' grains and citrus. To be honest, the overall scent is rather clean
It is far from a traditional Pilsner as typical noble hops, and even the hops in general, are not sending much signal in the nasal cavity. More of sweet toasted malt perfume exists
T: this is almost more like a light pale ale in some ways. I like it. A nice hop citrusy (oranges) flavor wiggles its way in amongst the dominant leafy herbaceous hops. A delicate spiciness is present within every sip and at finish, very soft. The grain and malt tones have not become weary and supply a slab of toasted goodness. The sweetness reminds me of a piece of honeycomb at times. I find a faint, and I mean faint, crushed aspirin aftertaste, it is doable though
M: the body has light to mild written all over it, very nice. The carbonation fits right for the style and keeps things interesting on the tongue. Pretty balanced in taste and mouthfeel
D: drifts away from being a traditional Pilsner and this drifting has led to a nice result. I find this very drinkable and have 5 more in the fridge and am mildly happy about it
06-23-2009 02:36:42 | More by Magpie14
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
Been on a lager and pils kick lately so i figured i'd try a single of this despite my usual distain for full sails regular offerings (except session black, suprisingly good schwarz).
Pours an unusually dark color (all relative, keep in mind) for the style. Sort of a very dark yellow/light orange, totally clear with a stark white head that retains ok, but quickly reduces to a skim with a ring, but does leave pretty good lacing.
Nose is a little off for the style. Smells alot more like an american made kolsch than a german pilsner. Lots of cereal grain like notes in the malt profile and some grassy hops.
Taste follows. Pretty kolsch-like in nature with ale-like consistency and slightly fruity malt profile and some nice grassy, almost lemony hop profile. Crisp finish with lingering euro hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is a bit viscous for the style, but the carbonation is nearly perfect. Nice crisp finish.
Drinkability is pretty solid. Not quite as good as is expected in the holy order of great pilsners, but still quite slammable.
Overall this seems a little more like a kolsch to me, but its somewhere in there. Not gonna be in the same class as your prima pils, bitburger, etc, but a good lawnmower beer that is satisfying for what it is.
10-15-2009 00:21:59 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my pilsner glass.
Brilliant icterine liquid, clear with a mad rush of bubbles running to the surface as if being dispersed from an aquarium filter. Two solid fingers of splashed white merengue leaves a solid puck plugging the glass. Thick dense lacing as well.
Clean biscuity malt, tart apples, and lightly grassy/flowery (noble?) hops in the nose.
Lovely soft spring water on the palate - low winter fruit notes add sweetness balanced by pale malt and light clean bitterness from the hops. Quite crisp, and reminds me something of a cross between a Czech and a German example of the style, despite claiming inspiration from the latter.
Medium-light, well carbonated, slightly pillowy, but extremely refreshing mouthfeel.
A great lager, not as flavorful as Prima Pils for instance, but a very brisk fresh take on a classic style, quite suitable for waning Summer days.
09-16-2010 05:14:34 | More by augustgarage
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
I wasn't a fan of this brew's second bottling, I found it to have a bit of a stale flavor or perhaps something astringent in it. On the other hand, I always have to give Full Sail a try when they come up with something new.
This one poured a very clear golden color, like every other lager I have poured. It has a decent, finger-thick head that lasted a few minutes. Surprising was the droopy lace that stuck to the glass. Not something I got out of the last bottling.
It has a certain smell to it that I can't quite identify, which carries over into the flavor as well. It must be the Sterling hops, which I have used in a brew once before, but that was an IPA with 4 other styles of hops. It seems like that aroma attached itself to my memory and brings out some kind of pleasant nostalgia.
The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops, neither ever overpowering the other. Considering it only uses regular pale 2 row malt, the hops have to be the cause of this unique flavor. However, they do not lend any significant bittering effect, they merely balance the malt almost perfectly.
The mouthfeel is pretty average, there's a nice level of carbonation here, which gives a light tingling. The slightly higher than usual alcohol level is undetectable.
For drinkability, I would rank this as a great session beer. Nothing about it dominates any other part, and the result is a great all-around lager, perfect for a warm, sunny day.
09-24-2010 04:50:23 | More by Clamwacker
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
Love it. The aroma is a bit weak, but smells of earthy Euro hops. There's a fluffy white head and lacing. The flavor has a mix of creamy and dry toasted barley followed by spicy and (unusually citrusy) hops. Very drinkable and very tasty. Check this beer out.
06-04-2010 21:27:22 | More by tempest
4.25/5 rDev +17.1%
A - Brassy-clear gold, with a one-finger head of foam that settles down to just a coupe of
S - Light skunk, along with a deep floral hoppy aroma - almost bread-like, but not quite. A
little hard to describe. Complex smell.
T - Bitter-sweet and extremely well balanced. A slight, lingering, very faint sweetness in the
aftertaste - more like a cross between an excellent pilsner and a helles/export type lager.
M - Medium body with good, not-over-the-top carbonation.
O - The best domestic pilsner I've ever had! A little higher ABV than I'm used to for even the
best pilsners, but the added attention to quality by the brewer makes this seasonal
lager a must-try! Outstanding!
08-21-2014 03:06:00 | More by 19SKHJR57
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
Picked this up at ranch Acres liquor in Tulsa
Pours an effervescent bronze with 1 finger+ of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention
S: Grainyness & sulphur, weird tasted just fine
T: Biscuitty malt mixes with herbal & lemony hops up front. Husky grainyness mixes with lemony & floral hops as this warms, plus a touch of honey malt. Finishes crisp, slightly bready & sweet with lemony & herbal hops
MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, could be a bit softer for me.
Drinks very easy, almost gave this a 5.0, but the sulphur is a little off-putting, maybe the perfect head cold beer for me?? I could happily work this into my weekend football rotation to be sure!
09-01-2009 02:31:06 | More by russpowell
2.95/5 rDev -18.7%
On tap @ the Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear golden copper, topped with roughly a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, that stays robust enough I guess, and leaves back a cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and settles into just a light smattering of lacing. The aroma is floral and lightly spicy but the main focus in on the soft fruitiness of the nose. The malts don’t seem to have much of a presence, as most of the sweetness here is coming from that fruit character.
This time in the taste, that gentle fruitiness mixes it up with more of the sweet graininess from the malts, while a firm and more bitter citric presence adds a degree of prickly assertiveness to the profile. This finishes fairly dry feeling, with lingering notes of spice and light rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth overall, with a pretty darn sharp and lively feel to the carbonation that is coming on a little too strong at times. This does start to smooth out a bit though as it sits.
Eh, this was decent enough. I guess the main gripe for me was the heavy emphasis on the fruit flavors, which combined with the malt to give this more of a sweet twang to the taste instead of the crisp snap that I would normally associated with a thirst quenching Pilsener. I finished this glass… but barely.
09-13-2011 17:05:08 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a clear golden straw from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass. A soapy white head settles slowly into the glass and offers some decent lacing for the style.
Smell has a citrus malt note to it as well as a notable hop presence. Taste is rich and full for the style yet not bready or thick. Offers a nice full feel without a scouring sweetness, and a drinkability to match.
07-09-2009 06:21:28 | More by HalfFull
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours clear medium amber with an almost non existent very brief partial white head that really goes away fast!
Light yeast lager nose that is brief and weak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice balance and medium creamy full mouth.
Flavors are appealing burnt toast and yeasty biscuit - simple but clean, flavorful and appealing and inviting. Short yeast bitter toast finish.
This is a classic example of the whole being better than the sum of it's parts. Nothing stands out here - yet, the overall beer is very inviting and extremely appealable to drink.
11-15-2010 02:56:37 | More by GRG1313
LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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