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LTD Series - 04 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IntriqKen on 12-14-2010

"What do you get when you brew an elegant limited edition lager with one select barley? LTD 04, the single malt of beers! This brand new edition to our LTD Series is a finely balanced single malt, single hop, beer that is pale-golden in color and brewed with just pale malt and pleasantly hopped with just Willamette hops."

ABV 7% IBU 45
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Reviews: 107 | Hads: 217
Photo of TheMarkE
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber with nice foamy head and good lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malts and lemon grass hops.

Taste: More of the buscuits and grass, with hints of chocolate. Tastes fresh, good balance.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied, and refreshing. Very slight bitter aftertaste, in a good way.

The Verdict: Good stuff. A tasty, well-balanced pale bock that I managed to snag the last couple of bottles of. The LTD series is hit or miss like many seasonals, though it’s usually a hit. This one is definitely a hit.

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Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head. This beer looks quite good in the glass.

Aromas are dry, bready, doughy, and with some nice earthy resin hops.

Taste is pretty complex, doughy, kind of dry, with some light creamy sweetness. Finish has some more dryness and hints of mineral and light lemon hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Drinability is good. This is a very nice lager. A little on the heavy side when it comes to flavor and ABV, but it's still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of boddhitree
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At 7% ABV, can maybe someone say if there's a difference between a Pale Bock and an Imperial Pilsner? Best by date is 05/05/14. Does that mean this is too old?

Appearance: Looks like a Pils, not a Bock, though Pale is in the name. It's super deep golden yellow with a snow white head.

Aroma: Lots of Pils malt aroma, but also a hot alcohol and spiciness. After a little, the aroma fades, so I wouldn't call this a fragrant beer.

Front: First thing that's noticeable is a mellow bitterness, some tartness, some sweetness, and then a little alcohol hotness, which all is quite balanced.

Mid: More of the same, but also a decent amount of malt, but I'm not getting Pils malt, and lo and behold, the website says only Pale malt. Ok, it's not a Pils at all, then. It also uses only Willamette hops. So, an American hop and malt, with a lager yeast, I'm guessing, so not near a Pils. It's got a sweetness on the sides and not much bitterness.

Back: I'm getting hot alcohol slightly, sweet pale malt flavor, which is distinct from Pils malt in that Pale malt here is breadier, less toasty and not as crackerish, actually, more like sourdough bread. Not bad, but I really miss the Pils malt, which I think would've made this a great beer. I get some tartness/astringency, not a lot, but enough to be noticeable, but it's combined with a mellower bitterness.

Aftertaste: I got a bitter flavor that lingers a long time.

Mouthfeel: This could pass for a Bock in the mouthfeel category; it's thick enough, and no crispness.

Overall: I don't see why they don't call this a Imperial Pale Lager, rather than a Pale Bock. There's no Bock in it IMO; nonetheless, it's a really good beer. It's nearly WOW, but not exactly wow. I like that it's low in bitterness but still has enough bite and growl to keep the pale ale from being too much. It's a goo.d beer, but I'm disappointed only due to the name. I got a 4.3 of 5

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 050311 on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pleasing honey-gold with 1-finger of white, semi-rocky head with decent retention and ample lacing.

S: Very bready and doughy with a pretty crisp mineral-sulfur note. Hops are lightly herbal.

T: The flavor is straightforward bready but with a much bigger noble hops presence that is lightly grassy and herbal and moderately bitter. The finish has a sharp mineral-metallic note. Alcohol is not apparent until very long into the aftertaste, then some berry comes through there. Altogether a very solid high ABV strong lager.

M: I love the substance of the mouthfeel with a more thick feel. I think a little more prickliness in the carbonation would help liven this up a tad, but I think the feel is very creamy.

O: Too bad this is a one-timer, in fact, too bad the limiter lager series was a one-off -- I like pretty much every one of them, and No. 4 is no exception. A substantial, bready, malty lager with a crips sulfuring, herbal hoppy finish. Great job, Full Sail and keep the lagers coming!

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Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep gold with nice clarity, a mild bead and a rocky bone head. The head quickly falls to a patchwork film of foam and leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Slightly musty, with a strong dose of fresh cut grass. A bit of lemon adds extra floral interest. Some honey sweetness is in the back. A light alcohol tingle rounds things out.

T: A lemon-pepper bitterness hits right away. It's not IPA bitter, but quite pronounced. There's a bit of sweet maltiness in the background. A subtle alcohol warmth finishes the picture. The bitterness lingers into the finish.

M: The medium body has a bit too much fizz going on.

D: This came across as a nice halfway point between a Pils and in Imperial Pils. It was a nice compliment to a cool winter evening.

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Photo of weerezboy
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice slightly dark golden brew, which poured a nice thick white head that left lacing behind after each sip.

S: Rich in malt flavor, with a hint of hops that follow, wishing their was more of the flavor in the smell.

Taste: There is a strong malt base throughout the taste, which turns into a bitter sourness that is slightly too strong and is unbalanced with the bitter and aroma of the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium on the mouthfull with a carbonation that brings with it the malt flavor.

Overall: Great lager against the likes of the big name adjunct lager/pilsners. I dont drink lagers often but when I do pick one up its nice when it has flavor like this.

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Working my way through the LTD series over a course of years without even realizing it. The LTD 1 was one of my first, favorite craft brews, so always stoked to try subsequent offerings from the same vein.

This one pours with a bubbly, off-white head. Color is a clear, pale yellow.

Aroma consists of lighter fruits that mix with notes of green grass and spent grain. Perfectly normal if you will.

Sweet and sugary up front with a fruity flow (green apple and melon) and a bit of hops and spice at the end. Somewhat astringent in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a faint alcohol heat that lingers. A little thicker than I expected, but fulfilling overall.

If nothing else, the LTD's are a series that are always welcomed, if not for their brilliance, then for their timeless consistency.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a case from bell beverage on discount.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, color is gold, head is bright white, very thick and pretty dense. Very enticing and delicious looking.

Smell is nice pilsen malt, maybe some biscuit or bread type scents, some nice hops, grassy/earthy scents.

Taste is nicely malty, pilsen mostly, some biscuit or bread flavors, somewhat lingering flavors; hops are similar to the scent, pleasant bitterness, not fruity, more earthy/grass.

Mouthfeel is tilted towards strong flavors on the tongue, pretty crisp carbonation popping the flavors out; some nice pilsen lingering flavors, maybe some vienna type flavors lingering in the mouthfeel on the tongue as well.

Overall, a very good, tasty brew, taste is a little sweet, but some clean hops to balance, moutfeel is also a bit crisp; still a very tasty brew and solid helles/mai-bock. Quick edit - noted the pale malt used instead of pilsnen, could be why the sweeter flavors.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grainy aroma and some soft yeast character.
Brilliantly clear and smallish white head.
Full malty character and enough body to give it close to a chewy feel. Flavorful and balanced bittering holding onto a long finish.
Seems like it might have some diacetyl, but it's not detracting from my enjoyment.
Definite warming. Full lager carbonation.
My glass is closer to cellar temp and I will put the rest in the fridge as it may do better there. I have a fondness for bigger lagers and this one fits nicely into that category.
Not quite a bock I suppose, but not fully an Am. lager either.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail LTD 04 has a thin, slightly off-white head and a rich, clear, golden appearance, with some lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is slight, but, with effort, one can detect some sweetness and a bit of citrus. Taste is stronger, with grape fruit, bread, sugar, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Full Sail LTD 04 finishes crisp and dry. Overall, for the alcohol level, it is quite drinkable. Good stuff.


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Photo of sj660
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good light straw color, good quality foam with good laces. Smells faintly of hay and lemons. The taste is of a light malt and grain with a bitter but clean aftertaste, but not too strongly hopped.

This beer is full bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.

You could quaff this for a long time. Very good beer. I wonder if this isn't like what macrolager would be like without the adjuncts.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 1 ½ rich foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a thin filmy creaminess that maintains some richness and leaves back a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing that recedes into some sticky swathes on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grassy and spicy notes that mix in with the earthy and tangy combo of citric hops and sweet toasted grains. This is simple enough but it works.

The taste is pretty much identical, with a grassy and spicy feel and citrus rind bitterness that is balanced by some smooth bready grains across the back of the palate. Green bitterness hangs in the back of the throat a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that keeps things relatively sharp in the mouth while also staying quite smooth and silky in the back as this nears the swallow. No alcohol whatsoever is present here and I honestly would never had guessed that this was 7% (hell, I even double checked their website to be sure!).

Despite the simple and straightforward take here, this was still flavorful, crisp, and ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I don't think that I've had a 7% beer as "sessionable" as this one was in quite some time. Count me in as a fan.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite possibly the clearest helles lager I ever seen almost light beer in color yellow with just a 1/4 inch of head that recedes to a mild lace ring.
S - Very clean lager smells, some grainy bitterness, and some bready malts.
T - Taste is mildly skunky with taste of grassy hops and bready malts. The finish is mildly dry.
M - Lingering bitterness is a bit heavy, light to medium in body.

Overall its a pretty good helles lager but I would prefer other takes on the style. Not bad though.

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Photo of DavidST
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, I've had this one in the fridge for a little while so I'm not sure how fresh it is. Anyways this pours a light golden color with a small semi short lived white head. The smells are of crisp grassy hops, a little sweetness and malts. The feel is medium. The taste is more bitter than expected, followed by some strong malts, along with a strong alcohol presence.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By: May 3, 2011

Pours a nice clean/clean pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with a slight hop note. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with some hop notes. Medium Body. Drinkable, a very nice brew, this is what the macro's should achieve for.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, crystal clear. Strong carbonation. A minimal half inch head dies quickly. Doesn't look to exciting$

S: Malty sweet, some graininess and some cereal notes. The hops are ever present for a lager. They provide some herbal, spicy and earthy notes. No sulfur or other nasty aromas.

T: Lovely balance of sweet, grainy malts supplemented by robust hoppiness. The flavors are a testament of how simple ingredients can make a tasty beer. I love the light cereal grain sweet malts. The hops give it some lovely herbal, grassy and earthy flavors. The alcohol is definitely there. Maybe a little too much, but it is tolerable.

M: light bodied. Finishes slightly sticky. Strong carbonation. Numbing alcohol on the tongue in the end.

D: Overall this was a tasty lager. I loved the simplicity of the ingredients as it really made you appreciate the flavors of these components. The higher alcohol content brings down drinkability a little as it leaves a little burn in the back of the throat. Knock the abv down a little and you have an extremely drinkable lager.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with only a few bubbles coming up.
The aroma is rich caramel and lemon.
The taste is smooth caramel and honey sweet with a mild bitterness. Great balance.
Soft texture with low carbonation.
It has the lighter and better parts of a bock; great if you aren't keen on the heavy sweetness of a traditional bock.

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Photo of silverking
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- deep golden straw with a thick off-white head. Surprisingly nice lacing.

S- honey, floral hops, toasted grain.

T- grain, alcohol, herbal/grassy hops. There is a light bitterness in the finish.

M- light bodied, moderate amounts of carbonation.

O- I wish that more lagers were like this one. Thoroughly enjoyable, very drinkable, excellent aroma, not too filling.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod with a wispy head that leaves a lot of dots behind

Smell: Bread and butterscotch; a hint of grassy hops

Taste: Bready, up front, with the butterscotch building in the middle; the grassy hops make an appearance after the swallow and while they linger into the aftertaste, this is one malty brew''

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although there is some diacetyl and a sweetness that may indicate some corn in the grist, this is a readily drinkable brew

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Photo of gkunkle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Knowing the dependability of full sail, I bought a 6 pack of this to share with a few friends, some of whom have some interest in beer. This is different than most American style pale lagers I have had, so it is a fun a d different change from a cool local brewery. All I can say is that I wish I had jumped on the LTD train earlier. This pours an amber color with a 1" white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some lacing. Smell is of grain and some hops. Taste is primarily a light sweetish malt followed by those wilamette hops. I am especially impressed that this was made using only one kind of malt and one variety of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. This beer drinks easily enough, but I'd avoid sessioning at 7ish percent ABV.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Clear golden effervescent body with a thick bone colored sudsy dish water head. 

S:  Barley right away with a antibacterial body soap aroma, organic celery, rustic and earthy malts and toasted honey but Cheerios. 

T/M:  Amber malts, fresh sun dried grains, barley, alfalfa, and cereal grains. Toasted malts flood the palate and earthy, honey, spices, rose petels and orange liqueur.  Full rustic malt and just a touch of citrus bitterness and timid herbal hops.  Refreshing feel with a semi dry finish of dried grains. 

O:  Crisp, complex malts, earthy and clean with a gentle punch of alcohol to keep things interesting. Not your typical low ABV lager this has depth but at the same time is not over done. Full Sail seems to do lagers well. 

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden yellow color; thick, white head that leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass

Smell: bright and slightly malty; some spicy hop notes

Taste: pleasing lightly toasted malt with slight bitterness; well-balanced with a subtle hint of alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, smooth and light carbonation

Overall: a very good 'single malt' beer that nicely blends its unique single malt base without overpowering one with hop aroma and bitterness nor overbearing alcohol warmth (despite its 7.0% ABV).

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Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has okay retention and is foamy white. The color of the beer is straw color with a darker yellow hue. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubble. The head lft no retention on the glass.

Nose: There is a light malty aroma that has some toasty biscuit note. Other aromas are phenols, yeast, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are a heavy malt that is toasty, bready, and biscuit. The other flavors are yeast, alcohol, and phenols.

The mouth feel is carbonated, heavy, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer reminds me of a lighter version of a malt liquor. It is a good beer, lots of flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pils glass.

4.0 A: Clear golden yellow color. Three fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and a great deal of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grassiness through and through. Hay, floral and earthy hops, moderate neutral malt sweetness, and that lager yeast smell.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Grass, hay, floral and earthy hops, sticky neutral maltiness. Moderate doughiness and could be a bit cleaner, but good enough.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety viscousness with plenty of creaminess. Very nice here.

3.75 D: Good beer with no real flaws. The mouthfeel is awesome.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours with a great head that holds up well throughout consuming the glass. Outstanding web like lacing is all over the sides. Nice pale golden body.

S: Strong, sharp, grass, floral and bread all over this brew. Some alcohol is there, but not overpowering.

T&M: Very clean, up front with some bread malt sweetness that is quickly met with some sharp hop flavors that range from grass, floral, a little citrus, lemon, and hint of a medal taste in the background. At 7% ABV, alcohol is definitely present, especially in the finish, but not to excess. Even as hoppy as it is, this brew finishes a bit on the sweet side, contributing to a somewhat heavy mouth feel for a pale bodied lager. In my humble opinion, it could actually benefit from a bit more bittering hops to make it a bit more balanced in the finish.

D&Notes: I am a big fan of Full Sail, and this brew is certainly a good one. It's not the best they have every done, but pretty damn good nonetheless. Although I see this classified as a Euro Pale Lager, it tastes more like a Bock version of a German Dortmunder Style Lager (not really sure if there is such a thing, but the flavors remind me of the style.) This brew would be a good choice for pale lager fans who want a brew with a nice kick. At 7% ABV, this one can definitely sneak up on you.

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LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.