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LTD Series - 03 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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LTD Series - 03LTD Series - 03

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-27-2009

"Well looky here, a crisp new pilsner-style lager all ready to rock your tastebuds' little world. The latest addition to our LTD series is pale-golden in color, featuring a spicy floral hop aroma, malty medium body, and a smooth, thirst quenching finish.

ABV 5.6% IBU 35"
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Photo of Nixon
2.37/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of zander4dawin
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

** 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.

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Photo of JBmadera
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of lsummers
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of froghop
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of willmc
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into pint glass.
Very fresh and light colored golden pilsner with solid carbonation and a nice snow white head that stuck around for a while.
Smell was a bit thin, you could tell this is more lager than Pilsner. Didn't get any hop smell at all.
Smooth mouthfeel and the right level of carbonation, but the beer was a bit light and sweet to my taste. Thought this might be a bit more German tasting than American lager.
Good, but not one I'll repeat.

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Photo of beersands
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, but the hop flavors, aroma, and grainy aftertaste are more in line with something i'd search for and find in an american ale - never an import pilsner.

Appearance is clear, 4mm head after pour, and good lacing. Golden color

Aroma, getting dank fruity spicy ale-like hop aroma. Smells more like an english ale then an import pilsner profile

taste clean but with a grainy aftertaste and a ale-like hop finish. Lightly grainy and fruity, not the spicy clean flavor I would expect in an import pilsner style.

mouthfeel was fine.

If this were touted as an american ale, I would score it very highly except its color is lighter than that.

A good beer but I feel like I'm being hustled with the fancy shmancy marketing hype label and classification.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing on this Pil's is a standout. When poured, the color was a nice medium golden yellow, with a white foam head that disapated quickly, but, did have nice lace retention. The smell or yeast malts and hops fill the nose with a pleasant aroma for a German Pil's. But,the taste had a bitterness and the flavor of malts, hops and a touch of florial was not that impressing. Full Sail other LTD ale's were better. I'm just not impressed with this series.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. The colour was golden straw with little head. The aroma was somewhat hoppy and grain-like. On the palate, there was some mild hop character as well as citrus zest and pith, plus a rather grain-like cereal aspect to the finish. I can certainly think of better IPA's.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 092510. Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a large and creamy cap of white head. Good retention and laces up nicely.

Nose defines graininess. Freshly crushed, light malted barley is very much dominant. Not much else really and disappointingly low on the hops.

Taste follows along with a dominant grain presence. Has a lightly toasted biscuit as well. Little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, not much for flavoring cones...maybe a little floral. Fairly sweet brew up front but finishes clean and dry. Not bad, wont have much trouble finishing off the sixer, but probably will not buy again. I liked the LTD 02 much better.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

101609 Bottle Date; Sampled August 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a touch of lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a rich gold hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color with just a touch of red-copper to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet grain, perhaps even a touch of wholesome corn, grassy grain notes, and a touch of honey'd malt character up front. The finish picks up a hint of grassy herbal character, maybe a hint of lemon zest and a cracker-like grain note. This is quite malt focused for a Pilsner, at least the types that I really enjoy; this seems like a bit more of Helles, at least from the aroma.

A light menthol bitterness picks up a touch of herbal notes and then finishes with a light, but structured bitterness in the finish. Again the hop character is quite a bit lighter in the flavor than I was expecting. Pretty dry malt character, though there is just enough malt sweetness to balance and meld with the hop character. A touch of toffee character comes through at times, but this is exceedingly subtle. There is some grassy grain notes as well as a touch of cracker-like grain flavor here. A herbal hop note becomes a bit more expressive as the beer warms up; it even picks up a touch of lemon zest character, but it is still not quite to the level that I would prefer. As the beer warms up more I begin to like it less again.

This seems much more of Helles, and not really all that great of one. This is certainly refreshing, and even tasty in its own way, but I was expecting a bit more from this brew. I am actually quite supprised that this is rated at 35 IBUs, there is definitely a bitterness here, it just seems much softer than something even like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale achieves with its 32 IBUs. Not bad, but there are a lot more interesting Pilsners out there.

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LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.