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

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BA SCORE
83
good

853 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 25
Gots: 89 | 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
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Ratings: 853 | Reviews: 359
Photo of jasonPsager
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of ptykozoon
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of The_Stav
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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) !

Photo of Paincane
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a truly sessionable beer with a light easy feel that had almost no weight in the stomach and slid down smoothly. Great part about it is the flavor as it is quite remarkable for what it is. Chocolate malt forward I got a little molasses, a tinge of hops and some fudge brownie. Tastes a lot like a brown ale with easy lager drinkability.

Photo of jneiswender
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of an 11 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Served cool.

Poured a dark red garnet body and a mocha head which is thick

Smells of that sweet German malt.

Sweet malt flavor. Syble hop. Somewhat chalky

Medium body

Nice beer but lacks any kind of layering of the malt. Kind of one dimensional

Photo of jimmah120
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11oz stubby bottle marked enjoy by 7/11.

look is a dark copper with a sudsy head that fades to a 'smattering'. smell is subtle roast and sweet malt. crispy, clean, full feeling lager with a roasty finish with notes of licorice and fruit.

i liak it

Photo of artoolemomo
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head that has decent retention. The head is a light but dirty beige while the body is a muddy chestnut brown that shows signs of maroon and dark amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Subtle but still manages to have some complexity. Light bubblegum and cocoa. Slight notes of roasted malt. Some brown bread and grain. Lacks presence but for a beer this cheap, it's definitely better than you would expect. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of sweetness- mostly raisins and a touch of a vinous note (red wine). Moves into a subtle mix of cocoa, light chocolate, and roasted malts. Some chalk and slight woody bitterness on the finish. Nothing outstanding, just a very efficient and low priced beer. Has good presence, lacks some complexity but makes up for it with solid balance and integration. It's quite flavorful for a session beer and something I'll easily take over the India Session Ales I've had. An above average to good beer which has become a staple of mine when I want something cheap and tasty.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with mild carbonation. Some dryness to the finish.

Drinkability- Definitely is sessionable and while not outstanding, it does manage to keep my palate interested and my wallet feeling good. Will buy again and again.

Overall- Above average to good, solid beer- pretty much in the middle. Worth at try and you just might find out why this is a repeat purchase for me. A very good choice if you want to kick back and have a few beers.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 oz stubby bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a very dark brown color with almost no foam. Aroma is is a plum like malty sweetness with not much else.

First sip is a nice sweet malty flavor, with minimal bitterness. Nice plum/fruity flavor that goes down easy. Enjoyable, if a bit simple. I wish there was a little more hop character to diversify this beer a bit. As it stands, it is like a mini malt bomb.

This is an okay beer, I just wish there was more flavor beyond the plum sweetness.

Photo of Or80rowley
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had @ 575 pizza, love me some good pizza and beer, they have a killer selection

A. Dark amber, one finger head

S. Malty, sweet, grain

T. Bourbon, sweet brown sugar, wood

M. Medium mouthcoat, medium carbonation

O. Excellent beer, glad I chose it with a great pizza

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown colored head with a small tan colored head.

Smells lightly sweet with a slight patent malt scent. Smoke with char and a floral noble hop scent. Some chocolate and coffee but mostly just charred barley.

Starts out a little sweet with a bit of a chocolate cake flavor. On the sweet side with mostly a chocolate flavor with some faint coffee and smoke. Floral hop flavor. Tasty yet a pretty mildly flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall where this beer shines is easy to drink attributes. Tasty but hardly strongly flavored you could give one of these to anyone and they would like it.

Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep, brownish-red colored beer. It has a darkens, but underlying clarity. The beer has a modest head, off white and soapy. The smell is grainy and smokey...slightly acrid and a bit malty. The taste is slanted sweet, but overall balanced. Not really bitter, but the finish is abrupt. Medium in body and solid. Drinkable and aptly named.

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

App: Attractive dark brown color, deep reddish hues when held up to the light. Similar in appearance to a bock. Little head with minor retention, leaving a slight ring and some webbing in the middle. No bubble stream.
Smell: Deep molasses like smell with more roasted grain aromas than typical light lagers. Biscuit and chocolate malt present and wonderful. Dark honey with comb.
Taste: Taste a harmonious blend of toasted malt character and sweetness. Slight hop bitterness after swallowed but not enough to interfere with the harmony of malt flavors. Slight alcohol flavor that hints towards barleywine, which is a surprise considering this beer is only 5.4%. Chocolate and honey come to mind.
Mouth: More heavy bodied than your typical lager, which compliments the sweet side of this brew very well. Less carbonated than your typical lager. Overall light considering the formidable malt presence.

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another reviewer used "cold coffee" as a way to describe this beer, and while it is nowhere nearly as hearty or roasty as you'd imagine that to be, there is definitely a light and bright "breakfast coffee" character going on. Low part of roasted malt on the palate with anise and some woody, herbal qualities in the hop bitterness. The bitterness is low but crisp, and the mouthfeel is silky and smooth due to the low carbonation and full body. Sessionable for sure; the easiest drinking dark lager around.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle with enjoy by dated 05/03/13 (whoops!) – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA

Hotel tumbler glass – 11/21/13

A: Dark brown body on the pour with a fizzy oatmeal cream head that dispels out to a thin film rather swiftly. Light etches of lace cling to the glass on the way down the drink.

S: Smells of dark roast malts with a strong black licorice feature to it. I get some faint underpinnings of smoky coffee bean with hints of cocoa mixed in as well. Nice and definitely roasty dark on the nose.

T: Roast malt flavors develop a more pronounced coffee like character with the dark licorice a bit restrained than compared to the nose. Earthy in the roast with a very light bitterness to the beer and no alcohol coming through in the flavor. Light and roasty much like a cold coffee.

M: Very light with a touch of dryness towards the finish. Overall a bit watery but with a nice creamy consistency.

D: A nice little dark lager. Fair amount of coffee roast and licorice flavors packaged up in a nice sessionable format.

Photo of scoobah36
4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this beer. Best finish ever. and i don't feel like typing 250 characters so i am just going to talk about not wanting to type that much. for good measure

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Photo of JohnG190
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not really black, it pours a clear, deep mahogany with thin off-white head and little to no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt. Coffee and faint dark chocolate notes dominate the palate. Light bodied with light carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer that has light attributes for a dark beer.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Rusty reddish-brown color. Great clarity. Beige head settles very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Thin molasses, charcoal and soot. Slightly metallic. Moderate grassy hop. The nose is very faint.

T: Soot, crust. Lots of toast. Cocoa. Slightly metallic. Coffee. Grassy hops and mild hop bitterness. Very clean. Clean, toasty finish.

M: Light bodied. Full and very creamy in texture. Frothy. Low carbonation.

O: A decent stab at the style. Perfectly drinkable, though not as technical and well rounded as the better Schwarzbier-type brews out there.

Photo of bondjedi
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brew Festival.

Rich and smooth, has some heft without being debilitating. This was my first beer of the fest, and was a good way to kick the entire session off. In a perfect world, I would have made several trips to the Full Sail booth and imbibed this all afternoon long.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P - Thanks to my buddy Matt for this brew.

A- dark red amber color with poor head and minimal lacing. Somewhat clear.

S- faint roasted caramel malts with metallic hint.

F- Strong metallic roasted malts. not bad but not good. some burnt maltiness kicks on the back end.

M- burnt malt covers the back end. medium bodied brew.

O- not a bad brew but I think the excessive burnt roasted malt goes just a tad overboard.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Buy-Rite in Jersey City, having never tried this before. Even though I tend to drink a type of beer such as this in the Winter, I wanted to give it a go and see if ti was a session brew or not. Although I only bought one bottle, this went down just as easily as the Session Lager without feeling weak or watered-down. Without being terribly complex or heavy, there was a lot to like about this beer and it was quite true to stylistic form as well.

As expected, the pour to this was dark, with not a lot of head or lacing to be seen. The aroma was that of oatmeal, cereal, and some burnt maltiness, which was all repeated in the taste. This had a slightly thin and not terribly carbonated taste to it, while feeling roasted and somewhat burnt. There was a hint of caramel stickiness to it as well, without the actual taste of caramel being present. It almost felt like a Root Beer or Birth Beer soda that had been left out a bit too long, and slightly fermented.

The alcohol was good in this and had I bought more, I could have downed a few more in one sitting. Even though it's muggy as anything outside, I enjoyed this beer and thought that it fit the description of what a good Schwarzbier should be. Not as roasted as a Porter, full as a Stout, or roasted and sticky as a Scotch Ale, this has a nice niche of its own and is one of the few dark beers that could be enjoyed year-round. Certainly worthy of the "Session" on the side of the bottle!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pill bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby-brown coloring with a thin ring of film on the surface. Aromas of sweet nut and hints of smoke, with a grainy backbone and charcoal notes. Flavors of smoke and rich, robust toffee and nut. Very balanced, but light. Thin, smooth body with a crisp, clean finish. Smokey sweet aftertaste, with no real linger. Very easy to drink.

Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber brown in the big chalice. A brief foam which subsides to nothing. The last pour seemed to perk up a little, however. Carbonation is average.

Modest caramel flavor is rather pleasant. There is even a hint of roast malt. A touch of butter, faintly nutty. Some bitter twiggy aftertaste. This is pretty basic swill.

Tastes just like the old school dark lagers you used to find at Shakey's and the other pizza joints. Actually, it's a lot like Pabst Bock from the 70s, though this does have a hint of hops. From the 12 oz stubby bought at Trader Joe's.

Photo of BethanyB
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A medium-dark molasses brown with vivid clarity and a massive, fluffy, bubbly, light tan head that, despite its size, is light and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malt and carob aroma manages to also be soft and round. Quite pleasant.

Taste: Just enough roastiness to bring a kick to an otherwise clean lager. Faint noble hops bring some extra poise to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel with a watery character that unfortunately distracts from some of the beer's stronger suits. Carbonation is moderate. Could be higher for a less slippery and more refreshing impression.

Overall: A nice, sessionable, yet flavorful Schwarzbier, and a fairly good example of the style. The watery quality does detract from the beer, however.

Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.