Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Session Black Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Not Rated.
Session Black LagerSession Black Lager

Educational use only; do not reuse.

354 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 354
Hads: 872
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 26
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-27-2009

ABV 5.4% IBU 18
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 354 | Hads: 872
Photo of pianoguy
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11 oz bottle. no bottling info

Pours a reddish cola body with a white head. Little retention or lacing (aggressive pour recommended )

A nice bready roasted malt. Somewhat prominent

Taste follows the smell. A slight bitter finish.

Feel was a little watery and thin

Overall; Not the best Schwarzbier I have ever had, but keeping in mind that this is a lower ABV (5.40) session beer... it's not bad !! At $9.99 a 12 pack it's a great value and worth buying again ! (and I will)

Yes it has nothing to do with the beer... But the inside of every bottle cap had a scissors. rock, or paper on it. It made me think of my college days ! (we didn't have beer pong then)

 667 characters

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sneaked a little stubby at Beard's 40th birthday party. Good dark lager, but a shame you get gyped out of half an ounce each bottle. Extra points for the stubby, though.

 171 characters

Photo of hartighe
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another excellent beer from Full Sail. Surprisingly refreshing for a dark lager, but the strong toasty taste is there. My only complaint about it is if I drink more than one I get heartburn (It happens with all dark lagers, but this one is worse). But now that I never drink more than one of any individual beer on the same day it was welcomed back to my fridge.

 362 characters

Photo of JodyBeeress
1.44/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I am a LOVER of dark beer. When I saw "Full-on Blackalishiousness" on the top of the box, I thought I had a real winner!!! This is not dark beer:( It's just light beer in a dark bottle. Why not put it in a goblet an call it wine? It's better than Old Milwaukee and Natural Light.
UPDATE: My wife likes this beer. She likes thinner tasting beers, however.

 355 characters

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of the bottle. Good session beer, so the name is fitting. Cool stubby bottle. A little heavier than the red Session ale but still very smooth. Toasted coffee and chocolate notes like a darker stout. Very drinkable. The old-fashioned stubby bottle is probably the biggest appeal to this brew.

 302 characters

Photo of Matthew_Reynolds89
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is wonderful!

I love black beers and this one is just amazing!

Fresh marker near me has 12 pack boxes for 11.59 so i picked up two for my fridge!

way more than worth a shot!

 187 characters

Photo of Gajo74
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review of a schwarzbier. I can't say this one did much for me. Poured a black color without much head; nothing special to look at. Not much aroma; maybe a hint of medicine and booze which I wasn't crazy about. Taste was o.k., it was clean and smooth like a lager. Feel was good. Refreshing. I need to try other beers from this style.

 350 characters

Photo of mnrider
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark amber with one finger of bubbly tan head. Coaster thin layer of retention with very little lacing.

S: Bittersweet malts. Dark chocolate. Toasted and roasted flavors.

T/M: Toasted bitter sweet malts. Smokey. Watery. Thin. Chocolate. A little nutty. Not much bitterness after the first hit. Light bodied.

O: Not too much to say here. A pretty good representation of the style. Nice toasted taste. Easy to drink.


 437 characters

Photo of neilp55
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice albeit nondescript session black lager from Full Sail. Inoffensive and without any discernible character or flavor notes, it's kind of a "black lager for the masses". No alcohol bite which bolsters the "Session" moniker.

Not really worth paying a premium for, however for someone afraid of getting into stouts and darker beers this is a great introductory selection. Like a black pils.

 397 characters

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite a dark lager, almost gives itself stout qualities in taste, but it's lager qualities keep it sessionable, a great lager, and would probably be a good transition beer for someone wanting to get into stouts as well.

 219 characters

Photo of brother_rebus
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The smell was a bit stale. Looks like a standard black lager. Weren't very winningly hints of much. Nice mouthfeel though. Minimal carbonation but still enough.

 160 characters

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark but no very much so for a schwarzbier. Mild head and carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. No surprises there. Chocolate coffee flavor that's well rounded. Some bitterness. Hint of herbal.

 202 characters

Photo of stephens101
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with crimson edges. Very sweet aroma with caramel, nuts and persimmons. Tastes sweet with roasted malts and a hint of bitter in the end. Some dark fruitiness exists. Light bodied. Excellent balance on this tasty classic.

 236 characters

Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [2.75] Pours a reddish black. You can see through it even without back lighting. There was NO head at. It pours like flat Coke. The chubby little bottle lists ABV (5.4%) and the Best by date (01/25/15).

S: [2.50] I am trying really hard and getting almost nothing on the nose. Maybe really weak coffee.

T: [3.75] It tastes like a porter! I get roasted malts and little to no bitter. There are some slight charred wood flavors too. It is actually not bad - given the nose had nothing.

M: [3.00] The lack of head actually makes the mouthfeel seem a little more watery. The carbonation is a little too high too.

O: [3.25] Ironically the taste is the best thing this littel beer has going for it The appearance is pretty bad, no head or lacing at all. The nose is too weak to get anything. The taste was straightforward but pleasant. The mouthfeel was a little off too. I really like Unitas Baba - which is a 4% ABV Black Lager and it does a lot more than this one at 5.4%.

 991 characters

Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

A fine Schwarzbier that could be confused with a traditional brew from Germany. The flavors are immediately quite noticeable.

In front the front, a light roasted malt. A hint of chocolate and cocoa and coffee. Some bitterness then onto a lager yeast drying in the back end.

 274 characters

Photo of Roser
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A- fairly dark, semi clear, mahogany, cola brown. Thin mocha colored head that didn't last long. Little to no lacing.

S- clean. Malt and spices. Dark and toasty. Light chocolate notes.

T- bready, caramel, cocoa.

M- smooth and creamy. Crisp. Light bodied.

O- very good/nice. An above average schwarzbier. Would recommend and have again.


 350 characters

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Session Black from Full Sail. Nice dark brown to reddish black color with medium head that
dies down to a thin ring of off white thin beaded foam and light lacing. Nose of roasted grains,
light chocolate, and light sweet malts. Flavor is much like the nose with deeply roasted grains,
yet is not overly roasted letting in some light sweetness and light chocolate flavors shine
through. A nice grain aftertaste and light bittering makes this a great "session" beer as the
name suggests. Pretty high on the carbonation level with a lot of character for such a light
beer. An A plus for the style and the idea.


 622 characters

Photo of thehooksman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Not a bad dark session lager. The appearance on this was lighter than I was expecting. It is a clear, dark red-ish brown that holding it up to the light looks like a nice strong tea. The half-finger of beige head disappeared quickly but left a small ring around the glass throughout. The nose has nice earthy tones of straw and wood with perhaps a hint of chocolate. Its body is smooth with just enough carbonation to notice. Yet seems exceedingly thin for a dark beer. All things considered I'd have this again.

 519 characters

Photo of delta490
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a clear dark brown with a short-lasting off-white head. Slight lacing. The aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt and a little bit of earth. The taste is similar. The body is is thinner and smooth, with just a hint of carbonation as it finishes. It doesn't have the depth of a Kostritzer, but is still a good beer.

 316 characters

Photo of typee1
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bitterness and carbonation predominate on first taste. A good dark lager, but one that is missing the fine toasted notes I'd hope for in a schwarzbier. Relatively light and easily drinkable, but not yummy. A bit lacking in depth of flavor.

The bottle and label are beautiful. Love the stunted bottleshape.

 306 characters

Photo of jasonPsager
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first beer from Full Sail and I will be buying more. This black lager was excellent. Nice and smooth without too much carbonation. I loved how this beer went right to the edge of the bitter line without crossing it. It did so without losing any flavor. This is seriously my new "go to" beer in the fridge.

Bonus was the bottle. Though it is only 11 ounces it totally fulfills my "dare to be different" desire.

 422 characters

Photo of ptykozoon
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark dirty brown. No head or lacing.

Coffee, brown sugar, light vanilla.

Light coffee, tobacco, cinnamon.

Watery mouthfeel, very subtle simple flavors. Light carbonation, light mouthfeel.

Agreeable taste but not the most complex or satisfying beer in the world.

 267 characters

Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in an Oklahoma liquor store at room temperature with a best by date of 6/28/14-- stored poorly and about to expire. Now that that caveat is out of the way...

Pours to a quickly receding buff head that falls to a thin but permanent ring. Color is similar to Dr. Pepper. Aroma is mild and clean with pale malt and slightly nutty/smokey/roasty notes and not much in the way of hops. (There is a faint cheesy/dusty note in the nose that may be due to age.) Flavor is a muted roast malt front with a slightly bittersweet nutty finish. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is just right.

It may be unfair to judge this beer with an eleventh hour expiration date and crappy storage. But even with that, it is fairly solid as a mild, easy drinking dark session brew.

 758 characters

Photo of The_Stav
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful black color, with a light head that lasted long enough.

This smells like a lager, bright, but with the darker favors.

A nice light lager taste, then the darker notes of the roasted grains, then it ends rather light again.

I also liked that this was affordable in a case of 12 with the cute bottles and fun caps (rock-paper-scissors) !

 349 characters

Photo of Paincane
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with a tan head, nice lace and head retention.
S: Roasted malt and coffee aromas.
T: Smoky, earthy and nutty malt forward flavors with a dry hop finish.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced brew.
O: Very nice black lager that is malt dominated yet balanced. Extremely drinkable.

 295 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.