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

LTD Series - 04LTD Series - 04

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BA SCORE
82
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191 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%


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:
"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

(Beer added by: IntriqKen on 12-14-2010)
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nandemo1

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light gold with a frothy head that dissipated at an average pace with some decent lacing.

Smells of stale grass clippings. This strong scent is a bit off-putting. Taste is a bit better, but I would put it on par with your BMC offerings. Tastes a bit bready without being sweet, aftertaste tends to linger. Despite it being a 7% with a light flavor profile, I couldn't pick up any alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between Bud and Bud Light.

I'm not impressed with the no. 4. To me it's like a high alcohol Bud.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:23:29 | More by nandemo1
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an ultra-clear straw color with some massive head that fades slowly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Pale malts, grass and lemon.

T: Sweet pale malts with some slight biscuit and caramel notes, lemon grass and some light citrus.

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: Good drinkability. Very light and very clean.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:38:23 | More by justintcoons
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IntriqKen

California

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Listed as a single malt, single hop (Willamette) European lager on the box.

Pours a beautiful crystal-clear medium gold with a tall (2") white head of very tight bubbles that melts slowly leaving a lovely map in it's wake.

Aroma is slightly diacetyl (buttery) with a very slight soapiness.

Definitely "one malt, one hop". I didn't notice much complexity in the flavor. Still a bit of diacetyl, some chewy malt, then a finish of the willamette hops which adds slight bitterness but doesn't seem to create a balance. A warming alcohol feel follows the swallow all the way down to the tummy.

Mouthfeel is almost too thick...definitely very creamy and the carbonation feels very nice and does try to break up the creaminess a bit.

I'm almost sorry that I didn't pick up only one bottle rather than a 6 pack as I don't find this one overly enjoyable. A bit too much alcohol, a bit too thick in the mouth, and the hops continue to leave a slightly unpleasant taste in my mouth after the drink is gone. Many one hop beers do a wonderful job of showing off the hop character and making for a balanced drink even though only one hop is used.
To me, this one didn't.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 23:08:10 | More by IntriqKen
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.5

I think the description of of this beer is wrong. It's not an American Pale Lager. Full Sail describes it as a Pale Bock. Definitely tastes like a Helles to me. In any case...

Drank a 12-ounce bottle poured into a tulip on 3/10/2013. Best buy date on the bottle is June 9th, 2013.

A: Extremely clear - what you would expect from a lager. Straw colored with a hint of amber. It's definitely a shade darker than a Pilsener. Head pours large, but dissipates rather quickly. Little to no head appears after 5 minutes.

S: Relatively mild aroma overall. Mild notes of grapefruit and lemon. I dont detect any grassiness as other reviewers noted, but I do detect some floral notes. Also detect the faintest hint of butter/diacetyl.

T: Wow - tastes bigger than it looks. Pronounced hoppiness with grassy and floral notes. Solid biscuit/malt base to support the IBUs. Also detect some unexpected honey notes. Unfortunately, I also get pronounced diacetyl flavors....butter mostly. The diacetyl lingers on the tongue.

M: Surprisingly big body. Low carbonation. Just based on mouthfeel, it's an easy-drinker.

O: Unfortunately, I dont think I'll be purchasing this beer again. It has a great appearance and an easy-drinking mouthfeel, but its taste leaves something to be desired. For one, it's too hoppy for a Pale Bock. Full Sail lists this beer as having 45 IBUs, which is just too high for the Bock style (which should be around 20-30 IBUs). If youre a hop-head, you'll like this rendition of the Bock style, but it's just too hoppy for me. Secondly, I get pronounced hits of butter/diacetyl flavors that just dont belong in this beer. The butter notes mixed with the hops isn't pleasing after the first few sips.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:42:03 | More by MighHighBrewer
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Golden/Yellow straw color with a rather haze. Head pours around 1 finger in width and is very fizzy. Not much to speak of in terms of lacing

Smell - I'm getting sweet yeasts, barley and grassy notes. Also I'm getting some light Pilsner-like scents in here as well.

Taste - Light floral hops, sweet yeasts, barley and malts. It does taste a bit boozy upfront but it still tastes okay

Mouthfeel - Pretty light bodied with some rather intense carbonation. It sadly isn't the kind of beer that is crisp or refreshing to drink either.

Overall - It's an average tasting lager that's held back by an unbalanced flavor and an even more unbalanced palate feel. I wouldn't recommend buying this

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 04:28:25 | More by NuclearDolphin
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HoppyToad

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I generally enjoy a cold, Full Sail lager after an afternoon of yard work. But this brew is simply too boozy for a thirst-quencher. So, after my initial disappointment, I found a way to make it more drinkable:

Pour 1/2 bottle LTD #4 into a frosty pub glass, then add 1/2 bottle Full Sail Session Lager. You won't notice the alcohol nearly as much. And the flavors blend perfectly!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 09:05:45 | More by HoppyToad
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Domingo

Colorado

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another lager in Full Sail's LTD line. I'm a fan, but I really do wish they'd cut back on the booziness a bit.
This one is nothing but pale malt and Willamette hops. Seems novel enough, a SMaSH beer.
Rich golden color, carbonation is strong, but no real lacing.
Sweet malt, a bit of booziness, and lager yeast on the nose. Hops are lost a bit. Reminds me of the German "spezial hell" beers.
The taste carries the same theme over. Simple, but not terrible. The hops are there in the finish and as it warms they almost seem to take over. Alcohol warmth also starts to creep in. Drink this one cool for sure. The finish just isn't pleasant at all.
Mouthfeel is a bit slick from the big malt.
Not bad when cool, but warmer this beer falls apart. Drinkability is low as a result. If you don't polish one of these off in 5 minutes, look out.
The SMaSH factor is lost a bit. Like LTD 1 and 2, I wish this was scaled back a bit in terms of the strength. Where they're able to overcome that flaw a bit, this one can't...especially when it isn't served very cool.
Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:46:19 | More by Domingo
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harrymel

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 04MAY12
Pours a yellow lager with little head production and anticipated clarity - excellent. (3) Smells of earthy hops with a hint of skunkiness. Not much going on the nose here, not impressed. (2) Flavor is interestingly grainy - theres a hint of what I can only describe as clam juice aftertaste mixed with a little wood. I’m not necessarily put off by this, alas, I keep taking another sip to see if I can’t dissect. Interesting. (3.5). Thin with moderate carb and a mouthwatering finish. (3). An interesting tasting beer, but not something I would recommend, but something I would certainly pair with a good cioppino or Manhatten clam chowder. (3)

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:06:05 | More by harrymel
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MrOH

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw with a finger and a half white head.

Grassy, citrusy, hops, with a bit of licorice. Not bad.

Neutral malt flavor with grassy-herbal and slightly spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is very malt-liquor like, if you know what I mean.

This beer is more or less Stroh's without corn, upped to 7% and with more finishing hops. I don't mean it as an insult, because Stroh's is my favorite cheap beer. I bought this at a deep discount, but if I'd have payed full price, I'd be pissed.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:22:36 | More by MrOH
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/8 head and no retention

Smell: There are some citrus notes some grassy notes and some bready yeast

Taste: Boring maltyness upfronts kind of taste stale a bit of bitter hops and kind of a flat finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a tingly almost champagne feel

Overall: Not very impressed with this beer. It has a interesting front to it that is a bit off putting. The backend is ok but not good enough to want to drink it again

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:36:32 | More by DarthKostrizer
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kojevergas

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into glass. I don't remember where I was because this review's from notes, but I imagine I was in Colorado.

A: Two finger, thin head. Clear gold colour.

Sm: Clean barley. Nothing exceptional. This beer is boring me.

T: Smooth open changes to well built lager with a crisp finish. Not bold or complex, but certainly good. There's also some malt (you mean it gets better?). Simple, but effective. Plays it safe.

Mf: Crisp. Good balance of coarseness and wetness. The best part of this beer.

Dr: I'd have it again but not at this price. It hides its 7.00& very well, which in fairness is high for an American lager. The alcohol does come through a bit in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 16:45:37 | More by kojevergas
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Halcyondays

California

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale gold with a light white head, poor retention, no lace.

S: Lots of sweet malt, green apples, with some booze.

T: Bready malt with some apples, very much with the nose. Hint of citrus from the hops. Ethanol noticable. Not harsh, just boozy.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp carbonation, nice overall feel, but not a great finish, too bitter.

D: This is really a craft malt liquor, in that Euro Strong Lager category, all malt. For it's ABV it's cheaper than BMC, it's OK, but there's better in the LTD series.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:16:20 | More by Halcyondays
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notchucknorris

California

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color with almost no head.

S: Mostly just malts. A hint of lemon and honey, but mostly just malts.

T: Like the smell, a lot of malts. This beer is nice and simple and I like that. Easy to drink, but not a ton going on here. To me, this one is about the same quality as the rest of this series. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 17:54:20 | More by notchucknorris
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a transparent, honey golden color with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is average.

S - Clean barley, light floral hops, pale malt,and honey. Simple, refined an pleasant. The smell renewed my interest.

T - A lightly creamy body and pleasant crystal malt give way to lightly floral and bitter hops. There's a pleasant honey throughout as well. There's not really much else there, but in this case, it's not a bad thing. It's balanced extremely well.

M - Light bodied, a bit crisp, and smooth on the finish.

D - It's built well and is a pleasure to drink, but lacks any character that makes it memorable. I appreciated the simplicity, but I think there are better offerings from Full Sail.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:45:01 | More by blakelive784
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lwillitz

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - crystal-clear golden body under a couple fingers of foamy white head; lots of rising carbonation bubbles

S - grass and spice from the hops, not much representation from the malt; bland

T - better than expected; corny grain sweetened with a combination of caramel and honey, complimented nicely by mildly-biting spices and citrus; moderate dryness and alcohol warmth in the finish

M - highly-carbonated chewy medium body

O - neither horrible nor spectacular

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:08:47 | More by lwillitz
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 3.21.13

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a small off-white head with decent retention.

S - Malty, corn, sweet wheat.

T - Malt, sweet wheat, canned corn, pretty mild.

D - Light body and good carbonation.

O - Light and sweet, not very good compared to others in the series.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 05:53:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dinner glass at high altitude (above 5,000 feet).

A - Looks like a typical lager: translucent light yellow color with a one-finger white head. Average head retention.

S - Smells quite flowery, but the alcohol comes through in the scent.

T - There's really not a whole lot in the taste of this to counteract the alcohol.

M - Dry all the way through.

D - Although it's on the lighter side, far too alcoholic to drink all night. On the other hand, it's not all that expensive...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 06:59:52 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Zorro

California

3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells sweet and slightly nutty with a bitter herbs hop scent. Not really very aromatic.

Starts out mildly sweet with a stronger than expected herbal bitterness. Nutty and herbal with a strong but short live blast of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK Helles Bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:35:35 | More by Zorro
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to BA slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew pours as advertised, a pale golden color with a rich finger of silky head that fades to a thin film across the top and paints an entire webbing of lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained froth fairly effortlessly.

The aroma smells like any old adjunct lager. A hint of almost corn-like sweetness blends into a bit of fresh cereal grain to wheaty character which was a bit unexpected for a bock I might say. A mild kiss of alcohol and buttery diacetyl bring this back into the lager spectrum with a pleasant contrast. When the glass is swirled, some sulfur notes evolve along with an unexpected amount of herbal hops. Overall, not a bad smelling brew.

The taste of this brew is a bit more focused with some fruity alcohol esters coming forward overtop a pale malt base that provides some mild sweet grainy appeal. However, I get a mild touch of adjunct almost like corn also in the flavor but that might be an exaggeration based off of the notes of diacetyl and mild sulfur that also emit from this brew. The hops present themselves with an herbal flavor and modest bitterness a bit atypical of a bock.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall I think it wasnt bad but there were a lot of strange things going on in this that hinted towards bock but with a strange twist. A bit over-hopped, a bit more alcohol driven and lacking in the overall body one might expect. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try this one Matt, thanks again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:44:47 | More by stakem
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HalfFull

California

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. twist off bottle picked up recently at Trader Joe's and poured into a pils glass. Shows a clear and bright golden straw with half an inch of almost white foam. A light boil of CO2 works its way up to reinforce the cap. Moderate retention.

Nose is of sweet bread and a bit of lemon hops. Hop notes expand a bit with some air to offer some woodsy spice. Pleasant albeit a bit thin in variety.

Taste again offers lemon notes along with some orange and a bit of grain. Finishes with a lightly coarse bitterness and a return of sweet and peppery lemon oil. Feel is neutral for me, a bit thin when cold and firming up a bit with warming but never really offering much. As a result it drinks rather easily, sweet enough to mask the alcohol yet not so much to be cloying or mask a light bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:18:52 | More by HalfFull
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Mora2000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and a lot of grain. Not really very exciting, but nothing offensive. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of grain and grassy hops, with a little bit of earthy hops also mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but nothing very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:50:46 | More by Mora2000
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a decent-sized head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, canned corn
Taste-Grain, sweet toasted malt, warming alchohol finish. A little more character than your average American pale lager, but still nothing exceptional here.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:41:52 | More by hosehead83
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep gold colour with a tiny head. The smell is a very fragrant sweet, fruity, grain smell. Smells like it's gonna be real good.
Ugh. I was wrong. I hate it when beer scents trick me like that. The beer's not bad, it's just not what it smells like and it's not at all astounding. The bite is quite nice. I like the alcohol level. And I like the grain, but as I often do with American crafts, I think it's too covered by hops. Tastes dry-hopped. The apricot flavour imparted by the hops sounds nice. And I'm glad it's not overly resinous, but I do think it would be better with less of it. As it stands, it's an OK beer. I'm not at all impressed with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:25:33 | More by ElCommodoro
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elniko

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pale straw coloring with huge fluffy head and nice lacing. Carbonation quite apparent.

S: Really standard lager nose, got just a bit of skunk.

T & M: Nicely balanced, mouthfeel has a slightly buttery feel. Carbonation apparent as well. As it warms the beer is almost a little sweet.

D: Drinkable despite the high ABV. I enjoyed the prior LTD versions more than this one. Don't think that I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:51:21 | More by elniko
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue with a solid, white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells of pale malts mostly. Some earthy notes can found if you breath deep enough.

Tastes of pale malt domination. Again, big pale malts that have a bready character with a hint of toast and some sweetness. Hops are slight, but present and offer a grassy, herbal taste. Not much bitterness makes it lean towards sticky sweet. As it warms, alcohol becomes more prevalent and I find the sweetness to become a little cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation. I would definitely prefer more pronounced carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:17:40 | More by ocelot2500
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LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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