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

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
"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"

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-27-2009)
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/12/12.

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a mild herbal hop aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very drinkable but somewhat unexciting.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral hops and bready malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty with lots of flavors of bready malts and some hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness and some hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced between the malt and hops and is also quite sessionable.

metter98, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color, just a shade or two lighter than brilliant; the frothy egg white head sticks nicely and leaves a dancing pattern of lace

Smell: Grainy, with a touch of lemony sweetness and a grassy edge

Taste: Opens with a toasty flavor that has a sweet, lemony undertone in the middle and finishes with a grainy/grassy character; a touch of sulfur in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks crispness

Drinkability: Easy to drink and rather enjoyable - I left this sitting in the fridge too long to capture the flavors as intended so I have been generous with my scores

brentk56, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -17.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright tangerine with a superfine yeasty haze. Although pale malt is the only malt 'checked off' on the Full Sail website, there has to be something slightly darker or the beer would be more amber than orange. An good looking chunk of manila colored foam lasts and lasts, eventually decorating the glass with loads of sticky lace.

Nothing darker than pale malt is appreciated on the sniff test. Recipe number 03 smells lagery clean, with the grassy-earthy-spicy quality of Sterling hops (which were derived from Saaz) being dominant. More pungency would be great. To be fair, I'm pretty sure things were different immediately following the summertime release.

LTD Series 03 is a better than average German-style pilsner that is definitely not short on maltiness. The hops are still going fairly strong as well. I'm guessing that least 2/3 of the original 35 IBUs are still present. Trouble is, an off-flavor sneaks in on the back end that isn't immediately identifiable.

The malt tastes slightly toasted-earthy, which corresponds to the color (if not the aroma). The Sterling hops aren't quite as grassy as Saaz, at least in this particular beer. There are no fruit esters, which makes sense given the use of a lager yeast. The off-flavor is slightly plastic-like and solvent-like, although it's easily tolerated during these 12 ounces.

The ABV would suggest that this is a slightly bigger than usual pils. The mouthfeel confirms it. There's more barley than average and the carbonation is very well done. Creamy and zippy is a good combination in some styles. Like this one.

Of the three LTD beers that have been released to date, 01 is my favorite, even though bock is one of my least favorite styles. It looks like Full Sail is sticking with lagers for this series. How about a doppelbock or a rauchbier next?

BuckeyeNation, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

GRG1313, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice clarity with a nice golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste. The finish was quick, crisp, and very clean

mikesgroove, Aug 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

kylehay2004, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow-orange body with a modest amount of bubbly white suds on top.

Smell: Light pilsener malt character with a bit of fresh grain and a near-imperceptible honey undertone. Hops drop off a few coarsely shredded leaves and a fruity note of lemons.

Taste: Starts with light pale and pilsener malts with delicate touches (only touches, mind you) of thinly buttered bread and sweet honey. The Saaz-alternative Sterling hops used provide a leafy character as well as a hint of lemon citrus. Fairly restrained bitterness. Finishes dry and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice, thirst-quenching American-born pilsner that delivered some late-August refreshment just in the nick of time. Where to next, Limited Ed. Lager Series?

ChainGangGuy, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

biboergosum, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then a hops presence that is strong for the style but not over-powering comes in. There’s some mild malt sweetness in the background and a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay pils. That is the first thing that hit my mind when I tried it. A bit too bright and somewhat tangy. Seems like the edges need rounded out. It's a decent beer, but it doesn't really do much for me. I tried it, ticked it, and now I'm moving on.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a glass mug. not sure about the style since the number matches, but the label clearly has "Czech pilsner" on it.

The color is golden with crystal clarity and 2 finger white cap which falls to a thin band of very fine beads. The carbonation is visible rising moderately fast to the surface with a stringy lace pattern on the glass. The smell is very hoppy with some floral and spicy hop aromas. The malt is there in the nose but mostly adds sweetness to the aroma. The feel is pretty full with the malt body and resinous hop textures coming off a little less beefy with the semi-full carbonation with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very pleasant with a decent amount of hops in the taste which are both floral and spicy with a decent amount of pilsner malt contributing a mildly sweet nutty flavor profile with a gentle toast note and yeast is relatively creamy. The flavor of alcohol comes through near the end without any harshness, but it adds to the full taste this pils has, somehow I agree with the Czech pils label even though it is listed as a German Pils here. Overall a pretty decent amount of hops and is very drinkable, not the ideal example of the style, but a tasty lager just the same.

Slatetank, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

russpowell, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head, reinforced by many bubbles rising from the etch at teh bottom, bit of lacing, over brilliantly clear pilsner tan colored beer.

Nose is typical pils, light toasty pilsner malt, little hay, hint of straw, touch of soft lager, just a bit of grassy hops.

Taste has a bit more than the nose, more in the toasty pilsner malt, some straw and light hay, light soft layered lager malt flavors and a crisp lager flavor, touch of sweetness. Light bitterness with some grassy and slightly earthy hops. Finish is dry and crisp, more light grassy and slight herbal hops, bit more lager flavors with light hay.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

overall not bad, decent pilsner flavors, lighter on the hops but tasty and drinkable, although overall a bit lighter than I expected.

jlindros, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elegant, flavorful light lager. I think it's a great example of the Pilsener style, whichever country you think it's inspired by. Nice aroma with a touch of fruit in the mouthful. Just the right bitterness, it proves you don't have to over-hop to get a crisp, Euro flavor. Malt mellowness anchors the main theme, with that biscuity flavor giving a nice grainy edge. This one, like 04, seems to have a pale bock flavor to it.

The usual Full Sail lineup is such average stuff, but these LTD beers have always impressed me, and I'm not a big fan of lagers normally.

mactrail, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +3%

MarkyMOD, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

C-

kojevergas, Oct 12, 2012
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LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.