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

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830 Ratings
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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 22
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a good, two finger head that dissipates quickly, light steady carbonation rising from the bottom

S - While not remarkable, a good amount of roasty malt on the front that fades into some sweetness

T - Good amount of roasted malt, not full, but present, which fades into a hint of chocolate. Again, not remarkable, but pleasant, certainly good for a session beer.

M - Full amount of carbonation in this beer, a good amount of crispness with a pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Overal - It's everything you might want in a session beer. Nothing outstanding, really, but one that you have no problem just sitting there enjoying. I think this would be great in the summer if you're sitting around a campfire, or just knocking back a few with friends.

Photo of alleykatking
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from stubby bottle.

A- Pours a darker brown color with red hues when held to the light. Half finger tan head shows low retention. Spotty lacing left on the glass when I was drinking.

S- Light smoke and roasted malt in the front of the aroma. Hints of toasted grain in the middle. Backend has a light chocolate malt to it with faded grassy hops. Alcohol is light and doesn't come out very much in the nose.

T- Light toasted grains with a little heaver roasted malt in the front of the beer. Hints of smoked grain in the middle. Light grassy hops and a even lighter chocolate hint mixes with sweet alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style. A little watery at times on the palate. Roasted malts with light grassy hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet alcohol, roasted malts, and grassy hops. Flavor while a little muted was put together nicely. No real off flavor at all just a little muted to make it seem a little off at times. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a fantastic little find. The flavors were not over the top which helps to the overall drinkability. Lighter ABV also means it can be could drunk in a little larger amounts. A nice easy drinker from Full Sail.

Photo of Drew966
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Session Black Lager pours an almost black color that shows red highlights with a tan head from a twelve ounce stubby bottle. The aroma has a touch of hops and a bit of a roasty malt smell. The flavor is nice, malty, a hint of chocolate, a bit of roast flavor is the most noticeable. Easy drinking, a nice session beer.

Photo of jera1350
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent amberish brown. The head is a taupe color and pretty thin, but does last a while and contribute a little lace.

Grainy smelling with a little bit of a roasty scent.

Clean, lightly toasted malty grains. A little bit of a hop presence. Quite simple, but quite nice.

The mouthfeel is really, really nice. Soft and smooth. The body is medium, but really feels slick and soft.

This is a really good, and aptly named, session beer. Enough interesting flavor, but not so much that it gets old. A really nice, well priced beer. I'll have to get some more of this for certain guests.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good one finger head, it looks a little soda like though, not the best looking head I've ever seen that's for sure. Body is dark brown, not at all black though. Appearance is ok. It smells very good though, it just smells really really smooth. On the smell all you really detect is malt, maybe some chocolate notes too, but not much else, it just smells really crisp and very smooth. Wow, very robust taste that just hits you up front and stays with you for a while. Yeah there are some definite chocolate notes in here, and of course I taste a lot of malt, it's a very simple beer, but really well done! It just tastes like there is nothing wrong with it at all, they didn't do much, but what they did, they did it really really well. I might be picking up a tiny tiny hop bite in the end, but not much at all. For this being a "sessionable" beer, it's really very robust and well done. Is it the best beer I've ever had? No, but I'm very surprised and pleased at how good it tastes. The mouthfeel is more than I expected, it doesn't have a watery feel at all to it, it's a legit mouthfeel. The drinkability I expected to be high and it did not disappoint. I don't know what else to say, very surprised by this beer and very impressed!

Photo of tzieser
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a: 11oz stubby bottle poured into a standard pint. pours dark black in color, almost completely opaque with a thin white head that settles fairly quickly.

s: notes of roasted malts...tiny bit of chocolate. nothing crazy...a bit muted. maybe its too cold.

t: great roasted malt flavor. very well balanced with a touch of grassy hops at the end. finishes clean. a very good black lager.

m&d: good mouthfeel; awesome drinkability.

very good beer for the price and they go down very easy. recommended.

Photo of NYDistiller
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am loving the black lager trend. Such a great looking beer with some real presence, but so thin on the tongue. It's a combo that I think leaves a lot of dark beer drinkers wanting more, but only because it is picked out of place. I love the crisp lightness paired with an actual toasty goodness. Bottle is a nice change.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from jersey into a glass. The regular session lager was decent so hopefully this is too.

Session black goes into the glass a few shades shy of shiny black. Up to light, some browns towards edges. Tan/white cap with bubbles, semi stick. Smell is somewhat english malt, dark bread, hops are dead at this point, peat. Taste is off the beaten path with the above additions. I really can't explain it. Feel is less than medium, with a light fizz and a low drinkability. Next.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a victory tasting tulip.

A- a hard pour yields only a small cap of tan head that settles quickly and leaves a solid foamy ring a just a few spots on the glass. A good swirl does bring the head back a bit. Dark red brown black in color from a far and glows a nice ruby amber when held to light.

S- light roast and some fruit. Rather subdued nose.

T- mild roast again with a bit of nuttiness. Light fruits and some caramel.

M- on the lighter side of body with a carb on the high side of things.

D- its alright not one that will make an impression on ya. Nothing unpleasant by any means but nothing to write home about either.

Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of corby112
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden mahogany edges when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, roasted malt aroma with hints of floral hops, toast, smoke and cocoa. There's also a subtle grassy straw character that compliments the piny hops.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of earthy bitter hops and roasted chocolate malt. Hop forward with dry pine flavor that provides some bitterness that lingers throughout into a dry finish. Slightly smokey with hints of cocoa, hazelnut and coffee bean. There's also an odd chalky character which is off-putting and hurts the overall flavor and drinkability.

This beer has a good balance of hops and malt but it just doesn't taste very good and I had a hard time getting through the 11 ounces.

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with very good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, grains, bread, and biscuit aromas. A light sweetness lingers in the nose. Simple, but very nice.
T: Again, simple but I love it. Big toasted malts with a very light sweetness and chocolate flavor initially. Baked bread, crackers, and biscuit. Very dry in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp, clean and dry. So smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

I love this. Without a doubt the best thing I have had from Full Sail. This is really an excellent lager. Everything is so clean, subtle, and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with orange-red highlighting. Offwhite head is not terribly sticky or firm, but it's nice and tall up front.

Some hopping up front in the nose, with a slightly chalky malt presence behind. Pretty faint in general, in keeping with the black beer style.

Definitely pretty light, fairly sweet with a mild hopping. Everything's down the middle of the road here. Some chocolate and dark fruit, only a slight hint of coffee and black tea. Hopping is moderate, with a hint of bitterness toward the finish.

A little metallic note that contributes to an aspirin-like quality of Session Black is my only drawback to this otherwise easy drinker. Light side on the body spectrum, and the carbonation is well-restrained too. Easy does it.

Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at the watermark in asbury

Pours a deep brown/black color with a tanned head. Decent retention with some rings of lacing.

Scents of hazelnut, light chocolate, roasted malts, and light hop profile.

Nice roasted malt profile up front with faint sweetness. Toffee and hazelnut combine for a nice profile. Dark chocolate bitterness with hops and slight citrus. Finishes with hops and edges of dry malt.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a bit chewy. Drinks surprisingly smooth and easy, the alcohol is invisible. This is one of those beers where I expected to be disappointed but was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of jpmclaug
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass

Dark brown with a small white head. Smells lightly of some toasted malts and caramel. Not much in the aroma though. The taste follows the aroma, once again not too much flavor but some toasted malt flavor. light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Goes down real easy but it isn't something I really would care to drink a lot of. Worth trying but not really for me.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the collar. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite nutty and the flavors have notes of chocolate and roasted malts. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the taste packs in a lot of flavor. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable.

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a fingers worth of receding head. Lacing is poor. Smell is roasty malts with a touch of chocolate and some deep roasted coffee. Just about a normal smell for the style. The taste is simple, very well done roasted malts are basically the beginning and end. There's a slight nutty feel, and some supporting bitter coffee and chocolate, but this is really the malt show, somewhere in the middle of roasted and sweet.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb - the mouthfeel here is just a hair thinner than I'd like, but is otherwise perfectly crisp and smooth, and the drinkability is extremely good, this goes down way too easily. Another solid brew from Full Sail.

Photo of JMad
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a little bottle of this into my pint glass...

The liquid is dark brown with red hues and and off white head.

It smells of dark fruit, smoked malt, toffee, and hints of chocolate.

I could taste a nice smokiness, some toasted caramel, with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Feels light bodied with light carbonation, so smooth it's almost silky.

This is a great, full flavored, session brew.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11oz stubby brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 022011 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.40.

A: Nearly black with soft 1-finger of off-white wispy head that falls away quickly but leaves a few crusts of lace.

S: Roasted and cereal grain with some herbal, earthy hops

T: Good roasted malt flavor but it is short-lived and leaves a slightly grainy papery taste that is a little bit dry. Hoppiness is mild but does lend some crispness on the back end.

M: Nice creamy feel from the even carbonation and light-to-medium body.

D: A pretty nice beer but what's with 11oz bottles -- that's a European trick!

Photo of Jimmys
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: brown/reddish. not really dark or light, just brown. cookies and cream fluffy head. cant really see any carbonation in here.

S: roasted malt. a little brown sugar. butter. not an off-flavor, but more of melted movie butter.

T: sweet roast, bits of coffee. some of that same butter that was in the nose, but just a touch. the roast is sort of cloying to the sides of the mouth, but not in an obnoxious way. just a reminder that it's a dark lager.

M: really gentle carbonation. medium body. super sessionable. cant decide if it's too light or just perfect. so im going middle of the road.

D: just a really easy drinking schwarz. i know this is unrelated to the beer review, but i dig the short stubby bottles. they are pretty fun to drink out of if im not in the mood for glassware.

Photo of negroobserver
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stubby 11oz twist-off bottle

COLOR: Dark brown color remeniscent of coffee. Pours with a nice 1/2 inch cream color head, which leaves behind light lacing.

SMELL: Malts. No presence of hops or any other spices or flavors. Light scent of coffee/cocoa.

TASTE: No taste of hops. Notes of roasted coffee/chocolate. Mostly, it tastes like watered down malts. Not very impressed with this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Light carbonation. Smooth texture. The beer has a well balanced medium body.

DRINKABILITY: I don't like malty beers, so this is not very drinkable for me. For those who like malty beers, they will find that it's very enjoyable. It's not for me.


Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice cola brown with a large creme' & cocoa head. Head is big, retention good and lace is nice. Smell is roasted malts and yeasty bakery breads. Some fruitiness that is more english ale than german lager but still appealing. Taste is light roast and some malt body but I want more presence from a schwarzbier. A touch of tannic sourness and sweet light coffee verging on mocha. Feel is quite good, light with a touch more carbonation than the Session Lager that moves me. A refreshing and drinkable beer.

Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new option at Molly Macpherson's Scottish Pub in Savannah, GA.

The beer comes in a brown stubby 11 oz bottle.

Poured into a glass, the beer is dark brown with garnet highlights. Thin but sticky tan head.

It has an aroma of sweet slightly charred malts and dark fruit.

The taste is sweet with some roasted qualities. Raisins a hint of molasses and coffee fill in the roster.

The mouth is pitch perfect. It has low carbonation with some oily smoothness.

It is an easy drinker that is a true session beer.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - black color with less them half a finger's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - basically smells like a very light stout. Maybe just a little tinge of caramel and maltiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel - good balance of malts and hops in general, but with a sweeter taste from the malts. Caramel tinge is also in the taste. Texture is fairly well balanced but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Drinkability - not a bad tasting brew, but not complex in character. Interesting to taste a schwarzbier.

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a one finger head that leaves a strand or two of lace as it fades

Smell: Roasty, with a bitter nut-skin aspect

Taste: Toasty, and verging on roasty, with a caramel and bitter nut-skin character that develops, mid-palate, and lingers after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent enough Schwarz but nowhere near the top of the heap

Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.