LTD Series - 03 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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2.33/5 rDev -35.8%
As a fan of Full Sail products I really wanted to like this one but I didn't.
It looks great...very clear golden color topped with a snow white head that lasts.
It claims to be in the league of imported pilsners...Stella, Heineken, Peroni, Becks, etc. But against any of these I think it falls flat.
And that's because to me this beer tasted kinda like soda water with a squirt of 'bitter juice' in it. I didn't get any sweet, biscuity or bready malt flavor and the hops were pure bitterness, no detectable flavor.
I remember reading that when Full Sail formed an alliance with Miller so they could brew Henry Weinhard's, they gained a lot of brewing knowledge by meeting with the Miller chemists and brewers. And I guess that's what this LTD 03 tastes like to me...Miller beer.
I like the Full Sail Pale Ale, Amber Ale and IPA. But this one? No dice.
07-25-2011 17:18:55 | More by Nixon
2.6/5 rDev -28.4%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Acquired at a Trader Joe's for somewhere between 1 and 2 dollars. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.
Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a four finger beige head of decent cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a light pale yellow. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not extraordinarily vibrant. Pretty standard for the style.
Sm: Dry malts and generic floral hopping - I'd guess saaz or spalt. Straw. Generic barley. An average strength aroma. This is shaping up to be pretty meh.
T: Straw and barley form the foundation, with minimal specialty malts coming through. Background floral hopping is hardly noticeable. Obscenely simple. Boring and bland. Not at all subtle. Very meh.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some increased coarseness and dryness in the third act. Light. Too thick for the lack of flavour.
Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. I wouldn't bother with this again. Another mediocre offering from Full Sail. Why brew this? If I wanted affordable pasasable garbage, I'd buy Simpler Times pilsner.
10-12-2012 06:46:12 | More by kojevergas
2.7/5 rDev -25.6%
** Performed Blind Tasting **
Appearance - Deep golden color with a pillowy head.
Smell - Floral and citrus
Taste - Orange, grapefruit but not bitter, simple, taste a little watery
Mouthfeel - crisp and sharp
Overall - A nice lager with a simple taste but could use more snappiness and dryness to be a good pils.
08-19-2011 15:20:02 | More by zander4dawin
2.78/5 rDev -23.4%
A - sparse head with some lacing
S- pretty light hop/malt aroma
T/M - kinda fizzy, more than I expected and it lingered. somewhat bitter finish, disappointed with the taste - for some reason I was really looking forward to this beer and it was a bit of let down.
D - wouldn't turn it down but would not seek it out.
08-13-2009 15:47:48 | More by JBmadera
2.88/5 rDev -20.7%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours yellow with a firm white head, very good retention some lace.
S: Crisp hop attack, lightly sour malt.
T: Soft bready malt with a very earthy hop profile, too earthy for my tastes, not a classic pilsner flavour.
M: Medium-bodied, too heavy IMO for the style, tends to sit on the tongue, needs to be cleaner.
D: An OK stab at the style, but I wasn't really into it, average drinkablity at best.
10-06-2009 17:52:06 | More by Halcyondays
2.9/5 rDev -20.1%
Pours a hazy straw golden yellow. Thin crisp head that diminishes quickly.
Smells of a pear with nutty malts and cereal.
Taste is a little sub par for the style. Starts with some sweet bread pudding and leads into a more cereal, fruity note. The hops are prominent towards the middle with some pear/pineapple notes. Ends on a nutty creamier note
Mouthfeel is somewhat sharp and smooth. Fairly carbonated.
Overall, this is a decent offering, but nothing to necessarily seek out. It's worth a try if your a fan of Full Sail Brewery, but otherwise it's an average pilsner. There are far more superior selections of the style out there.
04-03-2013 04:20:46 | More by lsummers
2.9/5 rDev -20.1%
I poured This beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color and poured a pretty nice white looking head. I did not like the smell. It was sour like and I do not like that. The taste however was not. It was more of a sweet taste that left an odd burn on my tongue. Okay beer but not going to buy again.
10-30-2010 13:56:28 | More by Minkybut
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
2.98/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a clear straw yellow with a foamy and not very persistent white head. Aroma is crisp, malty, and not very strong. Flavor, fortunately, is better - strong, almost mouth-filling, malty with hoppy and fruity hints. Flavor is smooth, satisfying, just a little fizzy.
10-10-2009 04:10:15 | More by Cyberkedi
3/5 rDev -17.4%
pours a clear pale yellow with a medium white head, and some lacing.
smell is of grain, a little yeast, and a touch of citrus.
taste is light, grain, slightly bitter, malt, and citrus, end is dry and a little bitter.
im not a pilsner fan but this one is very nice for the style.
06-14-2009 15:12:15 | More by froghop
3.03/5 rDev -16.5%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: Poured a nice yellow with a touch of orange... very clean looking nice bobbles.. about a fingers worth of head... very nice lacing.
S: Little malt and floral hops... very fresh smelling, little earthy.
T: Very pilsner like.... clean, crisp, little malt and floral hops... maybe a little grassy... Very little aftertaste... Good on a hot summer day.
M: Pretty light, crisp lively carbonation from start to finish... very clean and maybe a little on the dry side.
D: Very drinkable pilsner. Everything is a good match to the style... Not a bad little beer from Full Sail.
07-31-2011 01:37:46 | More by mralphabet
3.03/5 rDev -16.5%
On Sight: Pours a nice golden color into a pilsner style glass, with a ¼ inch white head that is gone in the blink of an eye, and no lacing what-so-ever. Sad to say.
Aromas: Floral and earthy notes at first followed by some citrus, still not too impressed.
Tastes: A citrus lemon grass, dry, clean and crisp, very earthy with hints of hops added to it. Over all not too bad of a beer, I expected a little more from Full Sail, but hey everyone has their own flavor, this is just not quite mine.
12-12-2009 06:57:25 | More by willmc
3.03/5 rDev -16.5%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a half finger white head. Good carbonation leads to a long lasting head with a minimal bit of lacing.
Aroma is a mix of flowers and steamed vegetables. There is also a solid bready malt base that is very appealing and pilsener-like.
Everything goes wrong on the flavor. It's like eating a huge pile of cooked vegetables. The DMS is off the charts! It overpowers the floral hops and the malt is barely able to sneak through. It becomes about the only thing noticeable about the beer and that is not good. Mouthfeel is very watery with an odd sharp, almost metallic, bitterness.
Overall, not a good effort from Full Sail. I can tell there is possibly a good beer lurking underneath the off flavors but there is too much for it to overcome. One to avoid.
12-04-2012 01:26:48 | More by rangerred
3.03/5 rDev -16.5%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lovely, clean, clear golden yellow with just under an inch of clean white head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.
A slightly grainy scent, otherwise a neutral aroma. The flavors were similar, slightly sweet grain, nothing else noticeable.
Body was a little bit thicker than typical for the style. Drinkability was good. If you're looking for a balanced, inoffensive brew to have several of, this could be your beer. Overall, worth trying if you see it.
09-27-2009 20:22:22 | More by beertunes
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
3.08/5 rDev -15.2%
Pours a golden orange. Was expecting straight gold. Interesting. Two inches of white foam.
Smells like toasted earth hops with grainy malt.
Tastes like toasted earth hops with grainy malt. Not unpleasant. Not particularly great. Decent.
Mouthfeel was lively.
Eh. Pretty much the definition of average.
12-19-2010 08:59:23 | More by Overlord
3.08/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured into a pilsner glass at 37 Degrees.
Appearance: A one finger,creamy, foamy, white head that has some retention to it. The color of the beer is a light amber with yellow orange hues.The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is effervescence in the beer and the head leaves some lacing.
Nose: A light fragrant, malty aroma with floral esters. There are some light citrus and pine with a toasty note.
Taste: A lightly toasted malt with floral and pine notes. There is a light citrus and phenol characters in the back ground of the beer.
Mouth feel: is carbonated, crisp, and clean.
Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium. This is a good pilsner, except for a little bit of an odd funky flavor towards the end. Although the flavor of the pilsner draws attention to the overall characteristics of the beer it is still drinkable.
04-15-2010 05:04:27 | More by colts9016
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
At last, Full Sail comes through with installment #3 in their LTD Series, lending some credibility to the notion that the "series" is actually that. Nothing otherwise grabs my attention as a deficit or draw on #3. It shows refined clarity in straw yellow with a milk white head. Its casual parameters are reasonably clean but it's not a top-shelf lager and doesn't leave me with much to say about it. Better than Session I suppose.
07-30-2009 21:36:26 | More by RedDiamond
LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.