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

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BA SCORE
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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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Photo of armock
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Doesn't do much for me its slightly sweet malt

T - Is pretty decent some malt sweetness with a touch of spicey hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good beer its not blowing me away but it has a pretty good taste thats easy to drink its worth a try sometime

armock, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Full Sail LTD 02 was a gateway craft beer for me, and has been a long time favorite of mine, and a seriously underrated lager, so I'm quite excited about this new bottling.

Pours gold with a slight murkiness. A huge off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves a chunky, broken lace all around. Faint hops, some grass, a bit of sweet malts and a distant citrus note all rise to the nose. Goes down crisp and dry which makes for a very nice contrast to the 02 bottling, which was softer and creamier. Tastes lager-like, which is about all I can say, except that it's near perfection with a perfect balance and a nice amount of substance in the taste department. The Full Sail LTD's are consummate examples of beers whose overall rating suffer due to style.

stephens101, Jan 09, 2010
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 willmc
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

willmc, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra from a generous BA trader thanks!

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden with a one finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace. I think the head would have held a little better in a traditional pilsner glass.

Smell: A touch of lager yeast and pilsner malt with a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Not much lemon zing, but some herbal hops and a faint touch of honey sweetness from the malt. Pretty straight forward which is a nicer description than one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly crisp, but a touch thicker than I was expecting.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable. I'd score it a 5.0 if the flavor was better.

koopa, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade from Wasatch. 12oz bottle.

A: Clear gold in color, stark white head, excellent clarity, and a ton of bubbles moving through it. Nice looking beer.

S: Pilsener malts, a hint of honey, and some notes of clean soapy hops. Pretty standard, nothing extraordinary, but not offensive.

T: Mild and malty up front with a big kick of resiny, spicy verging on citrus hops as well. Fairly sweet, but has a nice balancing bitterness with it as well. Bitterness really lingers on the palate. Pretty tasty. Very crisp and clean.

M: Spot on here, light body, lingering bitterness, crisp, almost sharp carbonation. Excellent.

D: Easy to drink. This would be a great gateway beer for the more adventurous BMC drinker. Easy to put back, and I would love to find this on tap somewhere. Recommended.

pokesbeerdude, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of kels
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to colts9016 for shipping this extra. I always like to try this style since it doesn't get as much hype.

Pours into my pint glass a really nice bright straw-yellow shade. It is slightly hazy with little carbonation bubbles running throughout. The initial 3 finger white fluffy, foamy head fades and retains really well at a nice skim. Slippery spots of lace slide down the walls of the glass throughout the drink.

Impressively large aroma for a lager. Light, powdery, biscuity malts couple with a subtle citrus. It isn't exactly toasted - more dry smelling.

What's most notable about this beer is the brightness and how refreshing it is and then how quickly it disappears from the palate. It finishes so incredibly crisply and cleanly that it's almost hard to taste it long enough to describe. The dry, unassuming grains provide a tasty backdrop to a nicely citrusy, slightly tart hop note. There's no hint of stickiness or sweetness here. The feel is well-carbonated, keeping things light. While I prefer heavy carbonation, this one is almost too much in that it rushes the beer so quickly through my mouth that I struggle to really taste the beer. As the beer warms and the carbonation dissipates a little, I get a nice, distinct pineapple juice aftertaste that is very pleasant and complements the crispness of the beer nicely.

Drinkability is super-high. The flavor is really nice, even if you have to work a little to get it to be patient enough to taste, and the feel is so crisp and refreshing that it drinks all day. I only wish I could get this regularly during the summer - Full Sail hasn't quite made it to VA yet.

kels, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of taxguyjase
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this bad boy at BevMo for like $5 a six pack.

The Full Sail Ltd Series #3 is a pretty standard pilsner style beer. The beer is pretty lightly golden, bubbly (lots of carbonation) and clear, with a mild, crisp malt smell with a hint of sourness. The flavor was malty and clean, with a bit of sourness in it. Thanks to the low IBUs (only 35), you don't get much bitterness on this beer. Aftertaste is nill, and the flavor comes and goes pretty quickly. That said, the beer goes down easy and was pretty refreshing. I'd consider this one again, especially if the price was $5 a six pack. It's got a nice 5.6% ABV too, so you can have a number of these without getting blitzed.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 nice light golden color, clear
Smell- 3.0/5.0 - light crispy malt smell, light sour
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - cold sour malt, clean body, no aftertaste, flavor quick
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - went down easy, no aftertaste
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - sure, the price was right, good standard pilsner

taxguyjase, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of slaintemhor
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

slaintemhor, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly nice pilsner here, but a bit on the softer side for a German style one. Pours golden with a fairly light head but a constant stream of bubbles. Light earthy biterrness in the aroma as well a a dose of lager yeast a bit of slightly sour graininess. A little bit bready tasting and with more of that sam earthy bitterness and slight grainy sourness. Fairly smooth, but on the softer, heavier side for a pilsner. Pretty decent, but it could use a bit more snap.

Georgiabeer, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had back-to-back with a PBR, which really highlighted how much better this is than a crappy macro. Pours golden and clear with a decent white head. Aroma is grainy with no adjuncts and a whisper of floral hoppiness. Grassy grainy flavor with some crackery malt and a little sweetness. Refreshing mouthfeel, very drinkable.

illidurit, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a yellow golden color that produced a wispy white head that had little retention and left no lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a grainy characteristic coupled with a honey and lemon undertones

T - The taste of this beer falls completely in line with the nose, grains, honey and lemon

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer was very high, I don't know what people expect out of a Pilsener, but this was it, tasty and refreshing

cvfish, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer in early August from Total Wine and More for $4.99.

Beer poured golden with a two finger white head. Nose has hints of hop flower. Taste is balanced, malts with a hint of cereal blend nicely into a crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is good, this is a crisp refreshing pils that makes for a good tailgate beer!

arizcards, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $1.59. Review from notes.

A: Stunning clear honey-gold with 1-finger off-white foamy head with decent retention and a single choppy ring of lace.

S: Underwhelming with mainly sweet, crackery malt with very light herbal hops

T: Malty with herbal and light citruss hops presence. Malts are pleasantly biscuity and lightly sweet with mineral and cracker flavors with mild herbal hops in the finish.

M: Light-to-medium body with active carbonation and lightly dry, mineral, aspirin aftertaste.

D: A good malty German-type pilsner which could pushes malt to great effect but could use a slightly bigger hops presence to add another dimension to the aroma and flavor. As a session beer, this is a top pick for its easy-drinking nature but solid crafting with a big malt presence.

argock, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Cyberkedi, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent pilsener style beer. Absolutely gorgeous in my pilsener glass. 1/2 inch head, with good lacing.

Crisp, light and refreshing, this beer offers everything you'd expect to see in a quality lager. The flavor has more hops character than in many other beers of this variety.

Very drinkable.

Beernoisseur, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

beertunes, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

GClarkage, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of nerow
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lovely clear gold with minimal lacing. It has a good two finger head though.

S-Hoppy, with some slight citrus. Also a touch of yeast.

T-Very Crisp, some citrus a bit spicy at the end. The flavors mesh well, but the citrus overbalances the rest. There is a nice mineral aftertaste which contrasts the other flavors well.

M-Creamy. Not overly carbonated.

D-Very easy to drink.

Overall this is not a spectacular beer, but it is one that is quite drinkable and pleasant.

nerow, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with good retention. Decanted continually. Minimal lacing.

S: Hay, wet grain and bitter noble hops.

T: Big biscuity malt up front with muted flavoring hops; lemon and spice. Finishes crisp with slightly sweet bready flavor lingering to sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium body (for a pils). Ample carbonation. Crisp, clean and bitter.

D: Very easy to drink, very balanced.

Haybeerman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is excellent, but more of a full-bodied, hoppy take on the traditional American lager rather than a real German Pilsner.

Gold, it has a medium-large white head, steadily shrinking to a lasting thin foam and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is nice, aromatic, pleasant full grain with lemony and lightly herbal hops, hints of apple and mineral. This is a very nice, full American "lager" aroma.

The taste is similar, a full-bodied, hoppier and more cmplex take on the US lager style. It has strong grain, lightly sweet and appley as well, with balancing hopps that are grassy with light herbal and lemon character as well. Light sweetness just dominated by the dominant but restrained bitterness. The crisp, lightly bitter finish fades to a full grain aftertaste with some apple and grassy bitterness. It is excellent and exceeedingly drinkable.

Offa, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale yellow, great clarity, thick layer of cream-colored dense foam with great head retention

Aroma: very subtle touches of malt, grain husk, and herbal hops

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a smooth balancing hop bitterness; hints of honey, lemongrass, and citrus rind; finishes semi-dry with a fairly clean aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, crisp

Other comments: When I first poured this, the aroma reminded me of Session, but upon tasting it, I see that it's a bit more fleshed out.

GreenCard, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light head with a darker gold appearance than usual pilsners and very few carbonation bubbles
S: the aromas are a conglomerant of light smells combining citrus, sweet floral charactered hops and a slightly musty yeast smell.
T: the taste that stands out to me is the mix between the hops and the dank yeast. Light flavored malts come into play in the aftertaste leaving a sweet flavor like honey mixed with citrus.
M/D: the feel is light with a slight bite on the tongue and minor dryin from the hops. The drinkability is good and refreshing I recommend but not over true German pilsners.

Kemmerlin, Sep 05, 2009
LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.