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

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752 Ratings
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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 15
Gots: 44 | 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:
ABV 5.4% IBU 18

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-27-2009)
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Reviews by bagpiper2005:
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Pour: Clear dark brown color with streaks of red. A small ring of head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet with hints of chocolate and brown sugar. No hops to speak of, and pretty light.

Taste: Follows the nose almost exactly, but you also get a little bit of coffee in the finish. Not overbearing but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with active carbonation. Typical of ligher American lagers, actually.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Great for a hot day.

Final Notes: About as light bodied as darker beers come, but for the price (just a bit over a buck a bottle), it's hard to beat this for decent beer on a shoestring budget. I'll be returning to it.

11-27-2010 18:53:20 | More by bagpiper2005
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into my schwarzbier glass a deep chocolate brown with a fluffy but quick to fade off white head,some light chocolate and mineral notes in the nose but both are pretty light.Chocolate malt flavors with a bit of licorice,and iron.Subtle flavors lends to easy drinkablility,this would be a good tailgating beer or all day sessionable lager.

12-28-2010 23:56:02 | More by oberon
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

11 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with a medium frothy off white head that goes to a film that laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate and roasted grainy malts with a little coffee. Some fruits come out as it warms.

The flavor is lactic chocolate and roasted malts with some coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy.

Overall, a nice surprise. This is a very tasty schwarzbier. The first sips are really good, but as it warms I like it a bit less.

11-19-2009 05:44:26 | More by Beaver13
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-18-2013 03:50:36 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

stubby 11 ounce bottle, available at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. This one pours clearvery dark almond amber, under a slight and fairly quick to depart dark tan head, leaves just barely better then minimal bits of lace. Dark chocolate in the nose. More chocolate malts, dry dark tea notes. In general a fairly bland and unexciting dark lager.

Not really my thing, decent enough, but not likely I'd go for this one again real soon.

11-02-2010 21:11:58 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some roasted malt, as well as some cocoa and a hint of dark fruit. The aroma is fairly sweet overall. The flavor is has some roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a hint of smoke. There is also a little bit of hop bitterness, but not any real hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

08-29-2012 02:43:34 | More by Mora2000
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FMetzger

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Great clarity. Dark brown with a slightly tan head. Brown highlights in the head.

S: Rich malt with slight hoppiness. I love this beer. As it warms the aroma is that of wort after the first hop addition. It is truly fantastic. This beer accurately captures the delicious cereal malty graininess I crave without going overboard and killing me with alcohol.

T: Caramel maltiness, rich flavors of grain. This is a great example of a Schwarzbier/Dark Lager/Euro Dark Lager, or whatever the hell you want to label it.

M: Not much to mention, except that it is smooth and the carbonation is perfect (at least in the bottle I had). Not thick, which is not surprising given the fact that it is a lager, but IS surprising given the rich grain taste.

D: As the name implies, this is a Session-able beer. Only 5.4% abv, so more than one is not going to be a problem, and I am truly astounded by the flavor.

This beer is cheap ($8.99 for a 12pack), and I am very fond of it. The temperature hit 110F today, so I am sure I will be enjoying this beer for a while during the hot summer months. Hats off to Full Sail for this one. Really a pleasant surprise.

08-13-2009 00:20:38 | More by FMetzger
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DubleAs


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-22-2012 04:55:52 | More by DubleAs
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BrianParsons


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-16-2012 14:59:34 | More by BrianParsons
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-30-2013 20:45:25 | More by wattoclone
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maltmelon

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -18.9%

It's probably the style more than anything, but this one's not doing much for me. Some toastiness with the thin mouthfeel of a lager is not a good combination, at least where I'm concerned. Have to admit there's nothing else to complain about though. But nothing to compliment either.

05-18-2011 02:34:15 | More by maltmelon
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Karyyk

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

I’m always on the lookout for a new beer that might do the trick. I wasn’t familiar with the Full Sail Brewing Company, nor Session Lagers, but looking for something new to try and at $11.99 for a twelve pack (11oz. stubby bottles; 5.4% ABV), I came home with the Session Black Lager.

If pours a very dark brown color, though not quite as opaque as I was expecting from a black beer. On closer examination, there’s also a deep ruby color in the mix (holding it up to a light confirmed this). There was little head to speak of when poured, although if left a nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. The aroma isn’t overpowering, but what does come across are the roasted malts.

As far as drinkability goes, Session Black Lager is up there. It’s much more thin than you’ll be anticipating and it goes down smooth. The roasted malts are quite noticeable at the front end, with hints of chocolate, but they ultimately give way to a much more ordinary, lager-like finish with just a touch of hop at the end (something that Full Sail apparently plays up). I had expected it to be sweeter than it was, and while there’s still some sweetness there, the finish is smooth, lightly-carbonated and surprisingly clean.

I can definitely see myself enjoying these on a regular basis. That would almost seem to be what Session is going for. It’s different, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good. Full Sail claims that Session will appeal to all beer drinkers, whether they be the craft beer-types, import drinkers or those looking for something to drink while they mow the lawn. I don’t know how well those claims will really hold up (there are some fairly rigid personalities in those demographics), but I can see someone who just likes good beer making Session one of their regular brews.

04-11-2012 05:22:25 | More by Karyyk
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dogfishandi

New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

11oz twist off medecine bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass. best before 02 2011.

pours out a dark brown with lots of red in the light. a small off white head that quickly faded to a retentive thin ring. no lace to speak of.

in the aroma there is lots of caramel, toasted grains, and a bit of dark fruits. some lightly roasted malts come in a bit as it warms.

the taste follows suit with lots of rich caramel, toasted grains, and dark fruits with hints of a bit of tart acidity. tastes and feels like a lager. in the finish there is a bit of earthy hops with just a touch of bitterness.

light feel, carbonation is a bit prickly, but just the right amount.

this is a very simple beer with drinkability at the forefront and i think this is exactly what there going for. nothing great to write home about, but i would drink it again, and i would recommend it for $1.50 a bottle.

01-15-2011 06:58:13 | More by dogfishandi
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +8.4%

Full Session Black Lager 5.4% abv 
Appears a beautiful black beer with ruby cola highlights, dark tan head light whimsical lacing left behind it's everything I want in a beer so far. The nose is earthy hops with a kiss of roasted far caramel notes. The flavor is just as expressive with dark malts and pure sexiness than any other dark lager on the market these brewers nailed the essence of a session beer! Light bodied on the palate but balanced to perfection never feeling watered down this is beer everyone can and will embrace.

07-08-2013 17:56:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

11oz. bottle served in standard pint glass

A - dark orangish brown. Clear. 1/4" tan head quickly dissipates.

S - subtle

T- little dark malt flavor. Summer schwarzbier? Quite tasty for a lager, with a nice hint of hops.

M - light. Good carbonation level

Has neither flaws nor any particularly attractive or special qualities. Still, easy recommended as an economical session beer.

09-16-2010 00:20:55 | More by chinchill
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-17-2012 18:27:15 | More by stereosforgeeks
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glid02

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle at Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop in Thomasville, GA.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with hints of dark roast. Also present are slight amounts of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth dark malt flavors that are more robust than the aroma intimated kick things off. Shortly thereafter the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of lightly roasted malt flavors. Very slight hints of leafy hop flavors come into play near the end of the sip before receding into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I found this to be exactly as advertised, a dark beer that's easily sessionable. Worth a shot.

12-29-2010 01:15:41 | More by glid02
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DarrellK

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

09-01-2012 21:15:44 | More by DarrellK
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-11-2013 02:10:26 | More by LXIXME
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a stubby 11oz bottle. The beer is a deep mohagonay brown that has a touch of muddy haze. The head is off white and thin.

The nose is sweet and malty with a nice roast to the aroma. Hints of dark, heat rendered sugars mixed with a little molasses and coffee. Very nice.

Wow the smell doesn't do this beer justice. The taste is a bold malt bomb. Deep roasted grains with strong molasses flavors build the complexity of this brew. It's sweeter then what I would expect and the roasted flavors comes close to a stout or porter but are slightly thinner.

Great mouthfeel. Think a thinner version of a porter with not quite as much bitterness but still a little chewy. I'd put the body at medium and the thinner amount of carbonation really let's the grains shine. Quite a tasty brew that's well worth checking out.

11-06-2010 21:54:55 | More by jbphoto88
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CloudStrife

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

11oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Expiration date on the bottle is 10/28/11. No wonder it was $5.50 a twelve pack.

A: Pours a dark ruby that almost appears black. Thin off-white head. Still a clear beer with visible carbonation. Does leave some lacing on my glass.

S: Initial lager-alcohol smell. Comes around with some good dark chocolate notes. Roasted malt and some dark fruit smell.

T: Always been a fan of Schwarzbiers. Starts off with a chocolaty malt taste, hints of smokiness. Then transitions a little to more of a lager taste and finishes with more of a sweet chocolate. Can see some caramel and molasses if I look.

M: Would consider it a light-medium body. Lighter than you would expect for the color. Very drinkable. Good carbonation.

Overall been pleased with the session line-up. Most of the time they are well priced and always easy to drink. My favorite from the session line-up...for now.

03-08-2012 00:25:17 | More by CloudStrife
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

01-04-2014 02:32:54 | More by DerekQXQX
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

11oz stubby (we Canucks love dat!), for only a buck-twennie, in agreeably friendly Idaho Falls.

This beer pours a clear dark brick hue, with one solid finger of thin foamy speckled pale beige head, which settles quickly, leaving a low wash of seafront lace around the glass. It smells of toasted biscuit malt, dry chocolate, coffee grounds, and earthy hops. The taste is pretty much in line with the nose - lightly roasted malt, a bit nutty, amongst the usual baker's chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Coming up short, however, are the very subtle weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and free any obfuscations that would detract from its session smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt very laid back in its 'dominance'.

Well, this is one well-named beer - lots of flavour, and goes down very easily, the extra few percentage points of booze only a consideration if you really take the concept to heart...

08-19-2011 00:57:46 | More by biboergosum
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-15-2013 01:35:23 | More by mdaschaf
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mudbug

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Did this one two different ways, One poured into a standard pint glass which resulted in a nice black beer with a one inch bubbly head that held it's own. A pretty beer
Aroma of roasty barley with a tinge of smoke not overpowering but very pleasant the ghost of hops peeks in
Taste is nice and clean with roasted barley, some caramel and a nice unexpected hop bitterness at the end carbonation is quite lively and refreshing.
The other way was straight up from the very cold bottle.
Very enjoyable and refreshing, gets a nice lager bump from the fizz with a smart hop bite.
At ten bucks a twelve pack this is a great deal and will be a go to on hot beach days and fishing trips.
Bravo Full sail

02-22-2011 05:51:57 | More by mudbug
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